Holiday season is here and this year instead of racking up presents, give your friends and family the gift of a travel experience that is sure to create lasting memories and leave them in awe. From your foodie friend to the wine lover and even trips for the whole family, please see the below list of recommended trips and experiences to gift this holiday season.
For the Over-the-Top Foodie:
For the food lover that is always looking for the next best dish, give the gift of an over-the-top dining experience at Grand Velas Los Cabos (pictured). Set up on the beach, under the stars, the open-flame dinner is prepared by two Michelin star chef Sidney Schutte. Before the dinner guests will take a three-hour sunset cruise aboard the resort’s 55-foot Azimut yacht and soak in the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. Following the cruise, diners will experience the unparalleled experience with full view of the stars, planets and constellations stretching over the Los Cabos Baja Peninsula - considered by NASA as one of the top 20 places to research the night-sky.
For the Independent Adventurer:
With one of four people planning to take a solo trip in the near future, solo travel journeys are the perfect gift this holiday season. Ideal for the adventure seeker in your life, sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway has recently launched new transformative journeys geared directly towards solo travelers. These journeys include chances to seek self reflection, dive into nature, experience outdoor adventure, immerse into Norwegian culture, and more. To make the solo trip even easier, Up Norway travelers have access to a digital itinerary application where they can find all their travel details, personalized recommendations, and a 24-hour direct chat to access the Up Norway team with any questions. Up Norway also makes giving a journey even easier with the ability to purchase gift cards directly on their website.
For the Wine Lover:
For the wine enthusiast friend there is no better gift than a getaway inspired by wine itself. From renowned Argentinian winemaker Susana Balbo, the newly opened SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites in Mendoza, Argentina features the hostesses’ authentic wine roots from 40 years in the industry in everything from design, décor, and setting to culinary experiences, art, wellness, and nature. From an ultra luxury wine safari via seaplane, which is the only of its kind in South America, to ultra-premium wine tastings, a chef’s table paired with Susana Balbo and rare world wines, vinotherapeutic spa treatments, custom blending classes, and more, your oenophile will be pleased.
For the Whole Family:
Those looking to give a gift for the whole family can book an activity packed getaway inspired by top influencer visits to the resort at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The experience starts right at check-in with a welcome gift, cookies and milk for the kids from the resort’s monkey mascot Pancho while parents are treated to some Veuve Clicquot. From there, guests are taken to their two-bedroom Presidential Suite where they will find deluxe custom robes and slippers to commemorate the stay. The suite also comes complete with 24-hour suite and poolside private butler service and private terrace with plunge pool. Luxurious spa services are on tap for both adults and kids including the renowned water ceremony at Se Spa for the former as well as kid-friendly treatments in the spa cabanas. Kids can even test their baking skills with a cake shop cooking class and even another dedicated to the molecular cuisine of the resort’s AAA Five Diamond Restaurant. Additional dining experiences include a picnic lunch by the beach, a private toes-in-the-sand dinner, and the resort’s fine dining restaurants. Additional activities include a beach cinema, butterfly release, and nightly turndown amenities, costumes in suite, and Cielito Lindo, the resort’s Mexican show which encapsulates traditional Mexican culture with dancing and food.
For the Fashion Forward Friend:
The perfect gift to give your fashionista friend is a luxury fashion experience featuring a private wardrobe curated by Italian fashion influencer Selvaggia Capizzi. Offered at 5-star hotel Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, Capizzi takes guests and curates unique experiences at boutiques all over the historical city including Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Marni, and Margiela as well as indie hot spots in the center of the city. Custom jewelry at a Roman atelier is available as well as a celebrity hair and makeup artist to get guests ready for a night out with Italian society in the Eternal City. Suite accommodations and VIP transportation from the Rome Airport are also included in the 5-night Bellissima Experience.
For the Traveler Ahead of the Trend:
Cavtat in Croatia is on the rise as one of the next top “it” destinations of 2023. For the person that is always on top of the trends give the gift of a dreamy destination getaway to the Dalmation Coast. Cavtat is located just south of Dubrovnik and has a stunning seafront filled with shops and restaurants. There are also several beaches in Cavtat and its surrounding area. For a luxury stay, book a room at Hotel Supetar in Cavtat. Hotel Supetar is part of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels group and just reopened its doors as a newly renovated heritage boutique hotel. Located in the heart of the historic Cavtat, the renovated hotel is housed in an original 1920s three-story private villa and features 16 spacious, stylish, and individually designed rooms with Mediterranean soul. The hotel also houses a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar featuring local and international wines.