Holiday Gifts That Can’t Be Wrapped: Unexpected, Luxury Experiences

Holiday Gifts That Can’t Be Wrapped: Unexpected, Luxury Experiences

From a luxe helicopter ride to Napa for a private wine tasting, to living like James Bond in Monte Carlo, a coastal getaway to Pebble Beach, or private yachting, here are once-in-a-lifetime, luxury experiences that are unforgettable.

Ultra-Luxe Helicopter Getaway to Napa Valley: This exclusive experience offered at AKA Beverly Hills through the brand’s Live It! Program, presents residents the opportunity to experience picturesque Napa Valley with a twist of luxury and romance. The luxury experience includes private helicopter transportation to Napa Valley for a day of sipping and savoring fine wines and treats from one of the world’s great wine capitals. See more here:

Live Like Bond in Monte-Carlo: Designed exclusively for the guests staying in Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’spenthouse suite, the James Bond-inspired Golden Eye Experience makes for the ultimate high-roller holiday gift. The experience begins with a private tour of the Monte-Carlo Casino (the location for many James Bond movies), helicopter ride, Aston Martin driving tour of the French Riviera and in-room duo massage. Guests finish off the evening with a private dinner on the penthouse terrace (which offers 180-degree views of the casino and Mediterranean Sea) before receiving cigars and casino chips for a night of gambling.

Barrel of Personally-Selected Bourbon: From the “birthplace of bourbon,” travelers can spoil themselves with an entire individually selected, small-batch barrel of bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Starting at $5,500, the experience includes a personalized visit to the distillery outside Lexington, Kentucky, where travelers receive hands-on training on how to “nose,” taste and select their own barrel of bourbon. Once a barrel is selected, the distillery team hand bottles the bourbon, affixing a personalized medallion to each bottle. Guests receive lunch, a VIP tour and chance to meet the distillers.

XOJET’S Luxury Experiences at Pebble Beach: Not just a gift for the golf-lover, XOJET’s Luxury Experience Package at Pebble Beach offers travelers an unprecedented coastal getaway to the iconic Carmel, California golf resort.  Typically reserved for golf pros and celebrities, the preferential experience includes a private XOJET flight from New York or Los Angeles to beautiful Pebble Beach, 3-night stay in one of the new, four-bedroom Fairway One Cottages at The Lodge, two opening tee times along with a private chef dinner and wine tasting for four.  For the golf fanatic, book the luxury experience to coincide with the highly-coveted AT&T Pro-Am, while those non-golfers can take advantage of the resort’s Beach & Tennis Club or award-winning Spa.

For the Southern Belle + Gentleman: Michelin-Starred Dinner in a Historic Hotel: Through a quick phone call directly to DC’s historic gem The Jefferson, food and history buffs can order a gift certificate towards dinner for family and friends at one of the city’s few Michelin-starred restaurants, Plume. Paying homage to Thomas Jefferson and the garden harvest at his Monticello estate, Plume serves classic dishes, a seasonal menu, the country’s largest collection of Madeira wine (Jefferson’s favorite liquor and even a kid-friendly non-alcoholic beverage cart. This December, patrons and their families can enjoy the gift of the First American Holiday dinner, a special tasting menu hearkening back to the cuisine of Winter 1776.

For the explorer: Jewels of the Indian Ocean: April 23 – May 16, 2019 ($115,950 USD per person double occupancy; solo supplement $11,595) The journey begins in the modern global commerce city of Amsterdam that was once at the heart of Europe’s Age of Exploration and brings guests across the Indian Ocean to trace the legacy of discovery along India’s tropical Malabar Coast, encounter unique wildlife in Madagascar and recharge on the beautiful islands of the Seychelles and Réunion. Journey provided by TCS World Travel.

For the history buff: Ancient Empires of the Balkans: May 17 – June 2, 2019 ($68,950 USD per person double occupancy; solo supplement $6,895) Travel the crossroads of the Balkans through the cosmopolitan capitals of Pristina, Belgrade and Sarajevo, delight in the cuisine of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, discover the hidden treasures of Albania and soak in the serenity of Slovenia’s Lake Bled. Journey provided by TCS World Travel.

For the overachiever: Around the World: September 29 – October 22, 2019 ($85,950 USD per person double occupancy; solo supplement $8,950) Travel around the world in 24 days to experience the world’s most iconic destinations, from Machu Pichu to Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal and Easter Island. This trip truly has something for everyone. Journey provided by TCS World Travel.

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