Luxury Destinations | The Nai Resort & Spa

Luxury Destinations | The Nai Resort & Spa

Naïa Resort and Spa, a new luxury resort on the Placencia Peninsula, debuted in January 2017. Situated along nearly a mile of beach and extending through lush forests and tranquil lagoons, the intimate resort is set within a private 200-acre reserve in southern Belize. Long known by insiders as one of the Caribbean’s most authentic and inviting destinations, Placencia is located on the doorstep of world-class attractions on both land and sea. Nearby, endless opportunities for discovery abound, including snorkeling on the hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, hiking, river tubing and zip lining.

Naïa features 35 individual Beach Houses, each designed as a private sanctuary overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Comprised of studio-, one-, two- and three-bedroom options, the Beach Houses are inspired by Placencia, with décor highlighting local artisans. Each features deep soaking tubs, a private outdoor shower surrounded by tropical foliage, air conditioning and a wet bar with fridge and coffee maker. Larger Beach Houses offer full kitchens and expansive, seafront pool decks.

The resort is home to three restaurants, all designed to celebrate Placencia’s regional fare. The Beach Bar & Grill serves up fresh, local cuisine and specialty drinks poolside, while the Lagoon Spa Café offers a serene escape where guests can enjoy light options and healthy smoothies surrounded by nature. Naïa’s upscale waterfront restaurant, 1981, named after the year Belize gained independence, highlights the peninsula’s signature seafood in an ever-evolving seasonal menu.

Naïa Spa is a wellness sanctuary focused on providing deeply transformational, multi-sensory experiences that are inspired by the unique traditions and culture of Belize. The 7,000 sq. ft. complex is spread over a series of forested islands and features six treatment rooms with private decks that extend over tranquil, lily-covered lagoons. A couple’s suite is situated on its own island to provide the ultimate romantic experience.

Offering an extensive menu of highly-curated treatments and wellness programs, the spa features a signature essential oil blend, created from indigenous ingredients harvested in the region and produced by Casa Mascia Apothecary. The Naïa Spa will also feature Eminence Organic SkinCare and SpaRitual Nail Care products. Treatments include massage, facials, couple’s rituals and body treatments, while a private salon also offers nail services. Spa packages are available for individuals as well as groups and can be tailor-made to suit personal requirements.

Volume 29 | America’s Most Expensive Home

Volume 29 | America’s Most Expensive Home

Now that the average mega-mansion is beginning to become a bit ho-hum, it’s time to turn to the new kid on the block, the giga-mansion that takes decadence soaring to a new level.

“Billionaire” is the twenty-first century’s answer to a new housing niche from developer Bruce Makowsky. Deeply entrenched in the luxury market for the last 25 years, whether it be in fashion, fine art or multi-level design projects in real estate, he has hit the pinnacle of his career in designing and producing this deeply luxurious and decadent residence that leaves mega mansions in the dust. Makowsky realized that those of average billionaire status were comfortable finding and buying homes in the plentiful $50 million range, but what about those who had amassed multiple billions? They expected something more – a giga-mansion.

To begin his project, Makowsky studied land from the ground and air until he found the perfect spot in the hills of Bel Air with a 270’ view reaching from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean beaches of Malibu. Watching the five-year construction of the 38,000-square-foot project come together has been the subject of much conversation and speculation, keeping neighbors, real estate professionals and the average lookie-loo well entertained for the duration.

Gushing with unimaginable amenities, the basics of the home include 17,000 square feet of outdoor deck living space and 21,000 square feet of indoor living. There are two master suites, ten large VIP guest suites, 21 luxury baths, three gourmet kitchens, five bars, a massage studio and wellness spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. But why stop there? In addition to that grandeur, there is also an 85-foot glass-tile infinity swimming pool, a 40-seat James Bond-themed theater and a four-lane bowling alley and lounge. And the pièce de résistance? The “auto gallery” contains a $30 million collection of exotic cars and motorcycles! And yes, there’s more – it comes with over a hundred notable art installations and all furnishings, an outdoor pop-up theater, two fully-stocked champagne and wine cellars, the most advanced home tech system in the world, two alligator-upholstered elevators and to sweeten the pie just a little more, . . a massive candy wall in the game room with help-yourself glass cylinders of every favorite. . . and let’s not forget the helicopter! But who maintains all this, you ask? The personal chef, a masseuse and five other full-time employees who live on site in a separate staff wing and whose salaries have been paid for the first two years of ownership.

Giga-mansion “Billionaire” is not only the crown jewel of Bruce Makowsky’s fabulous career, but will also be the crown jewel possession of its upcoming buyer and is currently America’s most expensive listing. With virtually every bell, whistle and drop-dead view imaginable, it might be a bargain at $250 million.

HART SCHAFFNER MARX | F/W 2017

HART SCHAFFNER MARX | F/W 2017

Hart Schaffner Marx is one of the oldest brands consistently showing at New York Fashion Week Men’s, and was founded in 1911 with roots dating back to 1872. As an American manufacturer of tailored menswear, Harts Schaffner Marx has partnered with New York based menswear designer David Hart to create an ‘All American’ capsule collection. This collaboration comes with tradition; it simply gets it right time and time again. There is a real coherence between both designers in their approach to style and design, as they stay true to the heritage of the brand, and infuse a contemporary fashion sensibility down to the final thread.

This season, Hart Schaffner Marx looked to the icons of the American Motor industry: The Ford Mustang, the Pontiac GTO, the Dodge Charger, and the Chevrolet Camaro. The American motor industry dates back to the late 19th century but really progressed during the 1920s through 1950s with three dominating companies: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. What better place than to showcase this need for speed than at the Cooper Classic Collection located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, adorned with historic cobble stone streets and an ear to the past that mirrored this collection perfectly. The Cooper Classic Collection is known as one of the world’s leading and respected vintage automotive sales facilities, and served as the perfect reflection of dominance in both performance and style. The Hart Schaffner Marx Fall/Winter ’17 collection brought us back to the mid-century newness, modernity, and conformity of ‘the good life’ during the 1950s. The collection also referenced the rebels of the 1950s with a nod to the Teddy Boy showcased in bouffant and perfectly quaffed hair by Oribe, aviator sunglasses by Moscot, and Vanners which paired seamlessly with power suits in plaids, checks, and stripes.

Images courtesy of Emilio Hernandez Courtesy of Hart Schaffner Marx

Joseph Abboud | NYFW F/W 2017

Joseph Abboud | NYFW F/W 2017

The namesake label began in 1986 when, after spending much of his time at Ralph Lauren during the 1980s, Joseph Abboud sought to make his own impression on an industry he once characterized as, “one long run-on sentence.” Needless to say, we don’t disagree with him as each fashion seasons tends to run into the next. New York Fashion Week itself can become a repetitive and systematic string of events, and while it can leave one to question where the creativity and innovation is anymore, designers such as Abboud vow to bring about change to this overly structured seasonal affair. As a designer that constantly pushes the envelope and always seems to be going against the grain, it’s always a pleasure to witness what mad genius plan he has concocted for the current season.

This season, to mark the 30th anniversary of his brand, Abboud stepped away from all things Dandyism and instead opted for a darker, more sinister approach toward his Fall/Winter ’17 collection, choosing to host in a gothic cathedral on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Abboud is known for choosing venues that mirror the aesthetic of each new collection in order to enhance the experience, opinions, and overall effect of the production. Inspiration stemmed from American gothic, great literature such as Edgar Allen Poe, A Tell-Tale Heart and Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Abboud wanted to explore the ego of the male, incorporating spirituality and sensuality throughout the collection as well as the setting. Brocade fabrics, velvet, over-printed corduroy, black, grey, and purple saturation were used to convey this ominous presence throughout the collection.

Images courtesy of Joseph Abboud

SACHIN & BABI | NYFW F/W 2017

SACHIN & BABI | NYFW F/W 2017

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia’s works analyze the intersection of British and Indian culture during the British Raj. The British Raj was the rule of the British Crown in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947, a rule which extending over India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The resulting political union was also called the Indian Empire, which later partitioned British India into two independent sovereign dominions of India and Pakistan. This act received royal assent when it became a separate British colony, with India gaining independence on July 18, 1947. Sachin and Babi’s opulent Fall/Winter ‘17 collection merged two cultures in perfect harmony. As Indian immigrants who have made New York City their home, Sachin and Babi wanted to express India’s rich cultural history while demonstrating that the inclusion of other cultures does not harm or take away from theirs, instead creating an inclusive environment for all. This idea of union was effectively shown through the juxtaposing of English rose prints with Maharani Necklaces and Raisin Cambridge stripes with Jodhpur sleeves.

The sumptuous collection entitled, The Inevitable Raj adhered to the Sachin and Babi core aesthetic, presented through alluring textiles including a putty silk taffeta dress, an ivory poplin blouse, a navy lame tunic dress, a black lace gown with ruby and fuchsia lace patchwork, and a black crepe strapless gown with accompanying Jodhpur lace sleeves. Each look spoke of affluence and luxury in its purest form, seamlessly mirroring the location at the National Arts Club. The National Arts club is a national historic landmark of New York City, and has been since 1898. Situated in Gramercy Park, it’s aim is to “stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.” –Charles DeKay, Founder. The Inevitable Raj created an effective culture clash, but also an atmosphere that encouraged cultural collaboration.

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