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By Marco Braghiroli To fully refurbish a 73m² apartment in a Grade II listed building—on a fixed budget and timeline—is not easy. When embarking on a project like this, it is important to consult the Conservation Officer to ensure all work is in line with requirements. Given its Grade II listed status, all the original features of the property have to be kept, including original flooring, which can, however, be repaired and stained to complement...

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When it comes to luxury getaways, arranging a superyacht for your own private use is the absolute top experience.  5-star luxury hotels, private villas or 6-star cruises may have their own appeal, at times, yet nothing beats the freedom of having your own boat. Only by chartering a superyacht can you enjoy total freedom of the oceans, fully tailor-made itineraries and staying in a new location every single morning or sleeping in another bay, anchorage or a...

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By Adrian Walker  Boat sharing is a new trend within the yachting industry. Boat owners who participate in this hope to travel to new destinations and have authentic experiences that otherwise would have been cost prohibitive. Therefore, it becomes affordable to travel and live like a local. Boat sharing or swapping means that private boat owners can make their typically underutilised asset available for sharing with other boat owners. There are no rental costs involved...

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The limited editions and luxury home collectables of the market today have long been sought after around the world. Collectors are travelling far and wide to discover the rarest and most desirable of possessions. Some of these collectables can be found to date back to the 7th century, while others are set to become classics of our era. Fabergé eggs These unique and exquisitely designed luxury home collectables date back to the Tsar era and have,...

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Cycling has had a history of growth and style during the 19th century in Paris. Maison Tamboite, artisans in continuing the legacy and art of bespoke bicycles describe the art of cycling in Paris. Since its creation in the 19th century—and wherever it is practiced—cycling has always been a pleasurable sport; it combines the enjoyment of discovering new landscapes and the thrill of simply riding. Cycle tourism is said to have been invented in France...

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The success story of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in the Heidiland holiday region of Eastern Switzerland began in 1242 with the discovery of a thermal source in the wild and romantic Tamina gorge. The therapeutic and healing effects of Bad Ragaz’s thermal water are still today the foundation upon which Europe’s Leading Wellbeing & Medical Health Resort is built. In the heart of the Alps and in five-star surroundings, guests can enjoy ultimate relaxation,...

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Love for the Land, Passion for the Wine Tenuta degli Angeli, meaning ‘Land of the Angels’, is known for excellence in the Lombardy region of the wine world, and was opened in Santo Stefano degli Angeli in Carobbio degli Angeli in 1984. The vineyard, known as the ‘bomboniera’ (meaning ‘favour’) was planted with great passion and the wine making expertise of founder Pierangelo Testa, creating a small corner of paradise where the microclimate, soil rich...

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Newly unveiled is Aston Martin’s 2015 Vanquish Volante, a grand tourer that will fulfil your wildest supercar dreams.  Driving at 100+ with 197 possible, pundits are in double-declutching ecstasy, crooning adjectives like falling confetti—awesome, astonishing, beautiful, blistering, breathtaking, thrilling. And of course they are talking about new-to-the-stage Aston Martin’s 2015 Vanquish Volante, aka ‘the ultimate grand tourer’. No doubt the superlatives are well earned, given not only the Volante’s performance (catch your breath at the ‘blistering’...

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Broadening our horizons to enable us to discover and experience arts and cultures around the world is what many of us aspire to. Captain’s Choice is an exclusive travel company that turns the dream of that adventure into a reality. Think of a city that has had three names and is guardian of some of the world’s most unique treasures. Istanbul! Formerly know as Constantinople, and more exotically as Byzantium, this is the city that...

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Luxury properties continue to prove a major attraction for art connoisseurs, multi-millionaire investors and cash-rich celebrities alike. Brendan views the property scene in London, the Hamptons, the French Riviera, as well as an island in Canada, and a palazzo in Venice. With upmarket luxury properties and estates in locations across the world, the market forces can be as varied as the climate itself. However, a general opinion is that it is a buyers’ market at...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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