You can visit the Dominican Republic and return home with boxes full of your favorite cigars. If you are not averse to the risk, you can travel to Cuba and try to do the same thing. However, no cigar quest will yield a bounty comparable to this gift from the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, the Bahamas. This seven-day vacation for two includes an unparalleled souvenir: your own private-label cigar. You will create the cigar after taking daily lessons from Graycliff’s cigar master, Avelino Lara, who will school you on the intricacies of the tobacco plant.
Extracurricular activities will include workouts under the supervision of a certified personal trainer, golf at one of Nassau’s four courses, and daily in-room massages and other spa treatments. The services of a butler, a concierge, and a chauffeur will also be available. Other vacation highlights will include a fishing expedition aboard a yacht, a swim with the dolphins at a Nassau encounter pool, a seaplane excursion to a secluded Bahama cay, and more. You will also savor the “Dinner of a Lifetime,” a spectacular seven-course meal designed with your tastes in mind and paired with wines selected from the 175,000 bottles stored in the resort’s cellar, Graycliff cigars, and rare pre-Castro Cuban cigars. The digestifs will deliver the perfect coda to the feast. Among the selection of cognacs will be an Otto Bismarck German Chancellor Port from 1874, one of only six remaining bottles in the world.
You will go home with an Avelino Lara commemorative humidor filled with 24 Graycliff Emerald cigars, which make use of candela wrappers, Ecuadoran-grown tobacco leaves with a greenish appearance and a mild, sweet taste. You will also receive 26 additional green-wrapped cigars and 50 of Graycliff’s new Crystal blend. These will tide you over during the eight weeks required to ready the fruits of your labors: 1,000 of your own private-label cigars, blended to your liking, rolled in the size you chose from the 10 Graycliff makes available, and finished with a custom-designed band. Share them freely with your friends, knowing that Graycliff has the formula on file should you need to order more.
Price: Starting at $448,750.
Contact: Graycliff Cigar Co., 242.322.2796, www.graycliff.com
This gift is limited to three readers. The price includes the cost of transportation aboard a private jet from within the continental United States. The cigars will be delivered eight weeks after you choose the label design.
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