This Week In Luxury: 8 Spectacular Ways To Start The Festive Season

In our new weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news from around the world. This week’s highlights: Prada’s fresh new look, horse-drawn carriages by the beach and eight ways you can start your festive shopping early.

Seasonal Delights At Escentials

At this temple of fine perfumery, you can stock up on some of the most exceptional limited-edition holiday gift sets from leading luxury fragrance brands such as Amouage, Acqua di Parma, Maison Francis Kurkdijan, Björk and Berries and Penhaligon’s. The Holiday Journey of Discovery with Escentials promises to transport the wearer (or recipient) to all places and ages, to discovering what it’s like to be a child in Paris through Maison Francis Kurkdijan, or being dazzled by the exquisite colours of Italy with Acqua di Parma. For the latter, candles, diffusers and fragrance sets will lend wonder and sprinkle celebration in your home, while Penhaligon’s World of Wonder and irresistible scents of attraction are a foregone conclusion, with festive inducing names such as; A Fanfare of Fragrances, The Showmen and Leading Ladies. The Escentials Holiday Gift Sets are available on their website and at Escentials store Suria KLCC.


A Timely Pairing Between Hublot And Cheval Blanc Randheli

Just in time for its 9th anniversary, Cheval Blanc Randheli in The Maldives unveils the continuation to its successful partnership with Hublot. Two edition of twenty-five numbered pieces commemorate the anniversary of one of The Maldives’ most exquisite resort. On both the Big bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli and Big Bang One Click Cheval Blanc Randheli, design elements recall the resort’s elements; from shades of taupe and ‘pop yellow sun’ these two timepieces are reminiscent of days spent on the wooden decks, enjoying the sun’s rays and gorgeous endless horizons of turquoise. This year’s editions represent the third release of the Hublot and Cheval Blanc Randheli, with naturally sold-out versions of the 2016 and 2017 collaborations. For those who have already planned their trip to this island paradise, you might perchance find these special editions at the Maison Concept Store on the island, where you find one of Hublot’s most iconic boutiques across the world.

Cheval Blanc

Icons And New Discoveries At Prada’s Revamped Store

From Milan to Kuala Lumpur, Prada’s revamped store located in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur boasts an interior suffused with elements of the original Prada store, located in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Among them: iconic pastel greens, interpreted in the historic Prada niche, black and white chequered marble floors and mid-century Italian furniture. At the reopening of this 340-square metre store, a host of celebrities, including Thai actor Metawin Opas-iamkajorn, better known as Win, perused the new collections of ready-to-wear, leather goods, footwear and accessories, including a men’s area on the upper floor, where the discerning stylish gentleman can also bespoke his own Prada jacket or suit utilising an astonishing range of fabrics proprietary to the Milanese fashion house.


Be Rewarded With Enrich Luxe Retreats

Following a pandemic-enforced hiatus, Enrich Luxe Retreats returns, this time with a unique focus on The Datai Langkawi, a jewel of Malaysia’s north, with luxurious hospitality fringed by 10-million-year-old rainforests. Enrich, the travel and lifestyle loyalty programme, brought three frequent-flier couples to The Datai on a five-day, four-night immersion into The Datai Langkawi, and elements of what they enjoyed are now available via two specially curated packages. The Enrich Getaway Package and Enrich Luxe Retreat Packages, available for purchase on the website.

Malaysian Airlines

Cappellini Arrives In Malaysia In Partnership With Artwright

Founded in 1946, the Italian design brand Cappellini has thrilled the world with artisan traditions from Brianza as well as multiple collaborations with superstar industrial and product designers from Marc Newson for its Embryo Chair to Nendo’s Thin Black Table. Now, through a partnership with Malaysian-originated and internationally renowned integrated systems company Artwright, Cappellini’s avant-garde pieces are available, where clients are able to select from the brand’s famed lacquered finishes, a palette of 80 high gloss and matt colours available on its new releases.


Bruichladdich’s New Generation Of Ultra-Peated Whisky

As it does every year, Bruichladdich’s Octomore arrives as a trio of the most heavily peated whiskies on the market, catering only to the most adventurous of connoisseurs. The 13th series of Octomore, as usual, consists of three different expressions: 13.1, matured in first-fill American oak casks; 13.2, which is not a travel retail exclusive as in normally might have been and aged in ex-Oloroso sherry butts from Spain; and 13.3, created entirely with barley from a dedicated field in the distillery’s home of Islay. While of disparate characters – 13.1 has a jammy sweetness, 13.2 tastes of dried fruits and the sea, and 13.3 has a malty note – they are all united by the smoke and rich, vegetal punch that peat lovers look for.


Royal Selangor’s Gifts Of Style And Substance

Instead of presents that may end up as white elephants, why not give the gift of both style and substance? The Modernist Chess Set from Royal Selangor (RM4,500) is inspired by Bauhaus sensibilities, and is handsomely made of walnut, maple and pewter. Whether your match takes days or decades, it will make for a worthy conversation-starter in any room. The minimalist chess pieces are weighted, though, so avoid the temptation to use them as interrogation tools if you suspect your opponent is cheating. Meanwhile, the William Morris Bottle Chiller (RM1,200) will also make for a fine Christmas gift; it seamlessly transitions to elegant vase, if you’re in need of a detox after the year-end festivities. And what better way for a mental and physical cleanse than with a Sense 3-wick Sage Candle (RM690)? Its yellow pine lid also pulls double duty, acting as a trivet or coaster when you’ve lit the soy beeswax blend candle with wood wicks.

Royal Selangor

Tidings Of Joy At Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

From 16 December till the last day of 2022, guests at Anantara Desaru Coast are in for a festive riff on their beach getaway. In-house guests will enjoy Christmas carols at the resort’s Herb Garden, while Christmas eve brunches by the seaside Sea.Fire.Salt are indulgent five-hour affairs with fresh oysters, sliders and decadent dessert. On Christmas Day, a horse-drawn carriage arrives with presents for children. This parade of festive gastronomy segues into Christmas Day feasting, afternoon teas of Mandarin Yuzu Yule log (and magicians) and a New Year’s Eve gala dinner where a six-course dinner ends with a bubbly accented welcome to the new year.

Anantara Desaru Coast

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