Those who seek out the extraordinary travel experience never see things in shades of gray.
This week's offerings cover the rainbow from luminous whites and midnight blacks to sexy Parisian reds. There's even shimmering chrome and bright silver.
Let me show you the white sails of your private eco-yacht in the Galapagos Islands, and the most exclusive glass of black cognac in America.
If you’re a sizzling-hot maverick, business-wise, and you meet the stringent qualifications, wait till you see where mega-millionaire Yanik Silver wants to take you. Read on.
White Sails in the Galapagos
Where is it written that eco-adventure must involve roughing it? Certainly not aboard the 140-foot yacht Alta, surely the most romantic sailing ship in the Galapagos Islands.
This stunning private schooner, which accommodates just 16 passengers, has nearly as many billowing white sails as it does passenger cabins. You can join a 10-day naturalist-led excursion or charter your own private sail into the land of blue-footed boobies, penguins, marine iguanas, and the descendents of Charles Darwin’s giant tortoises.
Island hopping, gourmet dining, kayaking, volcano walks, swimming with sea lions and other wonderments of this world of natural selection abound. The Alta is in high demand, so start thinking now for the holidays.
Plan on about $5,000 per person including air fare, through www.boundlessjourneys.com.
Black Pearl at the St. Regis
The St. Regis Washington, D.C., that iconic hotel of statesmen and royalty since 1926, would be honored to pour you a glass of their “house” cognac.
The venerable capital of the D.C. social scene (its sister hotel in New York City invented the Bloody Mary), is celebrating its glamorous post-renovation reopening by offering extremely discriminating connoisseurs a glass of rare Rémy Martin Louis XII Black Pearl cognac.
Kept under lock and key in the St. Regis jewelry vault, your cognac, in its exquisite crystal decanter with platinum fleur-de-lys designs, will be spirited to your table by butlers accompanied by security guards, whereupon you will sign the exclusive St. Regis autograph book.
When you realize there are only 786 known bottles of the silky Black Pearl in existence, aged from 40 to 100 years, you’ll be delighted to pay the tab: a reasonable $1,926 per glass. You'll find other worthy rituals at www.stregis.com.
If It’s Red, It’s Paris
As any Parisian knows, sensuous lipstick-kissable red is the signature color of one of the most chic and elegant hotels in the world.
The Plaza Athénée, overlooking Avenue Montaigne (with views of the Eiffel Tower) radiates seduction, from the red geraniums in its window boxes to the designer trinkets for the privileged few in its signature red shop.
This summer, you can book your own personal red bike and tool around the streets of the world’s most romantic city. The Dutch-style designer bicycle is a head-turner, with its golden bike lock, cheery red leather panniers for your gourmet picnic and shopping bags.
You’ll be wearing your Plaza-red helmet, naturally. Can’t leave it behind? For about $3,000 (U.S.) plus shipping, you can take it home with you.
By the way, if you book the Royal Suite or the Eiffel Suite, (includes accommodations for your security staff and personal valets), you won’t need to pedal. It comes with a Maserati Quattroporte automatic. Rates on request at www.plaza-athenee-paris.com.
Elite Milwaukee Motorcycle Hotel
It’s always a dilemma — you’re headed to the sacred Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Aug. 4-10) or some other amazing destination. Overnight pampering for you is easy . . . but what about the bikes?
Now comes The Iron Horse, the world’s first luxury boutique hotel (just 100 rooms) whose raison d’etre is to indulge both rider and bike. Opening this summer in Milwaukee, it’s just steps away from the new Harley-Davidson Museum.
The century-old warehouse-turned-hotel features Italian linens, a yoga studio, custom in-room storage for helmets, riding leathers and gear; original artwork and eye-popping design, not to mention 24-hour valet parking, wireless Internet, and 42” LCD flat screen TVs.
There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, spa services, and concierge, whose title — no kidding — is Director of Desires.
The top-floor premium lofts, available now, have exposed brick walls, 12-foot ceilings, and stunning city views. Better book way ahead if you want the sensational 1,200-square-foot Mezzanine Suite opening next year. Admire the chrome at www.theironhorsehotel.com.
Top Gun Adventures With Yanik Silver
If you are one of the chosen few (a breakthrough-thinking, success-driven entrepreneur who exudes the winning spirit, that is), you may qualify for the most unique, most elite active travel club in America.
We’re talking running with the bulls, bungee-jumping, skydiving, zero-gravity space travel and more, with a small group of adventure junkies like you, who just go fast enough.
A few times a year, self-made Internet marketing gazillionaire Yanik Silver puts together an adrenaline-pumping trip for this elite group, a trip that combines fearless adventures with high-powered networking, business building, and deal making.
The Maverick Business Adventures trip is by application only, limited to top entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners who already have proven their mettle, brain-wise and bank account-wise.
Upcoming trips include NASA training with an astronaut, a hands-on dogfight simulation in real combat aircraft, helicoptering into the Grand Canyon, Class 3 and 4 rafting on the Arkansas River, heli-skiing and snowboarding at a secret British Columbia hideaway, all accompanied by major business celebrities.
Membership requirements are simple but stringent: Besides your proven success and leadership, you must be willing to share your successes openly, sign a confidentiality agreement and, not least, “you can’t be a jerk with a huge ego.”
Think you might qualify? Visit www.maverickbusinessadventures.com.
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