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Where are the Most Expensive Ski Resorts Found in the World?

November 19th, 2014

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz – en.carlton-stmoritz.ch

Ski season is here again and it’s time to take a closer look at the most expensive ski resorts in the world. If you’ve been enjoying the sun and the beach, but need a break, taking a ski vacation may be the perfect answer. Here are some of the most expensive and most luxurious choices for your next ski vacation.

St. Regis Deer Valley Ski Resort – $1,037 per night

Staying at the St. Regis Deer Valley Ski Resort will provide plenty of luxuries. The world-class dining and the amazing wine selection provide plenty to enjoy, but it’s really about the incredible views and skiing in Deer Valley.

Suvretta House Resort – $1,121 per night

Found in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this resort is one of the most expensive in the world. However, it’s only the second most expensive in Switzerland. The resort provides a very modern skin centre with a ski shop, heated lockers and the latest gear.

Carlton Hotel – $1,256 per night

The most expensive and the most luxurious ski resort in Switzerland is The Carlton Hotel. It’s found in St. Moritz and has provided some of the best skiing in the world for more than a century. The hotel overlooks the Upper Engadine and provides amazing views of St. Moritz Lake.

Aurelio Lech Ski Resort – $1,423 per night

This ski resort is the most expensive in Austria and provides a five-star experience. The resort, lodge and sap are quite exclusive and sophisticated. With incredible mountain views and plenty of privacy, this is one of the top places for skiing found on earth.

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Les Suites dela Pointiere – $1,958 per night

Known as the most expensive ski resort in the world, Les Suites dela Pointiere is found in Courchevel, France. This is one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world and includes a world-class spa and restaurant. The luxuries are endless here.

Whether you want to head to Switzerland, France or another part of the world, there are plenty of luxuries found at these very expensive ski resorts.

How Many Luxury Condominiums are Found Throughout Miami?

November 18th, 2014

Miami condominium developments

The Miami condominium scene keeps growing

The statistics say that there are 40 condominium buildings with nearly 6,800 units currently under construction in Miami-Dade County. Another 56 condominium projects are in the planning stages with over 10,800 units. Once approvals happen, these projects will move forward. On top of this, another 36 new projects with more than 8,300 units have been proposed to the city.

Most of these new condos are due to the price of land and construction exploding in Miami over the past few years. The price per square foot has gone up by about 50% from 2012 to 2013 and it’s still rising. Some of the luxury projects in Brickell go for as much as $600 per square foot, while others in South Beach go for as much as $2,000 per square foot.

Along with all of these condominium projects, buyers are actually putting larger deposits down for their new condo unit. Many are putting as much as 50% down during the under construction phase to ensure they get the condominium they want. These larger payments are also due to the last boom, which left many purchases skipping out on their agreements.

The condominiums are requiring larger down payments this time around in hopes to ensure purchasers close on their contracts. Most are requiring a 20% down payment, but many are still paying about half the purchase price up front.

With so many new luxury condominium projects, Miami is quickly becoming the hot spot for buyers from all over the world. Many of the buyers are coming from other countries and using the condominium unit as their second home or their get-away when they have business to tend to in Miami.

Others actually stay in Miami most of the year and enjoy the amazing weather and views from their luxury condominiums.

What Type of Events are Happening in the Gulf Islands and Charlotte Harbor area?

November 17th, 2014

Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands – charlotteharbortravel.com

Sometimes, it’s nice to escape from the big city and get away for a little bit of fun. Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands will help you discover what Old Florida is like. This area is full of artistic and family-friendly events. Here’s a look at a few of the events you will discover throughout Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands.

Placida Art Market – Select Saturdays from October to May

This art market opens from 9am to 4pm and provides plenty of paintings, pottery, metal work, crafts and more. Most of the items are from local artists. The art market is found outside the Margaret Albritton Gallery, which is found in the historic fishing village of Placida at 13020 Fishery Road.

Jazz Jam – Fourth Sunday of Every Month

Once January rolls around, the Jazz Jam will start up again. These jazz jam sessions are presented by the Charlotte County Jazz Society at the Port Charlotte Golf Club. They are free to enjoy for club members and $3 for all others in attendance. Every fourth Sunday, they will be held from 1pm to 4pm.

10th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival – February 21st, 2015

Many events will be a part of this festival and will provide plenty of fun for those coming into town for the event. Performances will feature Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne and many others. Artists will perform in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The first performances will start at 1pm and tickets are $65 if purchased before the end of the year. VIP tickets are also available and include a private dance area, special events, front seating and more.

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Other events found throughout Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands include:

•    Gallery Walks – Held on the third Thursday of every month in Punta Gorda.
•    2015 Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo and Competition – January 10th and 11th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
•    7th Annual Hands Across the Harbor – January 31st at Gilchrist Park.

If you’re looking for a good reason to escape the big city and discover a little bit of the Old Florida atmosphere, any of these events will provide a fun road trip.