Wonderful Art Hotels

art hotel

The most refined guests will have a pleasant experience if they visit an Art Hotel like the ones we mention below. These are wonderful places where you can not only enjoy the comforts provided by a relaxed and luxurious stay in these establishments, but you can also be immersed in an original atmosphere. As you will see, art is not something exclusive to museums. 

The Surrey, New York

Its 5 star rating is not only due to its fantastic amenities and facilities, but also derives from the art collection that it houses. It is one of the largest collections in the Big Apple. The Art Deco merges with designs from the 90s. For example, Chuck Close’s Kate Moss tapestry stands out. The room price is around 480 Euros per night.

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma

In this establishment you can find renowned great artists works in the contemporary art world, especially Italian. In addition to permanent decoration, it is common to find temporary exhibitions. Guests who wish to buy the artworks are also provided assistance service in the purchase of the piece. You can spend a night at this place from 342 Euros .

Hotel Éclat, Pekín

Art and luxury go hand in hand in this Chinese Art Hotel. Its collection comprises of more than 100 artworks that are distributed between the common areas and the rooms. Here, you’ll find paintings and sculptures by world-renowned artists such as Wharhol, Zhang Guolang or Chen Wen Ling. Also, if you are a lover of Dalí’s surrealism, here you will find the largest collection in China. You can spend the night in this place for 258 per room per night.

The Art, Denver

This hotel has not one but two art galleries inside. Rated with five stars, its corridors and rooms are museums. Its star piece is an artistic installation with more than 22,000 lights. In fact, the hotel combines art and technology to offer a unique crossover. The stay at their facilities costs 198 Euros per night.

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville

It is a renovated warehouse in Louisville. With this information, it may not seem a very appealing place to spend your time, however, once you enter the Art Hotel, you will find that staying here it has been a great decision. The place is not only a hotel but also a contemporary art museum. The outstanding installation “Asleep in the Cyclone” is located in the basement of the hotel,. You can admire it and live an artistic experience, but the space is also a room. Do not miss the exclusive fabrics and woods that make it up, or the sculptures that surround it. You can spend the night at the hotel for 200 Euros.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

If you want to stay in an artistic but stunning hotel, this is undoubtedly what you’re looking for. This establishment is located at the heart of the former public library of Amsterdam. An Alice in Wonderland theme inspires its decoration. Therefore, bright colors and elements of surreal sizes are the protagonists. In this hotel you can enjoy a video art collection of more than 40 video works of art that are screened in the hallways, lounge and lobby walls. From 338€ per night you can spend the night here.

South Place Hotel, London

If we talk about art and elegance we should not overlook this London hotel where more than 80 avant-garde works of great quality are united. They can be seen all over its facilities, from the lobby to the restaurants. For example, it counts with popart prints by John Vincent Aranda or artworks from the Hoxton Art Gallery. Incidentally, it should be recalled that this hotel holds an annual Prize competition in which recent graduates of London art schools participate. The winner can show his works in the hotel’s front window. Spending the night here will cost around  226 €.

New Art Hotel de Atenas

It is known for its environmental awareness, considering that it was built in a sustainable way and with recycled material. The personality of the Art Hotel is evident in each of its corners, since they are committed to local tradition, not only in its architecture but also in the art collections that they exhibit inside. The room costs 163 € per night.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Its owners’ true love for art, has turned this hotel in one of the best art gallery that can be found in Japan and, of course, it is very extensive, and it is comprised of more than 1000 artworks. They also organize artistic tours around the city to which guests can sign up. You can spend the night here for 484 € / night.

Le Palais Art Hotel, Praga

In the center of the European continent we find this fantastic Czech hotel. Its architecture is a reference of the Belle Époque but also has amazing paintings hanging on its walls. It also has the largest graphic collection of Le Corbusier of Europe. Visit it for 223 € / night


If you still want to discover more about an art hotel in Spain, we encourage you to visit:

The One Barcelona Hotel: In all its rooms (over 100) and common areas there are original artworks by artists such as Fernando Prats, Antonio Tàpies, Manolo Valdés, Yago Hortal or Manolo Ballesteros. Also in Barcelona, the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas stands out, famous for its art video screenings. Finally, we suggest the Pavilio Madrid, recently opened in 2018. This hotel seeks to offer a high level experience to all its guests. You will enjoy its art gallery and, at the same time, you can buy the works that decorate common areas and its 28 rooms.

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Top sailing yatch racing events in Spain in 2019

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A selected group of institutions constitutes the most exclusive and prestigious yacht clubs in the world. With many years of experience in the industry, they have organized sailing competitions and promoted excellence, precision and team spirit. Over time these entities have been associated with similar sponsors, such as Rolex, which has been sponsoring this type of yatching events for several years.

This kind of navigation was born in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. However, it was Charles II, King of England, who turned it into a sport in his country and made possible the celebration of sailing competitions after returning from exile in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the first recorded race took place on the River Thames, between Greenwich and Gravesend.

 

These clubs are:

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB

Firstly, we have the New York Yacht Club.

Since 1844 it has played a significant role in the world of sailing competitions. In 1866  it hosted the first transatlantic regatta, the Transatlantic Race. This club has two large headquarters facilities. On the one hand, the social clubhouse, which is located on 44th street in New York since 1901 and it is a well-known Beaux-Arts style building declared National Historic Landmark; on the other hand, the sport clubhouse, which was founded in 1987 in Harbor Court (Newport, Rhode Island). In 2008 it celebrated half a century of Rolex sponsorship. It has the longest-lasting association with the firm in the field of sailing.

ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON

In 1833 it became the Royal Yacht Squadron by  command of King William IV. The club is most closely associated with the British Royal Family and it is under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh, is the Admiral of the club.  Firstly, in 1826, RYS decided to organize regular regattas at the Cowes headquarters. Later, in the 1830s it created the first ocean regatta, and in the 1840s it admitted the first American member . The Royal Yacht Squadron also became the second sailing partner of Rolex, after the NYYC, in the 1980s.

ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was created in 1925, to encourage “long distances sailing competitions, as well as the design, building and navigation of vessels that combine speed and nautical skills”. That means that the club, with activities all over the world, is a strong international organisation. It celebrated its 90th year in 2015 and it is considered a leader in the organization and promotion of offshore regattas due to the development of safety standards.

 CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF AUSTRALIA

A sailing-enthusiast group founded The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in 1944. Later, the club built a global reputation excellence in the organization of sailing competitions and maritime safety.

 YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA

Regarding the YCCS located northeast of the Sardinian Smeralda coast and the famous archipelago of La Magdalena, it is a fascinating place to enjoy the spirit of sailing because their surrounding waters are considered as one of the most beautiful and challenging sailing scenarios on the planet by the sailing community.

ROYAL MALTA YACHT CLUB

It has its roots in the strong relationship between the inhabitants of Malta and the sea. It has a small group of members. However, they actively support sports. In 1968, the RMYC created the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB

The RHKYC, one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Hong Kong, is a cosmopolitan organization.

YACHT CLUB ITALIANO

His reputation comes from the organization of national and international regattas. Besides, one of the Giraglia Rolex Cup’s founders was Beppe Croce, president of the International Sailing Federation.

 SOCIÉTÉ NAUTIQUE DE SAINT-TROPEZ

The Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez is one of the most active clubs in the Mediterranean, involved in the organization of more than 15 sailing events each year. The most famous are the Giraglia Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, an event filled with respect for sailing tradition.


YACHT CLUB DE MONACO

Prince Rainier founded  The Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM). This event took place in June 2014, on the occasion of its new headquarters’ inauguration. The motto of the Yacht Club de Monaco is ” One Spirit, One Team, One Club”. Perfection in the “art de vivre la mer” is a necessary requirement in order to be a member of this club. On the other hand, the new clubhouse, designed by Lord Norman Foster, is a striking example of club ideals.

Finally, here you can find a summary of relevant sailing competitions in Spain for this 2019:

 

SAILING: TROFEO PRINCESA SOFÍA. PALMA.

SAILING: REGATA RUTA DE LA SAL. EIVISSA.

SAILING: PALMAVELA. PALMA.

SAILING: REGATA COPA DEL REY MAPFRE. PALMA.

SAILING: TROFEO S. M. LA REINA. VALENCIA.

SAILING: COPA GITANA. GETXO.

WINDSURF: GRAND SLAM DE SOTAVENTO. PÁJARA.

SAILING: COPA DEL REY DE BARCOS DE ÉPOCA. VELA CLÁSICA MENORCA. MAÓ. 

SAILING: TROFEO PRÍNCIPE DE ASTURIAS. BAIONA.

SAILING: TROFEO CIUTAT DE PALMA. PALMA.

SAILING: SEMANA NÁUTICA “CIUDAD DE MELILLA”

SAILING: REGATA CHRISTMAS RACE

 

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The most prestigious beauty salons in the country

Beauty salon

Taking care of yourself is important and finding the right beauty salon is far from simple at times. It also depends a lot on what you’re looking for. There are various beauty centres that offer different techniques, facials and body treatments, hair products… We need to try some beauty centres before finding the right one.

In addition to having appropriate and successful treatments, one of the most important factors to choose the ideal place is that it should be pleasant. In other words, it must have an efficient and friendly staff. To make easier the search for the perfect place, in iLuxenio we have selected the best beauty salons in the country. Do not miss it!

Carmen Navarro 

It is known for being the aesthetics centre of celebrities. They have been more than 40 years dedicated to this profession which has made it an indisputable reference. That is why many women and men are faithful to their treatments. In its centre you will find the latest in aesthetics and beauty treatments. They also have their own cosmetic line focused on rejuvenating every person that visit the beauty salon If you want to visit them, you will find their centres at José Ortega y Gasset Street, 23, Madrid; at Rosario Street, 4, Sevilla, and also at Cirilo Amorós Street in Valencia.

Nenha

On the other hand, we find this beauty salon specialized in nails, manicure and everything related to nail art. They offer a personalized service and attractive facilities. You will find them only in Madrid at Jorge Juan Street, 64, Madrid (Salamanca neighborhood) and at 49 Hernani Street, Madrid (Nuevos Ministerios).

MylittleMomó

Its slogan is “We do not remember days, we remember moments”. It is a very special beauty salon with a well thought aesthetic touch. They do all kind of beauty treatments, manicures, pedicures and they even organize beauty parties on demand

You will find this beauty centre at Villanueva Street, 21 in Madrid.

Carmen Sarmiento

Another prestigious place, but in the city of Seville, is Carmen Sarmiento. This salon offers you a new level in beauty and wellness. You will feel comfortable and will project a better image of yourself to become more self assured, self confident, and with higher self-esteem. The objective of Carmen Sarmiento is to improve the aesthetic appearance, highlighting each woman and man’s beauty, in a natural way without artifice. You will find it at Marqués de Paradas street, 37, Sevilla

Nasei 

It isn’t the typical beauty salon since it is specialized in bio products and focused on natural beauty. It also has a store of organic products. You can’t miss this! It is at Particular de Indautxu Street, 2, 48011 Bilbao, Bizkaia

Centro Estético Mariche Correcher

Their work philosophy is based on personalized treatments and the use of avant-garde techniques. Mariche Correcher opts for non-invasive natural and body treatments.

For example, they have the Liposonix treatment.

It is a non-surgical treatment suitable for those people who, exercise and eat healthy, but can’t eliminate that extra centimetres in the problematic areas. They are located at Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 20, 1º, 1, 46005 Valencia.

Benestar

It is another most recommended beauty salon, located in Barcelona, with 15 years of research on body care. They are always adapted to the latest technologies. They have several centres in Barcelona: at Travessera de Gràcia, 69,  at Negrevernis, 4 and at Valencia, 238.

Centro de Estética Glam

We continue with Glam Aesthetic Center. They have an avant-garde and offer a completely professional service specialized in the care of hands and feet. They also offer another type of treatment such as facials, body treatments, wax, photodepilation, photorejuvenation and pressotherapy.

The beauty salon is located at C / Juan Flórez, Nº 83, La Coruña.

Clínica Roch

Another outstanding centre in Seville is Clinica Roch, which is specialized in medicine and aesthetic surgery. They have a team of well renowned professionals in the cosmetics sector. If you are looking for something like this, you can pay them a visit at Trastamara Street, 26.

Lola García Salón de Belleza

They stand out for their experience on image consulting and hair styling. In addition, they offer their customers a wide range of hair treatments. They are located at Poeta Aurora de Albornoz, 2, Málaga.

L´essència de Hebe 

Finally we would like to talk about Hebe. It is an ecological cosmetics centre. They also organize beauty parties to create your own cosmetics. It is at Dr. Just street nº 40 Alicante. Likewise, they are always looking for the essence of beauty through the power of plants by designing personalized treatments with mostly organic products of natural origin.

It is said that the Olympian gods owed their eternal youth to the nectar that Hebe poured into their glasses every day. It is said that the drink consisted of a mixture of wine, herbs and flowers that the goddess secretly prepared. This is the essence that this beauty salon pursues.

 

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Best jewellery brands in Spain

jewellery brands

In recent years different jewelry and costume jewellery Spanish made brands  have appeared on the market to join other jewellery brands with extensive experience in the industry. All in all, we find a wide range of possibilities to choose our favourite accessories made in our country. As we mentioned in our previous post where to buy the best diamonds.  On this occasion we recommend you the best jewellery shops where you can acquire beautiful accessories without leaving Spain.

  1. Tous

As it cannot be otherwise, we will start talking about the mythical jewellery brand Tous.  This family business has been making jewellery since the 20s. The Tous bear has become its emblem. It combine its classic style and artisan techniques  with the cutting-edge technologies. The prestige of the brand knows no borders. They are present in a large number of international locations such as Russia, different areas of Asia, Latin America, the United States and, of course, Spain. Besides, it is one of the Spanish firms within the Top-100 global luxury  list. Their products range from bracelets or women’s chokers to jewellery for men. We can also find watches, bags and other accessories.

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Via: Tous

  1. PD Paola

It is a millennial-focused brand. This young firm, started in 2014, opts for striking and modern designs. Instagram is full of photos with their products and it has already reached the 215K.  Within its many collections,  “ANIMALS”, with animal face pendants stands out. It is inspired by a trip to South Africa the designer made. His earcuffs with precious stones are especially popular. Although you can buy them on the online site, there are also two physical stores in Barcelona. 

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Via: PD Paola

  1. Masami

If you like accessories adapted to everyday life, yours and anyone else’s, we recommend the Masami catalogue. Precisely, everyday life is Amaia Torrontegui’s main inspiration, who is behind these fantastic products. The use of unique pieces, noble materials such as sterling silver, sterling silver covered with gold and natural gems defined it personality . They are unique because you can customize your jewel with the material, colour of the stone and size of your choice.

jewellery brands

Via: Masami

  1. Dime que me quieres

This jewellery brand, created by Eva Verdeal, keeps all its production in Spain. Its pieces are sterling silver plated with 3 microns of 18kl gold. Some are even enameled by hand. His style is based on nature, delicate geometry, vintage and romantic, as its brand name suggests. As in the previous one, you can customize your own creations. The main designs are for engraving jewels where you can choose the right font and your message to express what you have in mind. Flora ring is one of  the most desired pieces. In total, they have 5 physical stores in Madrid and Bilbao.

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Via: Dime que me quieres

  1. Beatriz Palacios

Its collections include pieces of all kinds that have been designed to suit everyone’s tastes. They range from minimalist to striking but all of them special and charming. Her designer, trained as an engineer, decided to head for adventure to carry her creations forward. Beatriz Palacios signature jewellery piece is safety pin jewels, and we find them in apparent products such as brooches but also in other more surprising pieces as chokers.

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Via: Beatriz Palacios

  1. Majorica

This is one of the oldest jewellery brands in the country. Born in 1890, the company from Mallorca soon took the leap and landed on Fifth Avenue in New York. It became famous thanks to the launch of an exquisite pearl necklace. It is currently focused on the manufacture of jewellery, pearls and accessories. Thanks to its years on the top, the brand is now a synonym of class and trajectory. A safe bet for your jewels.

jewellery brands

Via: Majorica

  1. Aristocrazy

With less than 10 years of history, this jewellery  brand has become one of the references in the Spanish market for its exclusivity, quality and design terms. This is an innovative project managed by the third generation of the Suárez family, famous for leading the Suárez group for more than 75 years. Juan, Emiliano Suárez’s nephew, is responsible for carrying this new brand forward. In fact, it already has around a hundred sale points all over the world. You can find necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings in its catalogue, where the Ear-Jackets stand out. It also has a line of watches.

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Via: Aristocrazy

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The biggest car collectors in the world

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Today we would like to tell you about the best collectors in the world. They own a millionaire car collection, something afforded to very few people.

This list brings together ten celebrities from the world of motor, who have collected the best collections of automobiles in the world.

Miles Collier

He was born into a car-enthusiast family, and they encouraged his passion for cars throughout his entire life. His father and his uncle introduced sports car racing  to the United States and  encouraged Miles Collier’s passion for racing. His favorite brand is Porsche and the most interesting piece of his collection is a 1955 Jaguar D-Type.

Fred Simeone

He is a retired neurosurgeon, born in Pennsylvania. His father was not only the one who promoted his interest in cars, as he always went to scrapyards with him, but also the one who gave him his first car. Simeone is a great fan of Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Ferrari models, and his collection’s most interesting piece is an 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A.

 

Evert Louwman

He grew up with a father who worked at a car dealership. His father founded a car dealership company and later on started a classic car collection. Evert expanded the great collection of his father. Lancia, Lagonda and Jaguar are his favorite brands, and the 1953 Lancia D23 Spin Pininfarina is his collection’s most valuable piece. 

car collection

Peter W. Mullin

He successfully founded a company in which he serves as its chairman. His fondness of cars, especially French cars, began long before his business career. In fact, he has a predilection for Bugatti and Delahaye, and a spectacular 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is his most prized possession.

 Ralph Lauren

It is impossible not to know the name of Ralph Lauren for his fashion designs, for being a successful businessman, or for being an ardent classic car collector. Ferrari and Bugatti are his favorite brands and a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK ‘Count Trossi’  is his collection’s most interesting piece.

 

Arturo Keller

He is a key figure in the world of classic car collectors. His collection isn’t open to the public, but it is known that the most interesting piece of his collection is a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS Erdmann & Rossi. However Keller also feels admiration for Bugatti and Mercedes models.

car collection

Larry Auriana

This man held some executive positions during his professional career. He feels great passion for classic cars. He bought his first car when he was only 12 years old. Currently, he owns probably the most important Maserati collection in the world. In addition to the models of the company of the trident logo (he has a 1929 Maserati V4 Sport 16 Cylinder Zagato, his more interesting piece), he also feels a special predilection for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

 

Sam Walton

He is a businessman. He was Chairman of Walmart (an American multinational retail corporation). His collection focuses on sports and racing cars of the 50s and 60s. His passion for racing on track has allowed him to gather a spectacular collection of Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche. In fact, his collection’s most interesting piece is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

 

Albert Spiess

Over the last 40 years, he has collected a large car collection, one of the most amazing ones in the world. His collection consists of prototypes, concept cars, and unique and limitededition models. made by the most famous designers and manufacturers in the world. His favorite brands are Lamborghini and Aston Martin, and his most popular car is a 1967 Lamborghini Marzal.

 

Anthony ‘Tony’ Wang

He is the former president of Computer Associates International Inc, also known as CA Technologies. It is one of the largest software companies in the world. He was born in Shanghai in the early 1940s, Wang has a predilection for classic Ferrari cars. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is his collection’s most interesting piece

But how to distinguish the best car collectors when there are so many four-wheel-treasures in the world? Check this link with a list of the 5 most important world collectors. Their private collections, most of them open to the public, exhibit unique jewels. These are quoted by the most prestigious auction houses. At the top 5 of Classic Car Trust ranking we find not very well-known names, among which stands out the prestigious designer Ralph Lauren, as we have previously mentioned.

 

However, any motor enthusiast should know the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the largest car collection in the world.

 

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Best Home Decor Gifts for Christmas

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Christmas day is gone but, as we did previously with some tips for decorating your home, now that Three Kings Day is coming, we are willing to give you some advices. This special season reminds us of not only getting our home ready to welcome friends and family, but of looking for and buying presents for them. Sometimes this task isn’t simple and we are always tormented by the thought of them not liking it. To lend you a hand and while  carrying on with the decoration subject, today we propose the most exclusive decoration gifts you can buy this Christmas.

As Three Kings or Secret Santa gift, it doesn’t matter how do you use these tips, but if you follow them your presents will draw people’s attention. Why? Because we recommend you turn to the main brands in the world of luxury decoration to find them. Be sure you don’t miss it!

Tiffany Studios

It is difficult to choose a single gift within the great catalogue that this established brand offers. If we had to mention some of them, we recommend you their porcelain objects as cups, plates and teapots; their glassware product such as glasses, bowls, jugs and candelabra; and sterling silver products like cutlery. The mohair teddy bear with felt paws and a sterling silver tag (made by the prestigious brand Steiff) will not only be perfect for decorating children bedroom but also an ideal playmate.

If you opt for a really Christmas gift, the tree ornaments of the firm are the most sophisticated. We highlight for example the American walnut and sterling silver stars. 

Gucci

In recent years numerous fashion brands such as Loewe or Dolce and Gabbana have opened their possibilities to decoration. Gucci, also associated to the fashion world, was not going to fall behind. The Italian brand has a wide range of decoration products that could be what you are looking for. If any of the gifts is for a person who loves flowers, the vases of this firm are extremely original. Besides, their printed velvet cushions and dishes. All of them have bright colours and mystical motifs.

Versace

Another example of fashion brand who sells decorative products is Versace. This Christmas, you could give away one of their dishes from the “ROSENTHAL MEETS VERSACE” collection. It has designs of prints in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their porcelain product line. Twenty-five plates and tea sets decorated with twenty-five legendary motifs that have made history.

Amara

This English firm is specialized in all types of decoration. Therefore, you can choose a large amount of different gifts from its extensive catalogue. You will find decorative accessories such as photo frames, jars or even furniture of different styles like rustic or Scandinavian. Of course, Amara also offers Christmas-themed gifts. 

Luxuu

This luxurious brand defines its proposal as timeless and with a sophisticated elegance. We recommend you its catalogue specialized in lamps, most of them in fancy golden tones. In Luxuu you can buy handmade gifts made of the most prestigious materials such as 24k gold plated brass, crystal glass (including Swarovski crystals) and velvet. The handmade technique reflects the full attention and excellence they put into every detail.

Essential Home

If you decide to give away furniture and the gift recipient has predilection for classical style, you should know Essential Home. This store takes important historical and cinematographic references from the 1930s and 1960s and turns them into unique pieces of furniture.

Koket

Koket offers you the possibility of giving a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is a brand that takes the glamour to another level. The craftwork process makes the manufacturing result unique. In addition to amazing furniture, here you will find different types of accessories, such as furniture handles made of the finest marble or quartz and polished brass.

Hermes

The furniture and articles of this French company are not within everybody’s reach. If you visit this firm, you will impress your family and friends with fantastic gifts such as coat stands and clothes racks. They are not only very useful but also tastefully decorated. Their prices range from 11,000 to 15,000 Euros, and are just one example of the large number of high quality products that can acquire at Hermes.

These are some examples of the places you can go to get the perfect gift. Finally, we recommend you don’t delay your purchases. During this season, sales skyrocket, online stores have an exorbitant amount of orders and physical stores are completely crowded of people who, like you, try to find their perfect gift. Good luck!

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Smart gadgets that shouldn’t be missing in your home

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Houses will not need any keys shortly, but mobile phones. New technologies, next-gen household gadgets, and the Internet of Things have revolutionized  –or are about to revolutionize– homes around the world. In this post we are going to show you some of the smart gadgets that should’nt be missing in your home in 2019 and  which are also decorative.

  • Eight Sleep, a cover where you can set up the temperature as you wish.

Eight Sleep presents their new smart mattress  cover. It lets you control it through an app in your smartphone, if you’re on your way home and thinking about going to sleep in a warm bed, just turn it on and program the temperature you want in your bed. It also has monitors and evaluates your sleep quality and cycles.  You can even program, through the app on your smartphone, for it to wake you at the right moment in your sleep cycle. It also has a dual temperature zone so that each individual in bed can control their sides temperature without affecting the other. A really clever cover that will boost your sleep, comfort and life quality. This is one of the most comfortable smart gadgets.

  • Amazon Echo,  control your smat home just with the voice.

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker from Amazon that has different functions. It Includes question answering and music player. The device consists of a large talking cylinder of 9 inches (23 cm), with a matrix of 7 microphones, speakers that include a woofer / tweeter and a remote control. The device responds to the name “Alexa”.

Alexa is able to answer questions, play music from services such as Spotify, Apple MusicTuneIn and Amazon Music, create checklists, set alarms or timers, play podcasts and audiobooks, control smart devices, provide real-time weather or traffic information and offer news summaries, among many other things.

  • Planty, one of the best way to connect with plants.

Plants are no different from humans. They breathe, they drink and they require nutrition. However, they can’t communicate to tell us what they need. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could listen to what your plants are trying desperately to tell you? This is how Planty was born. It is the Internet-connected smart pot that gives your plants the unprecedented ability to communicate their needs to you. Planty connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi and monitors your plants’ soil, temperature, light and water levels. All this data is delivered directly to you via the Planty app on your smartphone so you can react appropriately.

  • Tesla Powerwall Home Battery, to save on electric bill.

The Tesla Powerwall is a lithium-ion battery pack used as backup power source  at home. The battery can store electrical energy from the generation of renewable energy, such as solar or wind installations. You can also store electricity at night when electricity is cheaper. You can install it  outdoors or indoors and doesn’t require a closed room. It also allows an electrical installation in remote locations without access to electricity.

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  • Goji Smart Lock, the lock that lets you unlock your door using a mobile pone.

Goji Smart Lock gives you complete control over the access to your home. It works with your smart phone and and provides real-time picture alerts. Besides, it presents a contemporary look for a deadbolt lock. It has a circular shape, and is elegant and modern. Goji Smart Lock is made of brushed metal with a subtle blue-text LED display that welcomes users by name when the lock is activated. The display also shows the lock/unlock status, and dates and times of all entries and exits. Its elegant simplicity fits with any home décor.

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  • Airocide, remove common household odors and add a touch of style to your home.

Although Airocide sounds like an unfortunate way to die from oxygen overdose, the company actually licenses the air purifying technology from Nasa for good. Using tiny glass rings covered in titanium dioxide, the purifier is able to instantly destroy almost 100 percent of airborne pathogens and allergens it makes contact with. As a result Airocide’s purifier is one of the most effective on the planet. And one of the quietest too, since it relies on a special aerodynamic design and simple physics to pull air through without the need for fans and motors.

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So you’re probably asking yourself: what’s the catch? Well, with most technologies that have only just reached the consumer level the Airocide purifier is expensive. Like $800 expensive. But for that amount of money you’re getting one of the smart gadgets that’s been proven to be effective in one of the most difficult testing environments one can imagine, and the salvation from ever having to clean or replace another filter ever again

Air is constantly moving and constantly getting dirty. Airocide is built to run 24/7 and doing so means it’s always working to protect you. If you want to see a difference in the way you feel, you must constantly clean the air. So, this 2019 choose to put Airocide in your bedroom, choose your mode and let Airocide do the rest.

For further information about smart gadgets don’t hesitate to contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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Leadership audiobooks to listen on your work commute

leadership audiobooks

Let’s recommend some leadership audiobooks to listen on your work commute but, firstly, let’s clear some things up. Leadership is a skill set that just few people have by birth, although you can also develop it. What is a leader? According to the dictionary, leader is defined as the person who directs or guides a group, which recognizes his authority. Anyone can lead a group, but not everyone can achieve optimal results. This difference is the key factor to become a great leader.

 Business leadership qualities:

  • Good communication skills
  • Team motivational skills
  • Charisma
  • Enthusiasm
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organisation and capacity to manage the resources.
  • Foresight
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Honesty
  • Strategic ability
  • Decision-making ability

What benefits can good leadership bring us?

  • Improvement of business performance.
  • Achievement of short-term, medium-term and log-term goals.
  • Highly motivated employees.
  • Effective teamwork.
  • Business profit improvement.
  •  Good company culture.
  •  Business competitiveness improvement.

On a previous post we suggested some stock market books. For this reason, today we would like to recommend you the following leadership audiobooks to download in pdf for free. They have been specially selected for the development of your skills and your team building abilities.

 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John Maxwell)

This book is based on universal principles of leadership that never expire. It focuses on the 21 laws that must be taken into account to be a leader.  The Law of Respect, The Law of Buy-In or The Law of Priorities are some of its examples. 

The Magic of Thinking Big ( David J. Schwartz)

David Schwartz’s book suggests that our dreams can be accomplished by thinking big, and also with: sacrifice, discipline, hard work; but above all, by believing that it is possible. Why settle for small hen you can achieve big?

The Greatest Salesman in the World (Og Mandino)

Firstly, to understand it better we have to know that Hafid, the main character, is a poor camel boy who desires to change his social status and gain power. Pathros is the greatest salesman in the world who teaches him the basic principles to achieve success, contained in ten ancient scrolls.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki)

This is one of the most read leadership audiobooks. Its subtitle is “What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not!”. The book tells the teachings of two parents. The first one, a rich teacher, bases his teachings on study and hard work to achieve your goals. Besides, the second one, who isn’t rich, teaches you about the art of making money work for you. 

ABC’s of Good Leadership (John Maxwell)

It is not one of his most popular books and it is barely 125 pages, where he explains accurately the essential qualities that a leader should have.

The Leader Who Had No Title (Robin S. Sharma)

With this book, Sharma invites us to exercise leadership from any position in a company, regardless of whether the position is the lowest or the highest. The characteristics of leadership must be used at all times.

Coaching (John Whitmore)

On the other hand, in this book, John Whitmore teaches us about the art of managing and understanding the potential of individuals to perform to their maximum potential.

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

This book deals about personal relationships. You will learn the universal laws of personal attention, the keys to influence people and the fundamentals of leadership. This is a book that will change you as a person, and if its principles are applied, your impact on others will rise to the next level.

Factotum (Charles Bukowski)

Finally, we find this book. We all have changed jobs hoping to dedicate ourselves to something that gives more sense to our life. This is what the main character of this novel makes, involved in heavy drinking, bets and other vices, failing over and over again.

What are the advantages of audiobooks? These are the main advantages of audiobooks:

  • The reader is able to transport himself to the world in which the story takes place, improving his creativity consequently.
  • Improvement of attention and concentration capacities.
  • The use of audiobooks as a “multitasking tool”.
  • Relax: Audiobooks can relieve stress while you’re using public transport, doing exercise or doing homework.

These leadership audiobooks can be very useful, since sometimes, due to lack of time, we can’t multitask as we would like. For this reason, we advise listening to one of these audiobooks for those who want to be trained in this field.

For further information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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Do you know these social clubs in Sotogrande?

social clubs

They have their origin in England, and they are a hundred-year-old tradition. The most famous ones are well known by everyone and they enjoy an excellent reputation. However only their members really know what it is to enjoy their exclusive activities. We are talking about social clubs. Today in our blog we would like to delve into the ones that are located in one of the most select areas of Spain: Sotogrande.

As we have said before, when we talked about many of the privileges of living in Sotogrande, without any doubt, their social clubs are one of them.

La Reserva:

There are many reasons why this leisure area is one of the most luxury places in Andalucía. It is located in the heart of Sotogrande. From its lands the Mediterranean Sea and Gibraltar can be spotted, and at the same time, be surrounded by lush vegetation. This club is able to give you total relax thanks to its fresh air and quiet atmosphere.

This club stands out for its family environment and its leisure offer for all members. Among the most sophisticated activities we find:

  • Private beach:

La Reserva beach is an amazing indoor fresh water man-made lagoon that has 2,800 square metres of sandy beach and a complete offering of exclusive amenities for the entire family. It includes from restaurants to water sports, tennis or paddle tennis. It is the first and the only private beach in Andalucía and the largest in Europe. There are often music live performances from jazz to soul to flamenco, or music from different DJs.

  • Golf link:

The club has a modern 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architects.

  • Racquet sports:

Playing sports such as tennis and paddle tennis is typical in Sotogrande. They are part of its essence. Four competition clay courts form the tennis centre of La Reserva. You can take not only private and professional lessons there, but also adapted lessons to train the beginners at the Tennis Academy. Paddle tennis is practised in five courts, where all kind of training also takes

  • Restaturants:

In addition to the gastronomic space that can be found at La Reserva beach, characterized by natural and organic ingredients used in an international cuisine with Andalusian roots, L’olive restaurant is another great option. Find authentic Andalusian recipes with a contemporary European twist.

Menu is based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, such as freshly caught fish, vegetables, herbs or freshly picked wild mushrooms. Besides, its facilities offer other activities as yoga, horse riding or polo lessons.

Trocadero:

If you are looking for a club that pays special attention to its culinary offer above everything else, Trocadero is your best option. This group of restaurants with various establishments throughout Costa del Sol has an exclusive social club in Sotogrande.

It is a historic club since it rests on the old and legendary club “El Cucurucho”.  Some remarkable facts about it:

  • Gastronomy:

You can visit two very different restaurants but equally sophisticated. Firstly, the traditional restaurant, with Mediterranean cuisine, where The Jamón de Jabugo and the Almadraba tuna stand out in its menu.

But if you prefer international flavours, the Asian restaurant is the right choice, with a fusion of Thai and Japanese cuisine. Besides, the cocktail bar provides a wide selection of drinks adapted to the most exquisite tastes.

It has been exquisitely decorated by Lorenzo Queipo de Llano, inspired by the 19th  century English wealthy colonial haciendas. Their interiors include every detail such as Victorian furniture accompanied by animal faux furs, blade ceiling fans and wooden ceilings. Outside, we can enjoy round pools, grass everywhere, palm trees, straw umbrellas and all kinds of hammocks

 Social sport clubs:

Sotogrande is a land of golf, polo and sailing. Therefore, there is no lack of options to practice these sports. However, these clubs not only host sports events, but they are also a meeting point to promote social relations among their members. For this reason and for the exceptional quality of their activities beyond golf and polo, there are some important remarks about these social clubs:

Santa María Polo Club:

This was the first association created in Sotogrande, specifically in 1965. It is linked to one of the most important polo institutions in Europe, the social club of Santa María Polo Club. During the tournaments, a wide range of products can be found in different stands. The event par excellence is the International Polo Tournament, widely known in the continent.

 Casa Club Golf Sotogrande:

it stands out for its luxurious restaurant and its shop with a wide variety of items, especially designed to have a good time in its excellent golf courses.

For further information about social clubs in Sotogrande don’t hesitate to contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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Christmas decoration ideas to impress your guests

Christmas decoration

Christmas is fast-approaching and numerous preparations need to be made before its arrival. Planning your holidays and your menu for special days like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, buying presents and, obviously, decorating your home for these events are some of them. Christmas is coming, so today we couldn’t resist bringing you some Christmas decoration suggestions to impress your guests. We hope they will inspire you!

There’s no accounting for taste. For this reason, we can find many types of Christmas decoration, since each person likes giving a special and personal touch to their homes.  As any other type of decoration, it is important to pay attention to detail. We recommend you some decorative styles so you can start planning yours.

Fairy tale style.

Christmas is meant for children. It’s the best time of the year for many of them, who have been waiting for these days for months. That’s why the excitement of the little ones is always present in the family environment. To add a dose of childhood to the atmosphere, consider using this type of decoration based on traditional stories. Here the main characters will be figures like tin soldiers, nutcrackers, or Santa Claus and forest ornaments, such as pine cones and other forest fruits- If you decorate a Christmas tree following this style, you will have that lovely place that you were looking for.

Christmas decoration

 Scandinavian style.

This style has been a trend for years and it has come to stay. Christmas Scandinavian decoration is in vogue. White and neutral tones are mixed with simple adornments (such as elves and Christmas ornaments) of light colours which are made of natural materials or fabric. It is an almost minimalist style, where original Christmas trees can stand out. They are far from the classic fir tree of green branches. They look like old trunks with hanging ornaments.

 Rustic style.

We love feeling a climate of comfort at Christmas. This is why we think you should choose your Christmas decoration based on rustic style. What is more welcoming than wood? Brown and beige tones will be a plus if you combine them with wooden articles inspired by nature, such as garlands, pine cones, Christmas ornaments and animal motifs for the tree. If you want to feel yourself as if you were spending these days in the middle of the mountains, you will need a special touch: a tree with snowy branches will be perfect.

Christmas decoration

Luminous style.

This is the most luminous time of the year. We find lights in the street, in the stores, in the facades… and your home can’t be less bright. The possibilities that offer this style are endless, and you can even combine it with the above styles. Lights will provide an elegant touch to your rooms. You can put them on the tree, inside vases, on your mirrors, over your bed etc. If you make your home bright with glamour and sophistication, nobody will remain indifferent.

Christmas decoration

Tropical style.

If you are a daring person and you think that traditional Christmas is boring; or you need to feel the tropical heat even in winter, it’s possible to create fun Christmas decoration in yellow and pink tones. This style replaces firs with palm trees, wood with wicker and pine cones with pineapples.

Whatever style you choose, remember that you can not only change your living room with these suggestions of Christmas decoration, but also do the same with any other part of your house. From kitchens to bathrooms, there is room for Christmas anywhere.

Christmas decoration for bathroom.

Maybe you have never thought about it, but why not add red socks or Christmas bells to your bathroom? Put lights on the mirror or little minimalist table trees on furniture or on the sink. There even Christmas accessories designed to put the soap! Besides, you can add theme stickers to the shower screen or use curtains with Christmas ornaments.

Christmas decoration for kitchen.

This is an important  part of the house, especially during Christmas. It’s the place where we will cook delicious dishes that will be served in family dinners and meals. For this reason, we think it’s essential that the spirit of Christmas spreads all over the walls and furniture. However, as it should be a practical space, it is not advisable to over decorate it. It would be a better option to use simple items like kitchen towels with Christmas drawings, garlands placed in such a way as not to disturb the pace, and hanging ornaments from door handles.

Be sure to follow all these ideas with luxury and exclusive products. For example, you can use Spanish porcelain figures or French crystal. We also recommend you the sophisticated ornament collections of the German firm Krebs Glas Lausche. This family company currently led by the fourth generation, manufactured in 2008 a beautiful red gold ball of 12 carats and 120 diamonds and continues specialized in this type of objects.

For further information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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