Twenty years ago, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought NetJets having been a customer for three years.
In 2012, the Sage of Omaha weighed in with a further $18bn investment, showing just how good he thinks the company really is.
Today, NetJets owns and controls the world’s largest fleet of private jets with a total of 700 aircraft worldwide.
So when it came to the ultimate around-the-world trip we went to the best in the business.
Although NetJets has just about every aircraft you can imagine, we’ve plumped for the Bombardier Global 6000.
First, it has a huge range – nearly 7,000 miles – which is handy for the longer stretches.
But also, because it has room for 12 of your friends or family.
Trust us – this is a trip that you’re going to want to share.
Day 1: Anguilla, the Caribbean
- Flight: London City Airport - Anguilla
- Airport: Clayton J. Lloyd International
- Distance: 4,088 miles
- Hotel: Four Seasons Anguilla
Our first stop is the Caribbean’s culinary capital, Anguilla. On a round-the-world trip like this, you’re going to need to unwind – fast. You’ll be booked into a private beachfront villa at the island’s Four Seasons Resort & Residences. At 7,000sq ft, there’s plenty of room (and rooms – five to be exact), as well as a kitchen and private pool. A personal golf cart and a lifestyle assistant will be on hand for reservations and in-villa services. To make the most of your stay, jump in the resort’s speed boat for a gourmet picnic lunch on a private island and enjoy the rest of the afternoon horseback riding on one of the deserted beaches. Wrap up the day with a local guide who will take you on a beach bar hop showcasing Anguilla’s tucked-away drinking gems.
For more info, see fourseasons.com/anguilla
Day 2: San Francisco, USA
- Flight: Anguilla - San Francisco
- Airport: San Francisco International
- Distance: 3,795 miles
- Hotel: The Battery
Your stop in one of the world’s great cities deserves an appropriately special hotel – though our choice, San Francisco’s The Battery, isn’t actually a hotel at all. Rather, it’s an exclusive private members’ club that – thanks to its location, and its owners (who founded Bebo) – is a favourite of tech entrepreneurs and VCs, but the rooms are available to non-members and get you access to the club’s facilities. The vast penthouse is the pick, with a spacious living area, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and a patio with a fire pit and rooftop infinity hot tub, where you can soak up views of the San Francisco skyline. You can’t spend a whole day in a hot tub (trust us, we have tried), so instead make use of The Battery’s regular art exhibitions, intimate gigs, and bars and restaurants including the Musto Bar, where they ask you to ‘speak at a volume you would in your living room, not a football game. Talking business is welcome. Pitching business is not.’ Consider yourself told…
For more information, see thebatterysf.com
Day 3: Trancoso, Brazil
- Flight: San Francisco - Brazil
- Airport: Porto Seguro International
- Distance: 5,798 miles
- Hotel: Uxua Casa Hotel, Trancoso
It’s hard to think of a bigger contrast than hopping from San Francisco’s densely packed urban centre to the wide-open beaches and artfully ramshackle fishermen’s huts of Trancoso in Brazil. This small beachside town in the state of Bahia has long been a magnet for boho escapees, and Uxua Casa Hotel channels that freewheeling 1970s Ibiza atmosphere and augments it with a subtle (but sizeable) dose of luxury. So while you’re ambling around the leafy, shabbily sophisticated grounds or sipping caipirinhas at a beach bar made from an old fishing boat, you’re still within an easy reach of the truly incredible UXUA Almescar Spa, a small-but-perfectly formed restaurant, and five-star hotel service. A word of warning: it’s all so beautiful, you will break Instagram, so leave your phone in your casa and leave it to your eyes to take it all in.
For more information, see uxua.com
Day 4: Tintswalo, South Africa
- Flight: Brazil - South Africa
- Airport: Hoedspruit
- Distance: 4,527 miles
- Hotel: Tintswalo Safari Lodge
OK, so you’ve done beach-city-beach. Now for something completely different – an epic safari experience in South Africa. You’ll be staying at the Tintswalo Safari Lodges – an exclusive property within the 24,000 hectare Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, situated between Kruger National Park, Timbavati and Sabi Sands. The experienced guides and trackers will give you the best chance of seeing the big five as well as wild dog and cheetah. The lodges themselves are themed after 18th-century explorers. After a relaxing massage in the Bushwillow spa, it’s time for dinner in the boma under the Milky Way. Turns out heaven is a place on Earth.
For more info, see tintswalo.com/safari
Day 5: Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
- Flight: South Africa - Sri Lanka
- Airport: Koggala
- Distance: 3,920 miles
- Hotel: Cape Weligama
If you’re after the kind of luxury that requires you to do absolutely nothing more than lift an expertly prepared cocktail to your lips, well, you’ve come to the right place. Cape Weligama sits on a rocky outcrop near Mirissa, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, and the best way to enjoy the view is from the breathtaking crescent-shaped infinity Moon Pool. If you’re after something a little more private, book yourself into the Cape Pool Villa, which has its own 15m infinity pool, as well as a terrace and an upper-floor deck – the perfect place to enjoy the resort’s in-room dining. Sri Lankan cooking is having a bit of a moment, and Cape Weligama’s three restaurants are the place to taste it at its best, from the freshest seafood cooked to order at the Ocean Terrace, to seasonal, sustainable dishes prepared at Tableau. And if all that flying is taking its toll, enlist the help of Weligama’s spa therapists, who use products that leverage homegrown Sri Lankan spices, to melt away your aches and pains. Enjoy the sleep… you’ll need it.
For more info, resplendentceylon.com/capeweligama
Day 6: Hokkaido, Japan
- Flight: Sri Lanka - Hokkaido
- Airport: New Chitose
- Distance: 4,496 miles
- Hotel: Zaborin, Niseko
Why have one private hot tub when you can have two? At the sleekly luxurious Zaborin hotel, near Niseko on Hokkaido, Japan’s most northern isle, your villa has not one but two private onsens (one indoor and one outdoor), the traditional geothermal spas found throughout the country. The tubs look as if they’ve been carved straight out of volcanic rock – fitting given that you’ll be able to see the volcanic Mount Yotei from your patio. But long hot soaks aside, what you’re really here for is hitting the slopes, because Niseko has a rep for reliable waist-deep powder, as well as keeping its slopes open from 8.30am to 8.30pm – which you’ll need if you want to squeeze the most out of your time here. We suggest skiing, soaking and then supping on a 15-course menu prepared by Zaborin’s brilliant chefs.
For more information, see zaborin.com
Day 7: Puglia, Italy
- Flight: Hokkaido - Puglia
- Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła
- Distance: 5,668 miles
- Hotel: Borgo Egnazia
By this point we suspect you’ll be in need of some R&R, in which case Borgo Egnazia in southern Italy’s Puglia region should do very nicely indeed. Though its cobbled streets, dinky limestone houses and market plaza look like those of a centuries-old Italian village, the hotel was purpose built recently and has everything you’d want and expect from a modern luxury hotel, like a world-class spa, several excellent restaurants, and the kind of glorious swimming pools you won’t want to share with anyone else. Nor do you have to, because in addition to the hotel’s rooms, suites and casettas (townhouses) there are six private villas, each with their own pool to flop stylishly next to. If that sounds a bit too relaxed, head to the hotel’s stunning links golf course, flanked by the Adriatic and whipped by a challenging (and cooling) wind.
Day eight will see you return to London on the final flight. So get a good night’s sleep – or, even better, don’t bother going to sleep at all. By now, jetlag must be a fairly nebulous concept anyway.
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