Inside the Glamorous Gala One Saint Barth

Closing 2023 in style, Gala One took place on 29th December at the iconic Eden Rock St Barths resort and saw 200 guests in attendance or a glamourous evening of cocktails, a grand dinner and world-class musical performances.

Berkeley Travel was proud to support the event with a donation for the charity auction, which benefitted several charities dedicated to protecting children, biodiversity, and the waters and lands of the Caribbean by donating 5 nights of exclusive occupancy of the entire Private Island of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi raising €100,000, the winner of the lot was jeweller to the stars, Jacob Arabo.

The Gala, which raised more than €2million saw performances by legendary singers Bebe Rexha and Saweetie and was attended by guests including boxer Mike Tyson, supermodels Anna Andres, Bianca Balti, Jordan Barrett and Victoria Silvstedt, artist Alec Monopoly, Chopard’s president Caroline Scheufele and TV personality Scott Disick.

Significant funds were raised for four charitable organisations on the cutting edge of innovation in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, and humanitarian aid: Parley for the Oceans, Rainforest Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and Amend.

The auction also included a specially curated collaborative artwork by Pierce and Paris Brosnan; artworks by Keiichi Tanaami, Nicole Wittenberg, Michael Kagan, and more; dazzling Chopard Haute Joaillerie earrings (presented by Bianca Balti);  a walk-on role in the upcoming film project “Maserati, A Racing Life,” and a customised Pro Hunter Daytona Rolex created especially for Gala One Saint Barth.

Stay in The Ultimate Luxury at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Unparalleled hospitality and luxury beyond comparison set the tone for Mandarin Oriental’s debut property in the Middle East, thus paving the way for its entry into Abu Dhabi, having taken over The Emirates Palace in 2023 and the arrival of the group’s second hotel in Dubai over at Wasl Tower, which is rumoured to open towards the end of 2024.

Opened back in 2019, Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira occupies a coveted beachfront location along the city’s glitzy Jumeirah Beach Road and is comprised of 251 rooms, many of which benefit from private balconies enjoying uninterrupted views of either the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf or of Dubai’s glittering skyline with prime of views of the Burj Khalifa.

Designed by Jeffrey A Wilkes (notably behind Mandarin’s sleek Bangkok property) the resort oozes the understated elegance synonymous with the group’s portfolio and is the epitome of an urban sanctuary.

By day, sun-seekers flock to the resort’s main pool, which is primely positioned in a way that allows Dubai’s sunshine rays to hit it effortlessly. Dedicated pool butlers that carry the charm of Mandarin’s renowned hospitality will ensure you have everything you could possibly want as chilled-out house music fills the air and the day goes by, all with a cocktail in hand if you so wish.

The pool also has direct access to Mandarin’s sandy private beach, complete with sunloungers and service exclusively for in-house guests, and small touches such as ice cream and water served throughout the day emphasise the high level of service at the core of everything the resort does.

If you find yourself wanting to whisk away from the hedonism of the beach, the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira, is equally as much of a haven offering a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city.

Awash with shades of sea blue and pure whites, treatments are performed with the panache one would expect, and the nine treatment rooms echo the modern-day luxury at the pinnacle of the resort.

A luxurious VIP suite and a Hammam-style suite sit alongside separate men’s and women’s changing facilities, each equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, making them almost a spa in themselves.

Spanning over 2000 sqm, the spa offers signature treatments, one or two-day retreats and specialised rituals aimed at today’s traveller, such as its Digital Wellness Escape targeted towards relieving the strains caused by using tech devices.

Dining-wise, the hotel’s six restaurants have quickly put the Mandarin on the radar as a go-to destination on Dubai’s thriving culinary scene. You can expect to savour caviar at Beluga, the resort’s in-house caviar restaurant and lounge, devour the most delectable of cakes from the Cake Shop and in the stylish Noor lounge and enjoy poolside snacks at Sun Vibe during the day.

By night, the two flagship restaurants, the rooftop eatery by chef José Avillez, earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Dubai edition in 2022. Serving up ceviches and contemporary Portuguese cuisine, some of the favourite flavours on the menu include the ever-popular Crab Torricado topped with a dollop of caviar and the Moqueca de Carabineiro, a Brazillian dish of shrimps and scallops. Be sure to dedicate some time by the adults-only infinity pool during the day, too – it’s a must.

Also noteworthy is Netsu, Ross Shonhan’s Japanese steakhouse, which resides at the resort and is centred around the Warayaki technique, a spectacle from the open kitchen of straw fire cooking with some of the finest Wagyu in the city.

Having experienced the world-class dining, hospitality that is second-to-none and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, it’s clear to see why the resort already holds so many accolades against its name; it has everything to make your stay a memorable one.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

www.mandarinoriental.com

AMAN New York

 

Taking a privileged position in the historic Crown Building, Aman New York is the latest addition to Aman’s ever-growing portfolio of ultra-luxe properties in urban locations and is set to become a prime addition to Manhattan’s skyline.

A key moment for the hotel group under its leadership of Vlad Doronin, this magnificent hotel, members’ club and private residences have been designed under the direction of Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects and offer the ultimate escape in the Big Apple.

Home to 83 exquisite suites, each is designed with subtle nods to Aman’s Asian heritage and offers a wealth of splendour and lavishly appointed amenities. As well as being amongst the largest in the city, the suites here are fully soundproofed, offering a sense of escapism from your private sanctuary and touches including functioning fireplaces and marble rain showers echo Aman’s properties across the East.

Adding to the unique offering of Aman New York is the first Aman Club to be located within a hotel, giving members and guests the opportunity to access two incredible club lounges, an expansive private garden terrace, cigar lounge and wine room.

The centrepiece of the hotel is undoubtedly its vast spa spanning over three floors and comprising a 20-metre indoor pool, two spa houses and the latest in fitness equipment.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

 

The Sixth Edition of Luisaviaroma x Unicef

 

Capri’s stunning backdrop of Certosa San Giacomo saw a star-studded evening of glamour, all in aid of Unicef’s ongoing programmes to support vulnerable children with a particular focus on the Ukrainian and Syrian emergencies.

 

The sixth edition of the annual fundraiser hosted by global fashion e-tailer Luisiaviaroma, the evening featured a cocktail reception, gala dinner and an auction that generated around 8 million euros for Unicef.

Presented by the legendary Jamie Foxx and hosted by Luisiaviaroma’s president of events committee along with the fundraising chairman for Unicef Italia, the gala night was also supported by its founding partner, the Red Sea Film Festival.

 

 

Highlights of the spectacular evening included showstopping performances by Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Carson. Particularly noteworthy pieces from the auction included an AI Data Painting by Refik Anadol and a lot donated by Berkeley Travel on behalf of world-renowned Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko raising 100,000 Euros.

Amongst the glitterati of guests were Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, Natasha Poly and Vanessa Hudgens, to name a few. This year Berkeley Travel was also proud to support the event, and Andrew Bezhenar was in attendance as an honorary Youth Benefactor.