Mexican Grand Prix
‘Tis the season to give and receive, but finding the perfect gift for the person who has everything (along with impeccable taste) can be harder. To up the gift ante, we’ve curated a list of over-the-top, unique experiential gift ideas sure to please the most discerning people on your list. Even better, some of the experiences include a philanthropic element to help spread holiday cheer. Happy holidays—and happy gifting!
ICE CAVE DINING IN WHISTLER
For a twist on a winter wonderland, gift someone a dining experience in an ice cave. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and Head-Line Mountain Holidays have teamed up to create a culinary experience in an ice cave dubbed ‘The Blue Room’.
Kick off the adventure with a helicopter ride to Canada’s largest, southernmost ice field, where wilderness experts will offer insight about the terrain. Inside the ice cave’s grand hall, guests will sip Champagne before tucking into a five-course menu that includes pumpkin-and-truffle soup and grilled long-bone rib-eye. The experience is weather- dependent, and prices start at $20,000 CAD for two adults, or $14,193 US.
A LUXURIOUS—AND SUSTAINABLE—TRIP TO SOUTHERN AFRICA
New Zealand-based Impact Destinations offers high end trips with a twist—the journeys are sustainable and include a philanthropic element. This 23-day trip, priced at $120,000 per person, showcases highlights of Southern Africa. The itinerary can be fully customized but can include a private dinner with Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard, and a 4WD wine safari in Table Mountain National Park. Travelers will also explore the sand dunes of Namibia, Victoria Falls by helicopter, and a heli-safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. What makes this trip different is that while on safari in South Africa, guests can fund and witness a rhino relocation from a heavily poached reserve to a safe one in Botswana.
MEXICAN GRAND PRIX IN STYLE
Get your motor running. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, has the perfect gift for Formula One fans. Priced at $250,000, this experience includes trackside seats for the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City as well as access to the prestigious Paddock Club, where guests can mingle with racing icons like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. The experience is capped off with a three-night stay at the 28,000-square-foot Ty Warner Mansion at Las Ventanas al Paraíso. Also included is a private-jet transfer from the race in Mexico City to Las Ventanas al Paraiso.
GO OUT OF THIS WORLD WITH A RUSSIAN SPACE TOUR
For the person who says they have been everywhere, a trip to space may be in order. Well, a space station at least. MIR Corporation offers a behind-the-scene tour of Star City, Russia’s top cosmonaut training facility with their Inside the Russian Space Program tour. Starting at $13,995 per person, guests can train like a cosmonaut with a zero-gravity flight or partake in space-walk training in the Orlan Space Suit Lab. At the remote Russian launch facility, guests can mingle with space veterans and family members of the space crew as they witness the launch of the Soyuz on its way to the International Space Station. The 10-day trip travel from Moscow to Baikonour, Kazakhastan and back again.
OWN A PIECE OF DISTILLING HISTORY
For the whisky lover in your life, forget about Scottish and Japanese distilleries for a moment. Instead, consider Milk & Honey, Israel’s first-ever whisky distillery. The company is offering whisky lovers a chance to own (and sip) a piece of Israeli history by purchasing a full-sized cask of its earliest edition whisky. The 200-liter, ex-bourbon casks are limited edition and will be offered at around $9,500 each.
POLO IN PALM SPRINGS
What’s more glamorous than polo in Palm Springs? This polo season, The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and La Quinta Resort & Club have teamed up to create a VIP polo package, priced at $20,000. Taking place over President’s Day weekend 2019, the experience includes lunch and a polo lesson with legendary player Memo Gracida.
Two guests will travel from Los Angeles to Greater Palm Springs by private helicopter charter from BLADE Helicopters. At the polo matches, guests will enjoy VIP seating in the private Owner’s Suite at Empire Polo Club. A portion of the proceeds from this package will benefit the Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Beverly Hills.
Photo by Sherman Chu
For the Golf Lover
If you have a golf lover in your life who has hit the links everywhere from Scotland to New Zealand, here’s something new. Up his (or her) golf game with a private XOJET luxury jet charter from Los Angeles ($46,570) or New York ($79,570) for up to four guests to Pebble Beach Resorts. The group will arrive in a chauffeured Lexus SUV for a three-night stay in a Fairway One Cottage Suite. There they’ll enjoy “First Off” tee times for two rounds on the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links, private lessons at Pebble Beach Golf Academy, and a private chef wine-tasting dinner in their cottage. A golf concierge is on-hand to arrange additional services.