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Essential A-List Escapes By The Luxury Channel

Our mole digs around for the very best in A-list property.

When Hollywood stars aren’t pounding red carpets, preening in front of cameras or cosying up to their co-stars, they need a bolt hole where they can just unwind and be themselves.

Luxury in an Ancient Land

A-List Escape

Porto Heli, Greece has long been the one of the best-kept secrets among the rich and the famous. They describe it as the “Cote d’ Azure” of the Eastern Mediterranean, with all the perks of the Cote but also the privacy it lacks. The Aman Residences at Porto Heli are the perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle. The villas are nestled in one to four acres of glorious Greek countryside complete with private swimming pools and gardens. Designed by award-winning architect Edward Tuttle, the villas enjoy spectacular views out to the sea and exclusive access to the resort’s private Beach Club, where stars can frolic undisturbed.

King of the Casali

A-List Escape

For those who want to capture a slice of rural Italian life with a luxury twist, the Tuscan estate of Castello di Casole offers you everything you might need. Surrounding a 300-year-old castle-turned-boutique hotel, over 4000 acres of gardens, vineyards and olive groves hide traditional farmhouses or ‘casali’. Restored in the traditional Tuscan farmhouse style, the casali are complete with everything a secretive starlet might need, including their very own infinity pool – oh, and access to the local wineries and a special allocation of reserve label Dodici. Just 45 minutes from Florence, you can buy one 12th interest from €290,000 to €445,000 or the whole thing for €3.7million to €6.25million. And, because the estate is developed Timbers Resorts, you can trade your time there with any other properties in the Timbers collection – including Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and the Napa Valley – paradise!

Formula 1 Takes To The Runway By The Luxury Channel

The annual Amber Fashion Show in Monaco saw F1 drivers take to the catwalk to model for charity….

Amber Fashion Show

Formula One swapped the roar of the engines for the clinking of cocktail glasses in Monaco this week for the MARTINI® sponsored Amber Fashion Show at the luxurious Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel.

Stars from the world of sport, film and fashion joined Royalty at the annual Amber Fashion Show. Sir Richard Branson, Olympic track legend Michael Johnson, tennis ace Boris Becker and Little Britain comedy star David Walliams were among the glittering guest list who joined HSH Prince Albert.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone led the star-studded names from the sport along with reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, current title pacesetter Jenson Button, Giancarlo Fisichella, Adrian Sutil, Mark Webber, Nelson Piquet, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

It was a family affair for Bernie Ecclestone with daughter Petra, as the leading championship contender Jenson Button swapped the track for the catwalk to model her latest FORM range of menswear.

It was then the turn of the F1 wives, girlfriends and daughters (pictured above) to add their touch of glamour to the evening. Jenson Buttons’ girlfriend Jessica Michibata was joined by Heikki Kovalainen’s partner Catherine Hyde and the Amber Lounge founder Sonia Irvine who, alongside a host of supermodels, then paraded around the hotel’s swimming pool overlooking the Cote D’Azur in Elizabeth Hurley Beach swimwear and show designer Jimmy Choo’s latest collection.

Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, never one to shy from the cameras, was on hand, with her husband Arun Nayar, to ensure her swimwear range got the best exposure.

Celebrity auctioneer Charlie Ross then sold a Morocco-inspired bar to Prince Albert for a winning bid of 10,000 Euros, whilst Martini’s global brand ambassador Giuseppe Gallo Giuseppe used his cocktail-making skills to mix a drink for American beauty Jessiqa Pace.

The biggest winning bid of the event was 145,000 Euros for an intimate dinner for ten people with Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish at their villa in the South of France.

Organised by Sonia Irvine, founder of Amber Lounge and sister of F1 legend Eddie Irvine, the annual event raised 340,000 Euros for the Elton John Aids Foundation.