How many times have you fantasized about being rich and famous? Living as a famous rock star or actor, signing autographs for your fans? Staying in the finest hotels and private residences in the world. Walking down the red carpet at the Oscars, with flashbulbs popping, fans screaming your name, and paparazzi clamoring around you to get the perfect shot for the magazines and newspapers?
Well, now you can actually experience the feeling of being one of the elite and famous crowd every time you vacation without having to worry about being in the public eye. As a member of Ultimate Escapes, an exclusive luxury destination club, you’ll be able to vacation in 100+ beautiful private residences in over 40 resort and metropolitan locations – Tuscany, Maui, Beaver Creek, Costa Rica, Los Cabos, Miami and so many more! You'll enjoy five-star service, pampering and catering to your every wish and desire. And your private, luxurious "superstar" experience is personalized for you by the Ultimate Escapes staff. Read on to hear about my recent experience – it was fabulous! (Also, don’t miss a special offer for my readers at the end of this article.)
Last week, this very lucky writer had the opportunity to see what it’s like to be an Ultimate Escapes member right here in my own hometown of New York. My first escape was at one of the Ultimate Escapes homes located in The Trump International at 1 Central Park West, a 52-story glass tower with floor to ceiling window views of Central Park, Columbus Circle and the gothic skyscrapers that surround the park. The excitement was building as the limousine slowly cruised down Central Park West in the sixties. Two doormen greeted me when I arrived and escorted me into the lobby of this incredible residence hotel. Venus, my Escape Planner who outlined and arranged my ultimate escape, covered everything from Broadway show tickets to dinner at Jean-Georges, a five-star award-winning restaurant just steps from the lobby. She also gave me a long list of other events and services offered, including room service and the option to stock the fully equipped kitchen of the two- bedroom suite with champagne, chocolate, wine, flowers, gourmet foods or anything that my heart desired.
As a jaded New Yorker used to attending swanky invitation-only parties at exclusive Manhattan locations, I thought I had seen everything and looked at this as just another cool place to write about. I was so wrong. Instead I was filled with a burning desire to live like this as often as possible. I had the feeling of being majestic, special, and part of the elite without having to deal with any of the pretentious people that make up that crowd. This was a far more private venue than any I’d experienced, and my guests, a few writers and artists who work with me at www.thenewyorkoptimist.com, were content and entertained . An exciting addition to the Trump was the pool and spa, and I looked forward to a swim and a visit to the wet or dry sauna rooms, being that I arrived a little late in the evening.
My guests and I decided to dine in, listen to music and drink plenty of champagne while sitting in some of the most comfortable couches and living quarters that I have ever seen. After several glasses of champagne and hors d’ oeurvres, we all strolled into Central Park across the street from the Trump and enjoyed the beautiful weather. When we returned to the room, one of the writers discovered one of two huge bathtubs with water jets and exclaimed that he had to have a bath, and he did while the rest of us continued to enjoy the living room area which overlooked the park. I can truly understand why this New York venue is one of the favorite of Ultimate Escapes destination club members.
In the morning I decided to take a brisk swim and have a hot sauna followed by a shower. Afterwards, I stepped into the business area of the hotel and took care of some work-related tasks in the hotel’s business conference area fully equipped with computers printers and any office supplies you may need.
Ultimate Escapes has a special offer for The New York Optimist visitors to try out the club just as I did through the Ultimate Discovery 7-day Trial Membership. Experience a 7-day trip to one of their 40+ destinations and stay in a luxury home with all the full trip planning and concierge services reserved for their members. .