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Park City Mountain Resort

22 December 2014

A new high-speed gondola is set to be built to connect two Utah ski resorts and create one of the largest ski areas in the United States.

Park City Mountain Resort

The lift connecting Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort will form part of $50 million in investments planned at the two resorts ahead of the 2015-16 ski season.

Other investments include making upgrades to two other lifts, building a new restaurant and upgrading two others.

The projects are pending approval from city and county officials in Park City.

Vail bought Park City Mountain Resort in September for $182.5 million after a messy legal battle between Vail and Powdr Corp that almost derailed the ski season.

If the project is approved, the 7,300 combined acres will make it one of the nation’s largest.

At present, skiers can buy one ticket and ski both resorts but a connecting lift will make it far easier to do just this.

The renovation is one of the largest investments in Utah ski resorts since Talisker Corp. invested $75 million in the early 2010 to improve and upgrade Canyons prior to Vail taking over the resort.

Park City Mountain Resort

In the past year, Deer Valley Resort bought Solitude Mountain Resort and will take it over in 2015.

Officials are working on building a series of chairlifts that would link seven ski areas, giving Utah a more European style.

Those plans include a turbo charge from the connecting lift at Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons.

This will leave only two connecting lifts to be planned and constructed to see the ambitious project a reality said Nathan Rafferty, president of the trade group Ski Utah.

Vail officials say the new gondola will seat eight people and take about 9 minutes to get from the Silverlode lift at Park City Mountain Resort to the Flatiron lift at Canyons.

It will include a stop-off point midway at Pine Cone Ridge, marking the first gondola at the resort since an old one was shut down in 1983.

When the project is completed, the combined resorts will be known as Park City Mountain Resort. The canyons will be known as Canyons at Park City.

Rafferty said the new plans will help shine the spotlight on Utah, which is vital in a very competitive ski industry.

Park City Mountain Resort

He argues that skiers and snowboarders are adventurists and are always looking for the next adventure, something that will be well catered for with the grand $50million project.

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Aston Martin has unveiled the latest flagship model to star in the newly revealed James Bond movie – the DB10.

Bond, portrayed by Daniel Craig, will get behind the wheel of the new DB10 in, Spectre, which was unveiled last week.

Aston Martin DB10

At a prestigious launch event at Pinewood Studios in London, Spectre’s director Sam Mendes, announced the name of the follow up to the hugely successful Skyfall, and revealed that 007 will be driving the DB10.

Aston Martin claim Bond’s new car showcases the next design direction for the British marquee’s future models.

Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman oversaw development of The DB10.

Reichman took over from Ian Callum, who left for Jaguar, and has kept his team busy with concept cars, Lagondas real and imagined and the One-77 super GT.

And Sam Mendes also lent a helping hand in the creation of the most technically advanced car for the world’s most famous spy.

Despite its name implying Bond’s new wheels precedes a DB9 replacement, insiders believe it is actually a loose preview of the next-generation V8 Vantage due in 2017.

This does make sense as the DB10 is of similar proportions to the V8 Vantage.

Aston Martin DB10

The nose is lower than its predecessor and features a new-look trademark grille. The rear features a more angular design and is not too dissimilar to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

Unfortunately, you’re going to have to pull some strings if you want to own a DB10 of your own, as production will be strictly limited to ten of the bespoke sports cars.

And to make matters worse, Aston Martin say the ten cars will likely all to be destroyed by the Bond stunt-driving team.

While Bond will be sporting the new limited edition Aston in the new movie, it is rumoured he will also be seen driving the new Fiat 500 in an epic set-piece chase sequence.

And there are also rumours that Bond’s nemesis in the new movie will be driving a rather fine motor himself.

The new Bond villain, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, is rumoured to be fronting another British institution – Jaguar

The Austrian actor is rumoured to drive a model based on the C-X75 concept first seen at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in the latest Bond movie.

Aston Martin DB10

Jaguar have supplied a number of Bond villains’cars over the years. 2002’s Die Another Day featuring Pierce Brosnan featured a heavily modified XKR.

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The Monaco Yacht Show

17 December 2014

The Monaco Yacht Show has just finished showcasing some of the world’s finest luxury boats from around the globe.

The 24th annual exhibition brought together buyers, owners and yacht enthusiasts for its most spectacular show yet, showcasing more yachts than ever before with an estimated 33,000 people in attendance.

Monaco Yacht Show

Last year’s trade show appeared to signal the beginnings of a recovery in the yachting market and, according to Monaco Yacht Show officials, orders are on the rise.

Billionaires keen on purchasing one of the giant yachts browsed dozens of models, including some that more than 325 feet in length.

Thousands of visitors came from all around the world, particularly from emerging markets such as Turkey, China and South Asia, to attend the world’s largest annual yacht trade show.

Prince Albert II of Monaco delivered the show’s inaugural speech, after attending the United Nations Climate Summit.

Around 115 of the world’s most luxurious megayachts were in attendance, ranging from 80-330 feet long, at Monaco’s Port Hercule, 40 of them making their debuts.

Monaco Yacht Show

The rest were mostly contemporary models from the last few years, with a few older classics including the 1983 Illusion, an 180 foot Burgess.

More recent models, including Admiral’s three 2014 motoryachts Nono, Flying Dragon and Entourage, all wowed attendees with their majestic beauty.

For the first time in the show’s 24-year history, proceedings got underway with an award ceremony.

Best Interior went to the 240 foot Perini Navi motor yacht, Grace E and Lurssen’s 280 foot yacht Solandge (2013) won Best Exterior.

The Best in Show award, awarded to the most overall impressive yacht launched within the last two years, went to the brand-new 298 foot superyacht Equanimity, from Oceanco.

As well as the boats, the show hosted around 500 luxury yachting-related companies including superyacht builders, brokerage houses, yacht designers, nautical suppliers and refit shipyards.

For those who wanted a bit of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the busy show, there was the Monaco Yacht Show’s C&C Lounge, fully equipped with television, massages and beverages.

Not forgetting the Upper Deck Lounge, a relaxed spot where exhibitors bring potential clients to discuss purchasing options over a drink in a more private setting.

Monaco Yacht Show

The Monaco Yacht Show 2014 was a resounding success, but if you missed it be sure to make arrangements for next year, which is set to be a significant event in the show’s history.

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A full-floor rental of New York’s Pierre Hotel that was listed for $500,000 a month has found a tenant.

According to the listing agent, Town Fifth Avenue, the same mystery tenant has also reserved $150,000-a-month suite for guests.

New York’s Pierre Hotel Rental

Appraisal firm Miller Samuel, said the $500,000 listing, which came on the market at the end of October, sets a record for New York City residential leasing.

The listing agent has confirmed the floor was leased for the full asking price to an international renter.

The tenant has reserved both spaces through the end of December.

While the agent declined to give the renter’s nation of origin, they confirmed the listing received a strong response from Europe, the Middle East and British Commonwealth nations.

So what exactly has this mystery tenant acquired for their cash?

The lease comprises of the entire 39th floor of New York’s luxury Pierre Hotel, which comprises of 4,786 square feet of living space, six bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms, including the Presidential Suite.

New York’s Pierre Hotel Rental

As well as that incredible living space, the full-floor features some of the most spectacular views of New York, overlooking Central Park, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and the George Washington Bridge, to name a few.

The George Washington Bridge is also visible on a clear day.

The $150,000-a-month suite is the Getty Suite, a 1,015-square-foot apartment on the 10th floor with a 920-square-foot terrace.

Typically, the 39th-floor of the Pierre Hotel would cost around $30,000 a night, while the Getty Suite coasts around $8,000.

The luxurious suite also comes with its own private elevator, butler and maid service, 24/7 concierge and a chauffeur driven Jaguar.

The floor suite is often rented by international visitors travelling with large families or entourages.

Some New Yorkers have also been known to drop in while either own luxury homes are being renovated.

Elizabeth Taylor, Yves Saint-Laurent, Dashiell Hammett, Mohamed Al-Fayed and Francis Ford Coppola are just some of the famous residents who have lived at the Pierre.

The luxury Pierre Hotel opened in 1930 and went through a $100 million renovation a few years ago.

Some of the hotel’s public spaces, including the lobby and grand ballroom, were redecorated and the guest rooms were given an update to bring them up to speed with modern technologies.

New York’s Pierre Hotel Rental

The location is a big part of the property’s attraction, with Tiffany, Cartier and Harry Winston Jewellers, Theater District, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

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The New 115 Sunreef Power

10 December 2014

Sunreef Yachts has unveiled the latest model in their esteemed line, the 115 Sunreef Power.

The esteemed yacht manufacturer is calling The 115 Sunreef Power a ‘true floating villa with all amenities’.

115 Sunreef Power

It will be designed by the Sunreef’s architectural Team to meet the needs of the owner.

The 115ft motor superyacht is an architectural and design continuation of the revolutionary 90 Sunreef Power.

The Sunreef Power was introduced in 2013 and characterized by impeccable sporty lines and sublime form.

The esteemed yacht manufacturer said they have prepared the concept for The 115 Sunreef Power for clients who highly appreciate all the best features of superyachts.

These include increased surface and unusual stability while sailing along with the luxurious bespoke finishings.

Sunreef also say that the main priority for the 115ft superyacht was to make the living space as big as possible. At 680m2, they seem to have achieved that goal.

The 115 Sunreef Power can accommodate up to 12 guests in very comfortable conditions, and there are numerous bespoke alterations to meet the requirements of the owner.

The first proposal layout of the 115 Sunreef Power consists of an 80m2 saloon situated on the main deck next to the spacious cockpit.

On the same level there is a kitchen with a pantry, an office and a gym.

Located in the bow section lies a 50 square meter master cabin with a separate dressing room and a luxurious bathroom.

The 115 Sunreef Power

Windows dotted around the superyacht offer incredible views of the surroundings.

A huge 60-meter terrace set at the front of the boat and foldable side balconies are an option on the main deck.

All of the five cabins have private entrances, en-suite bathrooms and lots of storage space.

A navigation station is proposed for the flybridge, where another 70-meter saloon and lounging area are located.

The spacious garage space on the lower deck can accommodate a motor dinghy for 12 people, two jet skis, a diving set and four sea bobs.

The interior arrangement includes shades of brown, beige and gray complemented by noble animal motifs.

Sunreef Yachts are clearly proud of their latest superyacht, and claim ‘it is a combination of passion for sailing, elegance and high performance’.

The 115 Sunreef Power may be equipped with the standard drive, VOLVO IPS system or Water Jet.

It’s clear that the world of superyachts has anther outstanding contender on its hands.

The 115 Sunreef Power

For more information, visit sunreef-yachts.com

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