With Valentines day just around the corner there’s not much time for last-minute present hunting. If you’ve had enough of chocolates and flowers take a little time to daydream about the ultimate Valentines surprise (if money were no object!). We don’t all have cash to splurge but there’s no harm in picturing a playboy lifestyle. Join us for a taste of how the other half live with this whistle-stop tour of the most lavish Valentines gifts around.
Dining at the Dorchester
They say food and romance go hand in hand so what better destination than a multiple Michelin star restaurant. Alain Ducasse is the most successful restaurateur in the world, with fifteen more Michelin stars worldwide than Gordon Ramsay. His first London operation, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, has three stars and serves perfectly presented French cuisine. This is one of the most expensive restaurants in London but why worry about £100 a head when you can enjoy an unforgettable feast.
Discovering beach paradise
Hitting the headlines in August 2011 when a lightning strike set fire to the Great House, Richard Branson’s Necker Island resort has had a £9 million refurbishment. The infamous 74-acre island is part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio of luxury properties and accommodates up to 28 guests. Branson bought Necker for £60,000 when he was just 27 after spotting it from a helicopter during a trip to the Caribbean. Hideaway for some of the world’s richest people including Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Rod Stewart and Kate Moss there’s no denying that Necker has star appeal. To sample island life you’ll need £39,000 per night split between 30 guests.
Tasting the world’s priciest fizz
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 comes from a single walled vineyard in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most respected Pinot Noir villages in Champagne. They say the quality and rarity of champagne dictates its price and this particular vineyard yields just 4,760 bottles meaning this variety is extremely coveted. Unlike other champagnes it has the full flavour of a red Burgundy but the lighter qualities of traditional champagne. At $2000 it’s one of the world’s most expensive bottles of fizz.
Sleeping in Seven Stars
We’ve all seen photos of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and wondered how a hotel secures seven stars. Guests who book the famed ‘Royal Suite’ pay around £11,435 for the pleasure of 8,395 square-feet of luxury. Highlights include marble floors, mahogany furniture, Hermes toiletries, a private cinema, a rotating four-poster bed and a chauffeur-driver Rolls Royce or helicopter. Sleeping seems optional.
Hiring security for your smalls
Lingerie label Victoria's Secret created two $2 million Fantasy Bras last year that were carefully guarded by a dedicated security team. Worn by Brazilian models Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima during the brand’s 2014 catwalk show, the bras were created by Pascal Mouawad and are covered with hand sewn diamonds, rubies and sapphires sewn together in a complex design complete with arm bands and shoulder details. Both bras contain 16,000 perfect gems and took over 1,380 hours to create.