Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a luxury brand expo. When they say luxury, they mean Maserati in the front, sail boat next to that and all the perks that someone with a few dollars to spare could want. It made me wonder, “How many couples really have this kind of cash (beyond William and Catherine) for their wedding or beyond and want to spend it.” “Would they know where to go, what to do or who to speak with.” Because I know you’re busy and well…I had the time, this is a short list of some of the great luxuries you can have, if you have it like that.
There is power under them-thar wheels
The Maserati Granturismo Convertible is pure luxury. While it looks ‘pretty cool’, the power when the key turns it over is ‘Va-Roooom’!! Pure power, but super smooth on the turns. It handled wonderfully on the Haute streets of NYC even in traffic. The only thing that stopped more traffic was people (especially the guys) drooling and quickly taking snaps of the photo with their mobile phone.
This convertible is the latest generation in the four-seat convertible history. This baby has 433hp, 4.7 ltr V8 engine, can top-out at 176 mph and six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters that delivers thoroughbred performance. Things I loved included the The touch-button starts the car and touch-screen capacity that allows you to open/lock doors, have the perfect tunes playing and speakerphone capability. This company keeps your safety in mind.
If you can’t’ afford a Maserati (yet), they have some really cool gift items that would be wonderful to hold on to until you can get the really big toy for $135.000.
Don’t want to drive – take to the air in style.
Sometimes taking to the air in a private jet, and traveling in style is more affordable than you think. If you are traveling as a small group to a destination wedding, how about flying with Flexjet?
For over 15 years, Flexjet provided fractional ‘ownership’ allowing you to book and truly leave on a jet plane at your leisure and in pure comfort. Originally only for corporate raiders, they now offer by the hour jet cards through the Flexjet 25 jet card program (operated by Jet Solutions). This means you can literally buy hours, to be used when you want. Want to fly to Napa for a glass of wine – done. Need some sun in Miami to tan – done. Craving for pizza (after your wedding naturally) and want to go to Chicago – No problem.
You can easily use their interactive models to create your own travel program. So it it’s flying just the two of you or up to 10 of your closest friends, you will travel in comfort.
Flexjet has teamed up with Iron Chef Morimoto for the Ultimate Napa Valley Gift experience. Imagine private flying to Napa and then having a private dinner, cooking lesson and sake tasting with a master chef. Not inexpensive, this starts at around $124,900 and worth every bite.
How about staying close to home?
Club Macanudo is the premiere cigar lounge in New York City. This was a hot spot during the early 90’s when the cigar craze took off and more women were puffing away. While the number of woman may have diminished, Club Macanudo continues to thrive. With its comfy leather chairs, over 130 varieties of cigars and a large list of wines and spirits, this is the club of choice to those in the know.
It’s not just about the cigars (even though they are premium) or scotch. They have a wonderful restaurant and full service menu (I would recommend the lamb or the burger – both yummy) and the warm chocolate truffles or Tuxedo Bombe (chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate) for dessert.
There is a private room for your own gathering, and if you really enjoy, private humidors for you to lease. What a wonderful way to celebrate your bachelor (or bachelorette) party, rehearsal dinner or just a night with family and friends.
Club Macanudo – 26 East 63rd Street – NYC 212.75.8200