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Hotels with extra va-va-voom

Hannah Hudson


If you fancy extra zip on your next trip, travel writer Hannah Hudson has just the thing. When you book a stay at these hotels, you can also experience a classic car, boat or even a jet


F1 thrills in Monte Carlo

At the Fairmont Monte Carlo guests can channel their inner F1 in a Ferrari 355 Modena or Ferrari Modena convertible. After an adrenaline-fuelled session on the track, relax in the Sir Stirling Moss suite, overlooking the Fairmont Hairpin.


Boating in Bodrum

The best way to explore the peninsula of Bodrum is on a gulet, a wooden sailing boat. At the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum the ‘marine concierge’ will create an itinerary for a private day trip. Visit the bays or enjoy Greek islands such as Kos. Yachts, water taxis and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) can also be hired.


Mallorca by Vespa

See more of Mallorca’s peaceful northwest coast when you stay at Belmond La Residencia. Hire one of the hotel’s Vespas and follow itineraries down to the beach or explore the hillsides for fantastic views. The Vespas have a picnic basket attached, so you’re fully stocked for a scenic lunch.


Pick up a Porsche in California

Book a stay at Relais & Châteaux’s Rancho Valencia, and drive a new Porsche. There are three to choose from – a 911 convertible, Panamera Hybrid and Cayenne GTS – and the concierge can recommend where to explore. Highway 101, the beaches of La Jolla, Temecula’s wine country and the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego are all within reach.


Charter a yacht in Portugal

The 72-foot yacht at Vila Vita Parc is perfect for seeing more of the Algarve. Admire the coastline from the sea, or stop to explore secluded beaches and enchanted grottos. The yacht comes with a captain and crew, lounge, dining area and three guest cabins.


Join the jet set in the Caribbean

The island-hopping package by Gansevoort Hotel Group allows travellers to stay at two properties – one in the Dominican Republic, the other in Turks & Caicos – and travel between them on a private jet. Up to six passengers can journey from Miami to both resorts and back, spending three nights at each.