MIAMI to RIO DE JANEIRO, March 10 & 11 – Living the good life of Mandarin Oriental. In Miami, on private Brickell Key, our group gathers in keen anticipation. Our Lakani “Cultural Connections” Around The World jet journey is getting underway. This sumptuous hotel is a perfect venue to join together for our small group and for them to get to know each other. We will be a traveling family for the next 3 weeks, visiting some of the most extraordinary and unique places of our world. It’s a WOW! trip extraordinaire with just 30 privilege guests and a team of 4 Lakani specialists, including company owner Heidi Lakani. Our intimate group comprises from all parts of USA, as well as Hawaii, Canada and Europe.
Our first event is a Lakani private welcome reception and dinner … on the beautiful terrace of MO’s renowned La Mar restaurant with executive chef Gaston Mercurio. The setting of the terrace looks across the waterway to the nearby towering downtown Miami. It is a warm evening with a steady sea breeze. During our cocktail reception, at sunset, a million lights start to illuminate in the many modern high rise buildings. It is a rather magnificent sight to behold. Our group of guests are eagerly meeting each other, enjoying champagnes, cocktails, fine wines, and delicious canapés. Interestingly, our restaurant specializes in the very best of Peruvian gastronomy. For dinner we started out with delicious ceviches of unique ingredients and flavours, followed by fresh sea bass, farm raised Angus ribeye, and Colorado rack of lamb … all prepared specifically using the finest flavours of Peru. Quinoa, the healthy grains of South America, accompanies many dishes. It is a lively and fun evening of greetings and getting acquainted. Our Tour Managers, Jan Moester and John Webley are eager for our Lakani guests to experience the ‘best of the best’ from the outset. As usual, we are already becoming the envy of ourselves :-).
After an early breakfast, our private jet awaits us just up the road at small Ft. Lauderdale airport. We use our own dedicated private immigration, customs, and TSA .. No lines, no hassles, no delays. We are soon on board where our Icelandic crew awaits us with champagnes and chocolate dipped strawberries. Our Boeing 757 that usually carries up to 160, is reconfigured to carry just 30 of us in the most modern stylish interiors of Italian leathers, with an excellent crew and a dedicated chef throughout our trip. Each couple receives a double “sky suite” to enjoy with plenty of space. For meals there is even room to entertain a couple of friends, or later play a game of cards together as a foursome. Our specialty chef is with us all the way around the world to ensure our guests the highest levels of ‘sky-high’ fine dining.
Flying south on our way to Rio de Janeiro today, overflying Cuba and Haiti, we are enjoying premium champagnes and caviar service, assorted canapes (incl. grilled scallops, toasted triangles of artichokes and sundried tomatoes, cheese fondue), a tapas assortment appetizer platter, and a full 4 course luncheon. Always on board is a full bar selection incl., fine wines & champagnes, aperitifs, assorted top-shelf liquors, as well as cognacs and liqueurs. Each guest is given their own iPad – loaded with movies and destination documentaries, games and plentiful general information – all for the duration of this trip. Our ‘Captain’s Lunch’ on board included Icelandic Langoustine salad; a roasted filet of lamb with herbed polenta and asparagus; grilled cod with julienne carrots & broccoli; or a vegetarian delight in ravioli. A Belgian chocolate sensation and international cheese plate rounds out a really amazing sky dining experience. We’re into exotic and exciting Rio de Janeiro … Keep watching this space …
Check out some photos from our Miami Welcome Cocktail Reception and Private Jet Departure… Click any photo to enlarge.
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