2016年4月27日 星期三

Stay in One of the World’s Most Luxurious Penthouses — For Just $25,000 a Night

Stay in One of the World’s Most Luxurious Penthouses — For Just $25,000 a Night

Because lower floors are for the common folk.

For some travelers, staying in a hotel room with exceptional amenities is equally important as its location and view. And where can you soak up more panoramic vantage points than from a hotel’s penthouse suite? The following seven suites offer prized views, sprawling floor plans, and sumptuous details. Prepare to be pampered!

1Cliff Penthouse Suite at Oil Nut Bay, British Virgin Islands

Nothing defines a luxurious getaway quite like a stay at Oil Nut Bay’s Cliff Penthouse Suite. This lavish 1,344-square-foot suite, with Fendi Casa décor and furnishings, features a stunning wraparound outdoor terrace and full-size infinity pool. The suite is at the highest point of the three Cliff Suites offered at Oil Nut Bay, allowing guests to revel in an unforgettable view of the Caribbean Sea. Rates start at $1,750 per night.

2Federal Suite at The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.

Before the Bush family vacated the White House, the Obama family stayed in the Federal Suite at The Hay-Adams. This exceptionally high-end, privately owned five-star hotel located across Lafayette Square from the White House, is frequently listed among the top properties in the world by pubs like Travel + Leisure. Amenities are meted out with the utmost discretion — everything from monogrammed pillow cases to bake-to-order dog treats. The suite itself has a one- or two-bedroom configuration, a private dining room, and a balcony directly overlooking the White House and the Washington Monument beyond it. Rates start at $3,449 per night.

3Penthouse Suite at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

When in Rome, stay at the luxurious five-star Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Its penthouse suite features 2,115 square feet of space, plus an additional 2,300 square feet of private rooftop space including a Jacuzzi that overlooks St. Peter's Dome and Vatican City. The Penthouse Suite is adorned with all sorts of swanky artwork, including a Warhol series and a magnificent Karl Lagerfeld sofa, originally designed for his Paris pad. Stunning bathrooms are paneled in precious marble with malachite inlays and taps made of Swarovski crystals. Rates start at $12,579 per night.

4The L’Appartement Parisien Suite at Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris

The L’Appartement Parisien Suite is a massive two-bedroom apartment that includes a fully-equipped kitchen, two living rooms, one dining room, two full bathrooms, and a private elevator. This Art Deco treasure is a hidden secret on the hotel’s top floor, featuring an 800-square-foot balcony complete with chaise lounges for admiring the sweeping panoramas, including the Eiffel Tower. Other luxuries include Christian Lacroix’s Eygalières toiletry collection, culinary delights created daily by the hotel’s Chef Stephanie Le Quellec, exclusive butler service, and a private wine cellar. Rates start at $15,000 per night.

5The Mulia Mansion, Bali, Indonesia

Located on the white-sand beach of Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia, The Mulia Mansion is a totally private, two-story, six-bedroom suite. Inspired by traditional Balinese home design, the indoor-outdoor mansion includes a 24-hour private security gate and guard, dedicated round-the-clock private butlers, a private full-size swimming pool (with hydrotherapy jets) and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Oh, and let's not forget the killer sunrise and ocean views! Additional luxury amenities include Ferragamo bath products, roundtrip luxury airport transfer, dedicated buggy service, daily breakfast and afternoon tea and cocktails, and Dom Pérignon upon arrival. Rates start at $19,800 per night. 

6Dome Penthouse at Café Royal, London

Measuring in at more than 3,000 square feet, the three bedroom Dome Penthouse at Café Royal is the ultimate rock-and-roll residence. The master suite features an impressive circular open space under the iconic copper domed rotunda, which dominates the skyscape of Lower Regent Street. A DJ sound system with concert speakers and a spectacular LED lighting system projected on the domed ceiling transforms this suite from serene and relaxed into party ready. The Dome Penthouse also benefits complimentary airport transfers, access to The Club at Café Royal, private butler service, a personalized butler’s pantry and Bang and Olufsen entertainment systems throughout. Rates start at $20,000 per night. 

7The Martin Katz Jewel Suite at Lotte New York Palace

Sitting pretty 55 stories above Manhattan, the extravagant three-level Martin Katz Jewel Suite at Lotte New York Palace makes guests feel like they are living in a jewelry box. Designed by world-renowned jeweler, Martin Katz, the 5,000-square-foot penthouse features 15-foot windows in the main salon and a rooftop terrace with sumptuous views of the Big Apple skyline. Diamond grout, floating jewel boxes, a 20-foot “Waterfall of Diamonds” chandelier, and jewel tones throughout add to the opulence of this posh penthouse. For guests of the Jewel Suite, Martin Katz is available by special arrangement for private showings, design consultation, and custom design jewelry creations. Rates start at $25,000 a night.
臺灣產業競爭力提升策略
20160427 _ 0725 - 1150 在新竹市 經濟部專業人員訓練中心 2016年經濟部新進人員入門班
環球經濟社社長林建山教授 Dr. Bert J. Lim 針對經濟部及所屬機關新進官員入門觀念及政策發展知識的專題講座。進程熱烈暢順,頗多啟發。
在三個小時講座中,計分五大議題內容研討講授 :
臺灣產業競爭力提昇策略
National Competitiveness Strategies on Industrial Taiwan
by Dr. Bert J. Lim 林建山博士
一. 國家競爭力的理論與現實
二. 全球經濟競爭力的新取向與新發展
三. 臺灣產業競爭力的演進與轉變
四. 全球化供應鏈及系統性出口之新挑戰
五. 臺灣產業競爭力優勢的創造與促進
Dr. Bert J. Lim noted 20160427 Taipei.
作者賀桂芬整理 | 天下雜誌 – 2016年4月26日 下午3:48
還停留在「知識經濟」嗎?抱歉,跟機器人比,你學得沒它多、算得沒它快。你會累,它不會。你要吃飯睡覺,它不用。
最難的圍棋都輸了人類還剩下什麼?這是人工智慧系統AlphaGo出世,全人類的惶惑。
以AlphaGo為代表的新人工智慧(AI)會入侵哪些行業?在美國念書時就開發出人工智慧機器人「奧賽羅」,打敗世界黑白棋冠軍的李開復認為,AlphaGo這一套,所有的產業都會受衝擊。
速度有多快?李開復給的答案是10年,50%的白領智慧工作者會失業。
英國《金融時報》更預言,「本世紀末,我們熟悉的職業,70%會被自動化技術取代。沒錯,正在看這則報導的你,也不能倖免。不是你,也會是你的同事,剩下你和機器人一起工作。」
「當科技不再是科技,它才會真正全面改變人們的生活,」趨勢觀察家張以明指的是成本、普及性、便利性。
李開復也認同,儘管受衝擊的產業包山包海,但因為初期要價不菲,「窮忙族」的知識工作者還不必太擔心,首當其衝的將是四種「師」,而且衝擊已經悄悄來臨。
以下是李開復接受《天下雜誌》專訪,分析以AlphaGo為代表的新人工智慧會帶來的失業潮:
問:為什麼你會改變對AlphaGo的看法?現在你怎麼看?
答:AlphaGo的表現出乎我意料之外的好。我以前認為,5年、10年內它沒辦法在圍棋上打敗人類。
以前的工業革命或新科技都曾讓人失業,但衝擊都沒像這次這麼快、這麼大。AI會被運用到很多領域,任何帶有「助理」、「代理」、「經紀」和「師」的腦力白領職位,都會被取代。
這些機器不需要薪水,它們聰明、高效、勤奮,只需供電和網路,就會1年365天、1天24小時「上班」。
問:哪些職業會最先受衝擊?
答:金融一定是最先,還有醫師、律師、教師。這4個行業,我覺得一半的人被機器取代,應該都是必然的。因為這4種行業的財務回報高。你們新聞業還不用太擔心。
問:先談談金融業。
答:比如說,華爾街現在跟2000年比,分析師和交易員從10萬人降到5萬人, 已經少了5萬人,就是被機器取代了。
機器為什麼可以做交易?我看到這邊跟那邊有價差,我就趕快買這個賣那個。或者是這10支股票永遠是彼此對沖,我就把它們包裝成一個產品,這樣我可以降低自己的風險。
除非你是頂尖,基於多年經驗的累積,或是有獨家資訊,或者是你人就是特別聰明。金融專家,有深度知識(high level knowledge),幾乎沒辦法複製,也不願意對人分享,或者是推理不出來,那你就是華倫巴菲特,可能就沒有辦法以機器來代替。分析師、交易員會愈來愈少,只有最頂尖的才能生存下去,而且最頂尖的人也會把機器作為工具,讓自己變得更厲害。
問:律師不是都要出庭辯護,怎麼可能被機器人取代上法庭?
答:律師也是一樣。在美國任何一條法令,任何一件訴訟都可以被當成判例做證據。一個律師不可能知道所有的條文和判例,但AI可以。
而且AI可以研究每一個法官、陪審團的每一位成員,找出用什麼樣的辯護,能夠得到他們的認可,這些機器都已經做了很多。
你要炒律師魷魚,讓機器來替你辯護,當然不太可能,律師出庭雄辯滔滔的時間其實很少,他們最常需要做的事是,針對各種案件研讀以前的判例、準備大量的文書工作。律師就可以AI為工具、助手,所以有些資淺律師就沒用處了。
問:AI取代醫生,我們就更不能理解了。病人會願意讓機器人看病嗎?
答:醫藥進步的速度很快,比如說癌症的新藥。一個醫生每天那麼忙,你現在去醫院排隊看醫生,能看幾分鐘?醫生每天看診看那麼多,哪有時間讀所有的醫學研究最新結果?什麼時候該用免疫治療?什麼時候該用化療、放療?以前都靠經驗,但是那麼多新藥出來,什麼情況之下該用?還有,用基因排序,每個人的治療可以是個人化的,一組基因排序就是一個天文數字,醫生不可能看得懂,所以醫學的判斷,也會走向AI化。
很厲害的醫生會以人工智慧為工具,差一點的醫生就會面臨挑戰、失業。 更即時、更客製化的服務。
問:那教師呢?
答:教育可能有國家的政策,不見得老師就會失業。但現在我已經投資了一些AI的產品,用它來輔助老師指導學生,學生的平均英文考試成績可以提升30分。 我們投資的公司叫「盒子魚」,它不能完全說是AI,只能說是比老師更好的小老師,用它來輔助小孩子學英文,考試成績可以提高30分。大陸滿分是120分,它可以從70分左右,提高到100零幾分,這是從一個比及格多一點的分數,到一個A的分數。這樣的提升,對學生來說,幫助很大。
學生要是在哪一個環節碰到問題沒搞通,它還會專門針對這問題再訓練學生,一般老師不可能做到客製化教學。
問:除非一對一的家教。
答:對。而AI一天24小時家教也不會累。做股票分析師也好,律師也好,它是不會累的。
所以能夠互動的、有趣的、針對性的客製化學習,已經證明AI一定是比人類做得好,不能說比所有的老師做得好,但是比大部份做得好。…(完整報導,請見《天下雜誌》第596期)