How to Experience DC Like the A-List

By Michael M. Clements | July 9, 2018 | Lifestyle

When the world is your oyster there are endless pearly pleasures, so put on your mogul hat and endeavor to pursue eximious adventure, atmospheric highs, haute homesteads and billion-dollar boardroom bliss.

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ADVANTAGE, YOU
Rejoice—the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage has rolled into town. Turn heads in this sleek, 8-speed twin-turbo V8 pure driving machine—and reach a top speed of 195 mph. Beware, in going 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, you might turn some speed cameras too. $149,995, Brendon Wright at BWright@EAG-DC.com, astonmartinwashingtondc.com

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ULTIMATE SUB CONTRACTOR
Talk about living in a bubble. The aptly named Project Neptune is a state-of-the-art deep dive into aquatic luxury. The exclusive strictly-limited edition submersible developed by Aston Martin and Triton Submarines will have a production model later this year. Starting at $4 million, Aston Martin Washington DC, 703.712.8324

FORK IT OVER
French atelier Goyard is known for high-end, durable leather trunks but the brand's uber-luxe picnic basket literally takes the cake. Lined with fine leather and equipped with silver, china and all the accessories one needs for prestigious picnicking, it’s the finest in alfresco accessories. $44,500, Goyard Boutiques nationwide, 212.813.0005, goyard.com

IMPACT-TROTTER
Book the ultimate escape—like this private island off the coast of Grenada ($130,000 per night, calivigny-island.com)—and leave it better than how you found it via custom travel concierge David Lloyd (davidlloydtravel.com). He requires a $50,000 deposit that goes directly to a charity or development project focused on improving the destination you select.

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THROW SOME SHADE
All this fashionable fun in the sun necessitates equally stylish eyewear. We recommend these fabulous frame collaborations between designer Oscar de la Renta and Morgenthal Frederics that will surely leave you feeling like a sail down the Riviera. $2,495, Morgenthal Frederics, CityCenterDC, morgenthalfrederics.com

HAPPILY JETTISONED
Now that you’ve graduated to private jet or charter, adjust your airport routine accordingly. Chantilly Air in Virginia (800.720.5387, chantillyair.com) provides charter flights starting at $3,800, while Signature Flight (703.572.0001, signatureflight.com) operates a refined full-service private terminal at Dulles International Airport dedicated solely to discerning jet-setters like yourself.

WHISKEY FLIGHTS
The best way to stay grounded while on cloud nine is with Occidental Grill & Seafood head mixologist Frankie Jones’ spirit-forward flights. The “I Don’t Take Flights. I Charter Jets!” elevates imbibing with Whistle Pig, Macallan, Gordon & McPhails’ Linkwood and Old Pulteney. Take off! $125, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC, occidentaldc.com

BLANKET PLEASE
Take cover in unadulterated comfort with a Loro Piana Megeve Blanket. Dozing off mid-flight in the cocoon of this Orylag fur-lined and cashmere cover is an absolute dream. $36,500, Loro Piana, CityCenterDC, loropiana.com

FIRST CLASS PLUS
If planning to live like royalty in Dubai, then you might as well fly there like it too. Luxe air carrier Emirates offers an unparalleled first-class experience on its A380 direct flight from Washington Dulles to Dubai. Enjoy spacious individual cabins, BVLGARI amenities, fully stocked Emirates 380 bar and gourmet meals. $13,000, round trip IADDXB, fly4.emirates.com

DIAMOND LEVEL
Being on time for a flight was never this luxuriant. Hublot’s Classic Fusion 45 mm Chronograph “Aero” Titanium Pave has 244 white diamonds set in the case, another 126 in the bezel, along with a 2.77-carat sapphire dial. $30,300, by appointment only, Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria, 703.448.6731

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ROYAL SERVICE
Ever since King Christian VII gifted Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, a Flora Danica dinner set, the Royal Copenhagen line of tableware has been synonymous with, well, royalty. Their covered tureen with 24k gold touches is the king of a full set. $24,725, Royal Copenhagen, 800.487.0309, royalcopenhagen.com

BEST BAR NONE
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' business baron bar cart features six ultra-premium sips. Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, $4,300, chivas.com; Richard Hennessy, $4,200, hennessy.com; Casa Noble Selección del Fundador Volume ll, $1,499, casanoble.com; the Macallan M Decanter-1824 Masters Series, $5,000, themacallan.com; Yamazaki 18, $250, whisky.suntory.com; Papá Andrés Alegria Edition 2015, $1,500, brugal-rum.com; Beverly bar cart, $1,940, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.

WEALTH PRESERVATION
George Washington slept here and now you can too. For the first time in 50 years, the Crown Jewel of Alexandria is up for sale. Meticulously preserved, this six-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot registered Virginia Landmark was built in 1795 and recently received a multimillion-dollar restoration. $8.5 million, listing agents Robert Hryniewicki, Adam T. Rackliffe and Christopher R. Leary, 202.243.1620

GOLD, NOT SILVER SPOONS
If avant-garde, streamlined and contemporary brunches are your groove, outfit your multimillion-dollar abode with this decorative, compact and ovoid-shape MOOD Gold flatware set from Christofle. It will pair handsomely with your Fabergé egg collection. $12,800, Christofle, CityCenterDC, christofle.com

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ART OF THE DEAL
If your office isn’t filled with masterworks from leading contemporary artists, then you’re simply not billionaire-ing hard enough. Purchasing a spotted Damien Hirst piece will change that. Titled “Melamine,” the work is a rare example of the series, featuring a single pale spot within the composition. Approximately $225,000, DTR Modern Galleries, 2820 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC, 202.338.0625

RING OF HONOR
Put some sparkle in your business trip and show who’s boss with a custom-designed emerald-cut tanzanite gemstone weighing approximately 3.60-carat. It features two kite-shaped diamonds flanking the center and additional round brilliant diamond accents mounted in the frame. Simply brilliant. $18,400, Adeler Jewelers, 772 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA, 703.759.4016, adelerjewelers.com

THE FIXER
A billionaire’s most important asset might be a good reputation. CEO Tripp Donnelly is in the business of keeping it that way—his company RepEquity (req.co) handles online reputation management along with a full suite of tools to keep your personal and business brands clean and focused on what they do best: generating wealth.

PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS
The closest thing to sleeping in the White House might be the 3,500-square-foot Presidential Suite at the Trump International Hotel. The three-bedroom suite (pictured above) in the former postmaster general’s office features 16-foot ceilings, herringbone hardwood floors, gold marble from Italy and a kitchen with butler’s pantry. $15,000 per night, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC, trumphotels.com

BURN RATE
You’ll never get bored in the boardroom with a Zeppelin chandelier hovering over your team as a reminder that it could all go up in flames if they don’t do their jobs. On a brighter note, the cocoon casing covering the crystal center globe creates a whimsical ambiance. $13,995, Ligne Roset DC, 2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC, ligneroset-dc.com



Photography by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, ASTON MARTIN, BURGESS YACHTS, LILJENQUIST & BECKSTEAD, AND CHRISTOFLE