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What’s longer than the Eiffel Tower, is many times heavier yet stays afloat in water? It is nothing less than the largest cruise liner, belonging to Royal Caribbean Cruises. The 120,000-ton Harmony of the Seas, capable of accommodating more than 8,000 passengers and crew in the most luxurious conditions, was revealed Thursday at a French boatyard. At 66 meters (217 feet), it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-meter length makes it 50 meters longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. Among the onboard attractions are “The Ultimate Abyss”, a 10-storey slide from the top deck to the boardwalk. A giant climbing wall, a rope slide, mini-golf, surf simulator, floating jacuzzis, casino and 1,400-seat theatre playing Broadway musicals are among the other attractions. Two robot barmen will serve passengers in the “Bionic Bar”. The ship even has its own high street, and a “Central Park” deck featuring 12,000 plant species.
Located on the seventh floor of the Armani Hotel in Milan, Armani/Ristorante has been awarded its first Michelin star! Fusing Italian cuisine with culinary influences from around the world, this innovative, elegant space in the heart of the fashion district comprises an exclusive wine bar, a private dining room and the Armani/Bamboo Bar.
The untouched beauty of Félicité Island is where white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters give you the kind of welcome everyone dreams of. One of 115 islands in the Seychelles, the private island of Félicité combines the very personal discovery of natural beauty with every kind of creature comfort. The resort is found on the north side of the island.
There’s just no stopping Zaha Hadid. The world might have bid a tearful farewell to one of architecture’s most prized rebels last March but her work continues to awe and inspire. Slightly more than 2,000 kilometers away from Zaha Hadid Architects in London, in the quiet Italian city of Salerno, an oyster-like structure quietly looms over the Amalfi Coast. The building resembles an oyster, featuring a hard shell above a soft, fluid interior, complete with wavy lines that were Hadid’s trademark.
Michelin-starred chef Alan Ducasse is ready to set up a luxury hotel in Versailles. His company Lov Hotel Collection has been commissioned to revamp a set of three buildings: the Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon des premières cent marches that are located beside the palace’s Orangerie.
Source: Luxury Launches
The Netherlands–based Heesen Yachts launched the highly anticipated Galactica Super Nova (developed under the code name Project Kometa) superyacht in March. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Galactica Star, the 229-foot masterpiece is a sporty, speedy yacht that makes a statement on the water. Distinguished as the largest ship built by Heesen Yachts, it is also one of the fastest of its size. Utilizing the fast-displacement-hull technology pioneered by other Heesen Yachts, the boat can reach a top speed of 30 knots.
Source: Robb Report
In 2018, Four Seasons (working alongside real-estate-development firm Irongate) will open its first property in Los Cabos, Mexico. Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas will be stationed in the exclusive Costa Palmas resort community, a beachfront property set on a 2-mile stretch of powdery-white coastline. The 145-room Four Seasons retreat will feature a swath of five-star amenities, including multiple pools, a full-service spa, a members-only beach, and a Robert Trent Jones II–designed, 18-hole golf course. The property is also slated to include an international marina that can accommodate yachts up to 250 feet long, a yacht club, and a marina village with boutiques and cafés.
Source: Robb Report