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Insider Travel Briefs For Private Aviation Travelers

Vol 5, No 1:
Seven great places to stay in Charleston, South Carolina
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Insider reviews of unique experiences from VIP supercar tours of Italy, treks to see the Polar Bears, safaris in Africa, Cuba by private jet and previews of top suites and villas at hotels and resorts across the USA, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brasil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, plus on the high seas aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Seaboard Encore, Crystal Esprit, Crystal Mozart, Crystal Symphony, Norwegian Breakaway, and Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

Worlds Best City

What better way to start the new year than to start thinking about places to get away for the weekend. What’s the best city in the U.S.? According to the readers of Travel + Leisure, it's Charleston, South Carolina. I recently made my first visit and plan to come back! So this week we take a look at the best suites in the top hotels in the awarding winning destination. 

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Most of all, Happy 2019and thanks for reading!

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Doug Gollan

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Table of Contents 

A.    Private Aviation Headlines
B.    Before You Buy Reports - Jets, Yachts, Villas
Seven Great Charleston Hotels and their Top Suites
1.    The Spectator Hotel
2.    Belmond Charleston Place
3.    Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
4.    The Dewberry Charleston
5.    Wentworth Mansion
6.    The Planter’s Inn
7.    French Quarter Inn
8.    Executive Security Reports
9.    Jet Card Insider Reports
10.  Best Of DG Amazing Experiences Library

A.  Private Aviation Headlines

Los Cabos Villa Spotlight

Casa Chanel is Espiritu Del Mar’s newest addition in Los Cabos, with stunning views over the Sea of Cortez and Palmilla Bay. It’s now available as a private villa rental, staffed with its own house manager, 24/7 butler, chef and concierge services. Encompassing 12,000 sq. ft of interior living space over four levels, the residence offers eight bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, dressing areas and private terrace. In addition to the spectacular pool with shallow shaded lounging areas, two of the guest casitas also have their own private plunge pool. This exceptional home has been decorated with style and sophistication in a neutral palette that will be sure to provide the backdrop for a spectacular Cabo vacation. State-of-the-art amenities include satellite TV and wi-fi throughout the villa. For more information, click this link or call +1 949.388.8590 ext. 200.


Charleston is the best U.S. city according to the readers of Travel + Leisure.  Here’s what the magazine says: “The jewel of the South Carolina coast has crowned our list of favorite American cities since 2013. But that doesn’t mean the Lowcountry destination isn’t evolving. Thanks to an influx of business, Charleston is bustling with revitalized energy. A new generation of restaurateurs, helmed by Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady’s, is turning the city into an international food destination.” Writes one reader: “I love the history, the art, the grits, and the proximity to Kiawah and other beautiful coastal areas. This is the perfect city for a girls’ weekend, a family vacation, or a romantic getaway.” Here are the best suites for you to stay in.
1. The Spectator Hotel

Located in Charleston’s historic district, The Spectator Hotel evokes the exuberance of the Jazz Age and the genteel glamour of the Old South. Readers of Travel + Leisure voted the hotel #1 in Charleston, #2 in the U.S. and #61 in the world.
Premier Balcony Suite

Start your mornings with fresh coffee and a gourmet continental breakfast on your private furnished wraparound balcony. In the afternoon sit back and enjoy a drink as you overlook the activity below on Linguard and State Streets. The suite features marble bathroom, custom millwork and furnishings and a built-in armoire.
2. Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to a variety of suites. The hotel has hosted celebrities, princes and politicians. It is located in Charleston's historic downtown. Dine at the award winning dining Palmetto Cafe and Charleston Grill restaurants, or try the full-service spa with rooftop indoor outdoor pool and Jacuzzi
Presidential Suite

The 1,000 sq. ft. Presidential Suite is located on the Club Level, including private elevator access. The Club offers a private personal concierge; an Italian marble bathroom; separate soaking bathtub, and walk-in shower. There is large entry area with a half-bathroom and pantry; living room; sitting area; one bedroom; one master bathroom; can connect to a Club guest room to create a two-bedroom suite. You also get full access to the newly renovated, two-story Club Lounge, which includes an expanded marble bar and complimentary all-day food and drinks.
3. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Located across the harbor from downtown Charleston, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers three outdoor pools including one with a Tiki Bar, spa, and full-service marina with the College of Charleston Sail School located on-site. Combining Low Country design aesthetic and a coastal color pallet with custom-made beds, furniture with hand-painted details. The Charleston Harbor Fish House provides a waterfront dining experience with views of historic downtown, and a menu featuring locally-sourced sustainable seafood, produce, and vegetables. The Bridge Bar offers an open-air environment with fresh seafood and cocktails, and the Reel Bar provides an indoor setting with teak captain chairs crafted from a ship that sank off the coastline. The Estuary Spa and Salon provides a range of treatments and services featuring natural and organic skin care products. There are multiple treatment rooms, including a couple's massage room. Guests can also schedule inshore and offshore fishing charters departing from the hotel's docks. There's a grand porch for relaxing, as well as a tropical pool deck with private cabanas.
Admiral’s Suite

The two-bedroom Admiral’s suite is 800 sq. ft. and situated on the hotel’s top floor – the 4th floor. It offers harbor views with a king and queen bed, two full baths and a separate living area, including large refrigerator and microwave.
4. The Dewberry Charleston 

The Dewberry Charleston overlooks Marion Square in a revitalized mid-century modern building with views of the Charleston Harbor and Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, Brasserie, the Living Room, a gathering space, walled garden, and a spa. You are steps from historic sites, and King Street shops and restaurants. Rooms have handcrafted custom furniture, Irish mattresses and linens, and original artwork by local artists. Henrietta's has a French brasserie feel mixed with Southern influences. Go for brunch on the weekends. The Living Room is designed as a gathering place transforming from a morning coffee spot to a mid-day space for afternoon tea and cocktails in the evening. The Spa offers low country-inspired  treatments infused with local ingredients such as dewberry plant and sea extracts. Modeled after the hotel founder's carriage house, the spa has cypress-covered spice-scented walls, Southern artwork, and handcrafted floral wallpaper.
Charleston Flat Studio Suites

There are 24 of the 511 sq. ft. Charleston Flat studio suites, four on each floor, each located in one of the corners. The hotel doesn’t guarantee which one you will get, but request a high floor. Views are either city or city and harbor.
There is a canopy bed and hardwood floors, the area furnished with leather wingback chairs, in-room dining areas, and glass-enclosed bath suites.
5. Wentworth Mansion 

A member of Small Luxury Hotels, Wentworth Mansion is a historic house with period features, chandeliers and stained glass windows. The Circa 1886 restaurant, in the old carriage house, serves American and Southern cuisine using fresh, local produce. Housed in the original stables, the spa with its vaulted ceilings and exposed beams offers a full range of treatments. Look for special touches such as complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine each afternoon in the Harleston Parlor and complimentary port, sherry, and brandy in the evening.
Grand Mansion Suite

The 1,000 sq. ft. Grand Mansion Suite provides a separate bedroom and living room with two floor-to-ceiling marble gas fireplaces, original Italian chandeliers and Tiffany stained glass. 
6. The Planter’s Inn

A Relais & Chateau property in Charleston’s  Historic District, the 64-room Planter's Inn features uniformed doormen who welcome every arrival, ushering guests into the restored circa 1844 building. Ten-foot ceilings, dozens of working fireplaces, and a large collection of antiques and Baker Historic Charleston décor, including a four poster bed in every guest room, create an ambiance described by Travel + Leisure magazine as "akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion." A hidden courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns provides a beguiling entry to Peninsula Grill, the city’s foremost dining experience.
St. Philip Suite

The 1,460 St. Philip Suite is situated on the top floor of the hotel and designed to feel like a private apartment. There’s a handcrafted four-poster plantation-style from the Baker Historic Charleston Collection, and hemstitched bedding by Italian luxury linen brand Mascioni. There’s a separate living room with soaring ceiling and custom crown molding. You can host guests with a kitchen and dining table with seating for up to 10 guests. There is an en-suite travertine marble bathroom with a walk in shower and ouble vanity.
7. French Quarter Inn

Conde Nast Traveler says of French Quarter Inn, “This classic Charleston mainstay is a must for those in the know.” It continues, “It’s a fairly small hotel, which makes for a more personalized experience—upon arrival, guests are greeted with Champagne and in the evening, turndown service comes with complimentary port wine and cookies. One thing we love about this perennial Southern belle is that it’s sophisticated, but not stuffy. The lobby is carpeted in a rich midnight blue brightened by far-reaching floral patterns, and the marble spiraled staircase that dissects it looks fresh and fancy rather than old and tired.”
Grand Market View Full Terrace Suite

The Grand Market View Terrace Suite features two queen size beds with triple sheeted, classically simple European bedding, custom armoire and writing desk. The room features a large terrace overlooking the open air Charleston City Market. A separate living room area features a full size sofa bed and a fireplace. The large bathroom features a soaking tub and separate walk-in shower.

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10. Our Most Popular Special Reports

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out some of our most popular Special Reports below...

Cuba with your own private jet

From driving classic cars to cigars, nightlife, nature and the arts, Cuba has so much to do. Johnny Considine, the Irish owner of Cuba Private Travel, who has been living in Havana for 15 years, has been featured in the likes of the Financial Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and The Telegraph. He recently told How To Spend It, “The quality of experience that you can have now in Cuba is top-notch. He can also arrange a tour of the island nation using your own private jet. Read more..

Seven hot superyachts for charter this Winter

We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this winter, and in our report are seven picks arranged by pricing, high to low. For each super yacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as list of toys.

Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a super yacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more

Tour Italy Like a VVIP By Super Car

1000 All’Ora combines its insider auto industry connections with the best of Italian luxury experiences. They arrange everything from hotels to restaurant reservations, sourcing the specific super car types you want and accompany your group providing VVIP service. 

They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but at the end they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…

Takeovers in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama

Sometimes you want to takeover the entire place. In this issue we look at three private resorts, visiting The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama. Each provides the privacy and personalized service that comes with your own residence, but offer more than a typical villa, and are perfect for friends, family and special events such as wedding and even corporate retreats. Read more


A billionaire’s private island resort in Fiji

Laucala Island in Fiji was once the playground of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes. Now owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, it is a private island resort with just 25 oversized villas bringing together high luxury and South Pacific romance in a playground of soft adventure, and even an 18-hole golf course. Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Read more…

Sponsored:  Why You Should Buy An Airplane Now!
With the new tax laws, if you fly more than 50 hours per year it makes sense to explore ownership options. Ventura Air Services’ CEO Nik Tarascio has authored, “Own Your Own Airplane: It Costs Less Than You Think.”

You can schedule a free consultation with Ventura. They’ll handle everything from arranging a test flight to signing on the dotted line. For a copy of Nik’s book and to start the conversation, click here.

Why Waikiki is back as a luxury destination

Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.  Read more...

Montage Los Cabos is Mexico’s newest star

With luxury hotels and resorts popping up around the world like Starbucks, it says something that the lead travel story in the South China Morning Post’s luxury magazine was recently about a resort on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean, in this case the Montage Los Cabos, which opened in May. Conde Nast Traveler already put the resort on its list of “New Hotels and Spas Worth Traveling For” with the headline, “You Can Finally Swim in Cabo,” a reference to its location on one of the destination’s few swimmable beaches. In this Special Report we give you a detailed, inside look at its suites, villas and residences and all the amenities and facilities. Read more

Sponsored: Icon Aviation Puts You In The Pilot’s Seat

Whether you’re seeking your next adventure, or you simply want to reinvent the weekend getaway—the ICON A5 makes flying more exciting and more accessible than ever before. Prepare to redefine everything you thought you knew about aviation. Contact an ICON Product Specialist to learn more at adventure@iconaircraft.com or 707.564.4100 or at this link.

Luxury on the Bund in Shanghai

If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
In Bangkok, Dining and Drinking in the Sky 

lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has become the epicenter of Thailand’s move to award-winning internationaining, with 2-star Michelin restaurant Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sirocco, and soon Chef’s Table under the direction Vincent Thierry of the 3-star Michelin Caprice in Hong Kong. Of course, the nightlife is not restricted to restaurants with a multitude of specialty bars from The Flute A Perrier Jouet and Al fresco 64, a Chivas bar, lebua No. 3, with its caviar shooters and of course the bar that launched a worldwide trend, Skybar (pictured right). Read more...
Lake Views in Geneva

In the center of Geneva, convenient to private banks and the United Nations, Hotel D'Angleterre is hotel with a view of Lake Leman, both from its top suites and fine dining restaurant. Part of the Red Carnation group of boutique luxury hotels, each suite and room has its own unique decor. Don’t forget to check out its new cigar lounge. Read more...

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My name is Doug Gollan. I am a strong advocate of the private aviation industry.  You can read my frequent coverage of private jets and luxury travel at Forbes.com.
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