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The World’s Most Expensive Christmas Bauble

Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes: The world’s most expensive Christmas tree bauble has been designed by English firm Hallmark Jewellers of Titchfield partner Mark Hussey, and has been confirmed by The National Association of Goldsmiths as being worth £82,000.00. Hoping to be to Christmas decorations what Faberge is to eggs, the bauble consists of a snowflake cut pattern sits swathed amidst a sparkling display of diamonds, all of which have been delicately placed by hand, on top of a 18 carat white gold sphere.

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TRAVEL: Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay

Set on 25 acres, on the highest point in the hinterland of Byron Bay, Gaia Retreat & Spa is a boutique retreat, with 20 stylishly appointed stylish villas that will seduce you with its exquisite vistas. Since opening in 2005 Gaia and the owners – one of whom is Australian icon Olivia Newton-John – has received multiple awards and accolades. Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes explains.

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TRAVEL: Orpheus Island, Queensland, Australia

Orpheus Island is located 80 kilometres north of Townsville and stretches 11 kilometres, situated in over 1,300 hectares of National Park. Luxury real estate Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes describes how the resort is limited to only 42 guests you will be pampered with only the best in cuisine and hospitality in your own private luxury accommodation.  Enjoy the seclusion.  Total privacy is assured together with full discretion for all guests and kids under the age of 15 are not allowed.

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Is Customer Service a Luxury?

It seems that “customer service” has become a Luxury. It would appear that companies have made the decisions that upsetting and frustrating people is not a problem and to lose a percentage of their customer base by providing substandard service is ok. Sydney real estate agent Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes is a huge supporter of businesses reducing costs and being more competitive so long as they maintain or improve upon their customer service.

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Australian Luxury Eco Resorts – Couran Cove

Marquette Turner Luxury Homes know luxury when they see it, and as luxury real estate agent Christine Watson explains South Stradbroke Island, a 40 minute ferry ride from Queensland’s Gold Coast, is a luxurious resort that offers the beauty and serenity of nature with all of the first class comforts only associated with award winning locations.

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North Korea’s Luxury Hotel Destined for Greatness?

Luxury real estate would not traditionally be found in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. As Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes reports, however, the skyline is being smartened up.

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Palaces: Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Frederick’s Refurbished Palace

Australian born, crown princess, Mary of Denmark will soon move into the Frederik VIII palace in Copenhagen with her husband Frederik and their two children.

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Tasmanian Real Estate: The Priory Country Lodge in Bothwell

Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes fully recommends this fantastic Tasmanian boutique hotel. The Priory Country Lodge in Bothwell, Tasmania was built in 1848 and has recently been stunningly refurbished into a beautiful country lodge. In a town known for game hunting, you can also enjoy trout fishing and a few rounds of golf at the oldest course in the Southern Hemisphere, the stunning wilderness and then enjoy a drink at a whiskey distillery.

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Luxury Real Estate and a Luxury Car requires a Luxury Garage

A luxury car requires luxury real estate to house it. Italian car-maker Maserati launched it’s Design Driven competition and the winner of the existing garage design was Holger Schubert whom created a 1200 square foot “living room” for the car with stunning views over Los Angeles.

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The Number 1 Luxury Hotel in Oceania: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island

This year readers of Travel + Leisure magazine awarded the 2009 winner of the best hotel in Oceania as The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand. Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama.

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