These hotels offer way more than just a room. If you’ve a burning desire to ride a Harley Davidson or a wild horse for that matter, one of these luxury experiences could be just the ticket
Harley Davidsons in Bali
Alila Manggis, a secluded seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali, leveraged the islands reputation as being home to one of the biggest Harley Davidson owners clubs in the world to provide Harley Davidson hire and transfer packages. While some guests are happy with a Harley ride from airport to beach, others use them to explore the island, trekking through the volcanic mists, iridescent rice fields and the islands dramatic mountain scenery.
Also attractive for its East Balinese Cooking School, spa and proximity to dive sites, guests who take up the Harley Davidson Option tend to range from honeymooners looking for a special experience to older men who are looking to fulfilling a long-standing dream. From $170 per person per night including Harley Davidson hotel transfer.
Mustang riding in Nevada
Travel to the Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco Resort in Nevada, and explore the Goshute Valley, the mountain ranges, old derelict gold mines and ghost towns on the fastest transport of the old Wild West – a real mustang horse (one of many of this endangered breed saved by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens). Other adventures include Mustang training, horse-drawn, off-road 4x4s and bicycle safaris, calf roping, and in-tipi spa treatments. The luxury tipis in this all-inclusive resort are hand painted with air conditioning, hardwood floors and even hypoallergenic pillows. From $1,000 per tipi (sleeps 2) or safari cottage per night.
Cresta run and bobsleigh rides at St Moritz
To mark 150 years of winter tourism this ski season, In December, the Carlton Hotel St Moritz is inviting guests to follow in the footsteps of the first English winter pioneers with a Cresta run and guided bobsleigh ride. Appealing to those who like to combine luxury with high-octane adrenaline experiences as well as those who love sports, this package also includes a full-body massage, curling lesson, use of the spa, ski shuttle to the Corviglia ski station and 24-hour limousine service. The package includes junior suites and use of the hotel’s own bob sleigh and costs from £4,495 for four days.
Luxury yacht in the Algarve
Vila Vita in the Algarve provides guests with a yacht option. Guests can hire this 72-foot long Princess yacht by the day, week or more. It’s powered by two 1,000hp strong engines and achieves an impressive 45 knots and has a spacious lounge and dining area, a galley, as well as three guest cabins that can accommodate up to eight passengers. Captain José and his qualified crew guide guests along the coastline to explore the secluded beaches and enchanted grottos of the Algarve. Prestige Holidays has a seven-night stay from £825 including flights and private transfers and exclusive use of the yacht starts at €1400.
Private jet in Thailand
Soneva Kiri, the Soneva Group resort on Koh Kood in Thailand provides guests with the option to take bespoke excursions by private plane or helicopter. It’s an attractive combination: the peace and serenity of the island resort coupled with the hotel’s own private landing strip on another nearby island can take guests anywhere they like. Most popular options include use of the luxurious custom-fitted eight-seater Cessna for bespoke trips such as visiting Angkor Wat in nearby Cambodia. The speedboat facilitates access to some of the best scuba diving in the world. $1,400 per day and use of the Cessna starts at £386 for a short flight, based on two sharing.
Ferrari F430 F1 spider at Monte Carlo and Abu Dhabi
The Fairmont Monte Carlo’s imaginative package menu includes their very own ‘Room and Zoom’ that includes driving a Ferrari. By special arrangement (and because the driving is accompanied) guests are not obliged to put down the €18,000 deposit normally required, and an hour of street driving with the Ferrari F430 F1 spider Convertible has become a very popular choice.
Claudia Batthyany of Fairmont explains; “It’s difficult to categorise the guests who take this package. But one thing is sure, most people who take the standard option often spend more time having their photographs taken with the car than driving it!”. The hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo has a one-night package including an hour in a Ferrari from 709 Euros.
On a different level entirely, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi (a hotel comprising two towers linked by a bridge that crosses over the F1 circuit) is offering room plus front row seats for the ‘Etihad Airways F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’ (21-23 November, the last race of 2014). If you’d rather drive than watch, the hotel can also arrange F1 driving experiences on the Yas Maria Circuit. Either way, while you’re there pop down the road to the Ferrari World theme park for rides on some of the world’s most extreme rides including the world’s fastest roller coaster. From £107 per room/night (650 AED.
Rally Driving in Ireland
With close links with the nearby Rally School Ireland, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the best Castle Hotels in Ireland. Stay in their bijou hotel lodge of 29 rooms and burn the tyres of the car of your choice on the race track or go ‘flat out’ at the Victorian Treatment Rooms and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea. One night for two people sharing with 6 laps in a Ferrari 355, Porsche 911 or Nissan 35, half an hour’s spa treatment, and a hearty Irish breakfast is £320 (€400).
Helicopter tours in Wales
The Chester Grosvenor and Spa offers a 45-minute helicopter tour of an area of North Wales awarded the status of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route lets you see Eaton Hall, the ancestral home of the Duke of Westminster’s family, Ruthin Castle, Denbigh Castle, the beautiful Vale of Clwyd; a broad, gentle sweep of green; Mel Famau; a range of high rolling uplands sheltering charming villages and towns and the peak of Mount Snowdon.
If this isn’t sufficient other hotel packages include driving weekends with a choice of Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 430 Spider and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Room rates are from £425 per person in a junior suite; a weekend with 3 course dinner, chauffeur transfers and helicopter tour is £648.
Paragliding in Oman
The prize for the most imaginative set of high speed options must be awarded to Six Senses Zighy Bay. Tucked beneath dramatic cliffs on the tip of the Musandam Peninsula, this gorgeous hotel in an exotic and romantic part of Oman offers total privacy and exclusivity. Guests can choose to arrive by land from the local airport via a breathtaking drive down the hill, by sea from Muscat via the fastest commercial ferry in the world (it travels at over 45 knots), by regular speedboat or guests can even paraglide in with the resort’s resident instructor. A Pool Villa starts from $900 (£543) per night on a room only basis. The Paragliding arriving experience costs $179 (£108), including taxes.