It was 2013 when Lang Walker got a phone call about a private island for sale. The Australian billionaire and developer—an avid sailor and diver who has spent 40 years adventuring among the picturesque waters of Australasia—was tempted by promises of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When Walker arrived in Fiji, he discovered a pristine isle that would, four years later, become the spectacular new Kokomo Private Island Fiji. [See & Read More]
It's the ultimate billionaire toy: A 377-foot yacht with a swimming pool that doubles as a submarine.The six-deck yacht-submarine hybrid, named Migaloo after an albino humpback whale, has not actually been built. The contraption was created to satisfy the demand of adventurous billionaires who want a truly unique boat, according to Austrian industrial design studio motion code: blue,With a 26-foot pool, cinema room, helipad, library, gym, laundry room, and private lounges, Migaloo would be perfectly equipped for the discerning billionaire. Plans call for it to be constructed with special pressure-proof glass and underwater lights to offer spectacular views when the submarine dives. No word on the cost yet, but given that this will be highly customizable, expect it to be in the multi-million dollar range.
Soneva Fushi’s ultimate villa The Jungle Reserve ($40,000 per month), occupying prime position on the sunrise side of the island. This magnificent escape, built from bamboo and other sustainable woods under a traditional thatched roof, has been revitalized to improve upon its already legendary reputation. Guests enjoy dramatic indoor living areas linked by tropical open living spaces, romantic terraces, scenic decks and idyllic walkways surrounding by a huge private seaside swimming pool. Facilities are exceptional. There are three additional and spacious bedrooms for family or friends, a kitchen with wine cellar, a personal gym and a dedicated spa pavilion with sauna and steam bath below a private massage suite. When you’ve finished sunbathing, spa treatments and dining, retreat to your single level master villa with indoor and outdoor bathrooms surrounded by tropical gardens. We’ll leave you to discover our all time favorite rain shower, hidden in the jungle. Enjoy. (www.soneva.com, +66 (0) 2631-9698)
German sports car manufacturer Porsche displays its new 4-door Panamera in a new video highlighting the exterior alterations. A brand not known for drastic changes in styling but more for the “evolution” of its designs, Porsche refines the luxury wagon with subtle changes in the aerodynamics of the car such as a new rear fender, window forms, front facade and roof line. Unchanged is the sporty nature of the vehicle, with aggressive attributes like the wide wheels, flared arches and red Brembo brakes still present. The above video places multiple models cruising across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, thus enticing the viewer to research further into the newest model of the luxury lifestyle vehicle via Porsche’s dedicated Panamera microsite. Enjoy.
Dissatisfied with the V8 Vantage, or its bigger brother with the V12 engine? Then meet Aston Martin‘s newest monster – the V12 Vantage S. While the name to most would normally denote fancier interior trim and a lightened body, the British masterpiece manufacturer have disregarded rival companies’ traditions and decked out this new release with a revised 6.0-liter V12 engine now outputting 565 horsepower, a new seven-speed “hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission” with race-spec software, and enhanced three-stage adaptive damping in its suspension. More noteworthy however is the improved top speed that now pushes this sports coupé past the 200mph milestone, a feat accomplished by only one other car in the Aston Martin family – the seven-figured special edition super car One-77. With a projected price tag of around $200,000 USD and a release in early 2014, this once touted “Baby Aston” seems to have grown up into a bona fide brute.
Since its inception in 1963, the engineers at Porsche have spent nearly every moment overcoming a design flaw that makes the 911 unique; a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car is inherently unstable. In spite of this obstacle, the car stands as an example of what a sports car should be, and the 911 50th Anniversary Edition ($125,000 USD) continues that heritage. With a 430 hp flat six that reaches speeds of 186 mph and does zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, it's equally at home on the road or the track. Porsche Active Suspension Management, a sport exhaust system, and 20-inch wheels recall its 50-year history of performance. With only 1,963 models going into production, you'd better reserve yours now.
Los Angeles–based charter provider Jet Edge is partnering with Wolf Worster Associates to bring passengers to over 100 vacation villas around the world. From an 8,000-square-foot ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, to a restored 10-bedroom former refuge for the Argentine cavalry, Wolf Worster Associates offers private rentals in some of the world’s most coveted travel destinations, many of which are accessible only by private jet. Jet Edge’s fleet offers charter trips to these locales, aboard its fleet of business jets, which comprises various models from Bombardier, Cessna, Gulfstream, and Hawker Beechcraft. (877.550.3343, www.flyjetedge.com)
Porsche pulls the curtain on its first plug-in hybrid, the new 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid ($100,000 USD). The sporty sedan is powered by a 416 hp engine that couples its gas engine with a 95 hp electric motor that helps the Panamera reach up to 80 mph in full-electric mode while traveling up to 20 miles on electric power alone. As for speed, 0-62 arrives in 5.5 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 167 mph. Enjoy.
Become your own Steve Zissou with the U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 5 ($TBA). Available in both 100- and 200-meter models, the C-Explorer 5 is a five-person compact submersible that lets you explore the sea depths in dry comfort. Features include a smart deflatable ballast tank system, air-conditioning, up to 43.2 kWh of battery capacity, a 360-degree acrylic pressure hull that allows for amazing views, and a below-surface cruising speed of 3 knots. A perfect complimentary toy for your private yacht.
The most powerful Rolls Royce production car is a secret no more as images of the Wraith Coupe spilled all over the internet today revealing its "fastback" looks, less than 24 hours before its world premiere at the Geneva motor show. What we know about the new Wraith coupe is that is based on a shorter version of the Ghost sedan's platform using the same V12 engine, but reworked to produce over 600-horses that are channeled to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. [See & Read More]