Bling on Christmas

Dec 16 2012, 20:56 IST
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SummaryIt’s that time of the year when we can hear the sound of jingle bells at the cash registers.

of exclusivity to lessen the stress of buying a phone that costs almost as much as the fully-loaded BMW 7 series luxury sedan he will be using it in.

On the other hand, so to speak, she can gift him the most expensive pen available in India, which costs around the same. William Penn, the Bangalore-based retailer of expensive writing instruments, sells the ‘La Modernista’ made by the famous Swiss brand, Caran d’Ache, which comes with a price tag of R1.35 crore! Great for writing off those bad investments.

Austerity takes a holiday when it comes to splurging on something that is the most expensive in its class. So, if you are planning on gifting a loved one a holiday and tagging along for the ride, the costliest hotel stay anywhere in India happens to be in Jaipur, a great place to visit in winter. The Hotel Raj Palace offers a presidential suite that is among the ten most expensive in the world, and certainly the costliest in India.

The suite is actually the complete royal apartment block within the erstwhile palace, refurbished to royal standards, and comes with multiple bedrooms, living rooms, conference and dining room, private access to a home theatre, gym spa, swimming pool, as well as a separate kitchen and library.

Obviously, there is also a 24-hour personal butler service. A night’s stay in the suite is listed at $45,000 a day on the hotel’s website, which is the equivalent of buying an Audi A-4. However, the bragging rights of having stayed in the most expensive hotel suite in India should be well worth its weight in gold leaf.

If you are going to splurge on a hotel stay, you may as well drive up in something equally exclusive. Conquest Vehicles has just made its India debut with the super-luxury SUV, Evade. From the outside, it looks very military-like, but the interiors are more like a presidential limousine with expensive hand-tooled leather and all the fancy trimmings. It’s priced at R8.5 crore, by far the costliest SUV in India. Finally, for those who like their celebrations in five-star environs, here’s the ultimate accessory with your meal; a bottle of Chateau Petrus, one of the most celebrated wines in the world. At a fine dining restaurant in a five star hotel in India, a single bottle of the 2009 vintage will cost R1.85 lakh. That’s an expensive

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