Verbier, Switzerland – the ultimate star-studded celebrity ski destination

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Overview – Why Go?

Where do you go to mingle with the rich & famous? Want to dine w/ Sir Richard Branson or ski with Prince Harry? Verbier, Switzerland – the ultimate star-studded celebrity ski destination located in the Swiss Alps in southwestern Switzerland. Ride the cableway up to Mont Fort for dazzling views of the Matterhorn, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. Verbier offers direct access to the four valleys for the ultimate in extreme skiing. Noted for its “dangerous” sports & “off piste” back county skiing (think unmarked & unpatrolled ski area), it is the “destination de ski ultime” for the daredevil in you!

Getting there

Fly directly inIMG_6922-Editto Geneva w/ Flight Courtier’s supreme business or first class service. Spend the night at the luxurious (*Five Star Alliance) D’Angleterre Hotel. Recharge with cocktails in the Leopard Bar, dine at the Michelin star Il Lago at the Four Seasons. Have Swiss Chauffeur drive you directly to Verbier the next morning.

Culture – Discover the Village

Once a small farming village, the ski boom of the 1960’s transformed Verbier into most cosmopolitan ski resort in the Valais. Original wood hamlets, villages and charming churches merge w/uber chic hotels exclusive chalets, luxurious private clubs & gourmet dining to create the ultimate winter paradise.

Featured Hotel

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The W Hotel -This newly opened boutique hotel infuses Verbier with a new style & energy. Four interconnecting buildings comprised of stone, glass and wood mixed w/ modern amenities & state of the art technology. Rooms have floor to ceiling views, balconies and fireplaces. With an ideal ski in/ out location there are butlers to remove your boots! Dine at Arola for upscale Spanish cuisine, “work it off at their “Sweat” Gym, ease your tired muscles at the “Away Spa” or cool off in their indoor/outdoor pool. Nighttime activity – The “Destination Bar.”

Featured Restaurant
Nomad Sushi Lounge – What do you get when you mix sushi w/ South American cuisine? Nomad – the new hip, ultra stylish restaurant located in the Neval Hotel. Dine on amazing sushi then hit Farm Club next door, the # 1 nightclub in Verbier! After all how much cheese fondue can you eat?

Businessman’s Lunch
The Lodge – To dine here you must stay here. Owned by Richard Branson, it is the perfect mountain hideaway. Seal that deal w/ complimentary meals plus champagne. Ten bedrooms w/staff of 13, the perfect ratio! – Just like home!

Top Events – Think Extreme

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Unleash your wild side – Adrenaline Winters are white hot
Choose your sport – Dog sledding, extreme ice karting, heli-skiing and paragliding will keep you on your toes (or bottom) Book your flight in March to coincide with Swatch Xtreme Verbier to view the world’s top free riders or in April to experience Glacier Patrol – the high alpine world competition!

 

 

 

Verbier Shopping

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Three of the best – Depeche Mode Boutique for the unique, unusual & eclectic, Montcler for the ultimate designer skiwear and the boutique at the W Hotel!scott

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Tokyo City Guide

Overview
Skyscrapers, lightning-fast trains, crowded crossings, ancient shrines, lantern-lit lanes and traditional wooden buildings, all found in Tokyo. Greater Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 12 million people in center Tokyo alone, and is the center of Japanese culture, finance, and government. This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.

History
In 500 years, Tokyo has grown from a modest fishing village to a world renown city.Originally named, Edo, Tokyo began to grow when it became the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. While the emperor ruled in name from Kyoto, the true power was concentrated in the hands of the Tokugawa shogun in Edo. After the Meiji restoration in 1868, during which the Tokugawa family lost its influence, the emperor and the imperial family moved here from Kyoto, and the city was re-named to its current name, Tokyo

Districts
The sheer size and pace of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor. The city is a jungle of concrete, with neon signs and blaring loudspeakers. At rush hour, crowds squeeze together in packed trains and the streets are jammed. Tokyo is indeed vast and its districts vary wildly by character. The biggest part of experiencing Tokyo is just by wandering around the different neighborhoods and absorbing the vibe.

Tokyo is divided into 23 self governed wards. Each of these wards has a distinct shopping, business and entertainment center. Metropolitan.Metropolitan Tokyo is generally defined by four prefectures, Saitaima, Kanagawa, and Chiba, while the city of Tokyo proper refers to the 23 wards in Tokyo prefecture itself.

If you stumble into the Shinjuku district, you’ve found the perfect place to grab a shot of sake or a cold Sapporo beer.Be sure to check out the electronic blare of Akihabara, the Imperial gardens and shrines of Chiyoda, the youth culture mecca of Shibuya to the pottery shops and temple markets of Asakusa.

There isn’t a bad or good neighborhood. Each one offers something different. Just by poking your head into shops selling weird things, eating unrecognizable things from a menu, to finding unexpected surprises, it’s all safe and exciting. And if you don’t like what you see, hop on the train and head to the next station. You will find something entirely different.

Culture
Tokyo is the cultural center of Japan . Having originated from the ethnic Jomon culture, Japan developed its own unique culture. It’s mixed with influences from the Chinese, Korean, Greek and Indian, and as well as Western influences.

Tokyo’s unique culture is reflected in its traditional arts such as origami(making objects by folding paper), kabuki (complex dramas performed in elaborate costumes), and kamishibai (storytelling with animation, sound, and music).The large number of festivals, rituals, observances and celebrations in Tokyo are also all part of Japanese culture.