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St Barth: Opening of Fish Corner

May 18, 2018

Fresh From The Fisherman

How about lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants on the island? The place is Fish Corner, where the menu is based on the catch of the day.  Fish, crustaceans, and shellfish caught by Johnny and cooked by Nicolas… 

Reservations recommended.

Where to find this restaurant:

ST BARTH: Fish corner, 41 Rue de la République, Gustavia

ACTU

Twiga: new location

May 22, 2018

Now located in the heart of Monaco!

Twiga has an exciting new home on the second floor of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco. Here you will enjoy evenings full of surprises in the nightclub’s fabulous VIP rooms, with great views overlooking the Riviera. 

Where to find Twiga:

MONACO: Twiga, Grimaldi Forum, second floor, 10 Avenue Princesse Grace 

DISCOVER

Le Papillon Ivre

May 16, 2018

A Total Gourmet Experience

For those who love excellent cuisine and enjoy fine wines, Le Papillon Ivre is the perfect place to try a new vintage paired with a selection of charcuteries and tapas for dinner. Take a seat on the terrace for an intimate moment or inside close to the kitchen for more conviviality.

Where to find the bistro: 

SAINT BARTH: Le Papillon Ivre, Les Amandiers, St Jean

 

ACTU

St-Barth: Opening of Mango

May 15, 2018

Cocktails, Sunset, & Sound

Every evening, starting at 5:30pm, Mango, the beachfront restaurant at the five-star Christopher Hotel invites you to contemplate the setting sun in an exceptional setting with plunging views of the sea. Treat yourself to a perfect escape in the late afternoon and enjoy the peacefulness of the Sunset Lounge. Mix delicious cocktails with a DJ and a tropical ambiance for a sensational combination of elements that creates memorable moments with family or friends.

A restaurant not to be missed: 

ST BARTH: Mango, Pointe Milou

ST BARTH APRÈS IRMA

St Barth: After Hurricane Irma

May 17, 2018

Nine months later…

St Barth was devastated by hurricane Irma. But thanks to extremely hard work by everyone, the island is back on its feet, and the best spots for fun and relaxation await you: white-sand beaches, surfing, diving, shopping, festivities... 

REOPENING OF RENTAL VILLAS

80% of the island’s rental villas are now taking reservations. A C C E S S puts you in direct contact with the largest villa rental agencies in St Barth: Wimco, SiBarth, St Barth Properties, St Barth VIP, Barnes International, Missimmo... Check out the best villas available on the island. 

REOPENING OF HOTELS

More than half of the island’s hotels are already open, while most of the others will be open before the Christmas-New Year’s holidays, even as early as October 2018 for some. Now under renovation, their goal is to welcome you back next season to completely restored luxury properties where every detail is perfectly presented. Start making your reservations for next season in St Barth now!

Hotels that are open:

• Le Christopher

• Villa Marie

• Manapany

• Les Ilets de la Plage

• Le Village St Barth

• Villa Lodge 4 Epices

• Auberge de Terre Neuve

• Baie des Anges

• Le Nid D’Aigle

• Sunset

• Les Ondines

• Les Sucriers

• Saline Garden

• Le Ti Morne

• Tom Beach 

New this season:

• The 5-star Manapany, beachfront location surrounded by lush tropical vegetation

Reopening starting in October 2018:

• Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

• Le Barthélemy

• Eden Rock: December 22 

• Le Toiny

• Emeraude Plage

• Le Tropical

Reopening 2019:

• Le Guanahani

REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS

Most of the restaurants in St Barth are now open.

Beach restaurants that are open:

• Nikki Beach

• Eden Rock Lorient

• Pearl Beach (Tom Beach)

Restaurants that are open:

• Isola

• L’Esprit de Jean Claude Dufour

• Bagatelle

• Bonito

• Le Ti St Barth

• Black Ginger

• Orega

• Mango (Le Christopher)

• François Plantation (Villa Marie)

• Isoletta

• Eddy’s

• La Langouste

• Yo Sushi Mania

• 25 Quarter

• Le Repaire

• Saveurs Island

• Maya's to Go

• Grain de Sel

One of the nice surprises this season was the opening of several new restaurants on the island. Check out their menus and reserve your table now!

New this season:

• Ociela

• Quartier Général

• Le Manapany

• Bohemia by Maman

• Fish Corner 

 LIAISON USA | ST BARTH

You can get to Saint Barth in under an hour from Puerto Rico or Antigua with flights on Tradewind Aviation. Another option is to fly from the USA to Princess Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten. From there, Winair and St. Barth Commuter have regularly scheduled flights to Saint Barth. 

DISCOVER

Heli Air Monaco

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Take To The Skies

For business, a helicopter is the best option to travel quickly and get as close as possible to your destination. Save time by taking the regularly scheduled Nice-Monaco itinerary, with daily flights every 30 minutes. An hour by car, but just seven minutes by helicopter! What could be better? 

For fun, Heli Air Monaco flies you along the Riviera, with departures from Monaco, Nice, or Cannes. Starting with 10-minute jaunts for up to six passengers in an Airbus Helicopter, these panoramic flights allow you to admire the magnificent facades and gardens overlooking the Mediterranean.

DESIGN

Lexus: a new sport yacht concept

April 26, 2018

A high-performance premium yacht

The Lexus brand explores new areas of lifestyle and leisure with the introduction of high-performance premium yachts. The Lexus Sport Yacht concept is an exclusive, custom project not meant for mass production. Created by the Lexus Design Center in Toyota City, Japan, the goal was an “open” sport yacht, powered by twin Lexus V8 engines, with sophisticated design and excellent handling, designed for day cruises for six to eight passengers.

The design of the Lexus Sport Yacht features an upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure. Each of these elements is made from a single, massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon-fiber cloth, a composite material called carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, or CFRP (a polymer reinforced by carbon fiber also made by hand).

The yacht is powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 gasoline engines, which are based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engines found in the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F sport sedan, and the new LC 500 grand touring sedan. Each engine produces over 440 horsepower, which allows the yacht to reach speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking.

From his position at the helm, the captain controls and monitors on-board systems from a color touch-screen panel.

The forward passenger cabin is tall enough to stand upright, inviting passengers into a luxurious setting that mixes Lexus leather with lovely wood and glass details. The boat also is equipped with a kitchen, and the fully fitted head includes a shower. An integrated audio-video entertainment system is fully networked, with 4G Wi-Fi & WAN.

Key points: Created by Lexus with advanced design and excellent handling, this “open” sport yacht for six to eight passengers is powered by twin V8 Lexus engines. 

Plus: Lexus has announced future production of a larger size luxury yacht.

Dimensions: Length: 42 feet; Width: 13 feet

DISCOVER

Stratajet

April 25, 2018

Private Jets At Your Fingertips

How did you come up with this idea to revolutionize the reservation process for private jets, and develop this service?

After serving in the British armed forces, I spent some time as a freelance pilot. One day, I was flying from Nice to London, without passengers as the plane simply needed to be moved. Problems such as that, from inefficiency to wastefulness, cause prices to go up for passengers and prevent private planes from being considered a valid form of transportation.

My idea was to use technology to streamline the traditional reservation process for a private jet. I started by creating revolutionary software to help make these jets more accessible to the general public. 

How does the application work?

The major problem in reserving a private jet rests in the complexity of calculating the cost of a flight. There are millions of variables and as every flight has to be calculated from zero due to the customized nature of the industry, it takes even the most experienced professional about a half of an hour to provide an estimate.

To put this process online, we needed to assemble an enormous amount of data and code it using an extremely complex algorithm, in order to make the calculations in just a few seconds.

What are the advantages of this service compared to a traditional reservation service?

There are considerable differences between Stratajet and the more traditional private jet reservation services. 

Private jets, at first glance, are a hassle-free luxury, but the means to reserve them were not always so easy. Brokers are in charge of supervising all requests for a flight. They submit these requests to a network of operators who must manually calculate the cost of each flight, case by case. A certain number of companies claim that they have automated this process by offering a website that transmits the request for a flight, but these requests are still transmitted to the operators.

On the other hand, the Stratajet technology eliminates the need for a broker and does all of the calculations directly for the operators. As a result, clients are not subject to these intermediary steps and can retain total control of their own reservation.

What is the average time to reserve a flight?

Thanks to the technology running behind the scenes, the reservation process for a flight on this system is incredibly simple. Because we know the exact placement of all the planes in the system at any given moment, in just a few seconds clients can search and compare the exact prices for private jets and make immediate reservations with a credit card or even a digital imprint via Apple Pay. The entire process can be done in less than two minutes based on the connection to the site or the app.

For last-minute requests, it is also possible to reverse a plane as little as three hours before take-off.

What kinds of planes are available to your clients?

Two-seaters, turbo-props, every high-end, and long-range... There are 1,250 planes in the Stratajet system. For example, the Cessna Citation Mustang, a rather lightweight plane with a capacity for six passengers, is perfect for a group of friends! For onboard service, Stratajet maintains staff 24/7 to meet all supplemental requests made by travelers.

Key points: Stratajet is a reservation platform for private jets. Available on the web as well as a mobile app, for instant access to private jets with going through a broker and reserve your flight at attractive rates.

Plus: The beauty of Stratajet is that you can reserve a private jet to and from any airport. Stratajet is operation 44 countries across Europe and while there are but 500 airports available in these countries for commercial planes, private planes can use more than 1,200 airfields. This gives clients greater flexibility in terms of where they can travel and get closer to their final destination. 

Contact: 

charter@stratajet.com

Interview with Jonny Nicol, Founder and CEO of Stratajet

DISCOVER

Wine Palace Monte-Carlo

April 23, 2018

A boutique with wine tastings at the prow of the Yacht Club de Monaco 

Champagne: Boerl &Kroff, Macallan 1964... Red Bordeaux: Petrus, Liber Pater... Red Burgundy: Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Coche Dury... enjoy a selection of the world’s best wines and spirits. For wine lovers and connoisseurs, the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo is like a dream come true. 

Take a seat inside, or on the terrace to take full advantage of the panoramic views of the port and the “rocher.” In a chic environment, discover beautiful tableware by Sabrina Monte-Carlo and appreciate one or more glasses of wine, which go perfectly with your favorite meals.

Considered one of the largest and most beautiful wine cellars of Europe, the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo and its sommeliers are pleased to share their passion and knowledge about 2,300 different wines, champagnes, and spirits. The shop buys directly from the best vintners and perfectly controlled cellars in order to offer rare and unique vintages. 

Wine Palace Monte-Carlo

Yacht Club de Monaco

Quai Louis II – Monaco

Contacts

contact@winepalacemontecarlo.com

+377 97 77 05 05

SHOPPING

APM MONACO: Meteorites

April 10, 2018

Double Meteorites Bracelet, elegant and sparkling

Inspired by Monaco and the South of France, APM Monaco is a brand of contemporary jewelry with a touch of Monte Carlo chic. This bracelet from their signature Meteorites collection sports double stars designed with a trendy, modern touch, perfect to wear every day.

Key points: A slender bracelet with two sparking meteorite stars. 

Plus: Wear this bracelet with the Meteorites cuff for a totally elegant look!

Characteristics: Double Meteorites Bracelet (adjustable length to 24cm), sterling silver, sparkling zircons in a pavé setting.

Price: 95 €

Points of sale: 

ST-BARTH : Fabienne Miot, 12 Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO: APM, Le Métropole, 17 Avenue des Spélugues

GENEVA: APM, 8 Passage des Lions

SHOPPING

Diesel Black Gold: Lymbo

April 10, 2018

Street Cool

Embracing the new look of Techno-Grunge, the Diesel Black Gold 2018 Spring/Summer collection reveals the utilitarian spirit of the brand, and borrows a strong dose of street cool this season.

Shades of navy and turquoise inject a sensation of fresh, breezy air into this Lymbo leather jacket. Patches and rivets add to the look of street chic.

Characteristics: Cowhide, made in Italy

Key points: The contrasting seams and zipper add nuances to the colors.

Plus: The perfect jacket to pair with thick-soled shoes or hiking boots to accentuate its urban style 

Price: 1,895 euros

Points of sale: 

MONACO: Diesel, 15 Rue Grimaldi

GENEVA: 

Diesel, Rue Croix D'or 27

Diesel, c/o Centre Commercial Balexert, Avenue Louis-Casai 27

SHOPPING

Akris: Anouk

April 6, 2018

A new leather envelope clutch

Among the new arrivals in the 2018 Akris Cruise Collection, we have fallen in love with the new Anouk envelope clutch. The trapezoid design has a large flap adorned with a toggle lock. Inside contains several compartments. 

Key points: In deep red or lily pink, this small leather envelope has a detachable silver-tone strap and brightens up your favorite outfits.

Plus: The adjustable strap can be made shorter for a more elegant look.

Characteristics: 100% calfskin, Cervo Nappa leather, 7.5” X 4.5” X 1.5” 

Price: 973 €

Point of sale: 

MONACO: Akris, Pavillons de Monte Carlo, Place du Casino

DESIGN

Aston Martin: The new Vantage

April 4, 2018

The Successor To A True Sports Car Dynasty 

“A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin that pure driving-machine enthusiasts have been waiting for,” declares Dr Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin.

With the complete integration of the engine, transmssion, electronic rear differential (E-Diff), dynamic torque vectoring, dynamic stability control, adaptive damping and the electric power-steering systems, each mode optimizes every area of the car as one. 

With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becoming progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience - a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on the track. 

Exterior Design 

A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Interior Design

The incredible design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high-waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise, the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.

Price: 155 294 € 

Key points: With a bold new look, as well as a high-effiiency performance,  the brand new Vantage has an alloy 4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that generates 503 horsepower and 505 lb/feet of torque; 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Plus: For the first time on an Aston Martin, the new Vantage has an electronic rear differential (E-Diff) (E-Diff). This differential not only makes the car more comfortable but also more composed in terms of straight-line stability and on curves.

Points of sale :

MONACO: Aston Martin, 23 Boulevard d'Italie

DESIGN

Sabrina Monte-Carlo

March 28, 2018

“Perfection Lies In The Details”

Experts for interior and exterior design for the past 20 years, Sabrina Monte-Carlo provides a large selection of furniture, lighting, fabric, linens for the home, tableware, and decorative objects from the world’s leading brands. Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino, principal designer at Sabrina Monte-Carlo, and her staff have completed numerous projects from conception to completion: homes, chalets, yachts, and private jets.

What is your primarily area of design?

Sabrina Monte-Carlo provides a solution for those who are seeking excellence and want to stand out in every sense. That is why we provide our clients with a selection of the best products from the world’s top luxury brands from interior and exterior furniture to fine tableware, and accessories. By collaborating with these brands, we are able to offer our exacting clients an absolute elegance, unexpected combinations, and personalized designs, and no matter where you are, luxury is universal. 

What is your source of inspiration? 

I start from a simple concept: every client is unique and the design and accessories selected should take that into account. Certain clients know exactly what they want, which helps facilitate our task. Others give us carte blanche. That’s very exciting and it’s also a real challenge for us to fully understand the needs of our clients. In every case, we always offer our expertise and provide advice in the choice of different materials available, colors, textures, the art of mixing styles, the latest trends, and finally, technical questions. For example, aboard yachts due to strict regulations and the salty humid environment, certain standard materials can absolutely not be used.

How different is one project from another?

There are as many clients as there are projects. We strive to provide that which best reflects the personal taste and needs of the client. The key is the ultimate satisfaction of the client. All of our projects are interesting but I have to admit that yachts are always my favorite. Everything aboard a yacht must be thought out in advance. For example, the furniture must remain immobile while the yacht navigates through all kinds of bad weather. Numerous other factors must also be taken into account during the design process. Numerous other factors should be account for at the conception stage as well. Fabrics must be flame retardant, there must be sufficient storage space, and the colors on the inside and outside must be coherent to create a sensation of prolonging the interior spaces…

How much time does it take to complete a project? 

The length of a project depends on the project itself. For a 90-meter yacht, it could take us several months. On the other hand, a two-room apartment could be finalized in just a few weeks.

What are the different steps of a project?

Every project starts with a face-to-face conversation with the client. It is very important to understand their tastes and their lifestyle. The most essential thing is to know who they plan to use their property. For example, is a yacht designed for private cruising or will there be business meetings, will it sail more in the summer or the winter, do the clients have small children…

Key points: The success of their work rests on the much quoted aphorism by Michelangelo, describing the inspiration that motivated his endless quest for excellence: “Perfection lies in the details.”

Plus: Having designed more than 90 yachts, Sabrina Monte-Carlo is renowned for their knowledge and expertise in the world of yachting. Every project includes close collaboration with the shipyard, the naval architects, and the best-known designers.

Showrooms: 

MONACO: 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 39 Avenue Princesse Grace 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 42 Boulevard des Moulins

Contacts: 

contact@sabrinamontecarlo.com

+377 97 97 57 60

+377 97 70 44 97

 

Interviewed - Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino, Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Photos ©Yvan GRUBSKI / courtesy Sabrina Monte-Carlo

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