No big deal right?
Milestone birthdays should be celebrated in a big way. So when Canada hit the big 1-5-0 this year, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada knew they had to come up with an epic fete that highlighted the many reasons that the country is so awesome. The result? An over-the-top vacation package that starts at a whopping $300,000 CAD—or about $227,000 USD.
We know what you’re thinking: that’s a lot to spend on a birthday present. But when you hear what’s included in the newly unveiled Après in the Air package, you may understand: For that price tag, you get a round-trip flight for 58 people on an Air Canada Jetz private charter from any airport in the world (prices vary), meals from notable Canadian chefs Louis Simard, Tim Wasylko, and Éric Beaupré, spa treatments at the world’s largest log cabin in Quebec, and all the winter activities you can imagine including a Canadian classic: curling. In terms of accommodations, you can expect to stay at not one, but three iconic Fairmont hotels: the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello in Quebec, and the Fairmont Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant.
“We knew we had to do something really special to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday,” Jeff Doane, SVP, Sales & Marketing, North & Central America, AccorHotels, tells Condé Nast Traveler. “We’ve been able to bring to life a commemorative package that is truly once-in-a-lifetime, filled with memory-making moments and adventures, from our ski chalet-inspired private jet takeover; to dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling; relaxing in the spa and then reveling over a nineteenth-century feast.”
A number of surprises are also built in along the way for guests who book the three-night package. For example, during the inaugural trip on January 27, Bachelorette star and native Canadian Kaitlyn Bristowe joined the group adventure, and guests were treated to an in-flight acoustic performance by W Darling, a wine and cheese tasting, and gifting of cold weather essentials from Roots. And that was all before ever touching down in Canada. While those exact experiences can’t be guaranteed as each trip is personally curated, there will certainly be plenty of unplanned Instagram-worthy moments on the trip.
If for some reason you don’t have an extra $300,000 laying around, there is another option to partake in the celebration for a more reasonable fee. As a complement to Après in the Air, Fairmont also unveiled a simpler package, Travel North, which offers 15 percent off the daily rate, a $150 CAD hotel credit, and 1,500 Air Canada miles, per stay at select Fairmont Hotels across Canada. “No matter the budget, our goal is to make it easier than ever for visitors from around the globe to harness some of the country’s original spirit of adventure and discover, or re-discover, Canada,” says Doane.
Both experiences are available now through December 31, 2017. As if we needed another reason to escape to Canada this year.