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The Ritz-Carlton Named First Official Hotel Partner of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Leads the Luxury Travel Evolution with Announcement of a New Custom Private Jet
EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THE CARIBBEAN Curaรงao by Kendra Shaw
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals Seven Seas Splendor Suite Details
W Hotels Debuts Newly Reimagined W Atlanta - Midtown, W Atlanta - Buckhead And W Atlanta - Downtown
The LANGLEY - A Luxury Collection Opens Its First Hotel in The English Countryside
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FORAGER: A Shining Epsom Green D110 Powered by a 3.5L V8 Engine
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Heighten Your Senses with Essential Oils By Jennifer Gonzales
Mindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Tips to Achieving Radiant Skin This Summer with Anthony Losavio By Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
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Conversation Restaurant Opens, Sparking a New Culinary Discourse in Downtown Seattle Dining
lebua Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok Tops the First Asia-Pacific Ultimate Restaurant Guide for Private Jet Travelers
LDV Hospitality Makes Its Debut on The High Seas with Onda By Scarpetta On Norwegian Encore
Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks
Genton Property Group and Martyn Lawrence Bullard Unveil Interior Designs for Four Seasons Private Residences Los Angeles
Bidding Wars Heating Up in San Francisco Despite National Decline
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Dear readers, Welcome to our travel issue. For many of us, the summer months are a time for relaxation and getaways. In this issue, we feature incredible summer vacation worthy hotspots across the continent and globally.
awesome summer beauty products that will take your summer glow up a notch. And in time for Fourth of July festivities turn to page 54, for some great ideas to glam up your party in the most patriotic way.
For a long, hot summer filled with glamour and adventure, turn to our top five Mediterranean beaches to visit this summer for the perfect dream escape. Make sure to skim through the pages for travel inspiration before your summer calendar fills up.
I hope youâ€™re all having a great start to your summer and that you are using it as a time to unwind and relax with family and friends. Seize the season,
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D-ZYN CORNER Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
Stage This Interior Design Bring The Outdoors In July, Augustâ€Śthe months for playing, planning and relaxing What is this designer talking about? Well, we have addressed so many topics since December that is seems fitting to stop and take a breath now and then. For the hot summer months letâ€™s make some sun tea out on the patio, sit back and look at the awesome view from your nest in the sky. What? You need patio furniture? PERFECT! Now is the best time to hit some of the local stores and grab accessories for the summer. Floor samples, items they bought at the Summer Trade Show and many more can be purchased at reasonable prices right now.
And, don’t forget the online services of the different stores touting their wares there at your fingertips. Problem with sizes? No problem…sketch out your area and take it with you. Many places have design specialists on staff who can assist you. Don’t forget to add splashes of color everywhere out there. Area rugs designed for the outdoors are abundantly colorful. And the great pillows that are available will add spark and energy. If you are on a sunny side of the building, pick up a market umbrella in vivid colors and add it to your setting. Greenery here is also important. Huge pots can be utilized for citrus trees like lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. I cannot believe how well they do in our warm desert climate. But in season you’ll be the person handing bags of fruit to friends and they will be jealous! Add a splash of water as well. There are so many great water falls available, small, medium and large. Have some fun while adding the serenity of softly falling water to your outdoor living spaces. If you have not seen the advertisements for all the wonderful choices in these products, you owe it to yourself to go on a Mission and see them.
Let’s do something fun, it’s summer time, and summer calls for fun! Have an amazing summer! Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer, Published Author Don’t miss my latest book: Glitz Glamour and Murder available through Amazon and Kindle! email@example.com
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The Ritz-Carlton Named First Official Hotel Partner of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport The Two Iconic Brands Come Together to Provide Ritz-Carlton Guests Exclusive Access, Memorable Experiences at Grands Prix Worldwide The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is excited to announce a multi-year agreement with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to be the first Official Hotel Partner of the legendary team. At various races throughout the season, Marriott Bonvoy Members will have an opportunity to interact with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, experience races from the paddock, and enjoy exclusive at-track VIP hospitality in the Team's Silver Arrows Lounge. For the first event in Montreal, a Ritz-Carlton concierge desk will be available in the Silver Arrows Lounge where attendees can receive insider tips for exploring the city. As part of the collaboration, The Ritz-Carlton logo will also appear on the racing suits of drivers Hamilton and Bottas.
of Montreal, Budapest, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton will curate "Ultimate Weekend Packages" for Marriott Bonvoy Moments. Each of the packages will be tailored to highlight the best of the destination in addition to unique experiences tied to each race.
"I'm thrilled that Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has chosen The Ritz-Carlton to be its first official hotel partner," said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. "This exciting opportunity brings together two legendary brands that share a commitment to excellence and allows us to create unique and lasting memories for our guests."
The Ritz-Carlton continues to inspire life's most meaningful journeys though its legendary service and thoughtful programming, leaving indelible marks on guests of its hotels and resorts worldwide. The collaboration with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport exemplifies the brand's commitment to delivering truly singular experiences. The Ritz-Carlton is part of Marriott Bonvoy, the company's newly renamed travel program, which will become the Official Hotel Loyalty Program for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
This unmatched access will be available through packages Marriott Bonvoy members can bid on through Marriott Bonvoy Moments, exclusive experiences available to Marriott Bonvoy members. In the select markets
"We are delighted to be taking our collaboration with The Ritz-Carlton to a whole new level," said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. "F1 offers the possibility to deliver unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our brand partners and their customers thanks to the equally exciting and exclusive nature of the sport. We are pleased to be delivering those experiences to The Ritz-Carlton guests and Marriott Bonvoy members."
For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Leads the Luxury Travel Evolution with Announcement of a New Custom Private Jet The reimagined Four Seasons Private Jet further enhances the in-flight experience for an elevated take on five-star service in the sky Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, unveils plans for an all-new Four Seasons Private Jet that will take flight in early 2021, evoking the bygone glamour of air travel coupled with thoughtful, guest-centric design. A new A321LR aircraft, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being fully customized by Four Seasons and tailored to the continually evolving vision of its industry-first Private Jet experience. The concepts embodied in the current Four Seasons Jet with its luxurious comforts and amenities, are being taken to the next level with even more space for Private Jet guests and staff to mix and mingle, or simply relax and enjoy the ride.
"The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury air travel, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalized journey," says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, waitlists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before." www.HighRiseLife.com
An Interactive Flight Experience Built to replace the current aircraft, the new Four Seasons Private Jet will offer an even more modern, enriching and interactive flight experience thanks to meticulous construction and thoughtful Four Seasons design. Offering the widest and tallest cabin in its class, key features include a new spacious lounge area that invites socializing among guests and becomes the stage for a series of Four Seasons artisans to showcase their talents and craft in interactive workshops. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Four Seasons master chefs and mixologists, wellness experts and arts and culture aficionados for an enriching in-flight experience. With only 48 custom handcrafted seats designed by Optimares, with leather from Italian producer Poltrona Frau, the spacious interior will also allow guests to socialize more easily while seated. New purpose-built personal ottomans at each seat will encourage interaction and comfortable face-to-face connections. With every detail under consideration, lavatories are also being expanded for added comfort and flexibility, reflecting a more residential style.
The Evolution of Luxury Travel
The Executive Chef is joined by a full complement of dedicated Four Seasons staff, including a Four Seasons Concierge, Director of Guest Experience, Physician, and Four Seasons-trained in-flight crew, ensuring an elevated and highly personal experience that guests have come to expect from Four Seasons.
What Isn't Changing?
Four Seasons Private Jet guests will continue to enjoy the ultimate freedom of travelling worry-free, knowing that every step of the journey - from the accommodations and trip itinerary to the highly exclusive excursions and local recommendations, will be looked after with the attention to detail, exceptional quality and caring service for which Four Seasons is renowned. Since launching the hospitality industry's first fully branded and customized private jet in 2015, the Four Seasons Private Jet experience has transported hundreds of guests on bespoke journeys around the world, opening doors to extraordinary adventures and memorable destinations, while staying in complete comfort and luxury with Four Seasons along the way.
The on-board Four Seasons Executive Chef will enjoy an expanded galley area in which to prepare menus that are inspired by the journey itself, with the opportunity for spur-of-the-moment culinary surprises along the way.
Travelers interested in booking the luxury adventure of a lifetime are invited to visit fourseasons.com/privatejet for a closer look at the exclusive journeys on offer in some of the world's most captivating destinations.
"When designing the new Four Seasons Private Jet, we were inspired by the glamour and prestige of air travel in times past, when every flight was a special occasion," says Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons Vice President, Design. "With a laser focus on comfort and functionality, our aim is to create an environment that encourages spontaneous social interaction between everyone on board, reinforcing the power of connection."
5 BEST MEDITERRANEAN BEACHES TO VISIT Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
The Mediterranean is famed for its dreamy beaches that strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, white sandy beaches, and a captivating history and heritage. With a literal world of options to choose from, it can be tough to decide your next vacation, so we narrowed down the list to only the best. Here are our top five Mediterranean beaches to visit this summer for the perfect dream escape.
ANTALYA, TURKEY Antalya bordered by the Taurus Mountains is the largest city on the Turkish Mediterranean coast and considered the fourth most visited tourist destination in the world. Known for its natural waterfalls, crystal blue sea, white sandy beaches, ultra-luxury resorts and rich history. It is no surprise it won the prestigious international Blue Flag 2019 award marking it as one of the best beaches in the world to visit. For history enthusiasts, make sure to explore the old town center and see the Hadrian's Gate or Üçkapılar, which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited the city in the year 130. It is the only remaining entrance gate in the walls that surround the city and harbor.
NAVAGIO, GREECE On the North-West coast of the island Zakynthos, Greece is Navagio beach with its exposed cove and picturesque turquoise waters is a dream oasis for the serious beach goer. Better known to locals as Shipwreck Beach or often referred to as ‘Smugglers Cove,’ can only be accessed via boat. The abandoned shipwreck, Panagiotis buried in the limestone gravel was rumored to be smuggling contraband such as cigarettes and wine and ran aground Navagio beach during stormy weather.
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ZLATNI RAT, CROATIA Zlatni Rat Beach is situated in the southern part of Brac Island and is a long golden pebble beach that stretches out to the Adriatic Sea and arguably the best beach in Croatia. The shape of the half-kilometer beach continually changes form by wind conditions and sea currents and is often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn beach. With no sand or seaweed, it’s a great place to snorkel and a favorite amongst wind surfers.
CABO DE GATA, SPAIN Cabo de Gata is in the southeastern corner of Spain and is Andalusia’s largest coastal protected area with some of Europe’s oldest geological features. Preserved for its natural beauty it is a snorkeler’s dream with its wonderful corals and year-round warm climate. The mountain range of the Sierra del Cabo de Gata form Spain’s largest volcanic rock, creating some of the most amazing hidden coves and white, sandy beaches in the region.
SARDINIA, ITALY Sardinia is the second-largest island in Mediterranean after Sicily. Known to rival the French Riviera as a playground for Europeâ€™s rich and famous with its emerald coast and snow-white sand, characteristic coves, and ancient archaeological finds that are scattered throughout the region. Places like Porto Cervo, San Teodoro, Santa Teresa di Gallura, and Baia Sardinia are only some of the charming locations that deserve a visit. You cannot leave the island without tasting the famous pane carasau.
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EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THE CARIBBEAN
Written by Kendra Shaw
uraçao is the best-kept secret of the Caribbean. The Lesser Leeward Antilles Island in the southern Caribbean Sea perfectly sits centered between Aruba and Bonaire; collectively known as the “ABC islands”; and just 40 miles north of Venezuela. Despite being eclipsed by the popularity of its sister islands; Curaçao is larger, more populated, and showcases crystal-clear waters, delightful architecture including the tallest bridge in the Caribbean, bustling casinos, rich history, amazing nature, and so much more. Magnificently, this Dutch Caribbean Island, with little to no American influence, remains a hidden gem of the Caribbean. Due to its history and close proximity to South America, Curaçao has a diverse and multifaceted culture. Notably, its name was derived from the Portuguese word meaning “heart” because for centuries the island was the pulsing center of European trade in the region and a melting pot for Dutch, Iberian, South American, African, tropical, and even Sephardic Jewish influences. The island was colonized by the Dutch and has been part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today, it exists as an independent state but is most visibly
influenced by the Dutch. Besides Dutch many locals speak Papiamentu, Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Like the island’s bright and vibrant culture, you’ll immediately notice the colorful buildings with European influences and Dutch architecture. The streets are lined with bright and vibrant colors, including but not limited to pink, green, yellow and teal. Legend has it that the former governor of the island suffered from severe headaches believing his malady was aggravated by the sun’s brilliant reflections off the white buildings. However, the locals were taught that the buildings were painted in color because the reflection of the sun off the white buildings would damage their eyes. Regardless, the tradition of painting in vivid colors has endured, making Curaçao’s Dutch and Spanish colonial styled architecture one of the Caribbean’s most stunning sights. Since the island is located outside the hurricane bet, rain is rare. Its wet season is only two to three months out of the year. Therefore, visitors can create their perfect vacation anytime of the year staying at accommodations ranging from a quaint hostel to a swanky five-star resort.
Whether a laidback sun worshipper or the energetic and adventurous, the island offers everything from spending the day at any one of its 40 beaches to taking advantage of its bustling nightlife and partying until the sunrises, any night of the week year-round. With plenty of shipwrecks in the ocean, diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular things to do in Curaçao for the active and watersport lover. Curaçao is consistently rated one of the best shore-diving locations in the world; thanks to the tropical climate of the area and its consistently warm water. Whether you’re a novice diver or have an open water certificate, you’ll find a dive site perfect for your level. Nightlife is one of the best things to do in Curaçao, where you can party into the early hours of the morning and dance until dawn to live salsa and reggae music. Special events including annual festivals like Carnival and King’s Day among the largest and most fun. Carnival 2020 will be especially grand since it will be the island’s 50th annual celebration. In case you can’t make it to one of the major festivities, be sure to add a trip to Curaçao, one of the most beautiful destinations, to your bucket list.
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals Seven Seas Splendor Suite Details 15 Suite Categories Perfect Luxury at Sea In anticipation of the newest cruise ship joining its fleet, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced in January details of the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor, the largest and most elegant suite ever built on a luxury ship. The lavish Regent Suite sets the tone for all 14 other suite categories on Seven Seas Splendor. Today, Regent reveals additional details of all guest suite categories, further establishing Seven Seas Splendoras the ship that will perfect luxury when she debuts in February 2020.
The Grand Suite features striking emerald design accents perfected by rich grey, brown, and cream tones. Ranging from 1,277 to 1,836 square-feet, the Grand Suite features an expansive private balcony, two majestic baths, and living areas with rich stone mosaics, exotic woods and curated furniture based on haute couture fashion. Craftsmanship is foremost on display with bespoke detailing, and an upholstered leather wall in an intricate stitch pattern serves as the backdrop for the bedroom. www.HighRiseLife.com
The Master Suite is a two-bedroom oasis styled like an elegant Park Avenue palace, replete with rich woods and highlighted by touches of aubergine. Located at the aft of the ship on decks eight and nine allowing for unobstructed views of the horizon, the four Master Suites measure between 1,895 and 2,108 square-feet and boast an expansive living area, exquisite bar for entertaining, spacious balconies up to 994 square-feet, and two full ornate marble and stone bathrooms. Luxury is found in intricate details, exquisite finishing and enormous balcony space. More than 46,000 square-feet of Italian marble will adorn Seven Seas Splendor - more than an acre of marble -- including the marble-detailed bathrooms in each of her 375 guest suites. Nearly 52,000 square-feet of balcony space
is found on the all-balcony vessel - larger than the size of an American football field and averaging 138 square feet of balcony space per suite. Approximately 500 crystal chandeliers will illuminate the ship's interior. "Perfecting luxury is about obsessing over large and small details," explains Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague. "From specially commissioned one-of-a-kind artwork to visually stimulating touches throughout the ship, each space on Seven Seas Splendor will display finely tailored designs that offer a comfortable and stylish experience for luxury travelers. With an expansive passenger-to-space ratio and an exceptionally low guest-to-crew ratio, Seven Seas Splendor will be one of the world's most spacious, intimate and beautiful ships ever to sail the globe."
Distinctive Suites The Master, Grand, Splendor and Seven Seas suite categories represent the 32 Distinctive Suites on board Seven Seas Splendor. Guests in Distinctive Suites enjoy personalized butler service, guaranteed dining reservations and customized pillows and bath products, among other amenities. These suites are designed to blend comfort and luxury, focusing on impeccable details, exquisite high-contrast materials and lush jewel-toned accents. The suites are designed by Studio Dado, Tillberg Design, and Total Solution Interiors. Master Suite. This two-bedroom oasis is styled like an elegant Park Avenue palace, replete with rich woods and highlighted by touches of aubergine. Located at the aft of the ship on decks eight and nine allowing for unobstructed views of the horizon, the four Master Suites measure between 1,895 and 2,108 square-feet and boast an expansive living area, exquisite July/August 2019
bar for entertaining, spacious balconies up to 994 square-feet, and two full ornate marble and stone bathrooms. Grand Suite. The Grand Suite features striking emerald design accents perfected by rich grey, brown, and cream tones. Ranging from 1,277 to 1,836 square-feet, the Grand Suite features an expansive private balcony, two majestic baths, and living areas with rich stone mosaics, exotic woods and curated furniture based on haute couture fashion. Craftsmanship is foremost on display with bespoke detailing, and an upholstered leather wall in an intricate stitch pattern serves as the backdrop for the bedroom. With ample space, the suite features a living room with a wrapped-leather floor-to-ceiling bar -- ideal for entertaining. Splendor Suite. Ranging in size from 821 to 918 square-feet, the one bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom Splendor Suites are designed with calming hues of cream, grey and brown, and plush furniture. It features a dining table for in-room service, spacious closet, and an elegant marble and stone-detailed bath. Seven Seas Suite. This sanctuary offers more than 800 square-feet of exquisite space, and exudes a cosmopolitan apartment feel with a soothing color palette complemented by plush furnishings. The suite flows effortlessly from living room to dining area to bedroom, with sliding glass doorways leading to a spacious private balcony. A magnificent marble bathroom sits adjacent to the oversized bedroom and large walk-in closet.
Spacious Suites The Penthouse, Concierge, Superior, Deluxe Veranda and Veranda suite
categories are purposefully designed to maximize ocean views that can be enjoyed from the solace of a large private balcony. Along with the heavenly comfort of Elite Slumber beds, guests enjoy spacious closets, plush bathrobes and slippers, an included mini bar stocked daily, and many other prime amenities. Penthouse Suite. Conjuring elegance from floor to ceiling and complete with personalized butler service, the 55 sapphire-inspired Penthouse Suites come in three categories that range up to 642 square-feet, with an entertainment center that separates the living room and bedroom. Sleek sliding glass doorways in both the bedroom and living room lead to an oversized balcony with comfortable outdoor furnishings. Even the smallest of luxury details are included such as lined jewelry drawers to designated spaces for designer handbags. A perfected luxury from Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor's sister ship, can be found in the closets. Penthouse Suites on Seven Seas Splendor will include larger expansive walk-in closets designed with two entries from the bathroom and living room. In addition, bathrooms have been designed for additional storage and counter space. Concierge Suites. Concierge Suites are highlighted by a soothing color palette of creams and blushes that inspire serenity and comfort. This 464 square-foot suite aboard Seven Seas Splendor comes in two categories and is purposefully designed to maximize ocean views, with the custom-crafted Elite Slumberâ„˘ Beds facing the private balcony, allowing guests front row access to stunning ocean scenery. Skilled master craftsmen adorn headboards with the finest shagreen leather, and furniture is upholstered with the most elegant Italian fabrics. Guests who stay in a Concierge Suite or a higher category suite enjoy a free one-night pre-cruise hotel package. Superior Suite. Spacious and chic, the 464 square-foot Superior Suite is filled with light and peaceful serenity that comes with expansive ocean views. Its two categories feature a grand balcony, spacious sitting area and residential-like walk-in closet. Deluxe Veranda and Veranda Suites. The two-category Deluxe Veranda and Veranda suites on Seven Seas Splendor are up to 361 and 307 square feet respectively, placing them among the most spacious entry-level suites at sea. They feature a warm island manor feel and boast curtains that separate the bedroom, with vanity and sitting area outfitted with a plush sofa, a coffee table large enough for in-suite dining, and a large desk space.
Observation Lounge In addition to suite designs, Regent today announced the interior design of the Observation Lounge on board Seven Seas Splendor. The Observation Lounge, designed by Studio DADO, inspires the feeling of an enchanting English garden. Incorporating a light and airy color palette, the Observation Lounge's centerpiece is a unique and stunning whimsical chandelier comprised of hand-painted porcelain flowers, peonies and roses. Traditional English architectural molding adorns the walls and are colored in neutral hues to
create a contemporary, elegant setting. The furniture adds to the tranquil nature of the space through its soft curved forms and lush upholsteries inspired by the fluid forms of flower petals. Specially commissioned art by Gorman Studios incorporates hand-painted English roses and flowers on glass screens to reflect the look of porcelain chandeliers. A limited number of suites are available for sailings during Seven Seas Splendor's inaugural season. To learn more, please visit www.RSSC.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
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W Hotels Debuts Newly Reimagined W Atlanta - Midtown,W Atlanta - Buckhead And W Atlanta - Downtown Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation Project Spans 750+ Guest Rooms, Multiple Bars & Restaurants and Innovative Meeting Spaces Georgia is on our mind. W Hotels Worldwide is excited to reveal major upgrades to each of the city's three W hotels (W Atlanta â€“ Midtown, W Atlanta â€“ Buckhead and W Atlanta Downtown). Through the vision of talented design partners and the W brand's own globally renowned design team, a collective of 750+ guestrooms, multiple bars and restaurants and more than 50,000 square feet of innovative meeting space will soon be revealed. These exciting changes
in Atlanta are the first of several renovations expected to be completed at W Hotels across North America, as hotel owners are poised to invest $200+ million on renovations showcasing the next generation of W design. "Atlanta is exploding with culture, creativity and more visitors than ever before," said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. www.HighRiseLife.com
"From Superbowl LIII to the Peach Drop, Atlanta has solidified its place as a must-go destination for both domestic and international travelers. From its music and culture to its cuisine and architecture, it's a city that is so diverse and unique we can have three distinct hotels within its parameters. We are excited to showcase our bold design with stunning new rooms, restaurants and upgrades to the hot spots our guests love." W Atlanta – Midtown As the first W hotel to open in Atlanta in 2009, the 466-room renovation at W Atlanta – Midtown is the first major revamp of the hotel in a decade. As one of the largest W locations in the world, this project marks one of the brand's biggest single-hotel renovation projects in its 20-year history. The renovation – which just made its debut earlier this month sits alongside new culinary, retail and entertainment concepts coming to Colony Square, which is connected to the hotel. Inspired by one of Atlanta's best-known nicknames - the city in the woods - W Atlanta – Midtown now sports a floral motif with a mod twist across its public spaces that includes the Living Room (W's energetic & social take on the lobby/bar), Welcome Desk (Check-In) and patio. The open flow of the renovated spaces expands the hotel's indoor and outdoor seating, ready to welcome locals and travelers to this bustling neighborhood. Each of the hotel's reimagined guestrooms (including 33 specialty suites) features playful décor, unique murals by Imaggo Production that are a nod to Atlanta as an epicenter of music and entertainment.
W Atlanta – Buckhead In partnership with Atlanta's own C+TC Studio (who is designing the guest rooms and iconic rooftop bar, Whiskey Blue), interior designer STUDIO 11 (the visionaries behind the new Living Room), and the brand's own design team, W Atlanta – Buckhead is showing off its edgy, luxe look as of February 2019. Celebrating the city's passions for fashion, design, art and culture, the new design incorporates splashy artwork from local artists throughout the hotel including guestroom art by Lela Brunet, WET Deck (pool deck) mural by Greg Mike, Living Room and Whiskey Blue murals by Chris Veal.
“Atlanta is exploding with culture, creativity and more visitors than ever before.” -Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide
The full-scale renovation of W Atlanta – Buckhead adds a Welcome area, open layout and café-style seating (complete with DJ booth by night) to the Living Room. Here the eye-catching custom mural installation by artist Chris Veal is designed to be an Insta-worthy hit and photos taken in front of it are linked to the hotel's Instagram account and displayed on the adjacent Polaroid-style screen to make guests and visitors a part of the art in real time.
Enhanced with vibrant colors, headboards, armoires, damask wallcoverings, 55-inch TVs, in-room Nespresso machines, expanded MIX Bars (W's take on the minibar) and inspiring artwork, the hotel's 286 guestrooms redefine comfort and playful luxury in the city. All specialty suites (four WOW Suites and one E-WOW Suite) also get special treatment with new artwork and lounge areas, chaises and cocktail cubbies. The first phase of this renovation project saw the iconic rooftop bar Whiskey Blue reimagined in November 2018. Now the hotel is bringing a new spin to its signature restaurant, Cook Hall, which will re-open fall 2019. In addition, all 11,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and FIT (gym) feature new furnishings, lighting, artwork and faster connections.
Local Motives Debuts at W Atlanta – Downtown In a brilliant mash up of art, history and culture, Local Motives, the new restaurant at W Atlanta – Downtown, combines Atlanta's Beltline Project, a newfound symbol of revitalization in the city, with beloved street art and flavors as bold as the new look. To capture Atlanta's creative spirit, local artist and Georgia native Eric Randall collaborated with Puccini Group's designers to ground the project in an unmistakable sense of place. Randall was tasked with designing and painting large-scale graphics, including the 69'3" x 9'6" mural which spans six walls. The restaurant includes a buzzing bar, dining area, café with ample workspace and private dining room with an entrance inspired by Marta train doors. Each area is crafted with stone and concrete, reflecting the neighborhood's storied industrialization, juxtaposed with pink pastels and vibrant blue hues. Local Motives lives up to its name with Atlanta staples like Geechie Boy Red Grits and Cheddar (breakfast bowl) as well as luxe-modern indulgences like Beet Tartare, Charred Octopus and curated local selections of meats from Pine Street Market and ingredients from Pure Bliss Organics. Coffee blends are brewed at Docent Coffee, which roasts each batch right on Edgewood Avenue. Handcrafted concoctions at the bar give guests the option to detox or retox with fresh-pressed juices alongside decadent, spiked milkshakes. These three projects are part of a collective $200 million+ in renovations across the W brand portfolio that is taking place across North America. Other projects include W Washington DC, W Boston, W San Francisco, W Miami and W Montreal. For more information, please visit www.marriott.com.
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The Luxury Collection Opens Its First Hotel in The English Countryside The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire Invites Guests to Indulge in Refined English Elegance and Grandeur in the Restored Former Hunting Lodge of the Third Duke of Marlborough
The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the opening of The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire. Located just outside of London in the heart of Buckinghamshire's vast Langley Park, The Langley offers 41 sumptuous bedrooms throughout two buildings- the grand and historic former hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough and the adjacent
Grade II-listed 18th century Brew House. Following an extensive six-year, multi-million-pound renovation, the property opened as a hotel for the very first time. "Buckinghamshire is a picturesque county full of rolling green hills and stunning gardens, grand castles, and quaint
this magnificent historic building to its former glory," said Khalid Affara, developer of the hotel. "The whole estate is steeped in such rich history and heritage, so we are thrilled to finally open the doors to a truly unique property that successfully celebrates The Langley's past whilst offering contemporary luxury and design alongside outstanding dining and cutting-edge spa and gym facilities."
An Idyllic Countryside Retreat The Langley Spa is a 1,600 square meter wellness hub, offering advanced and results-driven treatments in partnership with Sisley. The spa combines striking design elements with world-class facilities, including a private VIP suite, vitality pools, hammams, juniper-wood sauna with pink Himalayan salt walls, amethyst steam room and 16-metre marble-lined indoor swimming pool. There are also several relaxation spaces â€“ including one designated for womenâ€“ plus a dedicated manicure and pedicure studio, hair salon, and Spa Lounge, which serves delicious and nourishing dishes, spa snacks and vibrant cold-pressed juices. The wellness experience continues in nature, with a beautiful outdoor swimming pool beside the banks of Langley Lake. Boasting world-class training systems and equipment, the gym has been developed in partnership with renowned fitness guru Matt Roberts, offering bespoke one-on-one personal training using custom-made equipment and utilizing the estate's extensive grounds. Further specialist offerings include comprehensive health diagnostics offering 3D-printed figurines to illustrate bodily progression in unparalleled detail.
towns with rich history," said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. "The Langley is yet another stunning example of The Luxury Collection's commitment to restoring historic icons across the globe, and our guests will deeply connect with our first hotel in this remarkable destination respite just outside the buzzing city of London." Built between 1756 and 1760, the main Langley Park House is a grand Palladian mansion situated within iconic Lancelot 'Capability' Brown-designed gardens. The refurbishment has allowed the historic, original features of the building to shine through, reflecting the spectacular natural setting of Langley Park alongside the refined elegance and grandeur of its distinctive British heritage. The mansion house is home to The Langley's most opulent accommodations, including the vast and exclusive Duke of Marlborough Suite. The three-bedroom suite is set around a unique octagonal central room, with unparalleled views of the park and its lake. The second floor of the main house offers quirky and cozy rooms with beautiful views through historic round windows. The Brew House provides refined and comfortable residential rooms and suites, reflecting the building's storied history. Located adjacent to the Main House, the Brew House has acted as a stable, clock tower and brewery over the centuries. Guests today can see the historic spaces where previous owners concocted their local beers, sensitively restored and showcased as part of the building design. "The restoration of The Langley has been an incredible process involving large teams of experts painstakingly regenerating
Epicurean Experiences Destination restaurant Cedar offers fresh, indigenous flavors and delightful dishes, using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Dishes are cooked simply, designed for sharing in a relaxed, bright and informal dining atmosphere. The neighboring Drawing Room offers indulgent afternoon teas and light bites, whilst Churchill Bar serves complex and delicious cocktails plus a vast collection of cigars and cognacs. An extensive wrap-around terrace allows for al fresco dining with panoramic lake views. The spectacular Winter Garden, added to the main house in 1894, has been restored to offer a unique space for weddings and events, with private terrace area and breath-taking views of the estate and lake beyond. Six further venues create a total of 3,336 square feet of meetings and events spaces, with capacities ranging from six to 120. The Langley offers a wide array of facilities and activities for guests to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can borrow wellington boots and set out to explore the wider estate. Clay pigeon shooting, horseback riding, croquet and more are just a few of the country pursuits available. For those who prefer the great indoors, the main house offers a private film screening room for up to six guests, a guest kitchen for cooking classes and a vast array of spa journeys to while away the hours. For more information or to book, visit www.TheLangley.com.
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
“Go farther. Do more. Challenge yourself. Dig in. Winch out.” Photos Courtesy of Arkonik
FORAGER: A Shining Epsom Green D110 Powered by a 3.5L V8 Engine FORAGER is a shining Epsom Green D110 powered by a 3.5L V8 engine. This Defender is ready to seek out the best off-road trails when it arrives in Virginia, USA. The HELLA® spotlights, twin-cat headlamps and roof rack LEDs will light the way as it scours the countryside on the hunt for adventure. This truck will also be able to rely on its high capacity WARN® winch to help it clear a path or tackle difficult terrain. The red WARN badge has stood for off-roading excellence for over 70 years. During that time, they’ve been constant in their pursuit of precision engineering, product development and innovation. In their own words,
Exterior Spec Epsom Green OEM Puma Hood Mach 5 16” alloy wheels General Grabber® AT2 tyres KBX® grille inc. light surrounds Hella® Halogen spotlights WARN® Zeon 12-S winch Trucklite Twin-Cat LED headlights KBX® Hi-Force wing top air intakes Chequer plate on wing-tops and side sills Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Front Runner® Slimline II with rear ladder and 5 x rectangular LEDs Rear-facing LED worklamp NAS rear step with 2” square receiver
With well over 200 builds to their name, Arkonik is the world leader in creating custom Land Rover Defenders for the most exacting American and Canadian clients. Working with D90 and D110 models, each vehicle that receives the Arkonik treatment will be of a 15-25-year-old vintage, depending on its destination. Arkonik performs a full restoration whilst retaining as much of the original vehicles as possible, to render a 'better than new' vehicle tailored to clients' specifications. Their mission has evolved over the last 12 years, but the founding principle has remained constant; to create the most authentic, restored Land Rover Defenders in the world. Defenders that are as influential and inspirational as our clients. Arkonik’s adventurous and intrepid founder Andy Hayes has instilled the mantra ‘we are excellence’ into every employee since the company’s humble beginnings. For more information, please visit www.arkonik.com.
Interior Spec Chestnut Brown leather trim Modular heated front seats Matching lock box (inc. 12V & USB power point) and leather door cards 3 Premium high back heated centre row seats Arkon X Black leather 15” steering wheel Black anodized gear knobs and door furniture Alpine® sound system with touch screen, Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display Air conditioning
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Heighten YouR Senses with
Essential Oils Written by Jennifer Gonzales
iscovering new things to try during summer should be something everyone should delve into. There are hot summer trends on new bathing suit collections, skin care, tanning creams, new make-up and hair trends. What about exploring into some nice summer essential oils? Theyâ€™re one of the hottest things that are trending right now. Essential oils are mostly made up of different types of plants like leaves, herbs, barks and rinds. Some even have different scents added to them and can be worn as a fragrance. Did you know that essential oils serve many other purposes other than just a fragrance or natural home remedy?
Ignite the Flame Are you looking for something that will help ignite the feelings of passion between you and a loved one? Two main ingredients that you must focus on that will help stir that feeling of intimacy are Yling Yling and Jasmine. Yling Yling helps not only have been recognized to boost self-love and confidence but also targets in low libido for both men and woman who may need a little help in their lost of intimacy. Jasmine delivers a nice sweet smell as well and is one of the most popular scents in the perfume industry, but did you know that it helps with intimacy by creating the feeling of love and seductiveness. Ex: Pure Romance, Young Living, DoTerra.
Burst of Confidence Being confident is one of the biggest and sexiest traits a woman or man should have. To be able to walk around knowing that you truly believe in yourself without second guessing your capabilities. Knowing what you can offer without a doubt in mind. Some of the best essential oils to have are ones that can help relieve stress and fear. Some of the common scents that helps with this are grapefruit, rosemary, cedarwood and orange. Ex: Pure Romance, Young Living, DoTerra.
Stress Relief Itâ€™s important that we are taking care of our bodies by eating healthy and drinking lots of water. However, itâ€™s important to have a healthy balance when it comes to wellness. Top two fragrances that help deliver the feeling of calmness are chamomile and eucalyptus. Chamomile is best use to eliminate the feeling of stress, anxiety and irritability. It also has anti-flammatory properties that relaxes muscles. Eucalyptus aids the feeling of being irritable and stabilizes the moods. Ex: Pure Romance, Young Living, DoTerra.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Mindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
ith plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule. "As someone with a busy lifestyle, having an intentional, balanced wellness routine helps me be my best self for my job, my friends and my family," said actress and wellness advocate Mandy Moore. Partnering with Nature's Way to celebrate its 50th birthday, Moore shares a passion for paving a better way to wellness. While no single trick or technique guarantees well-rounded health, it's about establishing habits that work best for you and your lifestyle. Your routine may often change daily depending where you are on your wellness journey, but Moore shares thoughtful considerations to always keep in mind: Start from Within. It's important to understand the connection between your mind and body. "I recognize it takes time, trust and baby steps, but the outcome is incredibly rewarding," Moore said. "I'm a strong believer in the power of therapy and find my most important work is done during the moments when I feel like I'm operating at 100 percent." She also recommends downloading a meditation app, calling a friend or writing in a journal to help balance a hectic summer schedule. Seek New Ways to Nourish Your Body. Wellness goes beyond simply what you put on your plate. Listening to your body can help you go the extra mile, especially when you're traveling, which is why Moore takes Alive! Women's Energy from Nature's Way, packed with 16 different health-benefiting vitamins and minerals. Drinking water-based beverages is a big piece of her wellness routine, as well. She loves relaxing with tea sourced from around the globe and drinking water with liquid chlorophyll for an internal refresher. Breathe in the Sights, Scents and Sounds of Nature. In today's fast-paced world, it's important to take time to breathe; to take in nature's true beauty. Watch a sunset, walk through a park or get away from the city lights so you can really see the stars shine. Be more proactive this summer and immerse yourself in environments that truly allow you to feel renewed.
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Moore loves to go hiking and walks her dogs, Jackson and Joni, each day. "There's something that's innately healing about feeling connected to the ground – feeling grounded, literally, to the world around you," Moore said. Unplug to Recharge. Even if your schedule constantly keeps you on the go, it's important for your mental health and well-being to take time to unplug and find different ways to clear your mind. "Take moments to step away from the computer, tablet or phone – put it in the other room, let it charge and do something else constructive for your brain," Moore said. "Pick up a book, put on an album, call a friend, light a candle and decompress. I'm a big proponent of smell; sense therapy is helpful for me. One of the first things I do when I get home is light a candle." For more ways to take care of your body and mind this summer, visit 50.naturesway.com. Courtesy of Family Feautures.
Tips to Achieving Radiant Skin This Summer with Anthony Losavio Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
ummer is a time to look radiantly beautiful, so we turned to Anthony Losavio, a world-renowned national trainer for Sisley-Paris to share the latest tips in creating a flawless look this summer. Here is what he had to say.
Cleanse & Refresh After a long flight the first thing you want to do is cleanse and tone your skin to restore the skins natural balance and leave the skin with a radiant glow. Ex: Sisley Eau Efficace Gentle Make-Up Remover, Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk, Sisley Floral Toning Lotion
Stay Hydrated Drink plenty of water, but for your skin drinking water alone is not enough. You have water evaporating from your skin throughout the day. To keep your skin youthful and energized I recommend using a product that is rich in anti-aging ingredients that helps moisturize both on the dermis and epidermis level to restore the barrier function of your skin. Ex: Sisley Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration, Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil
Stay with Your Regime
Protect Your Skin
Just because you’re on vacation does not mean your skin is on vacation. You want to stay with your usual skin routine. In fact, your skin is more prone to aging due to combination of climate change, heat, lack of sleep so you want to make sure and use an anti-aging moisturizer to help restore your skins balance. Ex: Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age, Sisleÿa Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate, Sisleÿa Essential Skin Care Lotion
Whether you are indoors or outdoors or under the sun you need to shield your skin against the aging and burning rays. I recommend protecting your skin from these harmful rays with Sisley All Day All Year which acts as a dual-purpose shield protecting the skin from UVA-UVB rays. Also, you want to protect your skin from indoor, outdoor pollution, radiation, man-made light. Ex: Sisleyouth Anti-Pollution
art | culture
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1881 Napa Jean-Charles Boisset Introduces Napa Valley’s First Wine History Museum and Tasting Salon Napa Valley’s first wine history museum and tasting salon, is now open. Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Boisset Collection, has created an homage to Napa Valley, with a tasting room that showcases wines from Napa Valley’s distinct sub-appellations, a museum where guests can explore Napa’s rich wine history, an extensive collection of historic wine relics from Europe and the United States and original artifacts from the Early California Wine Trade Archive. 1881 Napa is located in a historic Victorian home built in 1874 next to Oakville Grocery (founded in 1881) in Oakville, California, both of which were purchased by Boisset Collection at the beginning of the year. “Napa Valley has a powerful place in American wine history and 1881 Napa puts the region in perspective on the world stage,” said Boisset, who grew up in Burgundy, France imbued with a passion for wine and learning as the son of vintners and the grandson of educators. “An extraordinary amount has been accomplished in this enclave in a short amount of time and we want to create a destination that celebrates Napa’s long history and its pioneering founders while exploring Napa’s incredibly diverse terroir in one destination.” The gateway to Napa Valley, 1881 Napa is must-stop for wine enthusiasts, providing guests the opportunity to discover Napa Valley’s AVAs for the first time, or to explore some of their
favorite appellations more deeply. Napa Valley was the first AVA designated in California in 1981 and within the region are 16 sub-AVAs that contain more geological diversity than any other wine region, leading to dramatically different wines within Napa Valley. Located in a building more than 140 years old that was reimagined by renowned architect Howard Backen, 1881 Napa is next door to Oakville Grocery, the oldest continually operating grocery store in California. The two centerpieces of the space — a 48-light Baccarat crystal Zenith chandelier and a reproduction of an 1895 map of Napa County on canvas hanging from the ceiling — provide a dramatic environment to explore the varied wines of the valley, while displays highlighting the unique stories and soils of each appellation surround the tasting room. The wine museum in 1881 Napa is open to the public with complimentary visitation. A self-guided tour up to and along the museum’s second-floor mezzanine tells the history of Napa Valley, introduces the founders and influential early pioneers of the region and presents a robust collection of wine ephemera, including historic winemaking, vineyard, nursery and cooperage as well as displays curated and organized by the Early California Wine Trade Museum featuring local historic wine artifacts from www.HighRiseLife.com
the collections of Dean Walters and John O’Neill. From the mezzanine, guests have an open view to the tasting room below. Alcoves hold soil samples from the various regions, along with 1881 Napa wines and descriptions of the appellations written by best-selling and award-winning author of The Wine Bible and wine expert Karen MacNeil. MacNeil also helped develop the various tasting options, which include comparative flights such as “Majestic Mountains Versus Plush Valley” and “Is it Cool to be Hot or Hot to be Cool?” as well as an option to “Embark on a Journey Throughout the Valley” by tasting Cabernet Sauvignons from 12 different sub-AVAs. In addition to the site-specific Cabs, guests can enjoy wines from a blend of Napa Valley grapes, including a sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Chardonnay, red blend, Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon — all wines crafted exclusively for 1881 Napa by Winemaker Thane Knutson to reflect the diversity of Napa Valley. After sampling the broad range of Napa Valley styles, guests can discover which AVAs they like the most and purchase wines from 1881 Napa as well Oakville Grocery. 1881 Napa is located at 7856 St. Helena Highway in Oakville and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about the Boisset Collection, please visit www.boissetcollection.com. July/August 2019
entertainment | food
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Conversation Restaurant Opens, Sparking a New Culinary Discourse in Downtown Seattle Dining Thompson Seattle's New Signature Restaurant Celebrates the Art of Human Connection Thompson Seattle announced today the opening of its new signature restaurant, Conversation. Following an extensive redesign and rebranding of Scout PNW, which closed its doors in January 2019, Conversation showcases sleek new interiors along with a fresh and provocative culinary perspective on all-day dining.
Manager Amanda Parsons. "Our team has poured their hearts and souls into cultivating a dining experience where culinary excellence and authentic connections go together. Our goal is to create a space that encourages our guests to disconnect from their screens and reconnect with family and friends over thought-provoking and inspiring cuisine."
Lamb En Croute at Conversation, Thompson Seattle. The inviting restaurant just steps from Pike Place Market offers a sensory dining experience pairing a menu of worldly dishes with a welcoming setting curated to foster conversationâ€”as its name suggestsâ€”and ignite a sense of community. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Conversation is helmed by Executive Chef Derek Simcik and Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel, who have both drawn from their eclectic backgrounds to develop experiential culinary offerings that spark conversation.
Inspired by Simcik's international travels as a child, the menus at Conversation are a true reflection of foods he and his family enjoyed together while living abroad. While globally influenced, these dishes also celebrate the foremost ingredients of the surrounding Pacific Northwest region, including locally grown organic produce and sustainable seafood.
"We are incredibly proud to unveil our new signature restaurant Conversation," said Thompson Seattle General
"I want our guests to get lost in the moment," said Simcik. "The food is an important aspect of the experience, of
A Provocative, Global Perspective on Pacific Northwest Cuisine
course, but I really want to curate a welcoming atmosphere that will inspire our visitors to live in the moment and create new memories together over the dinner table." Showcasing an approachable mix of classic and modern preparation and cooking techniques is the Lamb en Croute, accompanied by spring peas, sunomono (Japanese cucumber salad), and crispy prosciutto. The Trout is another dish offering a contemporary take on a Seattle favorite – fish and chips. Utilizing the Northwest's local bounty, freshwater brook trout is breaded with potato flakes, served atop a bed of potato purée and caramelized onion broth, and garnished with dots of smoked aioli and caper purée to create the essence of a tartar sauce. Simcik's Stuffed Quailentrée is a spin on one of his traditional southern comfort foods. Glazed with a barbeque-spiced sauce, the quail is perched on a bed of beans, accompanied by cornbread crumbs and pickled stone fruit, a recipe inspired by Simcik's mother's baked beans. Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel pioneers the dessert program at Conversation, creating edible works of art with a cleverly sweet perspective. Sigel's confections hold a sense of thoughtfulness and nostalgia, both in flavor and appearance, and are intended to evoke a sense of discovery and delight. Desserts include a take on an Ice Cream Sandwich, a macaron shell filled with honey-roasted corn ice cream and a salted caramel center. The London Fog is a dessert that evolves as it's consumed; a large puff of childhood favorite cotton candy is delivered to the table and doused with a vanilla bean milk to melt away the cotton candy "fog," revealing earl gray mousse, lemon oat streusel and lemon ice cream underneath. The cocktail program at Conversation, helmed by Bar Manager Joshua Haddock, features light-hearted original creations, artfully presented and smoothly balanced. Haddock takes inspiration from his favorite travels, books, and films to curate fresh yet unexpected crowd-pleasing cocktails that incite a sense of wonder and curiosity. Eclectic, Intimate Design Tells a Timeless Tale of Seattle Designed by Chicago-based Rebel House Design, Conversation is a welcoming mid-century modern-meets-contemporary minimalist space that harmoniously layers diverse furnishings to convey the distinctive story of Seattle, with most pieces custom-made for the restaurant. The inviting space feels as though it has been collected over time, referencing a style-forward living room dotted with vignettes of vintage pieces to create intimate seating arrangements for a residential feel. Conversation employs a diverse selection of furniture from various time periods. Dining chairs designed by the great George July/August 2019
Nakashima, who spent time in the 1940s making furniture and teaching woodworking in Seattle, are complemented by matte black velvet curved sofas inspired by the 70s style of Vladimir Kagan, imbuing a warm yet timeless appeal and aesthetic. Wild, local foliage throughout provides earthy pops of color from the concrete, dark steel, and black walnut structures, integrating life into the boldly revamped space. Bright brass accents in the form of chandeliers, warm sculptural leather lounge chairs and sage mohair banquettes lend luster to the natural rawness of the interior and add to the residential feel of the space. Additional design features include an elegant zellige-tiled bar space, a new and adventurous take on the subway tile trend. These glazed black tiles provide nuances of drying ink and are handmade out of terracotta in Morocco, where their creation was born out of a 10th Century tile-making craft. At the center of it all is an architectural design anchor for Conversation: a dramatic, double-sided fireplace clad in custom fluted, warm walnut paneling and surrounded by cozy chairs and sofas, creating a warm, inviting setting for human connection in this one-of-a-kind dining destination. Conversation is a thoughtful new addition to this award-winning hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle. For more information, please visit www.conversationseattle.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
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lebua Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok Tops the First Asia-Pacific Ultimate Restaurant Guide for Private Jet Travelers DG Amazing Experiences debuted the first-of-its kind, ultimate restaurant list with lebua Hotels & Resorts' award-winning culinary venues leading DG Amazing Experiences, an invitation-only e-newsletter for private aviation travelers, recently released its first Ultimate Restaurant List for Private Jet Travelers with lebua Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok topping the Asia-Pacific list. Rising 820 feet above the city soars Bangkok's most glamorous collection of bars and restaurants, The Dome at lebua where four restaurants ranked the highest in the region: Chef's Table first place, 2-Michelin starred restaurant Mezzaluna came in second, Sirocco third, and Breeze fourth. Bangkok also dominated the list with more restaurants in the top ten than any other city in Asia.
"We are proud to be recognized in such a prestigious restaurant guide as the top culinary stop in Bangkok and all of Asia for jet setters," said lebua Hotels & Resorts CEO and Visionary Deepak Ohri. "As the world's first vertical destination, lebua's The Dome is the perfect setting to wine and dine among the stars above the ever-changing lights of the city and the Chao Phraya River." Located on the 61st floor, Chef's Table is Bangkok's first interactive fine dining establishment for elegant and contemporary French cuisine helmed by 3-Michelin Starred Chef Vincent Thierry. With a 360-degree open kitchen in the center of the room, the restaurant www.HighRiseLife.com
is transformed into a 42-seat, theater-like atmosphere where diners get a first look at how the cuisine is artfully crafted. Just 4 floors up, Mezzaluna stands as one of Thailand's only 2-Michelin star restaurants and features innovative Euro-Asian fused tasting menus. With seasonal tasting menus and exclusive offerings like the wagyu beef dish in which Chef Ryuki Kawasaki utilizes a hyper-locally sourced ingredient from his hometown in Niigata, Japan. This prefecture only allows an international distribution of 100 cows annually, and Chef Ryuki exclusively receives one cow per month. Alternatively, guests can expect seasonal offerings such as the miso-grilled blue lobster dish to tantalize the palette with the chef's fusion cuisine. Sirocco, poised as the world's tallest alfresco restaurant on the 63rd floor of the tower, serves up fresh Mediterranean fare sourced from local markets. The tasting menu includes freshly chilled Alaskan king crab with osetra caviar, citronella emulsion and Dover sole "a la plancha." Known for its innovative Asian-fusion cuisine, Breeze features traditional offerings with a twist from all over the continent. Guests have access to the renowned Breeze runway for a photo opportunity of the skyline glistening off the glass reflections before dining on the edge of the rooftop with clear views of the city. Tasting menus include the likes of sautĂŠed king prawns, wok-seared aus wagyu tenderloin, steamed silver pomfret fish and more. A home to the world's tallest open-air bars, The Dome also provides an experiential destination for travelers looking for the most memorable and unobstructed views of the city. The open-air venues include innovative cocktail bar Distil; Flute, a Perrier JouĂŤt Bar; Sky Bar, famed from Hangover II, offering the Hangovertini cocktail; Alfresco 64, A Chivas Bar; Pink, a specialty champagne bar with 'millennial pink' dĂŠcor; and lebua No. 3, an exclusive caviar, gin and vodka bar. To be considered for DG Amazing Experiences best rooftops guide, venues must be a full-service restaurant located on the rooftop or high-level floor of a 4- or 5-star luxury lifestyle hotel, offering exceptional views and a fantastic dining experience that excites and impresses guests. The Dome at lebua's culinary outposts are joined on the list with 43 additional restaurants in Asia / the Pacific. For more information on the full list and DG Amazing Experiences, visit www.dgamazingexperiences.com. July/August 2019
entertainment | food
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LDV Hospitality Makes Its Debut on The High Seas with Onda By Scarpetta On Norwegian Encore New Elevated Italian Dining Experience Joins the Extensive Collection of Cuisines on Norwegian Cruise Line's Latest Innovative Ship Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, exclusive collaboration with LDV Hospitality will bring the critically acclaimed Scarpetta concept to Norwegian Encore with Onda by Scarpetta, reaffirming the company's commitment to providing elevated dining experiences across the fleet. The new restaurant is the first of its kind, and will join the Scarpetta portfolio's locations in New York, the Hamptons, N.Y., Miami, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Newport, R.I., and London. The name Scarpetta is derived from the Italian expression, 'fare la Scarpetta,' which means to savor a meal to the last bite. Onda, or 'wave' in Italian, will adapt the same ethos and bring the charm and effortless elegance of its urbane Scarpetta sister to the sea. The July/August 2019
menu will showcase the rich and bold flavors the modern Italian restaurant is known for, including a selection of beautifully prepared seafood and signature dishes, such as Yellowtail Crudo, Branzino, pastas made in-house daily such as Scarpetta's famous Spaghetti Tomato and Basil, and the very best desserts of the region, providing guests with a true 'la dolce vita,' or 'the good life,' experience. "We are passionate about delivering innovative and exceptional experiences to our guests, and this exciting collaboration with LDV Hospitality showcases that commitment beautifully," said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "Onda by Scarpetta will be the perfect complement to the variety of spectacular offerings available on our soon-to-launch Norwegian Encore."
Onda captures the core design aesthetic of the land based Scarpetta restaurants, bringing natural materials such as walnut and calacatta gold marble together in effortlessly elegant harmony while delivering a balance of comfort and refinement created by a contemporary, minimalist, Italian aesthetic. The new venue will feature an elegant atmosphere, modern design and expansive views available from within the restaurant or while dining outdoors on The Waterfront. "We are excited to launch Onda, our first Scarpetta experience on the seas," said John Meadow, founder and president of LDV Hospitality. "Partnering with Norwegian Cruise Line and allowing us to connect with guests across the world is an extraordinary opportunity for us." Many of the highly rated restaurants and lounges that have made the Breakaway Plus class one of the most innovative and successful in the company's history will be present on Norwegian Encore. With over 34 venues to be enjoyed, the ship will offer an eclectic blend of culinary fare for every palate, including:
Like the incredible dining venues aboard, Norwegian Encore is sure to be a paradise for cocktail connoisseurs with curated concoctions by James Beard Award-nominee and Bar-Lab founder, Gabe Orta, and cocktails on tap by celebrity mixologist Kathy Casey. Venues include:
Specialty Dining • American Diner, for all-American classics • Cagney's Steakhouse, serving premium cuts • Food Republic, for a fusion of worldly flavors • Le Bistro, serving the finest in French cuisine • Los Lobos, for premium Mexican fare • Ocean Blue, offering fresh seafood creations • Q, serving authentic Texas barbecue • Teppanyaki, for an entertaining Hibachi-style experience Complimentary Dining • Garden Café, the three-meal buffet • Main Dining Rooms – The Manhattan Room, Savor and Taste • The Local Bar and Grill, for 24-hour pub fare • The Haven Restaurant, exclusive to guests of The Haven by Norwegian Sweets, Treats and More • Coco's, the ultimate indulgence with over-the-top sundaes, milkshakes, gelato and more • Dolce Gelato on The Waterfront • Starbucks, a full-service licensed store • The Bake Shop, for French macarons, bonbons and cupcakes July/August 2019
• The A-List Bar • The Cellars – A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, with its curated wine list of over 35 varietals • The District Brew House, with 24 beers on tap, 50 bottled beers from around the world and favorites from Miami's Wynwood Brewing Company • Maltings Whiskey Bar • Mixx Bar • Skyline Bar • Sugarcane Mojito Bar • Vibe Beach Club, an expanded two-story, adults-only lounge with private sun deck Staying true to the vision of bringing guests closer to the ocean through the available experiences on board, the quartermile-long oceanfront promenade - The Waterfront, will offer outdoor dining and lounging at Cagney's Steakhouse, Los Lobos, The Cavern Club, Dolce Gelato, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Ocean Blue and the debuting Onda by Scarpetta. Launching this fall, Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning November 24, 2019; four, five and seven-day itineraries to Bermuda and five and nine-day itineraries to Canada and New England from New York City beginning April 22, 2020; five, six and seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning December 12, 2020; and in the spring of 2021 will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle. To learn more about Norwegian Encore please, visit www.ncl.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
here’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration. Watermelon is a patriotic picnic staple for countless reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a beloved treat that many people associate with memories from childhood. However, nostalgia isn’t the only reason adults are just as likely to gravitate toward watermelon at a summer event. Its sweet, cool and refreshing flavor also makes it a favorite for all ages.
Sweet,Refreshing Summer Snacks
From a practical standpoint, watermelon is also quite portable, versatile and easy to serve, and with a composition of 92% water, it’s a simple way to sneak in some extra hydration on a hot day. Another benefit is its value; watermelon is one of the best values in the produce section among fruit, and just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people. Serving watermelon at a party can be as simple as slicing wedges, or you can prepare a dish such as: • A fruit basket, with the rind serving as a colorful bowl to hold the watermelon and other fresh fruits. • A charcuterie board with a selection of fruit, cheese and protein for simple snacking. • Creamy parfaits, perfect for a summery brunch or alternative to more traditional desserts. • A creatively colorful and patriotic “cake” that makes for a tasty centerpiece on the dessert table.
Photos Courtesy of National Watermelon Promotion Board
Easy Summer Thirst Quencher A simple fruit-infused water can give your summer event an instant upgrade in no time at all. Add extra dimension and complexity to the flavor by adding some of your favorite herbs like basil and mint. Watermelon-Infused Water 2 cups watermelon balls or cubes 1 cup other fruit, such as berries herbs, such as basil or mint Place watermelon, fruit and herbs in pitcher and cover with water. For best flavor, allow to chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.
Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait 1 cup blueberries 1 container (6 ounces) Greek yogurt (vanilla, lemon or coconut) 1 cup watermelon, plus three pieces diced watermelon whipped cream, for serving In pint canning jar, layer blueberries, yogurt and 1 cup watermelon. Top with whipped cream and garnish with three diced watermelon pieces. Note: To make ahead or make thicker, drain Greek yogurt on paper towels to absorb some liquid.
Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait 1 watermelon honeydew blueberries Slice 1/4 inch off bottom of watermelon, lengthwise, to create stable base. Use pencil to draw zig-zag lines for basket opening. Using paring knife, make cuts through rind. Carefully remove top section, pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3-inch squares. Trim 3/4-inch thick slices off squares to use for cutting out stars with 1 1/2-3-inch, star-shaped cookie cutters. Use ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside basket and cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of basket. Add honeydew and blueberries; stir to combine. Cut out white stripes from honeydew. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, honeydew stripes and blueberries.
Patriotic Charcuterie Board 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 10 strawberries (dipped in white chocolate, if desired) 5 ounces fresh goat cheese 1/2 cup toasted, salted cashews 2 ounces cured meats like prosciutto, pancetta, coppa, salami, soppressata, sausage or pepperoni 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced lemon juice fresh basil leaves On large board or platter, arrange watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cheese, cashews, meat and apples. Drizzle fruit with lemon juice. Garnish with basil leaves before serving.
Flag Kebab Cake
1 pint fresh, washed blackberries 12 wooden skewers 1 seedless watermelon, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes 1 angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes (white part only) dips, such as yogurt, chocolate, caramel or marshmallow (optional) Thread five blackberries on each of five skewers, followed by alternating watermelon and cake cubes. On remaining skewers, alternate watermelon and cake so first and last cubes are watermelon. Place skewers on platter; fruit and cake will create stars and stripes when lined properly. Serve with dips, if desired. Find more ideas for incorporating watermelon into your summer festivities, visit watermelon.org. Courtesy of Family Feautures. July/August 2019
CALENDAr July 3rd - 6th, 2019 Robbie Williams – Encore Theater, Las Vegas, NV. He’s the U.K.’s number-one British solo artist and, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide, one of the best-selling music artists of all time: now Robbie Williams is bringing his unforgettable concert experience to The Wynn Las Vegas for his first-ever U.S. residency. The global pop phenomenon will perform his biggest hits, and a few special surprises, in the intimate Encore Theater.
July 11th - August 22nd, 2019
July 20th, 2019
Sizzling Summer Nights – Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA.
White Light White Night event – The Plaza at Continental Park, El Segundo, CA.
Dance the night away with L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands at the Autry’s popular summer series. The outdoor parties include free lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, a separate children’s dance floor, and more. Tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments are available for purchase from Crossroads West.
Walk with Sally’s 13th Annual White Light White Night event will be coming back for the final year on the now infamous El Segundo rooftop. Mark your calendar for the premier Los Angeles summer event known for its Food Festival featuring 25+ of Los Angeles’ best restaurants; craft cocktails from Tito’s Vodka; exclusive silent and live auction experiences; a LIVE MUSICAL GUEST; and so many more surprises!
July 27th - August 4th, 2019 Surfing festival – Huntington Beach Pier, Los Angeles, CA. The Vans US Open of Surfing is the world's largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. The event includes world-class surfing, skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres, retail and art exhibitions, and product demos and samples from your favorite action sport industry brands, including title sponsor Vans. The event is free to attend.
July 28th, 2019 Saratoga Classic & Cool Car Show – Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. The Saratoga Classic Car Show is now one of the most popular classic cars shows in the Bay Area according to local car show enthusiasts and show car owners! Classy food, tasty beer & wine from local wineries and breweries, craft & automobile vendors, and a live band in the center of town all add up to a fun-packed day for people of all ages. Many models and vehicles will be represented with special awards offered for various classes. Unlike other shows, you will see American and foreign cars of all years, makes and models, ranging from the 1920′s to the classics of the 50′s, 60′s, 70’s as well as new cars and from local car dealers.
August 4th, 2019 Custom Car Convention – LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. Wekfest is an automotive event designed for true enthusiasts by showcasing some of the best aftermarket builds in the nation. The event is designed around highlighting car builders who rise above the standards, those who support authenticity and attention to detail. For spectators of the event, you will experience a gathering where community takes center stage and absorb valuable content for your very own automotive journey.
August 9th, 2019 Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA. The witty Bramwell Tovey is at the reins as our annual and much-loved spectacular reaches its 50th anniversary, climaxing as always with the 1812 Overture and a barrage of fantastic fireworks!
August 17th - 18th, 2019 The Beverly Hills Food and Wine Festival – Century Park, Los Angeles, Ca. When you think of Beverly Hills, the first that comes to mind is luxury. In keeping with the spirit of this exclusive enclave, we have teamed with some of the most prestigious ever to bring you an experience of unparalleled extravagance. The Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival is proud to introduce the taste of some of the most revered wines, beers and liquors available, as well as makers of exceptional products.
August 24th, 2019 Food Festival – 900 Marin St., San Francisco, CA. Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival that celebrates the Bay Area’s world-class chefs and restaurants. Eat Drink SF brings together renown tastemakers to share with you the very best in food and drink alongside curated experiences and programming to keep you engaged and entertained. Meet and eat with the chefs and beverage community that make the San Francisco Bay Area a world-class dining destination. Experience the deliciousness for yourself.
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Sisley Paris Master Class Invited Waldorf Astoria residents enjoyed a master class with Anthony Losavio, a world-renowned national trainer for Sisley-Paris. Losavio shared the latest tips on redefining elegance and creating a flawless look.
Waldorf Astoria Residences, Las Vegas, NV. June 8th, 2019 Photos by Ash Photography
Real STATE | DEVELOPMENT
Photos Courtesy of Genton Property Group
Genton Property Group and Martyn Lawrence Bullard Unveil Interior Designs for Four Seasons Private Residences Los Angeles Bullard brings to life developer Jonathan Genton’s vision for LA’s priciest luxury condos Genton Property Group (GPG), a privately-held real estate investment company and developer of sophisticated real estate strategies, and famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard unveiled designs for the one-of-kind interior design concept for the exclusive Four Seasons Private Residences Los Angeles.
"When your goal is to truly set a new standard for luxury living in Los Angeles, you must bring the absolute finest to every aspect of the project,” said Genton. “By partnering with a designer as talented and celebrated as Martyn, we have the pieces in place to make this project the best of the best.”
Located at 9000 W. Third St., the project includes 58 luxury condos and a top-floor penthouse with stunning views of Los Angeles. Developer Jonathan Genton notes that delivering a project that meets Four Seasons standards and caters to discerning international buyers requires every detail to be designed and built to perfection.
Bullard, who curates’ interiors for Hollywood’s elite and global glitterati, has appeared in more than 4,000 publications and 70 coffee table books, and is known to many for the Bravo series, “Million Dollar Decorators.” He is widely acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic when designing homes
for Kylie Jenner, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, Tommy Hilfiger, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, and Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, to name a few. His March 2019 Architectural Digest cover feature with Kylie Jenner is the publication’s most popular online design story this year (published on its website February 5, 2019). Genton is partnering with Bullard to complement CallisonRTKL's architectural masterpiece, with interior design elements that exceed the desires of international high-net-worth buyers. “This is a dream partnership,” said Bullard. “Genton Property Group has integrated unparalleled brands and design talents to make the Four Seasons Private Residences the epitome of luxury living in Los Angeles. It’s a place to celebrate Californian style and its history. As such, we wanted to incorporate super luxe materials but also capture the essence of the California mid-century modern movement. This space will be a space reserved for A-list celebrities, the most successful business leaders, and anyone else who wants to invest in the pinnacle of what Los Angeles has to offer. I'm excited to make this vision a reality.” The project’s crown jewel, the more than 12,500-square-foot penthouse, will consist of an open-concept indoor/outdoor living space that will take advantage of year-round natural lighting and views. Occupying the top floor of the 12-story tower, the penthouse will feature a private, 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden oasis and pool enveloped by a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. The penthouse will also include direct elevator access and a private six-car garage.
more than 2,500 square feet. The Tower will house 37 residences, including the penthouse, five tower estates and 31 residences. The two distinctive wings – one on Wetherly Drive and the other on Almont Drive – with 11 residences each, will create a residential experience connected to the surrounding neighborhood and building amenities. The Wetherly Wing will have four floors and The Almont Wing will include two floors plus a basement level. Both will offer a collection of private rooftop decks above many of the top-floor residences.
“We’ve taken inspiration from the great furniture designers of the 1950s and ‘60s, which is now one of the most highly collected periods of furniture in the world,” Bullard added. “To add flair to our mid-century vibe, we incorporated materials like terrazzo while including a nod to the Brazilian walkways you see in Rio de Janeiro, while still capturing a California spirit.”
“Los Angeles is a city that is rooted with incredible inspiration,” Bullard explained. “As L.A. has been one of the great creative and style capitals of the world, we wanted to play up that L.A. is now becoming an art capital as well. We aimed to capture great L.A. artists, both past and present, to create a wonderful art collection within the public spaces of the building.”
In addition to the penthouse, the building includes 58 luxury condominiums and townhouses across three wings – The Tower, The Wetherly Wing, and The Almont Wing – with an average size of
The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019. For more information or to inquire about purchasing, visit www.ReflectionsofLA.com.
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Bidding Wars Heating Up in San Francisco Despite National Decline Nearly 1 in 4 Home-Purchase Offers in the Bay Area Faced Competition in April, Compared to 15% Nationwide
Just 15 percent of offers written by Redfin agents on behalf of their home-buying customers in April faced a bidding war, down from 60 percent in April 2018, according to a new report from Redfin, the tech-powered real estate brokerage.
The San Francisco Bay Area was the most competitive metro in the nation in April, with 22 percent of offers facing competition. This is down from 75 percent a year earlier, but up from the January low of 17 percent.
"Right now, could be as good as it gets for buyers who want to avoid getting involved in bidding wars and price escalations," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "There are many forces at play that may lure buyers back and create more competition soon. Interest rates are low compared to last year, price growth has stalled and have even fallen in some West Coast markets, and wages are growing."
Since January, the Bay Area and Phoenix have seen the biggest increases in the rate of bidding wars, up 5 points in both metros â€” more than Seattle (1 point), San Diego (<1 point), Los Angeles (2 points) or Boston (2 points). "Multiple billion-dollar San Francisco-based companies are going public this year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Bay Area bidding wars come back with a vengeance, pushing prices back up by next year," said Fairweather. www.HighRiseLife.com
Although the market is far less competitive than it has been for the past seven years, Bay Area buyers should still be prepared for a bidding war on the most desirable homes. "We are definitely starting to see multiple offers again," said Redfin agent Saleem Buqeileh. "Most move-in ready single-family homes are receiving four or five offers, and homes that are priced well below nearby recent sales are frequently getting 10 or more offers." "In San Mateo even the condo market is heating back up," added Redfin agent Ellie Kravets. "We're frequently facing at least three to five competing offers, most of which have waived contingencies or are all cash." Phoenix (20%) and San Diego (19%) were the next-most competitive housing markets after San Francisco in April. The least competitive housing markets were Miami (3%), Raleigh (5%), Dallas (7%), Atlanta (7%) and Houston (7%). A year ago, these markets saw 32 to 61 percent of Redfin offers face competition. The rate of bidding wars has fallen by at least 22 percentage points from a year ago in every large market that Redfin agents serve. The largest percentage-point declines in April compared to a year earlier were posted in Seattle (-57 points), Boston (-57 points) and Los Angeles (-56 points). The smallest declines were in Phoenix (-22 points), Chicago ( -23 points) and Miami (-25 points). For more information, please visit www.redfin.com. July/August 2019
Share of Redfin Offers that Faced Competition April 2019
Share of Redfin Offers that Faced Competition April 2018
Share of Redfin Offers that Faced Competition March 2019
San Francisco, CA
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The table above indicates the bidding war rates for each of the largest metro areas Redfin agents serve.
di s t r ib u t i o n D i r ec t o ry Allure Las Vegas 200 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Palms Place 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Sky Las Vegas 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Turnberry Towers 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Panorama Towers 4525 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Soho Lofts 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Vdara 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Metropolis 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Park House 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
The Ogden 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Veer Towers 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
MGM Signature 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Park Towers 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169
One Las Vegas 8255 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
Trump Las Vegas 2000 Fashion Show Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Newport Lofts 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Platinum 211 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Juhl Las Vegas 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Loft 5 2715 W Pebble Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
One Queensridge Place 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Regency Towers 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Turnberry Place 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Aqua 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
West Ocean Towers 411 West Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Queens Surf 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
St Regis 1030 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cooper Arms 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
Lafayette Building 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Royal Palms 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Versailles 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
Harbor Place Tower 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Ocean Club 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Royal Palms 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Galaxy Tower 2999 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
1100 Wilshire 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Metropolis Condos 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Century 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067
The Californian 10800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Perla on broadway 359 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Ritz-Carlton 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Mercury 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Wilshire Regent 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Eastern Columbia Lofts 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Sierra Towers 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
The Remington 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Evo Condos 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SkyLofts 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Wilshire Comstock The Line Lofts 865 Comstock Avenue, 1737 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Los Angeles, CA 90028
Los Feliz Towers 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027
TEN50 Condos 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
W Hollywood 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Crown Towers 10701 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Acqua Vista Condos 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
The Grande 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
The Mark 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
Renaissance 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Bayside at the Embarcadero
1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Harbor Club 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Meridian 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Treo 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
CityFront Terrace 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Horizons 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
The Metropolitan 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Smart Corner 1080 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Discovery at Cortez Hill Icon 850 Beech Street, 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101
Cortez Blu 801 Ash, San Diego, CA 92101
Alta Condos 575 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Electra 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
La Vita 300 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Pinnacle Tower 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Aria Condos 1441 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
829 Folsom 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Arterra Condos 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
One Mission Bay Channel St. & 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94158
The Brannan 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
170 Off Third 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
181 Fremont 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
One Rincon Hill 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
The Hamilton 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
333 Bush Street Condos 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Cathedral Hill Tower 1200 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Ritz Carlton Residences
The Harrison 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
750 2nd Street
750 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Blu Condos 631 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Rockwell Condos 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
The Towers at Embarcadero
69 Clementina 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
One Hawthorne 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
SoMa Grand Condos 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
The Summit 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
888 Seventh Street 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Montgomery Washington Tower 611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
St. Regis Residencies 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
The Watermark 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Arden Condos 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
72 Townsend 72 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Four Seasons Residences 765 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Gramercy Towers 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
The 88 Condos 88 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Montebello Condos 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014
Paseo Plaza & Villas 130 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Plant 51 88 Bush St. San Jose, CA 95126
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Onyx Condos 912 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA 95008
Ryland Mews 400 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Park Townsend 46 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110
38 North Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110
690 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
88 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107