The Luxury Briefing

10 May, 2019 | This week in luxury, Las Vegas raises the stakes with a $100 000 per night two-storey work of art and Christie’s unveils a collection of extraordinary treasures dating back nearly 500 years.

The Empathy Suite
Is this the world’s most expensive hotel room?

You can now book a minimum of two nights at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas’ 9000-square-foot villa designed by the often controversial British artist, Damien Hirst. The sky villa, dubbed The Empathy Suite, includes suspended tiger sharks in formaldehyde and artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and the Hirst himself. The two-storey work of art designed by one of the world’s richest artist and Klai Juba Wald Architects will cost you $100 000 per night.

Image courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Hennessy X Louis Vuitton cognac trunk

The Hennessy handcrafted trunk, designed in collaboration with Louis Vuitton and artist Arik Levy, opens up to reveal a mini-bar complete with four magnum-sized crystal decanters filled with Paradis Imperial. The Paradis Impérial Trunk is lined with the trademark Louis Vuitton monogram pattern that the France fashion house is celebrated for the trunk is valued at $273 000.

Image courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Escape to the unforgettable

Waldorf Astoria’s discreet new island resort in the Maldives is set to open in two months. Between white sands and crystal blue waters, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a 30-minute yacht journey from Male International Airport. The retreat includes a wealth of luxuries, including 11 dining venues and a world-class lifestyle spa sanctuary.

Belle Époque diamond jigha image courtesy of Christie’s

A collection of extraordinary treasures

Christie’s has introduced a collection of royal jewels and jewelled objects that are set to make auction history at the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale which takes place on 19 June in New York. The stunning pieces, which include a Belle Époque white gold, diamond-encrusted jigha (turban ornament), date back nearly 500 years to the early part of the Mughal dynasty, which ruled in India from 1526 to 1857.

McLaren GT redefines the rules of grand touring

Next week McLaren Automotive will unveil the latest addition to its expanding family of cars – the new McLaren GT. Positioned alongside the existing McLaren Sports Series and Super Series, the McLaren GT is poised to redefine the rules of the Grand Tourer segment, introducing renowned McLaren engineering and dynamic attributes alongside high-quality materials and exceptional comfort.

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