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6 luxury resorts with their own private airstrips


One of the main benefits of flying privately is the unrivalled comfort and convenience that it provides you with. What more convenience could you want than flying directly into the stunning luxury resort youre staying in using their own dedicated airstrip? Here are 6 luxury resorts with their own airstrip.

Las Alamandas, Mexico

Arrive in style at Las Alamandas using its own 3,300 foot private landing strip. This stunning resort is situated just about half way down Mexicos Pacific Coast and bills itself as the ultimate beach hideaway. Boasting four private, unspoiled, white sand beaches, its difficult to argue with that, and with the accommodation consisting of only 16 suites youre guaranteed a relaxing and secluded break. Las Almanadas has a selection of restaurants to choose from, a wellness spa for your pampering needs and onsite facilities for a number of sporting activities.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, U.S.A

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Pennsylvania is no ordinary hotel, its a full on wonderland of what they call life experiences. The activities on offer here include adrenaline pumping zip line courses, off road driving instruction and paintballing to name a few. They also have a Wildlife Academy which offers guests the chance to go horse riding through trails in the surrounding woods, try their hand at dog sledding and even go on a wildlife safari where theyll spot bears, wolves, lions and tigers. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort also has its very own airfield allowing you to fly straight into this adventurer's paradise.

Wakatobi, Indonesia

If youre looking for a 5 star luxury dive resort, there arent many better than Wakatobi in Indonesia. This incredible island retreat is surrounded by dazzling coral reefs which you can enjoy in virtual privacy knowing that there are no other divers within about a hundred mile radius of this privately protected site. Its not all about the diving though as the beachfront resort is also a haven for luxury lovers. This romantic location includes a jetty bar for sipping cocktails while watching the setting sun, a beach restaurant serving delicious food and a spa offering traditional Indonesian therapies. Their nearby 5,000 foot private airstrip is the perfect way to touch down to a great diving experience.

The Meridian Club, Turks & Caicos

This private island resort is built on a magnificent white sand beach which is surrounded by unbelievably clear, turquoise waters. This tiny Caribbean island has a fascinating history which includes episodes relating to Christopher Columbus, the American Revolution and World War Two. These days its home to the exclusive Meridian Club beach resort, where you can kick back in pure laid back sophistication, and little else. The resorts private airport means you can be enjoying the peaceful delights within minutes of your chartered flight having touched down.

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Owned by the acclaimed Hollywood movie director, Francis Ford Coppola, the Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20 room luxury resort set in the lush green Belizean rainforest. Punctuated by glorious waterfalls, its a stunning natural paradise. Nearby youll find awe inspiring Mayan ruins harking back hundreds of years to the areas former inhabitants. Blancaneaux Lodges remote location means that its most easily reached by the private airstrip in front of the property.

Pratello Country Resort, Italy

In the central Italian region of Tuscany is where youll find the charming, 17th century villa now known as the Pratello Country Resort. Previously home to local nobility, its been transformed into a luxurious country hotel, sympathetically decorated with fitting antique furniture but still with all the amenities and comforts youd expect from an upscale resort. The attached private airport will allow you to jet directly into the resort in style and comfort.

Gayle Anderson is Sales Director atPrestige Jets.

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Special feature Fiat Ducato Auto Roller 707 motorhome


Normally my special features are reserved for hotels and vacation rental accommodation, but last weekend we did something a little different. We've been travelling up and down the UK to attend our sons' sailing events for a couple of years now, and have often contemplated what it would be like travelling in a campervan or motorhome as an alternative to staying in hotels. Your automatic reaction to this might be that this isn't exactly travelling in luxury, but actually there are some exceptionally luxurious motorhomes out there, and just being able to spend quality time with family, not having to drive to and from the hotel when attending these events, and the children (and adults!) being able to socialise with others doing the same is, in many ways, a luxury in itself.

On this occasion, we got to drive a 7.3-metre long Fiat Ducato Auto-Roller 707 motorhome, supplied to us by the UK distributor Auto-Trail.

If truth be known, we didn't have a good journey, encountering lots of roadworks and traffic around the Knutsford area. Having never driven a motorhome before, I was still getting used to driving the vehicle so probably travelling much more slowly than I might have done had I been more accustomed to it all, adding to an already lengthy trip. As a result, when we eventually arrived at Northampton - the location of our next sailing event - we already had the mindset of ‘this isn't for us'. We parked up, along with a handful of other motorhome owners, who were all admiring the vehicle since it was much newer (a 66 plate) than their own. We really didn't know what we were doing but found all the controls fairly intuitive and easy-to-use - we hadn't thought about using ramps to keep the vehicle level, but our neighbours were able to help out in that regard and lend us some spare ramps.

Inside, we found the layout worked rather well for a family of four, with a central living space and plenty of storage cupboards so that we could keep everything tidy.

This motorhome can actually sleep 7 although I think this would be a little optimistic and would argue that it is better suited to a family of 4. We slept on a double bed that came down from the ceiling at the press of a button, and similarly went out of the way during the day when not in use, without the need to re-make the bed each time.

The cupboards go up and down with the underside of the bed, ensuring efficient use of the available space. What we also liked was that when the bed was down, we could still use the table if one of us chose to go to bed before the other, and the same was the case if one of us was to get up first in the morning.

Our children slept in bunk beds towards the rear of the vehicle. These were generous in size (particularly width-wise) and beneath the bottom bunk is a huge amount of storage (enough to take the entire contents of rather full Volvo XC90 when we picked the motorhome up and transferred our luggage).

We slept really well in the vehicle, helped no doubt by blinds that block out the light, and a three-part sunscreen that attached to the windscreen and the driver and passenger windows.

During the day, when our children were sailing, we were able to use the table in the motorhome to do our work. Normally we would be doing this in the sailing club, but the nice thing about this was that we could leave our laptops and work laid out whenever we decided to stretch our legs or help our boys in or out from the water, meaning more efficient use of our time.

As you can see, the table also unfolds to give a larger workspace (or dining area) if required.

Also, our view was such that we were also able to keep an eye on the sailing and see when our boys were next coming in off the water.

The motorhome also has its own kitchen.

The hob is concealed beneath a hinged work surface and runs off a gas cylinder accessed through a compartment on the vehicle's exterior.

We used it for simple things like bacon butties in the morning, and heating up a chilli con carne that we'd pre-cooked and brought with us.

The oven beneath was handy for cooking garlic bread to accompany the chilli. There was even a fridge and freezer too.

Additional facilities included a lavatory and shower (yes, a shower!), but these didn't get much use as we had the convenience of the facilities of the sailing club to hand. The vehicle had a laminate flooring throughout and other hidden pockets that helped keep belongings out of the way.

A display panel above the rear entrance showed us how much battery power we had (on both the vehicle and the leisure battery), how much water, and so on, and a separate dial allowed us to control the heating. We were rather cautious at first because we didn't have electric hook-up and wanted to be sure we didn't use all the battery straight away, but were pleasantly surprised to discover that our usage made only a small impression. Indeed, the next morning, we noticed that our power was back up to 100% thanks to the solar panel on the roof, so a lack of power was never an issue for us... I think the lowest I ever saw the battery get to was around 80%.

On the rear of the vehicle was a bike rack capable of holding up to 4 bikes... but also perfect for drying wet gear after a long day of sailing!

With greater driving confidence and less traffic on the way back, we got home much quicker, but by then our initial reservations had already evaporated. We hadn't had to get up as early (the starts with sailing are often quite prompt) because we were on site, and we hadn't to carry work and wet sailing gear back and forth to the hotel. We'd even been able to enjoy a drink or two in the evening, without the need to drive anywhere, whilst our children played with others sailors who were also staying on-site. This convenience, combined with the comfort of the vehicle itself, had left us converted - even more so when I spoke to other motorhome owners and gained awareness of how else they used their vehicles. One that I spoke to said he regularly used his as a ‘guest room' when they had visitors at home, and even drove it to friends when invited round for dinner parties, negating the need and expense of both a babysitter and a taxi - interesting ideas that I hadn't previously ever considered.

Disclosure: Our trip was sponsored by Auto-Trail.

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