This holiday season, aviation fanatics can tour the Caribbean like never before, island hopping in a private Gulfstream G650 jet and experiencing some of the world’s most thrilling airport landings. Overseen by PrivateFly, a private jet charter booking service based in the United Kingdom, highlights of the PrivateFly holiday itinerary include landing on the world’s shortest commercial runway (a 1,312-foot stretch located atop craggy ocean bluffs on the 5-mile-long island of Saba); experiencing the flying roundabout in St. Barts (where aircraft must make a steep descent over a public road before touching down); and touring St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with the airports’ specially trained pilots to learn about the challenges of flying these unique routes.
Between trips aboard the G650, the party will experience the best each island has to offer, with customized itineraries that can feature a seven-night stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Hotel in St. Maarten, meals at local restaurants, and private chauffeur-driven ground transportation. For an additional fee, guests can request island tours, an additional stop on Anguilla, and flying lessons for those with pilot’s licenses. The trip is priced from around $30,000 per person from Miami to St. Maarten, with departures also available from London and New York. (privatefly.com)