Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Soccer: Class, flair and money…

When it comes to class, flair and elegance nothing captures more skill than the game of Soccer. And with the 2006 Soccer World Cup just around the corner, spectators across the globe are already waiting in anticipation to watch the biggest tournament in the beautiful game.

Living a life of luxury and glamour you’d sure want to earn a professional soccer players salary. So this week we take a look at some of the greatest stars in the 2006 Soccer World Cup and what they’re worth when it comes to salaries and transfer fees. You too could earn a healthy some of wealth with Golden Riviera…all you need to do is play!

David Beckham - Paid 32 Million dollars a year!

David Beckham is the most marketable professional soccer player and earns 13.7 million dollars a year just from advertising endorsements alone. When the midfielder transferred from Manchester United (England) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2003, the fees reached an astounding 32.5 million dollars. A weekend after Beckham’s signing; his Real Madrid football shirt sales went through the roof, providing the club with so much profit that the amount made from sales covered all Beckham’s transfer fees. Millions of British fans will be hoping for Beckham to conquer the world in this year’s World Cup with his brilliant ability to curve the ball from any angle into any direction.

Ronaldo – Paid 23 Million dollars a year!

His been nicknames “The Phenomenon” and elegantly presents the pitch with speed and a vigorous scoring instinct. When Ronaldo transferred from Inter Milan (Italy) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2002, the fees reached a massive 53.7 million dollars. He’s been named the FIFA World player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002. Brazil will be hoping to retain the title in this year’s tournament, depending on the performance of their No.1 striker.

Zinedine Zidane - Paid 21 million dollars a year!

Zidane is often considered to be among the best footballers in the world still playing, and some might argue that Zidane is one of the most talented players of all time. He came back from retirement in 2005; and was reinstated as the captain of the French national team. When Zidane transferred from Juventus (Italy) to Real Madrid (Spain) in 2001, the fees reached a record of 103 million dollars! FIFA also named the midfielder World player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Ronaldinho - Paid 28.47 million dollars a year!

The attacking midfielder possesses all the flair speed and luck any soccer player could ever wish for. He’s been named the FIFA World player of the year twice as well as European player of the year. When Ronaldinho transferred from Paris SG (France) to Barcelona (Spain) in 2001, the fees reached an unbelievable 40 million dollars. Ronaldinho, the captain of Brazil is definitely one of the players to be watched during the 2006 Soccer World Cup, he’s electrifying display of skill should definitely not to be missed.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Rich's Paradise Awaits You

Your deck chair has been shifted towards the heat of the sun, and your cocktail is waiting patiently to refresh your thirst for absolute relaxation. In the joy of calm surroundings you gaze at the ocean and feel the waves washing away the memory of civilization. As your mind drifts to peaceful shores you come to realize that you are living the life you’ve always dreamt of…on a secluded white sand beach of your own island…

Living a life of luxury and glamour is all about enjoying the more exotic things in life. Owning an island is the ultimate in secluded relaxation. So this week we’re giving you a look at island life and with Golden Riviera Group you too could own your own piece of paradise…all you need to do is play.

Leaf Cay Island, Bahamas - $17,800 000

People like Richard Branson have lived the dream of owning a piece of paradise like Necker Island. Now you can realize your dream! Leaf Cay Island is like a bright colored stepping stone sitting in an emerald sea. Located only 90 minutes from Florida, the area abounds with white sand beaches and exotic scenery. Hidden coves make for luxurious yacht playgrounds and a landing strip provides easy access. There are 18 buildings on the island including a spa and gym as well as luxury villas facing the picture-esque shoreline.

Nakutepipi Island - French Polynesia $8,000,000

When Rod Stewart bought an island in “The World” Dubai, he knew that relaxation was a priceless luxury. Nakutepipi offers calming white beaches which joins with the emerald green shallow water from the lagoon. Delicacies like lobster, King Prawns are an abundant delight for an every day beach picnic. The island is easy accessible by air with its airstrip. The houses and bungalows feature a breathtaking beach view from any angle and the sunsets resemble a celebration of everyday… at the relaxing paradise of Nakutepipi.

Saint Aleixo Island - North east Coast of Brazil $6 000,000

A unique jewel resting in the clear Atlantic waters, St. Aleixo reveals a paradise with sandy beaches and natural splendor. This hidden gem is situated 2 miles off the continent and owners enjoy nine months of sunshine every year. Volcanic rocks, green tropical vegetation and a 1,000 sq. meter mansion make it easy to understand why celebrities like Johnny Depp have obtained their own secluded hide away. Sipping on a cocktail while appreciating the view is what it’s all about and a tropical spa is what you get.

Nagigia Island- Fiji 6 500,000 dollars

Of the coast of Fiji rests a display of beautiful reefs, and has attracted the likes of Mel Gibson, who has found seclusion on the Island of Mago. Nagigia Island is exposed to exquisite reefs and borders a gorgeous aqua blue lagoon. Waterfront Villas provide exclusivity and exotic beaches create a relaxing yet tropical atmosphere. Nagigia Island is the perfect getaway and can be reached by helicopter in only 45 minutes from Nadi International Airport.

A little taste of paradise… Banana Sunrise Cocktail Recipe
2/3 oz Crème de Banana
2/3 oz Piña Colada
2/3 oz Malibu rum
Orange juice

Mixing instructions:Put the ingredients in a shaker and shake them with ice. Pour the drink in a highball (without the ice!) and enjoy the fresh, creamy mix.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Bentley Continental GT - The Big Brother to the Popular GT Coupe

If beautiful cars make your heart beat faster, please consult your physician before looking at this one. The Continental GT from Bentley comes with a new feeling of power and freedom, being grand touring at its utmost best. The Bentley Continental GT is the fastest four-seat coupe in the world, even it its size and weight. A revolutionary Grand Tourer that offers high torque at low revs. At the heart of its taut, predatory form lies one of the most formidable engines ever built combined with the spirit to break boundaries. The Continental GT brings with it unsurpassed style, comfort, craftsmanship and true supercar dynamics. The only other car close to it, would be it's Coupe version; seen as 2004-6's best millionaire must-have.
The four-wheel drive car offers 550bhp with supreme levels of torque to match, through a six-speed transmission and boasts a six-litre engine with its 12 cylinders, cleverly packed into a two-bank W formation. It can fly off from 0-60 mph in an imaculate 4.7 seconds! The engine is a piece of pure innovation: Instead of using two long lanks of six cylinders, like normal V12s, a 'W' formation was developed, uniquely creating two narrow angle V6 engines. Short but powerful it led to a dominant, purposeful bonnet with minimal overhang.

The cabin has a feeling of comfort and room: This car was design with CEOs and Royalty in mind. The pillarless design provides an uninterupted flow of glass from front to rear, so that true light can fill the cabin. The design of the seating gives the feeling of impeccable attention to detail; rear passengers sit well apart with deeply scalloped recesses for their elbows and tangible extra legroom sculpted into the rear of the front seats. Four people, with their luggage and even four sets of skis can be carried with consummate ease. This due to a clever move of the fuel tank to a mid-position under the car that creates ample legroom and ample boot space.

Only the best wood veneers and premium quality leather is used in the GT. The smell does fill your senses and if there ever was a smell to success, I would guess, this is waht it would smell like. Bentley continues it's partnership with Breitling in the new GT as the centrally mounted analogue clock is by Breitling

The Personal Commissioning principle provided by Bentley Auto ensures that no two Bentleys are alike. Customers can choose from an array of options to customise their Bentley. The specialist division - Bentley Mulliner - caters to the most personal demands and builds a car that is tailored and is a mirror image of the concept in mind.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Rich's Proud Thoroughbreds

The jockey knows the course and the horse beneath him eager to pace his body until it reaches its glory. The glamorous faces around the track are waiting in anticipation to welcome a winner. Then the starting line erupts in speed; as your horse runs swiftly to take the lead. As the finish line comes nearer at every stretch, it is you that will be rewarded when everyone rises with applause…

Living a life of luxury and glamour is all about standing out from the crowd… And what more fabulous way than owning a champion race horse. This week we’re giving you a look at some of the most legendary race horses that have surpassed admiration and have left this tradition with record breaking performances. And with Golden Riviera you too could become a famous champion race horse owner…all you need to do is play!

Champions of the Past

Secretariat - Record: 21 Races - 16 Wins- 3 Seconds - 1Thirds - 1,316,808 dollars

Born in Virginia March 30, 1970, His owner Penny Chenery knew that he was no average horse! Secretariat had a neck as thick as a tree trunk, a back as broad as a table and produced a breathtaking explosion of speed. Those that saw him knew that they were witnessing greatness. Secretariat became the 1973 Triple Crown Champion that earned his owner the unofficial title of “First lady of racing” and was honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

Seattle Slew - Record: 17 Races - 14 Wins - 2 Seconds - 0 Thirds - 1,208,728 dollars

Seattle Slew, born in February 1974 and sold for a small 17,500 dollars to Karen and Mickey Taylor, set records and won championships throughout his entire racing career. He had an indescribable special spark and pizzazz that increased the raw talent he displayed as a runner. Seattle slew’s ability to fight through adversity was probably his strongest characteristic that made him the Triple Crown champion in 1977.

Champions of Today

Cigar - Record: 33 Races - 19 Wins - 4 Seconds - 5 Thirds - 9,999,813 dollars

Born in 1990, Cigar was an unstoppable dynamo and most notable for his 16 stakes winning streak. Through unrelenting stamina and a big heart, Cigar became a household name that would grant his racing days with the crown of immortality. The 1990’s became a decade that would not easily be forgotten with a horse like Cigar that came out of the gate straight into the history books.

Smarty Jones - Record: 9 Races - 7 Wins -1 Seconds - 0 Thirds - 7,613,155 dollars

Smarty Jones, born February 28, 2001, is undeniably one of the greatest modern racehorses of today. Owners Roy and Pat Chapman have watched Smarty Jones win race after race until he had to retire. His agility and tactical speed was a clear advantage that made him one of just four undefeated Kentucky Derby winners in history. Smarty Jones showed the grit, the heart of a champion and has blessed his owners by becoming not only a Triple Crown champion, but one of the richest racehorse in history.

Funny Cide - Record: 12 Races - 6 Wins - 2 Seconds - 2 Thirds - 3,204,485 dollars

Funny Cide was born April 20, 2000 and was purchased for 75 000 dollars by Sackatoga Stable in March 2002. A new American classic became the people’s horse when he inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their multimillion dollar owners when sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown. With the highest earnings for a New York Bred in history, Funny Cide is a winner shaped by talent and good fortune, but more miraculous for the strong will he represented.

The Rich's Luxury Flying Machines

Imagine arriving at the airport in a lavishing stretch limousine. The driver opens the door and a beautiful lady greets you with the morning paper. In front of you stands a luxurious executive jet. Your mind automatically assumes that the owner might be a famous rocks star or businessman… but then the captain welcomes you as an airhostess presents you with a crystal Champaign flute.
You only realize that this is your executive jet when the captain asks you where you would like to be taken. You pinch yourself and then reply that the Maldives are quit spectacular this time of year……

Boeing Business Jet - Estimated price: $60 million

Travel in the most luxurious aircraft money can buy. The Boeing Business Jet not only offers go-anywhere, go-anytime reliability, but three times the space of any other executive jet. A private office presents exceptional comfort when your entire team needs to be completely productive on the journey to global business destinations. For the frequent traveler the BBJ also offers a private suite with a queen size bed, a full size shower and dining area which matches any extravagant hotel suite.

Gulfstream V-SP- Estimated price: Above $40 million

The Gulfstream V-SP was one of the finest ultra long-range business aircraft ever created. Capable of carrying up to 16 passengers in seated configuration, the V-SP offers exceptional comfort and luxury. Monitors can be mounted on seats with fast internet access that supply exceptional business features. The V-SP is an outstanding executive jet that prompts with space and comfort, but most importantly the sheer magnificence of going anywhere, anytime and at your own schedule.

Bombardier “Global Express” - Estimated price: close to $40 million

Fasten your cufflinks and experience unbeatable style. The Global express not only takes you from capitals to country sides, but rewards your quest with a unique view of the world. Customized interior can be transformed into office space or comfortable lounge and even conference areas. The Global express has space for 8-16 passengers and offers a versatile and innovative experience whether your destination may be for business or leisure.

Bell- Augusta Tiltrotor BA609 - $28 million

Behold the most versatile aircraft in aviation history. The Tiltrotor not only combines the speed, altitude, and comfort of an executive jet, but also the take-off landing capabilities of a helicopter. With a spacious cabin that can accommodate up to 9 passengers, the BA 609 offers superior personal transportation that can reach even the most secluded areas in the world.

The Most Expensive and sought-after Cars in the World, 2006

If a sheer rush of adrenalin is what you’re looking for, then there’s no space for half measures… Especially when living a life of luxury and glamour. When the rich and famous are looking for an exhilarating thrill, they buy a car that screams at every pace. So this week we bring you a look at some of the most mystical and dynamic cars out there. And with Golden Riviera Group, all it takes is that one big jackpot and you too could be driving out in style…all you need to do is play.

Maybach Exelero - Price unknown

Re-writing the laws of design in a sports car is something unthinkable, but not when it comes to the Exelero, Maybach's new soon to be produced Concept. The Exelero combines the elegance of a high-end limousine with the powerful flexibility of a sports coupe’. At a top speed of 218mph you’ll feel the excitement rushing through your body as its powerful V12 engine produces 700hp. The Exelero is a majestic creation emphasizing stream lined design, which roars with elegant splendor.

Aston Martin DB9 - Estimated price: 152-157,000 dollars

Known to be one of the most technically sophisticated sports cars in the world, the Aston Martin looks great, sounds great and stirs the heart. Handcrafted with superb finishes, its graceful styling complements its vigorous V12 engine that can reach 0-62mph in less than 5 seconds. The interior is hand trimmed in luxurious natural materials providing comfort and relaxation whilst enjoying pure excitement. The Aston Martin comes nothing short of its reputation and delivers true passion for those that seek its beauty.

Hummer H2 limousine - Estimated price: around $125,000

If you’d like to impress your company with prestige comfort and class, then the Hummer H2 limousine will impress even the most glamorous of people. Imagine letting someone else do the driving whilst you relax on smooth leather seats with a crystal Champaign flute in your hand. The Hummer H2 Limo comes complete with a state-of-the-art sound system and even though its luxurious interior makes you feel like royalty, the exterior still resembles the vigorous face of a genuine Hummer.

Noble M400 - Estimated Price: around $95,000

With high performance you need high speed composure… which is exactly what the Noble M400 delivers. Through a dynamic mixture of elements, the M400 has been built to propel the driver right into an exhilarating glide of power and control. The heart of the car produces 425hp and mesmerizing enough can reach 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. The interior captures a “race-car” meets “road-car” feel with high-quality black Alcantara trimmings and racing seats, supporting the driver through some breathtaking corners.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - Price: $1,192,057

Famous for being the most ambitious sports car project in history, the most expensive and fastest car on the market, the Veyron not only possesses the fury of a 1,001 hp V8 engine, but also a price tag that demands respect from every sports car enthusiast. It is a jaw dropping creature that can reach speeds of up to 250+mph, but the most impressive would be that the Veyron does 0-60mph in just 3 exhilarating seconds. The Bugatti is utterly stunning and a specialist in speed cuisine that provides an instant adrenalin rush through every turn and stretch. The Veyron’s 16-cylinder monster engine produces 1001 horsepower for a top speed of over 250 mph. Its stylish looks are to be admired – if you are quick enough to catch a glimpse of it, that is.

Pagani Zonda Roadster F - Price: $667,321

Not just a pretty face, the Zonda Roadster F by Pagani – the boutique automaker responsible for radical-looking race cars – offers its drivers 0-100 kilometers per hour in just 3.6 seconds.

SSC Ultimate Aero - Price: $654,500

The Ultimate Aero uses a heavily modified 1,046-hp Corvette engine fed by a supercharger. It's supported in a steel space frame and covered by a carbon fiber body, which comes in handy when you’re reaching top speeds of 260 mph.

Leblanc Mirabeau - Price: $645,084

With its V8 Supercharged engine, a power output of over 700 hp, and a top speed of 230 mph, this new supercar from Leblanc really belongs on the racetrack, but can be expected to hit the streets before the end of the year.

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo - Price: $555,000

For just over half a million dollars, the elegant-looking S7 will take you anywhere you want to go in complete style, with its 750-hp V-8 engine that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds.

The Rich's Expensive watches - Time is on your side

All successful high rollers know that time is money: the more time you spend playing, the more chances you have of winning! So this week, we’ve decided to inspire you with some of the most expensive watches in the world… just imagine how good one of these would look on your arm if you were to hit the jackpot…

At Golden Riviera Group, there are plenty of opportunities for you to win – all you need to do is play! So make sure you make some time here this weekend, and you could be one of our next big winners!

Tour de l'Ile by Vacheron Constantin

$1.5 million

Seven years of development, three years of assembly, 834 components and 16 functions make this the busiest watch in the world – and the most expensive. Special features include power reserve, moon phase, perpetual calendar, leap-year indicator, as well as the ability to eliminate timekeeping errors caused by slight variations due to shifts in gravity.

1735 by Blancpain


Named after the year in which Jehan-Jacques Blancpain opened his first factory, it took over 8 months to piece together all 740 components of this limited edition watch – so far, only 18 out of the 30 have been assembled. But with a platinum case, split-second chronograph, 80-hour power reserve and crocodile strap, you can’t hurry perfection.

Opera Three by Girard-Perregaux


Not only does this masterpiece have a power reserve indicator, a sub-second complication, a minute repeater and a truly elegant face, but it also has the unique ability to sound the passing hours with actual tunes – hence the name. A convenient selector enables a choice of different tunes, each of which can be personalized to the wearer's taste.

Toric Corrector Quantième Perpétual by Parmigiani Fleurier


With its orderly face and stately air, this timepiece lends a sophisticated and highly efficient presence to any wrist. Extremely fine hands keep track of the time, whilst sub-dials reveal day, month, leap year, retrograde date and precise moon phase display. There's also a minute repeater function, as well as 45 hours of power reserve.

Excalibur EX 08 by Roger Dubuis


Those who appreciate fine style should find this exquisite watch a perfect fit. It’s elegant and eye-catching dial of Roman numerals is marked by a pair of handsome, gold hands. Special features include the ability to automatically correct timekeeping errors whilst flying, 18-carat gold casing, as well as a hand sewn strap.

The Rich's Eggs-quisite Collectibles

You may have seen them on the big screen, at the centre of a plot to steal one of them in the recent Hollywood movie Ocean’s Twelve, or you may have read about them in the news. Whatever attention they’re attracting, Faberge eggs are the most expensive eggs in the world.

Because Easter is the celebration of resurrection, new life and hopefulness, we thought we’d inspire you with a look at some of the most celebrated and decadent Faberge Easter Eggs. Who knows – Easter could be a time for you to turn over a new winning leaf. All you need to do is play, and you could be the next big winner with Golden Riviera Group! Then perhaps one of these eggs may find its way into your private collection some day…

Coronation Egg

Valued at $24 million

The most famous of all Faberge’s masterpieces, Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his wife the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna at Easter 1897. The Easter surprise within this egg is a miniature coronation coach, with gold frame, platinum wheels and crystal windows, whilst an Imperial crown with rose diamonds sits on top of the coach.

Lilies of the Valley Egg

Valued at $18 million

One of only two eggs executed in the Art Nouveau style, this exquisite egg is made of enameled gold, rubies and crystal, and covered by a multitude of pearls and rose diamonds. A pearl knob, when twisted, reveals the surprise: portrait miniatures of Czar Nicholas II and his two daughters.

Winter Egg

Valued at $10 million

Imagine an egg made out of engraved rock crystal, decorated with diamond-set platinum frost and icicles to create a visually stunning masterpiece. And for its Easter surprise, a small, concealed diamond-set platinum Easter basket with flowers in gold, garnets, and crystals.

The Cuckoo (Cockerel) Egg

Valued at $7 million

A gift from the Tsar to his mother in 1900, this Easter egg is made of gold, oyster enamel, diamonds, rubies and pearls. When a button at the rear is pressed, the circular pierced gold grille opens and a bird rises crowing on a gold platform, moving its wings and beak, and descends again into the egg once finished.

Ever had a dream come true...?

With Golden Riviera Group, its possible to make your dreams come true… never has this been more possible than with our Golden Dream Trips Promotion! All you have to do is play at any of Golden Riviera Group’s casinos, and you could win one of these fantastic experiences…

Fancy a shopping spree in the Big Apple?

It’s on us. New York City is a shopper’s paradise – you’ll find anything, from every corner of the globe. Spend a couple of days and nights in Manhattan, where the opportunity to discover something special you can’t find back home awaits.

Visit the Crystal District – a five-block stretch of Madison Avenue – home to the richest concentration of luxury crystal in the world including decorative objects and unique jewelry from companies such as Baccarat, Daum and Lalique.

Or for a bit of ‘uptown luxe’, Manhattan's Gold Coast extends from 59th to 96th streets and from the East River to Fifth Avenue, where you’ll be able to spend to your hearts content on designer dresses and luxurious handbags at Bloomindales or Saks Fifth Avenue, or visit Dunhill where only the finest tailored men’s clothing, accessories and leather goods are offered.

Drop in at world-famous stores such as Donna Karen, Peter Elliot, Tiffany&Co. … or Bond No. 9, where handcrafted scents that represent the spirit of New York can be mixed to form your own unique fragrance…

Or take a 3 day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas

Sip cocktails at sunset, lounge in the Jacuzzi or on deck, and stop off to visit some of the most spectacular ports in the Caribbean… known for its pristine beaches, famous resorts and glittering casinos, the Bahamas has something for everyone! And, Grand Bahama shopping is considered nothing less than a world-class sport – in fact, its shopping paradise at its best.

The Bahamas boasts some of the biggest and best labels in the world – one look at its picturesque ports in their waterfront locations is enough to induce a luxury-inspired shopping spree, whilst still allowing you to relax.

And when the sun goes down, the stars come out. From five-star dining to local fare, the Bahamas has it all. You can choose from casual waterside cafés to international bistros to elegant dining.
In addition there are plenty of nightclubs with exciting shows. You can also experience some of the best land casino action in Grand Bahama. From slot machines to every table game imaginable, you’ll find all the action and excitement you want with a relaxed elegance!

See Oprah live

Share the airwaves with the world’s most famous, billionaire talk show host – one of the world's richest entertainers. Oprah is so successful, that she even has her own production company and magazine named after her.

She lives on "The Promised Land", her 42 acre (170,000 m²) ocean view estate in Montecito, California, outside of Santa Barbara. Rumors state that Winfrey was at a party the previous owners were throwing and so fell in love with the estate that she was reported to have purchased it by writing a personal check for $50,000,000 although it was not for sale.

Oprah is also familiar with making people’s dreams come true - one of the show's features has been the "Wildest Dreams" tour, which fulfills the dreams of many deserving people be the dream a new house, encounter with a favorite performer, or a guest role on a popular TV show.

In 2004 she gave each of her 276 audience members a new car to celebrate her show's 19th season. So you never can tell what to expect as a member of her studio audience…All you need to do is play, and your wildest dreams could come true in no time…

The Rich's Expensive Hotel rooms - Rooms with a view

When you’re on the move, you’re on the move… high flyers and jet setters are often traveling from one city to the next, and when you’re living life in the fast lane, there’s only one place to rest when you’re away from home: in the lap of luxury – 5-star accommodation that caters for your every need in the style that you’re accustomed to.

So this week, we’ve taken a look at the 5 most expensive hotel suites in the world… not just rooms with a view, but with a view from the very top. All it takes is just one big jackpot win, and you too could have the pleasure of one of these luxurious hotels experiences… all you need to do is play...

1. The Atlantis, Bahamas – Atlantis Bridge Suite: $25,000 per night

In the Bahamas, it’s all about location. The Bridge Suite is located on top of a bridge that connects the two Royal Towers buildings, and overlooks the entire resort and marina. The experience comes with its own butler, bar lounge and entertainment center as well as 12-foot ceilings. The master bedroom has a sitting area, his-and-hers closets, and hand-painted linens. There are also two separate master bathrooms, each with chaise lounges and marble baths.

2. The Martinez Hotel, Cannes – Presidential Suite: $18,000 per night

Experience the luxury of Cannes whilst looking out over the entire bay. Each suite has two bedrooms, a Turkish bath, kitchen, and personal sauna. The wraparound terrace is 2,000 square feet and can comfortably hold 100 people. It also has a Jacuzzi. Included are Bose plasma screen televisions and a DVD library. A private butler is on call 24 hours a day and you have access to the use of a limousine and open bar.

3. The Plaza, New York – Presidential Suite: $15,000 per night

This luxurious two-level Presidential Suite occupies the entire 18th floor of the hotel with two living rooms, a parlor, and a library. Guests also have access to a rooftop area. That's in addition to six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The suite also has a private wine cellar, four balconies and a staff of maids, a butler and chauffeur with a Rolls Royce. And if you feel like a snack, there's even a private chef on call at any hour of the day.

4. President Wilson Hotel, Geneva Switzerland – Royal Floor: $9,090 per night

Located on Lake Geneva, this suite is indeed spacious – taking up an entire floor. In addition to fantastic views of the beautiful lake, guests of the Royal Floor can gaze through bay windows or from a private terrace at the Alps and the Mont Blanc. The suite also has a spacious living room and elegant dining area. The hotel boasts a security system that is up to par for royalty and the biggest celebrity guests.

5. Hotel Ritz, Paris – Coco Chanel Suite: $4,300 per night

Coco Chanel made the Ritz her home for 37 years, and guests can relish the same garden view from the bathroom or gaze upon the Place Vendôme from one of the two balconies. This luxuriously decorated room in this statuesque hotel is located in the heart of Paris near the Louvre and the Museé d'Orsay and has hosted such famous guests as England's King Edward VII, Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

Look like a star, feel like a star

Fashion shows, after parties, 5 star clubs and restaurants… When you’re living the life of luxury and glamour, you need to look the part. Which is why we bring you a look at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to getting all dressed up this year. To feel like a star, you need to spend money on looking like one. And with Golden Riviera Group casinos, all it takes is that one, big jackpot and you could be stepping out in style in no time… all you need to do is play!


First impressions last, and when you’re a star its all about how you dress. For $2,000 you can slip into something sleek by Hervé Léger, as worn by Sharon Stone. Or for a more luxurious feel, pick up a $3,000 Oscar de la Renta favored by Penelope Cruz. For gentlemen, nothing says power and style as succinctly as a sharply tailored Brioni suit, valued at $7,500 and worn by high rollers such as Donald Trump.


When celebs like Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer need a $600 trim, they visit Sally Hershberger in NYC. Or, for $800, you can rub shoulders with supermodels such as Giselle, Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell at ultra-exclusive Orlo. For gents, a mere $300 will enlist the services of one of the hottest men’s hair stylists – Brent Barber – at the Brooks & Brooks London salon frequented by David Beckham.

Beauty and frangrance

Looking good also has to do with how well you look after yourself. Madonna, Liv Tyler and Susan Sarandon go for Tracy Martin beauty and face creams – at over $400 per ounce, they’re more expensive than caviar. Limited edition colognes for men are the way forward, such as Feuille Verte by Olivier Creed for $375.


From $1,850 and up Jimmy Choo handbags are a favorite of Nicole Richie, Halle Berry, and Charlize Theron, whilst Manolo Blahnik alligator boots at $11,000 are the must-have item of the year. Sunglasses are very popular, with importance on luxury brands and designer names – this year, Fendi for men and Gucci for women valued at $350 each.

Personal stylist

Of course, if you’ve got the money you can hire your own personal stylist. For $10,000 a day Rachel Zoe helps stars like Kiera Knightly, Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton stay in fashion, whilst Cher Coulter makes sure Orlando Bloom maintains his stylish look.

Get the VIP Treatment you deserve

From the ski slopes of Aspen to the beaches of the Hamptons, even celebrities need some time off to rest and rejuvenate when they’ve been playing too hard. At Golden Riviera Group casinos, we’re used to delivering star treatment to our players, so this week we thought we’d inspire you by taking a look at some of the world’s top luxury escape spots.

And you can go there too, simply by trying your luck at Golden Riviera Group casinos! All you need to do is play hard and hit that one, big jackpot, and you too may be flying off to one of these exquisite locations sooner than you think…

Sea Mountain

Rated the top celebrity spa four years in a row, this private, secluded spa exists in a secret location just outside LA, in order to ensure the most private VIP experience. Even celebrities themselves don’t know where they’re going until the limousine picks them up! Once they arrive, however, they are waited on hand and foot, enjoying mineral spring water whirlpool massages, herbal steam baths and saunas, heated swimming pools and reclining in top class accommodation whilst enjoying gourmet cuisine and specialty drinks. Regular guests include Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo di Caprio and Brad Pitt.


The Wakaya Club resort in Fiji is an exclusive private island resort that accommodates only 20 people at a time. Guests can stay in one of nine thatched roof huts – each surrounded by wide verandas, tropical gardens, and its own private stretch of beach – or in Vale O, which is a 12,000-square-foot home divided into three pavilions that come with a driver and personal chef. The top villa costs $5,950 a night and the island can also be hired out. This fabulous getaway has hosted stars such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Celine Dion and Pierce Brosnan.


The prestigious Palace Hotel in Switzerland attracts an international mix of jet-setters such as David and Victoria Beckham, who go there for the excellent skiing and the social scene. No less than six restaurants provide the finest possible cuisine in lovely settings, whilst the state-of-the-art bedrooms are warm, spacious and comfortable. The hotel’s La Prairie spa offers a range of relaxation treatments, such as back massage followed by the application of special self-heating mud. The treatments are then personalized by a therapist using a combination of massage techniques and marine ingredients.


The private island of Mustique in the Caribbean has long been a playground for royalty, musicians and celebrities since the 1950s – when Scottish eccentric Lord Glenconner bought the island and invited his blue-blood friends over. Princess Margaret also owned a house there, Les Jollies Eaux, which can be rented for up to $32,000 a week. There is also the magnificent six-bedroom Plantation House, which costs a whopping $60,000 a week. Cars are not allowed on the island, and the only nightlife is funky beach bar Basil's. Visitors include Oprah Winfrey, Tommy Hilfiger, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer.

The Rich's Riviera Getaway Spots

Glamorous people, beautiful yachts, the jet-set lifestyle… to say that the French Riviera has long been associated with luxury would be an understatement. It is the place to play, where high rollers go when they hit the jackpot. Few destinations in the world boast more celebrities, more parties or a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. Here is a choice selection of the perfect places where you can get away to relax if you’re looking to spend some of those winnings…

Think James Bond and Formula One and you’re halfway there… famous for its royal family, casinos, and as a haven for the incredibly wealthy, Monaco is regarded as one of the most elegant places on the planet – the ultimate playground for the rich and famous. Be sure to book a table at the Louis XV restaurant, located in the Hôtel de Paris, and generally regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Riviera.


One of the most popular Mediterranean anchorages in the summer, Cannes is famous for its extravagant film festival and movie stars. The best way to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy it during the day is to stroll down the Croisette, the boulevard running along the seafront. For dinner and drinking, Baoli in Port Pierre Canto is the hippest place in town, or the Palm Beach nightclub where you can dance the night away under the stars.

St Tropez

Popular among the very rich and famous, St Tropez has a reputation for its flamboyant atmosphere and as the place to be seen. People anchor their yachts for non-stop beach parties in summer, creating a uniquely festive and glitzy aura. Catch a glimpse of P-Diddy whilst enjoying lunch in Club 55, or the legendary Caves du Roi. Also popular is the VIP Room where, if you can get in, you can expect to rub shoulders with celebrities.

Cap d’Antibes

Studded with the villas and pools of the super-rich, Cap d’Antibes is a peninsula of pristine, sandy beaches set among a rough and rocky coast that to this day remains untouched by tourism. Film and rock stars are often seen at the ultra-trendy and exclusive Eden Roc restaurant. The car park has a greater concentration of Mercedes and Rolls Royce than you've ever seen and there are always bronzed Mediterranean beauties browning themselves in the sun.

The Rich's Electronic Must-haves 2006

Here, the high life is within your grasp, and it’s yours for the taking… Playing big is all about winning big, and the lifestyle that goes with it. Look good, feel good, and why not? You deserve it! There’s nothing better than sitting down to play knowing that your next bet could be the big payout, and dreaming about ways in which to spend your winnings. And as an extra bit of incentive this weekend, we’ve put together a list of some of the trendiest gadgets around –must-have accessories for any high roller!

Panasonic MiniDV Camcorder

Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this trendy new camcorder isn’t short on innovative features. It compensates for any hand movement intuitively, so that every shot is crisp and clear. It also features a sophisticated Leica Dicomar lens, able to capture subtle differences in tone of light and shade – perfect for if you decide to take a luxury holiday with your winnings!

Magellan eXplorist 210 Handheld GPS Unit

Compact, shockproof and water resistant in design, this item is very helpful should you find yourself navigating a private yacht around Cannes. Weighing a mere 6.1 ounces - and able to download and store up to 22 megabytes of maps while providing precise three-meter positioning - this pocket-sized trendy gadget is an outdoors enthusiast’s dream.

Kodak Easyshare Digital Camera

Crafted to capture every pose, the V530 camera is equipped with 5-megapixel resolution. And it’s tiny, making it a pleasure to carry or store. The Kodak Easyshare v530 is able to blend still photography and video as well - turning videos into stop-action still pictures perfect for printing and sharing.

Dolce & Gabbana Motorola RAZR V3i

There are only 1000 of these exclusive cellphones available, so ladies you had better hurry up and hit that big jackpot soon! Featuring a personalized background with screensaver, a tailored sound for power up and down, an exclusive polyphonic ring tone and a video clip illustrating 20 years of Dolce & Gabbana brand history, its more than just a phone – it’s a lifestyle essential!
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