Trips of the Year 2015
THE BETTER WAY TO WINE AND DINE
Belmond Afloat in France Wine Academy in Burgundy, France
the first year Burgundy wine expert Pascal Wagner led guests of Belmond’s elegant French river barges into the Côte d’Or’s exclusive wineries, such as Château de Pommard. The three-day experience encompasses wine education, private vineyard tours and tastings, and even a hot-air balloon ride to demonstrate the region’s topography and terroir. Wagner’s passion for winemaking and joie de vivre—combined with the personal service from Belmond’s crew—make this experience particularly special.
Contact: Heather Ernst, travel manager, email@example.com, 800.524.2420, belmond.com/afloat-in-france
THE STANDARD IN VIP SUITES
NetJets at The Masters
The hospitality suite NetJets provides its members at the Augusta, Ga., golf tournament sets the standard at an event that, for all its pomp, is surprisingly sparse in amenities. Beyond offering breakfast, lunch and cocktails, NetJets has brought in PGA pros such as Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher. When you want to come in from the fairways—and the heat— this suite is the perfect escape.
THE UNEXPECTED EXCURSION
Cox & Kings trip to Sicily and Sardinia
These islands aren’t the trendiest spots in the Mediterranean, but they’re getting more popular as Americans discover these summer destinations—so you might want to go sooner rather than later. A custom itinerary from bespoke travel firm Cox & Kings could include wine tasting in Cagliari, an insider’s tour of Greco-Roman ruins in Taormina and Palermo, and stays in renowned hotels like the Belmond Grand Timeo and Villa Igiea.
Contact: Lisa Lesperance, destination manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 323.557.1833, coxandkingsusa.com
THE ECO-CONSCIOUS YACHT CLUB
Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts
This ambitious real estate project, with a 300- berth superyacht marina and a soon-to-open Park Hyatt, isn’t finished yet, but even in its infancy the complex has raised the bar for boating resorts in the Caribbean. Built by Kiawah Island mastermind Buddy Darby, Christophe Harbour balances development with environmental stewardship by restoring and preserving the ecosystems within its limits.
Contact: Katherine Verano, director of marketing, email@example.com, 843.297.4009, christopheharbour.com
THE ULTIMATE AIRLINE SUITE
Singapore Airlines Suites Class
Singapore Air’s suites class remains the most extravagant in-flight experience you can find on a commercial airline. Its private suites feature Givenchy blankets, Ferragamo amenities and turndown service that transforms the lie-flat seat into a fully outfitted bed. Such creature comforts count for a lot on long hauls: The airline recently announced that it will restore its New York– Singapore route, the longest direct flight in the world.
BEST APRÈS SKI ESCAPE
Adventures by the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah
After you’ve hit the slopes, this ski resort can put you on a private jet and take you to remote corners of Utah on custom adventures that change the way you think about a winter getaway. For example: an overnight stay on a dry lake bed with hiking and bouldering, or a day trip canyoneering in the desert.
Contact: Edward Shapard, general manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435.940.5730, stregisdeervalley.com/adventures