The Leading Hotels of the World has announced a collection of extraordinary packages with some of the world’s top concierge teams to offer One-of-a-Kind experiences for their guests. These ‘One-of-a-Kind’ offers are designed to appeal to travellers who have a genuine sense of discovery and an appreciation for truly authentic and uncommon experiences. Sample a few of these extraordinary itineraries here:
Ritz Paris is offering guests the opportunity to step back in time with an experience that includes an excursion by private car to the Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, located 35 miles southeast of Paris. The grand Chateau belonged to Nicolas Fouquet, one-time finance minister to Louis XIV, who upon seeing the magnificent palace and grounds, had his minister arrested, confiscated the property, and proceeded to build Versailles to an even grander scale. Modern-day guests will enjoy a guided tour of the palace and gardens, complete with lunch. The package, which requires a two-night stay, includes daily American breakfast served in the room or in L’Espadon restaurant. Prices start at €1,243 ($1,799) per night, single or double occupancy. For a “Town and Country” holiday, guests can stay at The Merrion in Dublin and Ashford Castle in County Mayo. The offer includes three nights’ accommodation at each hotel, and welcome cocktails at both, of course. Other elements are full Irish breakfast daily, tickets to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin as well as a copy of The Merrion’s Art Catalogue, a one-hour massage per person at each hotel, a limousine transfer from one hotel to the other with a picnic lunch along the way, the choice of a one-hour falconry lesson or golf with club rental at Ashford Castle, and round-trip airport transfers. Rates start from €2,900 ($4,198) for the six-night stay, double occupancy. For some island-loving, escape to Maldives with Kanuhura in the Lhaviyani Atoll, a special five-night deal offers the ultimate privacy. Guests are dropped off from a private boat to spend an evening on the resort’s own Jehunuhra Island where they enjoy an intimate Maldivian barbecue dinner complete with a bottle of champagne – the launch brings them back later. There is also a local island tour, offering more insights into this paradise in the Indian Ocean, as well as a traditional Maldivian sunset dolphin cruise, and a romantic bath ceremony. Rates start at $730 per night, minimum five-night stay required. For some warm Mexican hospitality, the all-inclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar allows guests to laze around soaking up the sun and tropical breezes as well as experiencing the rich heritage of this ancient land. The highlight of a three-night stay here will be a Mayan cultural tour of Chichen Itza with its massive step pyramid, the Temple of Kukulkan; or to Tulum, the site of a pre-Columbian walled city overlooking the Caribbean. Other components are all meals and beverages – among them a royal dinner on the beach and a memorable chef’s table dining experience comprising a 12-course meal with wine pairings. In addition, the rates, which start $1,036 per night, double occupancy, include non-motorized water sports, taxes and tips. Guests at the Hotel Villa Magna can now experience the Prado Museum in Madrid – one of the world’s treasure troves of fine art and jewels from a unique perspective. The museum opens its doors especially for you and your guest to accompany your private guide for a visit of the collections. The highlight is a gourmet dinner – complete with musicians and elegant floral arrangements – served in one of the exhibition rooms, where you will be surrounded by paintings by world-renowned artists. Also included are accommodation in the Royal Suite – with butler service and a Maserati at your disposal – a bottle of cava (sparkling wine) and strawberries; full breakfast daily, either in the restaurant or from room service; and round-trip airport transfers. A two-night stay is required, and rates start at €10,000 ($14,476) per night, including service charge.
Guests looking to take advantage of these packages must note that due to the exceptional nature of these unique offers, reservations are available only by calling toll-free 1-800-223-6800 and refer to promotion code LOK. A full list of participating hotels may be viewed at www.LHW.com/OneofaKind