Fly Royally

Fly Royally

Young power couple, Angelo Senat Bianca Alexis chose to take a path not typically taken by fairly recent college grads. They decided to launch their own private jet company. Four Years later they are providing unparalleled service and access to destinations around the world via Royal Jets. Their company offers an unprecedented experience to travelers without breaking the bank!

The rising company boasts many satisfied customers, which is one of the reasons clients continue to come back when it’s time to travel, either for business or for pleasure. In keeping with their service oriented atmosphere, the staff at Royal Jets is known for going out of their way to make sure that customers are well received, comfortable and have an enjoyable experience. Patrons receive world-class service, from the time they board one of the well-appointed aircrafts to the time they disembark.

This innovative company has also been recognized as a carrier that will travel to underserved destinations that are in high demand. Royal Jets is setting a new standard for air travel.

RAINE: What lead you to start a business in the aviation industry?

ALEXIS: In 2012, my partner approached me with the idea of starting a private jet company. I immediately began research about the industry. At first I was a little hesitant but after countless hours of research I noticed the industry was underserved and there was very little information given about the industry in general. We decided to create a platform for the lower middle class to the upper middle class to start flying private without breaking the bank each time.

RAINE: Describe your role as a licensed charter broker. What does that mean to potential clients interested in using your service?

ALEXIS: As a charter brokerage and private jet membership based company, our main role is to provide our members with the best private jet prices in the market through different partnerships as well as our managed fleet.

RAINE: Is Royal Jets only for celebrities and the ultra-wealthy?

ALEXIS: Absolutely not. We created a platform for all to enjoy. We have last minute deals that start at just $500. Which means the new college graduate who just started his/her new career can fly private.

RAINE: Can you talk about “empty leg air travel,” and how does it differ from private jet charters?

ALEXIS: Empty legs allow anyone to fly a private jet at a discounted rate. The two do not differ. 80% of private jet flights are empty when they are repositioning or returning back to home base. This allows us to provide our members with great deals on those empty flights.

RAINE: What are some of the popular destinations that Royal Jets fly’s to?

ALEXIS: Miami, Las Vegas, California, and the Caribbean.

RAINE: You offer a membership program. Please tell our readers about the benefits of each.

ALEXIS:

  1. No more processing payments after each flight.
  2. Simple budgeting.
  3. Single point of contact. Fast, easy booking.

RAINE: What would you say are the main reasons behind your success?

ALEXIS:

  1. Being realistic about our goals.
  2. Creative thinking and building a really solid team.

RAINE: What can customers expect while flying with Royal Jets vs. commercial or other private jet charters?

ALEXIS: Unparalleled service, simple budgeting, and a quick/convenient booking service.

RAINE: What is the biggest challenge facing your industry, and what steps are you taking to secure the future of Royal Jets?

ALEXIS: Some of the biggest challenges are high fuel costs. Royal Jets has begun creating new partnerships with fuel management companies and FBOs to lower the travel cost for our customers.

RAINE: What words of wisdom would share with aspiring entrepreneurs?

ALEXIS: It’s really important to do your research and be prepared. Find out what the industry is lacking and become the solution. We also believe having a strong team helps with the success of any company.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” —Andrew Carnegie

Step into Fall’s Most Lavish Homes

Step into Fall’s Most Lavish Homes

Supermodel Elle Macpherson, now age 51 and still a sexy glamour girl, has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and a record breaking five-time covers of Sports lllustrated’s annual swimsuit issue between 1986 and 2006. Time magazine gave Elle the nickname of “The Body” after she appeared on their cover in 1989 and she has appeared as host of Saturday Night Live and in a number of films including Sirens with Hugh Grant, Woody Allen’s Alice, and The Mirror Has Two Faces. As a business woman, she has won awards for developing and promoting her workout series of videos, her lingerie collection and her line of beauty products. Like so many of the super wealthy who tend to congregate in the same playgrounds, Macpherson owns prime real estate in Aspen. Macpherson has put her and billionaire husband, Jeffrey Soffer’s, Aspen mansion on the market which they purchased in 2007 for $36.5 million.

Located in the exclusive gated community of Starwood perched above Aspen on 66 acres, Macpherson’s estate is in McLain Flats with mountain and city views. Built in 2004, the rustic but sophisticated home uses reclaimed aged oak, plenty of granite, white oak paneling and limestone with custom copper shingles. At 14,395 square feet, the interior, with its soaring ceilings in the main living area contains seven bedrooms, thirteen baths, French limestone floors, indoor and outdoor pools, commercial kitchen, steam room, hot tub, juice bar, exercise room and two elevators. Not as pricey as Bill Koch’s $100 million Aspen pad, but very attractive to the billionaire market, the estate is priced at $35 million.

JON BON JOVI’S SOHO PENTHOUSE!

Many people know Jon Bon Jovi’s music, Slippery When Wet and Destination Anywhere, along with his soundtracks for Young Guns II (Blaze of Glory) and Stand Up Guys (Not Running Anymore), not to mention the ten major awards these productions have won. Many of us were also aware of his acting in films such as Moonlight and Valentino and TV appearances on shows such as Sex and the City. But there’s so much more to know.

Jon married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea, almost 25 years ago. They have four children, have stayed married and are one of the country’s most generous couples, very active in the Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, Project H.O.M.E. and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The Bon Jovis have donated millions of their money, and much of their time for charity, then have gone out and worked side by side with the people to execute these projects. Even wielding a hammer or washing a dish where needed. Jon was also appointed by Barack Obama to the new White House Council for Community Solutions. He is not just another rock star.

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person themselves, Jon and Dorothea seem to do everything well. Now up for sale is the Bon Jovi’s 7,452-square-foot New York Soho duplex. With huge glass walls and terraces seen from almost every room, even the kitchen windows will have you looking instead of cooking. Aside from the pure glamour of it all, the layout is unusually well thought out. The family part of the house is on the lower floor with a great room, wood-burning fireplace, marble baths, dining area and a gourmet kitchen. There are five bedrooms on the first floor including the master bedroom suite with rare arched windows.

The upper level includes formal living and dining rooms and access to the home’s grand terraces with lush landscaping and panoramic New York views. Also on the second floor is another kitchen, screening room, guest room, full bath and a powder room. Did we mention the second wood burning fireplace?

The Bon Jovi apartment is located in the New Museum Building. At 12 floors, it is one of the tallest structures in the Lower Manhattan area. The building was constructed in 1897 as offices, became the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996, and later converted to condominiums.

In the mid 1900s, Soho was one of New York’s most distressed neighborhoods as its deep industrial base began to erode. Starting in the 1960s, Soho was transformed from the mostly deserted remnants of the city’s big textile factories into artists’ and hipsters’ lofts. Today, it is near the top of any list of U.S. upscale neighborhoods with art galleries, shops and expensive homes. Other celebrity SoHo residents include Kelly Ripa, Justin Timberlake and Ariana Huffington.

Previously asking $42 million, the penthouse, including furniture & great views, is now priced at $37.5 million. Raphael De Niro of Douglas Elliman and Leonard Steinberg of Urban Compass share the listing.

 

STING’S LONDON TOWNHOUSE!

How did Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better know as Sting, get to the age of 62? Where did the time go? A whirlwind of musical talent and following his dreams, Sting has made it to the top of the celebrity world. He’s a musician and songwriter who hit the big time in the late 1970s with his band, The Police, and their first hit “Roxanne.” The band’s 1983 tune “Every Breath You Take” was the year’s biggest hit, won a Grammy for Song of the Year and has been a staple at wedding receptions for years. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold almost 100 million records. Sting has been performing solo since the mid 1980s, devoting much of his time to charity, human rights activism and expanding his world of creativity. On June 25th, his musical production, “The Last Ship,” about a group of English shipyard workers, opens in Chicago as an out-of-town tryout before heading to Broadway. Sting grew up in the Swan Hunter Shipyard neighborhood on the River Tyne where many of the world’s largest and fastest ships were built.

Sting and his actress-producer wife, Trudie Styler, are serial real estate collectors. Their love of nature led them to Italy in 1999 when they bought a 600-acre estate in Tuscany, Villa II Palagio where they produce and sell wine, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, produce and honey. They own or owned an Elizabethan manor house, a 1578 English historic home called the Lake House, a recently sold New York City apartment, a California beach house, a London apartment on the Mall near Hyde Park, homes in the Caribbean and an 18th century London townhouse that is now on the market. He can afford it with a net worth of $300 million, taking in about $2,000 every day in royalties from “Every Breath You Take”.

Just a half-mile from Buckingham Palace, and enclosed in an historical building in the Birdcage Walk conservation area, the 8,500-square-foot townhouse contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms in stunning contemporary decor from a 2010 redo. With many venues for entertaining, the home has five living areas, a roof terrace and garden terrace with direct access to Birdcage Walk and St. James Park, said to be the finest of the Royal parks. The home has an elevator and formal entry and staircase. Notable, but not for sale, is Sting’s wonderful art collection with a similar Diego Giacometti table that recently sold at auction for a record-breaking $1.76 million.

Sting’s 18th century London townhouse on the market at an undisclosed price, estimated to be in the $32 to $35 million price range.

 

TYLER PERRY’S ATLANTA HOME!

Tyler Perry is now living the American Dream – a dream he made happen through perseverance and overcoming some long odds. Trapped for many years in an impoverished and abusive childhood including a suicide attempt, Tyler began writing plays to calm the demons – a method he learned from watching his favorite TV program, the Oprah Winfrey Show. He wrote mostly about himself and his relatives and friends but the plays were such financial disasters that he almost gave up. Tyler continued to plug away, doing his shows primarily for African-American audiences on the East Coast until he finally found some success. His plays eventually led to film where he did everything – writing, acting and directing. After he developed his beloved Madea matriarch character, Tyler became one of Hollywood’s top money makers with his own film studio in 2006. He went from being an Oprah fan to an Oprah partner at the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012.

Tyler is the first filmmaker in history to have five films open at #1 in five years beating the records of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. His thirteen most popular films have grossed over $600 million at the box office but cost less than $10 million to make. By being independent with his own studio and filling the major roles himself, Tyler has been able to rake in a larger share of the profits.

With films such as the Madea series, Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, and with his new success on Oprah’s network with the blockbuster hit The Haves and Have Nots, his annual income is somewhere between $100 million to $150 million.

During the years of his growing success, Tyler understood the value of real estate and has bought and sold real estate across the country. Currently focusing on the Atlanta area where he lives and found most of his success, Tyler has acquired over 1,000 acres where he plans to build his new home. He recently put his current Atlanta mansion on the market.

The penultimate for the person who has everything but still wants more, Perry’s French provincial mansion is perched atop 17 acres with views over the Chattahoochee River off Paces Ferry Road in the upscale Buckhead community of Atlanta. Palatial in every conceivable aspect, the 34,688-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and fourteen baths, stately formal rooms, a two- story library, resort-style infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage, fully equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house and an underground ballroom with catering kitchen. There are both formal and informal gardens, an entire estate generator, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system including two gated and secured residential entrances. The home has hosted President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey among other notables.

Tyler Perry’s impeccable Atlanta estate on the banks of the Chattahoochee River with river views on seventeen private wooded acres – host to President Obama – is now for sale. Priced at $25 million.

The 10 most ultra luxury criuses an Insider report

The 10 most ultra luxury criuses an Insider report

Thinking about taking a cruise?

If so, read on to discover the best cruise ships for the discerning cruise traveler. If not, it’s definitely something that should be on one’s bucket list. If the right ship is chosen, royal treatment awaits. Cruises serve the busy person perfectly. It allows for little pre-planning but returns ultimate pampering, unforgettable experiences, inspiring destinations, and limitless activities. From butler service to rock climbing onboard, there’s something for every style of cruiser. If you want more than standard buffets and karaoke nights, then look for your ultra luxury liners when booking your next ship.

Cruise Compete, one the most notable cruise review resources, has gathered the top ten ships from the ultra luxury sector. For those judicious cruisers who select and critique this sector, even those ships have variable rankings. The reviews are from thousands of travelers, who provide insight into cruise lines, ships, amenities, service, dining and the destinations they visit.

More details can be found on Cruisecompete.com.

 

LineShipRating
1. Crystal CruisesCrystal Serenity4.89
2. Regent Seven Seas CruisesSeven Seas Voyager4.83
3. Paul GauguinMS Paul Gauguin4.81
4. Regent Seven Seas CruisesSeven Seas Mariner4.78
5. Regent Seven Seas CruisesSeven Seas Navigator4.75
6. SeaDream Yacht ClubSeaDream I4.72
7. SeabournSeabourn Spirit4.62
8. Silversea CruisesSilver Shadow4.57
9. Crystal CruisesCrystal Symphony4.56
10. SeabournSeabourn Sojourn4.56

Celine Dion’s multi-million dollar manasion

Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion and her manager husband, Rene Angelil, built their dream vacation home on Jupiter Island, Florida in 2010. The location offered the privacy the hardworking couple wanted to relax with their children and friends and they designed an estate around a series of water features and outdoor sports activities that, along with pristine beachfront, took full advantage of the warm Florida sunshine and Atlantic Ocean breezes. But even for celebrities who seem to have achieved it all, life can throw curve balls.

Though Rene had successfully fully recovered from about of throat cancer in 1999, it reoccurred in 2013, when he had surgery for another malignant throat tumor. Dion announced in 2014 that she would suspend her performances indefinitely due to her husband’s worsening health. In August of 2015, she resumed her Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace, but lost Rene to cancer in January 2016 and her brother only two days later. The couple and their three children had made the Las Vegas bedroom community of Henderson their home while Dion was performing at Caesar’s Palace. She returned to the stage on February 23rd for the first time since Rene’s death and paid tribute to his memory and their life together in her first performance. Their Bahamian-inspired Florida oceanfront estate was first put up for sale in 2013, the year that Rene was rediagnosed, for $72.5 million. Over a period of time with no buyer interest, the price was cut to $62.5 million. Among many five-star features, the 5.5-acre beachfront property’s #1 centerpiece is the 500,000-gallon water park highlighted by a slow current lazy river connecting two pools, bridges and a twisting waterslide. There is also another pool located beachside. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot main residence has five bedrooms with a second-level wraparound terrace with ocean views and multiple main level terraces. The luxurious master suite walk-in closet has automated carousels for quick access to shoes and clothing at the touch of a finger. The open-plan main level is light and airy in keeping with the subtropical climate. There are also two separate four-bedroom guest houses, tennis house, simulated golf range, pool house and beach house. Celine’s Jupiter neighbors include Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods and Palm Beach is just a few miles down the road.

Now settled in Henderson, Nevada at least until the end of her Caesar’s Palace residency in 2019, Celine has stepped up her effort to sell her Jupiter Island, Florida private resort estate by engaging a new brokerage and lowering the asking price. Fenton Lang Bruner & Associates currently holds the listing, which is now priced at $45.5 million.

Miley Cyrus’s Tuscan Mansion

Miley Cyrus’s Tuscan Mansion

It wasn’t until the onset of filming Hannah Montana in 2007 that the Cyrus family moved from their 500- acre Tennessee farm to a new home in Toluca Lake, California – an easy commute to the Disney studios for Billy and Miley. The home was where Miley spent most of her teen years and after the series was over, the family moved back to Tennessee and the home was placed in a trust for her. In 2015, she put it on the market for $5.995 million.

Tuscan style, gated and tucked privately away inside walls and thick tropical vegetation, the home is accessed by a long-bricked drive bordered by trees and thick hedging opening onto a brick motor court. Designed and built in 2007 by architect Bob Easton, its appearance with patches of vine-covered walls, red-barrel tile roof and Old World ambiance belies its youth. At 8,700 square feet on just under an acre, it houses six bedrooms, seven baths, grand entry foyer with curved staircase accented with wrought iron and formal rooms that open to views of the pool and lush landscaping. There is a large chef’s kitchen with ogee-edged granite countertops, family room, home theatre and Billy’s former guitar display room. Built on two levels, the master suite has a rooftop terrace with fireplace and large walk-in dressing rooms. Both inside and outside are multiple venues with fireplaces for lounging and entertaining both covered and open-air. A state-of-the-art security system and cameras protect all areas of the property. The listing agent is happy to report that the home was sold at the full $5.995 million asking price.

Cher’s 1970’s Beverly Hills Mansion – Volume 28

Cher’s 1970’s Beverly Hills Mansion – Volume 28

During Cher’s fifty years as the Goddess of Pop, there is precious little in the creative world she hasn’t accomplished. Starting out her singing career so shy on stage that she had to talk Sonny Bono into standing with her so she could look at him instead of the audience, to branching out as a soloist in the mid-1960s and on to award-winning actress on film, stage and television, Cher has successfully tested the water in multiple entertainment categories. Having hit their peak record sales in the early 1960s selling over 40 million records, their careers began to nose dive in the late ‘60s with the advent of hard rock and the surging drug culture. It wasn’t until the early ‘70s that they experienced a resurge in popularity with Cher’s new exotic wardrobe, their television show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and simultaneously cutting four new albums. However, with the marriage failing, Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975.

Blossoming from a young girl whose mother was often divorced and short of money, Beverly Hills might as well have been on the moon. But by the 1970s, Cher had parlayed her talent and personality into wealth and was able to buy four acres of land on Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, building a mansion that she was very active in designing and decorating her new home. Cher later sold the estate to Eddie Murphy. The current owners purchased the property in 1994 and began buying up the surrounding land and started the huge project of developing it into the 16-acre equestrian estate it is today.

Read The Full Story: RAINE MAGAZINE – VOLUME 28

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