Start with 13 cars and nearly 8,000 horsepower, then add the open roads of Napa Valley and more than 200 devotees of driving, and you have the winning recipe for the Robb Report Car of the Year event.
Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year experience puts VIP attendees in the driver’s seat during the ultimate event that celebrates luxury, performance, design, and engineering. During this spirited competition, up to 13 of the world’s greatest automotive marques present their flagship offerings for the coming model year. This private event is reserved exclusively for RR1 members only, but the winning bidder of this auction lot will get to enjoy a coveted spot at this unforgettable multi-day experience.
At the event the vote is in your hands as you pursue the ultimate test-drives on the winding roads of California’s breathtaking wine country. The results (and drivers’ comments) are then published in Robb Report’s annual “Car of the Year” issue. Beyond the driving experiences, Car of the Year includes extraordinary dinners, exclusive wine tastings, a gorgeous setting, and fun experiences with the world’s superlative brands.
The winner of this auction item is offered a judgeship at the event and the opportunity to bring a non-driving guest. This two-night experience includes beautiful accommodations at Meadowood Napa Valley, including sumptuous wine-paired dinners and activities for non-driving guests.
This exclusive Robb Report Car of the Year experience is made available to you by Lugano Diamonds.
Further information and restrictions: The winner will choose from three November 2018 event dates: November 1-3, 5-7, or 7-9.
Welcome to one of the world’s most magical destinations! Southwest of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean, is a place awash in shades of teal and indigo with a sunlit sky. These are the Maldives: a land of blue lagoons and soft white sands, where coral islands form ring-like atolls. It is here on the secluded coastline of the Maldives that you and your companion will spend five nights in a beach villa at the award-winning One&Only Reethi Rah. An exclusive oasis of serenity and beauty that inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul, this superb resort offers an unrivalled level of style and a truly unique experiences.
As you travel to or from the Maldives, you will visit Dubai—the city of gold—where the ancient welcomes of the desert mingle with the cosmopolitan charms of the coast. You will spend three nights at the One&Only Royal Mirage: a wonderful place of intricate arches, domes, and towers, interspersed by courtyards, palm-shaded pools, and cooling fountains. One&Only’s Royal Mirage serves as your refuge from a day in the bustling city of Dubai.
Further information and restrictions: Reservations based upon availability, expires July 2019. Three nights in Dubai, five nights in Maldives.
This is the Southeast Asia luxury trip of a lifetime! You and your companion will experience 10 nights in some of world’s most luxurious hotels as you visit vibrant cities and world-heritage sites, even cruising up the Mekong River through some of Asia’s most captivating landscapes.
Your trip begins with two nights at Amanoi, an AMAN property in the Ninh Thuan Province of Vietnam. While a pretty fishing village lies just around the headland, Amanoi's private beach looks out to quiet and sheltered waters—a natural mirror to the stunning architecture that imbues the hotel with a sense of peace at every turn. Fusing contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles, Amanoi's luxury pavilions are perched along a coastal ridge with views of the sea, or tucked into a valley overlooking the nearby national park.
Next, travel to Saigon for a two-night stay at The Reverie—the most spectacularly extravagant hotel in Vietnam and the only Leading Hotels of the World property in all of Vietnam. Taking pride of place on the topmost floors of a landmark building in Saigon’s prestigious District 1, the much-lauded Reverie presents world-class hospitality with its impeccable service.
From Saigon, board the luxurious Aqua Expeditions ship for a four-night river journey along the Mekong River. The 205-foot Aqua Expeditions is a floating five-star hotel featuring 20 designer suites overlooking the Mekong through floor-to-ceiling windows. Watch the sun rise from your suite deck before setting out on smaller boats for day trips to serene Buddhist temples and stilted villages. You might also choose to explore the unique landscapes by bicycle or kayak. Return to the ship for cocktails by the pool before enjoying dinner by a top Southeast Asian chef.
Your cruise on the Mekong leads you to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, from which you will travel to Amansara, AMAN’s tranquil garden paradise property in the cultural hub of Siem Reap. Amansara lies at the threshold of Angkor complex: the vast, UNESCO-protected ruins of the once-mighty Khmer empire. Using Amansara’s fleet of custom-fitted remorks, explore Tonle Sap lake and any of the thousands of temples on the site including Angkor Wat. Private dining is available at the resort’s rustic Khmer house at Angkor, where meals are prepared over charcoal to the sights and sounds of village life.
Further information and restrictions: All hotel reservations based upon availability of Lake Pavilion room; Grand Room; Double Suite; and Courtyard Suite, respectively.
Twelve of you will delight in a private dinner in the intimacy of your own home with Chef Matt Zubrod and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy of The Little Nell at the helm. Zubrod and McCoy will curate a dining experience for you and your guests, paired with the most outstanding of wines.
Chef Zubrod serves as Executive Chef at Aspen’s only 5-star rated restaurant, Element 47, and with together with McCoy as Wine Director, the duo has brought The Little Nell such accolades as a Michelin’s 5-star rating and recognition as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants from Wine Enthusiast.
Zubrod’s style of New American Cuisine encompasses a variety of flavors informed by alpine and coastal influences from his time working in the Rocky Mountains and by the Pacific Ocean. He promotes farm-to-table cuisine and will cultivate a menu suited to your taste with herbs, fruits, and vegetables from his The Little Nell Gardens at Emma Farms. Harrington Smith will provide the final touch to your table with a glamourous centerpiece.
Further information and restrictions: You will work with Chef Zubrod to schedule an available date outside of the peak Christmas and Aspen Food & Wine weeks.
Prepare yourself for the ultimate trip to France! Your own hand-selected group of four will travel to Provence for a private cycling trip with Butterfield & Robinson.
In some ways, Provence requires no introduction. One readily imagines its bucolic landscapes painted purple with lavender and of gnarled olive trees, majestic cypresses, plus the magical light made famous by Van Gogh. Still, such images only scratch the surface in terms of the region’s beauty, history, culture, and cuisine.
Bicycle past olive groves and hilltop villages with your own private guide who brings an intimate knowledge of the region and points out intriguing historical sites along the way. Your guide will ensure that you arrive at your destination in time to catch the evening light falling over such sites as a gothic hilltop castle, canals, and fruit orchards. Take a break from cycling to paddle down the Sorgue River and delight in antique shopping in charming villages.
Butterfield & Robinson provides your group with access to some of the finest hotels in the region. Stay in a lovingly restored traditional 18th century Provencal hamlet and a 16th century bastide that captures the pure romance of southern France.
Private tours are designed to be enjoyed off-the-rack, but there is room for minor adjustments to fit the trip to your needs. Day-by-day activities can be customized based on your group’s particular abilities and interests.
Further information and restrictions: Butterfield & Robinson’s Provence Active Journey can be exchanged for an alternate B&R trip of equal value. Expires December 31, 2019.
When Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to The Joyce Theater in March, you’re coming with us! Two dance lovers will spend three nights The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, on Fifth Avenue. For over 85 years, The Pierre has set the standard for timeless elegance and unrivaled hospitality in New York City. The hotel’s restaurant, Perrine On Central Park, embraces a rich history of celebrated cuisine with inspired, elegant fare.
You’re in the Big Apple to see Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, where you can experience the performance from two VIP seats at The Joyce Theater. Congratulate the dancers personally with backstage access, then learn more when you join the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet directors for a pre- or post-show dinner!
Further information and restrictions: ASFB performance dates: March 20-24, 2019. Blackout dates: Sept. 15-28, Dec. 1-14 and Dec. 31, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019; month of May 2019; City View Room at The Pierre. Expires July 27, 2019.