Mandarin Oriental offers US$20,000 California getaway

Travel News Asia 24 August 2004

Those who dream of driving a legendary sports car along the rugged northern California coast, en route to three of the most revered luxury hotels and inns of the world can indulge their travel fantasy with "La Dolce Vita," a 7-night luxury adventure getaway, led by San Francisco's prestigious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco.

The exhilarating journey begins with a personal chauffeur to greet arriving guests inside the San Francisco airport to drive them in comfort to Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco's door. Three nights accommodation in the grand 2,000-square foot Oriental Suite awaits, offering guests breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. A helicopter tour, a gourmet dinner for two, and daily breakfast in bed are just a few of the hotel's indulgent activities and amenities.

Upon check-out, guests will receive keys to their choice of a Maserati Spyder (2-seater convertible) or Maserati Coupe (4-seater) to explore the California coast in style. The 140-mile journey to the award-winning Post Ranch Inn takes approximately 2.5-hours from San Francisco, where an uncommon experience awaits on the Big Sur coastline. After a romantic two-night stay at the Post Ranch Inn, complete with pampering spa treatments, guests will get behind the wheel of their Maserati once again, for a 180-mile, 3-hour drive to the renowned Auberge du Soleil, for a gourmet extravaganza in the heart of California's wine country. The two-night "wining and dining" tour will also include an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over Napa Valley. A 50-mile, 1-hour drive from Napa back to Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will complete the exhilarating adventure.

The 8-day, 7-night "La Dolce Vita" luxury travel package includes:

- Five days use of a Maserati Spyder (2-seater convertible) or a Maserati Coupe (4-seater) exclusively from Ferrari/Maserati of San Francisco. (Note: the point of departure and return is Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. Insurance is included.)

- A Maserati commemorative gift at the trip's conclusion (i.e. gift accessory, leather weekend travel bag or men's jacket)

Three nights accommodation at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, including:

- Oriental Suite accommodations, exquisitely appointed with a grand private terrace and spectacular views. The master bedroom has a king size bed and master bathroom, with a decadent, deep-soaking jet stream bathtub, and a separate shower. The second bedroom has a queen bed and private marble bathroom.

- Daily American breakfast for two

- A four-course gourmet dinner for two served in the Oriental Suite (outside on the terrace, weather permitting; beverages not included)

- A 30-minute helicopter tour of San Francisco with town car transportation to/from the heliport

- Roundtrip airport car service transportation to San Francisco airport

- Gift basket of Acqua di parma bath products 

- Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries on arrival

- Two nights accommodation at The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, including:

- Ocean House accommodations, reflecting the warmth and beauty of their surroundings, recessed Cliffside with a sloped roof of native grasses and wildflowers. The room features a king size bed, wood-burning fireplace, large spa tub, private deck with stunning panoramas of the coastline, refrigerator filled with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet snacks, as well as coffee and herbal teas.

- Sumptuous daily continental breakfast buffet for two o A romantic dinner for two at the award-winning Sierra Mar (excluding beverages) 

- Two 60-minute spa treatments in the Spa or in the privacy of your guest room

Two nights accommodation at The Auberge du Soleil in Napa, including:

- Suite accommodations of more than 1,200-square feet of indoor and outdoor space; a king bedroom and separate living room, dining area, and butler's pantry with full-sized refrigerator. French doors lead to a private terrace. All suites feature fireplaces and spacious bathrooms with separate showers, double vanities, large soaking tubs with romantic touches such as bath oils and candles.

- Sparkling wine greeting in-room

- Daily American breakfast for two

- Six-course chef's tasting menu dinner for two, with expertly paired wines by the glass with each course

- Hot-air balloon ride over Napa

The "La Dolce Vita" travel package is available through September 2005 and the rate is US$20,000, inclusive of taxes and gratuities, unless otherwise specified. The package is subject to availability.

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