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IN THIS ISSUE
5 RESORTS YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT BY PRIVATE JET
1. Canouan, the Grenadines
2. Deauville, France
3. Gstaad, Switzerland
4. Lanai, Hawaii
5. White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
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5 RESORTS TO VISIT BY PRIVATE JET
Whether you want a getaway to the mountains or the beach, or you want to golf, hike, bike, climb, raft, spa or just enjoy some summer fun, we go from Switzerland and France to the Caribbean, Hawaii and West Virginia with five great resorts that are hard to get to unless you have access to a private jet.
1. CANOUAN, THE GRENADINES
They say the third
time is the charm, but in the case of gorgeous Canouan Island in the
Grenadines, we’re hoping it will be more like a cat’s nine lives. Rosewood,
Raffles and the owner of Sandy Lane in Barbados have all given it a shot, and
next up is Mandarin Oriental, which will hope to attract its loyal fans.
Currently operating as The Pink Sands Club, you will find an 18-hole championship golf course, five
restaurants, overwater spa bungalows and an assortment of villas and suites. It’s a bit
like being on your own private island, and the fact that it has a history of
spotty commercial flights has been the main downfall for this gateway to your
own "Pirates of the Caribbean" adventure. Luckily the airport, 10
minutes from the resort, has a runway long enough to handle nonstop private jet
flights from as far away as Europe.
include the 3,703 sq. ft. Italian-designed Three Bedroom Patio Villa with
Studio (above) fashioned from natural stone, wood and glass, with an internal courtyard
and private pool deck, infinity and Jacuzzi. The Studio can be used for
security or a nanny if you wish. If you are going as a couple try the centrally
located 1,615 sq. ft. One Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse features views of the
beach, lagoon and bay from a full-length balcony, with a private dining room,
kitchenette, living room and guest bathroom. To check out more villas and suites click here.
2. DEAUVILLE, FRANCE
of the Hamptons is a good base to explore the beaches of Normandy and the
region’s rich and moving World War II history. Its Anglo-Norman architecture
will make you feel like you are walking through a village of gingerbread houses
and you will dine on fresh seafood in the plentiful sidewalk bistros. Flying
into Deauville Normandie Saint-Gatien Airport Airport will save you a
two-and-a-half hours train ride and the bumper-to-bumper peak season traffic as
Parisian’s head north to escape the capital’s heat.
Five miles from
the airport, Hotel Barriere Le Normandy Deauville is built in tune with the
charming local aesthetic and is steps from the white sand beaches and ocean
front tennis courts. In addition to an extensive spa, there’s a casino and golf
at its nearby sister hotel. The one-bedroom 1,100 sq. ft. Presidential Suite
includes a 430 sq. ft. terrace. There are more suites here.
3. GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
Famed as one of
Europe’s most elite ski destinations, during the summer it’s an outdoor
playground from hiking, climbing, rafting and biking to horseback riding and
even paraflying if you’re really adventurous. Getting to Gstaad from either
Geneva or Zurich means at least two to three trains or several hours by car, or
even longer when narrow mountain roads get backed up. Gstaad Saanen Airport can
handle private jets as large as the Gulfstream G650 or Bombardier Global
Express and is just three miles from The Alpina Gstaad.
The Alpina Gstaad
offers both a Six Senses Spa and two Michelin starred restaurants – Megu and
Sommet, plus a fondue restaurant. Named by The Telegraph as one of the 50 most
beautiful suites in the world, the Panorama Suite is a 4,305 sq. ft. duplex
apartment with three bedrooms over two floors, and offers superb views both to
the north and the south. The rooms center around a huge main living room
adorned with a grand fireplace and floor-to-ceiling chimney piece. In the style
of an elegant residence in the Alps, the lounge opens out onto a large, private
terrace. On the other side, hidden from view, is a kitchen that allows guests
to prepare their own meals in the suite.
The large master
bedroom has its own balcony, fireplace for those cool mountain nights, walk-in
dressing room, and bathroom – equipped with a large, free-standing bath,
oversized shower heads, and a television screen built into the mirror. A grand
staircase leads up to the top floor of the suite, where the skylights frame the
mountain peaks. Here you will find their own private spa, jacuzzi, fitness and
massage area, another fireplace, and a bedroom with classic timber latticework
and its own veranda. You can find more suites here.
4. LANAI, HAWAII
A former pineapple
plantation, its principal owner is now billionaire Larry Ellison who hired Four Seasons to
manage its beach resort. Once you get there you’ll be like a local, and with
dozens of private beaches, its own shipwreck, trails for four-wheeling and
horseback riding, sporting clays and two championship golf courses plus an
extensive spa, many guests say it reminds them of old Hawai’i. With no nonstop
flights from the U.S. mainland, chartering a private jet means you will add two
days to your vacation that would otherwise be spent connecting in Honolulu.
The resort has
numerous signature and large suites, including two presidential suites and its
top suite, the two-bedroom 3,984 sq. ft. Alii Royal Suite (above) located on the second
floor with prime ocean views. You can add a bedroom by connecting it to a
one-bedroom suite. On its own there is a formal living room with adjoining
powder room, a media room and a separate dining room seating six. The bathroom
includes a double Japanese soaking tub, a double walk-in steam shower with
seating. The large private lanai is fitted with a dining table, lounge chairs
and an oversized daybed, perfect for relaxation. A walk-in closet, library
area, drop-down television, and binocular tripods for observing the bay are
some of the extras.
5. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
The Greenbrier in White Sulphur
Springs West Virginia is located on 11,000 acres with over 700 guest rooms and
suites. Its underground bunker was designed to house the U.S. Congress during
the Cold War in case of a nuclear war. When if first opened in the early 1900s
the location was at the crossroad of multiple railroad lines, which were the
lifeblood of the economy. Now it’s rail service is down to several Amtrak
trains per week and the drive from Washington D.C. can take over four hours.
Luckily, Greenbrier Valley Airport is 12 minutes from the resort. There’s championship
golf (host of the Greenbrier Classic July 2-8, 2018), an extensive spa, lots of
outdoor activities from hiking, zip lining and biking to rafting and climbing.
There are eight different restaurants on property that serve dinner. There’s even
In terms of
accommodations, there are a number of suites, but for a unique experiences stay
in one of the Greenbrier Estate Homes which range from three to six bedrooms.
Each of the homes were at one time a private residence, and each of them vary
not only in size but in both exterior and interior design. The three-bedroom
Colonnade Estate Home (above) oozes southern charm. You might think you are on set for
a remake of “Gone with the Wind.”
If you prefer a
more traditional suite, The Windsor Club is the resort’s version of an
executive floor and its Presidential Suite (above) offers seven bedroom spanning two
floors and is entered through a private foyer. It features its own library, den
with half bath, large living room with grand piano, reception foyer, private
patio and a large dining room. President
Dwight D. Eisenhower held the North American Summit Conference there in 1956
and the the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of
Monaco are among the notables who have slept in it. To see more suites and cottages click here.
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