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1. An Amazing 8-Night Journey through Thailand with the Four Seasons Hotels & Urbane Nomads
Through this 8-night trip through Thailand you will be staying at the Four Seasons Resorts in Bangkok, the iconic tented camps in the Golden Triangle, and the resorts of Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Have a welcome dinner at the Four Seasons Bangkok's Spice Market on your first night in Thailand. On your second day, Urbane Nomads will make arrangements for you to explore the haunting ruins of Ayutthaya, arriving early evening to receive a private blessing by a monk on the grounds of this World Heritage Site. Transferring to Chiang Rai, you'll be staying in Four Seasons' luxury tented camps in the Golden Triangle. Arriving in a traditional long tail boat, explore Thailand's tropical jungles on the back of its gentle elephants, hike through mysterious mountain trails or venture on a river excursion through the legendary Mekong river. Round the trip off in Koh Samui, in Four Seasons' away-from-it-all hillside resort on the Gulf of Siam. Indulge in a spa treatment summoning centuries-old healing techniques, in the salas or the beach.
2. Walk on the Wild Side
This life changing experience will leave lasting memories for you and your guests. You and three people can enjoy an eight-night stay which starts at the exclusive, five-star Woodhall Manor. This original Tudor mansion is set amongst tranquil gardens within a secure estate in an upscale suburb of Durban. Your three-night stay includes breakfast. On the third morning, your Eco Safari Host will transport you to Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve, where you will settle in for five days of fun-filled, relaxing, enchanting, and enlightening experiences that include wildlife viewing, watching traditional native dances and a visit with a Zulu witchdoctor. You'll stay three nights in a four-star luxury tent, and two nights in a five-star luxury cabin. You'll enjoy three gourmet meals per day, candlelit dinners and traditional South African braiis (barbecues) under the stars.
3. Meet The Mannings
A "Giant" weekend of football, food and serious fun -- experience the legacy of the Manning family and dine with Chef Emeril Lagasse. You and three guests will jet to New York City via private aircraft by Flight Options to stay at the Loews Regency Hotel. The day before the game, Chef Emeril and Alden Lagasse, along with football legend Archie Manning and his wife Olivia, will join you for dinner at a restaurant location to be determined. On game day, you'll watch the game from an owner's suite, and enjoy an exclusive meet-and-greet with star player Eli Manning after the game.
4. 3-Night Luxury Escape to the One & Only Palmilla Resort 4-Bedroom Villa Cortez
This package includes a 3 night stay in the ultra exclusive four-bedroom Villa Cortez at the One & Only Palmilla resort located in Los Cabos, Mexico. Once the tropical hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, this serenely private and sensually elegant resort features expansive ocean-facing accommodation, each with veranda, sunbeds, and indulgent amenities. Internationally acclaimed as the quintessential embodiment of elegance, every need is attended to with gracious hospitality, and the distinctive artistry of Mexico is discovered at every turn, from wrought iron as delicately patterned as lace to massive wooden doors weathered with age for authentic beauty.
5. Luxury Summer Getaway for Up to 10 in Aspen
What better way to kick off the 2010 summer than with a serene excursion to Aspen? Relax and unwind for five days and four nights in a luxurious private home as you take in the breathtaking views of the cathedral mountains of Colorado June 16-20, 2010 during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. An exclusive Amen Wardy gift basket is sure to please you and your guests upon arrival to this opulent residence located on Red Mountain. This incredible vacation also features an exclusive private wine tasting for you and nine guests courtesy of the renowned Italian Wine Merchants.
6. Luxury Getaway to the French Open Including a Longines Limited Edition Watch
This tennis lover's package includes a limited edition Longines watch, two business class tickets to Paris aboard American Airlines, two box seats at the French Open for one day of the quarterfinal matches and accommodations at Sofitel Le Faubourg for two nights in the fashionable embassy district of Paris. Longines will also treat you to traditional French meals and transfers.
7. Travel to The Cotton House in Mustique, One of the most exclusive private islands in the world!
A 5 night stay at the luxurious Cotton House in Mustique, this elegant hideaway overlooks a white sand beach and the aquamarine blue of the Caribbean beyond. The graceful colonial architecture of the resort's 20 elegant rooms, suites, and cottages catches the fresh sea breeze as it runs gently over the verdant hills surrounding L'Ansecoy Bay.
8. Make Your Fairytale Event Come True with 24 Hours at the Chateau de Robernier
Be the "owner" of Chateau de Robernier for one day and one night -- perfect for a fairytale wedding, anniversary, family reunion or other special event. This 18th-century castle is located in Cotignac, France and includes on-site staff and 12 bedrooms that can and can accommodate up to 30 people. Have your fairytale come true and get married in our chapel, celebrate in the courtyard and have a dance in the ballroom. The opportunities are unlimited.
9. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert -- Catered Suite October 30th at Madison Square Garden
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by hosting the biggest concerts of the year on October 30, 2009. Music legends and their special guests will be your guides through sixty years of rock and roll history, held over a two-night engagement at the "World's Most Famous Arena." 25th Anniversary. Line up on October 30th (subject to change) Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Lenny Kravitz, Metallica, Lou Reed, Ozzy Osbourne, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, U2. Suite for up to 16 guests as well as up to $1000 worth of catering for the suite.
10. Hamptons 2010 Summer Getaway: Polo, Ferraris, Food and Fun!
Escape to the Hamptons with this package of four VIP passes to the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at the Bridgehampton Polo Club, dinner for two at the famous Blue Parrot, Two passes to the Ferrari Hamptons Rally, Two-night stay for two at any location of the luxurious Enclave Inn.