St. Augustine by the Sea: Guests who book the “St. Augustine by the Sea” package at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens (just opened March 1st) can experience the nation’s oldest city the way its first settlers did – from the Atlantic Ocean! As travelers cruise the Historic Bay of St. Augustine and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and charcuterie aboard a private yacht, they will discover St. Augustine’s rich culture and historic heritage.
A Day Out at Sea: Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s newest “Just For You” experience includes a helicopter ride to the Saint Marguerite island off the shore of Cannes for an intimate gourmet lunch by the sea. The VIP treatment continues with a chauffeured coastal drive to a private beach, where guests can take a dip in the waters of the Cote d’Azur or see it from new heights from a Flyboard, soaring above the ocean on an adrenaline-pumping ride – one of the most exciting ways to see the French Riviera.
Submarine Dive in Hawaii: Just off the beach at Hilton Hawaiian Village, guests can add deeper meaning to their island visit by diving to depths well over 100 feet in the safety and comfort of a real submarine. Located within view of famous Diamond Head, the dive site is frequented by rare green turtles, sharks, stingrays, yellow tangs, eels, and many other species of underwater marine life.
VIP Equine Excursions: Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Lexington, Kentucky is the center of the thoroughbred industry, with over 400 horse farms. Through the new Horse Country program, visitors get the exclusive chance to tour more than a dozen championship thoroughbred farms (previously closed to the public!), meeting Derby winners like Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah.
Southernmost Sculpting: Award-winning artist Marianne van den Broek runs the sand sculpting workshop at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Key West, Florida. Each sculpting session takes place on the resort’s private beach, the largest in Key West, where guests are taught the fundamentals of sand sculpting and enjoy carving anything from their pet to a mural and more.
Charleston Carriage Ride: Travelers heading to the Holy City can experience its historic charm through the Charleston Perspective packageat the idyllic [fqicharleston.com]French Quarter Inn. On an intimate carriage tour of the cobblestoned streets, guests can see one of the world’s most romantic cities, with views of national landmarks including Rainbow Row and St. Phillip’s Church passing by as they hear tales of Charleston’s storied past.
North American Air: XOJET, in partnership with luxury tour operator Butterfield & Robinson, has developed a 21-day private jet-hopping journey throughout North America, where fliers can experience the best the continent offers, from British Columbia’s nature and wildlife and California’s best wineries to exploring the Berkshires various hiking trails and art galleries.
Glider Ride Over the Finger Lakes: At Harris Hill, the Soaring Capital of America, travelers can experience a rush while co-piloting their own glider, a non-motorized plane that soars thousands of feet above the Earth by using thermal energy “lifts.” Without a noisy engine, the resulting 15-20 minute flight is one of the most serene, scenic views from above – capturing the rolling farmland, vineyard-dotted valleys and majestic eleven lakes of theFinger Lakes region.
Heli-skiing: Travelers looking to get away from the heat can head to Casa de Uco resort in Mendoza, Argentina and experience once-in-a-lifetime heli-skiing (off-trail skiing accessed by a helicopter) on high Andes mountain peaks directly from Casa de Uco’s heliport.