Free time is a luxury of which we all could use a little more, thus forging a market for lifestyle and travel concierges who do it all, from finding a dog-sitter to arranging a heli-tour of France’s Champagne region. The following companies take one-stop shopping to privileged extremes.
WHO THEY ARE: Launched in fall 2012 by retired NFL players Ellis Hobbs and Michael Dean, Privé Society manages clients’ needs from legal and investment advice to planning travel and scoring restaurant reservations.
CLIENTS: Professional athletes, high-net-worth individuals, and corporations
RECENT ITINERARIES: Clients attending the Super Bowl got on-field passes, access to meet-and-greets, and prime game tickets. Art Basel attendees had private viewings accompanied by art brokers. Oscar-goers received invitations to the Governors Ball and Madonna’s after-party.
TERMS: Annual fees from $20,000 per year, privesociety.com
WHO THEY ARE: A private club with more than 60 offices globally, Quintessentially offers comprehensive assistance from shopping for vintage wines to advising on a child’s education.
CLIENTS: High-net-worth individuals who are well traveled but time-poor
RECENT ITINERARIES: The firm arranged a dinner on a New Zealand iceberg, closed a pyramid in Egypt for a private party, and realized a couple’s wish to climb the Sydney Opera House to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks.
TERMS: Annual fees from $2,255 to $36,000 over four service levels, quintessentially.com
PURE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
WHO THEY ARE: Pure Entertainment Group offers members competitively priced travel, event planning, and luxury lifestyle concierge services.
CLIENTS: High-net-worth individuals and corporate clients
RECENT ITINERARIES: A client attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, requested — and received — luxury accommodations, dinners with celebrities, and rare movie premiere tickets over six days. Another got VIP access to the Dubai World Cup horserace and a 10-day desert-to-coast tour of the Middle East.
TERMS: Annual fees from $12,000 for individuals and $75,000 for corporations, purentonline.com
The new UK-based LTI — LUXURY TRAVEL INTELLIGENCE — offers yet another resource for travelers, a members-only website offering access to 20 critical reports annually filed by a team of travel experts that review high-end hotels, spas, and restaurants in destinations around the world. Take their picks to your travel agent, or DIY your next escape. Annual membership $400, ltimembers.com