Hard to believe, but the season of giving is upon us. With that in mind, the team at Destination Luxury has put together what we feel is not only the best of the best in giving, but the ultimate in getting. Broken up into four weekly installments, Destination Luxury covers a spectrum of goodies – from the best in beauty, to what we like to call ‘off the beaten track.’ In this first installment, we offer up the opportunity for you to peruse a sampling of what we like to call ‘a little something for everybody’ — phenomenal getaways, the best of beauty, electronics to die for, and of course, a smattering of the ultimate in those beautiful pieces of machinery that get you where you need to go – and fast.
 
 

BEAUTY.

 

LA PRAIRIE SWAROVSKI EDITION CAVIAR LUXE CREAM ($2,240)

This richly textured cream is not only the ultimate in luxurious pampering; it provides the utmost concentration, utmost hydration and firming action ever achieved in a La Prairie cosmetic moisturizer. It also dramatically improves your skin’s elasticity and tone. Protein-rich Caviar Extract helps nourish and energize your skin, resulting in refined texture and a silken smoothness. From the moment of application, your complexion will look radiantly alive and feel notably softer and firmer.

CREME DE LA MER ($160/oz)

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Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin with its ultra-rich, dewy formula. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible and skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities are soothed and radiance is restored.

The Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin

SENSAI ULTIMATE SET ($1,424.58)

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This precious Christmas set is centered around the ULTIMATE T series, the latest innovation from SENSAI’s DNA research and development program.  This anti-aging regime promotes the repair of genetic damage caused by UV rays and ROS (= Reactive Oxygen Species). Unparalleled in texture and appearance, the formulation preserves the inherent beauty of the skin at genetic level by maintaining firmness and radiance.

GAVÉE GOLD 7-PIECE TRAVEL KIT

 

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The use of gold as a beauty treatment dates back to Cleopatra who was known to sleep in a 24K gold face mask.  Now, Las Vegas-based medical aesthetician Tiffany Andersen is introducing the Gavée Gold Collection, a toxin-free skincare line that combines ancient technology with the rarest and most effective of anti-aging ingredients: “spagyrically” purified 24K liquid gold aged like a fine wine, homeopathic Mineral Cell Salts, and a new form of organic Oil of Egg that have patents pending worldwide.
Andersen, a survivor of Stage IV cancer, developed Gavée Gold (pronounced “Jah-vay gold”) with the help of her biochemist and toxicology pharmacist after learning that her body could no longer filter toxins.  The collection was featured on Hallmark Home and Family, and is slated to appear on The Doctors.  Special Offer for Destination Luxury readers:  Regularly priced at $95, the Gavée Gold 7-piece Travel Kit is just $49.99 through December 31 with coupon code “HOLIDAYGOLD” at www.gaveegold.com.

111SKIN CELESTIAL BLACK DIAMOND NIGHT CREAM ($958)

The Celestial Black Diamond night cream uses the latest scientific technology to protect, rebuild, and nourish the skin. The trio of Hyaluronic acid, N-cystine and Centella Asiatica work on the three layers of the skin to replenish and rebuild the cells matrix. Black Diamond microspheres ensure immediate delivery of key youth preserving ingredients deeper in the skin layers. Arbutin fights discoloration and creates a luminous complexion. The result is a visibly brighter, more radiant, and even skin tone.

GIVENCHY LIMITED EDITION CROCODILE CASE ($300)

Givenchy introduces absolute timeless luxury starring Le Rouge Givenchy. This limited edition version of the iconic lipstick comes in the classic Carmin Escarpin shade, with a stunning genuine crocodile leather case. Re-use this luxury case again and again with your favorite Le Rouge lipsticks.

ACCELLERATOR ULTRA ULTRASONIC TONING DEVICE ($220)

Upgrade your beauty regimen with a workout for your face and body, all in the palm of your hand. This hand-held beauty device helps to generate thermal energy, stimulating circulation, collagen and elastin for skin that looks more tightened and toned.

This high-frequency toning device with ultrasonic 1 MHz technology for the face and body helps to stimulate new collagen, Elastin and cell renewal. Achieve a more contoured appearance while fighting fine lines and wrinkles with this effective, groundbreaking beauty treatment.

KATECEUTICALS RICH AND POWERFUL COLLECTION ($388)

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Restore radiance to your skin and see undeniable anti-aging results with the KateCeuticals Collection by Kate Somerville. This sophisticated skincare regimen is formulated to address the eight signs of aging by infusing the skin with a concentration of Vitamins, Nutrients, Peptides and Antioxidants that help to smooth and firm, moisturize and plump, even out skin tone, and refine texture.

BOND NO. 9 NEW YORK PERFUMISTA AVENUE SWAROVSKI SOLO STUNNER ($1,000)

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Stunning simplicity is served with this limited-edition superstar bottle of Perfumista Avenue, whose entire front and back are emblazoned with those closely clustered Swarovski ruby fanci-stones, their glittering surface creating a creviced effect as mesmerizing as that of the eau de parfum. Notes: Davana, nutmeg, safran, red plum, rose oil, rose water, peonies, jasmine, patchouli, sensual musk, modern amber and mate.

BOND NO. 9 NEW YORK CHINATOWN DRAMMING UNIT ($3,500)

We’ve saved the show-stopper for last: Our outsized 42 oz. amphora vitrine, made with CRYSTALLIZED – Swarovski Elements. Not to forget the bottle top — an elliptical mirror with honeycomb base. And while we were at it, we added the Bond No. 9 signature and a handy golden spigot. Contents Your choice among our 32 scents. This bedazzlement comes in a white patent leather gift case, also adorned with crystals.

GIVENCHY DAHLIA NOIR FLACON BACCARAT ($1,450)

Mysterious and atypical, Givenchy Dahlia Noir is the first fragrance developed under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci.

Expressing the power of a fragile woman, the Eau de Parfum is a classic, unique fragrance with the femininity of a powdery rose and the sensual mystery of vanilla. Powerful, sensual and elegant.

Exclusive to Harrods, this special edition eau de parfum is presented in a lavish mirrored box.

LALIQUE FOR BENTLEY ($4,800)

The limited crystal edition Lalique for Bentley has been inspired by the legendary “Flying B”, the mascot of Bentley cars. This precious collector’s item comes in a dark-wooden box together with an elegant leathery interior. The wooden box carries an extra drawer for the separate bottle of the Eau deParfum. The fragrance opens with an elegant and rich accord of orris butter and white cedarwood. Notes of patchouli and papyrus give a charismatic heart with a luxurious base of dry amber and musk.

 

ELECTRONICS.

 

POWERLITE HOME CINEMA 3020E 3D 1080P 3LCD PROJECTOR ($1,799)

Featuring revolutionary wireless technology, the Home Cinema 3020e makes it easy to wirelessly project content from your Blu-ray® player, Apple® TV or Roku Streaming Box — without running extra wires. Use the included Epson® wireless transmitter for quick, easy setup. Then, access all of your entertainment devices wirelessly. And, with Full HD 1080p performance and a remarkable contrast ratio of up to 40,000:1, this innovative performer makes it simple to entertain family and friends with impressive, larger-than-life images. Use the included RF 3D glasses to immerse yourself in eye-popping 3D movies and more.

UHD 4K HU9000 SERIES CURVED SMART TV ($3,499 – $7,999)

Discover the ultimate immersive experience with the new curved design and lifelike UHD 4K picture quality of the Samsung Smart HU9000 UHD TV. Watch any movie, sport, show or streaming content at 4 times the resolution of full HD with UHD Upscaling. Samsung’s curved screen is supported with proprietary technology that creates an accurate picture with exceptional color, without any picture distortion. It has a dramatically improved field of view that creates a panoramic effect and helps the picture feel bigger.

SENNHEISER HD 800 ($1,499)

The HD800 from Sennheiser offer top-of-the line audio technology as they represent the best luxury headphones in my top 10. Each pair of HD 800′s are hand assembled in Germany with top quality materials, while utilizing the largest transducers on the market. The jacks are exclusively produced for the HD 800 in Switzerland and feature gold-plated bunches. Gold has the highly positive property of having a very low transfer resistance, this provides excellent contact without any interference. These provide an unmatched natural listening experience.

SAMSUNG LEVEL OVER ($349)
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Level Over is Samsung’s flagship over-ear headphone featuring superior HD organic sound, a comfortable ergonomic design, touch controls, and wireless Bluetooth pairing.

A 50 mm Dynamic Driver made with high performance Neodymium, which is 30% stronger than regular magnets, lets users get deeper, more natural sound. Plus, a free edge structure made from Bio Cellulose prevents resonance between the vibration plate and the frame, avoiding unnecessary booming and providing the original sound. Level Over also uses a hybrid type active noise cancellation, both on the headphone inside and with a mic on the outside that picks up sounds to block so that users can enjoy perfectly crystal clear music.

 

CARS.

 

BMW i8 ($135,925)

The BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road. The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.

TESLA MODEL S ($70,890 – $94,390)

Introducing a car so advanced it sets the new standard for premium performance. At the heart of the vehicle is the proven Tesla power train, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience.

“Model S epitomizes efficiency, embodying the grace and performance of a world-class athlete. Its sculpted form expresses a constant state of speed and motion.”

– Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer

LAMBORGHINI VENEMO ($4M)

But the Veneno isn’t all looks and no go. The name is Spanish for “poison” and boy is that appropriate. The naturally aspirated V12 – because turbos are for sissies – hammers out 750 horsepower. This Italian thunderclap will bring to 60 in 2.8 seconds, probably faster than sound can leave your body during a terrified scream. The big wing on the back is encouraging. Either it will help keep the car on the road or it means that the Veneno is in accordance with FAA regulations, which is good until you realize that means it was designed to fly. Gulp. It gets better too, because Lambo has recently gone ahead with a convertible version. The “poison” Spyder is just as fast, and even more mental. With speeds approaching 220 mph in an open top car, lets just say you are going to need goggles. Even the Batmobile looks tame in comparison to the Veneno and it probably costs less too.

MANSORY VIVRE: BUGATTI VEYRON ($3.4M)

The Bugatti Veyron is getting to that point in its life where it can wax reflective and nostalgic. That’s where the Legend Meo Constantini comes in. Built to commemorate friend of Bugatti founder, and two-time winner of the Targa Folorio, in a Bugatti 35. Constantini was just the sort of aristocratic whack-job that made early motor racing great, so its appropriate that Bugatti honored him with such a mental car. Underneath the Legend is a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster. It draws a hyper-godly 1,200 hp from its W16. This is good for a top speed of 254 mph. It might be a bit slower than the Veyron Super Sport, but it’s much prettier. The carbon fiber is painted French Racing Blue, and the aluminum is left to its own burnished glory. Maps of the Targa Florio and other racing scenes are laser etched in both the exterior and interior. This isn’t just a face melting speed machine, its also a work of art.

 

TRAVEL.

 

MAGELLAN JETS + FOUR SEASONS

Magellan Jets and Four Seasons Resort Nevis, leaders in private jet travel and luxury hospitality respectively, announce the ultimate holiday gift package: a luxury getaway to Nevis.  This deal comes complete with a private charter on-board the Challenger 604 and villa accommodations in the new, seven-bedroom Hill Estate at Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

The Magellan Jets Four Seasons Resort Nevis Luxury Holiday Gift Package will include:

  • Private flight on Magellan Jets’ Challenger with a special 10-hour card, seating up to 12 passengers
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine gift
  • Complimentary on-board catering, featuring specialties from Nevis
  • Airport transfers
  • Five nights’ villa accommodations in the new, ultra modern, seven-bedroom Hill Estate at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with incredible views over the Caribbean Sea
  • Daily use of a luxurious, fully equipped Beach Cabana with beach butler service
  • Choice of one round of golf, one Spa treatment or one professional tennis lesson per guest
  • Dinner at Mango, the popular waterfront restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Nevis
  • Customized welcome amenity in villa
  • Sea Turtle Adoption sponsorship with a charitable tie-in to the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservancy organization

Packages start at USD $140,000 for a five-night stay.

12 MICHELIN STARS IN 7 DAYS: JOURNEY TO GERMANY’S UNEXPECTED CULINARY CENTER

 

Ditch the schnitzel and drop the bratwurst as Zicasso, experts in handcrafted travel, forges an edible journey to the world’s most exciting new culinary center – the Black Forest. This vast expanse of hills, valleys, rivers and forests stretching 100-miles along Germany’s southwestern border is home to some of the world’s oldest Christmas markets, making this culinary journey perfect for travel during the holiday season as well as year round.

This fully customizable 8-day culinary adventure is priced from $3,590 per person double, and features seven 5-course dining experiences at Michelin-rated restaurants totaling 12 Michelin Stars, three 5-star accommodations, train transfers between cities, and a guided tour of Stuttgart’s Christmas market and old town. This itinerary is recommended for Christmas season travel in 2014 and 2015, yet it is applicable all year round.

SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

For the ultimate holiday gift for foodies, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s “Mi Casa Mi Chef” package offers an unforgettable epicurean experience. Working hand-in-hand alongside acclaimed chefs from Sanctuary’s elements restaurant, guests can enjoy a personalized dining experience in one of the resort’s luxe Mountainside Estates where they will plan and execute their customized dining experience.

Sanctuary’s “Mi Casa, Mi Chef” experience includes:

o   One-night in a private Mountainside Estate
o   Trip to the Farmer’s Market with a Sanctuary chef, followed by a customized and interactive in-home dining experience with wine pairings
o   One 60-minute in-home spa treatment per person
o   Starts at $5,500 based on double occupancy including tax and gratuity, and is subject to availability.

TCS WORLD TRAVEL

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With more than 20 years of experience,TCS Expeditions offers one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive trips around the world and is the only company that actual specializes in private jet travel. Are you familiar with the company? They are the operator for many other private jet travel concepts including the Four Seasons, Kalos Golf, and more. TCS has a trip this January called Around the World which will set the bar high for travelers in 2015. With an itinerary that spans the globe, this Around the World embraces the spirit of the classic itinerary with several new highlights. From safari and sundowners in Botswana, to discovering cultures in the once-forbidden lands of Bhutan and Myanmar, to the island escapes of Palau and Seychelles, this itinerary is an eclectic collection of our favorite travel experiences. More details can be found here.

FARMHOUSE INN

Owners Catherine and Joe Bartolomei are offering up Russian River Valley’s #1 property to guests looking for the ultimate holiday vacation. Guests looking for an over-the-top luxurious, cozy winter getaway can make Farmhouse Inn their holiday home to spend time with friends and family. Package elements include:

  • Private limousine transportation to Farmhouse Inn from any of the Bay Area airports
  • Chef-guided tours to the Farmhouse Expedition activities including foraging and peach jamming
  • VIP wine tour and private tastings with wine director and sommelier Allyson Gorsuch to Sonoma’s most exclusive wineries
  • Personalized custom holiday dinner menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Steve Litke
  • Private holiday-themed spa party with sampler treatments to try everything on the new spa menu
  • Personal gifting concierge with a day of escorted shopping
  • Access to jump to the top of the wait list at exclusive wineries

Price: $5,175/per couple (for 4 nights)

CROISI EUROPE CRUISES

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Celebrate the magic of the holidays surrounded by the beauty of Europe on one of CroisiEurope’s Christmas Cruises, including the Christmas Markets, or New Year’s Cruises. Ranging from 3-6 days, these special holiday cruises are the perfect addition to a European holiday getaway. Explore some of Europe’s most enchanting cities with optional excursions to Europe’s famed Christmas markets, local Christmas Eve masses, and expertly guided city tours. Prices vary based on availability, length, destination, and cabin booked. For more information, please go to: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com.

COWORTH PARK
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With twinkling lights, roaring log fires and the scent of mince pies, Coworth Park offers the warmest country estate Christmas welcome England has to offer.  Celebrate the festive cheer with Christmas Eve drinks in the Drawing Room, then feast on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in The Barn or Restaurant Coworth Park.  

Enjoy Boxing Day brunch followed by activities on the estate, including some unexpected touches such as Santa Segway races and the Tower House cinema room.  Return to the Drawing Room for Champagne Afternoon Tea and when you’ve eaten yourself full, simply head outside for a country stroll across the grounds.

Three-nights luxury accommodation for two includes:
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2014
Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in the Drawing Room
Dinner for two in The Barn or Restaurant Coworth Park
Christmas Eve drinks in the Drawing Room

Christmas Day – December 25, 2014
English breakfast for two
Four-course lunch in The Barn or five-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park
Tea, coffee and pastries served  4.00pm to 6.00pm
Evening buffet supper 

Boxing Day – December 26, 2014
Brunch in Restaurant at Coworth Park
Festive themed activities
Use of all facilities at The Spa at Coworth Park
Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room
Dinner for two in The Barn or Restaurant Coworth Park

Rates for three-nights stay from £1,845 per person.

HOTEL AMIGO – BRUSSELS + DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

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Hotel Amigo has teamed up with famed Belgian designer Diane Von Furstenberg – and like Rocco Forte Hotels, the DVF brand is a family-run business. Diane Von Furstenberg’s creative team will be designing the Christmas decorations in the ground-stone lobby of Hotel Amigo, creating homage to the history of fashion. Guests can additionally take advantage of the exclusive DVF Festive Break Package.

This exclusive package includes, one night in a signature suite at Hotel Amigo, Diane Von Furstenberg’s new book, The Woman I Want to Be, signed by the designer, a bottle of champagne, a timeless DVF black clutch, and a private VIP session at DVF’s Brussels-based boutique.

Rates for the package start at $1898 per suite per night. Package available December 1 through May 31 2015. Further details here.

 

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