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". (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080212/AQTU175) 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: London 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 Paris 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 Dubai 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 Mumbai 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 Udaipur 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 Jaipur 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 Tokyo 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 Honolulu 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 Chicago 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. About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing nearly 450 of the world's finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of http://www.lhw.com and http://www.lhwspas.com -- the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 26 major markets across the globe. Since 1928, the company's reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering 1,500 separate criteria. High resolution images and press information on individual member hotels are available for downloading at http://www.lhw.com/press. For reservations and information, visit http://www.lhw.com or telephone toll-free from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, (800) 223-6800.
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