7 Under The Radar Luxury Experiences You Have To Try This Winter

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Still considering traveling this season, but unsure of where to go? Let one of these seven must-book vacations make your mind up for you. Whether you want to roll with the best of them in Monte Carlo or bask on the beaches of Costa Rica, we’ve rounded up the most exclusive experiences you need to try once you arrive at your dream destination.

In honor of venturing off the beaten path (in the most memorable way possible), here are all the luxury adventures and experiences you have to try this travel season.

Cook in a Michelin-Starred Kitchen, Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Foodies and amateur chefs alike can put their culinary skills to the test at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo where guests can craft a number of savory dishes under the watchful eye of Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo’s culinary team. An intimate dinner at the Chef’s Table is also included in their “Just For You” Chef Academy experience.


Take a Catamaran to Tortuga Island, Herradura, Costa Rica

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Situated on 296 untouched acres of protected forests, Tortuga Island offers a dreamy escape from the mainland. Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort offers a 45-minute catamaran ride to the elusive island where guests can opt to explore the rainforest by foot (and spot peacocks and iguanas along the way) or take a dip in the crystal clear waters.


Sip on a 296-Year-Old Bottle of Wine, Washington D.C.

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Where can you find one of the world’s last bottles of a 296-year-old 1720 Madeira, you might ask? Washington’s luxe boutique hotel The Jefferson is saving a sip just for you and a special guest. At $1,720 per 2 0z. pour, we promise it will be the smoothest (and possibly the priciest) glass of wine you’ll probably ever taste.


Explore Kentucky by Horseback, Lexington, KY

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Appropriately dubbed the “Horse Capital of the World” Lexington is brimming with hundreds of incredible horse farms. Seasoned riders, or simply animal enthusiasts, can get an insider’s peek at the equine industry through the city’s new Horse Country program—from meeting famed championship thoroughbreads to wandering renowned farms.


Fill Up at a Private Chef’s Table, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Thinking of sunny Puerto Rico for your next trip? At The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, hungry travellers can let their tastebuds run wild when they opt for the Chef’s Table. Exec Chef Jannette Berrios will prepare a five-course meal with wine pairings as intimate groups (of 20 or less) gather in a private room hidden in the kitchen to enjoy their custom, behind-the-scenes feast.


Toast to a Seaplane Tour, Key West, FL

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Raise a glass of bubbly to a well-deserved vacay with Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort—the only Key West hotel offering private seaplane service to and from its island-based beach. Guests can enjoy a champagne toast just before jetting off to Dry Tortugas National Park where they can soak in scenic aerial views from above and tour the hidden islands below.


Take a James Bond-worthy Tour, Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Planning your first trip to Monte Carlo? Consider Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s Golden Eye Experience. The over-the-top private excursion throws guests into their favorite Bond film by offering tour of Monte-Carlo Casino, a ride in an Aston Martin, lunch at Yoshi (Joël Robuchon’s only Japanese resto), a helicopter ride, and an exclusive dinner on the terrace of their luxe penthouse. The splurge-worthy package begins at $12,191.

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