Your holiday starts at the VIP terminal, a comfortable crowd-free space where staff will check your bags for you and look after the immigration formalities before escorting you to the plane – no security screening necessary. The same express treatment applies at the other end. You won’t have to head to the baggage carousel: your bags will be picked up and transported to the hotel for you. It’s travel without the boring bits; who doesn’t love that idea?
You can experience more in less time
Every traveller covets the luxury of time. Often, however, the most exciting destinations are the hardest to reach. Take Patagonia, for example. This South American wilderness is known for its dramatic vistas; getting there, however, is quite a journey. Fly all the way to Santiago, Chile, and you are still not done; you will have to continue on a domestic flight, which inevitably involves not just more flight time, but also more waiting time.
That doesn’t apply when you travel by private jet. Because you are not bound by commercial flight schedules, you can fly directly to the airport nearest your destination, rather than waiting for a connecting flight. Cheers to travelling less and seeing more.
You will experience the extraordinary
Think of all those places that you have dreamed of one day visiting. Iceland, perhaps, or the mysterious statues that watch over Easter Island. Lost cities like Petra, hidden in the Jordanian desert, or the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu high in the Andes. Mexico, for Mayan relics, or Africa, for up-close wildlife encounters. These are exactly the destinations that you will typically find on a private jet itinerary.
That, however, is just part of what is in store. When you travel in this style, your time in the air is a pleasure rather than a chore. Your typical private plane has the dimensions of an ordinary airline –one that might carry 200 passengers – but is configured to house just 50 passengers. That means not just business-class seats – leather-clad, of course – but also plenty of room to really relax as you spread out. The service, naturally, is top-notch, with free-flowing champagne and gourmet food. Such a delight for up-in-the-air gastronomes, you may not want the flight to end.
You can leave your wallet at home
Let’s be frank. Travelling by private jet is not cheap. Here is the thing to remember, however; that price-tag is all inclusive. It covers your flights, and your accommodation (which is always the best address in town). It covers meals, and whatever drinks you fancy – French champagne, fine red wine, or smooth aged whiskey. It covers your on-the-ground transport, entry fees and everything else you can think of. No changing money at every stop, no trying to convert currencies in your head. In fact, unless you want to pick up some souvenirs along the way, you will never have to put your hand in your pocket. Now that’s what we call luxury.
Captain’s Choice has been setting the agenda in luxury travel for Australian and international guests since 1994. Pioneers of private jet travel, this Australian owned company celebrates its 25th year of curating life enriching journeys this year. For details on the Captain’s Choice collection of journeys by Private Jet visit captainschoice.com.au