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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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SOF Vacations, Location,Location, Location!

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Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vacations: Location! Location! Location!

A SOF vacation is not just a hotel room or villa, but rather, an experience. One to always be able to bring up later when sunning, skiing or spending across the globe! It is so nice to be able to reminisce with friends and new acquaintances over cocktails or tea about that wonderful new hideaway you found. So clever you will be students!

When traveling, you should only stay at hotels that were meant for Kings and Queens. You are not looking for a bed and board arrangement, that so many hotel chains are just one step above, but a Hand and Foot establishment. In other words the staff is there to wait on you Hand and Foot! Example: In the finer hotels in Hong Kong, room service is so fast that if you are spending that extra ten minutes in bed beware. You better have your rob at the ready, that the hotel has supplied you with, because each floor has it own staff to immediately take care of your needs. None of this waiting 45 minutes to get a pot of coffee. A full breakfast will be at your door in 15 minutes or less!

For a list of some of the world's finest accommodations which can be described as a Study in Luxury and also known for their serene comfort and exemplary services; please check back as we will be discussing these renowned hotels and resorts in more detail..

More information concerning vacations, cruising and exotic locals can be found in the School of Flaunt Handbook! ~

We want to hear from you, if you have a recommendation on a SOF worthy hotel or resort. Please send us your thoughts immediately! If we find them to be true SOF material, you will see your information on our Blog! Now get busy students, everyone wants to know these things.

Bon Voyage,

Smythe and Cadbury-Clarke

We want to express our concern for those stuck in Europe due to the volcanic cloud. Please try to make the most of your extended stay...this will be quite a story when you return home. In the mean time....have a wonderful stay and see the city or countryside through the eyes of one who can adapt to anything! Who knows? You might be upgraded on a future flight? Better yet, upgrade yourself! You deserve the best!!


Cate Clarke Necker! Sir Richard Branson's Caribbean Home!

Expensive Vacations: Caribbean Island Rental - Bing Travel


Where do millionaires and billionaires go on vacation? They have millions and billions of choices, including the crème de la crème of island rentals, world cruises, private jet trips and even space travel.

Expensive Vacations: India Palace Suite

The Raj Palace in Jaipur, India, a former royal residence, is now part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Its Maharajah's Pavillion Presidential Suite, a multilevel, 16,000-square-foot space, overlooks gardens and an inner palace courtyard. Guests can access the four bedrooms through a private gold-paneled elevator. The third floor has a private rooftop terrace with a view of the city, as well as a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, lounge with home theater and a private spa. The cost is $15,000 per night.

Expensive Vacations: Hotel Splendor in Dubai

Look, your ship has come in! The Burj Al Arab, a hotel designed to resemble a behemoth sailboat, sits perched on the Dubai skyline. Check into the Royal Suite on the 25th floor, and you'll have a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, a floor-to-ceiling view of the Persian Gulf, a private elevator, private cinema, rotating beds and laptop computers with Internet access. The suite comes with both a pillow menu and a bath menu. The cost is $14,974 per night.

Worldwide guide to restaurant tipping

But head to Europe (where tips typically supplement full salaries), and you'll find that tipping is on a discretionary basis, with some countries like France already factoring a service compris into the check (though it's customary to leave a few more euros - around 5 percent). In Japan, the case is even more extreme. Gratuities are a rarity, even flat out refused: waiters will run after you to return your money if you try to leave a token of appreciation on the table.

Click for slideshow: Worldwide guide to restaurant tipping

So much have regional differences shaped etiquette that outlets serving a high number of international guests have had to adjust policies to accommodate a diverse clientele. Case in point: cruise ships. "Tipping used to be voluntary, with the cruise lines providing guidelines for how much to tip your waiter, busboy, and room steward," says Monty Mathisen of the trade publication Cruise Industry News. "Now many lines have introduced an automatic service charge, a per-day, per-person fee charged to shipboard accounts designed not only for convenience, but also to ensure gratuities from passengers from non-tipping cultures."

And just as tipping practices differ, so do service standards. Expect less intrusive waiters in Argentina and Mexico; a more leisurely paced meal in Jamaica; and no special orders (doggie bags, butter with your bread) in France.

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Haute Hotel: The Redbury

By Jessica Ingber on October 20th, 2010


Just when you thought Sam Nazarian and his SBE team couldn't do it again, they present us with their newest addition, The Redbury Hotel.

Located at the infamous Hollywood and Vine, The Redbury is the newest SBE innovation bringing hip and chic apartment-style hotel rooms to the streets of Hollywood. With a music theme, The Redbury enjoys the fact that you feel like you are crashing at a friend's apartment rather than checking into a hotel. The rooms have a Moroccan-like style to them with red hues, hints of gold and patterns for days on pillows and bedding.

Not only are the rooms at The Redbury exceptional, but so are the services and amenities. With 57 "flats" in the hotel, The Redbury brings hotel living to a whole other level by offering incomparable in-flat services such as yoga or pilates, private chef service and a world-class concierge available for all your exploring needs.

The Redbury also has a whole new take on the way hotel guests enjoy room service. Whether guests opt for grocery delivery, picnic baskets or specialty cocktails delivered to the room, The Redbury makes it easy for patrons to never want to leave their room. And for those who find the one block walk to Katsuya a trek, The Redbury will delivery Katsuya cuisine right to your room.

The hotel has also been applauded for their library, outdoor courtyard and restaurant, Cleo. The Mediterranean restaurant, also part of the SBE family, is Chef Danny Elmaleh's take on classic and innovative dishes such as Babaganoush, Chicken Kebab and Kibbeh Nayyeh, made of lamb tartar, mint and lebaneh. Specialty cocktails are also the rage at Cleo such as The Cleopatra VII with Grey Good Pear Vodka, Mango Puree and White Cranberry Juice as well as the Lotus Flower with Krol Vodka, Muddled Fresh Blackberries and Elderflower Liqueur.

The Redbury Hotel is located at 1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

We love the look and will be there for the Academy Awards!

Cate & Alexandra

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