Luxury Escapes launches experiences, with champagne cruises and private dining

The Melbourne-based travel company that has earned a reputation for its all-inclusive vacation packages extends beyond the hotel game.

Luxury Escapes first launched Experiences in 2019 as a catalog of attractive accommodation options (like luxury airport transfers and paid events). Today, the company is revitalizing the category to include thousands of sparkling self-driving experiences – no vacation needed.

At the start of June, the brand will be relaunched with approximately 40,000 new offers worldwide, from the most ubiquitous (food tours, hot air balloon rides, etc.) to the most exclusive (highly curated experiences bearing the “Only on Luxury Escapes” seal).

Luxury Escapes co-founder and managing director Adam Schwab said locals can expect around 10,000 experiences launching in Australia alone, with more being added every day.

“We will have a growing number of bespoke offers for luxury getaways like our Vue de Monde restaurant series, Veuve Clicquot partnerships and access to top seats at the Australian Open – or global products like tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [the musical]”Schwab says.

Among the launch offerings will be a private Veuve Clicquot cruise of Sydney Harbor aboard the Suellen, a beautifully restored 1950s deck cruiser reminiscent of the maritime golden age (the former First Lady of the United States United Jackie Onassis can be counted among the ship’s past clientele). The harbor ride includes unlimited Champagne, gourmet canapes, and stops at secluded coves accessible only by boat.

Restoration will be a major aspect of the revamped category, says Schwab. In Sydney, they teamed up with the famous Quay restaurant for a “hero” event.

“The dining experience includes exclusive seating in Quay’s private dining room, a bespoke six-course menu by Quay Executive Chef Peter Gilmore, premium wine pairings created by Head Sommelier Ashlyn Foster, a signed Quay cookbook and a private kitchen tour with the head chef,” he says.

In Melbourne, foodies can splurge on a series of equally decadent events at Hatted Vue de Monde, with perks ranging from tours of private cellars to meet-and-greets.

Another unique addition will be the ability to have the day captured by a professional photographer, thanks to a partnership with photographer hire company Travelshoot. And really, does it get more VIP than your own Instagram photographer?

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