February 23, 2012

Dine with England Rugby Stars

Dine with some of England's most famous rugby players, all in aid of a good cause.

Contact lsharp@playboyclublondon.com for further details.

February 21, 2012

2012 Ferrari California

Ferrari have released details on the new 2012 California model, which is to be unveiled at next months Geneva motor show. Ferrari revealed that the sports car will have more power, a lighter chassis and a new optional handling package.

New new model will be about 60lbs lighter and have an additional 30bhp.

Along with thew new upgrades, there will also be a wider choice of colours. Yet to be discovered is the new price - current models start at $192,000.

February 16, 2012

Chartwell Estates - Rio de Janiro Penthouse exclusive


Chartwell Estates are proud to present this 3 bedroom triplex penthouse in Rio de Janeiro. With breath taking views and luxurious contemporary interiors and exterior, this stunning apartment in Ipanema offers the very best in luxury living in Brazil.

Located on the 10th, 11th and 12th floor, the living arrangement compromise of a contemporary kitchen, expansive open plan living and dining areas, master with en-suite, a second bedroom with an additional living area, a private infinity pool, an additional bedroom and two additional bathrooms.

Please email michael@chartwellestates.co.uk or call 0207 409 0533 for more information and speak to Michael Christian at Chartwell Estates, Mayfair.

February 15, 2012

Dine with HRH Prince Charles ... for a good cause


The Prince of Wales to attend annual Prince’s Trust Invest in Futures Gala Dinner supported by
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

HRH The Prince of Wales will join Michael McIntyre, Jools Holland, Alison Moyet and Lulu to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust on 23rd February, at one of the most important events in the youth charity’s calendar.

The annual Invest in Futures Gala Dinner, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will encourage the financial community to show its support for more than a million young people struggling with record-breaking levels of youth unemployment.

Hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre and with entertainment provided by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, the Invest in Futures Gala Dinner is attended by hedge fund leaders and global financers from across the globe and unites the financial services industry to invest in disadvantaged young people, helping them become economically active.  

Held annually at a central London location, the exclusive dinner and auction have helped to raise £12.5m for the youth charity since 2005, giving tens of thousands of disadvantaged young people the skills, confidence and motivation to move into work. The 2012 event will raise vital funds for The Trust’s work at a time when youth unemployment is at its highest level since records began in 1992.

Raising £1m, last year’s Invest in Futures Gala Dinner at the capital’s Natural History Museum was attended by Prince’s Trust supporters Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Joan Collins and Kate Adie. Guests enjoyed an evening of first-class entertainment provided by soul legend Dionne Warwick and the fundraiser’s host, Clive Anderson.

Julian Barrell, Director of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, said: “With more than a million 16-to-24-year-olds out of work, it is critical to ensure that every young person, no matter what their background, is provided with the support they need and deserve to find a job. The support of the financial community at one of the most important fundraisers in The Prince’s Trust calendar is vital to help us raise the funds we need to change 50,000 young lives this year.” 

Jonathan Moulds, President Europe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CEO of Merrill Lynch International added: “By investing time, resources and skills into the education of today’s youth, we are helping young people to become prepared and skilled for gainful employment.  At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we take our community commitment very seriously. Education is a priority for thriving economies and we have a range of projects that invest in young people, including our successful Financial Education & Employability programme which is supported by over 300 bank volunteers and reaches over 2,000 students each year.

We are pleased to support The Prince’s Trust Invest in Futures Gala Dinner. We strongly believe that in today’s employment market, it is more important than ever to balance young people’s education with business acumen and financial literacy – education is a necessity for building a better future.”

For further information, or to purchase a table, email rosie.peschardt@princes-trust.org.uk or phone 020 7543 7477.

Worlds tallest building to be completed 2019

2015 will see Azerbaijan start work on the worlds tallest building. It is set to stand 3,444ft high. The Azerbaijan tower will be built on an artificial island called the Zhazar Island.

The new tower is part of a $100bn development, which will also include a Formula one track, homes, retail facilities and schools. The overall construction is set to go on until 2022.

Rent a village...

Not content with the privacy of a suite, or even your own villa or chalet when holidaying. The latest offering for the uber-wealthy is to rent your own village.

Prices start at a mere $60,000 per night and there are 10 villages to choose from.

Visit www.rentavillage.com for further information.

February 9, 2012

Kitchen chemistry

Nothing says romance like a lavish candlelit dinner on Valentine’s Day, and even more so when one’s sweetheart is surprised with a home-cooked gourmet meal prepared with love, and served in one’s own home.
The Stafford London by Kempinski offers lovebirds a little help in the kitchen this year with an exclusive Valentine's Day Cookery Class, held in the kitchens of the hotel’s new Lyttelton restaurant on Sunday, February 12, 2012.  Led by Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes, it’s an intimate experience for just eight participants, allowing for hands-on learning in a warm and engaging atmosphere.
“Whether planning a special surprise for your spouse or looking for a way to wow someone new, Chef Fyldes will guide participants through a four-course menu that is sure to inspire a memorable evening,” says Leon Baum, General Manager of The Stafford.  “Couples are also invited to join in the fun.”
The class runs from 8:30 to 11:30 am, followed by canapés and a glass of Champagne in the Hotel’s famous American Bar before luncheon at The Lyttelton, where Master Sommelier Gino Nardella will personally select the wine pairings.  Afterwards, participants leave with a gift bag that includes a Kempinski cookery book, an apron adorned with The Lyttelton logo, homemade chutneys and biscuits, and a solid plan for a fabulous home-cooked Valentine’s Day dinner à deux.
The class costs £220.00 per person including three-hour hands on cookery lesson, Champagne, canapés and lunch with wines at The Lyttelton, and gift bag.  Advance registration is a must due to limited space.

Tel 0207 493 0111

A cut above the rest

Maybe the computer generated F1 inspired lawn mower is enough to get fans out in the garden this summer. French designer Kadag Boucher came up with the creation, which many are hoping gets turned into reality.
It comes in three versions: Schumacher/Ferrari red, all white and the John Player Lotus black-and-gold pictured here.

Coming up roses...

It's not too late to spoil her and there can be few better places to spend Valentine's than Lime Wood's delectable spa, Herb House.  This year they have rustled up a Coming Up Roses spa day for that love struck man to give to his heart throb. 
Coming Up Roses includes a Bamford Rose Relaxing Upper Body and Facial massage, lunch in the Raw & Cured spa cafe with a glass of English bubbly, full use of all the Herb House's award winning facilities and a very special gift to take home. 
This day in paradise costs a mere £175 per person and if you'd like top it off by saying it with flowers then Herb House can arrange for a stunning Real Flower Company bouquet to be delivered to the spa or to your loved ones home from just £59.50. 
The reservations team will order the bouquet at the time of booking.  To book contact Herb House on 02380 286 998 or visit www.herbhouse.co.uk

February 8, 2012

Best Luxury Cruiser award goes to...

The new Oyster 625 has been honoured with the prestigious title of 'Best Luxury Cruiser' in the 2012 European Yacht of the Year awards.
The announcement was made during the awards ceremony on the first day of the Düsseldorf Boat Show, where the Oyster 625, the largest completed sailboat at the show, is currently on display.
The winner is selected by a jury of journalists from eleven major European magazines in the marine industry. After exhaustive evaluation and testing and assessment of all the criteria of the nominated yachts, this spectacular Rob Humphreys designed Oyster 625 was voted number one in the best Luxury Cruiser category, beating some stiff competition to take the esteemed accolade.
Commenting on the award, Oyster CEO, David Tydeman said, "The Oyster 625 gives another dimension to the Oyster fleet and has been a winner with our owners since her launch. The next available yacht for this popular model is now Hull #12 and this huge achievement will no doubt bring new interest. Being nominated in the first place is a compliment and it's an honour to have won this title. I'd like to thank Rob Humphreys, the teams at Oyster and Southampton Yacht Services, but most of all the eleven owners who have already placed orders for this fantastic yacht."
The yacht tests for the European Yacht of the Year were carried out in Ijmuiden in some very unseasonable September weather, with winds gusting 50 knots.
Please see www.oystermarine.com for further information

February 7, 2012

Aston Martin Heritage Launch


·      Highly regarded Aston Martin specialists open UK’s first ‘high street’ Heritage Showroom in West London.
·      Outstanding new premises will showcase fantastic examples of classic and pre-owned new era Aston Martins   
·      Official opening celebrated on February 1st, 2011 with exclusive party attended by Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd 

London, 2nd February, 2012: Nicholas Mee & Co, the world renowned, London-based, Aston Martin Heritage specialist, has now significantly expanded its business and officially opened its outstanding new West London premises, creating the first ever ‘high-street’ located, officially endorsed, Aston Martin Heritage showroom.

The company, which was established 21 years ago, has built an enviable reputation for the sales, service and restoration of all Aston Martins models. With the increasing international awareness of the Aston Martin brand and its heritage, classics from the DB4 of the 1960’s through to the Vanquish, have become globally collected.

The full address of the new West London Showroom, which is now fully open for business, is: Brackenbury House, 158-160 Goldhawk Road, Hammersmith. Full details can be found at http://www.nicholasmee.co.uk/

Your very own Cornish island...

The Island, Newquay


A remarkable Cornish landmark with beautifully restored coastal residence commanding some of the most spectacular sea, beach and coastal vistas in Cornwall.  The house is approached over a privately owned suspension footbridge that is believed to be the only privately owned example in the United Kingdom and offers complete privacy as well as a grandstand position from which to enjoy the 360˚ views.

Entrance vestibule, 28’ reception hall, 28’ sitting room, breakfast/kitchen, 1 ground floor bedroom, shower room, sun room, study and dining room (or 2 further bedrooms). Utility room.  First Floor: 2 first floor bedrooms, bathroom. Laundry room.  Outside: Approached over a privately owned suspension footbridge.  Sun trap slate terraces.  Double garage with further parking area.
Offers around £995,000                                     Freehold                                        

Please contact our Mayfair office and ask for Michael on 0207 409 0533 or michael@chartwellestates.co.uk for further information.

February 3, 2012

Yoga in paradise

Internationally renowned yoga expert Maya Fiennes is taking her talents to the soothing setting of One&Only Reethi Rah to create an exclusive yoga sanctuary from 3 - 10 March 2012, where she will treat guests to a full mind, body and soul workout.

Dubbed the Nigella of relaxation, the TV yoga guru will be teaching participants the art of Kundalini Yoga and how to achieve real happiness.  Based on the concept of clearing and balancing the chakras, the seven power centres of the body, Maya’s tailored yoga retreat offers the opportunity to expand sensory awareness and cultivate creative spiritual potential through an understanding of yogic breathing, mantras, meditation and movement.

Maya will personally guide guests through the daily yoga programme aimed to encourage physical, emotional and spiritual relaxation. Through her knowledge of yoga and music, Maya’s week long workshop promises to be a magically uplifting break and leave participants with a refreshed perspective on everyday life.  This exclusive yoga retreat includes a healthy meal plan to ensure total wellbeing.

A seven night break a One&Only Reethi Rah on Maya Fiennes’ exclusive yoga retreat costs £8,400 based on two people sharing a Beach Villa*. Return flights from London Heathrow with Etihad Airways start from £729.

February 1, 2012

Wiltshire estate for sale - 17 Acres

Greenacres is situated on the borders of North Wilshire and Gloucestershire. The property is surrounded by undulating farmland and the natural beauty of the open countryside. Greenacres sits in circa 17 acres of land, comprising of gardens, grounds and paddocks with an all weather Tennis Court and two substantial outbuildings currently utilised for Stabling and Entertainment. The property itself comprises of Master Bedroom Suite, Guest Bedroom Suite and three further bedrooms, Dining Room, Drawing Room, 2 acre Lake, Barn & Stables with 7 American Style Loose boxes and the facility to land a Helicopter. With its spectacular lakeside setting this beautifully presented property sits at the head of a long drive, through electric gates. Cirencester 8 Miles Malmesbury 10 Miles Cricklade 3 Miles Helicopter Co - Ordinates: SU 063 916
For further information please call our Mayfair office on 0207 409 0533 or email matthew@chartwellestates.co.uk