Four Seasons’ inaugural ‘Private Jet Experience’ makes Kona first stop

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A luxurious offering from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is about to take flight with Hawaii as its first stop.

The company has been offering extravagant globe-trotting tours since September 2012, but 2015 marks the first time these tours will be conducted on the company’s fully branded custom jet–complete with flat-bed seats handcrafted in Italy and bottles of Dom Pérignon.

The inaugural “Private Jet Experience” departs from Los Angeles in March and flies to Kona, where guests will stay at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. Activities include a helicopter ride, coffee plantation tour and snorkeling.

“Each trip is designed to give guests an unforgettable experience in different areas of the world, with a balance of urban and resort properties for a diverse itinerary offering something for everyone,” the company said in a statement. “Kona is a beautiful and culturally rich location and we’re excited to share it.”

Other stops include Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Agra and Mumbai, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.

If you’re interested, be prepared to pay top dollar. A package costs $119,000 per person based on double occupancy and the company says more than 80 percent of 2015 seats have been sold so far.

Unfortunately, local travelers won’t be able to jump on board when the plane lands on the Big Island.

“The Around the World Experience is designed to be a fully immersive Four Seasons experience delivering the brand’s exceptional service from start to finish. With that, tickets are only available for the full duration of the itinerary so that guests are able to enjoy the full experience in its true sense,” the company said.

A second 2015 Around the World tour kicks off in August. Hawaii is not a part of that itinerary.

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