Ever wonder how the really rich book their luxury vacations? Do they create alerts or bid for trips on sites like Priceline, digging for the best available options? Do they hop on the internet, surfing through flight-comparison sites, sorting amongst airlines, connecting cities and departure times?
While those leading travel sites are great for everyday consumers, a different class of service awaits those that have the means for booking travel with the assistance of some of the world’s best and most exclusive luxury concierge companies.
No request is too big, too complicated, or too expensive.
Concierge staff at high-end hotels may have the means to arrange a private viewing of a gallery or museum, get a last-minute booking at a popular restaurant, and remember the personal preferences of frequent visitors, but what if you needed such services, and more, on a daily basis?
That’s where luxury concierge companies step in, armed with dedicated lifestyle managers, and access to an international database of goods and service providers – from real estate and private-jet companies to art specialists, and medical and legal experts.
Luxury concierge companies can not only get you that reservation at an always-full restaurant, but can also fetch you from your home, office or the airport in a vehicle of your choice, with a change of clothing, to transport you to a meal prepared by a celebrity chef, while a world-class musician plays in the background. Don’t believe us? Read on to discover the different kinds of lifestyle-management companies offering their services, and the most outlandish requests they have dealt with.
Being a member of The Luxury lifestyle-management club, which has a presence in the United Kingdom, Miami, Singapore, Monte Carlo and Dubai, gets you red-carpet access to London Fashion Week, the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix Ball, plus box seats at Wimbledon, a royal box at the London Opera, and VIP seats during polo season in the UAE.
“Whether people live in Dubai, travel to Dubai or travel from Dubai to London or Italy, we can arrange an entire experience for their children, be it for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks,” says founder and chief executive, Catalin Dascalu.
If you were ever worried that your loved one might reject your marriage proposal, spare a thought for one romantic Saudi national.
The man had hired the Egyptian pyramids and flown in 300 friends and family members to watch while he popped the question in front of the ancient structures.
With a lavish private party then due to be held at the site, which was sealed off from locals and other visitors, the cost was an eye-watering $40m (£31m).
Thankfully for the individual, his girlfriend said “yes”.
When it comes to marriage proposals, this example takes largesse to the nth degree. But even if you have the cash, how the heck would you go about organizing such an event?
The answer for the Saudi man was simply to phone his concierge services provider, a UK business called Quintessentially.
“We made it happen,” says Quintessentially‘s chief executive and co-founder Aaron Simpson.
However, if you’re looking for an unparalleled red-carpet experience, look no further than these select few concierges that not only deliver on service but also a technological footprint that provides convenience and accessibility to the world’s upper-middle class and elite jet-setters. These companies are the cream of the crop, the best of the best when it comes to white-glove service and an anything-goes-get-it-done attitude.