February 02, 2011

Booked Accommodations for the Super Bowl—Now What?

While the teams have just arrived in Arlington, Texas for the big showdown, Texas style, football fans are scrambling to join in the excitement surrounding the Super Bowl XLV festivities.  Both teams are confident and proclaim that they will be the winner when the final whistle is blown on this Super Showdown. All that remains is for the fans to crowd the stadium for this classic playoff.  Many fans have already booked their accommodations and have already started flocking the area in anticipation of the big event.  For those who have waited to book, there are still Arlington hotel rooms available for those who have not yet secured their reservations. Five hundred new listings for accommodations have just been released in the Dallas area for The Super Bowl.  While it might be fun to watch this event on your large screen TV, there is nothing like living the excitement of a championship game and a matchup like this one.

So now that you have booked your accommodations and have arrived, what do you do before the Big Game?  The wife wants to check out an Arlington spa and the local shopping and you want to play a few rounds of golf or tennis.  Fortunately, the area has much to offer for football fans in terms of entertainment, restaurants, and fabulous shopping.  Best of all, you will enjoy the Texas enthusiasm that is so contagious and the Texas manner of making you feel welcome.  Their sincere desire to make your stay the best Super Bowl experience will warm your heart to Texans forever.

If you are not familiar with the local area and need some help deciding what to do while you are in the area, you might check out an internet directory listing local businesses and that provide information on most of the cities in the major markets.  Such a directory can help you find a bed and breakfast, a luxury hotel, or a resort hotel with golfing packages or other package deals.  A city guide helps users locate nearby shopping, boutiques, bakeries, art galleries, as well as restaurants.  The better sites are easy to navigate, do not have the bothersome pop-ups, and are user friendly for both English and non-English speaking travelers.  If you have not used one before, you will be in for a pleasant surprise.  You may have found a new friend in this excellent resource.

Posted by Jo Wilson on February 2, 2011 at 01:21 PM in Sports | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 16, 2010

Top 5 Golf Trips by Private Charter

As any seasoned golf player could tell you, the only way to test your true ability as a golfer is to constantly challenge yourself.  And what better way to test your strengthens and weaknesses on the green than by traveling to some of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the country?  Luxury golf resort getaways are the best way to challenge your skills on award-winning golf courses while simultaneously enjoying the best that four-star hotels and spas have to offer. 


During your next search for your perfect golf vacation destination, keep in mind that not every luxury golf resort is the same. Some golf resorts offer challenging wind-swept courses while others feature elevated greens surrounded by mountainous terrain.  Also keep in mind that no matter which luxury golf resort you choose, the safest and most convenient way to travel to your destination is by private jet charter. 


Private jet charters to luxury golf destinations afford you the ability to travel directly to and from your golf resort destination without the inconvenience of traveling through large, metropolitan airports.  In the past, Stratos Jet Charters has provided air charter service to and from luxury golf resorts for a number of our golf player clients.  We have access to several aircraft that have a large cargo capacity that can safely transport you and your golf clubs to your resort destination on the safest and most luxurious aircraft in the industry.  To make your search even easier, we have provided you with a list of the top five golf resort destinations our clients have frequently named as their favorite.  We have also provided a brief description of each resort and recommended convenient airports and relevant aircraft for your next charter flight to any one of these destinations.  Enjoy!


#5 The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa; Carefree, Arizona


Situated in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, amongst various cacti and stunning rock formations, lies The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa. Figuring out what makes this luxury golf resort such a favorite amongst our clients was not much of a challenge, although the same can’t be said about their golf courses.  The Boulders Resort, located in the small town of Carefree, Arizona, offers seasoned and professional golf players a thrilling and challenging game with spectacular views in a warm, desert climate almost every day of the year.  But it’s not just the pleasant weather or two award-winning golf courses that make this resort so popular—it’s also the spa.  The Golden Door Spa, a 33,000-square-foot facility, offers a number of massages, therapeutic baths, and refreshing treatments, all with a unique desert flair.


Jet Charter Flights to The Boulders Resort are accessible through the Phoenix Deer Valley airport (KDVT) and Scottsdale Airport (KSDL)


Recommended Private Aircraft: King Air 350


#4 Pinehurst Resort; Pinehurst, North Carolina


When it comes to combining prestige and luxury with some of the finest golf courses in America, no golf resort does it better than the Pinehurst Resort.  Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the Pinehurst Resort was built in 1895 by soda fountain tycoon, James Tufts, and is now a historical landmark as well as a luxury golf resort.  Not only does this charming southern resort offer eight world-renowned golf courses, including the famous Championship Pinehurst No. 2, it also features three luxury hotels, a spa and an impressive array of sports and leisure facilities.  After a long day on the green, golfers can sip a cold class of iced-tea (called sweet tea in the South) at the 107-year-old Carolina Hotel or they can treat themselves to a relaxing “golfer’s massage” at the spa which specifically targets all the muscles used during golf. 


Air charter flights to the Pinehurst Resort are served by the Moore County Airport Information (KSOP)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Cessna Caravan


#3 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon, Oregon  

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Breathtaking views, wind-swept terrain, four challenging courses—it’s no wonder Bandon Dunes is third place on our clients’ list when it comes to luxury golf resort destinations.  Perched on top of a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes combines spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline with all natural links-style courses for a truly natural golf experience.  The four walking-only courses—Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and the new Old McDonald—are all susceptible to wind changes, offering a unique and challenging experience every time the course is played.  As for accommodations, the Bandon Dunes resort offers simple and comfortable lodging, from single rooms in The Lodge and Inn to large four-bedroom Grove Cottages.


Charter flights to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are serviced by the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (KOTH)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Challenger 604


#2 The Greenbier; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia


If your idea of the perfect golf resort destination involves rolling terrain, well-bunkered greens and panoramic views of the Allegheny Mountains, then look no further than The Greenbrier resort.  This luxury resort, nestled in the quiet countryside of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is home to three award-winning, 18-hole golf courses—The Meadows, The Old White and The Greenbrier—and is Stratos Jets clients’ second favorite luxury golf destination.  While the Greenbrier resort is well-known for its expertly-defined golf courses and magnificent scenery, the main attraction lies in the resort’s unique history.  Built in 1858, The Greenbrier plays an important role in both golf and American history, having hosted the likes of Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson.  In addition, the resort was home to a secret underground bunker during the Cold War era that was designed to protect the nation’s Congress in the event of a crisis. The bunker, hotel and White Sulphur Springs (located inside the hotel) are open to visitors year-round.


One-way and round-trip air charter flights to The Greenbrier are served by Greenbrier Valley Airport (KLWB)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Phenom 100


#1 The American Club; Sheboygan, Wisconsin


Really, is there any other course in America that can really truly rival the American Club’s spectacular wild beauty and signature links-style courses? Our clients’ answer? No.  It doesn’t come as a surprise to us that the host of this year’s PGA Championship, The American Club in Sheboygan Wisconsin, is also our clients’ favorite golf resort destination.  It’s really more of a surprise that the resort doesn’t have its own jetport.  Set against the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, this world-famous resort is home to four Pete Dye-designed courses—two each at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run—and an award-winning Kohler Waters luxury spa and resort.  All of the walking-only courses at the American Club were designed to mimic the ancient seaside links of the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide a truly natural and unique golf experience that will never be forgotten. 


Private jet rentals to Whistling Straits are accessible through the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12

Posted by Jo Wilson on September 16, 2010 at 08:12 PM in Activities & Events, Recreation, Sports, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack