The luxury hotel will squire guests on a “field trip” to explore Baccarat's history—with stops in Paris, Moscow, and Tokyo.
Butlers, designer suites, private cars. These over-the-top amenities may soon be passé as luxury hotels go to greater lengths to impress their deep-pocketed guests. On the heels of Four Seasons' epic 19-day roving dinner party (at a cost of $135,000 per person) comes an utterly extravagant 12-day trip from Baccarat Hotel New York, where guests can experience the French crystal brand in six different countries. The cost for this globe-trotting crystal education? Only $300,000.
The journey begins with a two-day stay at the Baccarat in Midtown Manhattan, where the ground-floor entrance features a wall of 1,800 Harcourt stemware and LED lights that form the letter “B.” Here guests can indulge in afternoon tea, a treatment at Spa la Mer, dinner at Chevalier, and an after-hours visit to the Baccarat store on Madison Avenue. Next, a private flight will take guests to Paris for two days for a private tour of the Maison and Museé Baccarat and a day trip—by helicopter—to Lorraine where the brand was founded in 1764. After watching crystal being made in the factory, guests will lunch at Chateau Baccarat and peruse more than 16,000 original sketches of the brand's crystal.
From Paris, another private flight will take guests to Istanbul to admire the palaces of Beylerbeyi and Dolmabahce, which are filled with Baccarat crystal chandeliers commissioned by sultans of the Ottoman Empire. After a night in Istanbul, the tour will head to Moscow for two days to learn about the royal family’s penchant for crystal. (At one time, Baccarat had a 1,000 workers devoted to working on orders for the Russian court, including specialty vodka glasses in the brand's signature red color.) Guests will also visit the Maison Baccarat Moscow, housed in the same building that once held the Czar’s private pharmacy.
On the ninth day of the trip, guests will fly to Tokyo where they will stop in at B Bar in the Marunouchi neighborhood. Here, expert bartenders will serve cocktails, wine, and champagne in any type of Baccarat glass that guests would like (see the trend here? Crystal!). The last two days will be spent in Seoul with a VIP tour of the city’s recently opened Maison, where the largest collection of Baccarat chandeliers in Asia lives. The tour will wrap up with afternoon tea in the Maison café.
The next day, guests will return on a private flight back to New York. While the private flights won’t be Baccarat-branded (a la Four Seasons), guests will receive a piece of crystal that was individually selected for them as a departure gift.
Hotel stays are included in the The Heritage Experience (these will be five-star accommodations comparable to the Baccarat Hotel) but the trip must be booked 30 days in advance. The $300,000 price tag is also based on double occupancy and does not include taxes and fees.
A less expensive option to immerse yourself in Baccarat crystal? Booking a night at the hotel for the “bargain” price of $800.