Gone are the days when taking a vacation meant simply checking into a hotel and spending every waking minute by the pool (though sometimes, it's a tempting thought). Now, travelers are in search of complete experiences, planning well-rounded itineraries that include top hotels, great restaurants, and excursions that earn them bragging rights when they get home. By partnering with everyone from high-end clothiers to exotic automakers, hotels and resorts are answering their call. Here are five hotels whose posh partnerships are upping the luxury ante.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Hackett
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is partnering with British men's clothing company Hackett to offer an in-room personal shopping experience at DUKES Hotel in London. After booking, gents simply send their measurements and style preferences to hotel staff, and a trunk filled with Hackett pieces -- from tailored suits to streetwear, and ranging in price from $125 to just under $1,000 -- is delivered directly to their suite. They can peruse and purchase at will. How's that for dapper delivery? From £305 (approximately $434) per night.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and Art Basel
For the fourth year running, the Mandarin Oriental is the official hotel of Art Basel Hong Kong, which runs March 24-26. To help its art aficionado guests enjoy the event, the hotel is offering an exclusive Art Stay package that includes accommodations, access for two to the fair -- including unlimited entries, an invitation to the Vernissage, access to the Collectors Lounge, and invitations to a series of fair events -- breakfast (either in-room or at its restaurants), a welcome bottle of ‘R’ de Ruinart Champagne, and art-inspired welcome amenities. The package is valid for stays March 19-29. Rates are from $618 USD per night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage and BMW
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is partnering with the new BMW Performance Driving School in Thermal, California to offer guests the opportunity to drive or ride in a high-performance BMW M Series. The experience comprises a fun morning spent at the facility's 30-acre site, which features an exclusive paddock, track area, and 1.6-mile road course. Speed demons can get behind the wheel of a high-performance BMW M Series, but if the passenger seat is more your preference, simply opt to ride along with a professional driver. March rates for The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage are from $369. Guests can choose from various BMW programs (single day, multi-day, teen-specific, M-class). The general one-day driving experience starts at $775. Typically, you must be a member of the BMW Performance Center in order to participate, but the special partnership allows hotel guests to do it without having to become an official member.
Hotel Terra and Wagner Skis
Ski bunnies enjoying every last minute of the winter season can still snag a pair of custom Wagner skis when they stay at Jackson Hole's Hotel Terra through March 31. In celebration of Jackson Hole's 50th anniversary, the hotel partnered with Wagner Skis this season to offer guests a pair of custom skis, which they order prior to their arrival and collect at check-in. Orders take four weeks to complete, but late-comers can still take advantage: Book a stay and order your skis before March 31, and they'll be shipped to your home, ready to use next winter. The custom skis package also includes a three-night stay in a one-bedroom suite, a complimentary overnight binding mount for the skis, and complimentary shipping so you can send the skis home after your stay. Rates are from $1,136 per night.
The Upper House and Diane von Furstenberg
Hong Kong is one of Asia's most stylish cities, and its Upper House hotel is giving fashionistas a reason to stick around. From April 5 to May 15, the hotel is offering an afternoon tea experience at its Café Gray Deluxe that's inspired by DVF's 2016 Spring Collection 2016, which is filled with free-flowing dresses and goddess-style gowns. The tea features treats bearing von Furstenberg's colorful signature prints, like sea buckthorn berry macarons in her Peace Palm Saffron print, and strawberry-jasmine short cake emblazoned with von Furstenberg's signature lips design. Completing the experience: a voucher that can be exchanged for a special gift at the designer's Pacific Place shop. The tea experience is priced from HK $310 (approximately $40 USD) per person and HK $560 (approximately $72 USD) for two.