What do you give to someone that has it all? Experiences. Top travel concierges recommend industry gifts to give a co-worker or longtime friend the gift of relaxation with luxe vacation packages.
Jaclyn Sienna India, founder of Sienna Charles and Voyage Magazine
With clients including top producers, studio execs and George W. Bush, India recommends taking a party of 12 to cruise around the French Polynesian islands. “Fly to The Brando for two nights before boarding a private 200-foot yacht where you are welcomed by local dancers and musicians. Every day you arrive at a different island and are taken by 4WD vehicles to private lunch setups, water sports, private beaches, local villages and pearl farms,” India says. To finish off, spend two nights in the overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
Estimate: $750,000 for 12 people, siennacharles.com.
Teneisha Collins, director of PR and client relations for Pure Entertainment Group
Pure offers VIPs some of the most uncommon experiences — requiring background checks — like The Titanic Survey Expedition. “[I'm] in disbelief that this exclusive expedition is even available to us mere nonscientist mortals,” says Collins of exploring history's most famous shipwreck. In teams of nine, guests can join an 11-day research mission, including at least one submersible dive to the RMS Titanic, Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HEUT), dive planning, shoreside and ship accommodations in St. John’s.
Estimate: $130,000 per person (excluding airfare to St. John’s, Canada), pureentonline.com. — KR
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