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Moët Machine Sparkles At Amfar

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A one-off guest appeared at Moët Hennessy’s recent amfAR gala - Moët’s unique vending machine containing hundreds of mini- Moët bottles. The promo item was sold for the first time ever in Asia Pacific at the gala’s auction.

The gala, which took place at Shaw Studios in Hong Kong, celebrated Moët Hennessy’s continued partnership as wine and spirits supplier to AIDS Research organisation, amfAR. Some 600 guests attended the black-tie night which began with a cocktail reception serving magnums of Moët & Chandon Impérial and Belvedere Vodka’s Grapefruit Spritz, the featured cocktail. A dinner, live auction, musical performances and afterparty followed.

The Moët & Chandon vending machine made its entrance during a live auction and the machine holds an impressive 315 mini bottles of Moët & Chandon. The coolest customer in the house was the winning bidder who paid $80,000 USD for this most exclusive of vending machines.

 

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Closer to home, the mini-Moët vending machine was originally designed as a promotional item for Selfridge’s in London. The Moët machine has since wowed audiences at red carpet events such as the Golden Globes after party and amfAR events around the world.

Human waiters, however, served the rest of the gala guests with Belvedere vodka, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, Glenmorangie The Original, Boroli Barolo DOCG 2011 and Boroli Bel Ami Langhe Chardonnay DOC 2014.

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BA Launches Oakland Route

Stephanie Pratt Made In Chelsea

Made in Chelsea’s Stephanie Pratt is the poster girl for British Airways’ new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay.

 

The TV star, who went to college in San Francisco, posed in a shoot to mark the airline's first route from Gatwick to California. The route takes off from March 28 with flights launching from £210 each way based on a return fare. 

Stephanie Pratt blended a rose-gold dress from her own Godiva line with Christian Louboutin court shoes and a sequined dress from ASOS with navy sandals from Alexandre Birman. 

 “I absolutely loved studying in the Bay Area as Oakland and San Francisco are both such cool cities,” she said. “Oakland is super edgy, it’s like the Californian equivalent of Brooklyn as there are just so many quirky shops and cool bars and restaurants. It’s less than a 20-minute car ride from San Francisco and the perfect place to start a road trip to Napa Valley, Yosemite or Lake Tahoe.”

 

She numbers the NFL Oakland Raiders, Donut Savana and Lake Merritt among her must-visits.

British Airways Holidays has the following packages on offer:

Five nights at the 4* Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco from £699 per person, travelling November 1 to November 30. Includes World Traveller return flights from Gatwick and accommodation. Book by March 30. For reservations visit ba.com 

 

Seven days, from £479 per person, travelling November 1 to November 30. Includes World Traveller return flights from Gatwick and an Economy car. Book by March 30. See ba.com/car

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The Chainsmokers Lead Isle of MTV

The Chainsmokers are to headline this year’s Isle of MTV Malta music festival in June with Malta hosting the fun-in-the-sun for the 11th consecutive year. Abigail Parkin

 

MTV’s announcement sees The Chainsmokers follow global acts including Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Nelly Furtado to top the bill at the annual open-air music festival. The multi-platinum selling duo will perform the closing set at the event on Tuesday 27th June. 

Their debut single #Selfie shot The Chainsmokers into the global charts back in 2014 but their electro-dance compositions reached new heights with their 2016 single Closer which recently broke the record for number of weeks at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow chart, topping the chart 17 weeks running.

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the guys behind The Chainsmokers, left it to their fans to decide whether they were to release an album. Now by public demand, they will release their debut album this year via Columbia / Disruptor Records. Their latest single Paris is out now.

“The Chainsmokers absolutely dominated 2016 & we couldn’t be more excited to have them join us in Malta for Isle of MTV this year.  It’s going to be an amazing, must experience event!”  said Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV.

MTV’s partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority was recently renewed for a further four years. Isle of MTV Malta will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast across 20 MTV channels throughout Europe. The show will also be supported across all MTV social media platforms as well as via a bespoke website and this integrated marketing campaign aims to further cement and promote Malta’s position as a holiday destination for young people. MTV reports that the 10-year tenure of Isle of MTV in Malta has increased the number of under-24 age group of visitors to the island by  120% and now accounts for 20% of all tourists.

 

See our 2016 review IOM Malta here:

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Namaste, Oberoi...

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With 30 luxury hotels to its name The Oberoi Group knows a thing or two about Indian hospitality. Oberoi is now honouring guests booked into its exclusive suites with regal style, from landing at the airport to arrival at their luxurious suites. Abigail Parkin  

A traditional Indian-style welcome greets guests at the Presidential and Kohinoor suites at The Oberoi, Mumbai; The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.

Expect to be greeted at the airport and whisked away by your chauffeur for the placing of a sandalwood paste Tikka on your forehead, accompanied by a floral garland around your shoulders. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur guests will receive an extra special welcome of a rose petal shower.

So, where to go… 

 

The Presidential Suite at The Oberoi, Mumbai

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Here the Presidential Suite offers  2,056 square feet of luxury. It includes a dining area, two lounge spaces, white marble bathroom and pantry and also features a personal fitness machine, brass telescope, five televisions, grand piano and separate butler’s entrance. It commands panoramic views of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace – the golden crescent of lights that shine the shoreline.

Stylish in-suite dining with bespoke menus is available, along with private sundowners accompanied by a pianist, as well access to Capital O, an exclusive lounge and bar in the hotel.

Elsewhere, guests can explore Mumbai’s rich colonial history and architecture on a guided tour of the Jehangir Art Gallery, Rajaghai Tower and more. Mumbai’s art quarter can be experienced through the ‘Art Kaleidoscope’ tour will take guests to the Kala Ghoda art quarter.

The Presidential Suite starts from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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When you’ve cast off the welcome arrival shower of rose petals enjoy instant views of the Taj Mahal from The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, located just 600 metres away from the iconic monument. Mirrored in elements of the Taj Mahal’s Mughal splendour is The Kohinoor Suite, made up of a living room, master bedroom, dining room and private terrace, which offers panoramic views of the Taj Mahal from dawn to dusk. The enchanting suite is adorned with white marble elephants which glow under the golden domed ceilings and mirrored walls, bringing the romance of the outside in.

The Kohinoor Suite start from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Villa at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

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Explore the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan in your very own hideaway at The Oberoi Rajvilas. The resort is set in an oasis of landscaped gardens filled with exotic birdlife and centred around an 18th century Shiva temple and Haveli (mansion). The hotel offers guests the opportunity to find peace and serenity through chanting with a Hindu priest, mediation and morning yoga. Those looking for ultimate indulgence can book the Kohinoor Villa, located in a discreet enclosure and made up of three buildings featuring a private garden, 20-metre pool and dining pavilion. The two en suite bedrooms feature sunken, white marble bathtubs overlooking the private gardens.

The Kohinoor Villa starts from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

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The ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur, makes guests feel part of the history at The Oberoi Udaivilas, on the bank of Lake Pichola and sitting on the 200 year-old hunting grounds. As a guest of the Kohinoor Suite, arrive at the hotel jetty, board the hotel boat and sip Chai tea as you sail across the lake to your accommodation.

The Oberoi Udaivilas offers spectacular views across the greenery, sparkling lake and 20-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The Kohinoor Suite is accessed through a sunlit courtyard and features two bedrooms, dining room, living room, powder room, private pool and dining terrace. Classical Indian décor adorns the suite including gold domed ceilings, elaborate mirror mosaics and hand carved privacy screens, giving guests a taste of traditional Indian home life. Enjoy sundowners by the pool and alfresco dinner accompanied by folk music on the pavilion.

The Kohinoor Suite starts from 950,000 INR (approximately £10,991) per night

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Rimowa Joins LVMH

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Rimowa, the luxury luggage and leather goods maker has announced a partnership with the LVMH Group making it the first German brand to join LVMH. Hannah Charlesworth 

Founded in Cologne in 1898, Rimowa has become one of the quintessential houses for innovative, high-quality luggage over the course of the twentieth century. The business has built its reputation designing lightweight and easy to use luggage and RIMOWA suitcases today serve as the industry benchmark for German quality.

Since its creation by Paul Morszeck, innovation has been at the heart of Rimowa’s strategy. In 1937, his son Richard launched the first aluminium suitcase available on the market. The aluminium structure comprising parallel grooves makes the luggage instantly recognisable and has played its part in building the reputation of Rimowa among a sophisticated international clientele.  His son Dieter designed the first waterproof metal case in 1976, since which time Rimowa suitcases have become the travelling companion of choice for the greatest filmmakers, photographers and journalists.

Since 2014, RIMOWA has also been developing its exclusive “Bossa Nova” range which combines lightweight polycarbonate with the elegance of leather. This suitcase is a tribute to the English artist and botanist Margaret Mee who devoted her life to painting and protecting plants from the Amazon. Rimowa donates a portion of its sales to the Association Saúde e Alegria which supports social projects in the Amazon.

More recently, in partnership with Lufthansa, the company has launched the Electronic Tag. This innovative feature simplifies baggage check-in by matching, with the use of a smartphone, the boarding card with a Bluetooth electronic tag integrated only within Rimowa suitcases.

Upon completion of the transaction with LVMH, Alexandre Arnault will be appointed co-CEO of Rimowa.

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Hidden Escapes

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Travellers who enjoy crafted luxury in unusual holiday locales should take a look at Cambodia and neighbouring areas for lavish openings in 2017

 

Where?

Krabey Island (above), Cambodia and operated by Six Senses.

 What’s on offer?

Six Senses Krabey Island is scheduled to premier in 2017

40 pool villas set around the naturally landscaped 30-acre island.

All villas comprise a living room, master bedroom, ensuite and private plunge pool

Retreat and Reserve villa categories will even offer mini wine cellars.

Indochine will be the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which will include a communal dining table in front of the show kitchen.

Activities

Hands-on cooking classes will introduce budding chefs to Indochine-inspired cuisine.

The Six Senses Spa includes ancient Cambodian healing traditions, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. Alternative treatments, a spa library and juice bar incorporating the island’s fruits and herbs.

A poolside outdoor cinema plays films and plans include an observatory stargazing sessions with expert talks on the universe.

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Where?

Alila Villas Koh Russey launches early 2017 on the south coast of Sihanoukville.

 

What’s on offer?

 Sought-after white sand beaches, pristine waters, lush tropical scenery and seclusion. Featuring 48 hotels suites, a beachfront swimming pool, five-star restaurant dining, kids’ club and fitness centre.

 

Where?

Early 2017 sees Rosewood Hotels & Resorts bringing a new hotel to the tallest building in Phnom Penh, the Vattanac Capital Tower One.

What’s on offer?

The new hotel will have 148 rooms and suites and 27 luxury serviced residences for long-stay visitors. Views across the city and the fabled Mekong River. Dining options will include a sophisticated bistro, lobby lounge, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar complete with cantilevered terrace. Also to feature a Sense spa.

 

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Where?

Laos - boating luxury with the Dok Keow.

What’s on offer?

One of Laos’ most luxurious boats, the Dok Keow is ready to cruise the Mekong in style, privacy and comfort. The 28-metre wooden river boat has been crafted to the highest specifications with a large lounge and dining area. Board this year for fine cuisine and cocktails amid the river views before returning to Luang Prabang.

 

Where?

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat brings private tours with leading academic Dr Damien Evans, unavailable to the public.

What’s on offer?

Villa Chandara Siem Reap's first experiential dining venue. Transport to the villa begins by private car and continue on a traditional wooden boat across a 1,000-year-old reservoir to reach the villa. Exotic Khmer cuisine is prepared by a leading local chef.     

 

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn offers the above and more. Ten-night bespoke Cambodia itineraries from £2,500 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, selected experiences, return flights and private transfers.    

Scott Dunn offers a nine night ‘Highlights of Laos’ itinerary from £2,700 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, range of experiences, return flights and private transfers.  

  For more experiences see www.scottdunn.com 

 

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Happy Birthday IOM Malta!

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The 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV in Malta saw the crowds wowed by Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa, Clean Bandit with a closing set from electro-house giant, Steve Aoki at Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square.  Sat Bal joined the revellers at Tuesday’s celebratory event (29 Jun'16)

Every year, at around this time, the lobby of the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior falls into a peculiar silence when a particular performer arrives. This time that honour fell to Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang entourage. The rap star left the hotel’s receptionists fawning and guests pointing as he ambled past the spacious check-in area. That’s what a chart-topping single in 95 countries does for you.  

 

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Later at MTV’s press conference (above) Wiz told us what he thought of Malta, particularly the Blue Grotto where he took that now infamous  smokin’ pic of himself: “It’s really tight and you should check it out!”

Bad-boy Wiz pointed out that the prospect of the audience going topless tonight was something we could check out too. "Maltese boobies?" asked Becca, helpfully. "Yeah those!" he beamed.

Moving back to music he also announced the start of his Euro tour and his tour excursions with Snoop Dogg, who was also a past performer at Isle of MTV.

In the background Josh and Mike Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats fame cooked up all manner of tasty nosh as the press call proceeded, tempting Jess Glynne  to a nibble.

On Isle of MTV show day hostess Becca Dudley (more of her later) invited the first of many to hit the stage. Local band Airport Impressions regaled the crowd - 70,000 of them according to Steve Aoki - with their rock and house set.

 

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Becca Dudley puts on a pre-stage pose for us

 

They were followed by UK’s Clean Bandit (below) who roused the audience with hits from the album New Eyes. The singalong with fans also included hits Rather Be and Real Love.  

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Sunset saw Jess Glynne emerge in a black satin two-piece with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself ringing through the al fresco venue. Production values were MTV-high and the stage set shimmered to  tracks including Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. But the real show-stopper was her tribute I Feel For You to the late, great Prince.

 

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The drawls and deep bass lines of Wiz Khalifa then filled the air as he opened with global hit Black and Yellow and later the crowd-pleasing We Dem Boyz with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, ending his set.

 

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Of all tonight’s stellar performers we reckon it was DJ/producer Steve Aoki who truly got the crowd collectively buzzed – not least because of his carnival cake-throwing capers. Ten cakes were ‘served’ to splattered fans, signifying the event’s 10th birthday. Sweet, too, was his invitation to an enthralled  fan to join him in his DJ booth.  Snapchatting made Steve as party-inclusive as his tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky.

 

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Steve Aoki's carnival cake-throwing capers 

 

Judging by the elated crowd reaction this MTV partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority has more than shown its mettle.

 

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MTV staffers living the work and the life.  Seema, Farah and Sharlotte take a bow!

 

It was a fitting 10th birthday close and then it was off to the afterparties to celebrate some more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Living

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New from Aston Martin comes the Art of Living, a meticulously selected events programme that promises “unprecedented access to some of the most exciting experiences on the planet.” Kelly Valla takes a spin (10 Jun’16)

The prestige car maker has rallied around leading specialists across a global range of expertise to ensure that the experiences feel ‘one-off’ and enlightening. Here’s a sample…

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Racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans

17th - 20th June 2016

 

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Get ready for automotive action as the driving teams prepare for the races ahead while you live the experience from trackside. experience.

 

Polo South Downs 

17th - 18th July 2016

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Viscount Cowdray's 16,500-acre spread in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex has been a home to polo for 100 years. Here, you can mingle with the world's most accomplished polo players pre-competition at the Jaeger- LeCoultre Gold Cup. See the action from premium positions in the stand.

The Aston Martin DB11, Italy 

30th July-1st Aug 2016, 1st-3rd Aug, 3rd-5th Aug

 

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The Tuscan roads set the scene for your driving of the all-new Aston Martin DB11. Hone your driving skills, sample exquisite regional gastronomy and relax in a 15th-century villa. Italian living at its finest.

 

New Zealand on Ice

22nd - 28th August 2016 

Aston on Ice

We all remember the car battle-on-ice in Die Another Day. Here’s the chance to match thrill with skill as Aston Martin’s experts help boost your driving skills in the unique settings of the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.

 

 

Tokyo Exploration 

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Tokyo’s artisans shine light on the city’s design secrets in tandem with Aston Martin’s own design approaches. Gain access to the closed-door work of renowned architects and designers and then settle down to culinary creativity at Tokyo’s most avant-garde restaurants. Elsewhere, meet the experts currently in the vanguard of technological evolution. Kyoto brings you historic Japan where you can watch the masters use age-old techniques in their workshops to craft  masterpieces.

 

Register at:  https://www.astonmartinartofliving.com/register/

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New Year - Twice?

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If seeing in 2016 once isn’t enough then here’s a chance to see it in twice in one night – in the world’s fastest private jet. Chris Page (1 Dec’15)

 

PrivateFly offers adventurers a bespoke private jet itinerary which encompasses a full night of celebrations until the stroke of midnight in Sydney. Then it’s time to do it all over again in Los Angeles!

The private jet booking service tells us that experiencing New Year’s Eve twice is only possible by moving eastwards across the International Date Line. With the time in Los Angeles 19 hours behind Sydney, you can visit both in one night - by minimising travel time and flying on a bespoke itinerary.
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“This is the ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2016, in two of the world’s most exciting party cities,” said Carol Cork, marketing director of PrivateFly. “The flight time from Sydney to LA in a Gulfstream G650ER is now just under 11 hours, so with the 19-hour time difference, you can gain eight hours of party time by flying eastwards.

“This unique flight experience is only possible by private jet, as the timings are so tight – and there are no airline schedules to fit the itinerary. With the world rotating at 1,038 miles per hour, no civilian aircraft can currently overtake time. But the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest and furthest private jet, with a range of 7,000 nm and a top speed of Mach 0.925, just under the speed of sound.”

PrivateFly’s suggested itinerary for 2016:

 20:00, 31st December 2015, Sydney: Get the (first) party started. Spend your evening in Sydney, celebrating at the city’s most exclusive party spots. You could join other VIP partygoers at NYE Party At The House – an exclusive VIP celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Or make a VIP table reservation at Sydney’s most prestigious nightclub, Marquee Sydney. Or for a more intimate celebration dinner, with a fabulous view of the fireworks, The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney has sweeping harbour views.

 

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Celebrate New Year 1

There’s plenty of time to see in the start of 2016, as you can party until past 1am and then make the short 12km drive from the harbour to Sydney Kingsford Smith airport, which offers 24-hour access for private jets. 

 

02:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Depart in your Gulfstream G650ER

Your Gulfstream G650ER long range jet will be waiting, ready for a 2am departure and there are no long waits at the airport – you can take off just minutes after you arrive. The G650ER is the fastest long range private jet in the world - the party aircraft of choice, offering sleek interior configurations which accommodate 8 to 18 passengers. 

During the 12-hour flight, dedicated partygoers can continue the celebrations, VIP style, with high-spec systems for music and video entertainment, fine wines, champagne and bespoke catering served by private flight attendants.  

Or if you’d rather rest and recharge the spacious G650ER cabin offers exceptional, luxury comfort, with the option of a double bed and bathroom with digital shower; floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and mirrored vanity; the latest bespoke lighting and temperature controls; and further ergonomic seating that fully reclines and swivels.

 

 19:00, 31st December 2015, Los Angeles: Start the party…all over again

While others have woken to sore heads back in Sydney, the night is still young in LA. You’ll land early evening – refreshed and ready to start all over again – at Van Nuys, LA’s exclusive private jet airport.

 Just a short drive away are the most exclusive nightspots of Beverley Hills. Cleopatra’s Ball attracts some of Hollywood’s hottest partygoers to the Egyptian Theater. Or dine at one of LA’s most exclusive restaurants, such as Spago, renowned for both its fine dining and its extensive wine cellar.

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Los Angeles: Celebrate New Year 2

So in 2016 for the second time, it’s been 24 hours since you started partying in Sydney.                                                                                                                

Flight cost: Whole aircraft charter cost £151,000 Sydney – LA (one-way). Or from £8,400 per person, based on 18 passengers travelling together. 

 See: www.privatefly.com

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Red Carpet at MTV’s EMA in Milan

 

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)  blasted off in Milan last night and Red Carpet was there to watch it all unfurl. Sat Bal took to the red carpet to interview the talent before the show kicked off in Milan’s vast Mediolanum Forum. (26 Oct’15)

 There’s more content to follow (and check out our Twitter feed!) but here we bring you a round-up of the night’s winners and performances…

Something like 800 million televisions switched on last night to watch host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose present the 2015 MTV EMAs. The night belonged to multiple winner Justin Bieber but performances such as the duet between Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli and Tori Kelly brought a new resonance to the EMAs this year.

 

 

Our MTV party started with a visit to EMA sponsor Tezenis Underwear’s cocktail party at their flagship Milan store. This was followed by an invitation on Saturday night to watch Duran Duran (above) and Ellie Goulding, below, perform along with Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni. We’re glad we accepted!

 

The performers delivered a rousing party show and special guest Mark Ronson later performed with Duran on stage at the event, part of Milan Music Week World Stage at Piazza Duomo. 

 

The cat the got the cream...Bieber and his awards haul

 

Next day at the main EMA show Justin Bieber raised fan noise levels to a crescendo with his performance of What Do You Mean?, and was the biggest winner of the night with five MTV EMAs. He took home Best Male for a sixth year in a row; won BestLookWorldwide Act: North AmericaBest Collaboration for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on Where Are You Now?; and Beliebers came out in full effect to help him win Biggest Fans in a heated social vote, with One Direction landing in second place.

 

Production was typical MTV high-end and Justin Bieber opened with a cool futuristic Tron-like set

 

Macklemore (below) & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a high-octane performance of their award-winning song Downtown, which featured mopeds, travellators and Eric Nally flying high above the stage.  Later in the night, they won Best Video for Downtown

 

 

 

Host Ed Sheeran was busy throughout the night. Not only did he commandeer proceedings with co-hostRuby Rose, but he joined Rudimental atop a collection of retro radios for a funky collaboration on their hit Lay it All On Me, and took home awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage.

 

 

Ed Sheeran accepts Best Live Act award

 

Pharrell Williams closed the night with a powerful performance of his hit track Freedom. Afterward, the broadcast cut to Piazza Duomo in central Milan, where thousands of fans held up a massive 23 x 16 metre ‘Freedom’ flag. Incorporating national flags from all over the world, the flag symbolized the birth of a utopian country that knows no borders and kicked off the MTV Freedom campaign, which seeks to raise awareness, activism and donations in support of the current refugee crisis. See freedom.mtvema.com. #EMAfreedom

 

 

 In honour of this year’s host country, legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a breathtaking rendition of his classic Time To Say Goodbye, then joined powerhouse Tori Kelly for a once-in-a-lifetime duet of Pink’s hit song, Just Give Me a Reason.

 

 

 

 

 Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop; Best Pop went to One Direction; Rihanna got Best Female; Taylor Swift won Best Song with Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar; and Best Alternative went to Lana Del Rey

Jason Derulo took over the arena with his hit Want To Want Me, as he and his dancers, below, zoomed between all three stages on SwegWays. 

 

 

 Ellie Goulding wowed the crowd as she emerged from a cluster of giant, mirrored crystals (see headline pic) for a glittering performance of her hit Love Me Like You Do.

 

A gladiatorial Ruby Rose helps Ed Sheeran out with hosting duties

 

MTV PUSH artists Jess Glynne and James Bay hit the MTV EMA stage with debut performances. Elsewhere, twenty one pilots and superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Afrojack entertained tens of thousands of fans in central Milan’s Piazza Duomo with a spectacular outdoor MTV EMAs concert. 

Pop heroes Duran Duran were presented with the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award to celebrate their  pioneering work in the music video art form. 

This year’s EMAs was in partnership with Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, and broadcast live on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET.

 

Where to next?

The conclusion of the show also included an exciting announcement: the 2016 MTV EMAs will be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. See you there!

 

 FULL LIST OF 2015 MTV EMA Winners

BEST SONG
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar     Bad Blood

 

BEST POP
One Direction                                                   

 

BEST FEMALE
Rihanna                                                                               

 

BEST MALE                                          
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LIVE ACT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR HERO LIVE ® 
Ed Sheeran

 

BEST NEW ACT                                                  
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                           Downtown

 

BEST ROCK                                                                          
Coldplay                                                                                                                                              

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE                          
Lana Del Rey                                                                    

 

BEST HIP HOP                                    
Nicki Minaj                                                                                                                                         

 

BEST ELECTRONIC                                                            
Martin Garrix                                                    

 

BEST PUSH                                          
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST COLLABORATION
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo                         Where Are You Now?

 

BIGGEST FANS
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LOOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEZENIS UNDERWEAR
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST WORLD STAGE
Ed Sheeran                                                         V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Duran Duran

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: North America

Canada – Justin Bieber

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: LATIN America

Brazil – Anitta

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Europe

Italy – Marco Mengoni

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Africa / India 

Africa – Diamond Platnumz

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Asia 

China – Jane Zhang

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Australia / New Zealand

Australia – 5 Seconds of Summer