Exclusive Serenity intrigues with prestigious “Diamonds of the Indian Ocean” event

Cape Town, 12 August 2010. In cooperation with Uwe Koetter and The Idiom Collection, Exclusive Serenity organised a prestigious evening at the premises of Uwe Koetter Jewellers in Cape Town. Under the motto “Diamonds of the Indian Ocean”, Exclusive Serenity presented Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles and Coco Palm Bodu Hithi in Maldives to selected travel trade professionals. The highlight of the evening was the diamond cocktail: everybody got a glass of champagne which included a gem… one of them was the real diamond. From the moment the guests - by invitation only – entered the prestigious showroom at Uwe Koetter Jewellers, it was clear that they were in for a treat.

With compliments of The Idiom Collection, guests were spoiled with exquisite, award-winning wines: a rare and opulent wooded Viognier from the Rhône and the decadent Cape Blend which has won its own Diamond at the Investec Winemakers Choice, Double Gold at Michelangelo, Gold at Veritas and 4 Stars Wine Magazine.

Diamonds of the Indian Ocean Event

Uwe Koetter Jewellers have become one of the most renowned jewellery design and manufacturing companies in South Africa. They have also won many awards in recognition of pieces unique both in quality and design. Whilst enjoying their wines, guests could take some time to get inspired by the various jewellery on display prior to a demonstration at the workshop. Johan Louw, the General Manager at Uwe Koetter Jewellers, demonstrated how to make a wedding band which was an interesting and fascinating experience.

Following award-winning wine, the evening progressed with the diamond cocktail. Each guest received a glass of champagne for their enjoyment prior to the presentation of the “Diamonds of the Indian Ocean” by Exclusive Serenity: Coco Palm Bodu Hithi in Maldives introduced by Christiane Rieth, followed by a presentation about Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles by Melanie Floor.

Prior to the diamond testing, Kerry Collins from "here’s my card" won a stay at 15 on Orange, sponsored by Opulent Living, South Africa's most prestigious coffee table magazine.

Finally guests could take their diamond cocktails to the “diamond testing station” where the competent team of Uwe Koetter checked the stones and found out whether the gem was the real diamond. The lucky winner got to keep the real diamond found in the champagne glass. The diamond cocktail was sponsored with compliments of Uwe Koetter Jewellers and was the highlight of a truly memorable evening.


Exclusive Serenity and Frégate Island at glamourous event of the year

On 2nd December 2010, the 1st anniversary celebration of African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa and Opulent Living Magazine was held at the Crystal Towers Hotel in Century City, Cape Town. The extravagant event counted 640 guests who entered the hotel hall on the red carpet, where they were welcomed by Barbara Lenhard, Publisher of Opulent Living Magazine, and Gary Koetser, General Manager of African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa.

Amongst the guests were important players of the travel trade as well as well-known personalities such as Edith Venter. Michael Mol, TV presenter and anchor host of Top Billing was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The entertainment included an amazing performance by artist Lindiwe Suttle, who did not only dazzle South Africans and tourists with her powerful voice at the FIFA welcome concert but also sang Happy Birthday and performed some of her own songs during the evening.

Prior to the birthday prize draw, the birthday cake was cut by Barbara Lenhard, Publisher, and Florian Gast, Creative and Editorial Director of Opulent Living Magazine.

The amateur video shows a short introduction of Frégate Island Private by Melanie Floor (Exclusive Serenity) as well as the prize draw by Barbara Lenhard (Opulent Living Magazine) and the announcement of the winner.

The birthday prize was a stay at one of the most exclusive resorts in the world: Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles. With only 16 villas, Frégate Island ensures maximum privacy and exclusivity for its guests. The winner and a partner will stay in a luxurious, spacious villa and will be looked after by a private butler.

The international flights to get to paradise were sponsored by Exclusive Serenity – Hotels & Resorts Representation. Exclusive Serenity stands for six-star prestige and luxury experiences and proudly represents Frégate Island Private in South Africa. The total value of the prize is R180,000 (Euro 25,000) and was handed over by Melanie Floor, CEO of Exclusive Serenity.

With this event, Opulent Living and Crystal Towers Hotel certainly set the tone and upmarket frame of a wonderful celebration which continued until late. Following Barbara Lenhard’s wish to have a yearly Opulent Living event, we look forward to the next time.


Coco Palm Resorts at the glamorous South African polo event "The Veuve Clicquot Masters"

The Veuve Clicquot Masters will take place in South Africa for the first time this year, on Sunday the 17th of April 2011, at the picturesque Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate.

The Veuve Clicquot Masters promises to be a sophisticated day amongst South Africa’s socialites, VIPs and celebrities, so get your designer dresses ready! Set to become the jewel of the South African Polo Season, the Veuve Clicquot Masters will bring a new level of polo event to South Africa. Veuve Clicquot, who internationally already has a long history with the ‘sport of kings’, will for the first time sponsor a South African Polo event. With renowned international events like the Manhattan Classic (USA), and the Gold Cup (UK) in its programme, the South African Veuve Clicquot Masters will be the latest event to join Veuve Clicquot’s international polo calendar.

The event, due to take place in the elegant surroundings of the Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate, will utilise the estate’s world-class polo fields and luxurious club house facilities, offering VIPs and guests an unforgettable day in the Cape Winelands. Expect a riveting polo tournament, glamorous people, elegant food, fine champagne and wines, and great music and entertainment.

Two ticket types are available for purchase through Computicket – The Polo Club at R350, which includes a bottle of wine and a light lunch on arrival and The Masters VIP Lounge at R950, which includes an array of delicious foods, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a selection of Val de Vie's award winning wines.

Coco Palm Resorts in conjunction with Viyella will host a VIP lounge during this prestigious event. DIARY DETAILS: Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters Date: Sunday 17th April 2011 Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley) Ticket Prices: Polo Club – R350 | Masters VIP Lounge – R950 Tickets available at Computicket.

A day at the Veuve Clicquot Masters with Coco Palm Resorts

Coco Palm Resorts  at Val de VieVeuve Clicquot has a long history with polo in Europe and the USA and was delighted to host their first South African polo event which took place on Sunday 17th April 2011 at the Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate in Paarl. South Africa’s socialites and celebrities geared up in their best designer dresses to mingle at the sophisticated polo event. Coco Palm Resorts brought some Maldivian charm and holiday spirit to the VIP Master Lounge while spoiling guests with foot massages and creating a space of relaxation and peace.

Coco Palm Resorts at the Veuve Clicquot MastersVeuve Clicquot champagne was flowing and a game of pétanque was filling the day with a Côte d'Azur feeling. Another highlight was the performances of the A Capella group D-Seven as well as Lindiwe Suttle, who was performing her brand new debut single, “Man Made Moon”. Sophistication, Glamour and Luxury are the words that describe the day at the Veuve Clicquot Masters best. We are sure that after such a successful occasion, the polo tournament is set to become an annual event in everyone’s calendar.

Easter at Le Bristol Paris

Easter at Le Bristol Paris

Thanks to the talent and creativity of pastry chef Laurent Jeannin, Le Bristol Paris introduces a spectacular Easter egg.

Imagine a golden egg nestled in a jewel box decorated with futuristic shapes—a refined play of forms and curves entwined in an endless dance.

This avant-garde cocoon suggests interlacing sails billowed by the wind holding their treasure in a gentle embrace. A subtle blend of the fresh and tangy notes of Manjari chocolate and the delicacy of the envelope's angular piercings come as a delicious surprise. The offer is limited to a maximum of 10 and by reservation only.


Price: 600 euros

Easter at Le Bristol

At Le Bristol Paris, Easter is a family celebration, and guests will receive Easter chocolates in their room upon arrival:

For family reservations a 50% discount will be applied to the second room booked and breakfast for the entire family is our treat. 

The offer includes:

 • Two nights minimum.

 • Two interconnecting rooms.

 • Two American breakfasts and two children’s breakfasts included.

 • A VIP welcome.

 • A gift complements of Le Bristol gift.

 • An egg hunt for children in Le Bristol’s garden on Easter Sunday.


The family package includes free meals for children under six. 


 Le Bristol Paris’s Easter egg hunt

Le Bristol Paris brings a renewed enchantment to the traditional Easter egg hunt for the greatest delight of both parents and children. 
On Easter Sunday, the whole family in invited to search for chocolate delights hidden throughout the hotel’s French garden. A true privilege for our young guests to frolic in Paris's largest palace garden under the tender and watchful eyes of Le Bristol's two cats, masters of the house Fa-raon and Kleo-patre.

This convivial family event will also delight parents since the luckiest adult will win two nights at the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech or at the Lanesborough in London, two legendary hotels from the Oetker Collection. A package all about tradition, gourmet delights and a delightful getaway.


Le Bristol Paris
112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 53 43 43 00
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