The Four Seasons has its own jet that takes travelers on the ultimate vacation, both in the air and on the ground.
Avacation should begin the minute you step on the plane. That’s the idea behind the world’s first hotel private jet.
Four Seasons had previously offered “Around the World with Four Seasons” excursions with a private jet tour operator, but now they’ve wrapped their own Boeing 757 in Four Seasons luxury.
With 52 flat-bed seats, you and your cabin mates are transported between Four Seasons Hotels around the world with stops in between. Price per person is $119,000.
In August, the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience will crisscross the globe through 8 countries in 24 days. The excursion begins in Seattle, bound for Tokyo, winds up for its last leg in Marrakech, and then touches down for its last day in New York. The jet stops in Beijing, Maldives, Serengeti, Istanbul, and St. Petersburg for three-day stretches, where travelers stay at Four Seasons resorts with planned highlights while on the ground.
Dedicated concierges meet every need in the air and set up excursions on the ground. Tokyo has a night of karaoke and shopping during the day at designer stores — Chanel, Dior, and Cartier. In Maldives, there’s swimming or snorkeling, spa treatments, and stand-up-paddleboard lessons. Istanbul includes a private cruise to one of the Princes’ Islands — once a haven for exiled royalty, but now a popular resort for Istanbul’s wealthy — where visitors can tour the island, riding in a horse-drawn carriage. High tea with Russian artists is on the docket for the St. Petersburg stop — as is ballet, of course. In Marrakech, a visit to a village family in the Atlas Mountains gives a glimpse of local life. Guests can also work with the on-board concierge to personalize their trip.
There’s no need to check luggage as a luggage handler takes care of that; three suitcases are the max, and if you want to take your golf clubs, they’ll count as a suitcase.
Executive Chef Kerry Sear plans the on-board menus, which are completely different each day, featuring as many as three choices each for starters, mains, sides, and desserts — as well as lighter fare and snacks.
“Our aim is to recreate the hotel experience on the Four Seasons Private Jet. The only real difference is that, occasionally, we have to do a little juggling when there’s turbulence,” jokes Sear.
On the ground, guests get lunch and dinner and drinks. A group meal per destination is planned for all travelers to experience the flavors of local cuisine and culture.
Creature comforts aboard the aircraft match the on-ground luxury of Four Seasons Hotel rooms. Inside the aircraft, hand-crafted, leather, flat-bed seats by Italian designer Iacobucci, along with cozy Mongolian cashmere blankets, keep passengers comfy.
“Champagne and caviar became our inspiration for the exceptionally luxurious ambiance,” says Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons’ vice president of design.
And speaking of champagne, Dom Perignon, the jet’s exclusive champagne provider, flows freely for anyone who wants it — anytime, on any continent.
There are a number of excursions planned for 2016, including two more around-the-world journeys, a cultural escape, and one that caters to adventurers.