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Soneva To Launch the World’s First Fully Sustainable Surfing Program

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has announced plans to launch the world’s first fully sustainable surf program, Soneva Surf, in May 2018. With the launch planned on the first day of the Maldivian surfing season, which spans May through to October, the program aims to tap into the growing interest in the Maldives as a surfing destination. Soneva Surf will be offered at both of Soneva’s Maldives properties, Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll. Soneva in Aqua, the resorts’ luxury charter yacht, will also offer a Surfing Charter within both atolls....

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Alexander Hamilton Limited Edition Luxury Writing Instruments

Alexander Hamilton has been brought to life through a fruitful working cooperation of Montegrappa and Roger Stien.  Stein is an awarding winning Harness and Thoroughbred Trainer and owner of an online pen store Penporium.com with writing instruments retailing from $35 up to $90,000. The Alexander Hamilton Limited Edition Fountain Pen and Rollerball series retails from $2,850 to $3,950. The limited edition was designed by Italian pen manufacturer Giuseppe Aquila of Montegrappa and includes two hand painted versions of the Alexander Hamilton pens. 177 fountain pens and 100 rollerballs of each design have been produced. The recent attention to Hamilton as...

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Architect Rafi Elbaz’s One-of-a-Kind Brooklyn Townhouse

185 Macdonough is a four-story, two-family townhouse graciously designed over 3,800 square feet of interiors plus a fully finished cellar. Meticulously restored to highlight the glamour of original nineteenth century details combined with the essential elements of modern luxurious living, this house is one of a kind and an acclaimed architect’s true labor of love; the townhouse was designed by and serves as the home of award winning architect Rafi Elbaz of SAHONYC. https://youtu.be/QFbn3Bmc_b4 Enter the parlor level through restored double doors featuring imported inlaid mosaic tile flooring to the dramatic living room with nearly 12-foot-high ceilings. Breathtaking and...

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LOUIS XIII Announces Fairmont Le Château Frontenac as the Newest Global Fortress Destination

Luxury French Cognac, LOUIS XIII, is proud to announce Fairmont Le Château Frontenac with the distinguished honor of being named the newest global LOUIS XIII Fortress destination – a highly coveted global designation which is bestowed upon an establishment. As a LOUIS XIII Fortress, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will become a guardian of LOUIS XIII’s heritage by sharing their legacy, craftsmanship, and dedication to excellence with their patrons. LOUIS XIII Fortresses are given the prestigious opportunity to house LOUIS XIII’s magnum crystal decanter filled with their exquisite blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. The...

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All-Natural DIY Beauty Recipes for Flawless Skin

Fighting premature aging and skin damage is a billion dollar business that has people desperately seeking ways to get youthful-looking skin. After years of research, scientist and beauty expert Sheetal Rawal successfully launched Apsara, her own skincare line of effective anti-aging products. Rawal loves sharing the wisdom she’s learned on how to properly care for your skin. Rawal says that some of the top reasons for premature aging include poor lifestyle, eating habits, stress and not taking care of your skin with the proper products. She recommends the following tips: being mindful of your lifestyle, as well as the foods...

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Cruising Southern France with Viking River Cruises

I read the email aloud to my husband with growing dismay. Staying in Avignon, France, on our own as a prelude to boarding the Viking Delling with Viking River Cruises and cruising the Rhone River for their Portraits of Southern France cruise, we learned that we would not be cruising anywhere anytime soon. River cruising in Europe is one of the most wonderful ways to see the individual countries but, sometimes, when the snow in the Alps is especially deep and melts into the Rhone River in the spring, it means the river is too high for cruising. Because...

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Confirmed Anti-Cruiser Loved Viking River Cruising!

Let’s begin with why I strongly dislike (only because it’s not nice to say HATE) ocean cruises: seasickness; queuing  up with thousands of  peeps who all seem to be vying for the “how-high-can-I-load-my-plate-with-mediocre-food-from-the-buffet-table” award; long, boring days of bobbing around the high seas with nary a speck a land in sight; wasted hours getting  off ship at each port and then having to drive long distances to get to to town-repeat for return to ship, having to fork over additional big bucks for ‘canned’ shore excursions, being reduced to  watching Vegas wanna-be entertainment, etc. Which is why I wasn’t...

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Palace Resorts $40,000 Wedding Contest

Palace Resorts $40,000 Wedding Contest Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest days for engagements, after the holiday season. If you’re a recently engaged bride-to-be, Palace Resorts has a wedding contest running through February 27, 2015. The value of the wedding package is $40,000! Palace Resorts has partnered with Weddings by Funjet on the Royal Wedding contest where the winners will win their dream wedding, valued at more than $40,000, at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. It’s over the top and fabulous in every sense of the word – photos, flights for up to 8...

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Carlous Palmer: Fashion in a Prehistoric Paradise

Fashion designer Carlous Palmer is known for his artistry, but also his advocacy for the environment. For his education, Palmer became the first student to graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts with a focus in fashion design. Carlous also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Baltimore City Community College under a full tuition scholarship based on his skills in fashion design and illustration abilities. He has studied under artists like Carole Byard and Joyce Scott. Since then, Carlous Palmer has used his classical artistic talents and environmental sensibilities to create his designs out of...

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A Tour North Up The Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The waiter comes out uneasily, holding no menus or wine, like a messenger on a mission. “Yes sir, we do have Chianti,” whispers Craig, a waiter at Stonecat Café, an acclaimed organic regional restaurant nested in Hector, New York on Seneca Lake of the Finger Lakes. “We just don’t put it on the menu, since we like to feature our local wines.” Stonecat Café has a good reason to focus on homegrown wines. They are located directly on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, which holds 32 wineries close to the east and west sides of the deepest of the...

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The Centre For Well-Being at The Phoenician

While my husband Norm and I spent a few days at The Phoenician, we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon at The Center for Well-Being (CFWB). It is easy to refer to their use off  “rebirth, rejuvenate, and renewal” in describing the experience, and the sense of well-being that seeps through your body upon entering the building. The CFWB describes itself as a retreat for body, mind and spirit. “According to ancient legend, the mythical phoenix rose from the ashes of its past to be reborn and celebrate renewal. This power of transformation, whether of the body, spirit...

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Rancho La Puerta and Its Art

Over the past four years, I’ve been fortunate to experience Rancho La Puerta twice. The first visit was as a journalist and presenter and the second time as a presenter. Once you’ve experienced this destination spa and wellness center, it is easy to see why it averages a 65% return rate. This space of 3,000 acres has over 30 acres of gardens, hiking trails, organic farm, pools, two spas, fitness center, and numerous other activity rooms. It has evolved since originally founded in this location in 1940.  by Edmond and Deborah Szekely started the Ranch as the original destination...

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