Despite attempted encroachments from the ever-popular luxury SUV, the luxury sedan still reigns in its class of automotive grandeur. Mercedes-Benz has long held the top spot with its matchless S-Class, but that doesn’t mean that others haven’t attempted a coup, including Lexus with its LS. If price is no object, buyers will probably stick with the inimitable Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But the less-expensive, feature-rich Lexus LS is worthy of careful consideration.
Arts & Travel
COVID-19 has dealt the global travel industry a heavy blow and has been merciless to the aviation industry. With passenger flights slashed by staggering percentages, large airlines are walking thin tightropes. However, segments of the industry are faring well, including the private-jet charter sector, which is finding that its unique blend of customized services is exactly what businesses and families are seeking during the pandemic—and likely will beyond it.
Dubai real estate regained its footing in 2019 and was off to the races as 2020 dawned. Then came a pandemic in March accompanied by lockdown measures, bringing much of the vibrant city to a halt. Dubai’s property market picked itself up more quickly than many other contenders and finished the year on a winning streak, but COVID-19 altered the must-have lists of buyers and renters of Dubai’s luxury property.
Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is where things happen, including the biggest sales dollarwise in the history of real estate. Why does this particular piece of geography continue to attract so much high-end buyer interest? Is it the temperate climate, the ocean, the celebrities? David Parnes and James Harris of the famous The Agency offer their opinions on where this one-of-a-kind market sits now and where it is headed.
And the Winner Is in the Matchup between the German Saloons…the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the 2019 BMW 5 Series?
When it comes to producing midsize luxury sedans, Germany wins hands down. The only unanswered question regarding the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and 2019 BMW 5 Series contestants is which one of the two tops the executive-saloon category. In our car feature, we examine the specs in detail but leave to the reader the final decision of which vehicle will give its new owner the best value for a luxury-vehicle price.
Humans have expressed their creativity through art since the world’s beginnings, and to many connoisseurs, viewing as many art treasures as possible is a must for any trip. If the thought of staying in art boutique hotels that showcase stirring first-rate artwork while catering to other requirements—such as sumptuous accommodations and delectable food and drink—thrills you, don’t miss our tour of inspiring art boutique hotels around the world.
Monaco, the iconic microstate on the French Riviera, is distinguished for its properties, including claiming the world’s densest population per square kilometre, with a large number of residents qualifying as millionaires. Monaco is a beloved destination for the jet-setting elite but also cherished as a place to call home—if one can find an available home to purchase! In our feature, a few residential opportunities for high-income buyers are showcased.
When stress and tension overwhelm us, it’s natural to seek an escape hatch. In this month’s travel feature, we take you on a tour of wellness retreats around the globe that unapologetically combine luxury accommodations with the most effective techniques of this world to soothe the inner self. Travelling from the Swiss Alps to private Cambodian islands, this jaunt covers the cream of the crop of self-indulgent spa sanctuaries.
The Lotus Evija and the Pininfarina Battista Lead the World into a Fast and Brave but Characterless Future
The future has arrived in the form of two electric sports cars, the Lotus Evija and the Pininfarina Battista, that have raced into the outer limits of electric-car production. These two hyper-cars break records as if they were match sticks. Supercar enthusiasts will love the power, the handling, the sheer speed but may miss some of what made sports cars fun: the sounds and smells of revving monstrous internal-combustion engines.
The Southeast Asian island city-state of Singapore may be comparatively small in size but is mighty in influence, universally recognized as a global financial centre. Due to its esteemed status, it’s not surprising that its luxury real estate is popular among high-net-worth investors. Some of the most desirable properties in the Orchard Road area, at the heart of the city’s retail and accommodation activity, are showcased in our real-estate feature.