Luxury Hotels in India-By Sneha Pingle

Hotels in India depict centuries-old Indian history. The hotels are architectural masterpieces that speak volumes about the Indian culture and heritage.

1.Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore


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Aman-i-Khas is a Mughal styled camping resort located in Ranthambore National Park. This luxury resort makes you experience the exotic wildlife of India. The 10 air-conditioned tents offer you every possible comfort available in the world. One-night stay in a tent will cost around                 ₹ 82,000. There is a private butler service for each tent and also a private Spa tent for unwinding and relaxing. The hotel owns a small private lake where dinners take place and authentic Rajasthani cuisine is served. Aman-i-Khas is also known for its Ranthambore adventures. These include safaris twice a day in Ranthambore National Park. This park is home to tigers, leopards, jackals, crocodiles, sambar deer and numerous bird species. Also, there are birdwatching treks near Banas riverbed. Overall Aman-i-Khas gets you in touch with the raw beauty of nature.

2.Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai


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The iconic Taj Mahal Palace, built in 1903 is a 5-star luxury hotel stands opposite to the Arabian Sea. The hotel has rooms overlooking the sea, city or pool with Indian-inspired architecture. Each room has a flatscreen TV, iPod dock, in-room safe, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Also, there is laundry service, concierge service and 24-hour butler service. Depending on the room or suite you select, staying here will cost between ₹ 19,000 and ₹ 95,000 per night. There are various restaurants here that offer fine dining like Golden Dragon, Masala Kraft, Shamiana, Souk and Wasabi by Morimoto. The cuisines served are Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Mediterranean. The hotel also offers a historical tour of the Palace wing. You can enjoy some pampering at Taj Salon or take up traditional Indian therapies at Jiva Spa. You can also enjoy a serene evening on Marine Drive or understand history and culture at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

3.The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra


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The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is the epitome of luxury. The hotel is a blend of Mughal and Moorish architecture with stunning view of fountains, lush lawns, pools and pavilions. The rooms and suites here have elegant modern interiors with large windows and some even have balconies. On an average one-night stay at Oberoi Amarvilas ranges from ₹ 52,000 to ₹ 1,100,000 per night. Each room of this hotel has an uninterrupted view of Taj Mahal, the monument of love. Here you can dine under the stars beside private pool and can also dine on a private balcony enjoying the breathtaking view of gardens, lakes and Taj Mahal. Also, you can rejuvenate yourself at the Taj Romance which is a spa with ancient Thai, Ayurvedic and Western therapies. The hotel also has state-of-the-art fitness centre.

4.Amanbagh, Ajabgarh


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Located in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges, Amanbagh is 2-hour away from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The hotel was designed by Ed Tuttle, who focused on blending contemporary designs with Indian architecture. Surrounded by lush greenery, the hotel has 37 air-conditioned rooms and suites with modern amenities. One-night stay at Amanbagh costs between ₹ 34,000 and ₹ 68,000. The traditional Rajasthani cuisine is served here where the ingredients are picked from the hotel’s two-acre organic garden. The hotel is also famous for its rooftop Chhatri dinner under the stars. Also, you can opt for village tours and tiger spotting in the jungle which was once hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Alwar. You can visit the centuries-old Ajabgarh fort and temple by foot or camel. The hotel offers massages, scrubs and facials at its spa and also you can daily practice yoga and meditate at the infamous Bhangarh Fort.

5. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


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Built in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is located in the middle of the Lake Pichola which was once featured in a James Bond movie. This luxury hotel is less than 1 km away from the City Palace in Udaipur. It is often referred to as a floating vision in marble. The elegant rooms and suites here have mesmerizing views of the Aravalli and Machla Marg Hills. Depending on the room you select, one-night stay at the hotel may cost around ₹ 23,000 to ₹ 500,000 per night. Some of the finest cuisines are served in restaurants at Taj Lake Palace. Neel Kamal, Bhairo, Jharokha and Amrit Sagar are the restaurants available at the hotel. You can also dine in 150-year old boat called Gangaur. You can also relax and get pampered in a unique floating spa, the Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace.

Diet Like Celebs-By Sneha Pingle.

Ever wondered how celebrities stay fit and are in good shape? Well, many of them put a lot of efforts in dieting, reducing weight and training with their personal trainers. But with life being chaotic and busy no one gets the time to hit the gym. So, we’re left with our only option – Dieting! Now if you just google the word diet, there will hundreds of diets that will be recommended. But how many of these diets are genuine and can be trusted.


So here we’ve a diet called The Zone Diet, which was created by Dr. Barry Sears. This diet has always been popular with celebrities who have tried it. Some of the celebrities who have followed this diet are Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, and Madonna.

The diet focuses on maintaining the hormone and insulin levels in the body by balancing fat, protein and carbs in your diet. This diet doesn’t promise weight loss starting from first week, but focuses on maintaining the weight at first. The diet for sure promises the weight that you will lose will be all fat, not muscle and water.

The Zone diet follows a specific ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. When on the diet, you can have 3 meals and 2 snacks in a day. The diet doesn’t completely ban a particular food, but carbs should be eaten in controlled amounts. So, carb-lovers you need to try a little harder.

The carbs recommended in the diet are the one with low glycemic index, which means when the food is consumed the sugar will be released at a slow rate which will prevent an increase in weight. Low-fat protein like fish, skinless chicken, turkey and egg whites and small amount of good fat, i.e., olive oil, almonds, avocado should be consumed.


Vegetables and fruits like corn, carrots, raisins, bananas should be avoided. Also, pasta, bread and grains should be consumed in minute quantities only. Fatty red meat and egg yolks are to be avoided at all conditions.

The calorie count is important in the Zone diet. It is recommended that women should consume about 1,200 calories in a day and men should consume 1,500 calories in a day.

How to follow the Zone diet?

In the beginning, it is difficult to balance out your meals and snacks as per the required ratio, but once you get the hang of it balancing your food will be easy. First, you need to divide your plate into thirds.

  • Protein – One third of your plate should include lean protein, approximately the size of your palm.
  • Carbohydrates – Two third of your plate should be carbohydrates that are low in sugar, mostly vegetables and fruits
  • Fat – A small amount of good fat like olive oil, nuts and avocado can be added to the meal and snack.0273

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    Following the Zone diet is not an easy task. Like the time interval between meals should be not more than 4-6 hours. Also, snacks should be consumed 2 hours prior or after a meal. A meal or snack should be consumed within an hour of waking up. An individual must drink 8 glasses of water a day.

    Living a healthy life is the need of the hour. So, pull your sock up! Try following the Zone diet for a better life.

10 Private Islands Around The World- By Pranesh Vaid

No 1

Robins Islands, NY- Owned by Louis Bacon (Founder and Chief Executive, Moore Capital Management)

Louis Moore Bacon spotted Robins Island as a young 20-something-year-old working on a charter fishing boat in the area. Years later, in 1993, then a Wall Street trader, Bacon bought the more than 400 unspoiled acres of forest, beaches off the coast of Long Island for $11 million.


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St. Phillips Islands, South Carolina- Owned by Ted Turner (Founder, Cable News Networks)

The pristine island, protected under a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, has 70 acres of long, white sandy beaches stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, ponds, a maritime forest, marshes and is teaming with fish and wildlife.


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Necker Islands, British Virgin Islands- Owned by Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)

It is 74 acres of Caribbean Eden in the British Virgin Islands. The island is committed to sustainable development, the local community and energy independence.


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New Holland Island, St. Petersburg, Russia- Owned by Roman Abramovich (Owner, Millhouse LLC)

The New York based architecture and urban design practice Work Architecture Company was retained by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (who owns development rights with a 100-year lease) to re-imagine the island into an urban playground and cultural centre with cafes, retail shops, galleries, offices, a hotel, housing, public park and other outdoor spaces, and a contemporary art museum with a launch pad for a hot air balloon from which visitors can view the city below.


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Skorpios Island, Greece- Owned by Ekaterina Rybolovleva (Businesswoman) /Dmitry Rybolovlev (Owner, Uralkali)

The small island was the site of the highly publicized wedding of late shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis to former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968. But the trophy property along with neighbouring islet of Sparti went to heiress Ekaterina Rybolovlev, daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2013 for a price reported to be about $150 million.


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Sampson Cay, The Bahamas- Owned by John C. Malone (Chairman, Liberty Media, Liberty Global and Qurate Retail Group)

The island was home to the Sampson Cay Club, a resort with five villas, a restaurant and a marina. But it was taken out of commercial use in August 2013 for renovation and will not reopen for business; Sampson Cay will be Malone’s private Bahamian paradise to enjoy with family and friends.


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Laucala Island, Fiji- Owned by Dietrich Mateschitz (CEO, Red Bull)

Wild orchids; deserted, white, sandy beaches; and “endless jungle” are just a few of the South Pacific delights on Laucala, a seven-square-mile private island refuge turned resort owned by Austrian energy-drink tycoon Dietrich Mateschitz.


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Lanai, Hawaii- Owned by Larry Ellison (CTO and Founder, Oracle)

Lawrence J. Ellison purchased almost all of the Hawaiian island of Lanai in 2012 for $300 million. He plans to transform his 98% of the 141-square-miles, known as “Pineapple Island” into a premier tourist destination and a better place for locals to live, all in an economically viable, totally green way, news accounts say. It includes everything from widespread renewable energy and charging stations for electric cars to growing and exporting gourmet produce and creating organic wineries. And perfume will be made the traditional way, like in France – from flowers.


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Brecqhou, Channel Islands, UK- Owned by David and Fredrick Barclay (Owners, Press Holdings)

British billionaire identical twins David and Frederick Barclay, known to be fiercely protective of their privacy, bought the remote island getaway in 1993. The brothers, who were knighted in 2000 for their charitable work and whose assets include major newspapers and luxury hotels, spent more than 20 years doing development work that, according to news reports include: a large turreted Gothic-style castle, a helipad, a carp pond with a bridge modelled on Monet’s at Giverney, swimming pools, and olive groves, vineyards, and landscaped gardens.


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Moskito Islands, British Virgin Islands- Owned by Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)

Just two miles and a short boat ride away from Necker Island, Richard Branson continues to share the love on Moskito Island, the British Virgin Islands property he acquired in 2007 and has since transformed into a luxury resort.


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Successful Indian Personalities -By Pranesh Vaid


Radhika Ghai Aggarwal (Co-Founder & CMO,

She has a decade and a half of marketing experience in industries like fashion & lifestyle, ecommerce, retail, advertising & public relations. Radhika Ghai Aggarwal co-founded in Silicon Valley in 2011. Currently it is India’s first and largest fully managed marketplace. It has more than 7 million visitors every month, serves nine thousand cities, towns and villages in India. She has previously worked with Nordstrom in strategy planning and with Goldman Sachs in its Wealth Management group. Radhika has an MBA from Washington University and also holds a post graduate degree in Advertising and Public Relations.


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Sushil Kumar (Wrestler)

Sushil Kumar is a renowned Indian World Champion wrestler. He has won gold medal in the FILA 2010 World Wrestling Championships, a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He hails from a lower-middle class family and his father was a DTC bus driver and his mother is a housewife. Despite the minimal funds available, poor training facilities and lack of dietary supplements, Sushil Kumar became a world-renowned Wrestling Champion by his hard work and sheer determination.


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Nawazuddin Siddique (Actor)

Nawazuddin Siddique is known for his intense role and mind-blowing acting. He is one of the best actors Bollywood has ever got. He always dreamed of becoming an actor, but failed to get any support from others as he lacked the looks of a Bollywood hero. Despite that he moved to Delhi and joined a theatre group. After gaining some acting skills he applied for movies in Bollywood. After a long spell of struggle his fortunes finally turned around and he got a good in the movie named Peppli Live. Since then, there is no looking back.0253

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 Sabina Chopra (Founder,

Sabina Chopra is the co-founder of Before starting Yatra, she was the head of operations (India) at eBookers, Europe’s leading online travel company. She has also worked with Japan Airlines and in the business process outsourcing sector. With more than a decade and a half of work experience, she is in charge of sales and operations. She also looks after the start-up’s domestic hotel business. Sabina has also been felicitated during the second annual Women Leaders in India Awards, 2010.


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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has one the best in-flight comforts and privacy. Part of the flight has normal seats, whereas the other half which consists of the luxury suites is cocooned by the rest. One has an option to choose from single and double bed in the luxury suites. The passengers get access to a fancy bar, soothing spas, and food as per their taste buds. The suites are offered for a price tag ranging from $5,500 to $23,000.


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This is one of the most luxurious airlines in the world. The economy and business class seats are no less comfortable than any other competitor. Whereas the Diamond First Class seats gives you no chance to complain about anything. The fare of this class ranges from $600 to $1500. All passengers are greeted by name, offered a complimentary box of Belgian chocolates and food choices are given directly to the chef.


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One of the best places to be in is the First Class Suites by Emirates. The suites have a full bed, a welcome kit by Bulgari, a separate bathroom for first class passengers with shower facilities. One can choose from a variety of wines and liquors at the bar.


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All Nippon Airways

Though this Japanese Airlines does not have private cabins, but the bedding arrangements and food makes it one of the strongest contenders for the tag of the most luxurious airline. The first class seats are very spacious with ample leg and walking room. The passengers are provided with pyjamas and a cardigan for a cosy night sleep.


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Luxury Hotels Around The World-By Sneha Pingle.

As Coco Chanel rightly said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Here are some of the world class hotels in the world.

  1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai. 0216

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the symbol of luxury in Dubai. It resembles a billowing sail in shape which makes it one of a kind. It is located on an artificial island which is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. All the rooms in this hotel are luxurious duplex suites with a breathtaking view of the Arabian Gulf. Some of the over-the-top facilities offered by this prestigious hotel are outdoor as well as indoor swimming pools, a private beach, spas, personal chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, 24/7 personal butler service and helicopter trips from its iconic helipad.

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah has nine world-class restaurants and bars. One of them is Al Mahara, an underwater restaurant which is surrounded by magnificent aquarium. Al Muntaha is another restaurant that is located at the top of the hotel giving the perfect view of the Dubai skyline. One-night stay at Burj Al Arab Jumeriah costs around Rs.95,000 to Rs.150,000.

2.One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives


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Want to have some privacy or do some soul searching, then hop on the next flight to the Maldives? One&Only Reethi Rah is your ultimate destination. Surrounded by the crystal clear Indian Ocean, this Maldives resort offers the grand luxury experience. It is an all-villa resort with 12 beaches. This resort offers three kinds of villas – beach villas, water villas and grand sunset residence. Each villa is surrounded by lush greenery and have its own swimming pool. But who needs a swimming pool when you’ve the Indian Ocean at your feet.

The resort has two tennis courts, Maldives’ first ever sun spa, watersports centre, golf simulator, Maldives’ first ever climbing wall, luxury boutique. There are many restaurants and spas in the resort which offer the best cuisines around the world. Some of them are Reethi restaurant, Rah Bar, Beach Club, Fanditha and Botanica. The prices of villas at One&Only Reethi Rah range between Rs.120,000 and Rs.297,000 approximately.

3. The Dorchester, London


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The Dorchester is a five-star hotel located in Mayfair, London. This historic hotel is next to the Hyde Park. The hotel has hosted some of the renowned celebrities like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were famous for their role in the film, Cleopatra. There are 250 rooms and suites, which depict the classic English heritage with modern luxury. You can have a suite with park view or Mayfair view along with a personal butler. The price of rooms and suites at The Dorchester range between Rs.65,000 and RS.400,000 per night.

The Dorchester offers you some of the world’s finest cuisines at its restaurants and bars. Some of them are The Grill, Alain Ducasse, The Promenade, China Tang, The Spatisserie, The Bar and Parcafé. The hotel is also known for hosting the most elegant weddings in London. And also, the hotel is only a mile away from the fashion paradise of London, the Bond Street. You’ll find the latest designers here from Chanel and Jimmy Choo to Ralph Lauren.

4.Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, Geneva


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Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues is an iconic landmark of Geneva. The hotel is located on the shore of Lake Geneva giving the mesmerizing view of Jet d’Eau fountain and snow-clad Swiss Alps. The rooms and suites of the hotel were designed by the well-known interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. There are 115 rooms and suites in this contemporary styled hotel. Some of the guest favorites are Deluxe Bedroom, Executive Loft Suite and Presidential Suit. Staying a night at Four Seasons Hotel may cost from Rs.60,000 to Rs.310,000.

The fine dining restaurant IL Lago offers an excellent gastronomic experience. Also, you can enjoy a drink or two at Le Bar des Bergues. If you’re looking to unwind over the vacation, you can relax in a sauna, jacuzzi and spa room of the hotel. There is a rooftop infinity edge pool overlooking the Lake Geneva. This hotel is located in a prime location wherein it is just a walk away from the shopping district of Geneva, Rue Du Rhone.

5. One&Only Cape Town, South Africa


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Situated in Cape Town, One&Only Cape Town offers spectacular view of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The waterfront is well-known tourist attraction and the South Africa’s oldest working harbor. It is a great spot for shopping and fine dining.  The rooms and suites here are urban chic style with a backdrop of Table Mountain. The in-room amenities like iPod dock, flatscreen TV, minibar, Charlotte Rhys bathroom products and many more are provided by the hotel. The rooms here cost from Rs.60,000 to Rs.200,000 per night.

The in-house restaurants, Reubens, Isola and Nobu provide world-class food. The resort also has two bars, Vista Bar and Wine Loft. The resort is equipped with exclusive private Spa Island. You can unwind at the spa which has jacuzzi, sauna and massage rooms. Pearl Valley Golf Estate is one of the best golf courses in South Africa. The resort is also known for hosting weddings, corporate meetings and events. And when you’re here, you can visit beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town Diamond Museum and magnificent Table Mountain

6. The Plaza, New York


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The Plaza Hotel is an iconic landmark located in Manhattan, New York City. The hotel is right next to Central Park and 5th Avenue. The streets of 5th Avenue are famous for having some of the upscale brands like Jimmy Choo, Loui Vuitton, Gianni Versace and Sephora. This 19th century hotel has 282 rooms and suites that are inspired by the elegant French décor of Louis XV. Some of the rooms have the beautiful view of Central Park. The Plaza is well-known for having latest technologies like in-room iPad in its spacious rooms. Also, the bathrooms have 24-karat gold plated fixtures giving you the essence of luxury. The per night cost of staying at this hotel lies between Rs.58,000 and Rs.330,000 depending on the suite you select.

The Plaza has restaurants like The Palm Court, The Champagne Bar, The Rose Club and The Todd English Food Hall, which offer some of the best cuisines in the world. The hotel offers signature white glove butler service to all suite guests. You can also relax, rejuvenate and recharge at Guerlain Spa, La Palestra fitness centre, Warren Tricomi Salon and Skinney Medspa. The Plaza has its own Boutique and Beauty Shoppe where you can buy gifts, accessories and apparels. Also, you can shop at 5th Avenue and explore the streets of Manhattan.


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Located on the tropical island of Bora Bora, the St. Regis Resort is a luxury accommodation with a backdrop of Mount Otemanu. The serene atmosphere of French Polynesia is a haven of tranquility. St Regis is an all-villa resort with magnificent view of the lagoon. The air-conditioned villas have outdoor shower, in-room safe, minibar, a Bose player, coffee maker and high-speed internet access. One-night stay at the St. Regis resort will cost you between Rs.55,000 and Rs.350,000 depending on the villa you choose.

St. Regis offers you a fine dining experience with its famous restaurants like Lagoon Restaurant, Bam Boo, Te Pahu Restaurant and Aparima Bar. The resort is also well-known for its Miri Miri Spa. So just relax and enjoy the massage. Also, there is 24/7 butler service and access to the fitness centre. You can also visit the historic site, Bora Bora WWII Guns which is just 2 km away from the resort. You can also spend your day relaxing on a beach side cabana or do some activities like snorkeling and windsurfing.

8.Ritz Paris, Paris


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The Ritz Paris, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The hotel is an architectural masterpiece with suites overlooking Place Vendôme. This iconic hotel was founded in 1898 which offers the classic French décor with modern facilities. The hotel has 142 rooms and suites that reflect absolute sophistication. Depending of the suite you select, the cost of staying at the hotel per night will range from Rs.80,000 to Rs.250,000. Ritz is also known to host some of the famous people like Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana and many more.

The hotel is just 1 km away from the Louvre and Champs-Élysées. Louvre is a former royal palace, which held the famous Mona Lisa painting until it was stolen in the year 1911. Champs-Élysées is the ultimate shopping destination known for having outlets of the most prestigious designers in the world. Ritz has restaurants and bars that not only offer French cuisine, but also international cuisine. Les Jardins de l’Espadon, La Table de l’Espadon, Bar Vendôme, Bar Hemingway and Ritz Bar are some of the restaurants and bars of the hotel. Ritz Escoffier is a cooking school in the hotel’s kitchen. The hotel also has a unique spa where you can relax.

9.Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice


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The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is set on the Giudecca island in Italy. This 5-star hotel offers amazing views from the Doge’s Palace to the St. Giorgio church. The rooms and suites here have elegant interiors with garden or Venice lagoon views. Flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary newspaper daily, free Wi-fi and an iPod docking station are some of the in-room amenities available at the Hotel Cipriani. One-night stay at the hotel will cost between Rs.53,000 and Rs.400,000.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Wellness Centre, private marina, children’s club and tennis court. It also offers tours to exclusive parts of the lagoon and complimentary boat service to enjoy the St. Mark’s square. The hotel has some of the renowned restaurants of the world like Oro restaurant, Clip’s Club, Porticciolo Pool Restaurant, Gabbiano Poolside Bar and Giudecca 10. The Boutique at the hotel reflects the Venetian fashion and the cultural heritage of Venice. There is also a food boutique which is known for Italian gourmet food. When you are here you can explore the remote islands of Venetian lagoon or enjoy wine tasting at Venice’s secret wineries.

10. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles


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From the time of its inauguration The Beverly Hills Hotel is known to host Hollywood film stars, rock stars and celebrities. The hotel is also known as the ‘Pink Palace’. The rooms and suites in this hotel have elegant designs that capture the essence of California. iPod dock, flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary newspaper daily and coffee maker are some of the facilities available at the hotel. Also, the hotel has 23 exclusive bungalows that are like private homes. Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel will cost around between Rs.65,000 and Rs.185,000 per night.

Polo Lounge, The Cabana Café, Fountain Coffee Room, Bar Nineteen12 are some of the fine dining options at Beverly Hills Hotel. The hotel’s swimming pool has underwater music playing. Also, there is state-of-the-art fitness centre where you can workout. You can enjoy some pampering with facials, massages, nailcare at The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa. The hotel is located near many landmarks like Will Rogers Memorial Park, Greystone Mansion, Runyon Canyon. You can go visit these landmarks and also shop at nearby luxury brands.


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Biltmore Estate- Asheville, North Carolina

It is a huge (6950.4 acre) private estate and tourist attraction. The main residence – Baltimore House, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built between the year 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II. It is the largest privately-owned house in the USA, having 1,78,926 square feet of floor space. It is still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants. It has 250 room, 3 kitchens, and 19th century novelties like forced air heating, electric elevators, fire alarms, centrally controlled clocks, and a call-bell system. The Banquet Hall is the largest room in the house, measuring 42 feet wide and 72 feet long, with 70-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceiling. One can stay at the hotel, an inn, and a cottage on the grounds. The house also features 70,000 gallon indoor swimming pool, 23,000-book library, and bowling alley. The estate has a winery farm, gardens, and stables.


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Safran Mansion- Sao Paulo, Brazil

It is owned by the Brazilian banker (net worth $15.9 billion as per Forbes 2013) Mr Joseph Safra. This mansion is reminiscent of Villa Loepolda, a French Riviera mansion that was once owned by his brother Edmond (check out No 6 on the list). Housing 130 rooms, it is surrounded by a high wall and the mansion is nearly 1,17,000 square feet, as per a Brazilian newspaper Folha. It also has two swimming pools, of which one is indoor. It is the largest private residence in Sao Paulo, and is located in the Morumbi neighbourhood, next to city’s second biggest home.


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Versailles- Windermere, Florida

 It is an 85,000 square feet house owned by the founders of Westgate Resorts, Mr David Siegel and Mrs Jacqueline Siegel. The construction began in the year 2004 and the work was stalled in the year 2009 due to financial difficulties faced by the company. The house was also listed for sale, but with improvements in the financial stabilities, the construction work started and the ownership still belongs to the couple. The completion date is pushed to atleast 2019. Once the project is completed, it will be the largest single-family home in the USA. The house features 32 bathrooms, 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, arcade, salon, movie theatre, and gym. Also, one has the option to dive into any of the six pools. It also has parking spaces for 30 cars.0208

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Witanhurst London- England

Witanhurst, which, in Old English, means “Parliament on the Hill”, was designed by George Hubbard to portray the Georgian-style Parkfield estate that earlier stood on the property. It has a 70 foot swimming pool, two basements, movie theatre, gym, a sauna, and parking spaces. The living space of the house adds upto 90,000 square feet. It is owned by the Russian billionaire Andrey Guryev.0209

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The One, Bel-Air, California

This massive 1,00,000 square feet mansion is expected to hit the market this year. When the construction is completed, the house will feature 20 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, five elevators, five to seven infinity pools, a casino, and an indoor night club with walls and clings made up of jellyfish aquarium. The One is actually a 73,934 square feet main house and with some adjacent structures makes up the total figure. It has a panoramic view of Los Angeles city.


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Villa Leopolda- The French Riviera

The mansion is located on the hills of Villefrache-sur-mer and Beaulieu-sur-mer, near the Mediterranean city of Nice. It was originally constructed by King Leopold II of Belgium. The mansion was used as a military hospital during World War I. The villa sits on 18 acres of land and is currently owned by the Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov. It houses 12 swimming pools, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, 19 deluxe rooms, 14 bathrooms, antique furnitures, and terraces.


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Pensmore- Highlandville, Missouri

Estimated to stand for 2,000 years from the year of completion (2016), the chateau-styled mansion is located in the Ozark Mountains, which spreads more than 72,000 square feet. The mega house is composed entirely of concrete and the concrete shell is reinforced with “Helix” steel fibre. The exterior walls are 12 inch thick. It is a five-storeyed mansion, having 14 bathrooms and 13 bedrooms. The villa is designed to survive earthquakes, tornadoes, and bomb blasts. It is owned by Steven Huff, chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems.


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Fair Field- Sagaponack, New York

Ira Rennert’s Fair Field areas 64,389 square feet of living space, and with other structures on the plot the total area sums up to 1,10,000 square feet. It houses 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a bowling alley, two lawn tennis courts, two squash courts, three swimming pools, a synagogue, two courtyards, an orangery, a 164-seat home theatre and a $150,000 hot tub.0213

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No 9

Taohuayuan- Suzhou,China

It is situated on the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taohuayuan, meaning Utopia, literally means ‘Peach Blossom Land’. It has an area of 72,441 square feet and was sold to Chinese Real Estate Tycoon, Hongtian Chen in July 2016 for $154 million. The house is also known as the “One Billion Yuan Luxury Home.” What is amazing about this house is that, all the brickwork and plants are handcrafted by Xiangshanbang Traditional Architectural and Building Skills. There are a total of 32 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms, with all the bedrooms facing south, desired by many for optimal natural light. It also houses a mist-covered pond, huge wine cellar, and a swimming pool, and yes a beautiful view to the Dushu Lake.


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No 10

Antilla- Mumbai, India

It is the world’s largest and most expensive private residential property. Owned by the chairman of Reliance Industries – Mukesh Ambani, Antilla is a 27 storey skyscraper, standing at a height of 550 feet and having living space of 4,00,000 square feet. In order to prevent the repetition of architectural elements, no two floors have identical building material or floor plan. It has a staff of 600 to maintain the house 24 hours a day. The house was designed to survive an earthquake (8 on Richter scale). It is loaded with three helipads, swimming pool, spa, gym, outdoor gardens, 50 seat theatre, six floors of parking space, and nine elevators. One can see the Arabian Sea from the top. It costs more than $2 billion.


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‘A picture is worth a thousand words’… To elaborate, the story that a painting depicts depends on the eyes of the observers. The same art piece will be deconstructed differently by different people and will receive various comments. Nonetheless, an artist never stops creating the mesmerizing artworks with its magic wand and keeps on pouring out its heart with vibrant colours from the palette.

I would like to present you India’s Top 5 Paintings. Get ready to be awestruck by the wonderful curio, painted with fine strokes, soothing colours, and enchanting message that wait to be riddled.

Cinco, cuatro, tres, dos, uno… let it begin.

*The paintings are not in any particular order and are randomly listed.

No 1

This collectors’ piece was created by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1979), this golden yellow landscape in oils was auction-off for $3.8 Mn. It measures 60 * 40 inches.0195

No 2

Again, a spectacular piece of art by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1996), it bears the signature of the artist in Hindi and also has a Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) label on the reverse. This painting provokes new discoveries with every viewing, showing the balance of light, texture, colour and space that Gaitonde perfected over his career. It is oil on canvas measuring 55 * 40 inches and was auctioned-off $4.09 Mn.


No 3

Next on the list is an amazing painting by the Goa- born artist Francis Newton Souza, – “Birth.” This art piece is considered to be one of the most important works of his career. Painted in the year 1955, this painting was also included in his first solo show at Gallery One in London. The painting portrays the pain a pregnant female figure experiences while giving birth to her child.

F N Souza is known for his paintings, which primarily put more emphasis on darker poignant side of the society. This oil on board was sold for a record price of $4.085 Mn at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2015. It is oil on board measuring 48 * 96 inches.


No 4

Second to the end on this list is Syed Halder Raza’s “Tapovan.” It is considered as an important piece and was painted in 1970s. Tapovan, or the forest of meditation, invokes a deep sense of nature and night by fusing abstract, symbolic forms into powerful and mystic expression of the mood and atmosphere of the Indian nightscape. This acrylic on canvas measuring 62 7/8 * 74 3/8 inches was auctioned-off for $4.45 Mn.


No 5

The last one to make to this list is yet another masterpiece by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1995) is oil on canvas bears the signature of the artist in Hindi. Further, it is inscribed and dated ‘V S Gaitonde 95’ on the reverse. It measure 55 ¼ * 40 1/8 inches. It was auctioned-off for $4.41 Mn.




OH MY MY!!! This is the car I have been dreaming about day and night. The car itself defines the Luxury.

This Japanese sedan has been very popular around the world, and since March 2017 it has been looking to enter its luxury sedan in the Indian market.

It strongly competes with Mercedes- Maybach S500, Mercedes S class and BMW 7 series.


The company has priced the Luxury variant at ₹ 1.77 crore, the Ultra Luxury variant at ₹ 1.82 crore and Distinct variant at ₹ 1.93 crore.

The company has set itself apart from the rest of the luxury car makers by multiplying its hybrid-electric portfolio instead of just launching conventional petrol and diesel powertrains on its cars.

The LS 500h is a stylish sedan features the signature, oversized Lexus spindle grille, sharp character lines, LED headlamps and 20-inch alloy wheels that lend the car a distinct premium look.

The sedan measures 5,235mm in length, 1,900mm in width and gets a wheelbase of 3,125mm. It comes with air suspension and will be available in hybrid form, powered by a V6 petrol-hybrid unit.

The Lexus LS 500h uses a 3.5-litre petrol engine assisted by two electric motors delivering a combined output of 354hp. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission .

It reaches the 100kph in just 5.4 seconds. Lexus also claims the LS 500h average would be 15 kilometres to a litre.


In India, the sedan will be available with air suspension, 28-way adjustable front seats, heated seats with massage function, 12.3-inch wide infotainment screen with navigation. A 2,400-watt, 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround system.

The rear seat passengers can recline the backrest by up to 48 degrees and there’s also an option of an extended footrest. Active noise suspension package is offered as standard.

So here I would like to bring to an end with my Blog and rember one thing..

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Greatest Architects in the world – By Sandeep Mathe

1.Antoni Gaudi

 He spent his entire career in Barcelona. His most famous project is Cathedral known as  La Sagrada Familia, 1883. His style was an ornate mix of Baroque, Gothic, Moorish and Victorian elements that often featured ornamental tile-work, and drew upon forms found in nature. His another famous project is inspired by the multi-peak mountain just outside of Barcelona that is  the apartment block known as the Casa Milla. His work can be admired generations together.


2.Frank Lloyd wright

A Wisconsin native, Wright revolutionize 20th-century architect. Inspired by the low-lying building that dotted the American plains, Wright created the Prairie House style as a reaction the prevailing Victorian aesthetic, which emphasized dark decor, and busy embellishments both inside and out.  His most famous building is Falling Water resembles the natural water falls


3.Mies Van der Rohe

German architect Mies Van der Rohe stripped architecture to elemental geometric forms, pointing the way to MinimalismHis designs emphasized rationalism and efficiency as the route to beauty, an approached exemplified by The Barcelona Pavilion, built to house Germany’s exhibit for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.

His most famous architecture is The Barcelona Pavilion, 1929.


4.Phillip Johnson

Johnson’ role as the founding director of MoMA’s Department of Architect had an enormous impact on the field, making him a gatekeeper who helped to shape architectural trends from 1935 onward. He was also a designer. His most famous project was “ The Glass House “ 1949.

5.Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen’s mid-century designs served as a welcome correctiveSaarinen employed swooping curves that gave his architecture a sense of soaring transcendence—most especially in his 1962 JFK terminal for the now-defunct TWA airlines.

Eero Saarinen, The TWA terminal, 1962

6.Richard Rogers

British architect Richard Rogers was a leading proponent of the style. This building, designed as Paris’s central institution for Modern and contemporary art, suggests a structure turning inside out, with its heating and plumbing systems worn as the façade.

Richard Rogers, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1977

7.Frank Gehry

This West Coast architect is undoubtedly the most famous in the world right now, thanks to his 1997 design for the Guggenheim Museum branch in Bilbao, Spain. The Guggenheim Bilbao remains the finest example of a style he’s applied to innumerable commissions, like Disney Hall in Los Angeles and MIT’s Stata Center in Cambridge MA. Clad in titanium.

The Guggenheim Bilbao, 1997

8.Norman Foster

Norman Foster worked early in career as an associate of Buckminster Fuller, the noted visionary and inventor of the geodesic dome. Norman Foster, The Gerkin, 2004, Its pickle-like form tapering to a point has become an international icon, as synonymous with London as the Eiffel tower is with Paris.

9.Renzo Piano

Unlike other architects, Italian architect Renzo Piano isn’t recognized for having a singular style. Instead, his building have been eclectic, ranging from the Neo-Brutalism of his design for the Whitney Museum’s home in the Meatpacking District, to the elegant, light-filled Menil Collection in Houston Texas, which resembles an overgrown version of a mid-century house by West Coast modernist, Richard Neutra.

Renzo Piano, The Shard, 2013

10.Santiago Calatrava

The work of this Spanish architect has been described as Neofuturist, although sci-fi baroque might be closer to describing it. His buildings often resemble the ribcages of extinct robotic dinosaurs, if such things existed.  His projects definitely attracted worldwide attention—and garnered a reputation for massive cost overruns.

Santiago Calatrava, The WTC Transit Hub, 2016.