For years, Waldorf Astoria partnerships with different luxury car brands offered guests access to exclusive vehicles. Last year, the luxury Hilton brand signed an exclusive four-year partnership with Aston Martin Lagonda, offering six driving experiences per year all over the world.
The experiences take place in top destinations including Dubai, Bangkok and Las Vegas. In October, I visited Las Vegas to experience the drive for myself and was totally blown away.
Before my drive, a professional driver greeted me and went over every piece of the car. He showed me engineering marvels on display and, after a brief walk around the car, we got in and he explained more of the craftsmanship. Each Aston Martin is completely handmade. In the 106 years the brand has existed, it has made and sold only 85,000 cars.
Behind the wheel, I rolled out onto the Strip and made my way for the highway, using all of the car’s offerings. I changed the suspension to feel the road, manipulated the pick up and felt like I was piloting a rocket ship, enjoying the smooth, hour-long ride.
I consider myself lucky to have been able to drive the DBS Superleggera. Anyone staying at a participating property should make time for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you are a regular Waldorf Astoria guest, keep an eye out for upcoming driving experiences. They take place on weekends and are complimentary for hotel guests. Regular Aston Martin customers and local distributers are also invited to take part in the test drive.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
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The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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