The ultimate luxury holiday experience begins 33,000 feet above the ground
When billionaires say that they’re pining for experiences rather than objects to spend their money on, we assume that this is what they have in mind. A well-heeled world traveller will enjoy hopping between luxury hotels around the world. But raising the bar is Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which has just teamed up with NetJets – the world’s largest private aviation company – to offer a bespoke holiday package aboard a private jet while flitting between FS properties.
There are three travel itineraries. The first, the Ski Adventure, takes guests to Jackson Hole and Vail. The second itinerary, the Island Getaway, is a more family-oriented package, you can explore an island, specifically Lanai in Hawaii. The third, the European Escape, is tailored for couples and it explores Europe’s finest cities including Paris, Florence and Cap-Ferrat or Milan.
The guides at the various destinations aren’t college students looking to make an extra buck on the side. There are industry experts guiding guests in each location. In Jackson Hole, your guide will be Olympic gold medalist skier Tommy Moe. In Lanai, it’s the Director of Equestrian Activities, Keith Moon – a real-life cowboy – who will teach you horse riding. In Paris, you get private cooking lessons with Chef David Bizet whose L’Orangerie restaurant received a Michelin star earlier this year. In Florence, CEO Alberia Antinori shows you around her Marchesi Antinori winery. Incredibly, Alberia is the 26th generation of the family which has owned this winery since 1385.
Apart from shuttling between destinations on a private jet and staying in Four Seasons properties wherever you go, there are add-ons that guests can opt for as part of their itineraries. In Vail, for example, you can go heli-skiing and a cocktail mixing session amid the Colorado Rockies. In Jackson Hole, you could go on a snowmobile wildlife safari in Yellowstone National Park. In Lanai, try your hand at a proper 4×4 off-roading session where you can also explore the cliff-side Halulu Heiau temple and Kahekili’s Leap en route. In Florence, there are private tours of the Uffizi Gallery that houses work by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. There’s also a four-course rooftop dinner in Florence that includes indulgences like a gold-leaf dusted risotto caviar on the menu. If you have an appetite for speed, at Cap-Ferrat along the French Riviera, you can jump into a vintage car and drive along the tortuous and scenic roads of the French Riviera. Dinner is served in the Villa Santo Sospir, a favourite among Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Chanel and Matisse. There are murals and frescoes by Picasso and Cocteau who lived at the vial for 13 years.
Top-notch concierge service is included throughout your holiday. Snow Angels in Vail will pre-stock the fridge in your Residence and even arrange for a Mercedes-Benz SUV loaner during your stay.
Two years ago, Four Seasons partnered with TCS World Travel to offer the hospitality industry’s first fully-branded Boeing 757 private jet experience that included 52 flat-bed passenger seats and explored Four Season properties around the world. Each trip on that experience lasts approximately three-and-a-half weeks and was priced at $135,000 per person.
The booking for the NetJets experience is now open for itineraries up to July 18th, with groups of up to 14 permitted on each trip. The prices for each of the three itineraries vary. Guests have to pay approximately $5,000 per hour of flying time while shuttling between the Four Season properties. In addition, the on-ground accommodation and activities start at $86,000 for six people in the Ski Adventure package, $48,000 for a family of four opting for a four-night stay in the Hawaii Island Getaway package, while the European Escape costs $58,000 for a couple opting for a six-night itinerary. Billionaires, step this way.