Tax Day will soon be behind us – whew! – and it won’t be long before hard-working wage earners across the country begin receiving their much-anticipated tax refunds. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, nearly one-in-five (19%) of U.S. adults who are getting a federal, state or local refund this year plan to use “some” or “all” of it on pleasure or vacation travel.
If a trip to the mailbox means a bundle from the government, we’d like to suggest a thoroughly indulgent, personalized travel experience to put your refund toward: a Buyout Package from some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. Whether for an exclusive wedding, a family reunion, or a couple of days of superbly serviced privacy for the two or more of you, a hotel or resort buyout is the ultimate in exclusivity.
Imagine an entire property to yourself – or yourselves, should you prefer to share your time with loved ones, guests, or your accountant. The entire staff, from kitchen to concierge to housekeeping, at your beck and call; the prettiest views from whichever guest room or suite you choose; no lines at the lap pool, appointments needed at the spa, or reservations necessary for the restaurants. Now that’s a dream vacation.
So, once you’ve made peace with the tax man, put your refund toward a getaway you’ll never forget: a Buyout Package at these luxury hotels and resorts:
· Maison 140 (Los Angeles): Want a place to yourself in L.A.’s most sought-after locale? Maison 140 has your number. Designed by Kelly Wearstler of kwid, the stylish, Left Bank-inspired, 43-room Kor Hotel Group property in the heart of Beverly Hills is your for the “buyout” with the Private Hotel Package, including use of the entire hotel; customized and catered wine-and-cheese reception at Bar Noir; continental breakfast; and free parking. Priority spa services and dinner reservations at blue on blue, the hotel’s sister property Avalon Hotel, available for additional fee and subject to availability. $10,000 per night (exclusive of taxes; no minimum stay required; subject to availability; no pets, please). For info and reservations: (866) 891-0945; www.maison140beverlyhills.com.
· The Chanler (Newport, Rhode Island): Now you can have an historic Newport Gilded Age mansion all to yourself with a private residence stay at The Chanler. Situated atop a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean along the famous Cliff Walk, the mansion/hotel is a hot spot for impressive gatherings – many a “socialite” has bought out The Chanler for exclusive weddings. The hotel offers 20 lavish guest rooms, each modeled after a different era of European sophistication or New England charm and appointed with authentic furnishings, artwork and decors. The award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant is renowned as the city’s finest. Reserve a private residence package including full breakfast; lunch or Beach Butler Service; afternoon tea and Ice Cream Social; dinner at Spiced Pear or room service; unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, porterage fee and housekeeping gratuities; and local airport or train station transfers. Starting at $28,000 per night, exclusive of tax and service charges. For more info or reservations: (401) 847-1300; www.thechanler.com.
· The Tides (South Beach, Miami): Put your tax refund into the most stylish wedding ever with the Brides at Tides Buyout at The Tides in Miami. Set on Ocean Drive, The Tides is a masterpiece of Art Deco design in the heart of ever-hot South Beach. Deluxe oceanfront rooms, Junior Suites and four Penthouse suites bathe wedding goers in stylish luxury, and the acclaimed 1220 at the Tides restaurant enchants with Art Deco grandeur. The hotel’s Pool Deck and Terra Nova rooftop penthouse and patio are the perfect spots for the most fabulous day of your life, featuring 360-degree Atlantic Ocean and city views. Snag it all with the Brides at Tides Buyout for two all-inclusive nights, including accommodations, food, beverage, tax and service charge at $100,000 for 100 guests. (Minimum stay: two nights; price subject to change with additional guests.) For more info and reservations: (800) 439-4095; www.tidessouthbeach.com.
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort (Antigua, West Indies): “Destination Weddings” are all the rage, and there’s no destination more inviting than a private island paradise. No mere palm-shade Caribbean paradise, Jumby Bay is a romantic backdrop of sun-soaked beaches, turquoise waters, lush tropical surroundings and refined luxury accommodations. The resort’s Betrothal Buyout Package starts at $50,000 per night (off season) for all 40 guest rooms and suites, which feature four-poster beds, verandahs overlooking private gardens, and exquisitely private outdoor garden bathrooms in most rooms. Picturesque settings abound for the ceremony, and the happy couple can choose everything from a beachside barbeque reception to an elegant dinner at The Estate House. For info and reservations, 888-ROSEWOOD, (268) 462-6000, www.jumbybay.com.