Indulge In Wine And Wellness In A New California/Oregon/Hawaii Private Trip

Combining wine and wellness isn’t an unusual occurrence in Europe where you can find lavish menus and wine lists in spas such as Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz and France’s Les Sources de Caudalie, the latter located in the middle of vineyards in Bordeaux. Combining the two isn’t that common in the US, though, but it will be starting in May with a new private jet itinerary from TCS World Travel that links rejuvenating spa activities with wine country destinations in the West. It’s available as a small, 10 person, 11 day group or private trip using a Gulfstream GIV-SP jet.

The itinerary starts in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, home to 500 wineries on 19,000 acres of vineyards. After arriving in Portland, guests are transferred to a prime accommodation, The Allison Inn & Spa, which specializes in treatments utilizing natural ingredients from around Oregon such as the Deep Forest Escape body treatment using pine, juniper, and bergamot body oils. Other treatments include wine and grape seeds from the region’s famed Pinot Noir such as the Divine Wine Facial which promises brightening and firming using a honey and wine masque and grapeseed moisturizer. On the first night, dinner is offered at a legacy winery. The next day, guests can participate in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the vineyards, followed by a full day of tasting Willamette Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and local ingredients such as cheeses, olive oil, seafood and unique produce with a lunch in the vineyards. More tasting follows at a private winemaker dinner.

After Oregon, a six-hour flight transports guests to Lanai, the island owned by Larry Ellison, for four days at Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort. The 141 square mile island has diverse beauty ranging from 18 miles of beaches with views of spinner dolphins jumping in the waves to rock formations and pine forests and no traffic lights, illustrating its sleepy pace and old Hawaii feel which guests can explore in off road or sailing/snorkeling cruises. Sensei, opened in 2019, has a comprehensive wellness methodology using cutting edge technology for analysis and staff guides who work with guests to devise and implement a multipart personal regime. Apart from the various fitness, meditation, massage and yoga offerings, though, one of the most rejuvenating ways to spend an afternoon is a long soak in one of the onsen pools surrounded by gardens and works of art. Just as pleasurable is any meal at the on site restaurant Sensei By Nobu created by the famed chef to fit within the “nourish” part of the program but as I can personally attest, it features some of the most delectable food of any of his restaurants .

The itinerary heads next to Napa Valley, California’s pre-eminent wine region, and a stay at the recently opened Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley which has both a wellness center and a vineyard, Elusa Winery, on site. Guests can learn the finer points of winemaking and taste the results just steps from their rooms and experience premier access to other Napa wineries and restaurants. At Spa Talisa, guests can have a detoxifying mud treatment, the experience which has made this town, Calistoga, famous as a spa destination for 150 years, or other treatments using area ingredients. Other activities include strolling through the vineyards or taking a resort bicycle to explore Calistoga. Another dinner at one of the area’s Michelin starred restaurants is held on the last night as a farewell to the regions before guests head home, enlightened, invigorated and no doubt, in possession of new cases of wine.

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