Five Destinations You Can Only Reach by Private Jet
Besides comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge efficiency, flying private opens the gates to a multitude of hard-to-reach destinations.
Below is the crème de la crème of those destinations—not just difficult to reach, but quite literally impossible when flying directly on anything but a private jet or charter. Meaning, if you’re looking for a luxurious destination for your next vacation with XOJET, look no further.
Photo Credit: Used with permission/Four Seasons
Known for its white-sand beaches, azure tropical waters, and unspoiled island culture, Anguilla answers the call for an authentic Caribbean getaway. It’s a five-star enclave, rich in five-star accommodations the likes of Four Seasons, Cap Juluca, Auberge’s Malliouhana, and countless private villas available for rent. But it’s also free of over-commercialization, preferring a laidback blend of natural beauty (think hiking and snorkeling), charming local villages, and a stellar culinary scene—be it five-star, family-owned establishments or clapboard shacks serving local favorites like crayfish and lobster.
The island is serviced by Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, which, with its 5,000-foot-long runway, is too small to accommodate mainland commercial flights. Circumvent the ferry or commuter connection through St. Marteen or Puerto Rico by chartering a small- to medium-size private aircraft—be it a Challenger, Citation, or Gulfstream—and touching down just minutes from your beachfront resort.
It’s not just the world-class terrain and 300 inches of snowfall per year that makes Telluride one of North America’s finest ski destinations; it’s that you practically get it all to yourself.
Hidden in southwestern Colorado amongst the largest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks on the continent, Telluride’s nearest major airport, Montrose Regional, is 90 minutes away by car. Visitors who make the commute—or fly by private jet into Telluride Regional Airport, just six miles from the resort—are rewarded with no lift lines and 2,000 open acres of legendary skiing for every level and ability. What’s more, they’re never far from a beautiful view over the San Juan Mountains or the charming feel of downtown Telluride—home to quaint luxury boutiques, five-star dining, and elegant resorts like The Hotel Telluride or Hotel Madeline.
For a glamorous ski getaway with all the perks of a world-class ski resort and none of the wait time, you can’t do any better than this.
Spectacle Island, Maine
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Flying private is especially fitting en route to a private island, hence why Maine’s exclusive Spectacle Island slots into a list of much higher-profile destinations.
Perched off the coast of Bar Harbor in Frenchman’s Bay, this five-acre retreat is one of America’s favorite private island rentals and epitomizes the peaceful seclusion of New England’s rocky Atlantic coastline and surrounding Acadia Mountains. The island, with its lush growth and polished shores, is exclusively reserved for you—as is the rustic three-bedroom cabin, neighboring 6-person beachfront bunkhouse, and 16-foot sailboat. Hire a private chef and retreat to a coastal sanctuary wonderfully sheltered amidst the Maine wilderness.
To get there, XOJET will fly you directly to Bar Harbor Regional Airport, where two island hosts pick you up for a swift 30-minute car and boat journey out to the island. It’s a breeze compared to Bangor International Airport, which requires commercial travelers to make an hour-and-a-half drive just to reach Bar Harbor.
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Lanai may be blossoming into a luxurious modern-day travel destination, but Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island is virtually unfazed by the advances of time. Charming plantation villages still remind of its small-town roots, as do the untamed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and majestic mountains that make it a paradise for serenity and relaxation. All that’s new is a collection of five-star resorts scattered along the coastline—including the Four Seasons on Hulopoe Bay—where visitors can spend their days snorkeling, golfing, meditating, hiking, or simply discovering the spirit of authentic Hawaii.
Lanai’s only airport, Lanai Airport, does not support flights from the mainland, and ferries from nearby islands take a minimum of 45 minutes. So your only way of accessing Lanai directly is via private jet, descending straight onto its 5,000-foot runway from anywhere in the world.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Though St. Moritz is admittedly a continent away from others on this list, few destinations are more favorable to those traveling via private jet.
To reach what is arguably the world’s most luxurious ski destination, thousands justify the three-plus hours it takes to arrive via car or train from the nearest major airports in Geneva and Milan. We prefer the direct approach: landing at Samedan Airport in the Engadin Valley, Europe’s second highest landing strip just 5km from St. Moritz.
Once there, visitors have a wealth of luxury resorts to choose from, including Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Nira Alpina, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, and Suvretta House. Combined with world-renowned fine dining and shopping, dreamy alpine scenery, and some of the best skiing in the world, let alone Europe, St. Moritz delivers on the legendary ski experience you’d expect to find at the heart of the Swiss Alps.