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Cocktail of the Week: Cucumber Blue at Shutters on the Beach

By Emma Reynolds

Cucumber Blue at Shutters on the Beach‘s Beach Botanical Beach Bar in Santa Monica, California 2 oz Empress 1908 Soda water Cucumber Mint Basil To make, muddle cucumber, basil and mint before adding ice and Empress 1908. Shake and single strain into a glass and top with soda water. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and basil before serving. Kick off the […]

Elite Review: Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons

by Mishelle Thurairatnam Hidden away in the Oxfordshire countryside lies a fairytale escape. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons is a 15th-century manor that really ignites your senses. First opened by Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc in 1984, the manor house hotel is now being acquired from the Belmond group by luxury French goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The manor […]

The Most Exclusive Classic Cars in the World

By John Mayhead At the end of 2018 the Hagerty Price Guide, the UK’s leading index of classic car values, showed that 26% of the models it monitors had fallen in value in the preceding nine months. Although the market didn’t crash, an overdue correction had taken place. Double-digit increases in value are great while they last, but unsustainable in […]

Botswana’s Okavango Diamond Company Unveils 20.46-Carat Blue Diamond

By Emma Reynolds

Botswana’s Okavango Diamond Company, a rough diamond marketing company and one of the leading suppliers of responsibly sourced diamonds, unveiled yesterday the largest blue diamond ever sourced in Botswana’s history. The company first mined the rough 41.11-carat blue diamond from the Orapa mine (Botswana’s most important mine) before cutting and polishing it to a 20.46-carat stone, which was graded by […]

Style Guide: Mesmerizing Moonstone Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

Moonstone’s adularescence (the light-scattering phenomenon that gives it that brilliant glow) is why the gemstone has been considered good luck for centuries — it was given its name because it resembles a full moon hiding behind a veil of clouds. The silvery, pale-blue hue is mesmerizing, and there’s no size or placement of moonstone too insignificant. Of course, moonstone surrounded […]

Elite Review: Imperial Treasure London

By Alex Martin

So much was expected of Imperial Treasure when it arrived in London late in 2018. The restaurant group boasts three Michelin stars across its five sites, including the imperious two-starred Shanghai outpost. Since then, the reviews have been mixed to say the least. The Guardian’s Jay Rayner said his experience at Imperial Treasure ‘deadened the soul’. Nicholas Lander of the […]

Poolside Bags Launches ‘Let’s Margarita’ Tote with Cointreau

By Emma Reynolds

Aptly named, Poolside Bags is launching the perfect bag for, well, poolside margaritas just in time for summer. The handbag brand, found everywhere from Moda Operandi to Shopbop, is helping to make happy hour easier with the launch of its ‘Let’s Margarita’ Tote in collaboration with Cointreau. This limited-edition tote perfectly fits a bottle of tequila, a bottle of Cointreau […]

de Grisogono Opens Boutique in Paris

By Emma Reynolds

In the wake of the devastating news surrounding the burning of Notre Dame in Paris, the City of Light continues to shine. This week, Swiss luxury jeweler de Grisogono announced the opening of its new Paris boutique located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The gorgeous store references a Florentine villa from the inside, while the outside recalls an […]

Kachi Lodge Opens on Bolivian Salt Flats

By Samantha Coles

The Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia are a mesmerizing, otherworldly landscape, and one of those places you just have to see for yourself. In the past, you could see this unusual expanse of land on a temporary camping trip, but now there’s a more permanent option: Kachi Lodge. Opened this spring, this is not the type of accommodation where you’ll […]

A Luxury Weekend in Mallorca at Villa Infinitum

By Alex Martin

Something strange is happening in Mallorca. This Spanish island, ideally located in the Meditteranean Sea, appears to be experiencing the kind of property boom not seen this side of Europe since before the financial crash of 2008. The center of this boom appears to be Cala Llamp Bay, where once-quiet mountain roads are today dominated by dozens of construction trucks and concrete churners; […]