Because driving an awesome car takes your vacation to the next level.
A visit to any one of the world class luxury hotels on this list is by definition an incredible experience. However they’ve taken it to the next level by offering various classic, exotic and super car experiences that will make any excursion something to remember for the rest of your life.
So whether a rip-snorting, fire-breathing Italian beast is more your line, or you prefer a stately cruise in a classic convertible, here are the best places around the world to get a high-octane fix along with movie-star style accommodations:
1. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Various Locations
Later this year Waldorf Astoria and Aston Martin will kick off a series of Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience weekends at various properties offering guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the British marque’s latest models like the new Vantage and DB11. Drive routes will be carefully curated to showcase both the local scenery and the capabilities of James Bond’s favorite car brand. Look for “unmatched performance, refined craftsmanship and exhilarating driving.”
2. Grand Hotel Cap-Ferrat, Côte d’Azur, France
Concierges at this legendary Four Seasons property on the French Riviera have partnered with a classic car rental agency to offer guests customized driving experiences. Options include a 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Cabriolet and a 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster. Itineraries follow the drives in classic movies filmed in the area such as Goldeneye and To Catch a Thief. You can also opt to include the famed Four Seasons properties in Florence and Milan on your itinerary.
3. Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, MN
This stylish The Luxury Collection property offers a Tesla package for guests booking its ultra-luxe 1,900-sq.-ft. two-story Penthouse Suite. Local Tesla rental agency TREVLS will deliver a Model S or X directly to the hotel along with a tailored itinerary for experiencing the electric thrillers on the area’s scenic roads, giving you a unique perspective. And when you’re done driving for the day there will be an ice-cold bottle of Dom Pérignon waiting in the suite for you.
4. The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
The «Grand Touring Experience» offered by this elegant Swiss hotel straight out of a Wes Anderson flick includes a five-day rental of a Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, or a Maserati GranCabrio MC convertible. Along the way you’ll also stay over at the Chedi Hotel in Andermatt before taking the scenic route to Lake Como’s luxurious Il Sereno Lago di Como resort, a favorite celebrity and jetset retreat, where you’ll wrap up with a gourmet wine pairing dinner.
5. The Restoration, Charleston, SC
At one of the hippest hotels in the South you’ll have access to a fleet of classic and muscle cars, including a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible, 1967 Chevy Camaro or 1970 Mercedes 280SL Convertible courtesy of The Restoration’s Retro Rides Package. It’s definitely worth taking a cruise out to one of the area’s historic plantations, but there’s plenty to see in Charleston itself and there’s no better way to do it than behind the wheel of a classic convertible.
6. The Cavaileri, Rome, Italy
This Waldorf-Astoria property is one of Rome’s poshest places to stay; throw a supercar into the mix and the stage is set for a high-octane version of La Dolce Vita. The hotel offers guests access to a fleet of supercars including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens, and in addition to Rome’s famous thoroughfares you can also do laps at a local racetrack and really get a feel for Italian driving.
7. The Nare Hotel, Cornwall, UK
This stunning seaside resort, a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, is quintessentially British in all the best ways. Especially when you opt to include a classic Morgan 4/4 roadster to do some open-topped touring. The Cornish countryside and dramatic coastal roads are the perfect place to motor along, perhaps stopping for a champagne picnic – served from a wicker hamper, natch – along the route. Tweed driving cap not required but will definitely complete the look.