Life is made up of small moments, but that doesn’t mean the finer things don’t count. Au contraire, they make life truly enjoyable – for those who can afford them. Luxury is so priced because of its exclusive nature. The very fact that something is of limited quantity, uses rare materials or ingredients, or isn’t available around the world makes it worth having. This month, we decided to look at the best of the best – top-of-the-line products from brands already known for their commitment to quality and being synonymous with prestige. ..... Rahul & Ashwin
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Nestled on the northern edge of Banderas Bay, Grand Velas enjoys the tranquility of Riviera Nayarit’s beautiful waterways, beaches and coastal ambiance. The breathtaking Nuevo Vallarta resort is surrounded by pristine beaches, championship golf courses, the deep blue Mexican Pacific, and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just 15 minutes to Marina Vallarta, 25 minutes to historic downtown Puerto Vallarta and El Malecón, and 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this luxury resort is in the perfect location. Riviera Nayarit edges miles of spectacular coastline and gorgeous beaches for swimming, scuba-diving, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, surfing, and sea fishing on Banderas Bay. Enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, parachuting, horseback riding, whale-watching, canopy tours, sunset cruises or mountain plane rides. and even have the chance to swim with dolphins.
The distinctive vision of Gianni Versace, his audacious commitment to luxury and beauty, influenced his designs and translated into the decor of his homes. The creation of the world’s first fashion-branded hotel reflects the synergy of perception uniting Gianni Versace S.P.A. and the Sunland Group, whose shared commitment to excellence in design, fine workmanship and the creation of extraordinary environments saw Palazzo Versace welcome its first guests in September 2000. On a spectacular waterfront setting, every aspect of architecture, ambience, furnishings and ornamentation reflects a level of opulence once confined to the grand hotels of Europe. Richly decorated spaces proclaim the transcendence of Italian design. Singular touches include peerless marbles and mosaics, vaulted ceilings hand-detailed in gold, an antique chandelier that once shed its lustre on the grand state library of Milan.
Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955
She lived to be the oldest person in Scotland, honoured with one of the oldest single malts in the world. Only 11 bottles were ever released, celebrating each decade of her remarkable life. The late Janet Sheed Roberts was the last grandchild of Glenfiddich’s founder, William Grant. Orange blossom and violets fold into toasted almonds with a modicum of smoke. Creamy vanilla and a drifting smoke beautifully balance with sweeter oak notes. A drop or two of water releases zesty orange and outstanding vibrancy. These incredibly rare, 55-year-old bottles were auctioned for charity for over £400,000, breaking auction records along the way.
Colour: Pale gold with an autumn barley hue
Nose: Light aromas of soft orange blossom and delicate violets mix with notes of toasted almond, and the subtlest hint of smoke
Taste: Luxurious creamy vanilla and gentle smokiness are beautifully counterbalanced with sweeter oak notes
Finish: Extremely long, lively and sweet
Stoli grows its own grain in Tambov, Russia. It’s one of the richest, most fertile environments on earth. The grains are single-sourced from Raduga, its farm in Tambov, cultivated by their own farmers: winter wheat, spring wheat and rye. It’s distilled three times, using only the high-quality heart that comes out of the process. And 850 miles northwest of Tambov, the most robust grains of this spirit are carefully balanced with water from Stoli’s artesian well in Riga, Latvia. While most vodka discards only 2% of the distillate to extract imperfections, Stoli has set the benchmark by extracting up to 20% to achieve perfection. The liquid is then filtered through tightly packed columns of fine quartz sand and activated Russian birch charcoal to remove tiny particles. Pulled by gravity and perfected by carbon, it emerges bright and clear, understated and a uniquely creamy vodka void of any imperfections.