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Whether you’re staying home or traveling this year, there’s no denying that the 2020 holiday season looks different from past years. Intimate affairs will take the place of big family gatherings, and for many travelers, plans are still up in the air—contingent on countries reopening to American travelers and other COVID-19 safety measures. But even amidst a pandemic, you can still make this holiday season one of the most memorable for the entire family. Several luxe resorts have found a way to highlight all the classic festivities, getting guests to their resorts safely via private jet. Here are some of the best offerings available.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The stunning Mexican getaway just made it easier to celebrate the holidays by partnering with Southern California-based private jet charter Schubach Aviation to launch the Private Passport to Pedregal package. You get a private round-trip flight to Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, from anywhere in the U.S. for groups of four to eight people, plus seven nights in a two-bedroom ocean-view villa, daily in-room breakfast, and more. There will be several culinary-themed Thanksgiving festivities in November. Or, come in December for the unforgettable holiday festivities between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Families can enjoy meeting Santa, drinking Mexican hot chocolate, watching "drive-in" movies at the beach, and savoring Champagne pairing dinners. And to amp up the holiday spirit, Passport to Pedregal guests can even request an in-room Christmas tree.
Eden Rock in St. Barths
Located on one of the most stunning beaches on St. Barths, Eden Rock, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is the ideal setting for a holiday getaway. The resort will be decked out in festive decor, including Christmas trees with ornaments by Chopard. And guests have the option to book a private charter through Tradewind Aviation to celebrate privately. Those who do opt to fly private will receive special turndown gifts during their stay, like exclusive Diptyque amenities or Orlebar Brown x Eden Rock swim shorts. You will also receive complimentary round-trip ground transportation and use of a Land Rover Defender while at Eden Rock.
Roar Africa in Rwanda
Roar Africa is known for curating luxurious safaris, and their new Roar Privé itinerary takes that to the next level. Offered in partnership with VistaJet, Roar’s private holiday safari experience includes private jet service and exclusive use of two ultra-luxe Rwanda lodges, Magashi Camp and Singita Kataza House. You'll spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day searching for animals before returning to the lodge for a chef-curated meal. And don't be surprised if your safari jeep is decked out with themed decorations. Talk about a wild holiday.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
For the holiday season, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, partnered with NetJets to fly you—and your party of any size—to the Bahamian resort. Once at the island retreat, you can set up in a suite or three- or four-bed villa where you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, a Yuletide Set Menu on Christmas Eve, Christmas brunch, or a New Year's Eve dinner spectacle, depending when you decide to travel. When your family isn’t basking in the Caribbean sun, they can participate in Christmas tree decorating, rum tastings, cigar rolling, themed painting classes, and more.
Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla
Belmond is collaborating with several private jet companies—Nicholas Air, Silver Air, TradeWind, Private Jet Service, FlyExclusive, and PRVT, to name a few—to provide guests easy access to their resorts. But Belmond Cap Juluca, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property in Anguilla, is especially excited to welcome guests for the holidays as they're launching The Head Table dining experience. Guests can create their own three- or four-course holiday meal featuring their family's favorite dishes. Plus, there will be a choir performance, “Carol of the Bells,” on Christmas Eve in the Main House.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino in Aruba
After undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, the resort is ready to roll out the red carpet for families this holiday season. They are partnering with Advent Jets to offer guests an exclusive Island Getaway package. What does that entail? Well, you get five nights in the sprawling Governor's Suite, a three-course in-suite dinner, a private cabana at the new, adults-only Trankilo Pool, gambling credits, and a private jet to take you to the island to experience it all.
ÀNI Private Resorts
ÀNI Private Resorts has four stunning properties in Anguilla, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. And this festive season, they have partnered with Private Jet Services to provide a private and all-inclusive experience, with each resort only available to one group at a time. Guests who book the private jet package will have a fully decorated Christmas tree waiting for them upon arrival, a case of Yellow Label Champagne with which to ring in the New Year, and an eggnog cocktail-making class with Chef Sweets. That’s all on top of the luxuries of a five-star resort and the intimacy of your own villa.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia
It's all about experiencing a private festive season at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property. The property offers a private way to travel to St. Lucia through a partnership with XO Private Jet Travel. Upon arrival to Sugar Beach, you’ll be whisked to their sought-after villas, which provide views of the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site Val des Pitons. In the comfort of your villa, you can privately enjoy activities like making gingerbread houses, or indulging in a rum and chocolate tasting. There are also private in-room dining experiences, and to celebrate the traditional St. Lucian Festival of Lights on December 27, kids can decorate lanterns for families and send off their wishes for the new year.
Ventana Big Sur in Big Sur, California
After such a crazy year, many travelers might be looking for some solitude to close out 2020. Ventana Big Sur, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, provides just that. Set on 160 stunning acres along the Pacific coast, you can privately escape into the woods with the resort’s new “Get Set to Jet” package. Those who book the package get a complimentary fourth night for every three nights booked, all meals (which can be served in the comfort of your suite), a concierge to arrange your activities, a curated mini bar, and dinner for two at the Glass House restaurant (set 1,100 feet above the ocean).
Eden Roc Cap Cana in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, has long been a destination for family holiday getaways. But this year they’re making it easier for guests to have a privatized experience thanks to a partnership with Helidosa helicopters. You can take private off-site heli-excursions and return back to the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana for a private Thanksgiving dinner, sunset family picnic, or a festive tea party as part of their "Week of Thanks" programming.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Lanai City, Hawaii
Hawaii is the quintessential holiday retreat. And there’s no better place than Four Seasons Resort Lanai, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property that is now offering complimentary round-trip luxury flights on Lanai Air. And Lanai Air can arrange a completely private flying experience for up to six passengers for $1,500. Once you arrive, there are plenty of private activities to enjoy like horseback riding, hiking, sailing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and off-roading. As far as holiday meals go, you can request three-course Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners served in your suite, and you can even watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the comfort of your balcony.