When luxury travel to Asia soon returns, there are those of us with the budget and the desire for a private travel experience. Whether flying via private jet, chartering a private yacht, or renting a luxury private villa, the demand for seamless and exclusive travel is on the rise. Asia is well suited for this type of tailored travel experience, with exemplary concierge service, stunning hideaways, and luxurious destinations which afford privacy and luxury.
Luxury hotel private jet experiences
Since launching in 2015, Four Seasons have offered life-changing experiences aboard their private jet. They now have the new, fully customised Four Seasons Private Jet, which offers exceptional journeys for a small number of fortunate travellers. Covering Asia, “Timeless Encounters” is their longest-running journey around the world. Enjoy culturally rich destinations, stunning natural beauty, and iconic wonders of the world along the way. Over 24 days, guests board in Hawaii and travel to Bora Bora for some much-needed rest and relaxation, before heading to Sydney for a thrilling urban experience. Spiritual Bali is next on the map, followed by Northern Thailand, and then a visit to the Taj Mahal and other fascinating sights in India. The bright lights of Dubai await and then a European stop in Prague, before this amazing journey ends in London. Setting guests back USD 168,000, based on double occupancy, it’s not for the light of pocket but well worth the experience!
Aman Resorts have taken their famed concierge service to the skies and seas with exclusive experiences. The Aman Private Jet offers all the luxury and superb service enjoyed at their luxury resorts worldwide. Catering for both short and long-haul trips as well as multi-destination itineraries, it is ideal for group, family and corporate travel. The jet can host up to 12 passengers and is available for charter over Aman properties worldwide, return flights home, or flights to other destinations. Aman also own a custom-built Phinisi yacht, the Amandira, which is available for sailing and diving journeys. It has 5 spacious cabins and a welcoming crew of 14. You can travel under sail or by motor and adventures travel across Indonesia’s Flores Sea, including the Unesco-protected Komodo National Park, and the magnificent coral reefs and marine life of Raja Ampat. They have an experienced divemaster onboard, a private chef, waiter, and massage therapist. For on-land privacy, Aman resorts tend to be small and spacious, but if you really want to escape it all, you can create your own private island by booking the camp exclusively at Amanwana on Mojo Island. Enjoy jungle treks to waterfalls, snorkelling, diving, and relaxing spa treatments galore.
Asia private villas
Asia is unsurpassed when it comes to luxury private villas, complete with private staff. The Villa Manager acts much like a concierge, arranging guests personal wishes onsite, a private chef can tailor to dietary requirements and source the freshest ingredients, and the cleaning team ensure that the villa is always spotless. In Bali, visitors can book a private villa within a hotel complex and enjoy both privacy and all that the resort complex offers. Established Bali resort ‘The Legian’ includes a private ‘Beach House’ with a secluded garden and 16m pool which looks out onto Seminyak beach and beautiful ocean views. The beach house comes with a private butler to attend to all your needs of course. Over in Uluwatu, luxury private villa The Istana re-defined itself in recent years to offer a meditative experience for guests. Formerly recognised as one of Bali’s most exclusive villas for weddings, events, and high life luxury, it now offers yoga and mindfulness retreats and boasts sensory deprivation tanks, infrared and dry heat saunas, and hot and cold plunge pools.
Luxury private yacht charters
Nothing says luxury like a private yacht charter in the tropics. For a mere USD 110,000 per week, you can rent the Ocean Pure, a 41m super yacht complete with a jacuzzi and water slide. Moored in the Gulf of Thailand, it comes with an experienced crew and hosts up to 12 guests. Imagine taking the kayaks out into the Indian Ocean or enjoying the thrill of water skis and wakeboards. For those who prefer a more traditional yachting experience, Indonesian luxury Phinisi sailing yachts are sublime. Originating from South Sulawesi, these beautiful boats are crafted using wood and sail peacefully to far away destinations.
Asia offers so much in terms of cultural experience, natural beauty, and exemplary service, where no request is too small. In an age where air travel requires social distancing, compulsory mask-wearing, and additional check-in requirements, private travel is becoming a more enticing option. In addition to this, the drastic cut in flights results in loss of spontaneity and ease of travel. If budget isn’t an issue, private travel can deliver a seamless, VIP entry and exit, spacious and serene surroundings, and the experience of a lifetime.
Joanne McFarlane is the Founder and Managing Director of Soul Sanctuaries. Soul Sanctuaries is a luxury wellness travel company specialising in tailormade healthy holidays and bespoke spiritual retreats across Asia.
Source: A Luxury Travel Blog