Restrictions during the pandemic shifted priorities and shed light on how uncertain life can be. While some might have been inspired to indulge in extravagant experiences, such as renting a yacht or enjoying a special multicourse meal, others are committed to making the most of simple pleasures such as hosting a bonfire or catching an air show. Regardless of your budget, these ideas will fill up your bucket list.
Here are some things you can do if your budget is, well, endless! We’ll have more editions in the coming weeks.
CHARTER A PRIVATE JET
Traveling by jet is a practical luxury that comes with a hefty price tag. Private charter companies like ACI Jet offer aircraft that have various amenities and mileage ranges depending on where you want to go ($5,000 to $8,000 per hour).
John Wayne Airport, 805-548-1345
SEND INSTAGRAM-FAMOUS FLOWERS
Whether it’s for that special someone, Mother’s Day, or a birthday, Venus et Fleur’s arrangements won’t disappoint—and they’re expected to last a full year. With a variety of sizes to choose from, including the Round Grandiose DE Venus option with up to 250 roses for $1,999, you’re sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face.
Costa Mesa, 562-662-2341
VIP DINNER AT DISNEYLAND
Treat yourself to a multicourse, fine-dining meal at Disneyland. 21 Royal offers a chance for guests to dine in a private room above the bustle of the park, complete with butler-served cocktails, a menu featuring premium ingredients served on gold-plated dinnerware, and a dessert course with a private view of the park’s nighttime entertainment ($1,250 per person).
DRIVE AN EXOTIC CAR
Looking to impress a date? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to take a luxury car out for a spin. The Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise offers various cars that fit the bill such as Porsche, Tesla, Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Maserati ($168 to $1,200 per day).
Newport Beach, 949-223-0701
Watch the latest film with only your friends and family in your own private theater at The
Lot Fashion Island. Ranging from $735 (plus fees) for a 35-seat theater to $1,554 for a 74-seat theater, this experience is unforgettable. Enjoy in-seat dining in the theater’s leather reclining chairs with swivel tables.
Newport Beach, 949-281-0069
STAY IN A VILLA
A night at Montage Laguna Beach should be on anyone’s bucket list, but to really up the ante, guests can opt for a stay in a Villa Du Soleil. Starting at $9,350 per night, villas are three-bedroom residences that can accommodate up to eight guests. Make use of the full gourmet kitchen or grill outdoors on the roomy private patio with spectacular ocean views.
Laguna Beach, 866-271-6953
INDULGE IN A PRIVATE SUITE
Whether you’re enjoying a game or a sold-out concert at Angel Stadium or Honda Center, you’ll never go wrong when watching from premium suites. Located with perfect views of the events, guests who rent a suite are also treated to a concierge, access to catered food and beverages, a private restroom, and lots of space to spread out for intermission or an inning stretch ($3,000 to $5,000).
Angel Stadium 888-796-4256, ext. 4
Honda Center 714-634-2582
BECOME A PATRON OF THE ARTS
You don’t have to donate thousands to support the performing
arts and receive special perks. Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Friends of the Center program starts at a $75 gift level, entitling you to access tickets before the public. Each level above that comes with more perks—food and drink vouchers, first looks, an invite to a Broadway Breakfast to meet company members of a Broadway tour, invitations to cast parties, and more—all at or less than a $1,500 gift level. Higher-value donations receive even more benefits.
Costa Mesa, 714-556-2122
EXPLORE BACK BAY
Newport Aquatic Center (NAC) is a nonprofit organization and home to teams who do crew rowing, canoeing, paddling, and outrigging. Become a member at the NAC and get access to equipment, boats, lockers, a strength training gym, and certified instructors to help level up your game. Memberships start at $575 a year.
Newport Beach, 949-646-7725
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