21 Ultimate Gifts: For All Seasons

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    The problem with vacation homes is that they are often best enjoyed during a specific season of the year, and you must endure the drudgery of setting them up at the dawn of the season and shutting them down at the end. In an ideal world, you would have a vacation home for each season, and you would not be burdened with opening and closing them. Fittingly enough, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts stands ready to make this ideal a reality. Its Four Seasons for All Seasons gift includes a home at each of its four new resorts: Four Seasons Hotel Miami for winter, Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma in the Bahamas for fall, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica for spring, and Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole for summer (or winter, of course, for skiers).

    In addition, the company has designed an 18-day preview vacation that enables you to sample your new homes in high style. A Gulfstream V will fly you and a guest from one property to another, and a butler will accompany you throughout the trip.

    The vacation will begin with four nights in Miami at your new 1,800-square-foot tower residence over-looking the city skyline and Biscayne Bay. Here, you can acquaint yourself with the amenities of Four Seasons residential living, which include a concierge staff, limousine service, a personal shopper, an owners-only pool and lounge, and a preferred membership at the hotel’s health facility. Rather than in the limo, you might want to get around town in the Ferrari 355 Spider that will be made available to you during your stay. In addition, architectural historian Paul George will lead you on a tour of Miami’s celebrated Art Deco district.

    Next, you will fly to the Bahamas for five nights at your autumn residence, located on a secluded island surrounded by turquoise waters and ringed with beaches. The 1,690-square-foot beachfront villa offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a plunge pool, and spectacular views of Emerald Bay. Delightful as the villa is, no one expects you to stay inside for the entire time; golfing and bonefishing are also on the itinerary, and an expert diver can lead you on snorkeling or diving excursions in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, the world’s first marine reserve.

    Five nights in Costa Rica at your spring residence will follow. The 2,760-square-foot home sits atop steel support columns, giving the illusion of living in the trees. It features a plunge pool, outdoor showers, and a large living room with beachfront-facing balconies, where you can entertain, take meals, and even sleep beneath the stars. Expert biologists and natural historians will show you what has made this Central American country a favorite ecotourism destination. You can stand on the rim of a volcanic crater in Volcan Poas National Park; visit the habitats of pumas, jaguars, white-faced monkeys, sloths, and armadillos; view the landscape of the Guanacaste region in a helicopter tour; and end the day with a spa treatment or a round of golf at the resort.
     

    Four nights in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will complete the tour. Your fourth home is the Moran Residence, a 1,684-square-foot penthouse suite named for Thomas Moran, a landscape artist who often depicted settings in Jackson Hole. The suite includes an oversize master bedroom with its own sitting room and fireplace, four decks, an outdoor hot tub, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park. During this visit, which will highlight the winter offerings of Jackson Hole, you will have a private ski instructor, Tommy Moe, winner of a 1994 Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing.

    Price: $5,479,000.

    Contact: Four Seasons Corporate Office, 416.441.4301, nicola.blazier@fourseasons.com.

    The price does not include transportation to Miami. All homes are furnished.

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