Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently announced a collection of 12 bespoke travel experiences available for booking at its properties across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Each curated package is authentic and unexpected—guided by Rosewood’s Sense of Place® philosophy, that each property reflect its location.
The packages are geared to what Rosewood calls “affluential explorers,” those who are seeking ultra-luxury, giftable experiences for themselves or others.
Experiences trump possessions
A review of research, conducted by Thomas Gilovich, PhD (Chair of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University) and colleagues, concluded that experiences tend to bring people greater happiness than material purchases. Gilovich writes, “Experiences live on in the memories we cherish, the stories we tell, and the enhanced sense of self they help us construct.”
The gift of travel, of course, opens a world of possibilities in terms of making available experiences that open our minds to new places, new people, and new things. Rosewood has upped the ante by creating one-of-a-kind immersive experiences that are accessible to only a small segment of luxury travelers.
Some highlights of the Rosewood Limited Edition collection:
Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong China, “Life Behind the Lens”
Photo enthusiasts will be taken on an exclusive adventure through Hong Kong with the property’s executive chef Sandro Gamba (a Leica Cameras insider) and the hotel’s Cultural Concierge, stopping at spots that only locals know. Guests will be able to capture photographic memories on their new Leica M10 camera and will have private access to the dedicated-to-photography F11 Foto Museum.
Includes two nights’ accommodations, daily breakfasts, afternoon tea, nightcap, and bespoke dinner for two by Chef Sandro, along with roundtrip airport transfers, starting at USD 35,000.
Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, “Va Va Vroom”
Auto enthusiasts will work alongside legendary French designer Tristan Auer to customize the interior leathers and exterior finishes of a vintage, Jaguar Type E Cabriolet. The personalized car will be featured at the invitation-only 2021 Concours d’Elegance where fashion houses partner with makers of concept motor cars.
Includes two nights’ accommodations and private dining for 12 at La Cave, starting at USD 290,000.
Rosewood Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas, “Rolling in the Deep”
Aboard the resort’s Eternity mega-yacht, adventure seekers will spend a day searching for buried treasure alongside a professional diver. The memento they’ll bring home (via the resort’s private jet) from this unique underwater foray: A Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm watch.
Includes four nights’ accommodations and round-trip jet flights, starting at USD 202,100.
Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, California, “A Star is Born”
Cinephiles will have an all-access pass to mingle with celebrities at the world-renowned Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Among other highlights: They’ll be driven to a private screening of their choice of 2020 Academy Award-nominated film at The Arlington Theater in a Rolls-Royce Ghost and receive a private hair and makeup session before making an entrance at the 2020 Virtuoso Awards honoring next-generation talents.
Includes three nights’ accommodations and dinner at Caruso’s, the resort’s signature oceanfront restaurant, starting at USD 50,800.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, “Ultimate Arabian Night”
Designed in collaboration with immersive tour operator Arabian Adventures, romantics can expect a pampered, luxury glamping experience: A Rosewood Abus Dhabi Suite will be recreated under a domed tent in the heart of the desert )with a personal butler) where guests will enjoy outdoor cooking demonstrations led by chefs.
Starts at USD 110,000.
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York, New York, “Strike a Chord”
Music aficionados will discover the secrets of piano production in the original Steinway & Sons Factory and participate in crafting their own instrument. Also, working alongside Steinway Label Executive Producer Jon Feidner, they’ll record and edit an original composition to be played at Steinway Hall’s performance space, and enjoy a private performance at the iconic Cafe Carlyle.
Includes two nights’ accommodations, starting at USD 200,000.
“Experiential travel has been an integral component of Rosewood’s DNA since the company’s inception nearly 40 years ago and has recently become even more deeply established as a key priority and passion point for today’s generation of travellers,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in a press release announcing the journeys.
“With Rosewood Limited Edition, we are delighted to collaborate with our distinguished community of tastemakers and visionary partners to bring Rosewood’s destinations to life and take the adventures of ‘affluential explorers’ to new heights,” he added.
Explore the full list of Rosewood Limited Edition journeys. For those with a more modest budget, spending a night or more at one of these iconic properties might make for a memorable holiday experience in itself.