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Palazzo Avino Beach: A Stunning Display of Valentino Branding

June 18, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

The Italian luxury fashion house Valentino has outdone itself with the recent rebranding of Palazzo Avino hotel's beach. Located on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, the beach has been transformed into a chic coastal escape, showcasing the unmistakable elegance of the Valentino brand.

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Courant Sauvage: Luxury Beach Umbrellas for Perfect Summer Aesthetics

June 26, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

In recent weeks, Sophisticated Spectra has been filling up with photos of branded beaches with bright sun loungers and umbrellas. The correct and photogenic selection of these items can significantly help a hotel (and, as we now understand, a fashion brand) in promoting on social networks. A good beach umbrella is expensive, and there are luxury players in this genre. One of them is the French manufacturer Courant Sauvage in Landes. The price for their umbrellas in fruit sorbet colors with thick fringe (immediately reminiscent of the luxurious resorts in Slim Aarons' photos) reaches up to €1000. The company works with suppliers of the best materials in their class, many of which are included in the list of France's Living Cultural Heritage. Courant Sauvage also accepts individual orders, although it is worth taking care of this not at the peak of the season.

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A New Day, A New Branded Beach: Fendi Transforms Puente Romano in Marbella

July 5, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Another day brings another branded beach. This time, luxury fashion house Fendi has left its mark on the sun loungers and umbrellas at a restaurant within the opulent Puente Romano hotel in Marbella. While I'm not the biggest fan of the resort, I must admit that the result is more than commendable.

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HIBRIDE: A Colorful Ode to Agritourism Between Cucuron and Aix-en-Provence

July 29, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Nestled in an idyllic setting between Cucuron and Aix-en-Provence, HIBRIDE emerges as a vivacious alternative to the often neutral tones dominating interior design trends. A project conceived by seasoned hoteliers Philippe Chapelet and Patrick Elouarghi, HIBRIDE blends agritourism with their company HI's established track record in the hotel industry.

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Hey, Wanna Sleep in Yves Saint Laurent's Old Digs? Get Ready to Empty Those Pockets!

Aug. 8, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Okay, fashionistas, hold onto your designer hats, because this news is BIG. The one and only villa in Tangier, Morocco, where the legendary Yves Saint Laurent (you know, the guy with the fabulous glasses) once lived, is being transformed into a hotel. Yup, you read that right! A. Hotel. 🏨✨

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Richard Branson Opens a Stunning New Hotel in Mallorca: Son Bunyola

Aug. 17, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Attention, luxury travel enthusiasts! Richard Branson has unveiled a new gem in the travel world, Son Bunyola, located in the preserved northern part of Mallorca. This region miraculously escaped the construction frenzy of the late 20th century and now stands under UNESCO's protective umbrella.

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Nolinkski Hotel Opens in Venice's Historic Stock Exchange Building

Aug. 21, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Nestled in the heart of Venice, in the historic stock exchange building erected in 1929, the latest offering from French luxury brand Nolinkski has opened its doors. The building, now a designated historical monument, is reimagined as a hotel radiating the opulence and elegance of a bygone era.

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Rome Cavalieri: A Blend of Nostalgic Grandeur and Modern Art

Aug. 23, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Let's chat about the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Once known as the Hilton, this iconic spot might not scream "modern luxury" to every traveler, and its late modernist façade might not make every architecture enthusiast's heart race. But there's one undeniable charm: its breathtaking view of the Eternal City from atop the Monte Mario hill. A throwback to the unapologetic, old-school opulence of the mid-20th century, it's a trip down luxury lane.

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Maria Sharapova Becomes Global Wellness Ambassador for Aman Hotels

Sept. 12, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Five-time Grand Slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova has taken on a new role as the Global Wellness Ambassador for Aman Hotels, a leading luxury hotel chain. The collaboration aims to create wellness retreats across 34 luxury properties of the Aman group. The venture officially began yesterday with the launch of a mini-retreat at Aman New York.

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Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp: A High-End Hotel Finally Arrives in the Fashion Capital

Sept. 12, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

For a city famous for its contributions to design and fashion, Antwerp surprisingly lacked a truly high-end hotel until the opening of Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp last year. This prestigious property, part of The Leading Hotels Of The World, is situated on the grounds of a monastery and apothecary garden whose history traces back to 1238. Comprising five historic buildings in the city center, the hotel is the result of five years of meticulous work.

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The Grand Opening of Raffles London at The OWO: Where History Meets Luxury

Sept. 15, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Mark your calendars, travel enthusiasts and history buffs! September 29th will witness the unveiling of one of this year’s most anticipated hotel projects: Raffles London at The OWO.

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Joana Vasconcelos: A Fusion of Art and Fashion with Dior

Sept. 30, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos seems to be everywhere today, thanks to her collaboration with Dior. Commissioned by the brand, Vasconcelos created a monumental textile sculpture, Valkyre Miss Dior, immediately dubbed as "epic" due to its 7 meters height, 24 meters length, and weight of over a ton.

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Yvonne De Carlo: The Glamorous Siren with a Flair for the Dramatic

Nov. 6, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Julian Everett

Yvonne De Carlo was the Canadian-born actress who became a universal symbol of allure and mystery in the Hollywood of the mid-20th century. With her exotic looks and versatile talent, she not only captivated audiences but also left an indelible mark on the industry. This article will dive into the life of this silver screen icon, celebrating her most memorable roles and the captivating stories that shaped her legendary status.

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Diving into Luxury: Jennifer Lopez Ignites the Grand Opening of Dubai's Architectural Marvel, One&Only One Za'abeel

Feb. 16, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

It's been a year since the lavish curtains were drawn at the One&Only One Za'abeel in Dubai, an event that was nothing short of a spectacle, graced by the sensational Jennifer Lopez. The grandeur of the opening set the stage for what has become not just a hotel, but a landmark of luxury and architectural innovation in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.

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20 QUESTIONS - MICHAEL MADSEN

Feb. 27, 2024 in Models & Actresses Photos by Julian Everett

Michael Madsen can easily look like a thug. The 37-year-old actor (and brother of actress Virginia Madsen) has certainly played his share—from the ominous Mr. Blond in "Reservoir Dogs" to the hazardous Rudd in "The Getaway" to the threatening Mr. Blonde in "Free Willy," and as Susan Sarandon's boyfriend, Jimmy, in "Thelma & Louise." These are his leather-knuckle, screwface haz 25 others, some you probably wished to know. And he's written a recently published book of neo-Bukowski poetry titled "Beer, Blood and Ashes."

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Solo Palacio: Encanto Rural y Lujo Asturiano en el Nuevo Refugio de Descanso

March 18, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

En la serena campiña asturiana, un antiguo legado familiar se transforma en el epítome del retiro rural con una pincelada de lujo. Solo Palacio, un imponente caserón del siglo XV perteneciente a la familia Miranda-Quiros, ha renacido como un hotel boutique de 9 habitaciones, ofreciendo una experiencia única donde la tradición se encuentra con el minimalismo moderno.

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The Magnificent Sammezzano Castle: A Jewel of Tuscan Architecture

March 20, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Tucked away in the picturesque Tuscan town of Leccio lies a hidden gem known as Sammezzano Castle. While Leccio is famous for being home to the fashionable outlet The Mall, the true historical treasure of the town lies in the form of this magnificent castle.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi: A Colonial Gem in French Indochina

March 31, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Certainly! Let me tell you about the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – a magical hotel in Vietnam. 🌟

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"Ripley" Series Captivates with Stunning Italian Locales and Cinematographic Mastery

April 11, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

The "Ripley" television series may not have won over every viewer, but its impeccable selection of Italian filming locations and the cinematographic artistry of Robert Elswit, who created a mesmerizing black-and-white visual style, are undeniably noteworthy. For those familiar with Italy, the series offers a delightful sense of recognition with its use of iconic sites like the Pio Monte della Misericordia church in Naples, the Gritti Palace hotel in Venice, and the arch on Via Giulia in Rome. However, the series does not strive for authenticity in every aspect. For instance, Rome's train station is ingeniously represented by the EUR's Palace of Congresses.

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