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Luxury - South China Morning Post
  1. Think of hotel spa treatments, and most of us picture the usual indulgent massages, reviving body scrubs and beautifully scented facials. But at some of Asia’s luxury hotel spas, you can now de-stress, slim down and heal injuries, have a cryotherapy facial that drops to minus 10 degrees Celsius, and be treated with the same LED light that Nasa harnessed to grow plants in zero gravity and heal astronauts’ wounds faster.While hi-tech treatments like these have been available at luxury medical…
  2. Remember the halcyon days of jet-setting to a resort with the kids during the summer holidays? You arrive with the brood in tow and all you had to worry about was when to eat, because you’ve selected a holiday destination with the most important feature – a kids’ club.While travel is still a pipe dream for most now, the folks at Rosewood Hong Kong have gone all-out to recreate the lofty experiences of a resort-style holiday and, most importantly, to offer new experiences for the kiddies! So…
  3. When it comes to splurging on the most expensive culinary extravagances known to mankind, one would naturally expect to get the rarest of ingredients, artfully plated in one of the world’s top restaurants. Few serious foodies would expect something like a humble hamburger or a modest milkshake to command gourmet price brackets.However, over the last few years, a handful of inventive chefs have upscaled and embellished some of the most common comfort foods, elevating them beyond the humdrum high…
  4. While the Indian monarchy was abolished when India gained independence in 1950, that didn’t mean the upper class maharajas that laid claim to the country’s many regal palaces just disappeared overnight. Far from it.While some of the country’s rich network of family dynasties have lost their fame and status over the years, others have transformed their ancestral assets and wealth into blossoming businesses, managing to stay relevant and live luxuriously.The Mewar dynastyProbably one of the most…
  5. Sales at Gucci soared above pre-pandemic levels as the Italian brand lures young shoppers with its social media campaigns and benefits from easing lockdown restrictions.Gucci revenue jumped 86 per cent on a comparable basis during the second quarter, owner Kering SA said in a statement Tuesday, July 27. Analysts had expected a 77 per cent gain. The performance at Gucci pushed total group revenue in the quarter up 11.2 per cent from the same period in 2019.In the bag: is the Birkin the only…
  6. Hermès is on a roll. First it was their popular “Wanderland” exhibition in Shanghai, then it was the opening of Hermès Fit, a pop-up in Chengdu offering free gym classes, and now it’s experimenting with “mushroom” leather, a sustainable alternative to leather.The glamorous lives of Hong Kong’s richest actressesThen there’s the classic Birkin bag. Over the past three decades, the value of this iconic bag has increased by an average of 14 per cent year-on-year (YOY), resulting in Baghunter, an…
  7. The ever-changing universe of timepieces has recently embraced an emerging trend of monochromatic, densely textured dial designs with minimalistic or architectural patterns, delivered with the help of artists and architects alike.The most eye-catching is an in-house creation of Ulysse Nardin. Aptly named Freak X Razzle Dazzle, its geometrical pattern is inspired by wildlife camouflage and the patterns used to confuse observers trying to track the movements of warships during WWI. The vibrant…
  8. Summer getaways are one of the most highly anticipated experiences of the year – and that’s one fact that applies all over the world. While we’re still being restricted by the pandemic, there are still plenty of new luxury hotels throwing open their doors to meet our restless wanderlust. And these are three of the best.In Asia, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is all set to launch before the end of the year, while over in Europe, this summer will see the opening of the luxury Cheval Blanc Paris…
  9. Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning female monarch in world history, so it’s no surprise she has collected and inherited a vast collection of properties over the years.Take a look at the palaces, castles and houses the queen calls home.Is Queen Elizabeth the OG influencer? 6 of her exclusive powersBuckingham Palace – London, EnglandBuckingham Palace is the official headquarters of Britain’s reigning monarch, and more than 50,000 people visit each year as guests at events.But it’s also where…
  10. Whether it’s the famous Hilton hotel brand, the OG influencer and reality star-turned-businesswoman Paris Hilton, or Kyle and co on The Real Housewives, it’s hard to escape the influence and magnitude of the Hilton family empire. Let’s not forget, even Kim Kardashian started off as Paris’ assistant.The story behind their wealth is as fascinating as the people themselves. Barron Hilton, Paris and Nicky’s uber-rich grandfather was chairman of the board and president and CEO of the company, and in…