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Bucket List Worthy Trips from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Publish Date :
May 07, 2010
From Kenya to Canada, Fairmont Offers Memorable Trips that Travelers Will Cherish
TORONTO, May 6, 2010 – Whether it’s to fulfill a childhood dream or check off items on a list of 100 things to do in one’s life, all of us hold the image of at least one secret adventure or ultimate experience in the back of our minds, just waiting to be realized.
Pursuing one’s ultimate list of dream activities is an idea immortalized in a 2007 film starring movie icons Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. In “The Bucket List”, two men embark on a trip around the world with a list of things to do before they "kick the bucket".
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts encourages guests to dream big and live boldly with an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From awe-inspiring African safaris and front row views at Monaco’s heart-pumping F1 Grand Prix to teeing off at the original home of golf or staring down into a volcano, Fairmont offers the chance to pursue a dream for thrill seekers, explorers, connoisseurs and everyone in between.
Who has never dreamed of hearing the roar of lions and seeing elephants in the wild on a true African safari adventure? From the plains of the Mara desert to the top of Mount Kenya, intrepid travelers who like their luxe head to Fairmont Masai Mara Safari Club. Imagine emerging from a luxury tent with a steaming cup of Kenyan coffee, listening to the sounds of hippos stirring in the Masai river, or floating over the sunrise amid a balloon safari to watch a herd of wildebeest stampeding across the plain pursued by lions on their morning hunt. Room-only rates start at $369 USD.
Cross the equator on the way to breakfast at The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. This historic safari club-to-the stars lies on the equatorial divide, but guests are never divided in their praise for this special place on earth. Live large and take a helicopter right from the hotel lawn for a sky-high tour of the savannah. Head to the high altitude lakes of Mount Kenya to fly fish for wild rainbow trout and then indulge in a private dinner on the banks of the River Likii, savoring authentic Kenyan Nyama Choma (roasted meat) accompanied by the drums of Masai warriors and the night sounds of the jungle. After an exhilarating day, rest in the rustic elegance of the Equator Suite or the sumptuous William Holden Cottage, named after the movie star who once made the safari club his home. Room-only rates start from $299 USD a night.
Get the adrenalin and the pistons pumping with the Land Rover Experience Driving School at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. This thrilling off-road adventure takes place on the grounds of nearby Fairmont Kenauk, one of North America’s largest private nature preserves, where guests will discover over 65,000 acres of unspoiled nature in a rip-roaring way. Offered May through October, this ultimate driving experience promises obstacles that will defy gravity. For guests who wish to continue the action, complimentary access to the sports centre, squash courts and indoor and outdoor tennis courts and pools is provided. This wild ride includes rest and sustenance with nightly accommodation and daily breakfast at Aux Chantignoles. Package rates start from $530 CAD per night.
See the Swiss Alps in a highly glamorous way at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. With the Fly High in Style Package, guests don their sunglasses and pashminas while stepping into a private helicopter for a tour over the snow-capped peaks of this legendary mountain range. The trip includes a flight over stunning Mont Blanc, known as “La Dame Blanche”, the highest mountain among the Alps, sitting primly on the French-Italian border. After an exhilarating day in the air, guests return to the hotel for a champagne reception and array of decadent h’ors d’oeuvres. The finishing touch on this truly unforgettable European jaunt is a visit to the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa for deluxe spa treatments. Package rates start from CHF 6’499 per night.
Gaze down into a volcano and then up into the starry heavens, surrounded by the spiritual and tropical paradise of the Big Island of Hawaii. With The Fairmont Orchid’s Cultural Hawaiian Moments, guests embark on a five-hour helicopter trip over the world-famous Volcanoes National Park, providing a bird’s eye view of the island’s unique topography. Guests will also trek to the top of Mauna Kea for a private tour of the Mauna Kea Observatory and a nighttime stargazing session. Room-only rates start from $299 USD per night.
Show your “pono” (respect) and protect one of the most beautiful regions of the world for future generations to enjoy. Guests of The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, learn “malama ‘aina” (taking care of the land) with the Eco-Learning Package. From maintaining a beautiful oceanside trail to learning about organic farming in a rainforest, guests show their heart and do their part by choosing from a range of eco-learning activities set in the pristine Haleakala National Park. The package includes three nights suite accommodation, a cultural walking tour, a three-course sustainable dinner for two, a tote bag made from recycled materials and a reusable water bottle. Guests are also invited to try the hotel’s complimentary Hawaiian Canoe Experience to learn the basics of outrigger canoe paddling and its significance to Hawaiian culture. Available year-round, package rates start at $449 USD per night.
Witness the rare and fascinating shadow of the serpent at one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Guests who stay in the El Camaleón Presidential Suite at Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya will be guided by an experienced Mayan historian to Chichén Itzá, one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan ruins and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Guests booking during the autumnal equinox (September 21st) will witness the appearance of Kukulkan, a Mayan God, when the sun casts a shadow of a serpent on one side of the Pyramid of Kukulkan. Back at the resort, guests may further immerse themselves in Mayan culture while practicing responsible tourism, given the hotel’s partnership with the World Heritage Alliance. Presidential suite rates start at $3,999 USD.
Voulez-vous parlez avec moi, ce soir? For the aspiring Francophile, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City offers the French immersion holiday of a lifetime. The hotel’s “Parlez-vous français?” package gives guests the opportunity to experience all things French-Canadian and embrace the language of love with five private French courses with a local linguist for three hours each day. A guided tour of the Chateau and the historic city (en francais), is included, along with daily buffet breakfast (petit-déjeuner) a souvenir French book and fruit basket upon arrival. This 7-night package starts at $435 CAD per night.
No list of ultimate travel experiences would be complete without a journey to China and a visit to the world’s longest manmade structure: The Great Wall. The Fairmont Beijing will arrange exclusive tours of The Great Wall of China with knowledgeable, local guides who can enlighten guests on the myths and legends that define this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After guests have walked part of the 8,851.8 km (5,500 miles) long wall, they can refuel before heading out on more local adventures with a visit to the hotel’s highly-acclaimed new restaurant, Lunar 8, to enjoy Asian-global cuisine. Room-only rates from June through the end of the year start from ¥1,088 CNY.
Golf like a champion. It might take a lifetime to master golf, but it only takes one day to play a round on the holy grail of golf courses and the oldest greens in the game. Fairmont St Andrews, nestled in the home of golf, puts guests on the tee-box where the pros will qualify for the British Open and where dramatic views of the Fife coastline are breathtaking. The hotel invites fans of the game to fulfill the ultimate round by teeing-off on a choice of spectacular Scottish courses, The Torrance Course, Kittocks Course or play the historic St Andrews Old Course, where a tour operator can ensure you a tee-off time on the classic greens. Guests won’t waste a good walk playing at St Andrews. Room-only rates start at €199 per night.
Ski like an Olympian. Whistler Blackcomb was home to the world’s best athletes during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is inviting guests to make these Olympic mountains their home, but with an extreme twist. See a more exhilarating side of skiing with the hotel’s Gold Package where not only will guests ski down perfectly manicured mountains, they will also participate in a full day of heli-skiing, a truly unique ski experience that will leave them feeling exhilarated. The package includes all things “gold” with three nights’ accommodation on the hotel’s luxurious Fairmont Gold floor, dinner for two in The Wine Room restaurant, breakfast daily, one “gold medal facial” per person from the Vida Spa and a gold themed chocolate welcome amenity. Offered throughout the ski season, package rates start from $3,978 CAD per room.
Drive friends wild with envy, with a trip to one of the most prestigious and historic sporting events in the world: the Grand Prix De Monaco. The Fairmont Monte Carlo provides an experience of a lifetime, with the Grand Prix Formula One Experience Package, putting guests in the very thick of the action as they sit mere meters from one of racing’s most famous turns – The Fairmont Hairpin Turn. With this package, racing diehards enjoy luxurious accommodation, buffet breakfast daily, access to the rooftop terrace overlooking the hairpin turn, a mega plasma TV screen to follow the race and Grand Prix in-house activities such as a live-painting with renowned sporting artist Armin Flossdorf. Package rates start from €5,500 for a four-night stay.
For those who dream of one day staying in a lavish suite befitting royalty and rock stars, look no further than Fairmont’s suite destinations. From The Fairmont Royal York’s stately Prime Minister’s Suite to The Plaza’s lavish Royal Terrace Suite, Fairmont offers a variety of extravagant and unique accommodations to satisfy any “suite” tooth.
Leave your heart in San Francisco at one of the world’s most exclusive suites. The Penthouse Suite at The Fairmont San Francisco epitomizes the glamour and sophistication of a bygone era. Situated on the top floor of the historic hotel, guests are treated to some of the best panoramic views of San Francisco while enjoying 6,000 square feet of sumptuously appointed living space. Guests will feel on top of the world with three spacious bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. For the ultimate in suite luxury, there is no better place than in this exceptional suite. Pricing starts at $12,000 per night.
Party like a rock star at the recently opened Fairmont Pacific Rim. The hotel’s “Bucket List” Chairman’s Suite, also nicknamed the “Rock Star” suite, spans 2,250 square feet overlooking the spectacular Vancouver vista where mountains and ocean meet. Guests can rest their feet where few have stayed in a fashionably modern suite that includes a two-storey salon, master bedroom and fireplace, private elevator, a 500-square-foot marble bathroom with hand-carved soaker tub, two living rooms, butler’s pantry, and private exercise area. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the sounds of the harbor from the privacy of the outdoor landscaped terrace with cabana, meditation pond and fire pit. Pricing starts at $6,000 CAD per night.
Imagine all the people who wish they could sleep in the same bed as real-life rock star John Lennon. Guests at Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth don’t need to imagine at all with a stay in the John Lennon & Yoko Ono suite, a world-famous space where the music legend, his wife and many others had their much-publicized bed-in for love to protest the Vietnam War. With the Bed-in for Peace Package guests can sleep in the only suite in Canada where the legendary couple held court and enjoy breakfast in bed while soaking in memorabilia from 1969. Guests will also receive a thematic welcome amenity as well as their choice between the Lennon Legend CD or Give Peace A Chance commemorative book to take home. The Bed-in for Peace Package starts at $799 CAD per night.
For further information on Fairmont’s unique trips and once-in-a-life-time experiences call 1-800-441-1414, visit www.fairmont.com or contact your travel professional. All package and room-only rates unless noted otherwise are subject to availability, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy.