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exotic bhutan

bhutan

Four of you will never forget your unique 10-day excursion of a lifetime to Bhutan!

 

This unique TEN-DAY excursion to Bhutan for FOUR PEOPLE is an opportunity of a lifetime.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation nestled in the eastern Himalayas. A country with a mosaic of cultures, lifestyles, languages, and belief systems, Bhutan’s rich and unique cultural heritage has largely remained intact. In Bhutan traditional arts, ceremonies, festivals, and social conduct are still practiced as they were hundreds of years ago. With a unique national philosophy based on the principles of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a paradise of unparalleled scenic beauty with majestic peaks, lush valleys, unspoiled countryside, and terraced rice fields. Fascinating architecture, monumental fortresses, fluttering prayer flags, hospitable people, and a devout Buddhist culture make the Kingdom of Bhutan extraordinarily special!

Local guides will lead you on unique and intimate insights into the beautifully preserved “Dragon Kingdom.” Your trip has been custom designed to include day hikes of scenic mountain trails that wind up to ancient dzongs, temples, and remote villages with visits to local farms and houses. You will relax in unique, character-filled hotels and enjoy wonderful Bhutanese hospitality and cuisine.

Take a break from life’s hustle and bustle and experience why happiness is so important to the people of Bhutan.

Package includes:
• 10 DAYS of twin-share accommodations for 4 PEOPLE
• All meals while in Bhutan
• Private guides and private excursions
• Bhutan visa and ground transport

Expires July 22, 2019. Bookings must be made within 2 months of purchase. Does not include airfare to Bhutan (via Thailand or New Dehli, India), alcohol, or gratuity.

Special thanks to Dipika Rai


Grand Cru de champagne

champagne

Spend a week immersed in the sparkling world of Champagne!

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” exclaimed Dom Pérignon when he first tasted champagne. Relive that moment with this incredible EIGHT DAY and SEVEN NIGHT for EIGHT PEOPLE journey through the world-renowned region of Champagne, France and the wineries of the excellent Grand Cru. Relax in your charming villa so that you can enjoy extravagant days of sampling the regions’ best vintages. Your traveling party of EIGHT PEOPLE will stay in a beautiful home located in a quaint village of Ardenne in the Champagne region.

You will be chauffeured by your personal sommelier driving a private luxury mini-van who will take you wherever you please throughout the week as you explore the essence of Champagne. Enjoy guided visits of six cellars of important Maisons, winemakers, and the Museum of Dom Pérignon. Partake in two days of private wine lessons exploring sparkling wines, regional blends, and the uniqueness of Champagne. On an evening of your choice, your chef will prepare for you and your guests a wonderful dinner and pair exquisite wines to tantalize the senses.

Package includes:
• 8 DAYS and 7 NIGHTS for 8 PEOPLE
• Charming villa in Ardenne
• Personal sommelier for the week
• Luxury van and personal driver
• Guided tours of six cellars
• 2 days of private wine lessons

Expires July 22, 2019. This package does not include airfare, transfers to and from airport, wine shipping, driver service (outside package itinerary), and free time extra activities. Bookings must be made within one month of the auction and are subject to availability of the villa at the time of booking.


Costa rican Rendezvous for 10

costa rica

Experience la pura vida!

Experience la Pura Vida!

Gather your group of TEN for an incredible ONE WEEK stay in this luxurious 9,500 sq. ft. ocean-view villa on the unique and wild Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica! Surrounded by idyllic, empty beaches, lush rainforests, and epic wildlife, this lavish five-bedroom villa is the ultimate tropical get-away. While you sit by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean and majestic views, the villa’s private chef will prepare all your meals during your stay.

Interested in exploring the stunning surroundings? Fish, surf, zip-line, and hike the pristine trails just steps away. From sunrise until sunset, you will be well taken care of with daily housekeeping, your private chef, and a 24-hour concierge to help arrange any activity you desire.

Sit back and enjoy the magnetic energy and stunning beauty of Costa Rica with your closest amigos.

Package includes:
• 8 DAYS and 7 NIGHTS
• 5-bedroom ocean-view villa for 10 PEOPLE
• All meals cooked by private chef (you provide groceries)
• Private infinity pool with swim-up bar
• 24-hour concierge
• Daily housekeeping

Expires July 22, 2019. Stay runs Saturday to Saturday. Villa is available year-round, excluding December 13-January 3. Booking is subject to availabilty at the time of booking. Cost of groceries and beverages not included (averages approx. $20/person/day). Mandatory renter’s insurance against accidental damage not included (costs $89). Airfare to Costa Rica and the cost of transportation from airport in San Jose to the villa not included.


private motor yacht charter
in the bahamas

yacht

Enjoy a laid back getaway in unspoiled beauty!

This yacht charter package for FIVE DAYS and FOUR NIGHTS for SIX GUESTS is a getaway of a lifetime — exploring the Bahamas on board a private 82-foot Hatteras motor yacht! The crewed yacht features fully air-conditioned state rooms (one king and two double rooms that can be converted to king rooms if preferred), each with its own bathroom. Spacious decks provide many options for lounging and enjoying the scenery and exquisite creations of your very own personal chef. Gourmet meals and snacks are all infused with unique local flavors.

You’ll enjoy round-the-clock service from the expert crew focused on exceeding expectations and creating an elegant dining experience all while exploring a variety of destinations throughout the Bahamas. Each day is tailored to your wishes whether it’s snorkeling or diving an exotic coral reef, trolling for billfish, or just relaxing with friends.

This yacht charter getaway is designed to be laid back and unstructured in a place of unspoiled beauty, so you can relax and enjoy the experience in comfort and luxury.

Included in the package:
• Exclusive use of the yacht for 5 DAYS and 4 NIGHTS for 6 GUESTS
• Transfers from airport to yacht and back
• Captain, crew, and costs of operating the yacht throughout the duration of the charter
• All meals and snacks prepared by your personal gourmet chef
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Unlimited personal use of all water toys, except Regulator boat, which is crew operated only. Water toys include: 26-ft center console regulator fishing boat, 13-foot dinghy to explore nearby beaches, Sea-Doo
jet ski, SEABOB underwater scooter, 3 kayaks, 4 stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and more.

Expires July 22, 2019. Bookings are subject to availability. Fuel used for Regulator fishing boat, inflatable dinghy and jet ski not included. Alcoholic beverage tab will be kept during charter. Fuel charges, alcohol and gratuity all payable upon departure. Suggested gratuity of $750. Charter runs Friday through Tuesday. Airfare to departure city not included.


vineyards of portugal

portugal

Wine, dine and cruise through Portugal!

EIGHT PEOPLE will enjoy SEVEN NIGHTS experiencing the magnetic atmosphere and characteristic flavors of Portugal’s Douro Valley. Rich in tradition and culture, the Douro Valley, Portugal’s fastest growing wine region, is well on its way to earning international recognition for its outstanding wines.

A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, generations of families have built on the steep curved hillsides that surround the Douro River, turning almost inaccessible lands into large cultivated vineyards. Visit these unique vineyards that make Portugal’s exquisite port and table wines.

You and your guests will enjoy all seven nights in an exclusive luxury villa for up to eight. Your hosts will greet you with a welcoming dinner on your first evening, serve you breakfast every morning, and close your stay with a farewell dinner on your last evening. Drinks included with dinner, of course! Your Portugal experience will include a 3-hour boat trip starting in Pinhāo with dinner on board, a guided tasting tour of the Valenca do Douro vineyard, plus lunch aboard another boat after you visit the Ervedosa do Douro vineyard.

The villa boasts an indoor jacuzzi, private infinity pool, and a game room perfect for holiday bonding. Strike up a tune at the piano or curl up by the fire, be pampered, relax and enjoy a vacation with family and friends.

This trip promises to be a luxurious and relaxing exploration of Portugal’s wine country filled with culture and tradition.

Expires July 22, 2019. This trip is for 8 people for 7 nights at a luxury Villa in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Reservations should be made within two months of purchase. Airfare to Portugal and transfers to and from the airport not included.

Special thanks to Dipika Rai


great barrier reef

australia

Bucket list – quintessential Queensland, Australia!

Whether you want to see the magnificent Great Barrier Reef or take a trip through a tranquil rainforest, a trip to Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia will leave your GROUP OF SIX in awe! Enjoy EIGHT DAYS and SEVEN NIGHTS in your private three-bedroom villa.

An hour’s drive north from Cairns via a spectacular coastal road is the town of Port Douglas, known for its famous palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, the perfect place for a tropical getaway. Port Douglas is ideal for experiencing the Daintree National Park, where you can see ancient rainforests and stunning valleys, beaches, mountains, rivers, and farmlands. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef system. The aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea will revitalize you; the cool streams, towering mountains and the warm welcome of the local Kuku Yalanji people in Mossman Gorge will inspire you; and ancient tropical rainforests of Daintree will invigorate you!

Relax in your three-bedroom villa, where each room has its own private ensuite bathroom. Access to the beach, lagoon pools and an 18-hole championship golf course are all yours. Gather your closest family and friends for an incredible adventure down under. You may never want to leave!

Package includes:
• 8 DAYS and 7 NIGHTS for 6 PEOPLE
• 3-bedroom villa with fully equipped kitchen; morning, lunch and afternoon tea
• Private plunge pool and use of private golf cart
• Access to all resort facilities
• Private tour of Daintree Rainforest, Cooper Creek cruise, guided walk through rainforest and Mossman Gorge (including lunch)
• Full-day Great Barrier Reef experience, boat trip to Opal Reef, guided snorkeling tour and reef talks (snorkeling equipment, lessons, and transfers included)

Expires July 22, 2019. Minimum 30-day advance reservation required. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Airfare not included.


winter romance package

ASC

Everything you need for a wonderful winter weekend!

Picture the snowflakes flying through downtown Aspen, the powder stacking up on the hill, and a fabulous weekend for TWO at Aspen’s only 5-star, 5-diamond hotel. This package offers ski-in, ski-out concierge service for THREE NIGHTS at The Little Nell, with breakfast each morning.

You will enjoy a private powder tour on Aspen Mountain, private ski lessons with Aspen Snowmass Ski School, Little Nell First Tracks, a private ‘Groom the Mountain’ experience, and an après ski or dinner at Ajax Tavern. Get outfitted with the newest gear using your $500 gift certificate to Four Mountain Sports, 3-day rental or demo, and 3-day lift tickets.

Everything you need for a wonderful winter weekend!

Package includes:
• 3 NIGHTS for 2 at The Little Nell with breakfast in Element 47 each morning (excuding holidays)
• Private ski lessons for 2
• Après or Dinner for two at Ajax Tavern
• Little Nell Powder Tour for 2
• Little Nell First Tracks for 2
• ‘Groom the Mountain’ experience for 2
• $500 gift certificate at Four Mountain Sports
• 3-day rentals or demos for 2
• 3-day lift tickets for 2

Expires July 22, 2019. Holidays excluded for Little Nell lodging. Ski tickets and ski experiences limited to 2018-2019 ski season. Advance reservations required.

Special thanks to the Aspen Skiing Company, Four Mountain Sports, and The Little Nell.


foodie’s delight

foodie

Incredible personal chef experience in your own home!

Have a party to plan? Let us do the hard part! This package includes a private chef, catering team, and sommelier who will come to your house and customize a fabulous dining experience for TEN PEOPLE with hand-selected wines from Mac Cunningham’s personal wine cellar.

Enjoy a special evening with your closest friends in the privacy of your own home, enjoying a catered FOUR-COURSE DINNER for TEN PEOPLE, crafted just for you. Steve Humble, one of the valley’s top sommeliers and chefs, along with his exceptional staff at the Free Range Kitchen, will customize a meal with special wine pairings created from in-season local fare and premier international imports. Dream up your favorite Italian dishes or Spanish cuisine and let Free Range Kitchen do the rest.

Plan on a delicious meal and top-notch service for your next dinner party with this fabulous package.

ABOUT STEVE: Steve’s prestigious wine career began at Renaissance Restaurant over 20 years ago. He and his wife Robin managed a James Beard award winning restaurant for seven years. Steve’s passion for wine and food, as well as his distinguished palate, has kept him in the food and beverage industry ever since. Steve built a world class wine program over his 16 years at the Roaring Fork Club, winning multiple national awards. He has co-hosted hundreds of sold out wine dinners with many of the best winemakers and wine industry professionals in the world. Free Range Kitchen models the same clean food concept the Humbles have embraced in their personal lives. They hope to make a difference, no matter how small, by creating simply prepared, delicious, farm fresh food.

The Humbles realize more than ever, that doing what they love, surrounded by people with great energy, in a happy, welcoming environment is what life’s all about.

Expires July 22, 2019. Booking required at least 30 days in advance. Not available over Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Additional diners can be added for additional cost.

Special thanks to Free Range Kitchen, Steve & Robin Humble, and The Cunningham Companies.

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