We know you got cash and aren't afraid to drop it on whatever you want. However, no one wants to be mislead or ripped off. When it comes to all inclusive resorts it seems that nearly each resort has a different definition of the words "all inclusive" and you really never know what you're getting. Thankfully there's a site called Everything Resorts that helps you make sense out of what is actually included. They review each resort's list of what's included, post a number of photos of the resort and help you make a more informed decision when you're looking for a truly all inclusive vacation experience.
The exquisite Kona Coffee from Hawaii is like no other. Though expensive, the true coffee connoisseur is sure to be impressed by these very special beans, which are some of the most sought-after and reputable in the world.
Kona Coffee is unique because it only comes from the Kona Coast of Big Island, Hawaii, and its taste is particular to this area's growing capabilities. There are only a few farms that have the ability to grow Kona Coffee, and most of them have been owned by the same families for decades. This specific environment is situated on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains, where morning sun is followed by afternoon cloud coverage, and the mineral-rich volcanic ash in the soil create perfect coffee-growing conditions. This plant was originally brought into the Kona region of Hawaii in 1828 from Brazilian cuttings, but the ecology of its growing region are what make it special.
Kona Coffee is graded, and then handpicked before it is pulped, dried and hulled. The coffee beans are then assorted according to size and shape. When Kona Coffee beans are roasted, this is executed in a very involved but artistic manner, whether it is into a dark or medium roast.
When you're looking for the best coffee on earth, be sure to give Kona Coffee a try. Here is a handy list of places you can buy Kona coffee.
Bose Lifestyle Stereo Systems are a line that began in the early 1990s, starting out with systems that could play music from the radio and CDs. Since then, these stereo systems have evolved greatly. Today, the systems are able to bring music, movies, video games and television to their users with intense surround sound.
These Lifestyle Stereo Systems all operate through technology that is easy to understand. The models provide onscreen messages while their users are setting the systems up, as well as easy remote control navigation menus for setup and further usage.
In terms of serious surround sound, the Bose Lifestyle Stereo Sytems use ADAPTiQ technology, which is a patented system that allows everyone their personal flexibility while ensuring enhanced performance of the media. Users can wear headphones and test out the different tones and work with the technology to manipulate the perfect audio experience.
All of the different models also use the Acoustimass bass module, with five speakers. Bose adapted the technology to work with DVD players back in 2001. These systems today can all scan DVD players, CD players, AM/FM radios and universal remotes.
The latest version that Bose came out with was the Lifestyle V-Class system, which was brought out in 2007. This system is different because it comes without an internal CD/DVD player. The difference between the different V-Class models come down to the speakers.
Maui is a Hawaiian island, often deemed by visitors as a tropical paradise. Maui vacation rentals are easy to research, as there are many options whether people are looking for condos, houses, cottages, hotels, resorts or anything else.
Maui has all sorts of facilities for nature lovers on land, including coastlines, caves, lava flows, water falls and overlooks. There are many amenities for biking, hiking and general exploration. Of course Maui is surrounded by water, so there are ample resources for activities like jet skiing, snorkeling, para sailing, kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing, wind surfing, fishing and deep sea diving. Or, there is always just laying around on the beach.
The towns of Maui are built up for all sorts of visitors. Kahului is the town with the main international airport, as well as where many cruise ships dock. Ma'alaea is the town with lots of resources for snorkel and dive trips, while Ka'anapali is full of luxury resorts and nightlife. Lahaina is on the western part of the island, and is full of art galleries, museums, shows, luau, dining and some historic tours.
Whatever type of luxury Maui excursion you are looking for, there are sure to be much comfort in your accomodations, and then loads of stimulation from the outside natural and cultural sources!
As the holidays near, I am starting to plan (er, have my people plan for me) what holiday dinners around our estate will be about. I get tired of the same old ham/turkey/whatever that seems to be the predominant theme around this time of year, and have been investigating different options.
What I've come up with for this year is a stockpile of King Crab Legs and Beef Tenderloin: A great surf & turf combo with the best of the sea and the best of the land. Lobster in my mind is over rated, especially those tiny little tails. I'm talking massive, colossal king crab legs, the kind where they weigh over 2lbs per leg!
As far as cooking them, Maurice, our chef will probably throw these legs under the broiler with some seasoning and butter. I'm still thinking about what to have as sides so if anyone has thoughts, we'd love to hear them.
Have an abundance of beautiful jewelery that needs to be cleaned? Don't trust doing it yourself, or handing your precious jewels to someone else? Hammacher Schlemmer has invited a tidy machine that will help maintain the shine and prestige of your gold, silver and platinum accessories.
This item is appropriately named “The Best Ultrasonic Jewelery Cleaner.” The Hammacher Schlemmer performed a series of tests and experiments, with this one as the sole winner for effectiveness and ease of use. It is very effective because it generates 42,000 Hz of ultrasonic sound waves meant to clear off any dust or loose particles from various articles of jewelry in its 16-ounce stainless steel tank. You do not have to be insanely technology literate to utilize the machine. It has an easily comprehensible maximum fill line, which you can fill with regular tap water.
The Best Ultrasonic Jewelery Cleaner comes with a three-minute auto-shutoff setting, as well as a viewing window. There is a light inside of it, so you can keep an eye on your jewelery and watch how it's doing. Because it is ultrasonic, this machine is very quiet, so it won't be a nuisance to have around.
In addition to precious metals, you can use this jewelery cleaner on gems, waterproof watches, CDs, dentures and eye glasses!
- Plugs into AC
- 8” Length x 6.5” Width x 5.25” Depth
- Lifetime guarantee
- Price: $59.95
Purchase: Hammacher Schlemmer
The Royal Hotel is one of the great ways to tour the world-renowned Parisian lifestyle. It is located in the center of the city, in walking distance from the Avenue de Champs des Elysses, the Grand Palias and a luxury shopping area. The hotel combines the beauty of nineteenth-century aspects with modern comfort and interior design. The hotel also offers a bar, parking, concierge services, a business center and currency exchange.
The Royal Hotel contains 58 rooms, that are known to combine elegance and refinement. Thirty of these rooms have an aesthetically pleasing view of the Arc de Triomphe. All of these rooms are air conditioned, have cable/satellite TV, a minibar, room service, a personal safety box, a telephone and a hairdryer. All have a gorgeous marble bath and shower, and have free WiFi.
A Classic Room is the most standard room in the hotel. Even so, it measures between 15-20 meters square, and overlooks the hotel’s patio. They are located on the Rue de Chateaubriand. A Superior Room is the next step up, with the size of 25-30 meters square. You can get a double bed, or two single beds, and get an extra bed set up on request. They are located on the Avenue de Friedland, a few meters from the Arc de Triomphe. The Chamber Executive is top-notch. It offers a view of the Arc de Triomphe, and the bright lights of Paris. It is 35-40 meters square, and has either a large bed or two double beds, extra bed available on request.
Rates differ depending on when you come and what room you stay in. A popular deal is the “Romantic Weekend” for 169 € / night in a Classic Room and 199 € / night in a Superior Room. It includes one buffet breakfast per person, and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Perfect for luxurious honeymoons or anniversaries!
Gucci is an Italian fashion company based out of Florence, Italy. The company was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci. The products range today anywhere from handbags, to shoes and to fragrance.
Gucci Flora is a floral fragrance, appropriately named. It is a brand new perfume for women, and combines elements of the designer’s glamorous past and spontaneous present. It is inspired by Gucci’s famous Flora pattern, which was designed onto a scarf for Princess Grace of Monaco in 1966. This is the first time such a style debuts in black and white.
The perfume itself is made of Rose and Osmanthus flowers from China. The Rose brings out light and fruity flavor, complimented by the stronger, velvety Osmanthus. It also includes fresh citrus and peony, which are more fresh. It is topped off with Sandalwood and Patchouli, which are then more deep and heavy. It is quite the sophisticated scent.
The Flora bottle has a hexagonal shape of glass, along with a black ribbon tied into a bow, as well as a gold logo with Guccio Gucci’s signature.
Purchase: Sephora. It retails for $52-$90, depending on size.
Gucci’s Envy Me is a less epic, more up-front fragrance that grabs people’s attention. It comes in a cute, tall, thin, pink bottle. Very pop-art looking!
Envy Me combines a scent of seasonal peony, jasmine and pink pepper. It is accented with notes of sweet litchi, pomegranate, pineapple, as well as white tea and warming woods. It combines such scents of fruit and flowers from far East and tropical places, perfect for standing out. Envy Me can be soft and feminine, or flirty and girly, depending on what you wear it with.
Purchase: Sephora. It retails for $45-$85, depending on size.
The Rochard Limonges boxes and assorted gifts are genuine works of unique art. Experienced craftspeople hand make these unique products very meticulously, from a hand carved mold. They are put against fire at a very hot temperature, to make them hard, then hand painted with many colors, such as 22 karat gold. Afterwards, they are put under fire again again, sometimes for a few times, until they are perfectly shaped. They are then mounted on a metal hinge and clasp to be finalized.
The Rochard Corkscrew of Platinum is one of the finest corkscrews in the world. It is easy to use, and coated with platinum, with a small ring with a small handcrafted grapes sculpture around it. It is the perfect and practical accessory to fine wine drinking. It is much easier than buying one of those huge corkscrews that takes many unnecessary steps to enjoy your wine.
Purchase: Ground Strike.
The Rochard Company is from a tiny 18th Century French city, Limoges. Rochard, Inc, has been importing fine gift ware of porcelain, gold and platinum for over a quarter century. They are most famous for porcelain boxes for items like jewelery boxes and general domestic decorations. Since it is great gift ware, they also carry beautiful holiday and religious decorative items.