12 Days of Rosewood Luxury Hotel Packages Offer One-of-a-Kind Experiences Around the World – Forbes
Wondering what to get the traveler who has everything? Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has got you covered. The luxury hotel company has brought back its “12 Days of Rosewood” annual gift guide this year with a dozen new specially curated packages available at the group’s portfolio of distinctive properties around the world. This year’s packages are available at certain hotels in Asia, Europe and North America and include excursions such as a sailing lesson with America’s Cup host Tucker Thompson in Bermuda, and a grape-harvesting and vertical wine tasting in Tuscany followed by a gala dinner in Beijing with Massimo Ferragamo.
Each “12 Days of Rosewood” package takes the brand’s central philosophy of “a sense of place” as its guiding principle, so no two look the same, and each is completely predicated on the setting of the specific hotel where it is being offered.
Street Cred in Phuket
Although most visitors come to the Thai island of Phuket for its sandy beaches and thumping party scene, the Rosewood Phuket is foregrounding the destination’s distinctive heritage and contemporary culture with its “12 Days of Rosewood” package this year.
Guests who book will get to spend a day with one of Thailand’s most famous street artists, Alex Face, as he guides them through the historic streets and alleys of Phuket’s Old Town and provides insight and commentary on the unique displays of street art to be found in hidden spots around the city. Among the works guests will visit is a giant version of Face’s own signature character, the three-eyed child, Mardi, depicted whimsically wheeling a cart to the town market.
Following the tour, guests will return to the resort for lunch with Alex Face before taking part in a one-on-one graffiti workshop on stenciling and spray-painting techniques. As a souvenir, guests will receive an original signed artwork by Face to take home with them.
Along with the special day out on the island, folks who book this package will be treated to round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast and welcome champagne. The package includes accommodation in the resort’s two-bedroom Ocean House with its own garden courtyard, a private pool and sun deck, its own kitchen and dining room for private dining, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers as well as outdoor deep-soaking tubs, and a spacious living room with beach views.
While not enjoying Phuket’s street art scene, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s other amenities. Those include experiences like morning yoga classes on a leafy outdoor deck in the hotel’s gardens, private Muay Thai lessons in the gym, leisurely alfresco dinners at the resort’s waterfront Thai restaurant, Ta Khai, or simply lounging by the hotel’s free-form infinity pool with views of Patong Bay. The resort is also home to the first location of Rosewood’s new spa concept, Asaya, where personalized treatments incorporate elements of mental and spiritual wellbeing into physical healing and therapies under the aegis of resident wellness practictioner, Steve Harvey.
This package requires a two-night minimum and starts at 475,577 THB ($14,600).
A Marie Antoinette Moment
Channel France’s notorious queen with a truly regal package courtesy of the Hôtel de Crillon this year.This unique experience begins with a helicopter flight out to the storybook Château de Chenonceau for a private sunset tour of the castle and its famous gardens. The tour is followed by a private tasting of Réserve de Famille oils from venerable French producers Maison Caulières.
Guests will then be treated to a performance by the Opéra de Paris Ballet in the chateau’s Grande Galerie and a sumptuous Renaissance-inspired dinner created by the hotel’s Michelin-starred executive chef, Christopher Hache, accompanied by rare vintages of Domaine de la Romanée Conti served by the hotel’s head sommelier, Xavier Thuizat. That evening, guests will retire to a bespoke suite at the Chancellerie, which is specially created for those who book this package. After a decadent breakfast, guests can fly back to the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris to spend a night in the opulent Suite Marie-Antoinette.
The price tag for this royal retreat starts at 150,000 euros ($171,500), which might have made even Marie Antoinette herself blush.
Magazines, Mexico and Mysticism
Among the other packages on offer through “12 Days of Rosewood” are experiences ranging from spiritual journeys in Laos to community service in Cambodia, and from Formula 1 racing in Mexico to behind-the-scenes secrets at Town & Country in New York.
Guests who book the package being offered by The Carlyle in New York will enjoy a gourmet lunch and a tour of the offices of Town & Country magazine by the publication’s editor-in-chief, Stellene Volandes. Volandes is also a jewelry expert and will take guests on a bespoke shopping excursion to some of New York’s most exclusive jewelry ateliers. The package includes a two-night stay in a Rosewood Suite at the hotel and prices start at $18,000.
At the new Rosewood Luang Prabang, guests can walk with a Buddhist expert, meditation master and former monk to a remote shrine and participate in a meditation session with one of the most respected monks in Laos. They can also go foraging with farmers and local hill tribe members for herbs and other indigenous ingredients in the countryside surrounding the resort and enjoy a cooking class with the hotel’s culinary director.
One of the premier packages being offered this year takes place during October 2019 at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Guests will be invited into the Paddock Club, a prestigious hospitality suite usually reserved for F1 sponsors and top executives, for the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City. After spending time with notable drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, they will be flown back to the resort by private jet for a stay at the 28,000-square-foot beachfront Ty Warner Mansion. The three-night experience, including all meals and a choice of three private chefs and bartenders plus 60-minute in-villa massages for two, is being priced at $250,000.