Long-er Haul
By : | March 31, 2017

If the stress of booking reservations at a luxury hotel, figuring out your air travel, planning out a travel itinerary and sorting out your visa formalities seem overwhelming—here’s some respite.

Four Seasons Private Jet (Image courtesy – Fourseasons.com)

Vacations are meant to be fun and they usually are, once the journey begins–it’s the paperwork that precedes them that can be such a pain! Right from deciding which airline to fly by, to finding comfortable lodging, and researching the tourist destinations that need to be covered to make your vacation memorable, takes the joy out of travelling. Major luxury hospitality giants are tapping into the psychology of the avid traveler as they curate experientials that are seamlessly put together the moment you check-in at the airport, so that all you need to do is make yourself comfortable at the business class lounge and revel in the sense of wanderlust.

Four Season’s Private Jet

It’s Four Season’s impeccable hospitality and understated sense of glamour that make them one of the key players, among the world’s leading hotels. Now, the hotel chain has acquired a fleet of private jets—luxe retrofitted Boeing 757’s customized with only 52 flatbeds so that the in-flight service is par excellence. Say goodbye to insipid airline food as the Four Seasons Private Jet experience has been curated exclusively by Michelin Star Chef Rene Redzepi and his award-winning team at Noma.

Noma and Four Seasons carve a culinary trail across Asia and Europe , taking their guests to eatery hotspots savored by the chefs from both teams– from the hidden gems of street food to Michelin-starred restaurants. In Tokyo, you forage side-by-side with world-renowned chef Namae Shinobu, or learn to make sushi from the experts. Perhaps you’d like to cheer bawdily at a Tokyo Giants baseball game. Or, if you prefer, learn the basics of sword fighting from Tetsuro Shimaguchi, who choreographed the sword fighting sequences in Kill Bill.

In Florence, immerse yourself in the city’s Renaissance era splendor with private viewings at the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria Dell’Accademia.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Image Courtesy–Uffizi.org)

Choose to meet pioneering wine makers and an eight-generation butcher in Chianti. Drive along the Tuscan coast and savor dinner at Il Bucaniere in San Vincenzo.


This is citing only one of the duo’s decadent itineraries, available a few times through the year. Experientials, where the inflight service is on par with the hospitality at Four Seasons properties across the globe. To view a few more of their tailormade journeys, go here privatejet.fourseasons.com/fs

Après in the Air

Meanwhile, Air Canada celebrates her 150th birthday with ‘Apres in the Air,’ a round trip for 58 people by private charter with Air Canada’s all Business Class private charter service, Jetz. Crisscross across North America, as Fairmont Hotels refurbishes the jet to resemble one of their legendary ski chalets.


Fairmont Le  Chateau Montebello  (Image Courtesy – Fairmont.com)

Each Fairmont destination that offers respite from the jet lag, include a bevy of winter sports and local experiences including dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, skiing, and curling. To highlight Fairmont’s traditional Canadian heritage, inspired cuisine from notable Canadian chefs Louis Simard, Tim Wasylko, and Eric Beaupre is featured at each respective stop on the journey.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Classic French Chateau (Image courtesy Fairmont.com)

Escape the frosty chill by soaking in a luxurious heated pool or indulge in a spa treatment at the world’s largest log cabin, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello; explore the scenic Mont Tremblant village at the foot of the mountain across Fairmont Tremblant and lounge at a classic French château in the nation’s capital at the landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier.





For someone who began his media career as a freelance journalist, Nolan Lewis is now quite convinced that life as a media hack isn't as glamorous as it is made out to be. Over a year of living life in the fast lane, late night networking events and crazy deadlines writing for, and editing magazines later, he has added the digital media to his portfolio and is now Consulting Editor (Digital) for Eat Stay Love and Blackbook magazines.