Luxury Shopping via Private Jet
Christmas is here and, when it comes to shopping, nothing beats the electrifying high streets of the world’s top shopping destinations and their larger-than-life department stores. For the latest in all that’s trending, be it clothing, fragrances, jewellery, accessories or electronics, Air Charter Service has got you covered.
We’ve put together some hot tips to guide you on the ultimate international shopping spree. Adventurous shoppers, why not exchange your local department store for some serious retail therapy abroad?
Our private jet charters make it possible for all those devoted shoppers to hop from London to Paris to New York within 50 hours and indulge in the delights that dominate these shopping districts. Here are our shopping picks from the top capitals of the world this Christmas.
Our top pick for fashion in London is Liberty, a luxury department store located in the West End shopping district which has helped notable personalities such as Manolo Blahnik and Erin O'Connor put together the perfect outfits. On Liberty's third floor you'll find the Liberty Art Fabrics collection – a selection of fabrics that represent the season's biggest trends. The men's department is situated on the lower ground floor and here gents can browse the ranges of some top designers such as Valentino, Helmut Lang and Our Legacy. Ladies can head up to the first floor where they can indulge in the exclusive Victoria Beckham collection and the elegant designs of Roland Mouret.
Other prime shopping locations in London for lavish spenders include Selfridges on Oxford Street, Harrods on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, and Fenwick on Bond Street.
In the words of Etiquette and Protocol Expert William Hanson, “London is still home to top luxury and Britain remains the leading purveyor of fine quality craftsmanship. You can find deliciously fragrant hand soaps from Floris and moreish chocolates and truffles at Fortnum and Mason, both shops by appointment to the British royal family, and products that make for excellent hostess gifts. Relish the scent of elegance at Penhaligons, a perfume wonderland located in Drummond Street. They offer a range of classic and contemporary fragrances for both ladies and gents”.
Once you’ve surveyed, sampled and purchased some of the wares of the stores outlined above, it may be time to stop for a spot of brunch, lunch or dinner. The Food People recommend that you head straight to Fera in Claridge’s for Chef Simon Rogan’s 55 day dry-aged pork. Alternatively you can meander to Fortnum and Mason where you can not only wear gold but also eat it, in their edible gold Sparkly Spiced Rum Butter.
Get your shopping spree off to a flying start at London City Airport. Apart from being conveniently located near Central London, the airport's jet center is the quickest way to reach or depart from London via private jet. This means, after boarding your jet to Paris, you will be whisked away within 90-seconds on a luxurious 50 minute journey to Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
Flight distance from London: 205 miles (330 kilometres)
Flight time: Approximately 50 minutes.
Touching down at Le Bourget Airport, it’s time to hit the streets of Paris. Luckily, you don’t have to wait forever, as the city is a mere 14 kilometres away from the airport and by the time you land on French soil, Le Bourget will have its most luxurious car ready and waiting to whisk you off to the chic stores en Paris.
First stop is Paris's ‘Golden Triangle’ where the Azzedine Alaïa impresses with its 18th century styled exterior and classy décor. As a boutique that opened recently, the Azzedine Alaïa radiates freshness – both in its futuristic interior layout and couture designs that has drawn high profile celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Michelle Obama. For the fashion forward gentleman, the AMI Paris store on Boulevard Beaumarchais offers trendy ready-to-wear apparel by Parisian designer, Alexandre Mattiussi.
Fall in love with the glitz and glamour that Jaubalet Paris has in store. You can purchase a range of precious stones from them, including black diamonds, pink sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Let them customise your existing jewellery or make something more bespoke from scratch. Alternatively, if you're in a hurry, fit on some of their in-store jewellery, such as the Judith Full Lacquer Solitaire Ring and the exquisite Perseides Diamond Pendant.
As perfume is associated with passion, why not seek out the most delicate fragrances in the City of Love. Charm those around you with heavenly eau-de parfum and eau-de toilette brands straight from the best Parisian parfumeries. If you always keep a finger on the pulse of the latest perfume trends, you’ll know that next season it's all about gourmand undertones such as marshmallow, sherbet lemon and spearmint. We recommend the Jovoy Paris where you can indulge your senses with their alluring collection of aromas, which include the exclusive Jeroboam and Frank LA brands.
It would be almost sinful to leave Paris without trying a Parisian pain au chocolat and we recommend stopping over at La Patisserie Cyril Lignac to sample some of their decadent pastries before heading back to Le Bourget Airport.
Then and only then, will we recommend heading back to the private terminal at Le Bourget Airport for your flight to the Singapore Changi Airport. Thanks to Le Bourget’s extremely competent VIP customer service, you’ll board your jet quickly and efficiently, and embark on your flight to Singapore.
Flight distance from Paris: 6,672 miles (10,738 kilometres)
Flight time: Approximately 12 - 17 hours
It was a long journey from Paris, but luckily your private jet’s many on-board luxuries kept you occupied during the flight. As we land at the JetQuay CIP Terminal at the Singapore Changi Airport, their signature electric buggy escort will take you through the boarding gate to your limousine, provided by the elite Jetside service.
Shopping for jewellery in Singapore should take you to Lee Hwa Jewellery, where you'll find the most gorgeous modern pieces and exclusive brands inspired by the latest jewellery designs. Apart from housing mainstream designs, the Lee Hwa's offerings also comprise jewellery with unique Eastern motifs such as the Buddha Diamond necklace and the Japanese origami-inspired Happy Dove pendant. Spice up your personal style with lavish jewellery from the Chopard boutique, offering showstoppers crafted with timeless gems, emeralds and diamonds alike.
To satiate any hunger pangs whilst in Singapore head over to Restaurant Andre, shortlisted as number 5 on Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants list. Their beautifully-crafted edible art and a Taiwanese-French fusion should take you to albeit temporary, seventh heaven. For something a bit more authentic visit the Lau Pa Sat, Singapore’s best hawker centre and sample some of the local delicacies of satay and kaya toast, which you can have on the go.
Back at the JetQuay CIP Terminal, it’s time to freshen up at the terminal’s The Haven lounge. Whatever you need - be it a quick nap, shower or a drink or two with light refreshments - the Haven Lounge is the perfect place to prepare yourself for the journey to Hong Kong.
Flight distance from Singapore: 1,588 miles (2,556 kilometres)
Flight time: Approximately 4 hours
Our approach to Hong Kong International Airport treats us to stunning views of the island peaks and Victoria Harbor. While the airport is a major commercial airport, its proximity to the city centre makes it a good option for private flights in and out of Hong Kong.
Now that we’ve reached the Pearl of the Orient, as the city is known, it’s time to discover the tantalising aroma’s of China at the Parfumerie Trésor. Pick your favourite scent or try out an exotic fragrance from an exclusive range of brands such as Premiere Note, A Dozen Roses and Jardins D'Ecrivains. The store offers a personalised run-through to help customers seek out the best fragrance to suit their style.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong offers 3 Michelin starred Italian fare by Chef Umberto Bombana, haled “The King of White Truffles” – and his latest Black Truffle Menu certainly whets the appetite!
You can’t leave Hong Kong without checking out a few of their electronics stores, it’s been said that electronic products in Asia are a steal. Visit the Broadway at the iSquare for top of the range electronic products be it TV’s, smartphones, computers or kitchen appliances. At the Chung Yen you’ll discover the latest offerings of major brands including Sony, LG and Panasonic, alternatively you can also check out Fortress at Hong Kong International Airport for a bit of last minute electronics shopping before flying out to Tokyo.
Flight distance from Hong Kong: 1,805 miles (2,905 kilometres)
Flight time: Approximately 3-4 hours
Our trip to Tokyo takes us to Haneda Airport in the heart of the city - where a VIP private jet terminal welcomes us to the capital of Japan.
In Asia, Tokyo’s famous fish market, Tsukiji, will be re-opening in November 2016, with state-of-the-art refrigeration costing Y200 billion! Dine at Narisawa, Tokyo’s top restaurant, which delights the taste buds with natural and top-end Japanese ingredients.
While electronics was briefly mentioned in Hong Kong, Tokyo is another Tech paradise with some of the hottest mobile gadgets of 2015 and beyond. Drop in at the Apple store in the top-class Ginza shopping district and acquire the latest Apple smartwatch. But, for all things tech, check out the Akihabara area with a collection of stores including; Yodabasi Akiba, Radio Kaikan and Yamada-Denki Labi, selling everything from wearables to accessories for your smartphone, computer and camera. The Akihabara area is also known as cloud nine for tech junkies.
Flight distance from Tokyo: 6,753 miles (10,868 kilometres)
Flight time: Approximately 11 - 17 hours
Jetting over to NYC, unless you’ve pigged out on your private jet we recommend making the all-American chef, Thomas Keller’s 3 Michelin starred Per Se restaurant your first stop after your 17 hour flight from Tokyo to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. You’re going to need all the nourishment you can get to conquer the Big Apple.
As one of the fashion capitals of the world and home to the renowned New York Fashion Week, the Big Apple should be on top of any shopping spree plan. It is a retail paradise boasting world-renowned brands, and some of the most talented fashion designers and successful retail outlets in the world.
New York has a variety of stores that cater for the fashion-forward, no matter what their style. Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, especially, are recognised for their celebrated stores including Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Gucci and Donna Karan New York (DKNY).
Already home to headquarters of the renowned Tiffany & Co, New York has a wealth of luxury jewellery stores to put a sparkle in your eye. But, what should those who love being adorned in jewels add to their outfits for next year? For the ladies, wearing jewellery is about making a statement with dramatic designs. Think striking hoop earrings, pearl necklaces, cross pendants and heirloom-inspired pieces.
Treat yourself to the sophisticated range of diamond masterpieces at Graff Diamonds. Once you set eyes on their gems, you'll understand why the likes of Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey were dazzled by these top-of-the-line creations. From stunning collections to extraordinary pieces, Graff Diamonds has everything you need to feel like royalty.
New York boasts flagship stores such as Apple and Microsoft, but there are also lesser known gems to explore in the city. One such is AC Gears, a high-end electronics store where you'll find all sorts of fun and handy accessories for your car, home, business and leisure time. Our favourite techy apparel on their shelves would have to be the 3Doodler 2.0 3D Printing Pen, the Hygge 2203 Series Classic Watch and the Duluth Pack Executive Portfolio bag.
To conclude your trip in the Big Apple, treat yourself to a little sweet mercy from Eataly, a food centre offering some of the best Italian ice cream in North America.
Finally, it’s time to board your flight back to London. There are 3,475 miles (5, 592 kilometres) ahead of us, but with your private jet it will only take about 9 hours before you will be able to show off and enjoy your brand new treats at home.
Whether you’re looking to buy the perfect Christmas gifts or simply indulge in some high-end retail therapy, make a trip out of your shopping spree by visiting the world’s premier shopping destinations. Not only will you avoid the limitations of local or online shopping, but you’ll be able to combine a shopping spree with some sightseeing. Book your private jet charter and let ACS whisk you off on an extraordinary shopping experience.