TRAVELING BY PRIVATE JET was once a luxury only afforded to royals, presidents and, sure, the occasional musician or two. Today, private jet travel reaches new heights, and thankfully the journey is not as much about luxury as it is about expressing a travel preference. Flying privately becomes more accessible by the minute, with new operators offering options like renting the plane by the hour (a deal that can sometimes rival the cost of a first-class seat on a commercial flight) and even private tours.
Private jet tours allow passengers to maintain flexible schedules while traveling around the world with the ultimate in comfort and conveniences. Heidi Lakani started offering private jet tours in 2003 when she opened her company, Lakani World Tours. The company operates custom and pre-designed journeys in more than 85 countries around the world, with private jet tours including Europe & Ancient Cities by VIP Private Jet ($94,850 per person), African Explorations by Private Jet ($94,500 per person) and the ultimate 2019 World Tour by Private Jet ($134,900 per person for 17 all-inclusive days). Many of the trips max out at 15–18 guests, with each seat a window seat for comprehensive sightseeing opportunities throughout the tour. Guests fly directly between destinations, avoiding airport lines by utilizing private terminals that allow passengers to breeze through customs and immigration and head straight to the luxurious accommodations included in the trip.
Aside from the luxurious amenities on board, Australia-based company Captain’s Choice became known for the bespoke offerings it provides its passengers while on the ground. From meals with Michelin-starred chefs in the crowning place of kings and queens to private performances by a philharmonic orchestra, no experience is too farfetched. The company’s Ultimate African Safari by Private Jet takes passengers on a journey through Cairo, Luxor, Lalibela, Serengeti, Rwanda (to see the gorillas), Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail and Cape Town in 20 days, with all meals, accommodations, flights and excursions included. In 2020 Captain’s Choice’s Boeing 757 will feature a spacious set-up with 50 all-business-class seats featuring handmade Italian leather and capable of reclining a full 180 degrees into a lie-flat bed.
Other luxury tour operators began offering private jet tours; Abercrombie & Kent, &Beyond and Four Seasons all put together multicountry group tours for guests. For the ultimate in exclusive travel, Presidential Private Jet Vacations customizes trips exclusively for private groups of 12–30 guests, featuring world-class accommodation options (such as Burj al Arab in Dubai) and super-rare experiences.
A locavore diet consists of food from local places, like nearby gardens, farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. As lockdowns and the pandemic continue, naturally people have been partaking more in a locavore diet. LawnStarter, America’s leading outdoor services provider, determined 2021’s Best Cities for Locavores.
Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.
Global aircraft charter company Air Charter Service analyzed private jet travel habits in 2020 to predict trends for 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected air travel worldwide in 2020, but Air Charter Service looks ahead to 2021 with optimism.
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Hotel Effie, on Florida’s Emerald Coast, will open Feb. 1. With 250 guestrooms and suites, four culinary concepts, a spa and a rooftop pool, the new hotel has a Grand Opening Offer, bookable through Jan. 31, for travel Feb. 1–Dec. 31. Blackout dates apply: April 1–4, May 27–31, July 1–5 and Sept. 2–6.
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton is offering lovers something extra special for Valentine’s Day this year. The extravagant A Room Full of Roses offer features a suite filled to the brim with 400 long-stemmed roses, as well as a welcome amenity and a bottle of sparkling wine or cider upon arrival.