Putting on the glitz
Christmas is coming and, just in time, opulence is back. Dressing up is so all the rage that it’s as if boho chic never existed. And this mood has spread into interiors, from the large statements (Baker’s Constellation mirror; Florence Broadhurst’s flamboyant wallpapers) to the finer details (where you put your jewellery; how you take your chocolate). Indulge yourself
Leather – how much do we love it? A lot, it turns out. A pair of leather shoes is always great, but oh, for a leather floor! Plain leather looks great until you see acres of stingray skin or snakeskin… Luckily, Alma’s embossed crocodile-finish leather floor tiles, originally designed for the Blue Bar in the Berkeley Hotel, are now available in four colours, to order by the metre. If a leather floor is beyond your budget, a stingray-skin vase or coaster will provide the necessary fix.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, aren’t these the most gorgeous lights of all? If you have the luxury of space, scatter them everywhere – although just one is enough to light up your Christmas season. Now you can do away with all those pine needles and shattered multi-coloured baubles…
On top of the world
Nothing beats a five-star hotel in an exotic place in the middle of winter. Nothing, that is, apart from a wonderfully secluded, extra-luxurious, super-grand five-star hotel that offers fabulous extras. Sandy Lane in Barbados has a private villa for hire. A techies heaven, it features nine plasma screens and 31 speakers for surround-sound, inside and coconut oil in hair out. Four members of staff are also on hand to meet your every need — probably vital to help you turn on all that equipment… Not to be out done, the new villas at Ocean Club in the Bahamas provide guests with iPods, loaded with the music of their choice. Meanwhile, for snow-lovers, there’s Ferme de Moudon in the French ski resort of Les Gets, which comes stocked with lashings of Veuve Clicquot and Jo Malone products.
It used to be that you visited your private club when you couldn’t quite face a busy restaurant or a night on the tiles. No longer. This month saw the opening of FIFTY, a private club in west London incorporating a restaurant, bar, nightclub and casino. A fleet of Bentleys ensure that guests arrive and depart in style . If you’re not the gambling type, the recently refurbished MORTONS offers guests a bar and restaurant with a 2,300-bin wine list, and private glass-walled dining room. And for the ultimate in exclusivity, there’s the SETAI CLUB, whose founders include Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz and Alexandre von Furstenberg. For $300,000 initially, then $8,000 per year, members can stay at any Setai property around the world. With membership by invitation only, one can but hope…