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From world-wide private jet tours to Maldivian vacation packages, give the gift of travel this Christmas.
By Kim Ayling | November 10 2020
Our 2020 Travel gift guide is the ideal way to make up for this years’ missed vacation opportunities. Guaranteed to create an abundance of treasured memories, treating your loved ones to a once in a lifetime experience truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
Featuring a range of completely unrivaled adventures, from South African safaris and private jet jungle book itineraries, through to French wine tours and ski lessons from an Olympian, Elite Traveler’s round up of the best luxury experience gifts promises to delight even the most seasoned of travelers.
andBeyond’s new 7 Wonders in 7 Days itinerary invites you and your guests to enjoy a bucket list-worthy safari experience from the unrivaled comfort of a luxury lodge. Based at the award-winning Phinda Private Game Reserve, the seven-night trip gives travelers the opportunity to witness the wonders of Phinda’s 70,560 acres of natural landscape, with highlights including sleeping under the stars and guided game drives to witness Africa’s ‘big five’. The level of privacy on the itinerary is fully customizable, with private jet charter and sole lodge hire available.
From $4,380 per person, based on 12 guests, private safaris only, andbeyond.com
Looking for a travel gift with a touch of romance? Look no further than treetop private dining in the Maldives. Guests at One&Only Reethi Rah – The Maldives are transported to the heights of the forest canopy with the hotel’s exclusive Treehouse Dining offering. The open-air timber treehouse makes the perfect vantage point from which to witness the beauty of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean while enjoying a bespoke seven-course menu, promising a lavishly romantic date night like no other.
From $750 per couple, oneandonlyresorts.com
This Christmas, treat your nearest and dearest to a skiing experience like no other. Caldera House is inviting its guest to join Olympic skier Bode Miller for breakfast where they can hear all about his sporting career, before heading to the slopes for a coaching lesson with the legend himself. Considered the most successful male American alpine skier of all time, there’s no doubt that Bode can teach you a thing or two. The package is for up to six guests, making it the ideal travel gift for the whole family.
From $35,000 per day for six people, calderahouse.com
As the only resort in Monaco to be awarded seven Michelin stars across its collection of restaurants, a stay at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer promises to be the perfect gift for travel lovers and foodies alike. Combining the resort’s culinary promise with its host of other amenities, the Getaway to Monaco package showcases the best of Monte-Carlo with a series of excursions including spa treatments, a wine cellar tour and a candlelit dinner, as well as accommodation in the luxurious Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
From $5,920 per couple, montecarlosbm.com
In partnership with leading experiential travel and adventure company, Pelorus, VistaJet has launched a brand-new itinerary that invites travelers to experience their own jungle book-like adventure. With jet transportation across the world’s most stunning environments, guests can encounter paradise in complete privacy. From exploring the Amazonian rainforest and the Colombian Tayrona National Park, through to yachting through the WWII wrecks in Papa New Guinea, this adventure promises to be a once in a lifetime travel experience.
From $210,000 for up to four guests, not including VistaJet flights, vistajet.com
A trip from Paris to Reim is like going back in time: discover Gothic cathedrals, immortal battlefields and historic vineyards as you travel across northern France. Brought to you by Relais & Chateaux, the five-night itinerary culminates in the historic Champagne region, where guests can visit the cellars of Moët & Chandon and the birthplace of the chardonnay grape. With accommodation at Relais & Chateaux properties throughout the route, this itinerary is guaranteed to be a winning gift for any wine lover this Christmas.
From $1,335, relaischateaux.com
The Nautilus Maldives has partnered with Dominvs Aviation to deliver an ultra-luxe vacation package in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Beginning with the unrivaled luxury of private jet transportation before embarking on an exclusive yacht voyage to one of the Maldives’ most private islands, this bespoke itinerary is designed with the wants and needs of individual guests in mind. As part of the package, guests can enjoy a host of signature experiences, including spa treatments, guided snorkeling tours and yoga sessions.
Treat your loved ones to a luxurious stay at The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, with the addition of an exclusive wine tour through the sun-drenched Californian landscape. The one-day excursion begins with a journey through the picturesque countryside in a 2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan to Pismo Beach, where you will embark on an exhilarating drive across the sand. Afterward, you and your guests can enjoy a farm-to-table lunch and vineyard tour at the famous Tolosa Winery, before embarking on a quick plane journey back to your hotel.
From $12,400 for up to eight guests, peninsula.com
Regarded as one of the most luxurious hotel groups in the world, Aman is offering the ultimate Christmas travel gift: The Grandest Tour. The extensive itinerary takes up to 16 lucky guests on a tour across the world, with accommodation in a selection of Aman’s world-class resorts and private jet transportation to each destination. Beginning at Aman Tokyo, the journey explores eight countries over 21 days, traveling from Japan all the way to Europe, with a final stay at Aman Venice and an impressive number of culturally immersive stops along the way.
From $134,888, March 21 – April 11 2021, aman.com
Known as a playground for the world’s elite, Monte-Carlo is the perfect destination for a lavish Christmas gift for the travel lover in your life. The famous Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is offering the exclusive opportunity to experience the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco after-hours. With a private torch-lit tour of the museum’s cavernous halls, followed by a cocktail hour with champagne and canapes created by the hotel’s Michelin-starred culinary team, this package is currently the only way to enjoy the museum in this way.
No travel gift guide is complete without a golfing experience: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos has partnered with world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to offer an around the world golfing itinerary. The Golf Getaway invites sports fans to tee off at some of architect’s most sought after courses, including Costa Palmas Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort Nevis golf course and Hoiana Shores Golf Club, as well as enjoy premium accommodations in Four Seasons Resorts across the globe. To top off this spectacular travel gift, guests will also have the opportunity to play a round with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. himself.
From $65,000, fourseasons.com