A Vaultful of Luxury: The New Park Hyatt Vienna

Written by Ann Abel Courtesy Forbes on . Posted in Luxury Travel & Lifestyle

“Even now, when I walk through the hotel, I feel like a child in a candy shop,” says Monique Dekker, general manager of the new Park Hyatt Vienna. She spent a year wandering the corridors and sub-basements before the hotel’s recent opening, sharing the imposing, century-old building—a former bank headquarters—with a team of 600 workers.

In 10 months, Calgary sets full-year record for luxury home sales

Written by Mario Toneguzzi Courtesy Calgary Herald on . Posted in Luxury Business News

CALGARY - Calgary’s booming luxury home market has already set an annual record for MLS sales with more than two months left this year. According to Mike Fotiou, associate broker with First Place Realty, as of Oct. 18, there were 732 properties in the city that sold for $1 million or more. That surpassed the annual record of 726 which was established in 2013. The previous record before last year was 544 in 2012.

A Luxury Hotel Finally Evolves In The Galapagos Islands. Pikaia Lodge: Great Outdoors And Great Indoors.

Written by Gary Walther Courtesy Forbes on . Posted in Luxury Travel & Lifestyle

The Hotel Detective has always found the Galapagos Islands a mystery: a one-off destination with no luxury hotels. How could the place that incited the theory of evolution be so far behind in the evolution of luxury travel? It’s a complicated answer and THD will go into it in a forthcoming article in ForbesLife, but for now, focus on this: A luxury adventure lodge has finally evolved here.

China's Jet Set Spends Overseas, While Luxury Sales Rise in the U.S.

Written by Christina Larson Courtesy BusinessWeek on . Posted in Luxury Business News

For the first time since Boston consultancy Bain & Co. began tracking the global luxury market, overall sales of luxury goods declined in mainland China over the first eight months of 2014. The dip was small—sales dropped 1 percent—but significant because of the outsize hopes brands from Prada (1913:HK) to Rolls-Royce (RL/:LN) have placed on wooing China’s socially ambitious spenders.

A Christmas Tale of Luxury Temptation

Written by Nichole de Carle London on . Posted in Luxury Products & Trends

What will you offer to your loved one this Christmas? Truly unique, indulging presents may be hard to come by, but with the new Christmas Soiree edition by Nichole de Carle London, finding a perfect treat for your loved one couldn’t be easier. 

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