Monday, June 29, 2009

Five most expensive hotel rooms in the world

When the well heeled are on the move, they look for the best when it comes to travel lodging. A simple hotel room with a bed, a bathroom and a TV is not just enough for them. Spending as much as £23,000 a night on a hotel room is something only the uber-rich can afford, especially in these tough times. With help from Forbes, Times Online has compiled a list of the five most expensive hotel rooms in the world. Let’s take a sneak peek into the lodging lifestyle of the wealthy travelers.

1. The Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France: Penthouse Suite £22,900 ($37,650) a night

The luxurious Penthouse Suite at Hotel Martinez in boulevard de La Croisette in Cannes includes a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms with hammam, shower, a spa bath, mini-bar, dressing room, sauna and a big terrace. Other amenities include videoconferencing, plasma screen, computer and ADSL, satellite TV and Fax.

2. Four Seasons Hotel, New York, USA: Ty Warner Penthouse suite £21,500 ($35,350) a night

It’s a remarkable luxury experience to stay at the Ty Warner Penthouse suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. An upshot of a collaboration between owner Ty Warner, designer Peter Marino and architect I.M. Pei, the exclusive Ty Warner Penthouse suite offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of Manhattan. The nine-room suite features semi-precious stone surfaces to fabrics woven with platinum and gold. Other salient features and services include a personal butler, a personal trainer/therapist and a private chauffeur.

3. Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland: Royal Penthouse suite £21,500 ($35,350) a night

The Royal Penthouse suite at Hotel President Wilson features period pieces, majestic views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, a private elevator, surveillance cameras, bulletproof windows, armored doors and bedside panic buttons.

4. Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens, Greece: The Royal Villa £21,000 ($34,500) a night

The three-bedroom Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi has everything to impress even the most seasoned traveler. It has an indoor pool, outdoor heated pool, a gym, a private marina, a butler, private chef and a nearby beach. Image Credit.

5. Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Italy: Presidential Suite £16,800 ($27,600) a night

The Presidential Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe is a duplex and features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an outdoor saltwater pool and a private gazebo and solarium.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The world’s first Spaceport being built in the USA

Space is the next frontier, and space tourism is probably the next big thing. Space tourists will have a terminus of their own next year when the construction of a Spaceport is completed in New Mexico. Virgin Galactic plans to use the spaceport to send people into orbit, and there are a lot of people interested in the idea. Nearly 45,000 people have already registered for a space trip from the new spaceport.

Each trip will cost the tourists $200,000, and Virgin hopes that it will have a flight every week, with at least six people on board. The spaceport has been designed by London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners. The structure will seek to display the same mystery and drama as a spaceflight is likely to have.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Land Cruiser Black Bison edition from Wald

Wald International have created an aggressive bodykit for the Land Rover. The kit completely changes the looks of the vehicle with a number of additions to the exterior. Exteriors get a new front bumper with foglights, rear bumper with a diffuser, rear spoiler, quad-pipe exhaust, side skirts and gill extractor vents.

Moving on 21-inch chrome wheels, the kit was initially prepared for Russian and the East European market. But it will be made available to other markets as well. The entire kit costs $6300, and if you want a sport muffler exhaust, that will be another $2500.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Stig revealed: It’s Michael Schumacher!

The web had been ablaze with rumors saying that Michael Schumacher is The Stig. Well, for the start of their Season 13, the show went ahead and revealed who The Stig really is. The Stig walked up and removed his helmet to show his true face, and yes, that was Schumacher all right. We don’t really believe that, it sounds more elaborate, but almost like the time TG revealed.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2009 BMW M Concept: Designer Idries Noah’s answer to the Audi R8

Tired of waiting for BMW to come up with an Audi R8 rival, designer Idreas Noah created this independent design proposal for a sleek, stylish and aggressive Beemer. Inspiration for the design came from flowing water and ripples, and the sides are inspired by what’s called in surfing terms “a barrel or tube.” The concept runs on a tweaked 5-l V10 from the M6, that would generate more than 400kW power. Dimensions for the M Concept are nearly the same as its targeted rival, the Audi R8.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Xbox Project Natal the new way to paly games

Introducing Project Natal, a revolutionary new way to play: no controller required. See a ball? Kick it, hit it, trap it or catch it. If you know how to move your hands, shake your hips or speak you and your friends can jump into the fun - the only experience needed is life experience.

And for me this E3 is about breaking down barriers.

The Project

Let's Meet Milo

Paint Party - Natal

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Transforming Cargo Pickup concept looks toyish

The electric truck can shift to variable tracks and wheelbase to accommodate the said configurations. To further reduce its footprint on the road, when not in use, the storage compartment can be detached from the vehicle.