Top of the Lux
February 24, 2015
There are lots of little touches that make a vacation a relaxing experience. Someone else makes the bed in the hotel. At most places, it’s impossible to cook, which means there’s no dishes to do. But one of the best for many is the ability to forget about bills and finances for a few days. Whether it’s that extra drink at happy hour or the bottle of wonderful wine, it’s easier to indulge miles away from home.
At Mitch-Stuart, Inc., we love sending your donors on all sorts of adventures with our non-profit auction travel packages. Some of our favorite ones are those loaded with the sort of indulgences, those luxurious extras on trips to destinations both common and once-in-a-lifetime, which make long-lasting memories and add the elusive “wow” factor to an auction lot list. Whether it’s four-figure gift certificates to glamorous jewelers or the poshest accommodations, some of Mitch-Stuart, Inc.’s biggest selling itineraries are all about living the high life.
The Plaza in New York City has defined luxury in the Big Apple for more than a century. A favorite of Hollywood filmmakers looking to capture Manhattan extravagance in a single shot (films from “Barefoot in the Park” to “American Hustle” have featured the hotel), The Plaza is a favorite for everything from afternoon tea to late-night drinks in the Champagne Bar. It also features 24-hour butler service and some of the city’s best concierges. Our “Exquisite New York Dazzles Like Never Before” package, however, doesn’t stop at Central Park South, though; we also include a $1,000 gift certificate to Tiffany and Co., the centuries-old jeweler and tastemaker. Donors who win this package can both relax and shop in style, picking up memories for a lifetime and maybe even an heirloom set to last even longer.
What The Plaza represents to Americans, The Savoy is to the British. Its guest rooms feature panoramic views of the River Thames and underwent a 220 million pound renovation that was completed in 2010. The “Stay at the Most Iconic London Hotel – The Savoy” package highlights the property’s extensive list of charms – the close location to all London has to offer, the afternoon tea overlooking the Thames, the white-glove services and top-notch butler and concierge staffs. It also includes a $500 gift card to visit the hotel’s restaurant, Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill, which features all of the genius of the titular chef’s creations with none of the berating that comes from his television appearances.
Of course, there are few more luxurious places on the planet than the French Riviera. The southern French coast has been a resort escape for Europeans since the 1700s, and now attracts celebrities from around the world (musicians like Elton John and Bono have flocked there, along with movie stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). But travelers don’t have to buy a second (or third…or fourth) home along the coast to enjoy the region’s spoils; our “Bask in the Glory of the French Riviera” package includes a suite at the Fairmont Monte Carlo and a $1,000 gift card for sightseeing tours but make sure to get in some relaxation at the Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa and grab a meal at Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Riviera outpost of famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s global cuisine empire.