DELAIRE GRAFF SPA: A distinctive experience, leaving a captivating memory

Berkeley Bespoke was taken on a journey of total relaxation and wellbeing at The Delaire Graff Spa. Set in its own unique surroundings, with four elegant Spa suites for guests to experience, an altogether more rarefied calm, where skin perfection and treatments leave the body and mind glowing.

Expert hands guide guests in indulgent all-day Spa rituals, pampering and wellness. Lodge guests and all visitors can take time out at the stunning infinity pool and destination restaurant, Indochine. With treatments available for all ages, Delaire Graff Spa crafts all experiences using the finest beauty products from Swiss Perfection, Aromatherapy Associates and Terres d’Afrique.

Experiencing luxurious Black Pearl products

Black Pearl is a luxurious and innovative range of skin care products now available in South Africa. Developed with tireless effort over the last 40 years, Black Pearl has risen from humble beginnings to a line that pairs the benefits of ancient and natural ingredients rich in minerals and nourishing oils with cutting edge science. The 27 unique minerals that heal and moisturise the skin are enhanced with Tahitian black pearl rich in organic-matrix calcium carbonate. Calcium-carbonate is known to draw water into the skin particularly well. This vital ingredient lends the product its name and ensures instant results that aid an even skin tone and provide iridescence to the skin.

Like its namesake the Black Pearl line embodies uniqueness, strength and the power of nature. Black Pearl is the latest range of superior skincare products developed by a thriving family business. Despite its global footprint, this enterprise has stayed close to its roots with all of the inspiration that this brings. Black Pearl is now excited to share the benefits of many years of endeavour with new markets. The entrepreneur who started the business believes his raison d’etre is to help those who feel invisible. From this existential purpose has evolved a range of skin care products that deliver on that objective; skin that is radiant, healthy, balanced, indulged and… visible.

Unforgettable Black Pearl Body Illumination treatment

Achieve absolute luminosity for both face and body in this extraordinary Signature Treatment which combines the power and science of 24 carat gold for a flawless skin tone on your entire body.  

Luminescent body scrub with the exclusive Vanilla and Patchouli salt scrub. Beautiful salt spheres gently exfoliate the skin leaving it revitalised and with a lustre that only sea minerals can bring.

Devine Body Butter Massage: Allow your body to be enveloped in flakes of real 24-karat gold which provide authentic royal richness in this creamy body butter, formulated with Shea butter and coconut oil for enhanced hydration and a beautifully smooth feel. Gold is thought to stimulate the skin, boosting its natural radiance and prevent premature aging, 

Following your devine body butter massage, we continue with a purifying Cleopatra Gold facial treatment ritual which allows you to truly benefit from the anti-ageing phenomenon that is Black Pearl 24-karat gold.

 

We have searched far and wide to offer our guests only the very best that the world can offer. But the true ethos of our spa is in the care and transformation of our guests. If we want to create health, we need to start channelling our unconscious mind through conscious intent. At our spa, our aim is to tap into your body’s ability to heal itself through holistic touch therapies as well as advanced and luxurious skin care and technology. Thereby, we are planting the seed of intent and creating an environment in your body to allow the seed to flourish into a healthy mind, body and soul. Therefore, you start the healing process by making the conscious decision to take time for yourself, and we carry on the journey with our wide variety of face and body rituals aimed at releasing tension and encouraging transformation on a subconscious and conscious level. 

Hildegard Carstens

Spa Manager, Delaire Graff Spa

 

Step into a scene from Arabian Nights at Riad Fes 

Not only is Riad Fes – Relais & Chateaux one of the most luxurious hotels in Fez, it also provides guests the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the splendour and authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. It reflects both the intricacy of Moroccan artwork and the distinctive aesthetic of Spanish Moorish architecture. The fruits of this marriage are sheer opulence shimmering in every minute attention to detail. 

Islamic carvings, antique doors, myriad mosaics and a grand piano greet guests in the first patio underneath an impressive Fassi lamp. Beyond subtle marbles and bright arches lies a stunning emerald-green pool, while a baroque-style patio featuring veined marble and crystal ceiling lights create a harmonious tranquillity. 

This 30 room hotel dates back to 1900 after it had its foundations laid by Ben Slimane, a famous local judge and intellectual. Thanks to its central location, it offers unforgettable views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Blending modernism with tradition, guests have a choice of four different house styles: The Moroccan, The Oriental, The Baroco-Andalous and the signature, Contemporain. 

Since it’s part of the Relais & Chateaux family, the cuisine at Riad Fes is sumptuous. L’Ambre allows guests to dine on traditional Moroccan dishes in a lush Moorish atmosphere, while L’Alcazar Bar beside the decorative pool is a must for a post-meal pre-bed tipple. Don’t forget to visit The Rooftop Bar too to watch a memorable sunset overlooking the city. 

The spa by Cinq Mondes is a tranquil haven designed by Christophe Pillet. Indulge yourself in a tailor-made treatment that bears all the hallmarks of luxury and authenticity. Fez is famous for its hammam, so if you really want to keep the experience traditional book yourself in for this cleansing ritual. Other options include water treatments, face care and body care massages. 

Being such a peaceful oasis of orange, lemon and bay trees makes it difficult to want to leave here, but Riad Fes also host excursions into the city should you have the desire to tear yourself away. From guided visits of the Medina to a tour of Fez’s ancient walls and more. The city is one of Morocco’s gems – renowned for its rich culture, fine gastronomy and nice weather – and Riad Fes is the epicurean pit stop not to be missed.  

Article by James Massoud

Perfume as an Art: Tiziana Terenzi

Merging the realms of traditional perfumery and objet’s d’art, Tiziana Terenzi is a family owned brand producing artistic fragrance and candles with an Italian heritage.

Established initially as Cereria Ternezi in 1968, the founder of the brand, Evelino Terenzi quickly became renowned for making Paschal Candles for the local churches of Cattolica and it was from there the brand was born.

Today, the legacy of the eponymous brand is directed under the ownership of Evelino’s children, who relaunched the company under its current name in 2012, working together, Tiziana oversees the creative vision for the brand, while Paolo Terenzi is the nose behind the enchanting fragrances.

Both coming from creative backgrounds, Tiziana’s career as a jewellery designer is echoed throughout the distinct packaging of the brand and Paolo stands as one of Italy’s most-loved perfumers with his portfolio including the creation of fragrances and candles for the likes of Acqua di Parma, Dior and Gucci.

The latest collection in the Tiziana Terenzi range is the Luna Collection, and three new fragrances pay homage to the winged horse from which the collection takes its inspiration.

Paolo Terenzi

Caput Mundi named after the Latin reference of Rome as the capital of the world follows a journey of Paolo and Tiziana with their family and grandparents to the iconic Italian capital.

The fragrance encapsulates the unique emotion the pair feel when they toss coins into the magical Trevi Fountain to then open their eyes and discover a full moon brimming with prosperity and eternal beauty. A woody, flowery mix of notes dedicated to the moon the fragrance opens with sweet top notes of Bulgarian Rose, Tea Rose and Lily of the Valley and Cabreuva Wood. Stronger, more sensual notes of Black Indian Oudh, Sandalwood and Cashmere Wood sit at the heart and base of the fragrance echoing the cherished city of Rome in a few drops.

Following in the footsteps of the cherished memories evoked by Caput Mundi, the second newly launched edition in the collection is Lince, an Extrait de parfum dedicated to Sicily. Derived from the double constellation of stars, the Latin name of the fragrance marks the stars that empower the scent. Seductive and sensual, top notes of Bergamot and Star Anise are married with sweeter notes of Vanilla and the signature Musk from the Ternezi library.

The last debut to join the collection is Spirito Fiorentino a vibrant fragrance celebrating the traditions of Tuscany. A nod towards the artistic elements of the brand, Spirito Fiorentino commemorates the renowned artists who lived in Florence. Presented in a red bottle taken from the Aries moon, the scent gracefully opens with floral notes of Purple Lily and Jasmine and warms to a wood-based heart of Sandalwood, Birch and Musk.

Article by Jaz Grewal

www.tizianaterenzi.com

 

Moods At The Perception Bar

Established as one of London’s favoured bars, The Perception Bar at the W London brings together an eclectic mix of sleek interiors, sophisticated cocktails and culinary delights. Situated in the prime location of the W London, the bar takes centre stage on the first floor and overlooks Leicester Square.

Best known as a laid-back hangout by day and a glamorous nightspot for the city’s party people, the unique concept of the Perception Bar has made it a go-to for the clued up crowd who frequent it. 

With an established agenda of internationally renowned DJ’s and performers, the latest series of events is MOODS, a line-up of some of the most sought-after DJ’s in the world against the intimate backdrop of the late-night lounge.

Running from February to April, the series kicked off with a headlining set by legendary Toolroom Records boss Mark Knight. 

One of the key movers and shakers of the electric house music scene, his signature records and productions have shaped the music genre as it is today. Bringing his talent along with The Perception’s house cocktails and a trio of dancers to set the mood for the night, guests were treated to an exclusive set by the maestro and supporting acts.

 Two further acts are to follow in the series across March and April following the success of the first. Glaswegian dance music DJ and production duo Illyus & Barrientos will headline the next MOODS night set to take place on Saturday 16th March. Widely known across the industry for their various stints with the likes of Defected and Exploited Records as well as various appearances across Space Ibiza and Ministry of Sound to name a few, the pair will also curate an exclusive set for the night.

Closing the series will be Manchester based Solardo, regulars on the Ibiza scene and resident DJs at Hi Ibiza with their own series, the pair best known for their house music have featured on labels such as Hot Creations and Relief Records and will headline at MOODS on 20th April marking the finale of the series.

Article by Jaz Grewal

www.theperceptionbar.com/moods/

Royal China’s Exquisite Culinary Delights

A collection of six restaurants across London, Royal China has become synonymous with fine Chinese dining and opulently decorated locations.

With branches across London’s prime areas, namely Baker Street, Queensway, Fulham, Hammersmith, Queensway and Harrow-on-the-Hill, the restaurants vary in size and can accommodate between 55 to 150 covers.

A nod towards ancient Chinese artistry, a traditionally themed style of décor is echoed across all of the restaurants, majestic tones of gold add character with contrasting deep reds and blacks really defining the design codes of the group.

Offering a taste of Hong Kong, Royal China’s menu is curated to showcase the best flavours of the orient, a menu of classic authentic Chinese dishes meets the flair of each restaurant’s Head Chef with a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes to suit everyone.

Often producing special menus for occasions such as Chinese New Year and Christmas, Seasonal Specials often become a highlight of the festive menus which are available at different times throughout the year across the group.

Popular for lunch and dinner alike, Signature dishes on the a la carté menu include Fresh Lobster served in a choice of flavours ranging from Hot & Spicy to Black Bean Sauce or Steamed Naturally as a First Course. The Crispy Aromatic Duck is the favoured choice for groups looking to share stands as one of the best in London’s dining scene.

Appetizers on the menu really set one’s appetite and are also a great way to experience a taste of the different dishes the group has to offer, best shared, specials vary from Satay Chicken, Deep Fried Stuffed Crab Claws and the House Hors D’oeuvres which give a nice taster of a selection of dishes.

The menus also feature a curation of selected Chef’s Special dishes, from Royal China’s famed Supreme Mixed Dried Seafood Hot Pot to dishes centred around stewed pork and vegetables.

Highlights on the menu include the Sautéed Beef with Oyster Sauce and the Braised Bean Curd with Mushroom Strips which serves nicely as a vegetarian dish. Complementing the menu, the group also has a savoury offering of accompaniments, often ordered as a side or as a main course itself, the Royal China Lotus Leaf Rice is particularly well done and comes wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Prawn and Duck.

Having opened its founder branch in Queensway, the group now stands as London’s favourite chain of Chinese restaurants and with such delectable food, fabulous surroundings and the much-loved Chinese hospitality it’s easy to see why.

Article by Jaz Grewal

www.royalchinagroup.co.uk

Upholding the values of a perfectionist: Ormonde Jayne Launches Privé

Every breath of this fascinating perfume gathers pilgrims onto its long, beautiful journey. Master perfumer Linda Pilkington has introduced the latest fine fragrance in her portfolio of signature scents under Ormonde Jayne after 16 years in the making, Privé. A floral scent at heart with flavoursome notes of Basmati Rice and Russian Coriander Seed at the head and a warm sensual base of Vanilla Absolute Musk and Tonka Bean. 

Privé is the definition of its wearer, exuding the fascinating complexes of the 70 ingredients enveloped in the powerful fragrance and bringing the library of Ormonde Jayne’s perfume oils to life, this latest addition to the collection marks a new chapter in the archives. Berkeley Bespoke had a pleasure to meet with Linda and to discover her inspiration and the journey personified by Privé.

When did the creative process for Privé begin? 

In 2002, when Ormonde Jayne was in its early days, I was contacting all the major perfume houses like Givaudan, Firmenich, International Flavors & Fragrance and marking out all the oils I absolutely adored. We now have a repertoire of around 150 different oils classified as my favorite, from 8 different fragrance suppliers and I am still creating with 70 of those on a very regular basis. The oils form the foundation of all of our perfumes and are the very DNA of Ormonde Jayne. So the creative process for a fragrance that belongs to the very heart & soul of Ormonde Jayne began 16 years ago.

Was there a single inspiration behind Privé? 

The inspiration was simply picking out my very favorite oils, ones that represented and evoked the most positive of emotions. They include basmati rice, pink pepper and magnolia, the inspiration was create a perfume using only my top all-time beloved  ingredients.

What made the journey to completing Privé so long?

I was very happy with the perfume created back in 2002, but at that time, because I had a very new relationship with the perfume houses, I wasn’t able to obtain so many different oils from so many different fragrance manufacturers in such small quantities. Typically, independent niche perfumers buy their oils and ingredients from only one company – but I needed such a wide variety of oils that I was buying from 8 different manufacturers which was unheard of. It’s never economically viable for a manufacturer or supplier to sell a small quantity of a rare oil – the sort of amount I was asking for was from around 50 grams to  500mls and therefore, some requests were denied. The formulation of Privé is quite long – it has 52 ingredients in it – I realized the time wasn’t right at the beginning of Ormonde Jayne to take this on. Fast forward to 2018 and today I have a long standing, and great relationship with the fragrance suppliers, and plantation owners, as well as the gardeners that work with the flowers.  They oblige and help me, even if it’s a small quantity of a rare absolute from the ends of the earth!

With so many different ingredients from every direction of the world, how have you managed to keep the individuality of the separate notes?

My perfumes are complex, never heavy and never overpowering. Ormonde Jayne perfumes have a reputation for being known to breathe! We use a small accord in every perfume in our collection (with the exception of Tolu) and this opens up and gives wings to the perfume, enabling it to unfold and move!  They all have a substantial yield.  When I  create a perfume, I already know how I want it to smell from the opening to the drydown. So even if you want to create a soft captivating floral, you can still use a large number of varied ingredients, so long as the proportion of those ingredients work and are perfectly balanced. Ormonde Jayne’s “house signature” contains a small (and secret!) accord that lets Privé unfold its elegant journey in its own time. The sign of a good perfume is when it smells extremely good on your clothes the day after you have worn it as a happy reminder.

What perfume category would you place Privé in?

I can’t decide, but maybe it will have its own category – Out-of-this-world abstract floral!

Is Privé more for a veteran Ormonde Jayne wearer, or could a newcomer to your house appreciate it?

A few of my clients who have known Ormonde Jayne since its first day have said it’s like a biopic of Ormonde Jayne with flashbacks of all their classic favorites. But I think it’s definitely the latter – it really is the signature of the house – all our favorite ingredients are there – but if it’s a unique and innovative floral you are looking for, you will be delighted with Privé. Lots of Ormonde Jayne’s trademark ingredients from past creations feature like basmati rice, tonka bean absolute, champaca, gardenia absolute.

Are there any ingredients that you are using for the first time in Privé?

This time we have used a few for the very first time! Iralia (violets), lily of the valley and ginger.

Which is the most unusual ingredient found in Privé?

Gardenia Absolute is not the most unusual, but it is however the most difficult ingredient to source these days, almost too difficult! It was a Herculean task to finally secure a supply of this and I am very protective of every drop and my supplier!

Have you any plans to introduce Privé to the rest of the World after Saks Fifth Avenue?

It will be exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue until early spring 2019  and I can’t think of a better place to introduce Privé. But we are planning other collaborations later in spring  2019 across the US a nd other countries.

 

Which emotions speak to you the most strongly when you wear Privé?

When I wear Privé I feel avant-garde & sophisticated because it is utterly different and very abstract. It makes me feel like I am at the cutting edge of life! If I was taking the Eurostar train from London to Paris for the day, I would wear Privé because I know it could take on all the Parisian women.

As someone who has watched Ormonde Jayne from the start, it seems to be a proclamation of everything you have ever created, yet also unique – where will it be placed in the future?

Privé will certainly have its own place! We have 11 perfumes in our signature range at the moment, and Privé will be the 12th.  12 is a great number, our London boutique is 12 The Royal Arcade in Mayfair, there are 12 apostles, 12 months of the year, 12 members of the jury, so being 12th  place has finality…and Privé  also has its own unique category!

Who would you see wearing Privé?

I’m not sure I can ascribe character traits to Privé…but I think it would suit abstract creative types! I see Scarlett Johansson or Cate Blanchet wearing it very well!  What I do know is that Ormonde Jayne has always been a “word-of-mouth” brand – people wearing our scents are always asked what they are wearing by total strangers, sometimes followed down the streets, and our clientele has grown significantly by this market, as we do not advertise! What is surprising is that when Privé was nearing its final completion, people who were devoted cologne, or woody chypres, and even a couple who were passionately against all florals, have been smitten with it at first spritz… I think Privé is a must-try for all fragrance lovers! It is utterly original.

 

Interview by Jaz Grewal

www.ormondejayne.com

A Romantic escape at Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca

Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca invited Berkeley Bespoke to celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day with an unforgettable experience. Discovering a Romantic Escape, which offered us a chance to enjoy the best of the Hotel’s facilities and its offerings. Enhancing a romantic getaway, Le Spa extended an invitation to discover an intimate moment of relaxation and bliss. Selecting from an assortment of massages, including the Romance at Four Seasons package where guests can reconnect with each other during this sublime experience made for two.

A seven course meal dinner was offered exclusively at Bleu restaurant, curated by Executive Chef Christophe Laplaza, the menu with an idea in mind to take couples on a sensual journey with dishes specifically proposed for him and her.

Starting our gastronomical experience with an appetizer such as lobster tartar and sea urchin, followed by a “terre and mer” main course including hazelnut risotto and scallops, as well as lamb shank with creamy polenta and dover sole, followed by a veal filet. A cheese dish featured goat duo and millefeuille comte cheese, and finally the meal ended with a pre-dessert and a dessert featuring passion and raspberry sphere.

Bringing a splash of style to the Casablanca coast, our world-class team in Spain oversaw the construction of an award winning hotel in Morocco.

Berkeley Bespoke have enjoyed the glamour and serenity of the White City at Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, located oceanfront on the vibrant corniche. Just a short drive from the hotel are world-class shopping and the city’s business district. Rooms and suites featured modern décor mixed with traditional fabrics, brass work, and marble floors, with suites offering ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies.

The poolside restaurant Latitude 33 is open during the spring and summer, and the afternoon yea service at Mint provides an authentic Moroccan experience with local pastries, tea, and coffee. The secluded poolside cabanas provide a retreat from the city and Le Spa offers a variety of treatments with roots in ancestral Moroccan rituals, including the traditional hammam treatment with Argan oil and a black soap scrub.

When Art meets time: TAG Heuer celebrates the launch of two new editions with Alec Monopoly

The World-famous street artist has helped the Swiss watchmaker design two new watch models

TAG Heuer’s Art Provocateur, Alec Monopoly, is at it again! The World-famous street artist has helped the Swiss watchmaker design two new models that were presented at a cocktail party at the TAG Heuer Boutique, in the heart of London. The gallery walls were adorned with original TAG Heuer inspired paintings and sculptures created by Monopoly. Guests witnessed Monopoly create a live painting customization across 50 of the watch boxes which clients had the opportunity to purchase that night. The Swiss watchmaker also presented a short video that tells the imaginative story behind the design on the dial of the new Carrera HEUER 01, one of the wristwatches unveiled at the event.

Original and colourful, these TAG Heuer Formula 1 and Carrera wristwatches feature the little banker called Monopi wearing a red bandana over his face and throwing green cash across the dial. AlecMonopoly’s instantly recognisable signature is found in the background in yellow, blue and red. The 41 mm Formula 1 model is presented on a black rubber strap. The sporty watch features a stainless- steel unidirectional bezel with a black PVD coating that is engraved with a 60-minute scale. The watch’s bold black design is the perfect backdrop for the bright artwork on the dial to truly stand out.

The Carrera model takes the idea a step further – the eye-catching ALEC logo adorns the sapphire caseback, through which the wearer can enjoy a view of the TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 manufacture movement inside the watch. This stylish 43 mm chronograph features a case and lugs in brushed stainless steel and is presented on an H-shaped stainless steel bracelet with an alternating brushed and polished finish. The fixed bezel, with its iconic tachymeter scale, is made from black ceramic.

A new 60-second video conceptualised and created by TAG Heuer tells the story behind the CarreraHEUER 01 timepiece. One mysterious night at the Swiss watchmaker’s headquarters, a mural in Alec Monopoly’s studio magically came alive and the artist’s iconic character, Monopi, jumped out of the artwork. His overnight adventure took him through the offices, the TAG Heuer museum, lab and factory. In the morning when TAG Heuer’s employees began to arrive, the curious character had to find a hiding spot. Drawn to the timepiece on a watchmaker’s work bench, Monopi quickly dove onto the dial just before he was caught. The video has been published on YouTube and is also visible on all of TAG Heuer’s social media channels. Whether you believe in magic or not, the video is proof that there is a powerful creative energy pulsing through the halls of TAG Heuer.

TAG Heuer and Alec Monopoly first came together in 2016 when the artist was announced as the Swiss watchmaker’s Art Provocateur at Miami Contemporary Art Week. On that occasion, Alec Monopoly tagged the TAG Heuer boutique in the Miami Design District. A year later, his artwork was featured on a TAG Heuer special edition watch for the first time. The two latest models in TAG Heuer’sproduct range are an extension of this creative collaboration.

Combining watchmaking craftsmanship, contemporary art and timeless style, these two TAG Heuer timepieces are sure to be a hit among street art fans and watch connoisseurs.

Fabergé And Rolls-Royce Unveil ‘Spirit Of Ecstasy’ Bejeweled Egg

The maker of the World’s most luxurious cars has teamed with Fabergé to craft and create a bespoke “Spirit of Ecstasy” Fabergé Egg

London, 28th November 2018 

Coveted since 20th Century, Fabergé’s exquisitely decorated imperial eggs have been collected for generations with some of the most valuable eggs in the collection dating as far as back as pre-1917.

Now, contemporising the design codes of both heritage brands, the egg has been conceived under the direction of Rolls-Royce designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes in collaboration with Fabergé’s Lead Designer Liisa Talgren and bought to life by the House’s workmaster, Paul Jones.

Evoking the design cues synonymous with the elusive eggs of Fabergé, The Spirit of Ecstasy Egg sits on a hand-engraved base crafted from purple enamel and 18-carat white gold. Rose gold arms and hues from the archives of Fabergé are adorned with 10 carats of diamonds and 390 carats of natural amethyst.

A celebration of innovative design and art, the ornamental masterpiece is expected to become one of the most collectable Imperial Eggs of all time and stands as the first Imperial to be produced since 1917.

The Egg connects the elements that lie at the very core of each marque – the Spirit of Ecstasy, the illustrious muse that has guided each Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century, and the form of a Fabergé Egg, the pinnacle of ornamental expression. The masterpiece resulting from this distinguished collaboration reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship for which both brands are renowned to this day.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “’The Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of Bespoke personalisation. Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”

A team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers. At first glance, the Egg is unmistakable in its character. The tiny Rolls-Royce mascot is sculpted in frosted rock crystal and cocooned within the egg. The final design echoes that of Fabergé’s heritage – masterfully woven into the intricate design.

The technical mastery of Fabergé prevails. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg adopts a highly complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering. The success of this mechanism, and in turn the piece as a whole, can be attributed to the goldsmiths’ art as craftspeople and their ability to meld this skill with technology, creating a work of art that could not be created by man alone. The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill that one expects from a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Fabergé, and has probably the most complicated opening of any Fabergé Egg to date.

Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Business Development and Global Sales Director, Fabergé added, “Two years in the making, we are very excited to unveil this special piece to our clients and partners across the globe together with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and are proud to continue making history by creating bespoke and unique pieces such as this. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg marks a demonstration of the reputation that Fabergé proudly carries today.”

Fifty Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; a further 40 were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. If we explore the great archives of Rolls-Royce, we find that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Almost 500 meters above the ground: The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – Stellar Living

When it takes exactly 52 seconds to get from the ground to the top of one of the tallest hotels in the World

25th November 2018

At The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 52 seconds is enough to journey to a different World. The elevator ride to the 102nd floor of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre brings guests to the hotel lobby, where a ceiling mural and panoramic city view are among the first things to capture their attention. This inclination to look outward pulls at guests throughout their stay, as nearly every area of the hotel embraces its location among the clouds.

Located in the tallest building in Hong Kong – the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon, your stay promises to be a real visual treat. Featuring breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, you have the whole iconic Hong Kong skyline as your backdrop.

Aside from being visually dazzled, the hotel takes spa retreats to new heights with the world’s highest hotel spa, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows offering the panoramic views of Hong Kong.

The hotel boasts 312 rooms that are magnificently furbished, each boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong’s cityline. Grand and Deluxe Harbour Rooms feature spacious, contemporary interiors, with large windows that provide spectacular views of the Victoria Harbour, while Club Harbour Rooms also feature ocean vistas plus 24-hour Club Lounge access. The hotel’s suites comprise of spacious living, dining and working areas with panoramic views of Hong Kong skyline or Hong Kong Island. The most luxurious, Ritz-Carlton Suite, features 270-degree panoramic city views and a personal butler service.

Located on the waterfront, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers stunning views of the metropolitan area that Hong Kong is known for. It is a luxury experience with sweeping views of the city below along with state-of-the-art food and beverage options that reflect the upscale and vibrant culture of the surrounding area.

The richness of Hong Kong’s food and culture lies just minutes away from the hotel. Located across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island, guests can explore the vibrant west Kowloon, shop till they drop at Temple Street Night Market and Jade Market, sample Hong Kong’s world-class nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong or simply head to one of the many outlying islands for a hike. An abundant of other tourist attractions are bound to keep guests well entertained throughout their holiday.

Guests travel far and wide for the Michelin-star dim sum restaurant Tin Lung Heen for Chef de Cuisine Paul Lau’s double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw in baby coconut. Another top dish is his steamed spotted garoupa (grouper) dumpling with coriander, and barbecued Iberian pork with honey.

Following its success a few years ago at the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, the Alsatian haute pâtisserie Pierre Hermé opened an outpost in the Hong Kong property’s level 9 arrival Lobby.

At the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge on the 116th floor (home to the Espa spa as well), guests enjoy private check-in. They can also book a comp town car ride within Kowloon, upon availability. For more wonderful city and mountain views, you may find yourself up there in the lounge at the crack of dawn for breakfast, where even if clouds are swirling about it’s a thrill to see the city at that hour.