The Robb Reader: Larry Ruvo

Las Vegas businessman Larry Ruvo believes success should be shared. As senior managing director of Nevada’s Southern Wine & Spirits, he has grown the company into one of the state’s largest importers and distributors. Yet the direction of his life changed when, in 1992, his father developed Alzheimer’s disease. The …

Blue Star Jets

Even while flying First Class, traveling on commercial planes can be a migraine-inducing hassle. And while private planes offer comfort, security, and luxury in the friendly skies, owning a private jet can be cost prohibitive (and even seem a tad NoseView Interior Resized Blue Star Jetsoutré) in this economic climate. 

But what if you could find a semi-private jet that would ensure sophisticated, non-commercial airline travel for less? That’s just what you’ll find with the ShareAJet exchange, (created by Blue Star Jets, the world’s largest private aircraft broker) a “social networking site” for travelers who seek to fly privately together.

Confused? Here’s how it works:

The ShareAJet Exchange helps clients connect with other flyers planning trips to similar destinations, and assists in arranging shared flights aboard specific private jets. If a trip to your destination is not posted, you can also upload your own itinerary in order to “match” with that of another traveler.

Think of the benefits: a typical flight from NYC-LA on a private jet can cost around $25,000, while a similar flight through the ShareAJet exchange costs just $12,500, saving you serious green—Alexis Korman.

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Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

In 2007, Emirates Hotels & Resorts purchased a 4,000-acre site in Australia’s Blue Mountains with the intention of building a resort-cum–conservation project. Two years later, the new Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa—which is based on Emirates’ Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Al Maha resort in the Middle East—delivers on both …

The Mark Hotel

French architect and interior designer Jacques Granges has transformed New York’s classic Mark Hotel into a stylishly modern neighborhood scene that features a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Frédéric Fekkai beauty salon, and the fashionable Bar Mark. Located in the heart of New York’s residential Upper East Side on Madison Avenue and …

Vacation Homes: Sweet Equity

Not many real estate companies can say that the slumped economy has helped their business, but for Equity Estates, the last year has been its strongest yet. The three-year-old destination club has grown 50 percent—its highest rate to date—since December 2008.
The company’s equity-based model, in which members purchase interests …

Travel: Sonoma Sleuth

Geoff Kruth steers his Toyota Camry down a gravel road lined with industrial-size waste bins and derelict autos. At a dead end, he pulls up beside a brick-and-wood warehouse, where a friendly Red Heeler mix greets the master sommelier and his guests from the nearby Farmhouse Inn.
Kruth, the wine …

The Pierre, Finally

For the past four years, New York locals and visitors have watched in anticipation as one of the city’s most famed hotels, The Pierre, underwent a 0 million renovation after its purchase by Taj Hotels. This fall, the Pierre reopened with 11 new Grand Suites (including the two-bedroom 1,980-square-foot Presidential …