Extraordinary Experiences & Giveaway from Four Seasons

Novelist, Rodman Philbrick, wrote, “The only real treasure is in your head. Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you.” As someone who has accumulated an abundance of material possessions, it’s taken decades to figure out that I just don’t need that much in order to be happy. Of course, old habits die hard. I still yearn for beautiful baubles, but at the end of the day, I appreciate experiences over something that can be worn around my neck.

Four Seasons Maldives

Without question, memories of family, friends, and travel are my greatest treasures. I’m not the only one of this opinion, which makes gift giving to people like me perplexing. So, what do you get for the person who doesn’t really want or need a thing? How about an extraordinary experience, one that begs to be relished and recounted for years?

Four Seasons Punta Mita

The fact that I regularly have extraordinary experiences is not lost on me. In reality, I’m often left shaking my head in amazement. Some of my most memorable experiences have been orchestrated by Four Seasons. The brand certainly has a knack for creating unforgettable memories for its guests, which makes the Four Seasons Gift Card perfect for even the most difficult person on your shopping list. Through their gift cards and Extraordinary Experiences, Four Seasons has made it easier to give the fortunate people on your list the gift of their dreams.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace

Foodies will no doubt love following three-star Michelin chef, Chan Yan Tak, on a culinary exploration of Hong Kong. What about stepping into the Las Vegas kitchen of James Beard Award-winning chef, Charlie Palmer, and dining on a customized five-course meal? Viva Las Vegas, indeed! Adventure awaits in Nevis where diving for spiny lobster with the chef is just the start of a remarkable evening. Give them the spotlight, along with a gourmet meal and private performance, on the stage of the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest or the Estates Theatre in Prague. In Florence, Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica creates a four-course meal served overlooking the Arno River on a private terrace on the Ponte Vecchio.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

As a Texan, I can absolutely appreciate a great pair of custom-made boots, and they don’t get much better than Lucchese. In Austin, give the gift of a one-of-a-kind pair of boots designed in conjunction with the famed boot brand. In Buenos Aires, perfumer Julian Bedel, co-founder of the perfumery Fueguia 1833, helps guests create their own signature scent. I’ve visited his beautiful boutique and covet this experience.

Four Seasons Milan Ferrari

Adventure junkies will jump at the chance to drive a flame-red Ferrari from Milan through the Italian countryside. A weekend during the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race features entrance to the opening-night party at the Paddock Club for the Grand Prix and a helicopter flight to Malaysia to drive a Formula One car. In the Maldives at Kuda Huraa, a seaplane surfing safari is the ultimate experience for the Kelley Slater in your life.

Four Seasons Langkawi

From private stargazing at London’s Canary Wharf to cruising through Langkawi’s mangroves to sitting mid-court in Houston with NBA legend, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, the Four Seasons has created a bounty of bespoke experiences that will create lasting memories for the people on your gift list. Of course, not every experience needs to be over-the-top extravagant. A much-needed massage, round of golf, or bottle of wine can be memorable as well. And with the Four Seasons Gift Card, you’ll determine the denomination and they pick the gift, taking the stress out of holiday gift giving.

Four Seasons Thailand

The adage goes that it’s better to give than receive. Thanks to Four Seasons, I’m giving you the chance to receive your own Exceptional Experience. Four Seasons is providing me with a $250 gift card that will go to one lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below how you would use the Four Seasons Gift Card. Check out these Exceptional Experiences for inspiration. And for an additional entry, spread the word by tweeting about the give away.

Best of luck and happy holidays!

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The winner of the $250 gift card will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Upon receipt of address, the gift card will be mailed to the winner. The giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada and ends on December 31, 2014.

This giveaway is provided by Four Seasons, but all opinions are mine. In addition, all photos are property of Four Seasons.

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99 Comments
  • Monica S.
    December 18, 2014

    I’d use it to visit family in California. What a fabulous giveaway!

  • Bethany Dickey
    December 18, 2014

    What an amazing giveaway! I’d use it in Montreal on my upcoming trip, to add a bit of luxury. Also just fyi – the Exceptional Experiences link didn’t work for me!

  • Shar
    December 18, 2014

    Vancouver or Whistler long-weekend Northwest getaway!

  • Cacinda Maloney
    December 18, 2014

    For $250, I would probably go to Santa Barbara, since it is close to home!

  • Arienne
    December 18, 2014

    Love this! I’d use it towards finally going on my honeymoon with my hubby 🙂 When we travel we usually stay in very basic and budget accommodations, instead spending our money on our experiences. It’d be nice to have a little bit of added comfort to our accommodations 🙂

  • iamalighthouse
    December 18, 2014

    Beautiful post! I’d use this for an upcoming trip to europe to explore my husband’s and my roots!

  • Christina
    December 18, 2014

    I would probably use the gift card to stay at one of the really luxurious Four Seasons hotels, maybe in Paris or Budapest. That’s probably an experience in and of itself!

    Or I would do the Ottoman Mansion tour in Istanbul. What gorgeous design! 🙂
    http://www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus/services_and_amenities/extraordinary_experiences/a_sea_mansion_tour/?_s_icmp=fsm-experiences-property

  • Susan Moore
    December 18, 2014

    Wonderful! I would use the $250 Four Seasons gift card on my upcoming trip to Barcelona in April. Or maybe I would use it right here in Austin at the Four Seasons Spa 🙂

  • Kirsten Reckman
    December 18, 2014

    hi Leah! Love your blog/FB page.

    If I won the gift card, I would use it to treat my niece in Seattle. My family lost my brother unexpectedly three and a half years ago and it’s still hard on us, especially this time of year.

    Even though we live in different cities (I’m in San Diego and she’s in Seattle), I try to ensure she knows how much she means to me! There is a FAB high tea there and then I’d do some girl time at the spa just the two of us. We will be visiting seattle soon and it would be SUCH an amazing surprise for her!!!

  • Amanda @ MarocMama
    December 19, 2014

    I’d love to take a trip with my husband for our 10 year anniversary this April!

  • Victoria
    December 19, 2014

    I’d either use it for a ski trip to Whistler or a Mother/Daughter trip to Toronto. Choices, choices!

  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    December 19, 2014

    Since I have plans of visiting Singapore this coming January with my girl friends, I’ll be taking them with me on a weekend staycation break (some of them are working in Singapore at the moment). I would love to spend the day just relaxing either on the spa or by indulging with afternoon tea and food tasting. Girl bonding for the win!

  • Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)
    December 19, 2014

    What an amazing giveaway, Leah! I’d put it towards a hotel stay for the hubs and me. Probably somewhere out west… Jackson Hole or Santa Fe.

  • Jessica F
    December 19, 2014

    I would head back to Koh Samui and visit the FS there!

  • Kelly D
    December 19, 2014

    I think I would take my family to stay at the hotel in Philadelphia.

  • Winona
    December 19, 2014

    This is awesome!! I am dying to go to London, specifically around the holidays to see the Christmas decorations!

  • Jenna
    December 19, 2014

    There are so many of these experiences that I would love to have, but I would use it for the Downton Abbey tour or the toasting wines in the historical wine cellar in Paris. I hope to get to Europe in June, so maybe I’ll be able to try their bespoke experiences!

  • Deb
    December 19, 2014

    I am Japan dreaming. How about tge Four Seasons Tokyo.

  • Angela
    December 19, 2014

    As a Texan who (somewhat embarrassingly) doesn’t own cowboy boots, the custom Lucchese boots sound awesome!

  • Nina
    December 19, 2014

    What a great gift opportunity! I would use it to pay for one of my 8 days rafting down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon!

  • Maralyn Hill
    December 19, 2014

    I would certainly use it at a Four Seasons, one of my favorite brands.

  • Maggie
    December 19, 2014

    What a lovely giveaway! As a new mom with a five-month-old, I’d use this for a much-needed getaway with my husband to the coast.

  • Kristina
    December 19, 2014

    I would use card towards a much needed spa day!

  • Melissa
    December 19, 2014

    What a great giveaway! My husband and I are celebrating our 15th year anniversary in March. I would use this to stay in Seattle and celebrate our lives!

  • Ariana Wilfley
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it to visit a snowy place!

  • Emily Gilmour
    December 19, 2014

    Hi Leah. I would use the gift card to stay in one of the most wonderful cities in the world-New York City. I love to travel but I am a budget traveler so I have never stayed in a hotel that was more than 2 stars. I would really appreciate having such a luxurious experience. Merry Christmas!

  • Olivia Maschino
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it to escape the frigid Chicago Winter for a warm getaway so I can defrost and feel my toes again . Ha

  • Nicole
    December 19, 2014

    HI leah I would use the Gift card to take my fiancée on his first trip out of Texas

  • Kim T
    December 19, 2014

    Four Seasons Boston on a snow day with the family. Ice skating on the Frog Pond. Snowman making in the Public Garden. Hot chocolate in the Bristol Lounge. I’m TOTALLY ready! 🙂

  • Jennifer Causey
    December 19, 2014

    I’d use it to visit the Four Seasons in Chicago. I grew up in Chicago and have always thought it to be a gorgeous hotel, but have never been lucky enough to stay there. The restaurant, Allium, looks terrific, too.

  • Andrew Hall
    December 19, 2014

    I’d take my wife on a surprise trip to the Four Seasons on Maui for our first anniversary!

  • Susan Roberts
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it to experience the luxury that is the beautiful Florence Italy Four Seasons! My boyfriend lives in Florence and I would love to be able to fly over from the states and surprise him!

  • Becky
    December 19, 2014

    As much as I’m intrigued to take an exotic getaway, I think I’d rather enjoy all the Four Seasons amenities in “staycation” style at a hotel near home. With no pressure to explore or leave the hotel, it would be more relaxing to enjoy the service and amenities on site.

  • Maggie C
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it for sure towards a spa getaway!! Thank you for the chance!

  • M Gibb
    December 19, 2014

    Would probably go somewhere warm, or wait till summer and travel in Canada

  • BlessedTA
    December 19, 2014

    Book a weekend relaxation

  • The surf photo might be my favorite and reminds me I still need to get to Hawaii…. but if I can’t get there or out of the country to use the card… I’ll be heading to DC to partake in that private rye tasting at Mt Vernon… can’t think of a better way to finally get to Mt Vernon.

    Stay luxurious, Craig

  • Jennifer
    December 19, 2014

    There are so many different experiences I would like to use the gift card on! But as our time in Italy quickly dwindles down, we’ve never gotten to drive a Ferrari and I’d use it to finally have that experience.

  • Eldon
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it when I travel to the states!

  • Felicity
    December 19, 2014

    New York and catch some broadway! Or just anywhere in Europe, craving traveling just anywhere

  • Stephanie Lamza
    December 19, 2014

    My husband and I have never been on a honeymoon and we have been married for 7 1/2 years. Almost immediately after we were married, I was pregnant. Our lives have been consumed with him working and me taking care of our daughter. I would love to use the gift card to go on the honeymoon we have yet to have.

  • Scott W
    December 19, 2014

    I would visit the Four Seasons in Hampshire, England (for half a night).

  • Jenny J
    December 19, 2014

    I’m headed to Hong Kong and Singapore in late January so I would love to check out the extraordinary experiences in those cities! To quote Grease 2, “I’ll be your girl for [Four] Seasons….” 🙂 Thanks for making this contest available to us!

  • Lori Jackson
    December 19, 2014

    Eeeekkkk I would use this in Feb. When we go to Montreal for a Habs game!This would be so incredible!

  • Tamara
    December 19, 2014

    What a wonderful gift and give away. I already live in paradise, but a nice R&R Staycation would do this Momma wonders. Living out in the middle of the Pacific is sometimes a little overwhelming. If I won I would for sure take the time to pamper myself. All work and no play isn’t fun at all. I am blessed no matter what, though a nice get away with out having to budget it in, would be grand! Happy Travels …
    🙂 my friend ..

  • Toccara
    December 19, 2014

    I’d probably use the gift card to experience ultimate luxury in Bora Bora… bucket list item for sure!

  • RobRob
    December 19, 2014

    Oooh…I hear the siren song of the Four Seasons Lanai calling my name!

  • Meg Aq
    December 19, 2014

    I’d have buffet or brunch there again. I had Christmas buffet once a few years ago with visiting family members so, I’d like to experience it again during this holiday season.

  • Nazreen Osman
    December 19, 2014

    Hello,

    I would use my gift card in mexico. I have been obsessed with south america for quite a while but have loved researching, pinning and creating travel mood boards for mexico. I am hoping to at least spend a month or two travelling the country next year and trying to immerse myself in the place, people and culture. I would use my card for an extraordinary foodie experience because i ADORE great mexican food and i have always loved the idea of immersing myself in different food rites of passage from food trucks to beautiful tasting menus to dinner parties and of course a local teaching you how to cook and inviting you into their home.

    Love and Gratitude.

  • Christian @ Say Hello To America
    December 19, 2014

    I would definitely use this to continue the Past Present Project! Probably in San Francisco where my grandfather took quite a few photos. 🙂

  • Julie G
    December 19, 2014

    San Francisco…. Bike riding across the bridge and though out the town

  • Lisa
    December 19, 2014

    ooooh I would use it at the Four Seasons in Washington DC! My favorite US city!

  • Kelly
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it for NYC.

  • maria
    December 19, 2014

    I would probably take the family to Whistler.

  • Angie Away
    December 19, 2014

    I’d save it for my honeymoon! Four Seasons just about anywhere would be perfect =)

  • Mitzi
    December 19, 2014

    I would use it for a weekend of rest and relaxation, a spa weekend. I don’t know where I would use it. The Four Seasons in Austin is an awesome place to stay!

  • Jen
    December 20, 2014

    I’d either go to British Columbia or California!!

  • Melissa
    December 20, 2014

    Take my sweetheart to the four seasons in Paris and propose to her!

  • RJ
    December 20, 2014

    I would put it towards going back to DC or NYC.

  • Yuen C
    December 20, 2014

    I would use it in Vancouver

  • Amy
    December 20, 2014

    Awesome giveaway! I’d take my boyfriend somewhere new and special we’ve never been 🙂

  • Reya Rogan
    December 20, 2014

    I would take my boyfriend there for a romantic getaway weekend. I don’t think he has ever been to a Four Seasons and I would love to surprise him. It’s been so hectic with the holidays – the traffic, the crowds we really need a little quiet tom to reconnect again.

  • Lacy Colley Yamaoka
    December 20, 2014

    HI Leah!
    I would use it on our 5 year wedding anniversary at FS Austin. I think it’s important to revisit where you promised a rocking-chair future together! Wish me luck xx

  • Josh S
    December 20, 2014

    This would be very useful on our next family trip. Just need to decide on a destination! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • ann
    December 20, 2014

    I would put it towards a stay in Vancouver where I have family and friends to visit.

  • Jonnie
    December 21, 2014

    I would head to Vancouver for the weekend

  • Kelly Engstromscott
    December 21, 2014

    fantastic giveaway! I would use it to visit Four Seasons Golden Triangle on an upcoming Thailand visit. looks incredible!

  • Sara Johnson
    December 21, 2014

    I would use it for an upcoming trip we want to take to Hawaii!

  • Rachel
    December 21, 2014

    Great giveaway and a good time of year, love to win and plan myfirst 2015 trip which doesn’t involve visiting family.

  • Rona Berry-Morin
    December 21, 2014

    I would use it towards a stay at the Las Vegas Four Seasons as a surprise for my husband.

  • Jon
    December 21, 2014

    I’d use it to visit the Four Seasons in Chicago

  • Sarah
    December 21, 2014

    Oh fun!! My boyfriend and I are moving to South Korea in a couple months. I would use the gift card on one of our Asian adventures! I’m thinking Bangkok or Hong Kong! Thanks so much!!

  • molly
    December 21, 2014

    Wow! I’d surprise my husband who is working his butt off next month with a night away.

  • Leslie Hsu Oh
    December 21, 2014

    I have three kids: 9, 6, & 18mo. Although I am tempted to leave them w/hubby so I can get some writing time, I would use the gift card when I take them to one of the 7 wonders of the world. My parents took me to nearly all of the national parks in US & Canada before my mother & brother died of the same disease. I’m trying to continue the tradition with my kids plus the wonders of the world. Don’t know how to do this as a freelance writer but I’m trying because I want to anchor them to place, landscapes that can last beyond a lifetime just as my mom did for me.

  • Kristine Hansen
    December 22, 2014

    I’d use it for my upcoming 40th birthday in New York City!

  • Linda
    December 22, 2014

    A weekend getaway.

  • Starla B
    December 22, 2014

    How lovely is this! I would definitely put this to good use by visiting the Atlanta location. I could use this and how awesome this would be as a treat!

  • Laura
    December 22, 2014

    Viva Las Vegas Baby!

  • Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
    December 22, 2014

    I would go back to Bali where I had the dreamiest of experiences.

  • Kristen
    December 22, 2014

    I stay at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara.

  • jenni
    December 22, 2014

    I would spend my birthday in Scottsdale. Enjoying the sun.

  • Henry | @fotoeins
    December 22, 2014

    Anywhere and any time. Isn’t that what everyone would like? Thank you, Leah.

  • Andrew P
    December 22, 2014

    I’d use it for a weekend getaway, maybe Vancouver

  • shaunie
    December 23, 2014

    I would use it to spend summer vacation in Mexico

  • steven weber
    December 23, 2014

    I would use it in Las Vegas or Chicago.

  • Lisa Goodmurphy
    December 23, 2014

    So many incredible choices but that Downton Abbey tour is calling my name!

  • Lee B
    December 23, 2014

    I’m hoping to head to South America next year, probably flying into Buenos Aires, so a stay at the 4S there would be a fabulous start to my trip!

  • Laura
    December 24, 2014

    Love it!!

    • Laura
      December 31, 2014

      Oops forgot to mention where to… Maybe the new FS Orlando!

  • Elena
    December 24, 2014

    I would use it to book a spa appointment when I stay at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole in early June for a half marathon.

  • Carolann
    December 25, 2014

    Awesome! Since ive been travelling, Id use it to spend some time with my family and celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday!

    It’s hard to make time extra special when on a budget but having help to relax and enjoy without the added financial worry woulf be such a nice thing!

  • Brianna
    December 25, 2014

    While my mind wanders at all the different possibilities around the world most likely I’d head to the 4 Seasons in DC for a weekend of pampering.

  • Jessica DeGaine
    December 29, 2014

    I’d use for a romantic getaway!!! As new parents, my hubby and I need some cuddly time!

  • Jessica
    December 29, 2014

    What a difficult choice! Four Seasons are exceptional every where around the world! But I would probably use it in either Santa Barbara or Sedona >> two places semi-nearby I’d love to explore!

  • Pola
    December 30, 2014

    Hmm, I’d probably use it on my next California trip. This would make that trip a lot more possible actually. 🙂 I keep reading about Four Seasons on your site and would like to experience the brand for myself. Cool giveaway!

  • Kassandra Sosa
    December 31, 2014

    What an awesome giveaway! 😀

  • peachie
    December 31, 2014

    I have penpal in Japan that I would like to visit. I haven’t gone to Japan in ages.

  • Wendy
    December 31, 2014

    Tick tock. Barely made the deadline. I wanna stay at the newly renovated FS Manele Bay Lanai. Whoop!

  • Bons
    December 31, 2014

    I’ll go to Toronto and visit my friend.

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