One Approach to Keep away from Different Company? Book the Whole Resort
Larger hotels and resorts also come into play. Groups who can fill at least 70 suites can take over Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for $ 49,420 per night. With the new “Tower Takeover” (price on request) at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, groups can buy one of the hotel’s three towers (the smallest has 80 rooms). The new buyout package at InterContinental New York Times Square (starting at USD 100,000 per night) gives access to at least 200 rooms, the 4,000 square meter ballroom and more.
But for William and Alexandra Cobb, 27 and 25, the less the better.
The Philadelphia couple rented Sheldon Chalet, a five-bedroom luxury hotel in Denali National Park, Alaska, for their October wedding. No seating plans required: the guest list only included yourself.
“It had to be private,” said Cobb, a private equity firm advisor. “We wanted something that was just us.”
Accessible only by private helicopter, Sheldon Chalet switched to a buyout-only model in March. The starting rate is $ 35,000 for a minimum of three nights.
“They did everything for us,” said Ms. Cobb, an occupational therapist. “We ate crab cakes on a glacier after taking a fixed wing flight. We really wanted espresso martinis and they experimented with five different recipes. “
But when it was time to celebrate, the newlyweds found that they were indeed not all alone.
“They set up a disco ball for the night of our wedding,” said Ms. Cobb, adding, “The staff celebrated with us all night.”
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