Rosewood Hotels & Resorts are offering a unique Holiday gift guide for 2017. Featuring 12 one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences from Rosewood properties throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas, each experience taps into the destination’s culture and heritage. From designing a bespoke Aston Martin at the company’s headquarters to visiting Cambodia’s former royal capital, and spending three nights living like royalty in Paris apartments designed by Karl Lagerfeld, these extraordinary journeys of discovery offer the ultimate holiday gift for those who have everything.
“The Rosewood traveller is constantly searching for new, extraordinary experiences they haven’t had before; this insatiable curiosity inspired us to create these completely original gift-giving opportunities for the 2017 holidays,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer at Rosewood Hotel Group. “This collection rivals those of the world’s high-end suppliers of luxury gifts each year and it also transcends typical ‘over-the-top’ travel experiences with its priceless, insider perspective.”
Aston Martin Discovery in London, United Kingdom
Aston Martin’s iconic new flagship vehicle may be gifted in the most remarkable way, beginning with a private helicopter transfer from London to the automaker’s Gaydon headquarters. There, a consultation with its chief creative officer awaits, followed by the creation of a custom DB11 V12 coupe and a private performance training session. The three-night experience is available at Rosewood London from GBP200,000 / USD 256,200.
Experience Ultimate Art de Vivre in Paris, France
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel is back and more radiant than ever after a four-year transformation. Recipients of this gift will be among the first to rediscover the new hotel, along with the best of contemporary Parisian lifestyle. The lavish experience includes a three-night stay in one of Les Grand Apartments by Karl Lagerfeld overlooking Place de la Concorde, a private gastronomic journey in the historic salon where Marie Antoinette once studied music and tastings of rare cognac in the exclusive, subterranean La Cave wine cellar. Available at Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel for EURO57,000 / USD 67,270.
Discover the Magic of Oaxacan Art in Los Cabos, Mexico
Designed for the art enthusiast or connoisseur, this journey whisks guests by private jet to Oaxaca to curate their very own collection of Mexican artwork from the studios of the city’s most acclaimed artists, including a specially commissioned alebrije sculpture. Upon returning to the ultra-exclusive, 28,000-square-foot beachfront Ty Warner Mansion, guests will be pampered over a four-night stay with massages, a private chef, and a customized fireworks display from the Mansion’s 100-metre-long infinity pool. Available at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort for USD160,000.
Fairy Tale Fantasy in London, United Kingdom
The child gifted with this one-of-a-kind slumber party, along with five friends, will become immersed into their favorite fable. With the help of actors from legendary toy store Hamleys and costumers Ivoy Paris at Harrods, a Rosewood London suite will be transformed into a spellbinding kingdom. Two parents may even be invited to join the fun from their adjoining suite to enjoy the professional entertainers, magician butlers, movie screening, midnight feast and full English breakfast the following morning. Available at Rosewood London for GBP20,000 / USD25,615.
Caribbean Sailing Odyssey in the British Virgin Islands
Whether it’s a sleek twin-hull yacht or an ultra-chic catamaran complete with gourmet chef, the recipient of this gift can invite up to five guests to set sail for seven nights on a fully crewed vessel of their choice. Offering a fully bespoke itinerary of discovery around the British Virgin Islands, guests can enjoy snorkelling and diving, idyllic deserted beach picnics, boutique ports and individually curated private island tours. To start or end the experience, three nights’ accommodation is included at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, soon to re-open after a two-year renovation. Available at Rosewood Little Dix Bay from USD29,999.
Discover Beijing’s Artistic Soul in Beijing, China
Highlights of this stylish, five-night cultural journey include a one-on-one shanshui painting masterclass with celebrated Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Zhaohui and a curator-led exploration of China’s creative epicenter, the 798 Art District. A motorcycle sidecar excursion will pass iconic landmarks and wind through historic hutongs, topped by a sunset champagne stop by the gates of the Forbidden City after the crowds have gone. These fresh perspectives on the capital and more are available at Rosewood Beijing for CNY33,888 / USD5,090.
One Night Only at Café Carlyle in New York, USA
For one night only, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel presents a musical evening like no other with a choice of one of two remarkable talents, Megan Hilty or Isaac Mizrahi, delivering a private performance for the lucky gift recipient and up to 24 friends in the legendary New York supper club Café Carlyle. The experience is enhanced by dinner which is followed by a champagne reception after the show with the night’s star performer. Available at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel for USD95,000.
Unveiling Hidden Treasures in Phuket, Thailand
Phuket’s myriad treasures of culture, history, wildlife and landscape are on offer in this ultimate four-night Phuket discovery. Included is an expertly guided visit to a sanctuary for magnificent Asian elephants, experiencing the island’s rich Peranakan Chinese heritage through a gastronomic feast in a private beachfront pavilion, an exclusive peek inside a beautiful, historic Sino-Portuguese mansion in Phuket’s Old Town, meeting talented island artists and artisans in a bohemian arts village and a luxury yacht cruise along Phuket’s southern coastline to a tiny island, where guests will be blessed by Buddhist monks. Available at the new Rosewood Phuket for THB402,560 / USD11,840.
Romance On Land & Sea in Bermuda
Thoughtfully curated as the quintessentially Bermudan romantic getaway, this experience includes a horse-drawn carriage ride through the charming town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a perfumery tour which culminates in the creation of a bespoke fragrance; an evening sail and snorkel around a secluded island; and active adventures within a verdant hidden jungle. The romantic home base is Bermuda’s premier resort, which resembles a British manor home, set on top of green hills with lawns that cascade down to a private pink-sand beach. Available at Rosewood Tucker’s Point for USD14,570.
Royal Treasures of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This exotic gift is one that delves into the Cambodia of centuries past, including an excursion to the former royal capital of Oudong to visit the country’s largest Buddhist centre for a ceremonial blessing and viewing of an incredible collection of cultural treasures in a private monk’s residence. Upon returning to Phnom Penh, guests will be treated to a performance of Apsara, Cambodia’s most revered art form, on the grounds of the National Museum, and mingle with the dancers afterwards to gather inspiration for a subsequent private Apsara dance lesson by a master instructor. Available at the new Rosewood Phnom Penh for USD6,000.
Explore China’s Tropical Paradise in Sanya, China
The perfect gift for those intrigued to visit the paradise island of Sanya, this discovery is launched with a champagne toast upon arrival at Hainan Island, followed by the finest the destination delivers, including an excursion to Wuzhizhou Island – China’s best dive site – for spectacular coral reef diving; time spent at picturesque Nanshan temple for calm reflection and an appreciation of Buddhist culture, as well as a private fishing trip culminating in a fresh-catch seafood feast. Available at the new Rosewood Sanya for CNY28,888 / USD4,338.
The Secret Beauty of Winter in Tuscany, Italy
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco opens its doors for guests to discover the unheralded charms of winter in the picturesque Tuscan countryside. This specially designed gift includes three nights’ accommodation in a luxurious converted farmhouse, a private winery tour and vertical tasting of the estate’s own Brunello, and a cooking class with a private chef. Guests can also take the wheel of a Ferrari throughout their stay to explore the enchanting winter landscape that surrounds and even the thrill of an arranged race track experience, as well as a first-of-its-kind, winter wildlife-spotting night safari in Tuscany. Available at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco for EURO14,740 / USD17,400.