After years of anticipation, Rolls-Royce finally took the wraps off its ultra-luxury SUV today in London, revealing to the world the Rolls-Royce Cullinan in all of its glory.
Now as you might imagine, the notion of a Rolls-Royce SUV caused quite a stir among purists, who believed that the world’s leading super-luxury brand should stick with cars. But according to Rolls-Royce, their customers were asking for a car that would allow them to “go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise, conquering the most challenging terrain to enjoy life’s most enriching experiences, wherever they may be.”
With the super-luxury lifestyle evolving, so did Rolls-Royce, leading to the development of a vehicle that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, named for a diamond that’s part of the British crown jewels, follows in the footsteps of the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, offering up an ultra-luxe SUV that can satisfy the adventurous urges of their clients.
Under the hood, there’s a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque to an all-new, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system. This engine has been reworked to make the Cullinan comfortable even while it’s off-roading.
A “Magic Carpet Ride” air suspension system keeps things civilized in the cabin when you’re off the beaten path, because you wouldn’t want a passenger to spill their glass of champagne.
Naturally, being a Rolls-Royce, the interior is bespoke and fit for a king, with only the finest leathers and appointments. But perhaps the most interesting feature is the pair of jump seats that come out of the trunk, presumably so you can sit while falconing in the desert.
The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is expected to go on sale late this year, with a starting price of around $325,000. Of course, one you start adding bespoke features and customization options, that price could go north of half a million in a hurry.
What do you think of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?
Who’s Ready To Stay In The World’s First Underwater Hotel?
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence, a $15 million two-story villa called The Muraka that sits 16.4 feet below the Indian Ocean that offers well-heeled guests unparalleled views of aquatic life.
The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? A cool $50,000 per night, although you can’t book The Muraka for just one night. It’s only offered as part of a four-night, $200,000 package, which includes a personal chef for all meals, the use of a private boat, along with a menu of one-of-a-kind experiences that guests can choose from.
It’s not a cheap expenditure in the least.. But on the bright side, those who book this package get automatic Hilton Diamond status. 💎
So what kind of accommodations does $200K get you? The second floor of the villa features a twin-size bedroom, ocean-facing bathroom, fitness center, butler’s quarters, integrated living room, kitchen and bar. There’s also an infinity pool, private jetty and an outdoor relaxation deck. Meanwhile, the lower (underwater) floor has a living space, bedroom and bathroom within an all-glass atmosphere that frames 180-degree panoramic views of marine life.
“We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room. More than 75 percent of wall, ceiling surfaces are made of clear acrylic. The glare and reflection on clear acrylic had to be minimized and views to the ocean had to be secured. We also wanted to give a sense of comfort,” says interior design firm YYA.
The Muraka can accommodate a total of nine guests, so find eight friends to split it with, and suddenly it’s a somewhat more reasonable $22,222 per person, just over $5,555 per night.
What do you say guys, who’s ready to sleep with the fishes.. literally?
Photos courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Lexus Unveils Stunning LY 650 Luxury Yacht
Lexus has announced that they will be taking luxury from the roads to the water in 2019 with the introduction of the stunning Lexus LY 650 luxury yacht!
Rumors of Lexus venturing into the yacht business began last year, when they unveiled their Lexus Sport Yacht Concept at the Miami Boat Show, which was met with rave reviews. While that boat was just a concept, it set the course for the production LY 650 we see here today, which was designed with the “L-finesse” language and aesthetic firmly in mind.
The 65-foot LY 650 luxury yacht is set to join the LS sedan, LX SUV and LC coupe as the fourth flagship vehicle for Lexus. To build these elegant vessels, Lexus has partnered with Marquis-Larson Boat Group of Pulaski, WI, who will build, sell and service the next Lexus yacht, based largely on their extensive experience with bespoke boat building and their proven capability.
Several of the most attractive features from the 42-foot concept have made their way onto the LY 650. Measuring 65 feet in overall length with a 19-foot beam, the newest Lexus yacht has a distinguished style found in the strong, pronounced bow, accentuated aft hips, and curved deck accents. Viewed from the profile, the elegant rise and fall of the yacht’s distinctly Lexus roofline flows into rising, broad hips of the rear section.
The first completed Lexus LY 650 is expected to be finished in the second half of 2019 and will make its global debut late in the year. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but like they say, “if you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it.”
What do you think about Lexus getting into the luxury yacht game?
Who’s Ready To Set Sail On A 245-Day Luxury Cruise Around The World?
When MSC Cruises announced their 119 day “World Cruise” last year, we didn’t think it could get any better. After all, this amazing cruise boasted an itinerary of 49 destinations across 32 countries spanning six continents. Talk about a bucket list trip!
But no so fast, said Viking Cruises, who recently introduced their Ultimate World Cruise, an insane cruise around the world that spans 245 days, 6 continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights. As the name suggests, it’s the ultimate way to see the world, and Viking’s luxury accommodations ensure that you do it in style.
The eight-month voyage kicks off in London on August 31th, 2019 on Viking Sun, with guests visiting dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands along the way as they circumnavigation of the globe. And unlike other cruises where excursions cost extra, they are included in the fare, allowing you to take part in 113 guided tours of ports such as Reykjavik, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bora Bora, Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Algiers and immerse themselves in the world’s cultures.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises – For more than 20 years, we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history. Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth — at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.
For those days when you’re not visiting a port, you can enjoy world-class amenities aboard the Viking Sun. The award-winning vessel offers spacious rooms, each with its own veranda, king-size bed, spacious bathroom, and flat-screen TV, as well as eight restaurants, multiple pools, spa, theater, and an Explorer’s Lounge serving craft beer and Scandinavian fare.
So how much will this once-in-a-lifetime cruise set you back? Tickets for the Ultimate World Cruise start at $92,990 per person. But keep in mind that that price includes Business Class international air, transfers to/from the ship, all gratuities and fees, three complimentary visa services, free luggage shipping services for embarkation and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package, along with complimentary shore excursions in each port and free unlimited Wi-Fi.
If that’s too rich for your blood, Viking offers the option of two shorter segments – The Viking World Treasures ($47,995) is a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, while the Viking World Wonders ($45,995) is a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.
All in all, this is the ultimate cruise for someone that has a serious case of wanderlust and wants to check off a bunch of countries off of their bucket list.
So what do you say, who’s ready to set sail on Viking Cruises’ Ultimate World Cruise?
Photo credit: Viking Cruises