Romantic Getaways in the U.S.

Consumer spending is beginning to trend dramatically upward for hotels, restaurants, and airlines. As the world begins to reopen, domestic airports are experiencing double the passengers than this time a year ago. With more advanced safety measures in place and progressing vaccine distribution and availability, travelers are considering their first vacations after navigating a year of quarantine and social distancing measures. Globetrender, a publication that specializes in forecasting travel trends, recently reported, “The travel subscription economy is taking off, with clubs such as Manifest offering their members a menu of exciting getaways – plus the peace of mind and convenience that comes from a hosted experience.” InsideHook agrees, adding that private plane packages are the new trend in resort travel. 

For partners, couples, and parents who have experienced the stressful dynamic of balancing their careers with a pandemic or even remote schooling for their children over the past year, the time to steal away for a much-needed romantic getaway is more appealing than ever. The pent-up demand for travel is on the rise and, with a Manifest Membership, the options for a romantic getaway for two in the U.S. are seemingly endless. Here are a few of our favorites, just a short domestic flight from your chapter city.

Kayaking Lake Powell

Couples seeking an active adventure will love the curated trip our team has organized to kayak the remote slot canyons and majestic groves of Lake Powell. Our partners at MT Sobek will guide you to the Antelope Point Marina and ensure your first night of camping is positively magical. On day two, retreat to five-star lodging at Amangiri Resort after a rewarding day on the water. Read more.

Ojai Couples’ Retreat

With accommodations at the award-winning Ojai Valley Inn, spend a restful weekend in the scenic valley of the Topatopa Mountains. Your itinerary includes bike rides through picturesque citrus groves, a Jeep adventure to sample the region’s vast offering of local wines and olive oils, exploring the valley by horseback, restful spa treatments, and beachside dining. This itinerary is ideal for couples looking to relax and recharge and you can learn more about this experience here.

Weekend Date to Del Mar

If dining is a priority for a trip with your partner, our estate-style accommodations at the L’Auberge Del Mar deliver for foodies. Just steps from the hotel, a variety of dining options are available to guests and no car is necessary for your trip as all destinations are walkable. For experiences not within walking distance, Manifest will provide convenient transportation. We’ll whisk you away on a hot air balloon ride over the coastline as the sun sets and take you on a private and immersive tour of Torrey Pines State Park. Additionally, your itinerary includes pampering spa treatments for two at the on-site Noble House Spa. Read the full details about this weekend trip.

Our experiences are priced at all-inclusive rates and there are no unexpected fees. All meals, activities, fees, and gratuities are outlined in our experiences and itineraries. The Manifest team plans your entire couples’ getaway from the moment you are picked up from your home and welcomed aboard the private aircraft, to your return a few days later.

The Appeal of Membership Travel

Private group travel is on the rise and, in recent years, membership-based hospitality offerings have made a splash in the travel scene. At Manifest, we believe that travel experiences are best served in a curated fashion. With that in mind, we have been thoughtful about capping our chapter city memberships at 175 members each in order to exceed your expectations, prioritizing quality over quantity.

Experiences Vs. Things

We know that our focus on service and customized trips delivers meaningful value to our Members. More than ever, consumers prefer worthwhile experiences over material possessions; choosing an action-packed vacation over purchasing something physical. Building memories with the people you love provides a much greater opportunity for human connection than a one-time retail purchase and this is a central truth we live by at Manifest. 

Custom trips and vacations that are only available to paying members are in high demand, especially given ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and safety precautions. The New York Times shared an article in August about privatized travel that stated, “With international travel on hold and the future of flying uncertain, travelers are cashing in on those timeshares, buying into second-home communities boasting exclusive perks and joining luxury travel clubs in unprecedented numbers. This, in part, is because membership models may be particularly suited to pandemic-era travel.” 

Curated Just For You

Because everyone enjoys traveling in their own way, personalization is important to us. A dedicated concierge at Manifest will ensure your trip is curated to your group’s specific needs. Thanks to the dynamic of traveling in a smaller, private group, we are able to get to know our Manifest Members personally and anticipate their ongoing needs and preferences.

In addition to our high-touch service, our portfolio of available experiences is vast and we continue to add new opportunities to rest, retreat, and stir up excitement. Some members would relish a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in northern California to view harbor seals on an intimate kayaking tour and end the day at an award-winning winery. Other members prefer an action-packed adventure like climbing the Grand Teton or a relaxed couples retreat like Sonoma Farm Stay.

Our founder and CEO, Jeff Potter, recently spoke to Leisure Group Travel. “We’re about experiential travel, close to home,” he said. “There’s so many places, so many experiences right in our own backyard that we haven’t tapped into. So I focused on that, recognizing that smaller group travel experience, 3- or 4-day getaways with active adults from ages 35-70. We’re getting you outdoors—whitewater rafting, kayaking, golf, culinary trips.”

If the dates we have scheduled for one of our experiences don’t work with your calendar, we can almost always rework that trip for another time to depart from any of our chapter cities. If you decide to think outside the box and dream up your ideal vacation as a Manifest Member, we will even handle all the planning for you. As a member of Manifest, you will have your own private travel team delivering the best experiences possible.

A Valuable Investment

With a Manifest Membership, your travel is covered “door to door.” From black car service pick-up at your residence to a private flight to and from your destination to the upscale lodging when you arrive, we include all costs in the total price of the experience you purchased. Members are never handed an unexpected bill or folio at the end of their stay. Our experiences are priced at all-inclusive rates and there are no fees or gratuities. Organizations seeking to reward their executives or whisk a team away to an impactful retreat can take advantage of the reasonable cost structure for Corporate Membership with Manifest as well.

While some luxury travel and destination clubs come with a hefty price tag for entry, membership with Manifest is far more accessible. Bloomberg covered the upward trend of a members-only travel model in a January write-up, saying “Members of Manifest pay $2,500 a year for a service that’s half private jet subscription, half travel agency. Trips average between $3,500 and $8,000 per person and include air travel, accommodations at, say, Amangiri resort in Utah, and adventures curated by partners such as MT Sobek. Guides and activities, most meals, and black-car service to and from the airport are also covered.” Including our dedicated service every step of the way, Manifest’s return on investment is competitive. 

If you’d like to learn more about joining Manifest, our team is standing by to answer your questions.

5 Benefits of Corporate Membership with Manifest

For organizations seeking client loyalty trips, executive retreats, or sales reward travel, Manifest’s Corporate Membership offers all-inclusive, custom-curated vacations combined with private air travel. With getaways to unique destinations, we create powerful experiences for our Members. Read on to learn more about five benefits of Corporate Membership with Manifest.

Intentional Time Together

When it comes to fostering meaningful connections among a leadership team, nothing is more effective than an experiential event to successfully invigorate and motivate a group. 

Innovative organizations turn to company retreats to nurture real conversations off the grid because they recognize that being intentional with their team’s time matters. Knowing that these retreats hold immense value for companies, Manifest combs unique destinations to find luxury retreats, properties, and unparalleled activities to promote team building, camaraderie, and re-energize your top performers.

Removed from the everyday routine of office life and repetitive work tasks, a corporate retreat with Manifest carves out the much-needed space and time to inspire your team to work toward their shared goals. We recognize the importance of promoting these travel programs to generate internal enthusiasm and participation. Knowing that the outcomes of a corporate retreat improve the company’s bottom line, retreats also add value by establishing an ongoing expectation for team excellence.

Door-to-Door Travel

With Manifest, your team’s travel is managed door to door – from pick-up at their residence with black car service to delivering them to a private flight and returning them home at the conclusion of their work retreat. Your team will travel via the safety and comfort of private air to a meticulously curated experience and destination with their co-workers.

From fly-fishing and golfing in the scenic Jackson Hole valley to a yoga retreat in Red Rock country in Sedona, Arizona, our variety of immersive experiences can be customized to fit your group of travelers and their specific needs. With a Corporate Membership from Manifest, your team can build impactful team goals and objectives away from the predictable routine of everyday office life and daily tasks. 

Compassionate Leaders Circle Training

Our Corporate Membership also includes our thoughtfully curated Compassionate Leaders Circle (CLC) training. This dedicated program unleashes the potential of people through compassion. 

“High-performing teams are developed through a shared purpose and authentic relationships,” says Laurel Donnellan, Founder and CEO at CLC. “Manifest corporate programs are designed to accelerate this process so that leaders can go back to work and reach new heights with their colleagues.” 

With deep expertise from this program, we help stakeholders navigate purposeful career change, develop leadership mastery, and cultivate professional compassionate coaching skills.

Compete for Talent

Employee benefits such as unlimited vacation days, the option to work remotely, and matched 401Ks used to be competitive offerings but are now standard expectations at many organizations. Compete for the best talent in your industry during the hiring process by including the details of a Manifest trip in your job descriptions. How many hiring managers can lay claim to a luxury retreat and private flights? Set yourself apart and recruit competitively.

Cost Savings

The cost of paying out-of-pocket for your team members to fly privately to a picturesque destination or experience is much more substantial. Manifest is cost-effective. We have long-standing relationships with trusted partners and vendors and continue to negotiate our rates with them aggressively, returning the value to our members. Additionally, our all-inclusive price includes luxury lodging, meals, miscellaneous fees, and gratuities so you’re never bombarded with an unexpected and steep folio bill at the end of your team’s travel. Everything is included in your Corporate Membership. 

Annual dues are applied toward your first trip each membership year. Private air travel for every guest on each trip is included with a Corporate Membership. You’ll enjoy access to all current Manifest experiences and also have the option to request your own customized trip or charter services to fit your team’s specific travel needs. With a Corporate Membership, you will receive up to five individual Manifest Memberships annually for your executives to take part in with their own family and friends.

In addition to whisking your team away on a luxurious retreat, the Manifest Corporate Membership is an ideal option to reward your company’s best customers. Leverage our Corporate Membership for client loyalty trips, sales reward travel, executive or Board of Directors retreats, and executive benefits programs. Contact us today to learn more about our options.

Private Air vs. Commercial Flights

If you could choose your own adventure to a destination that required air travel and were offered the option to fly commercially with hundreds of strangers or take a comfortable private aircraft with just a few other people, the choice would be easy to make. 

At Manifest, we create powerful experiences for our Members with custom-crafted getaways to unique destinations within the US. We remove the hassle of typical travel by providing private air to every curated itinerary we offer. Best of all, traveling via private aircraft to and from each Manifest experience is included with your Membership to one of our chapter cities.

To illustrate the attention to detail and priority we place on your comfort, convenience, and memories, let’s walk through what a vacation would look like if you flew commercially to the destination instead of as a valued Member of Manifest. 

Flying Commercial

The Stress of Getting There

Getting to the airport for a departure is stressful under the best of circumstances. Travelers have to account for distance to the airport, potential traffic, airport parking costs, and whether the security lines will be crowded and busy. Checking in for a commercial flight is also time-consuming – even for people who have a Global Entry Membership. If you choose to check your luggage, your arrival time to the airport has to be hours before you ever set foot on the aircraft. Even for a domestic flight, most airlines recommend checking luggage up to two hours before your departure time.

The hustle and bustle of a public airport and commercial flights means that the TSA process can often be delayed, causing travelers to worry about missing the small window of time that’s allotted to board their flight. Adding insult to injury, over the holidays and peak travel times, airports are often burdened with long lines and impatient, disgruntled strangers.

Flying During a Pandemic?

In 2020, we’re also reckoning with unprecedented circumstances in shared public spaces – COVID-19. Once you’re indoors at the airport, navigating through security and waiting at the terminal, the virus continually poses a safety concern. We applaud the significant steps that commercial airlines have taken to improve safety measures this year, from requiring passengers to wear masks and conducting tests of interior airflow within their planes. Even so, the more people that share an enclosed space for any amount of time increases the risk of exposure. On a typical commercial flight, 100-200 passengers could be on board. 

The Waiting Game

Once you arrive at your destination on a commercial flight, a long stream of people removing their luggage from the overhead bins keeps you on the plane, usually standing in a cramped position as you wait to step into the aisle and deplane. Then you have to navigate the new airport to find your way to baggage claim – hoping that your important belongings weren’t lost or delayed in the shuffle with thousands of other pieces of luggage. After you gather your items, you find your way to public or private transportation or a rental car service desk – often adding an unnecessary hour or two to the time you spend at the arrival airport. 

Flying Privately with Manifest

Now let’s envision what a getaway looks like as a Manifest Member. From stepping out of your front door to your arrival in your destination city, you are shepherded every step of the way by our hands-on team.

Private Black Car Service

With Manifest, you’ll never worry about maneuvering through traffic, paying for covered parking for a specific amount of days or potentially missing your flight. As a Member, there is no need to make your way to an airport multiple hours before your departure time. When the day arrives to travel to your custom-crafted getaway with us, getting to that destination is seamless. We will meet you at your doorstep with private black car service and take you to a nearby private airport terminal for a private flight with other Members. At the end of the experience, our high-touch car and luggage service will be waiting at the same airport for your return to deliver you safely to your home.

Comfort and Amenities of Flying Privately

One of the most appealing qualities of private air travel is the comfort and amenities that are provided. Quick and attentive service is personalized to each Member and any requests you might have while in-flight are met in a heartbeat. At Manifest, we know our Members as individuals with varied needs and preferences. This central philosophy extends to every point of service during an experience – from serving you a chilled in-flight cocktail to adjusting your ambient lighting so you can rest before landing. Cushioned lounge chairs, spacious bathrooms, and advanced infotainment will set the scene to ensure that your vacation truly begins at take-off.

Like-minded Members

Instead of flying with hundreds of strangers, when you’re en route to a Manifest experience, you’ll be traveling with a much smaller group of family, friends, and like-minded Members. It will be your first opportunity of many to socialize with the people heading to the same experience. When you arrive at your destination, our service team will immediately reunite you with your luggage and whisk you away to the experience and your luxury accommodations. At the end of each Manifest experience, our black car service returns you to the airport for your private flight home. On the journey home, you can compare notes and relive the details of the experience you just shared together. A four-day getaway really is a four-day getaway, not just two vacation days sandwiched between two miserable travel days filled with the stress of TSA lines.

Virus Safety Precautions

Until the Center for Disease Control advises otherwise, COVID-19 remains a concern. That said, known risks are lower with fewer people. Additionally, we know our partners and have thoroughly vetted their safety protocols. All flights arranged by Manifest are performed by independent, third-party FAA-licensed and DOT-registered air carriers. The health and safety of our Members and employees is our top priority, and even more pertinent during the pandemic. Our aviation and hospitality partners are also dedicated and focused on maintaining safety measures to ensure the health of our Members. Because every moment of your trip is pre-planned and organized, we are well situated to provide safe, healthy, custom experiences for our Members when you travel with us.

The Private Aircraft Experience

Our unique operating model has broadened the audience for private aviation. Private aircraft and flights are no longer an aspirational daydream nor exclusive to wealthy families or businessmen thanks to our strategic club structure. Additionally, because private aircraft are smaller than commercial planes, the destinations you can fly to are endless. Smaller aircraft can land at more airports thanks to their dexterity and dimensions. With Manifest, the sky really is the limit.

Travel to our thoughtfully curated experiences like a golf retreat at the Ritz-Carlton in Tucson, a wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, or fly-fishing in Jackson Hole. Regardless of the itinerary you choose, we will be honored to take you there by private air as a Member of our exclusive travel club. 

Learn more about the benefits of Membership with Manifest and our chapter cities.