Ultimate safari experience

Exclusivity is paramount to the experience at any private villa, but when it comes to Tarkuni—the Oppenheimer family’s retreat on their Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve in South Africa—the concept takes on new meaning. Available to the public for the first time last September, the five-suite estate sits amid 250,000 acres of savannah grasslands and red sand dunes, offering a maximum of just 10 guests a seemingly unending playground shared with the black-maned lions, antelopes, meerkats, cheetahs, and other wildlife of the Kalahari.

The Oppenheimer family first constructed Tarkuni in 1998 as their own private safari retreat. Following a major expansion and a renovation by the interior designer Boyd Ferguson (of the acclaimed firm Cécile and Boyd’s, known for the chic safari style it established at Singita lodges throughout Africa), the estate is now one of the South African bush’s most luxurious accommodations. In addition to the five suites, Tarkuni includes a spa, a swimming pool, a library, and sprawling terraces with views across the Kalahari.

Guests arrive at Tarkuni in a suitably stylish manner via the Oppen­heimers’ Pilatus PC-12 jet, which lands at a private airstrip located within Tswalu Kalahari that is accessible only to guests of Tarkuni and a nine-suite camp set elsewhere in the reserve. Once settled, visitors enjoy a rare flexibility over their itineraries, thanks to private guides and trackers who can accommodate game experiences of any duration at any time. Traditional game drives, night safaris, bush walks, and horseback excursions are all on offer, allowing guests to explore the uninhabited reaches of their vast surroundings in a variety of ways.

Back at the villa, activities are equally enticing, from afternoon spa treatments such as the desert mineral crystal body exfoliation to gourmet dinners—prepared by Tarkuni’s private chef—in the lantern-lit boma, or outdoor entertainment area. Most nights after dark, a sea of stars blankets the enormous sky, beckoning guests to enjoy the view just a bit longer from the king-size star beds located on the private terraces. ($7,190 per night)

Europe’s deepest river canyon

Tara canyon, Montenegro 
With a maximum depth of 1,300m, Europe’s deepest river canyon is a vertigo-inducing sight. To get an idea of how impressive that is, the US’s Grand Canyon has an average depth of 1,600m, so it’s really not far off. The 82km-long canyon runs through Durmitor national park, with the Tara river rushing through its bottom. The best way to explore the canyon is by boat; the last stretch of the river has over 20 rapids that can be tackled on a white-water rafting tour. (visit-montenegro.com)

Most expensive luxury nightclubs around the world


10. Club Aquarium, United Kingdom

One can not deny that you need a large stock of money and credit cards, if you want to spend in the "Aquarium", which is officially the most expensive club in the UK. Located in London, the club offers great entertainment and a range of branded beverages. In addition, you can spend in the pool club or sip cocktails in the Jacuzzi.


9. Pangea Club, Singapore

Want to have fun in Singapore, with luxury and style? In this case, stop by Pangea Club, the most expensive restaurant in the country. Location, Marina Bay Sands, club entrance + table reservation - $ 20,000. Reservation only. Start to think about how much money you need, so you can really relax at a party. Not only is Pangea expensive, but also exclusive.


8. Chloster Club, Switzerland

Tucked beneath the cruel cold of the Alps, Chloster Club is a true blend of elegance, luxury and comfort. As soon as the sun comes up, the club is transformed into a high-end restaurant, offering tourists specialties, cuisine, all world-class. Tourists visit it more often than locals.


7. LIV Club, Florida

LIV Club is not just one of many premiere clubs in Miami. At the same time, with an area of ​​30,000 square feet, it is the largest. Even with such a massive space, it is almost always full. Since it is located on private property, right next to the beach, it offers the opportunity to sneak out with fun and enjoy while you walk among the waves pounding feet.


6. Cocoon Club, Germany

With luxurious interior and extravagant entertainment features, "Cocoon" is one of the most popular places of night life Frankfurt. It has a capacity of 1,200 people, but entering the Cocoon Club is not so simple. First of all, because it is very difficult to book a space. This nightclub attracts many powerful figures and wealthy people, who do not have a problem to spend the thousands of dollars on a single bottle of champagne.


5. Club Halicarnassus, Turkey

Parties in Halicarnassus club are considered among the craziest in the world. This building in Bodrum can accommodate up to 10,000 people in one night. This club is thematically arranged so that it resembles the Roman Empire. For a larger amount of money, you can have fun doing it as the emperor Caesar.


4. XS Club, Las Vegas

A list of the most extravagant nightclubs would not be valid, if it does not have the club in Las Vegas. Proudly noting its rich interior, as well as an impressive list of drinks, XS Club is one of the most luxurious on the list. Massive podium occupies more than 13,000 square feet. If you're in Vegas and you have money to spend, think seriously about this club.


3. Cavalli, Dubai

One of the most visited places in Dubai, Cavalli occupies three floors of Fairmont Tower Hotel. It was designed by the famous designer Roberto Cavalli. This club was recognized for its 365,000 Swarovski crystals that fill the interior. Worthy of mentioning is a large list of expensive drinks. Every evening, some of the world's famous DJs sending visitors of this club in a dancing frenzy.


2. La Fira Club, Spain

If you find yourself in Barcelona, ​​La Fira Club is a place you absolutely must visit. Club combines old school atmosphere with elements of modern agitation. The club is equipped with antiques and unique handmade furniture. Mirrors are found on almost every wall, giving the club an interesting flavor, especially when they "distort" the body on the podium. Also there is an impressive array of branded drinks and wine stored for decades.


1. Hakkasan Las Vegas

There should be no surprise that the list was another club in Las Vegas. Hakkasan is very attractive nightclub, which is regularly visited by celebrities and rich people, who are not averse to this and spend $ 100,000 for the night. A bottle of champagne costs several thousand dollars, and for a serious "party beast," one is never enough.

Fabulous Wedding Locations

Outdoor Spring Wedding
Scottsdale, Ariz., has an average of more than 300 days of sunshine yearly, so the odds are in your favour for a picture-perfect day. Getting married at sunset on a golf course with purple mountains glowing in the background is a spectacular way to walk down the aisle. The Hyatt at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale offers fantastic views, delicious food and helpful staff. The resort has outdoor pools, hot tubs, waterfalls and a beach. hyattregencyscottsdale.com.
Scottsdale also offers wedding guests plenty of activities. They can hike nearby Camelback Mountain, shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square and take in Native American culture at the Heard Museum.

Art Lovers 
Florence is an over-the-top romantic city. There are endless museums, as well as spectacular backdrops for photos. It is an unusual city because it hosts stunning and historic locations for many religions. For instance, a Catholic wedding can be celebrated in one of the Renaissance churches, while a Jewish wedding can be held at the Moorish-influenced Great Synagogue of Florence, one of the prettiest in Europe.
The Lungarno Hotel Collection has a team that can arrange all the details, from the ceremony to the reception. They can also help with photography, floral design, music, accommodation, wedding party and a gala dinner. lungarnocollection.com

Princess Bride 
For the bride looking to create an elegant wedding, the Château de Challain located in the Loire Valley region of France will wow the imagination.
It is the venue of choice for any bride wishing to live out a fairy tale, as it appears to be straight out of a storybook.
The château can be rented out.
Host a wedding in the château, which provides fabulous accommodations and guests can sleep in an ornate canopy bed in a tower.

Beach Bum 
Hawaii might be one of the easiest places to plan a destination wedding. Many hotels have entire staffs devoted to planning weddings. The packages are all-inclusive and the resorts provide detailed websites, with photos of venues and menu choices.
Couples can tie the knot by waterfalls, the ocean, or in coconut groves at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, which is nestled on 12 hectares on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii. fairmont.com.
Another option is the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui. It offers wedding packages for intimate ceremonies of two to four people all the way up to big events for 500 people. ritzcarlton.com

Bridesmaids and Mermaids 
Getting married at sea is fabulously romantic and a way to keep the party going for several days.
Holland America offers a plethora of options, ranging from a marriage ceremony on board to an exotic Caribbean island beach or even at the top of a majestic Alaskan glacier.
Packages include a personalized ceremony, flowers, a cake and a wedding certificate.
Co-ordinators will customize the couple’s special day according to their wishes. It’s an ideal way to extend the party and celebrate with families as well as the bridal party. hollandamerica.com

Cowboy Capital of The World

Bandera, Texas
The self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World is stocked with guest ranches and real ranches, welcoming dudes (according to Merriam-Webster, "a city dweller unfamiliar with life on the range") as well as legitimate ranch hands.
It's practically impossible to pass through town without seeing a rodeo. Horses tied to hitching posts aren't uncommon.

There are more than a dozen guest ranches to choose from, but among the most historic is Dixie Dude Ranch, which has lured wannabe wranglers since 1937. An overnight trail ride includes chuck wagon meals and storytelling by the campfire.
The cowboy authenticity ends where the massage therapy and pool begin.
Possibly the best experience in Bandera is at Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Saloon -- one of Texas' greatest dance halls. There are always a few cowboys drinking Pearl beer and listening to live music, often played by Arkey himself.

 Hit town for the National Day of the Cowboy on July 27 and you'll be in for a treat. As you might expect, the town puts on a hell of a hootenanny.

Source: cnn.com