5 Holiday Gifts That Can’t Be Wrapped: Unexpected, Luxury Experiences


From a luxe helicopter ride to Napa for a private wine tasting, to living like James Bond in Monte Carlo, a coastal getaway to Pebble Beach, or private yachting, here are once-in-a-lifetime, luxury experiences that are unforgettable.

Ultra-Luxe Helicopter Getaway to Napa Valley: This exclusive experience offered at AKA Beverly Hills through the brand’s Live It! Program, presents residents the opportunity to experience picturesque Napa Valley with a twist of luxury and romance. The luxury experience includes private helicopter transportation to Napa Valley for a day of sipping and savoring fine wines and treats from one of the world’s great wine capitals. See more here:

Live Like Bond in Monte-Carlo: Designed exclusively for the guests staying in Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’spenthouse suite, the James Bond-inspired Golden Eye Experience makes for the ultimate high-roller holiday gift. The experience begins with a private tour of the Monte-Carlo Casino (the location for many James Bond movies), helicopter ride, Aston Martin driving tour of the French Riviera and in-room duo massage. Guests finish off the evening with a private dinner on the penthouse terrace (which offers 180-degree views of the casino and Mediterranean Sea) before receiving cigars and casino chips for a night of gambling.

Barrel of Personally-Selected Bourbon: From the “birthplace of bourbon,” travelers can spoil themselves with an entire individually selected, small-batch barrel of bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Starting at $5,500, the experience includes a personalized visit to the distillery outside Lexington, Kentucky, where travelers receive hands-on training on how to “nose,” taste and select their own barrel of bourbon. Once a barrel is selected, the distillery team hand bottles the bourbon, affixing a personalized medallion to each bottle. Guests receive lunch, a VIP tour and chance to meet the distillers.

XOJET’S Luxury Experiences at Pebble Beach: Not just a gift for the golf-lover, XOJET’s Luxury Experience Package at Pebble Beach offers travelers an unprecedented coastal getaway to the iconic Carmel, California golf resort.  Typically reserved for golf pros and celebrities, the preferential experience includes a private XOJET flight from New York or Los Angeles to beautiful Pebble Beach, 3-night stay in one of the new, four-bedroom Fairway One Cottages at The Lodge, two opening tee times along with a private chef dinner and wine tasting for four.  For the golf fanatic, book the luxury experience to coincide with the highly-coveted AT&T Pro-Am, while those non-golfers can take advantage of the resort’s Beach & Tennis Club or award-winning Spa.

For the Southern Belle + Gentleman: Michelin-Starred Dinner in a Historic Hotel: Through a quick phone call directly to DC’s historic gem The Jefferson, food and history buffs can order a gift certificate towards dinner for family and friends at one of the city’s few Michelin-starred restaurants, Plume. Paying homage to Thomas Jefferson and the garden harvest at his Monticello estate, Plume serves classic dishes, a seasonal menu, the country’s largest collection of Madeira wine (Jefferson’s favorite liquor and even a kid-friendly non-alcoholic beverage cart. This December, patrons and their families can enjoy the gift of the First American Holiday dinner, a special tasting menu hearkening back to the cuisine of Winter 1776.

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