Summer may be a season of long days, late nights and seemingly everlasting sunshine, but it’s not without its complications or pressures. Traditionally a season where visits to much-anticipated destinations come into fruition, it comes with a host of possibilities. Where’s a gentleman to travel to? And almost more importantly, how should he arrive there? Making a stylish and memorable entrance is something that passes a lot of gentlemen by, but we’re here to stress its importance.
Victor are changing the way you travel; taking you from A-B in serious style and making the far-flung dream of flying by private jet a fully–fledged reality. This pioneering idea gives you the opportunity to charter a private jet ‘on demand’ at the very last minute, taking you to the best destinations around the world at the click of a button and an affordable price tag. So, where should you start?
It’s no secret that Englishmen love Ibiza, and there’s nothing better than heading to this fair isle for on a Saturday afternoon, being there in time for a rosé-fuelled last lunch and proceeding to party the night away, and then return home on Sunday morning.
Victor have seen one night stays double since March of this year, and the tiny island typically has anything from 80-120 private planes arriving and leaving between July and August. Ibiza is huge for the private jet sector this year, massively popular for Victor members too as they seek easy, stylish ‘sun’ getaways for a couple of days.
Sardinia is one of those bucket list destinations that no gentleman can miss travelling to in his lifetime. The beauty of the place rivals almost anything else within such close proximity to England, and there’s nothing quite like travelling privately and comfortably to a destination of this stature.
Our top tip is to land here in the summer when the sun is high and the drinks are cold, have the freedom to take to the incredible roads that Sardinia is famous for, before ending up at the incredibly luxurious Yacht Club in Porto Cervo or Rolls Royce’s exclusive summer studio – for which Victor is recommended travel partner.
The idea of Victor was bred out of Victor CEO Clive Jackson’s frustration several years ago at the cancellation of the commercial airline route between London Heathrow and his second home in Mallorca, and there’s no denying the pull of the incredible Palma. Arrive early morning and spend the day getting lost in the old town, winding down its tiny lanes and into its characterful buildings. Luxury and beauty are two things that Palma does incredibly well, and whether you’re there to visit one of the many beautiful ports or take to the sea in an incredible charter yacht the city is an amazing base for further sunshine fun and adventure.
Split is luxury personified, a tiny escape that welcomes each and every visitor with such open arms that they’ll never want to leave. So much so, that the surge in popularity has meant that last weekend there were no private jet arrival slots left in the whole of Split airport – so book early to avoid disappointment.
The food, drinks and nightlife of Split are unrivalled, but it’s the beauty of the place that stands out the most. Our best advice is to arrive there with Victor (or to Pula or Zadar), then hop onboard a luxury yacht and travel around to many of the Adriatic islands – glamorous Hvar is a must–see.
Mykonos is one of the most beautiful of all the Greek islands, a feat that’s hard to achieve because of the incredible competition it’s up against. But Mykonos and Victor are perfectly aligned; the synergy of their luxury features is impeccable.
Top tip: Mykonos offers a choice of breathtaking beaches and coastal vistas but Psarou Beach is the place to be if you’re in the mood to party. The powder-soft sand and azure sea provide a stunning backdrop to the affluent jet-set party scene here.
Airport: Mykonos, about 10 minutes.
Tip: For delicious food and a chilled party ambience, head for Nammos beach bar – revered by food critics, fashion editors and celebrities alike.
Synonymous with Art Deco and Art Basel, Miami Beach is the perfect place for a spot of oceanside culture. A visit to the Wynwood Art District and Bass Museum is a must, as is a tour of South Beach. Book through the Miami Design Preservation League. Ian Schrager’s sleek Edition hotel, tucked away in its own 3.5-acre enclave, is the place to see and be seen, with design-led interiors, private beach access and basement ice-rink.
Don’t miss: Be sure to make a reservation at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s stunning Matador Room before you leave.
You’ll find some indicative prices for Victor charters to these fabulous destinations below. Contact Victor by app, web or its expert 24-7 customer team (further details at www.flyvictor.com) to totally tailor your perfect summer charter.
•Ibiza £13,000 return
(flying Friday evening, return Sunday; plane type: Citation CJ2 or CJ3 – ideal for 2-4 passengers)
•Palma £13,000 return (as above)
•Mykonos £14,000 return (as above)
•Olbia £13,500 return (as above)
•Croatia (Split) £13,500 return (as above)
•Miami £99,000 return
(the ultimate weekend getaway – flying Friday evening to Tuesday evening; plane type: long-range Gulfstream IV jet – ideal for 12-14 passengers)
For more information, visit Victor here.
This article was written in association with Victor.
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