Think of those as your affordable options. Going up in ascending order from there, Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf is running a Stargazing Tour, which sounds only so-so until you realize it’s a private evening at the Royal Observatory’s planetarium in Greenwich. You get dinner and a show at the planetarium (London’s only one) and then a private tour of the Royal Observatory galleries, founded in 1675. Then you get some telescope time, and then – wait for it – you get to name your own star. Price: A reasonable $16,145, considering that includes suite accommodation and you get your own star out of the deal.
Four Seasons Florence’s offering is a private dinner on the Ponte Vecchio – not the touristy bit with all the scarf shops, but above the melee on a fourth-floor terrace above a jewelry shop. The four-course meal is designed by Vito Mollica, the hotel’s executive chef, and includes gold as an ingredient. Price: $17,616, including a three night stay and champagne. You are eating gold, after all.
Over in Budapest, Four Seasons Gresham Palace is after a slightly different clientele with its experience: a private dinner at the Budapest Opera House. It’s not just any private dinner – the place will shut down for the previous three days in order to create your night, and your food will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Price: $101,854.95. Suites (because if you’re going to book this, you’ll want a suite): $4352.
And if you’re the type who goes to an opera house to see an opera, rather than have dinner, the Four Seasons Prague offering might be more up your street. Their experience is for up to six people, and includes two nights in the presidential suite, a private dinner on the hotel’s rooftop terrace and a vintage Rolls Royce shuttling you to the Estates Theatre, where Don Giovanni was first performed in 1787, for a private performance of the opera. Price: $101,940. Because Mozart.
If you’re thinking of booking (you aren’t?), most of the packages require advance reservations, so be sure to check out the Extraordinary Experiences website first. And remember: “the HotelChatter star” has a great ring to it.