If that hard-earned bonus is burning a hole in your pocket or purse, you’ve come to the right place. Our motto for 2022? Dream big. We think these five extraordinary purchases may be money well spent.
We are partial to travel, of course, but our favorite way to reward (and counter balance) long hours at the desk is via experiences. The Club’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys are curated itineraries designed to help you see the world like few others have witnessed prior. A favorite indulgence? Around the World by Private Jet. Members will experience a dazzling array of natural wonders from the thundering cascades of Iguaçú Falls and the jungles of Borneo to the wildlife-rich savannas of the northern Serengeti and cosmopolitan Melbourne. Get to know vibrant cultures in Fiji and Thailand, encounter ancient mysteries amid the stone statues of Easter Island and the Pyramids of Giza, and so much more during this one-of-a-kind, 25-day journey.
THE PERSON WHO HAS IT ALL
We’re all reading about Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson’s space odysseys, but another important player to track is Space Perspective. Started by Co-CEOs Taber MacCallum and Jane Poynter, this company’s prescient vision became mainstream in 2014, when the StratEx team launched Alan Eustace to 136,000 feet, breaking the Red Bull Stratos record for the highest spacedive and highest human flight under a SpaceBalloon. Now, Space Perspective is launching Spaceship Neptune—and you can reserve an entire capsule and fly to space with people most important to you. A wedding or milestone moment above earth’s atmosphere? Now that’s reason to blow your year-end stash.
THE JET SETTER
If a lover of art and altitude, Snow Beach ASPENX Gray Malin will be one of the most unique ways to experience Aspen’s peaks with a playful twist, immersing yourself in a Gray Malin photograph. Executed by The Little Nell, the experience offers a new take on après-ski during Aspen Snowmass’ 75th anniversary ski season. Think beach-themed décor in an alpine environment, with bottle service and multi-course food menus. Pairing views of the Elk Mountains (including the famous Highland Bowl) with live DJ performances and food and beverage service, Snow Beach features champagne or rosé served with caviar selections, sliced Jamón Ibérico, individual black truffle pizza slices, house-made kettle corn, and more. Reservation options include single lounge chairs and cabanas for two or six; packages and prices range from $300 to $4,800, depending on bottle selection and group size. The pop-up experience is available for a limited six-weekend run, from February 18 to March 27, 2022.
THE CEO ON THE GO
Patience will be key with this future purchase, but waiting for the release of the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS Sedan will be well worth it. Marrying advanced technology with sustainability, Mercedes’ electric portfolio will be seriously up-leveled with this new, sleek ride. This all-electric sedan prioritizes performance, delivering on the brand’s promise to trailblaze an unforgettable driving experience. The powertrain runs on silent electricity, and synchronous motors are situated at both the front and rear axles and have a variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. The result? Surprising power in all driving conditions. Mercedes-EQ owners will enjoy access to the largest integrated network of charging stations across the U.S., powered by Mercedes me Charge. During the first two years of ownership, drivers also receive complimentary 30-minute charging sessions with Electrify America’s DC Fast-Charging stations.
With climate change impacting travel, destinations, and our communities, one of the most rewarding ways to blow your bonus is by giving back. After the devastating fires in Boulder destroyed nearly 1000 homes, consider supporting the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.
Alternatively, if wildlife preservation is your passion, Africa standout Singita features the renowned Grumeti Fund—a non-profit carrying out wildlife conservation and community development work in the western corridor of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem. And if ocean conservation is your passion (the plastic problem is dizzying), The Nature Conservancy works to protect both nature and nature’s value to people.