Why you should goThis absolutely astounding holiday shows you the best of West Coast and then whisks you off to tropical wonderland in the South Pacific. City life, spectacular coastlines, gourmet dining and luxury bungalows on a clear blue lagoon...it really is a heavenly combination.
This dream trip takes you from the culture and natural wonders of California, to pure island bliss in French Polynesia. Start your journey in the buzz of San Francisco, unwind with a beautiful glass of wine in Napa’s best vineyards, feel refreshed by the mountain air of Yosemite, cruise down the Pacific coast, and then make for cloud nine as you fly to your supreme sun bed in the French Polynesian islands. On the pristine beaches of Bora Bora and the tiny islet of Motu Tautau there’s only bright underwater life, spa treatments and high class service to disturb you. Perfect luxury holiday? We think so.
City by the Bay
Begin your trip in one of the most exciting cities in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, gorgeous green parks & fashion forward boutiques are just a handful of the thousands of great things San Francisco offers. When here we love staying at Fairmont Heritage Place, in Ghirardelli Square, as it overlooks SF’s lovely bay. With wonderful so many wonderful sights and restaurants to choose from, we know why Tony Bennett left his heart behind.
Live out the quintessential American Dream, pick up a convertible and hit the scenic route up to California’s wine country. The sommeliers are some of the world’s finest – not only can you learn all about your favourite bottle but you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with a new one. Calistoga Ranch is an idyllic base to rest and explore from. It’s tucked away between the pines, oaks and most importantly, the vineyards of Napa Valley. You’ll leave revitalised, extremely well nourished and an impressive grape expert.
Waterfalls & natural wonders
Continue taking in the stunning landscapes on the drive to Yosemite. This National Park is like no other. Enjoy the beauty of the falls, and if you’re brave enough go for a dip in the icy cold water of the glacier. The rocks, trees and lakes are truly awe-inspiring; we promise it’ll make you feel more tranquil than ever. Your four diamond hotel, Ahwahnee, has a fascinating history and truly captures the spirit of the area.
Route Number One
Head southbound on one of the most famous roads in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway. It takes you across some of North America’s most amazing cliffs, rivers and bridges, so make sure your car roof is down to experience them in all their glory. Your overnight stopover in Big Sur is as magnificent as the voyage itself. Take a break from the wheel at Post Ranch Inn, an intimate, luxurious but natural hotel. Hanging high on the hills of this dramatic backdrop, it boasts great views of expansive beaches, accompanied by the soothing sound of crashing waves.
Trade your beloved car in for an aeroplane and take to the sky. Next stop: the unbelievably sublime island of Bora Bora. You’ve got three nights here to lap up all the indulgences of the Four Seasons before moving a short hop away to nearby islet Motu Tautau where you’ll wrap up your Pacific adventure with four nights at the idyllic Le Taha’a Resort and Spa. This remote spot, smack in the middle of the serene South Pacific, is the ultimate destination for lavish leisure time. The tranquil spa, fitness centre, crystal clear water and countless beauties and activities will ensure you want to stay forever…
Live it up in LA LA Land
Squeeze in some star spotting and last minute shopping before boarding that dreaded flight home. Wander down the walk of fame, visit a movie set, eat your way around the farmers market and The Grove, stroll along Santa Monica pier – whatever you’re after, be it art, food, nightlife, beaches…LA has it. You’ll spend your last night in total style at the London West Hollywood Hotel. It boasts a spectacular rooftop pool and Gordon Ramsay loves it so much he has four restaurants and bars there.