Exclusive Travel: Hotels with Helipads and Private Airstrips
Chartering a private jet is the last word in luxury travel and it doesn’t get much more glamorous than flying straight to your hotel. A finite number of hotels across the world have a private airstrip and the best tend to be wonderfully remote, off-beat, locations. The Hotel Guru has a couple of favourites. For one of the world’s most exclusive private islands, pick Fiji’s Laucala Island Resort which boasts no less than 300 staff for the 50-guests (maximum-capacity), an 18-hole golf course and spectacular rainforest and white sand beaches to enjoy. Alternatively, Mexico’s Las Alamandas Jalisco — whose contemporary design pops with colour — inside a 1,500 acre private ecological reserve set along the coast is the perfect place for a romantic hideaway. While, for a slice of Tuscan perfection, Pratello Country Resort has its own airstrip and, with just 12 rooms, is an ideal choice to rent out in its entirety for a special occasion.
While all exclusive stays may not have the ground space for a full airstrip, several of the world’s top-end luxury hotels have helipads, including Hong Kong’s legendary Peninsula hotel that hits the mark on every luxury point from the glamorous colonial-era interiors to the chauffeured Rolls Royce’s. While The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, known for its spa and spectacular ocean views, also provides the same. Not only does this make for quick arrivals and departures from the airport but both properties also offer fabulous city tours from the sky or day trips to remote destinations — perfect for a date!
The benefits of private charters really go without saying, not only are you doing away with long border checks and waiting times, but you can also avoid inconvenient touchpoints and fly right to your destination. It is undoubtedly the most seamless way to travel whether for business or leisure and utterly thrilling, from the gourmet dining to the customised service.
Whatever the destination, contact London Jet Charter for flights around Europe and long-haul destinations.
Hotels with helipads or private airstrips:
Peninsula Hong Kong (Kowlon) 300 rooms from CA$737City Style - This 'Grand Dame of the East' is the original luxury hotel in Hong Kong, sleek stylish and utterly spoiling.Great walks - The hotel Al Fresco Gastro Tours of Hong Kongs green spaces.Cooking classes - The hotel holds a gourmet class in refined eating.Restaurant - Eight award-winning restaurants.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
The Twelve Apostles Hotel Cape Town (Camps Bay) 70 rooms from CA$568Families - Children are welcome here with pool toys, special menus and excellent family accommodationSpa - In addition to the wide range of treatments you'll find hot & cold plunge pools, and a saltwater flotation pool!Diving - Explore the Two Oceans or if you are feeling brave experience a shark dive.Surfing - Muizenberg Beach is considered one of the best surf spots in the world.
Las Alamandas Jalisco 16 rooms from CA$475Total relaxation - A tranquil resort set within lush gardens and overlooking a stunning white sandy beach.Sailing - Take a scenic boat ride up the San Nicolas river.Surfing - The beach has great waves for surf enthusiasts.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - I Escape, Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
A tranquil resort set amidst a private ecological reserve and just steps from a white sand beach. Rooms mix traditional charm with contemporary style; think beamed ceilings, white washed walls with bright pops of colour. Feast on healthy fresh Mexican cuisine and unwind under the sun. Bliss. See More
Laucala Island Resort Vanua Levu Group of Islands, Fiji 25 rooms from CA$5418Diving - Get up close and personal with hawksbill turtles, angelfish and much more.Hideaway - Your very own private island. You can't get more of a hideaway than that!Kayaking - There are kayaks available for guests to explore the seas and lagoons.Sailing - The island has its own private fleet of yachts.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
The ultimate jet set getaway: your very own private island. In the highest class Laucala Island Resort really has it all. Five star spa experiences, fine dining, 18-hole golf course and private villas - plus 300 staff for 50 guests. You get the idea. Has to be seen to be believed. See More