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The best summer holidays by private jet


What’s not to love about summer? The sun’s up, school’s out and it’s time for a vacation. But don’t spoil your summer holiday waiting in line at airports and squeezing into an airline seat. When you rent a plane, your vacation starts immediately. Let’s look at some of the best vacation spots in the world and how much it costs to charter a jet to get there.

Family summer vacation ideas

View from behind family of three facing the ocean wearing striped shirts
View from behind family of three facing the ocean wearing striped shirts

Today’s family travel market has something for everyone, whether you’re after a bit of adventure, would like to add educational value to your summer holiday, or if you want to head straight for the beach. If you’re out of family vacation ideas, try a meets-all-needs resort.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, is set in 2,000 acres of woodlands in the Laurel Highlands and has everything mom, dad, and the kids could possibly want on summer vacation. With two championship golf courses, a casino, luxury spas, and several dining options, you’ll never be short of ways to while away the days.

Activities include paintball, off-road driving, and zip lines. If you need to recharge your batteries there’s a Holistic Healing Center and summer nature yoga walks. When the sun goes down, the bonfires are lit and guests are treated to spectacular night-time light shows and pool parties.

When you rent a jet for your summer holiday, you can land at smaller airports not easily accessed by commercial airliners. Morgantown Municipal Airport is located just 22 miles from the center of Nemacolin, which means you get to spend more time in your holiday resort.

If you’d like to take the family to one of the best beach destinations in the world for your summer holiday, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia offers mountains, rainforest and sandy white beaches. The Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa’s complimentary CocoLand Kidz Klub keeps the little ones occupied with their very own splash pool, playground, and a climbing wall, and caregivers will take your kids on nature walks and teach them Creole. There are also plenty of activities for the family to enjoy together.

Coconut Bay guests can fly to Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort by private jet charter. The airport is just five minutes from the resort.

Summer holiday with friends

Group of friends running and laughing on a beach
Group of friends running and laughing on a beach

The warmer months are a perfect time for girlfriends or lads getaway. So gather up some of your college roommates, family members or best friends, and head for paradise.

Florida’s Amelia Island is an oasis of uncrowded beaches, world-class spas, fine wines, and sustainably-sourced gourmet cuisine. If you’re planning to go on holiday in November, The Amelia Island Wellness Festival offers an all-inclusive spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton.

To get to Amelia Island, fly to Jacksonville International Airport then take a 30-minute drive to the island. Keep in mind that traveling with friends or in a group significantly lowers your private charter flight cost.

Private jet hire can be costly, but there is another option for traveling in luxury at a fraction of the price: empty leg flights. Empty leg flights lower the cost of flight on a private jet. When Air Charter Service has a one-way private jet charter, the aircraft is often empty when returning to its base, or traveling to its next destination. Empty leg flights offer savings of up to 75%. They’re ideal for a weekend away with friends because the discounted private jet cost is divided by the number of passengers onboard.

So how much is a charter flight on an empty leg special? You’ll pay between $1,300 and $3,000 per flying hour on average for this low-cost private jet service onboard a turboprop or executive light jet.

For a summer holiday with friends at one of the best vacation spots in the world, head to Koh Samui in Thailand. It’s non-stop fun from sunrise to sunset with snorkeling, scuba diving, spa therapy, and the island’s legendary night-time beach parties and night markets. Pop over to the southernmost tip of nearby Koh Phangan for the monthly Full Moon Party when a dozen powerful sound systems transform the mile-long beach into one of the most popular open-air nightclubs in the world.

Book a private jet to Koh Samui Airport – a privately owned airport about one mile north of Chaweng, the largest resort centre on the island.

Where to go on vacation if you’re a foodie

Daylight view of Lake Saimaa in Finland
Daylight view of Lake Saimaa in Finland

One of the hottest European summer destinations for foodies is a few clicks north of continental Europe. If you’ve eaten your way through most of Europe, take a private jet charter to Scandinavia.

Sweden’s Treehotel offers foodies a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. With long summer days of light that last well into the night, this award-winning hotel gives guests a panoramic view of the river valley and treetop canopy from their Mirrorcube and UFO suites built into the trees of a pine forest. The summer menu at the Treehotel is inspired by its surroundings and their chef’s passion for creating unique dishes from the best local produce Sweden has to offer.

Hotelli Punkaharju in Finland is another culinary treasure and is perfect for a summer holiday stay. Set in a 19th-Century former forester’s house, the hotel has been bought and renovated by Finnish entrepreneur and former supermodel, Saimi Hoyer. With the vast Lake Saimaa and Punkaharju ridge on its doorstep, the kitchen makes full use of this natural larder to create locally-inspired dishes, from mushroom feasts to Karelian pasties.

Vacation ideas for adventurers

 Daylight view of Lake Saimaa in Finland
Daylight view of Lake Saimaa in Finland

If you’re an adventurer who’s always asking, “where should I go on vacation this summer?’’ then head for Costa Rica. Give yourself at least two weeks to explore this area that’s seemingly made for adventurers. The country is labelled the most biodiverse on earth thanks to its variety of wildlife, canals, rainforest, and ocean reefs. To the summer holiday adventurer this means scouring the ground for poison-arrow frogs, zip-lining through the treetops, river-rafting and – after a day of thrill seeking – soaking in the natural hot springs on the slopes of its volcanoes.

If you’re after urban adventure, Las Vegas in Nevada may surprise you. Here you can jump from the Stratosphere Tower at 829 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, experience land sailing at one of the biggest open spaces on the planet – Ivanpah Dry Lake – or race fast cars at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There’s no shortage of adrenaline-fueled adventure in the City of Lights.

When flying by private jet charter to Las Vegas, you have the choice of four airports: McCarran International Airport, Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, and Boulder City Municipal Airport. What does it cost to charter a plane to Vegas? The jet lease cost is dependent on where you’re flying from and the model of plane you choose. For example, the charter plane cost for a Cessna Citation CJ from New York to Las Vegas will cost about $35,000 one way.

Romantic vacation ideas

Young couple stand smiling on a sunny day in front of a small private plane
Young couple stand smiling on a sunny day in front of a small private plane

Amangiri is one of the most romantic summer holiday destinations in the world. Located in Canyon Point, close to where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet, this luxury resort on 600 acres has a 25,000 square-foot spa with impressive water features, and a Floatation Pavilion for color therapy-enhanced flotation treatments. Each suite has an outdoor lounge and fireplace with romantic desert views, and some have a private pool or roof terrace.

Suitable for landing your private jet, Page Municipal Airport in Arizona is a 25-minute drive from the resort. Car transfers are available from Phoenix, Flagstaff and Las Vegas but will add to your travel time.

Remote destinations by private jet charter

Green and white small private jet on runway on a sunny day with mountains
Green and white small private jet on runway on a sunny day with mountains

One of the most exciting places to go in the summer is Southern Africa. Moremi Game Reserve is a luxury camp set on the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi. Rated one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure, each pavilion is luxuriously furnished and features a tranquil outside seating area and terrace plunge pool. There is a licensed private airstrip about a mile from the camp and the transfer takes about 40 minutes. When you fly by private jet charter, your dedicated account manager can take care of most aspects of your summer holiday, including airport transfers as part of your private flight cost.

Zambia’s Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a bend of the mighty Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, 7.5 miles from the world-famous Victoria Falls. You can stay in one of 12 Sussi tree-houses nestled in giant ebony trees, or a Chuma house which has two bedrooms, dining areas and decks with plunge pools. The camp is best reached by a charter flight into Livingstone. Once your private jet rental has landed, the lodge is 25 minutes by road from Livingstone Airport.

For a summer holiday safari experience you’ll never forget, travel to Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. No more than 16 guests stay at the lodge at a time, which means personal attention and absolute exclusivity. To make the most of the beauty of the African sky, suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks, and spacious bathrooms that can be opened onto the landscape. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, and a health and beauty treatment center – definitely one of the best vacation spots in the world to indulge in some summer holiday pampering.

It takes just an hour by road from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve. Or you could cut your travel time in half by flying to Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip on a private jet charter.

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