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Royal (Westmoreland) treatment - Barbados

“I don’t think my neighbour is in,” says John Morphet peering over his balcony. 

The absent “neighbour” is Gary Lineker and Morphet is master of all we survey. Under surveillance is his Royal Westmoreland estate in Barbados, a 500-acre belt of luxury villas situated on the Royal Westmoreland Golf and Country Club, itself a fixture on the world’s top ten of golfing residential resorts. Sat Bal reports 

From Morphet’s colonial-style mansion villa we’re afforded an uninterrupted vista of lush greenery, ocean swirl and deep blue west coast Barbados sky. Here, on the aptly named Flamboyant Drive, Morphet’s native Lancashire might be out of sight but it’s not out of mind.

The multi-million pound sale of his Lancashire-based South Lakeland Caravans business bolstered the fortunes of his Pure Leisure Group (PLG) which also owns Billing Aquadrome in Northampton. “Plcs had moved into our industry, they didn’t understand it and took on too much debt, expanded too quickly and failed,” he explains. “I sold before the rot set in."

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BAFTA Brits to watch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its inaugural ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event. It takes place on Saturday 9 July and British Airways will be flying the talent to Los Angeles as BAFTA’S official airline partner. Abigail Parkin (4 Jul 11)

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Isle be there

 

The White Isle is set for an invasion of pleasure-seeking narcissism with huge glitter balls providing the backdrop and house tunes swaying the crowds at Disco's Revenge every Saturday night at Es Paradis; Ibiza's prime party venue.

Carl Hannaghan A&R director for Hed Kandi sums up the delights of the Ibiza weekend. (21 June '11)

 

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Working those heels

 

The sale of premium fashion house and shoe brand Jimmy Choo for £500m highlights the resilience of the luxury sector during the global downturn. The sum is nearly three times the sum paid by private-equity group TowerBrook Capital Partners, just four years ago. Sat Bal (24 May 11)

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Cannes Film Festival

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On 
Stranger Tides official screening.


The red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival is finally rolled up as US director Terrence Malick makes off with the 2011 Palme d'Or for the Tree of Life. We party-hopped to find that the auto, jewellery and luxury drinks sectors stayed at the forefront of event sponsorship and placement. (23 May 11)
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New York dolls

Monday night saw the fashion runway firmly framed at the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.  Here the 2011 “Met Ball” paid homage to the design talent of the late Alexander McQueen,  hosting the opening of the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”.Bethany Hutton-Stigga surveyed the glamorous procession streaming up the steps of the Met Museum in tribute to McQueen. (6 May 11) 

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W Retreats advances to Bali

W Retreat- & Spa Bali - Seminyak opened this month marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Indonesia. Bali will be the fourth W Retreat to open across the globe. Abigail Parkin tries to book leave. (14 March 11)

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Sowing the seeds in Shanghai

Shanghai leads the pulsating beat of the new Chinese revolution. With a landscape gashed by crystalline skyscrapers and studded with boutique orgies on the Nanjing Road it’s fitting that the city should explore the evolution of urban life in the 21st century ; the stated aim of Expo 2010. Suky Jaspal reports from Shanghai and samples the Expo’s strapline of  "Better City, Better Life.”  (11 Jul 10)

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Starwood Hotels sues

Commercial know-how is a fiercely protected asset among any company’s cache. Small wonder then that Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton Worldwide) has lost its recent attempt to block litigation by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Red Carpet obtained court documents, filed in New York last week, detailing allegations of corporate espionage by two former Starwood executives. Sat Bal sifts through the evidence. (24 Jun 10)

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Vanity Fair - Gucci & de Grisogono parties - Cannes Film Festival

While the film fraternity indulged in the annual back-pat that is the Cannes Film Festival, marketers seized the 63rd Festival opportunity to host a series of positioning events for luxury brands.  Sat Bal revisits the Côte d'Azur (21 May 10)

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