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Making Your Arrival Half the Fun

Published By - Stephen Scott via Truevail

You may not be a rock star, but it sure is nice to feel like one when you travel. Flying into LAX? Look into PS—this private suite solution to airport terminal woes is at the top end of the line. Travelers can choose to dine and drink in an exclusive lounge, make use of a private room with day beds, or book a direct limo ride from your front door to the tarmac.

Airports around the world have also opened separate VIP terminals and front-of-the-line access for elite travelers happy to pay for the privilege, everywhere from Amsterdam to Dubai to New Delhi and Tel Aviv. Ask us to book the service for your family. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Since you’re in rock-star-mode, seal the deal by turning heads as you arrive into your destination. Here are a few of our favorite breathtaking arrivals.

Glide: Standing 960 feet above the Gulf of Oman, simply push off and enjoy a guided paraglide down to the beach beside Six Senses Oman. If the rest of your group isn’t so adventurous, there’s also a scenic 4x4 drive through the mountains or a private speedboat arrival from a nearby port.

Fly: St. Barth’s might be as unpretentious as it is exclusive, but that doesn’t mean you need to schlep in with the masses. Book a private jet to move you quickly and efficiently from St. Maarten (SXM) to your hotel—customs agents will meet your PJ, and you’ll be on the beach in no time. Travelers starting their laid-back luxe getaway on the Hawaiian island of Lanai can book a sleek Lanai Air PJ transfer from Honolulu—from tarmac straight to the mai tai on your balcony.

Speedboat: Leave the crowded alleys and vaporetto of Venice behind by hopping into a private speedboat to reach the exclusive island hotels of Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, and the JW Marriott Venice. In Udaipur, board a small vessel to cross Lake Pichola and fall under the romantic allure of Leela Palace Udaipur in India’s most amorous city.

Heli: Seeing the world from a helicopter is a thrill no matter where you land—but dropping into British Columbia’s CMH lodges after flying over the Cariboo or Bugaboo ranges (heli-hike in summer or heli-ski in winter) is as unforgettable a flight as you’ll find in South Australia, cresting the Blue Mountains to land at One and Only Woglan Valley resort.