With our wanderlust evoking a yearning to unearth fabulous hidden gems and journey to far-flung must-see destinations, the concept of experiential travel has shifted to experiences that feel deeply personal, ultra-convenient, and promise to bring the serious wow factor.
Answering this call is Flagship Luxury Expeditions, a new boutique luxury travel service on a mission to offer next-level yacht voyages and private jet journeys to some of the most remote and spectacular bucket list places on the planet. Think luxury yacht charters with a top chef through the Spice Islands, gastronomic culinary expeditions amid the Himalayas in Bhutan (with hikes to 7th-century monasteries thrown in), and even private jet tours through Tuscany, Courchevel, and world-famous wine regions (on the radar for the future).
“This is meaningful travel. Our philosophy is unique, experiential, adventure travel that offers uncomplicated simplicity in an elegant, luxurious way, “ says Flagship Luxury Expeditions founder Shane Lewis, a former hotel GM and executive chef whose background creating personalized luxury experiences for guests inspired the company’s creation.
“I worked with Aman Resorts for Indonesia and Asia for almost a decade and part of my job was to curate these amazing off-the-cuff experiences. I would organize a luxury sailing trip, followed by a 7-course candlelit chef-prepared dinner with paired wines, private butler, fire pit, and all these really special touches”.
Now devoted to curating mind-blowing itineraries that incorporate gastronomic culinary journeys, expert-guided hikes to beautiful untouched parts of the world (Himalayan monasteries and remote glaciers in Antarctica), uber-luxurious hotels and lodges, and of course plenty of private jets and luxury yacht action for Flagship Luxury Expeditions, Lewis and this team are focused on experiences in Indonesia, Antarctica, Bhutan, and Africa, but their sights are also firmly set on Europe (hello Venice Simplon The Orient Express) and the world’s best destinations.
All of which are customized to your preference and every single aspect is managed; from the private jets and flights (they have an exclusive relationship with Qatar Airways), to chauffeur-driven transfers, epicurean cuisine, 5-star accommodation, and the expert guides and hosts who provide unrivaled access to gloriously pristine and unspoiled locations.
“One of our biggest strengths is our staff. We’ve bought together a global team of luxury travel experts who all have operational experience, are on the ground in our locations, and have the connections so we can create really unique experiences, ” says Lewis.
What then are today’s discerning travelers coveting? ‘Our clients seem interested in private jets and luxury expeditions in Antarctica and this type of all-inclusive, remote style of travel right now. Our private sailing charters through Indonesia’s Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands where you can explore Dutch forts and history are also popular, and Africa is always on the wishlist.’
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If a luxurious, life-enriching experiential private jet journey, yacht charter, bespoke safari, or deluxe train trip to untouched regions sounds like your kind of wanderlust, check out these ridiculously amazing packages by Flagship Luxury Expeditions.