The Billionaire Club: The best for the best

Sky's the limit

Luxury private jets are getting snazzier and operators are ready to fly you off to any corner of the world. JetSetGo, a New Delhi-based private jets aggregator, offers a bevy of tours.

The high life

Privileges include a chef on board, a taster to design meals, preferential slots at airports, access to exclusive yachts, and invitations to the most sought-after seats at various sport tournaments.

* Price: Rs 4.25 crore

The great migration

The tour led by a naturalist covers three national parks in Tanzania.

* Price: Rs 1.35 crore for two


The slopes in the Kashmir valley can be quite the destination for adventure seekers. Skiers are flown to a landing zone on a mountain. Skis, snowboards and poles are carried in an exterior basket.

* Price: Rs 16 lakh

Tee off

The exclusive offering for groups of four to eight includes private jets, a selection of golf courses, hotels and bespoke experiences.

* Price: Rs 80 lakh to Rs 2.70 crore

Around the world

The 30-day tour includes destinations such as Colombia, French Polynesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Greenland.

* Price: Rs 2.7 crore />

For the art lover

Artist Anish Kapoor, whose whirlpool of black water at the last Kochi Biennale made headlines, has created a large concave stainless steel installation , which will feature in Saffronart's upcoming evening sale. "The interesting thing about a polished surface to me is that when it is really perfect enough something happens - it literally ceases to be physical; it levitates; it does something else, especially on concave surfaces," notes Kapoor.

And, those who prefer a work by one of India's most expensive artists can pick up a 1971 painting by V S Gaitonde. The work features layers of orange, rust and umber.

* Where to get: Saffronart evening sale, February 24

* Estimated price: Rs 4 crore to 6 crore for the Anish Kapoor, Rs 6-8 crore for the V S Gaitonde canvas />

Down to the last stitch

For the style-conscious, there's nothing better than a made-to-measure garment. It takes 150 steps to create a Corneliani custom-made jacket; a suit takes not fewer than 500 hand stitches. There are about 100 fabrics in nearly 500 different colours - apart from linings, lapel styles and buttons - to choose from.

The custom-made line features time-honoured techniques of cutting and sewing, paired with fabrics from some of the world's most renowned mills. All made-to-measure orders have initials of the customer.

* Where : Corneliani

* Price: Rs 1.25 lakh onwards />

In esteemed company

It takes some waiting - and more than Rs 1 crore - to make it as a member of the Breach Candy Club in South Mumbai, known to be the home of the largest India-shaped swimming pool. It also includes a swanky gym, restaurants, a reading room, outdoor tennis courts, a basketball court and a volleyball court. Within the club, the swish set gets to mingle and enjoy a sense of space that few spots in the city can offer.

* Membership: Rs 1.12 crore

At the stunning Royal Bombay Yacht Club, which was founded in 1881 for yachting and boat racing enthusiasts, members have access to residential chambers, party rooms, libraries, billiards, gym, dining room and sailing room. The neo-Gothic style stone building was recently restored with decorative marble tiles and stained-glass installations.

 * Membership: Rs 25 lakh plus taxes for permanent members Rs 25 lakh plus taxes per nominee for corporate members />

Luxury in a bottle - or a barrel

The "own a barrel" concept by Nashik-based boutique winery Vallonne Vineyards makes an ideal gift for wine enthusiasts. How it works: customers could taste wines from the winery's various barrels and choose a barrel. Two varieties are on offer: cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The buyer's name is then pasted on the carefully crafted personalised wine barrel. At the end of six or nine months, depending on the variety and the way the wine is maturing, the wine is then bottled with personalised labels or message tags, helped by designers. Each barrel holds 300 bottles of 750 ml each.

* Where to order: Vallonne Vineyards, Nashik

Price: Rs 2.3 lakh a barrel

Only about 100 decanters of this spirit have been matured so far. While bottled single malts can totally evaporate in 40 to 50 years, this one has survived for 75 under the watch of the Urquhart family, owners of Gordon & MacPhail. Mumbai-based The Vault recently procured the rare whiskey for a buyer of Indian origin and may be able to do so again on special request. The uber-rich could just as easily plan a trip to Scotland to buy the spirit themselves. The whiskey is said to have notes of dried apricots and pomegranate, and hints of spice and creamy vanilla. The finish is smooth and smoky. It comes in a teardrop-shaped decanter with 75 cuts, which denote each year of the spirit's maturation.

* Where to order: The Vault, Mumbai

Price: £2,000 or Rs 20 lakh approximately

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