Destination Wedding – By Shashank Patekar

How to choose the best place for your marriage?

Wedding are a gala affairs for us Indians, if it isn’t a big fat Indian Wedding, then it really isn’t a wedding, so how do you make sure that you be the perfect hosts and choose the best place to host your wedding. Worry not we at Ultra Rich are here to solve your destination Wedding jitters.

The key to deciding the perfect wedding location, is understanding your aspiration, believe us, it does not get simpler than this, just sit in a quiet room, and ponder upon the places of your dream, do not think of all the magazines and other rankings, because your wedding would be perfect because you liked it, not because XYZ website rated it number one, they are only useful once you have the right flavor in mind, just ponder over, what scenery do you like the best, is it snow clad mountains, beaches, palaces, lakes or any other thing you fancy, once you have the clarity of what it is you truly want, is the tie you really start preparing for it, planning for wedding is a herculean task, and so we best recommend , meditate before you get busy, clear your mind and take the decision, is it going to Goa, Udaipur, Kerala or Kauai.

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ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE VACATION DESTINATIONS: PARIS – By Alisha

Paris has started to develop as one of the most expensive tourist destinations after New York. Its charming Café culture, French love of pastries, wine and chocolate, and picturesque Eiffel Tower lit up at night especially all add up to giving Paris a reputation of city of romance.

If one wishes to travel Paris the most suitable itinerary for him/her would be:

Day 1: Spend the first day walking around Paris visiting places like: Champs- Elysees and Arc de Triomphe , Jardin des Tuileries , Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Saint Sulpice, etc.

Day 2: Use one full day to visit three most renound museums in Paris: The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de I’Orangerie.

Day 3: Visit the Palace of Versailles. A trip to the Palace of Versailles takes a full day, as it’s located outside the city.

Day 4: Visit what Paris is known for: The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is beautiful and best seen in the early morning to avoid the crowds.

Day 5: Visit Paris Catacombs: the endless winding tunnels house thousands of bones.

Père Lachaise Cemetery:  Finish off the day with a train ride east of the city center to visit Paris’s most famous graveyard, where you’ll see the graves of celebrities like Antonio de La Gandara, Honoré de Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Gertrude Stein, and Oscar Wilde.

Paris is not just about the above mentioned places, there are a lot more tourist destinations that will soothe the eyes of travelers. Here is a list of the most famous landmarks in Paris:

  1. Centre Pompidou: Designed in the 1970s by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and Gianfranco Franchini. Its color-coded, tubular façade (green pipes are plumbing, blue ducts are climate control, electrical wires are yellow), with an elevator that climbs in diagonals up the front, and high tech style attract every tourist.
  2. The Sacre- Coeur Basilica: Designed by Paul Abadie between 1875 and 1914, crowns the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
  3. La Grande Arche: The 20th-century counterpart to the Arc de Triomphe—was conceived by Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen and completed by French architect Paul Andreu. The structure is made from a concrete frame encased in glass and Carrara marble.
  4. Fondation Louis Vuitton: An art museum located on the outer rim of Paris in the 16th arrondissement and has glass sails.
  5. The Opera Garnier: It was built in the late 19th century by Charles Garnier and famously served as the setting of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.

 

Paris is a place which always excites travelers by its culture and a lot of picturesque places to visit including royals castles and lavish Cathedrals. One can never get enough of Paris in just one visit. Paris always has exciting things to offer in every visit.

 

FIVE MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS IN INDIA – By Subham Das

India, the country which carries the blend of different races as a result of its rich history, reflects the same blend in its ancient exuberant palaces. Those magnificent buildings have been carrying the proof of royal lifestyle of Indian ultra-rich people of those days. Modern India is carrying the legacy of making the affluent feel like royalty with a range of marvellous hotels in different places throughout the country. Here we are presenting some of them which are class apart.

  • The Oberoi Udaivilas: The 4th Best Hotel in the world doesn’t need any chronicle to elucidate its beauty. The Kohinoor Suite with private pool, garden terrace and other luxurious amenities costs INR 10,00,000 per night.
  • Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Jaipur, as a city, is flamboyant enough to make one taste the royalty with its great palaces and rich heritage. Rambagh palace has its own ancient history as it was the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The Sukh Niwaas and the Suryavanshi Suites in this palace costs around INR 7,50,000 per night.
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Situated in the middle of the Lake Pichola in Udaipur, this 18th century marble palace has been famous as it belonged to the great Mewar dynasty. Being passed through many royal handovers, this hotel is currently in Tata Group’s hand. Once featured in a James Bond movie, this hotel features butler service, while the opulent rooms offer lake and palace views, minibars and period furniture. Suits add panoramic views and ceiling frescoes. The presidential suite in this palace costs around INR 6,00,000 per night.
  • The Leela palace, New Delhi: The Leela Palace is the perfect fusion of Indian culture and Lutyen’s architecture. With 194 premium rooms, 42 Royal club rooms and 18 suites including dedicated Butler and access to Royal club lounge and amenities, this huge property costed 18 billion INR to construct. The Dining facility offers with multiple choices like The Qube (all day dining); Jamavar (signature Indian restaurant); Megu (Japanese restaurant); Le Cirque Signature (fine-dining Franco Italian restaurant); The Library Bar and The Lobby Lounge. Tariff of The Maharaja suite is INR 4,50,000 per night.
  • The Oberoi, Gurgaon: With its great location and proximity to the national capital, this place is renowned for its ecstatic design as it was shortlisted in the Built Projects Category at the 2012 edition for the Best Hotel Design of the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore. Premier Suite with pool, WiFi, breakfast & two-way airport transfers costs INR 5,00,000 a night.

4 Luxury Airlines – By Chandana Sruthi Geddam

Flying Hotels

                Who wouldn’t desire to travel around in luxurious flights? Flying need not always equate overcrowded planes, bland food, no arm-space and cramped seats. These factors make flying an uncomfortable ordeal. But, is there any other way? Can one have complete privacy while flying too? Or breakfast in bed among clouds? Yes, these are no longer just dreams and one can enjoy seamless journey from start to finish. There are some airlines that can transform the whole view about flying. Let’s have a look at the most luxurious airlines and their services around the world.

 

Image Credits: Etihad Airways. Retrieved from http://www.etihad.com/en/experience-etihad/flying-reimagined/the-residence/

Etihad Airways’ “The Residence” tops the list of most luxurious air travel. This is designed for two people travelling together. This is an upper deck three-room cabin that includes a double bedroom, living room and shower room.  The living room comes with a luxurious leather double-seat sofa, two dining tables and a 32-inch flat-screen TV with noise-cancelling headphones. The bedroom comes with a 6-foot 10-inch double bed, with designer Italian bed linen and a 27-inch flat-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. The shower room comes with a full-height shower, luxury amenities, bathrobes, a vanity unit with magnifying make-up mirror and hairdryer. A personal butler and gourmet chef are also at service in this suite. All these facilities surely give the feeling of stay in a luxurious hotel rather than travelling at 40,000 feet in the air.

 

Image Credits: Singapore Airlines. Retrieved from https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/us/flying-withus/cabins/suites/

Next in the list is Singapore airlines. Singapore Airlines Suites cabin is crafted by French luxury yacht interior designer Jean-Jacques Coste. Every individual cabin has its own sliding door and window blinds that gives complete privacy. These individual suites are finished in cream and brown, and accented with leather and wood that create a cosy and homely atmosphere. Cabins are equipped with a chaise lounge, large table, a separate bed (not converted from the seat). Acclaimed chefs serve cuisines from all over the world. Restaurant setting is also available where they serve food of the guest’s choice with full table service. Not to forget the wine that matches the food. A 23-inch personal LCD with noise-cancelling headphones is also provided with over 1000 entertainment options.

 

Image Credits: Cathay Pacific Airlines. Retrieved from https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_LK/about-us/press-room/press-release/2013/cathay-pacific-unveils-rejuvenated-first-class-product-with-fresh-new-look-and-additional-features.html

Cathay Pacific’s First Class travelling provides faster check-in, access to premium lounges across the world, world-class service from attentive flight attendants who greets the travellers by name and welcome them aboard with a welcoming drink of choice. First class travelling includes a private suit with padded with soft leather and comfortable fabrics. The travellers can even enjoy in-chair massages by easily adjust the seat with 4.3” touchscreen controller. When its time to sleep, the staff transforms the seat into one of the widest fully flat beds in the sky, with a thick mattress. A large, private working area also comes with the package. Other services include Do-Not-Disturb service button and a Wake-Up Call service. A dedicated culinary team serves with international cuisines. High definition TV screens are there for entertainment, with wide range of options. They also include a luxury Aesop amenity kit and a cosy sleep suit as a part of their service.

 

Image Credits: Emirates. Retrieved from: https://www.emirates.com/us/english/experience/cabin-features/first-class.aspx

Emirates’ first class travelling provides complete privacy with floor-ceiling doors. Lighting and temperature can be controlled as per wish. A shower spa, with organic seaweed skincare range from award-winning Irish brand VOYA is also included. The onboard Lounges, which feature a sleeker design, with a clean ivory palette and bronze and wood-grain accents are a great place for socializing. Emirates also provides the world’s first moisturizing sleepwear for the skies in their first class. Personal dining service at all time just enhances the experience.

            With all these facilities, it is really not an exaggeration to call these flights ‘flying hotels.’ All these services just make a person desire to travel on these flights, don’t they? These flights make for an unforgettable travelling. Services like this make them attractive and the ultimate choice of ultra-rich people. Ultra Rich Match is a one stop solution for all wedding preparations like match-making, wedding planning and honeymoon packages for ultra-rich people. These travelling services are apt for a newly married couple who would want their privacy.

Five Mostly Exclusive Island in the world – By Atul Panthi

  1. Musha Cay, The Bahamas

Part of the “Out Islands” of the Exumas, Musha Cay and The Islands of Copperfield Bay (as in David Copperfield) are a collection of eleven beautiful isles of pure private heaven. As the resort claims, you get to choose who the guests are. It’s an all-or-nothing affair: you must rent the entire island with as many as 24 guests in five guesthouses. The daily rate starts at $37,500 for up to 12 guests, and includes all meals and beverages. Diving, deep-sea fishing, a personal fireworks show, and even a customized treasure hunt can be added on.

  1. Cayo Espanto, Belize

Just a short boat rides from the mainland, this tiny four-acre island offers some serious pampering. A personal chef, personal dive master, butler, and the entire staff out on the dock to great you as you arrive. Then you have your own villa – there are only seven – right on the emerald water’s edge with infinity plunge pools. Rates are all-inclusive and start at $1,295 USD per night per villa. Or you can rent the whole island with a group of friends for $11,000.

  1. Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

The island has 850 acres, it has no public access and yet seven white-sand beaches for an average of about 30 guests. The island is rich with plants and animals, especially bird species, and snorkeling is possible on three reefs. Sign up for yoga or tennis lessons, and have a drink at The Club, a colonial Great House. Fly into Beef Island and the resort’s boat can pick you up. A sea view cottage starts at $695 USD all-inclusive per night for couples in low season, and go up from there for the villas.

  1. Cocoa Island, Maldives

You Might say that at this resort you won’t exactly be staying on an island. That’s because your accommodations are out over the turquoise waters and connected to Cocoa island boardwalk. But these aren’t little straw huts. Accommodations range from split-level suites to two-bedroom villas and offer private sun decks. Perfect for both romantic getaways and family vacations, activities include catamaran snorkeling trips, amazing scuba diving, fishing, and island hopping trips to experience the local culture. Dine at the resort’s restaurant Ufaa on South Indian-style organic fare, or some Asian and Mediterranean options. Or just stay out over the water for room service. Rates start at $750 USD per night.

  1. Villa Corallina Tahiti

Tahiti certainly captures the imagination, but this little resort goes further toward a Robinson Crusoe experience than most others. Located on Motu Fareone, a tiny island off the coast of Moorea, this resort is composed of one villa. That’s it. Just you on this island as well as the resident owners. No roads, just beach, coconuts, and the sea. Food can be catered from Moorea or you can take the free shuttle boat across the lagoon for your meals. If you are looking for supreme solitude in paradise, this is it. Rates start at $350 USD per night for two in the villa.

Top 5 Luxury Hotels in India – By Titiksha Wandhare

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  1. Taj lake palace Udaipur

With 66 designed rooms and 17 suites, this hotel will leave no stone unturned to mesmerize you with its grandeur. A variety of international cuisines are offered here along with authentic Indian dishes with the flavors of every state, I’ll be surprised if this is not enough to satiate your taste buds. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride on the lake that surrounds the palace hotel. With conference hall for formal and informal meetings, this place serves the interests of diverse visitors. It would cost you INR 31,360 per night when booked on Trivago.

  1. The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Situated in the Colaba region of Mumbai, this place is just 20 miles away from the international airport. With 560 rooms and 44 suites, the ambiance of this hotel is not going to disappoint you when it comes to giving a royal treatment to its guests. International celebrities have also paid their visits to the hotel ranging from Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton to Angelina Jolie. It will cost you around INR 23,000 per night when booked on Trivago.

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

This palace was constructed for H.H Maharaja Umaid Singh Ji in the beginning of the twentieth century in Jodhpur. It is located in the heart of the city with being 4 miles away from some of the major attractions like Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort. The hotel also comforts its visitors by giving them special beauty treatments and spa sessions. Tennis court, yoga center and fitness club make sure that the daily routine of fitness freaks is not disrupted. The luxurious experience at this hotel is worth shelling out a lumpsum of INR 54000 per night.

  1. The Oberoi Mumbai

The hotel is located in proximity to business centers and major shopping malls at the Nariman Point. The view of the sea from the rooms enchants the guests apart from the delicious food that is served here. The bar offers the best of Indian as well as international liquors. The spa therapies offered here will relax your body for sure. The hotel charges you around INR 16000 for one night.

  1. Trident Gurgaon

If you want a break from your hectic schedule to pamper yourself, Trident is the perfect place you can think of in Gurgaon. The relaxing body spa will leave you in awe of its excellent services apart from the yoga sessions. The infrastructure of Trident is no less with wooden floors surprising you with its old world charm. The charges of a night stay is not more for the wonderful experience it offers to its visitors.

The Top five Getaways to Fall in Love with

Want a change in the way you want to spend quality time with your loved one? After several visits to restaurants, having candle light dinner, champagne is not your kind of a thing then the perfect thing can be “The Canadian Rockies” in Canada. And if you are tired of wearing smart clothes any where you go, then definitely the majestic Canadian Rockies is a place to be in. The landscape which is far away from the bustling traffic and huge crowd gathered around you is the place where you can spend a quality time with your partner.

With five National Parks declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites located within the Rockies, there are plenty of space, wilderness, and nature to explore and admire hand in hand with your admirable.

The Place can be perfect for skiers in love, Hikers in Love or Cyclists in Love.

Image Courtesy- Paulhami

If the wild mountains of Canada are not the choice you wanted then the “Exotic Praslin island in Seychelles” can change your taste. Located in the middle of Indian Ocean and around mainland of Africa there are around 115 stunning islands for the couples looking for relaxing and calm surroundings. White Sands, turquoise water and lush forests are ideal for romantic time to be spent together. And adding to it, not much tourists go all together here. So you can have a quality time with your partner.

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The third such place in our list is a city, lost in the traffic and dense concrete jungles, still you can find the warmth of a romantic atmosphere. If the time is limited for the couples in the city, then they can take a tour to the cruise around the “Tokyo Bay”. City full of amazing and magnificent night life, a dazzling rainbow bridge, modern architecture can see couples taking and amazing time out with scenery all around. A Romantic Dinner, Italian feast or a sunset tour for the two of you can be arranged by the cruise. All in all a perfect place to spend quality time.

Image Courtesy- Stefan

A small town located in Germany can be as romantic as a fairy tale for the bride. “Meersburg”, the place where you feel like  making the time halt for moments to come, a place with beautifully crafted architecture, filled with Cafes, Bars and Restaurants, Vineyards, Apple Grooves. The time most appropriate for a visit can be the Spring Season when the whole area is covered with Flowers.

The last but not the least on this list is “Santorini in Greece”. The place is filled with complete romance everywhere you go. The Archipelago’s house’s White walls, Charming little streets, beautiful small gardens  a worth remembering cuisine, Cliffs you feel like gold, dazzling Sea, Spectacular Sunsets, and truly a paradise for the lovers.

It is true that with whom you share life is a lot more important than where you do it, but just as a fire dies down after some time and needs another sparkle to explode ablaze again, your relationship will, too, benefit from such passion-kindling, get-away-from-it-all therapy applied from time to time.

– Harsh Golani