12 Amazing Resort Experiences Worth the Splurge - Ready to Fly?

12 Amazing Resort Experiences Worth the Splurge - Ready to Fly?

Delta is offering Clear for two months free - run, don't walk. Better yet, use your new Clear membership and book your final trip of 2022 with one of these bucket list trips worth the splurge - from a Champagne barbecue under the stars in the Maldives to an all-inclusive resort on Moskito Island.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Malé, Maldives (pictured)

Situated in one of the most beautiful, sought-after locations in the world, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi brings dreamy getaways to new levels from private island privacy to ocean villa surrounded by waters. The resort’s Stella Maris Ocean Villa is only accessible by boat and offers an unforgettable getaway with indoor and outdoor living areas and features a barbecue station, direct ocean access, and a private infinity pool with overwater hammocks. Guests seeking adventure can book a variety of excursions and experiences to explore the island – or they can enjoy exclusive experiences offered to Stella Maris’ guests to enjoy from villa including a Champagne Barbecue Under the Stars with a private chef, Exclusive In-Villa Spa Treatments, and Floating Breakfasts in the pool – all of which can be arranged by the villa’s personal concierge. Taking over-the-top travel to new levels, there’s also Ithaafushi – The Private Island which provides the ultimate escape for the world’s most discerning travelers looking to experience unparalleled levels of privacy, personalized service and well, an entire island for their personal use.

Nobu Ryokan Malibu and Nobu Hotel Palo Alto

Nobu Hotel Palo Alto and Nobu Ryokan Malibu together introduce an over-the-top, aspirational Ryokan Retreat package in partnership with Schubach Aviation. This is the ultimate private escape with luxury Ryokan Suite experiences at both properties and private jet transportation between them. Memories will be made in-flight and in Palo Alto and Malibu. The Nobu Ryokan Retreat Experience includes:

  • Two nights at each property
  • Roundtrip private airport transportation at each property
  • Set Omakase dinner for two at Nobu Palo Alto and priority reservations at Nobu Malibu
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Wellness turndown amenities
  • Complimentary one hour virtual live session with a personal Fit instructor through Malibu Fit Concierge App
  • Ridge Vineyards tasting experience in Silicon Valley

Enchantment Resort | Sedona, AZ

Set amongst the towering red rocks of Boynton Canyon offering access to over 400 miles of hiking and biking trails, Enchantment Resort invites guests to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World with a private excursion to the Grand Canyon. Located just 2.5 hours from this wondrous Sedona destination, an expert guide from the resort’s Trail House, travelers will receive a uniquely tailored package to fit their needs, inclusive of learning about the history and archaeological resources, as well as private climate controlled transportation, breakfast, picnic lunch and expansive viewpoints along the South Rim. Following their excursion, guests can look to unwind in the resor’s luxe Pool Suites that feature a private plunge or spa pool, outdoor fireplace and surrounding views of the famed red rock. To book the Grand Canyon South Rim or Grand Canyon Below the South Rim Tour, visit here.

The Chedi Andermatt  | Andermatt, Switzerland

Nestled in the Swiss Alps between Zurich and Milan, The Chedi Andermatt  (now accepting cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) sits at 4,747ft above sea level in the undiscovered town of Andermatt. This five-star property, home to Andermatt Ski Resort (recently acquired by Vail Resorts), is the perfect destination with end the year with an epic trip and world-class skiing. Enjoy 112 miles of slopes by taking advantage of all the property has to offer like cross-country skiing in the cool mountain air, snowshoe hiking for a winter wonderland adventure, or simply discovering the snowy landscape wrapped in the warmth of a snug cashmere blanket on a cozy horse & carriage ride. For the advanced skier, you can freeride on stunning off-piste runs, or for the beginner, improve your technique off-piste with a ski instructor from the Swiss Snowsports School Andermatt. The property also has ski butlers, who give tips on the ski area, rent you HEAD ski equipment, and drive you to the Nätschen and Gemsstock valley stations and back. Concepted by Belgium architect-visionary Jean-Michel Gathy, The Chedi Andermatt features 123 spacious rooms and suites all boasting fireplaces, Hästens mattresses, and large balconies; five exclusive restaurants and bars, a modern Health Club; and an exceptional, recently renovated Spa showcasing the longest indoor pool in the Alps. Lastly, Switzerland’s only and highest elevation Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, The Japanese by The Chedi Andermatt is located 7,545 ft. above sea level, serving authentic Japanese dishes and spectacular views of the Alps.

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort | Lanai, HI

Surrounded by lush foliage, pine-covered mountains and fresh tropical breezes, Sensei Lanai is a must-experience self-care / wellness journey. Ahead of the experience, guests will consult with a Sensei Guide, who will customize their itinerary with cutting-edge health tools and technology for a personalized stay, accommodating specific health and wellness goals. Every itinerary is tailored with spa treatments, fitness classes and enriching island activities, as well as dining from Sensei by Nobu. Guests have the option to book the Guided Sensei Experience, including the following:

  • Two-night minimum stay with a Daily Wellness Credit per person to use toward a one-on-one session and personal consultations
  • Priority access to complimentary classes and lectures including yoga, meditation classes and guided hikes
  • Spa hale treatments and island excursions
  • Optional orientation session with a Sensei Guide to review well being goals and collect baseline health markers such as blood pressure, body composition, hydration and a functional movement screen
  • Semi-private round-trip transport on Lānaʻi Air from Honolulu

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa | Phoenix, AZ

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa recently debuted an $80 million transformation as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Showcasing a fresh, modern design inspired by the surrounding destination, the resort introduces a refreshed lobby, beautifully redesigned guest rooms and a new signature restaurant, Tía Carmen. Opened in November 2022 as Arizona’s largest luxury resort, Desert Ridge sits on 316 acres of sweeping Sonoran Desert and embodies all things luxury, recreation and rejuvenation. Guests seeking an elevated desert escape filled with outdoor adventure, private cooking experiences and wellness activities can book the resort’s opulent 20th Anniversary Package for $20,000, which includes:

  • Four nights’ accommodations in the Presidential Suite
  • Access for two to the exclusive Griffin Club each day
  • Private cooking class and dinner at Tía Carmen with “Top Chef” alum Executive Chef Angelo Sosa
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast with Hot Air Expeditions
  • Pickleball lessons one one of the resort’s 17 new professionally surfaced, world-class pickleball courts with a pickleball teaching pro and custom Recess pickleball paddles
  • Round of golf with a pro at Wildfire Golf Club
  • Lazy River Suite at the pool
  • A day of pampering at Revive Spa with two treatments per person and spa cabana by the pool
  • Day trip to the Grand Canyon with WestWind Air Service, including an aerial flight overt this Natural Wonder of the World and ground tour with Pink Jeep Tours

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, MX

Situated on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja-California Peninsula – the iconic Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is a leader in authentic luxury experiences, and is offering guests the opportunity to indulge in ultimate extravagance with its Best of the Best Package. Available through the end of this year, visitors can embark on a journey to experience the best of Los Cabos and the incredible confluence of culture, elevated service and amenities, leading design and immersive opportunities that the resort offers. This package starts at $25,000, requires a five-night minimum stay and includes:

  • Accommodations in the Dos Mares Jr. Suite category
  • Baja Bounty at El Farallon with special Champagne tasting
  • Private Dos Mares Yacht Sunset Tour
  • Immersive culinary journey through Mexico at TRAVESÍA at Su Cocina
  • Private beach dinner under the stars
  • Dinner at Don Manuel’s with wine pairing hosted by the Wine Director Jhonatan Adame Mejia
  • Two 110-minute signature moon treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa
  • Tasting at the Agave Study with resident Agave expert David Hernandez
  • Private yoga and moon meditation and a one-on-one session with a specialty healer
  • Complimentary daily breakfast at Don Manuel’s
  • One floating breakfast with rose petals adorning the guest’s private plunge pool
  • One seasonal Baja Curated Experience for two
  • Cooking class with Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet
  • The Pedregal Collection wine tasting at the new Don Manuel’s wine cellar
  • Private coffee experience at Neutral Coffee Lab
  • In-room Bath soak Ritual
  • A signature gift presented by General Manager Fernando Flores and nightly VIP amenities
  • Exclusive welcome bottle of Clase Azul tequila
  • Round trip airport transportation to and from San Jose Del Cabo Airport

The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch | Woody Creek, CO

A unique concept created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and Aspen’s uptick in visitors — particularly visitors looking for luxury homes with all the bells and whistles of a hotel—the team behind The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch felt it was a great opportunity for a new elevated offering in a destination that continues to be in high demand year-round for the luxury traveler. Aspen’s only amenitized and Les Clefs D'or serviced luxury private ranch community, a mere 10 minutes away from the bustling scene of downtown Aspen, offers a state-of-the-art Gym/Pool House; Horse Barn, complete with a dedicated wrangler, horses, and riding arena; and Toy Garage that includes ATVs, electric bikes, Polaris RZR and an expansive collection of hand-selected works of art from world renowned artists. Take a ride through Aspen’s scenic trails, go electric bike riding in the summer, and much more while simply enjoying the ranch’s world-class amenities and services. Guests can even set up an experience to ride the horses into Downtown Aspen for an adventure of your choosing - dinner, drinks and more. The ranch even offers babysitting services, in case the parents would like to go off on their own for a night out!

As one of the hardest reservations to get in Aspen, 2022/2023 Winter season reservations are now open, with only TWO (2) luxurious five-bedroom homes available, starting from $150K.

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort’s ’007 Secret Menu Experience’

An iconic moment in the property’s 60-year history, was the resort playing backdrop to the 2006 remake of 007 Casino Royale (of which all the scenes were actually filmed at the hotel and in the 4-bed Villa Residence where guests can stay!). In honor of the Resort’s 60th anniversary this year, and the first-ever Bond film being released in 1962, guests can cross off living like 007 with the brand new 007 Secret Menu experience. The seven-course menu pays homage to seven Bond films released in the 1960s, as well as the Casino Royale 2006 remake, filmed on site at the Resort. Each course in this ultra-exclusive menu is inspired by the Bond film it is named after, with the overall creative vision led by the property’s talented culinary masters. To top it all off, each course is also paired with a unique martini from the Resort's iconic Martini Bar.

JOALI BEING | Bodufushi, Maldives 

Wellbeeing seekers can reconnect with themselves and the beauty of nature and lounge in style at the Maldives’ first and only nature-immersive wellbeing retreat, JOAI BEING. The retreat is home to a total of 68 private, exquisite beach and water villas, each with their very own personal butler or “Jadugar”, meaning ‘skilled magician’ in Dhivehi. JOALI BEING also features a unique four-bedroom, fully equipped exclusive overwater villa with a magnificent uninterrupted ocean view, a wellbeing room, and a movement room (starting at $21,000/night). In addition to a transformational wellbeing experience centered around four pillars of JOALI BEING,  Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy, guests will enjoy activities such as yacht charters, big game fishing excursions, snorkeling and more.

Moskito Island | British Virgin Islands 

Meet Moskito Island, Sir Richard Branson’s newest private island resort is being globally celebrated for its ultra-luxe island resort offerings. A mecca of grand design, the 125-acre private oasis sits opposite its famous sister island Necker and features four estates available for rent exclusively through Virgin Limited Edition. The Branson Estate, The Oasis Estate, The Point Estate, and the newest estate on island, The Village Estate, which made its grand debut to the world in October 2022. An all-inclusive haven, Moskito Island guests will enjoy a fully customized vacation. Famed for offering a one-of-a-kind escape, expert island staff will cater to guests' every need - from picnics on the island’s pristine Manchioneel beach, to setting up beach Olympics, to themed dinners with live jazz bands and more. Surrounded by crystal clear BVI waters, days at Moskito are filled with aquatic activities and luxurious land adventures.

Necker Island | BVI 

Being stranded on a private island has never been so chic and Necker Island is the ultimate bucket-list getaway to do it. Available for exclusive use only, adults seeking an all-inclusive, adventure-packed holiday will have Sir Richard Branson’s private island to themselves, where they can spend the days kitesurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking over the crystal Caribbean waters or swimming with the sea turtles. On land, an array of activities awaits - from spending that day roaming the island and hanging out with any of the eight Giant Tortoises that roam the island freely, or in the Lemur and bird enclosures, to playing chess on an oversized outdoor chess board overlooking the ocean. At night, sneak up to the crowsnest and watch the Caribbean stars glisten and shooting stars fly by.