The Leading Hotels of the World Recreates Film Fantasy in Uber-Luxury Trip: Around The World in 80 Ways

Phileas Fogg's 80-Day Around the World Race Updated for Top Auction Lot

Benefiting Elton John's AIDS Foundation at Oscar Viewing Party February 24

Feb 12, 2008, 00:00 ET from The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

    NEW YORK, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- It was 80 years ago that two
 international legends were launched: the Academy Awards and The Leading
 Hotels of the World, Ltd. And to celebrate that mutual milestone, Leading
 Hotels has drawn on all the adventure, romance and excitement that made the
 Academy Award-winning classic "Around the World in 80 Days" so memorable to
 create an Oscar-worthy performance in luxury travel: "Around the World in
 80 Ways".
     Celebrating eight decades of international hospitality excellence, The
 Leading Hotels of the World pays homage to this epic film, creating an
 extraordinary journey around the globe, retracing (loosely) the steps of
 Phileas Fogg, brilliantly played by legendary actor David Niven.
     The 28-day odyssey for one lucky couple will be a highlight of an
 auction to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which will take place
 during the Foundation's 16th annual Academy Awards viewing party, February
 24, 2008. The auctioneer for this stellar gathering will be David Niven's
 son, Jamie Niven.
     The trip begins in London, the starting point for Phileas Fogg's quest.
 It continues on to Paris, Dubai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Hong Kong, Tokyo,
 Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The winning bidders, who
 will be flying first class all the way, will stay in ultra-luxurious
 Leading hotels and resorts in all 12 destinations, where they will enjoy
 exotic experiences and unmatched elegance.
     In addition to exquisite suite accommodations throughout, just a few of
 the elements of this once-in-a-lifetime trip include a camel safari in the
 desert, couture and bespoke wardrobes, dinner for two at Le Jules Verne in
 the Eiffel Tower, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a private cocktail
 cruise on the Arabian Sea, personal butlers, soothing couple's massages,
 private dinner for two afloat on India's Lake Pichola, and Rolls Royce
 Phantom limousines. Every detail has been richly imagined.
     To expand the pool of potential buyers beyond the exclusive venue of
 the viewing party, Scott Campbell, executive director of the Elton John
 AIDS Foundation, has said that absentee bids at any level will be accepted
 before the party. In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said, "EJAF is
 pleased to partner with The Leading Hotels of the World to offer this
 amazing opportunity during our annual Oscar party. This is a
 once-in-a-lifetime experience that will benefit an important cause."
     "The Oscars and Leading Hotels both began in 1928 and as we mark our
 80th anniversaries together in 2008, it seems especially fitting that our
 'Around the World in 80 Ways' package marries the Golden Ages of travel and
 film in a remarkable experience," said Paul McManus, president and chief
 executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. "We are pleased
 and honored to take this opportunity to lend our support to the ongoing
 efforts of the Elton John AIDS Foundation."
     Just a few of the highlights of "Around the World in 80 Ways" are:
     A Green Park Suite at The Ritz; arrival and departure in a
 chauffer-driven Rolls Royce Phantom; dinner for two in the Ritz Restaurant;
 tickets to an exhibition at the Royal Academy; couple's treatments in The
 Ritz Salon; original Isabell Kristensen couture gown created for the lady;
 Aquascutum trench coat for the gentleman
     A historic suite at Hotel de Crillon; lunch at Les Ambassadeurs
 followed by a personal tour with Chef Jean-Francois Piege of the
 gastronomic kitchens; limousine excursion through Paris; a gift from
 Baccarat; dinner at Alain Ducasse's Le Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel
 Tower, overlooking the City of Lights
     The Presidential Suite at Al Maha Resort in the Arabian desert;
 couple's spa treatments; falconry presentation; camel or horse safari;
 guided tour of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; intimate dinner in
 the desert watching gazelles, rare Arabian oryxs and other indigenous
 species; hot-air balloon ride over the desert; lunch with the resort's
 general manager
     The Rajput Suite with Champagne welcome at the Taj Mahal Palace and
 Tower; personalized shopping tour; cocktails aboard the exclusive Taj yacht
 on the Arabian Sea; specially prepared dinner in Chef Oberoi's studio;
 dinner for two at Wasabi by Morimoto; drinks at the legendary Harbour Bar
     The Khush Mahal Suite, the former Queen's chamber, at the Taj Lake
 Palace in Udaipur; vintage car tour of the city; romantic candlelit dinner
 on the pontoon on Lake Pichola; tour of the palace grounds and Lake Pichola
     The Prince's Suite with Champagne welcome at the Rambagh Palace;
 transportation in a vintage car; rejuvenation therapies in the tented spa;
 dinner at Suvarna Mahal; a private visit to the Gem Palace, showcasing the
 jewels of the Maharaja and Maharani
     Hong Kong
     The Premier Suite at the Langham Hotel; unlimited Champagne throughout
 the stay; helicopter tour of the city; a selection of hand-tailored shirts;
 lunch for two in T'ang court; romantic dinner for two at Bostonian
     The Premier Suite at the Imperial Hotel; traditional Japanese Kaiseki
 dinner for two; customized tour of Asakusa, including a specially prepared
 lunch; traditional Japanese tea ceremony
     The Presidential Suite at the Kahala Hotel & Resort; arrival transfer
 via limousine; welcome heralded by the Hawaii Symphony Pops Orchestra;
 Hidden Dragon Banded Jacket by designer Anne Namba; couple's massage in a
 spa suite; DolphinQuest experience; dinner with custom tasting menu by the
 Chef in the hotel's gazebo; curator's tour of the Princess Bernice Pauahi
 Bishop Hawaiiana Exhibit
     San Francisco
     Luxury Suite at Campton Place; en suite dinner for eight and in-room
 movie night following dinner, with additional overnight accommodations in
 the California Suite; guided limousine tour of the city as seen through
 Hollywood's eyes; gift of 25 DVDs of films shot on location in San
 Francisco; limousine transfer to Vine Cliff vineyard for dinner and wine
 tasting with vineyard owner; bottle of a rare vintage, etched with winner's
 name; case of personally selected fine wines to take home
     A one-bedroom Grand Deluxe Riverview Suite at Trump International Hotel
 & Tower; round-trip airport transfers in a Phantom Rolls Royce; couple's
 massage at the Spa at The Trump; intimate dinner for two at Sixteen
     New York
     A Triplex Suite at The New York Palace Hotel; round-trip airport
 transportation in the hotel's Maybach; full day of pampering for two at
 Cornelia Day Resort; luxury pajamas and robes for him and for her from
 Donna Nadeau; dinner for four at critically acclaimed Gilt restaurant
     For further information on placing absentee bids, please contact Scott
 Campbell via telephone at (212) 219-0606, or via fax at (212) 219-0671.
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