June 16, 2022

Destinations to Inspire

Elevated Lifestyle,

SOAR Magazine

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With the power of private aviation and Elevated Lifestyle (EL) partner Huffman Travel, the opportunities for luxury travel are limitless.

As active members of Virtuoso, they belong to the 1% of travel companies worldwide and leverage their global expertise to inspire you to dream further without compromise. Huffman Travel offers custom itineraries that allow for genuine connection with a destination. Their focus remains on thoughtful, personal travel to enrich and enliven their discerning clientele. Collectively, the Luxury Travel Advisors at Huffman Travel have lived in over a dozen countries and take over 150 trips annually, ensuring that their pulse on the world is always current and deep.

Claim your EL benefits with Huffman Travel and the EL Preferred Hotel Program so you can maximize your most important non-renewable assets – your leisure time.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

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HOTEL BENNETT

True southern charm abounds in Charleston, where low country niceties and deeply-rooted traditions translate to magical Old World grandeur. Hotel Bennett, part of the Jet Linx EL Preferred Hotel Program, is located on Charleston’s iconic and historic Marion Square where style and elegance come to life throughout a stunning Foyer, Rotunda and Grand Court, a terraced two-tiered restaurant, rooftop pool and bar, French patisserie and luxurious spa – all adorned by custom furnishings and local artwork. No matter which suite you call home, you’ll find fur-lined robes and polished stone tubs beneath crystal teardrop chandeliers.

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HISTORIC CHARM

The warmth of Charleston is felt, not just in its weather, but in the hospitality of its gracious people who’ve spent three centuries honing their authentic charm. History defines Charleston, and the Luxury Travel Advisors at Huffman can arrange a litany of private tours geared to the specific interests of guests: mansion and garden tours, kayaking tours in Johns Island, sunset dolphin cruises, a private boat ride to Cape Romaine Nature reserve with a naturalist, food tours or depending on the group – a round of golf at Kiawah Island.

DINE

BBQ & BITES GALORE

Gabrielle, the hotel’s signature restaurant, fills two stories, and boasts a private dining room and a wide al fresco patio. However, memorable meals can be found with surprising ease in Charleston. Outside of the hotel, eateries such as Obstinate Daughter (coastal Italian), Husk (new South), and FIG (Southern, French) come highly recommended. A visit to Charleston would not be complete without a sampling of barbecue from institutions like Lewis Barbecue, Rodney Scott’s BBQ or Swig and Swine. Whichever way you turn in Charleston, a tantalizing bite awaits.

COSTA RICA

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KASIIYA PAPAGAYO

Jet Linx EL Preferred Hotel, Kasiiya Papagayo, offers an eco-friendly sanctuary tucked into the Papagayo coastline on 123 acres of private reserve. With just seven tented suites, guests can expect an extremely private experience with empty beaches and teeming tropical forests. The nine rustic suites are handcrafted, blending perfectly into the surroundings. Seven of the covered tents are beachside, and two are perched near oceanside cliffs or in dense tree cover. Each tent comes with a whimsical name and theme. Huffman Travel highly recommends this resort for active adventurers seeking private nature experiences.

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NATURAL WONDERS

There’s lots to keep guests busy at the hotel, especially the shaman-conducted spa treatment or trips to nearby volcanoes and mangroves – all privately led by resident biologists. The resort leans heavily on activities, and snorkeling trips to Punta Gorda come highly recommended, as well as nearby surfing (a short trip from the property), fishing and cooking classes. While the beaches are pristine and private, most guests that choose to come to the resort remain active throughout the day as Costa Rica offers rare opportunities for ecotourists.

DINE

FRESH & VIBRANT

Rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the cuisine at Kasiiya Papagayo may be the freshest and most vibrant found in the Pacific. Each meal is served at either the Beach Cabana or Dine, a beloved sunset lounge restaurant, but meals can be served anywhere a guest may desire. All of the food is locally sourced and mostly organic, with simple but delicious dishes like octopus salad, steak with pesto, mushroom risotto and dulce de leche-filled crêpes. Foodies will also enjoy the four-course breakfast, and those ready to relax will find the honesty bar at the Beach Cabana, where guests may pour their beer and wine to their heart’s desire.

FRENCH POLYNESIA

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THE BRANDO

The Brando, included in the Jet Linx EL Preferred Hotel Program, offers guests a breathtakingly-beautiful stay on the private atoll of Tetiaroa—a dozen small islands circling a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas and one residence each with its own private beach area and plunge pool. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that has now come to fruition with sea water air-conditioning, renewable energies, and LEED platinum certification – all in a remote, pristine setting.

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ECO-MINDED

The eco-focus at The Brando means that guests can wander through an organic garden and tour an Ecostation for scientific research. However, guests can also access a watersport and fitness center, arrange diving or fishing tours, explore the atoll for rare bird encounters or simply relax in the comfort of the villa or beach villa. The on-site spa features a bird’s nest treetop pod that makes for a unique day of local Polynesian spa treatments. Finally, the remote location of The Brando means that the heavens put on a show each night as guests stargaze from the quiet comfort of their villas.

DINE

POLYNESIAN FARE

The food and beverage program at The Brando complements the land it graces with dining venues that showcase Polynesian, French, Japanese, and vegan specialties. You certainly won’t feel a pang of hunger during a stay, but possibly the most worthwhile sustenance comes in liquid form at the beach bar and the lagoon-view bar. The Luxury Travel Advisors at Huffman recommend the beach bar – Dirty Old Bob’s – and its namesake cocktail, featuring honey harvested from beehives around the islands. The rare ingredients used make for an unforgettable sundowner – especially amidst a Polynesian sunset with toes in the sand.

ASPEN, COLORADO

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HOTEL JEROME

Cozy up this fall at the oldest hotel in Aspen – Hotel Jerome – a member of the Jet Linx EL Preferred Hotel Program. This stately hotel offers warm, handsome interiors of rich leather and gorgeous woodwork that elicit the Old West, but the destination offers modern comforts like a luxe spa, in-house ski rentals (with a ski concierge to shuttle you back and forth between the base and the hotel) and two full-service restaurants. Penthouse units with outdoor space offer plenty of room for families or larger groups and come highly recommended.

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GO WILD

The call of the wild rings throughout Aspen and the Rockies in the fall and winter. Whether that means hitting the slopes, arranging a guided dogsledding expedition, heli-skiing through untouched powder or snowmobiling across rugged mountain terrain. Aspen becomes especially golden in the fall with the changing of the leaves, and winter brings cold, crisp air that’s perfectly paired with a cocktail under a starlit sky. Nearly any adventure activity waits just outside your doorstep – all meticulously arranged by Huffman Travel.

DINE

SIP & SAVOR

Both on-site restaurants at Hotel Jerome offer tender bites and inventive drinks, but Huffman Travel adores the buzzy, underground speakeasy beneath the hotel – Bad Harriet – which offers a sumptuous setting for a cocktail and a round of hors d’oeuvres. Guests seeking to stretch their legs should venture to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Whether by ski or horse-drawn sleigh, guests are greeted with Hot Toddies and locally-inspired cuisine such as rainbow trout, buffalo tenderloin and the restaurant’s famous Nepalese momo dumplings. The most magical views come in the evening with the stars and moon lighting your way.

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