Vacation in Style With These Luxury Trips

New Zealand + Hawaii, Key West, 35 national parks, Singapore, London and elsewhere are on the itinerary for some luxury travel.

Got $83,000 and 44 days of free time? If so, you're in luck—and not just because you have $83,000 and 44 days of free time. That is exactly what you need for a luxury trip for two to New Zealand (35 days) and Hawaii (nine days).

If you don't want to plop down that much money, there are other options, including an adventure-filled three days in Key West, Florida, that includes dinner at the Ernest Hemingway Home and a chartered boat for $25,000. Or, how about a tour of 35 national parks in 103 days for $27,000 per person?

Here are the details on those and some other luxury travel opportunities.


Ultimate New Zealand Adventure + Hawaii

Offered exclusively through Frontiers Travel, this trip kicks off with 35 days in New Zealand. The custom itinerary includes white-water rafting down the Rangitaiki River; hiking tours through national parks; wine tastings at historic wineries in the South Island’s Cromwell region; helicopter flights to remote locations; fly-fishing at top-tier lodges; tours of the glowworm-lined Waitomo Caves; and sailing through the Bay of Islands. Accommodations include various luxury lodges and hotels, including the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.

After more than a month in New Zealand, the remaining nine days are spent in Hawaii, splitting time between Maui’s Montage Kapalua Bay and Honolulu’s renowned hotel Halekulani.

Although the trip can be booked year-round, warm weather and clear skies make November through April an excellent time to traverse New Zealand. Travelers can follow this itinerary or create an original trip tailored to their particular interests.

Prices start at approximately $83,000 per couple.

Milford Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand
Milford Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand, is among the destinations in the luxurious New Zealand Adventure + Hawaii getaway. (©Rob Suisted)


Adventure in Key West

Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Key West, Florida, has an over-the-top land, sea and air package for $25,000. The resort has played host to business moguls, artists and dignitaries since opening in 1920. 

The new Unforgettable Experience is a three-night package for two featuring once-in-a-lifetime local offerings from an emerald experience with the Marcial de Gomar family to the first-ever private dinner inside the Hemingway Home and includes accommodations in an exclusive suite overlooking the largest private beach in Key West.

The itinerary:

Day One

  • A private helicopter tour immediately upon arrival to Key West International Airport
  • Cruise in a custom-outfitted Jeep throughout the stay, complete with watersport gear
  • A chartered boat to a private island for a sunset dinner

Day Two

  • A fishing charter on a luxury yacht with a notable local captain
  • An after-hours tour of the Ernest Hemingway Home
  • The first-ever private dinner inside the Hemingway Home with a menu featuring Hemingway-period dishes and cocktails such as the Green Fairy containing the formerly banned Absinthe

Day Three

  • A half-day adventure to the Dry Tortugas National Park via private seaplane from Casa Marina’s pier
  • An emerald experience with a member of the Marcial de Gomar family, the world’s leading jewel experts
  • Snorkeling followed by a picnic on the beach

Casa Marina, Key West, Florida
Casa Marina, in Key West Florida, is offering its three-day Unforgettable Experience for $27,000 per person. (Courtesy Casa Marina)


Holidays in Singapore

Commemorate the passing of another year with a one-of-a-kind suite package. Enjoy luxurious Christmas gourmet merriment in Raffles Singapore’s restaurants and bar and ring in the new year with Raffles time-honored tradition, the New Year’s Eve Gala Ball that spans the hotel lobby.

Located in the heart of in the heart of Singapore's civic and business district, Raffles has been curating grand celebrations and glamourous parties since the early 1900s. 

For an occasion as momentous as Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, the stops have been pulled out with the Celebratory Suite Package (about $14,000 U.S.). Stay in the Raffles Singapore’s luxurious Presidential Suite for a night and toast to the anniversary with Private Label Billecart-Salmon Champagne, exclusively bottled to mark the hotel’s 125th anniversary.

After check-in, put yourself in the expert hands of Russel Wong, renowned Singaporean photographer to Hollywood stars, for a personalised portrait taken within the hotel, which will then be presented in an elegant Tiffany & Co. frame. A man’s or woman’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch, with commemorative engraving, produced to mark the hotel’s 125th anniversary, also will be presented.

Usher in the New Year with your loved ones at a grand celebration amidst the splendour of the majestic hotel lobby.

The annual New Year Eve’s Gala Ball at Raffles Ball ($500 per adult, $278 per child) is a glittering and well-loved tradition that has remained on the hotel’s social calendar since the early 1900s and in the only Black Tie countdown event in the city. The celebratory evening commences with guests enjoying the delicate butler-passed canapés while sipping a glass of Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve in the colonial surrounding of the hotel lobby. 

A six-course dinner created by French Executive Chef Pierre Burgade and his culinary team follows, and, thereafter, party and dance the night away to the a band and DJ.

Raffles Singapore
The balloon drop in the hotel lobby is a tradition at Raffles Singapore. (Courtesy Raffles)


Natural Normandy 

The Domaine d’Ablon in France opened its doors Sept. 15, just a few kilometers from Honfleur and Deauville and only 90 minutes from Paris, to offer idyllic and cultural breaks in the heart of the Normandy countryside.

The luxurious villas, surrounded by 12 acres of verdant parkland and gardens, promise a delightful and enjoyable break, as a couple, or with family or friends.

The Domaine offers top services you would expect from a luxury hotel: room service, porter, bespoke concierge service, personal chef, group classes and seminars. There also is a wide range of activities: walking and exploring, courses in cooking or painting and tours of locations that symbolize Normandy.

Guests can stay in the luxury villa with two bedrooms and a private garden for $733 (U.S.) per day; a small suite for $395; the master suite for $507; or the whole floor for $733.

The salon at the Domaine d'Ablon
The salon at the Domaine d'Ablon, which is surrounded by luxury villas. (Courtesy Domaine d'Ablon)


103 Days, 35 Parks

In honor of next year’s 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, Globus is introducing a 103-day tour called Centennial Celebration: 100 Days of GoParks.

The tour will take travelers to 35 national parks, with highlights including Glacier National Park in Montana; Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska (8 Ways to Experience Denali); Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; Custer State Park in South Dakota; the Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, Yosemite and Death Valley in California; Acadia National Park in Maine; and the Dobbin House Tavern in Pennsylvania, according to travelweekly.com.

The tour includes a seven-day Alaska cruise on Holland America Line's Zaandam. The tour begins July 7 in Honolulu and ends Oct. 17 in Las Vegas. It is priced from $27,000 per person.

Sunset at Acadia National Park
Sunset at Acadia National Park in Maine (©Mr Seb/Flickr, Creative Commons)


Luxury in London

In October, London-based designer Beatrix Ong introduced a limited-edition slipper created exclusively for the guests and residents of Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard. The slippers only are available to the hotel's guests.

Made with silk velvet and nonslip suede soles, the backs can be folded down, transforming them into a slip-on style. The slippers—available in two sizes—form part of the new collection and are strongly anchored in sustainability. Each pair is completed with insoles made from bamboo and charcoal—natural deodorizers that are anti-perspiring and ionizing for better comfort and improved circulation.

The slippers will be available in all rooms and suites for purchase about $134 per pair. Guests staying in the hotel’s three Signature Suites (The Shangri-La Suite, The London Suite and The Westminster Suite) will receive the slippers as a complimentary luxury amenity, alongside other amenities such as Acqua Di Parma bathroom products, Chinese tea sets and a pillow menu.

Plan a trip for the holidays, because the hotel is set to unveil on Nov. 17 a Christmas tree designed by China’s pioneering luxury brand Shanghai Tang. Key attributes of the collaboration will be carefully woven through public areas of the hotel in partnership with Laura Kuy, the hotel’s floral designer.

Two styles of brass ornaments will adorn the tree, a clean, modern aesthetic that references the traditional Chinese auspicious elements of the Hulu and Double Fish. Both represent the country’s rich culture and symbolic beliefs, highlighting the goodwill and fortune expressed over the festive period.

The Hulu, an ancient fruit, represents good fortune and protection. The Double Fish, a symbol of love, harmony and abundance, is a metaphor for a harmonized state and associated with a blissful, romantic union.

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard
Beatrix Ong limited-edition luxury slippers are available only to guests and residents at the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard. (Courtesy Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard)

 


 

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