Week in LuxuryLaunches: Cruising in Luxury
BMW Designworks for Singapore Airlines
In business until 21 September is the Louis Vuitton Cup pop up store that’s just opened doors at America’s Cup Village in San Francisco. Synced to the sailing theme, the blue and white palette of the store holds a range of merchandise including ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories and watches. The store promotes the 30-year partnership between the two, and will also stock limited/special editions that have been especially created for the race.
A more permanent and glamorous address perhaps is Roberto Cavalli’s new Caffè in Place de La Garonne, Saint Tropez. Known to propagate a glamorous lifestyle via his clubs and cafes, the signature animal print finds its spot on the upholstery of the eatery, with live DJ sets being introduced to mix things up.
Travel in Style
Aboard the Insignia and around the world in 180 days might just be the best way to attempt a luxurious world tour. Undertaken by Oceania cruises, 684 guests can sign up for this $39,999 per person (minimum cost) trip, that will commence its journey on 10 January, 2015. The liner will cover five continents, 44 countries, and 89 ports of call, all the while serving up some the choicest gourmet food and premium accommodations to those on board.
Speaking of which, Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled luxury accommodations of its own. BMW Group Designworks has set up luxurious lounge-like interiors for the airline's first class cabins, using fine leather upholstery and materials coupled with mood lighting and increased stowage space. With reclining seat-cum-beds and partitions to provide privacy and quiet, travelling first class received a whole new kind of upgrade.
Working their charm on-ground is Qatar Airways, with a strategic move to set up its flagship high-street ticket office at Harrods in London. Considering London is one of their most important gateways, and the well-heeled frequent fliers are known to flock to Harrods, this ground floor address seems like a killer move on the part of the airlines.
Washrooms inside Burj Al Arab suites
The Suite Life
Want to know what the insides of the world’s most luxurious hotel looks like? Make way for Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, the hotel that hosts rooms and suites bigger than most apartments in metropolitan cities. What we have here precisely is a look at the uber luxurious, gilded washrooms that are an opulent feature in the property’s suites. From a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi/Spa bath, to an extensive selection of bath music and the butler’s personalised concoctions of some aromatherapy bath oils—this cleansing space is worthy of Cleopatra herself.
Closer home the place to check-in is at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore’s magnanimous and peacock-inspired Presidential Suite. Not only do the interiors pay tribute to the national bird—think blue, green, ivory colour palette—but the two-storey suite also boasts of its very own helipad. Primely located at the highest point of the hotel, the room itself is known to be the largest among business hotel suites in India.