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Private travel to secluded European destinations

16 March 2021

April French Furnell

If like us you’ve started dreaming of your next travel destination and long-awaited holiday, then read on for Sentinel Aviation’s top picks of destinations via private jet.

Private jets have access to over 3,000 airports in Europe, and allow travellers to access smaller, more remote destinations with ease. As the new reality of life with COVID-19 sets in, and restrictions start to ease, people are once again exploring the possibility of travel. Flying privately has a number of benefits that that are particularly pertinent this year:

  • Avoid airport crowds
  • High levels of hygiene onboard
  • No connections, fly direct
  • Fly to your schedule
  • Agile & reactive - quick reactions to changes in restrictions

With the likelihood that either a vaccination or negative PCR test will be required for international travel, Sentinel Aviation is ahead of the curve with an exclusive service for clients whereby a motorcycle courier delivers PCR test kits to the client’s house, waits for the individual to do the test, and then delivers the test straight to the laboratory. This aims to cut the time to get a result from the usual 24-48hrs to just 3 hour turnaround, covering the option for passengers to travel at short notice for business or leisure. 

In preparation for the lifting of international leisure travel restrictions, Roland Dangerfield, MD of Sentinel Aviation, has compiled his top 10 exclusive destinations in Europe to escape to by private jet:

St Tropez, France

Within 2 hours of departing from London, touch down in the heart of the French Riviera. Whether you want to be near the beach and restaurant scene, or indulge in spectacular views from your own secluded hilltop retreat, the surrounding Var region is chock-full of private villas to suit every requirement. 

 

La Nava, Spain

Surrounded by verdant forests, valleys, ancient olive groves and organic farmland, La Nava is one of the finest private shooting estates in Spain, served by its own private runway. The lodge has been purpose built to ensure that parties want for nothing: saunas, a fully equipped gym, swimming pools and beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms make it hard to beat. The food and wine is superb and the house staff are very accommodating and quietly efficient.

 

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Fly into Zadar, the gateway to exploring Croatia’s stunning islands and coastline. The airport boasts a Business Aviation Terminal, positioning it as a favourite airport for private jet passengers, providing comfort and efficient passport and customs control. A plethora of private villas can be found around Zadar and the nearby islands. 

 

Montenegro

Fly into Tivat, the closest private jet airport to both the coast and the glamorous marina of Porto Montenegro. Here travellers will find luxury residences and fantastic restaurants, alongside the largest capacity and highest levels of service for superyachts in Europe. For those who would prefer to stay on land, a short transfer to the island resort of Sveti Stefan will land you in the lap of the exclusive Aman Resort. 

 

Santorini

With a dedicated private jet terminal at the airport, a getaway to the volcanic Aegean island of Santorini is perfect for a post-lockdown escape. Hire a yacht to visit quiet beaches, or just hang out by the pool and admire the breath-taking views. Avoid the crowds by staying at Erosantorini, an exclusive-use 5 suite private estate in a secluded cliffside location that exudes barefoot chic.

 

San Sebastian, Spain

Private jet is the only way to fly directly into the small city of San Sebastian in the north of Spain. Considered the country’s gastronomic capital, the city boasts an impressively high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. Stay at the iconic Hotel Maria Cristina, or one of the exclusive villas in the area. Between meals, admire the charming Belle Epoque architecture or visit the impressive Jaizkibel cliffs.

 

Corsica

With its wide swathes of maquis wilderness and crystal clear waters, Corsica never fails to impress in the beauty stakes. No fewer than four private jet airports mean it’s easy to reach any part of the island, although Figari in the south is the biggest and most used. Porto Vecchio has an air of St Tropez about it, but if you’d rather avoid the crowds you can’t do better than Domain de Murtoli, a short car or helicopter transfer from the airport. This 2500 hectare estate has 5 miles of its own coastline, with a range of former shepherd’s cottages converted into villas, each with a private pool. Onsite activities include diving, fishing, riding, wine tasting, golf, cookery lessons and hiking. 

 

Iceland 

As Europe’s least densely populated country, Iceland is a perfect post-lockdown destination to avoid crowds and indulge your sense of adventure. Whether for a quick weekend discovering the highlights of the Golden Circle and Reykjavik, or a more extensive trip around the country, the legendary landscapes will make a lasting impression. 

 

St.Moritz, Switzerland

The complex nature of flying into Samedan airport only makes the destination more exclusive, and it is only accessible by private aircraft. Although most renowned for its winter scene, St. Moritz offers plenty for those in search of summer health and fitness, with a heavy dose of fresh alpine air. Green pastures covered in wildflowers underneath dramatic peaks create the perfect backdrop for exploring on foot or by mountain bike. The lakes host several sailing regattas, and are also popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. 

 

Faroe Islands

Skip the transfers and slow ferries by flying directly into Varga airport via private jet, safe in the knowledge that this difficult-to-reach destination with a tiny population of 50,000 won’t be crowded. 18 islands, with over 800 miles of coastline, the scenery is really the draw here. Adventurers and nature lovers will be enchanted, and there’s also a great food scene. 

 

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