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Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

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The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Image credit: The Balmoral Hotel

Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

If you’re heading to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and you stare up at the magnificent building on the south side of Princes Street and you’re fastidious about punctuality, take a deep breath. The looming clock tower is wrong. Ever since 1902, the clock on what was once known as the North British Station Hotel was set three minutes fast so passing travellers wouldn’t miss their trains. There is one exception. Every year on Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations, the clock is set to the right time. This consideration for travellers continues inside the magnificent building now known as the Balmoral Hotel and run by Rocco Forte Hotels.

Start spreading the news

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Start spreading the news

For those able to travel to New York, First Class has put together a guide for a range of distinct tastes. For those of us who have to hold back, New York will be there for us to so we can do our research and savour the wait.

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

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Inveruglas Image credit Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

The island of Inchconnachan situated on Loch Lomond whilst not the home of James Bond is very close to a Sky Fall lifestyle. The 42 hectare property which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years is for sale for overs over 500,000 pounds. The island is located around 40 km from Glasgow airport and a stone’s throw from the award winning Loch Lomond distillery.

London elegance discovered in Selfridges’ former carpark

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The Beaumont Hotel London, Image credit: The Beaumont Hotel

London elegance discovered in Selfridges’ former carpark

The Beaumont is an institution in a disused carpark. This quirky abode can be found on a quiet garden square moments from Selfridges and a few minutes’ walk to Hyde Park, Grosvenor Square and Bond Street. The ambience of the gardens are one of peace. Perhaps this is because according to the British History website the law states it is forbidden to quarrel in these gardens. So if you’re feeling a bit irritable check to see there’s no bobby lurking with a ticket book.

The most luxurious airports for private planes

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The most luxurious airports for private planes

Private jet travel has nearly returned to pre pandemic levels. Gogo Business Aviation reports that in mid April its business dropped to providing broadband services for just 378 flights per day but by the beginning of July that number has increased to 3200 flights per day. Pre pandemic it was servicing approximately 3500 flights per day.

First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

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First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

In the world of luxury social distancing is being taken to the next level. Thank goodness the hotels are offering such spacious luxury but it does come at a price. Below are five of the most luxurious suites and most expensive where you can savour your own breath while delighting in the hedonistic pleasures. Prices are in US dollars and are approximate but loose change for some. Kerry Packer was once at a casino on a high rollers table when a guy was close by making a fuss that he wasn’t allowed on to the table. “I’m worth a hundred million,” he announced loudly. “I’ll flip you for it,” said Kerry.

Rent your own private island in Queensland: Opening dates for the Islands

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Lizard Island Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

An exclusive rental or rent exclusively

Break out the Cristal, Tattinger or Verve because the Queensland borders are opening on July 10.

For those that want to take social distancing to the next level there are a number of islands which can be exclusively rented or perhaps you would just like extra exclusive accommodation.

New Zealand Luxury Lodges allow guests to set their own price

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Auckland, New Zealand, Image credit: Shutterstock/Winston Tan

Oh to live in the land of the long white cloud and to holiday in the world’s most divine lodges at the price one names. It sounds like a fantasy but what would one expect in the land that brought to life the Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most exclusive lodges and according to a recent article in Stuff.co.nz both Quail Lodge in Auckland’s Drury and Pen-y-bryn in Oamaru have this incredible offer.

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