If you’ve just splashed out on a luxury holiday at one of the world’s best hotels, it’s unlikely you’re keen to bookend the experience with interminable queues at immigration or battling through the crowds at customs, which is perhaps why an increasing number of hotel groups are now conveying their most valued customers from property to property by private jet. The latest company to join the fold is Anantara Hotel, Resorts & Spas, which has just launched the Anantara Private Jet Experience.Developed in collaboration with private-jet company MJets, which like Anantara is part of the Bangkok-based Minor International, trips commence in the Thai capital. From here guests either a Gulfstream V or Cessna Citation X and fly to Sri Lanka. For larger groups of up to approximately 19 passengers, the Gulfstream V features a three-zone cabin with shower facilities, beds and top-notch entertainment systems; passengers are attended to by two cabin crew. One of the fastest business jets in the world, the Cessna Citation X accommodates up to eight passengers and features fully reclining seats and advanced entertainment systems. One flight attendant will take care of guests’ requirements.
The Anantara Private Jet Experience can be modified to cater precisely to clients’ tastes, but standard packages will include two nights’ accommodation in Sri Lanka and three nights’ in the Maldives. For a group of eight flying on a Cessna Citation X, packages start at $19,745 per person. Couples travelling alone will pay from $47,307 per person. Trips can be booked via mjets.com.Among the other companies to provide ambitious mutli-property itineraries are Germany’s Oetker Collection. Launched in 2016, its European Odyssey itinerary included a private audience at the home of designer and collector Axel Vervoordt in Belgium and wine tours in France complemented by a stay at Le Bristol in Paris. Over the coming months, guests of Oetker’s Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden can arrange contemporary art tours in Berlin with transit a Luxaviation private jet. The day out will include a private view of the Sammlung Boros gallery, housed in a converted bunker.
And it would seem the hotel groups’ ingenuity has rubbed off on other sectors of the luxury-travel industry too. Last year Crystal Cruises, which had until that point focused on offering luxurious experiences at sea, launched Crystal Skye, the world’s largest private charter jet. The refurbished Boeing 777 accommodates just 88 passengers rather than the 300 or so who would usually be expected aboard such a plane commercially, and costs from £43,000 an hour to charter.Sign up for the Telegraph Luxury newsletter for your weekly dose of exquisite taste and expert opinion.