A few weeks ago I posted about three luxury spas in Miami, (two of which I’ve spa’d at) and I referenced The Christmas Book by Neiman Marcus, because some of the spa packages are over-the-top fantasy fabulous, which could be a contender for the catalog. So while I’m on my Neiman “fabulous” Marcus kick, today I’m going to share another whimsical escape with you, and it’s all about being motivated by nothing more than lavish caprice. And yes, this very special Jet Set Dinner is one for the opulent and indulgent Neiman Marcus Christmas Book; as it is the ultimate [holiday] gift for that person who literally has everything.
Recently I was a guest at the inaugural Jet Set Dinner. It all happened so quickly, I didn’t have a chance to say anything but yes. 4pm? Yes. I’ll be there. Yes.
And there I was, 4pm sharp at the Boca Raton Executive Airport waiting to hitch a ride to Key West then a boat to Sunset Key. This dinner defined dining experience. And this is how it all went down….
Words such as exceptional, rich, magnificent set the tone for the evening. Granted this tony experience is not for everyone as the price tag begins at a cool $5000, yet this is one of those instances where you get what you pay for. Aura Jets, a private jet company based out of Boca Raton acts as your personal concierge arranging the entire evening; one phone call does it all. Aura Jets has partnered with Latitudes Restaurant on Sunset Key, and together they have created a dynamic evening-escape package, Jet Set Dining where you, as a guest can fly from any airport in Florida to Key West/Sunset Key for dinner and back the same night, a slight step up from dinner and a movie. The experience is impressive, whether you live a lifestyle according to private jets and such or you have a very special occasion to celebrate, this exclusive dinner and a jet just might fit the bill.
And with a private jet comes all the amenities; there is no waiting in airport security lines, no TSA pat-downs, no grappling with weight restrictions on luggage. You check-in, in a private terminal meet the pilot and staff and depending where your jet for the evening is parked, either at the terminal door where you will literally be footsteps away from boarding your plane or if your aircraft is down the tarmac a bit you will be shuttled by a driver to your plane. The whole private terminal experience alone is worth its weight in gold; something I believe most of us could very, very easily get used to. Flight time is less than an hour to Key West International Airport but definitely enough time to enjoy the in-flight Champagne service and actually begin to take in this magnificent experience. The elevated views heading to Key West are breathtaking; you fly low enough, at approximately 18,000 feet to see the beauty of land and sea; a completely different perspective than traveling via four wheels on Overseas Highway.
When you land at Key West International Airport a limousine is waiting on the tarmac for you to deplane and whisk you to your next destination, The Westin Key West Resort & Marina where you’ll board the Sunset Key boat, Lil Princess for a short ride to the exclusive Sunset Key for your private dinner.
Due to the timing of our arrival at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina, we had about ten minutes of lag time before boarding Lil Princess, to Sunset Key. So in keeping with the opulence of the evening we enjoyed yet another sip of Champagne and took in the stunning water view of what soon was to be our magic carpet ride to dinner.
As we left Key West you could feel the anticipation of what was to come, but not quite sure what was in store. And had it ended right here at this moment, I’ll tell you it was quite the ride.
As we approached Sunset Key this is what we saw;
It was a scene off a Pinterest Board, a quietly set table on the beach. This was our table. This is the Jet Set Dining table. This is THE table with a view. [I'm so glad it didn't end with the boat ride.] This entire experience is what dreams are made of.
The view simply could not get any better, even if we had ordered it off the menu.
The waitstaff are referred to as attendants. And “tend” to your needs they do. The gentleman sitting next to me realized the battery in his phone needed to be charged; being hawk-eye aware, our lead attendant for the evening stepped right up and offered to take his phone and charge it for him. Under any other circumstances you might be hesitant to give up your phone but on this Jet Set Dining adventure nothing is too far-fetched, too private, nor too accommodating.
Todd Holender the Executive Chef at Latitudes has been with the company for four years and has creatively put his stamp on the menus at Sunset Key. Our dinner was no exception. What I found to be interesting, was the simplicity of the menu with an interesting twist of flavors and textures. You would expect a predominance of seafood being mere inches from the Gulf of Mexico but I have to say it was in equal parts to beef and fowl. This actually speaks volumes to the type of clientele that frequent Sunset Key. The menu changes regularly and has changed from the time that I was a guest to now as I write this article.
Two dinner guests ordered beef, and the rest of us ordered seafood; all you could hear while we were eating dinner was the sound of the waves rolling in. If this Jet Set Dining package isn’t in your budget, a lunch or dinner at Latitudes very well could be and I do recommend you check them out the next time you visit Key West. It is a welcome change to burgers and beer on Duval Street. While Jet Set Dining overall is elaborate, it is the exclusivity of the evening that will appeal to most who have means to take advantage of this offering.
As this evening of “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” came to an end I was melancholy, I didn’t want it to end. However, the premise of the Jet Set Dinner is to fly to Key West from any airport in Florida for dinner and you’ll be back home before midnight. Ah, the fabulous life of the jet set. Click here to view the photos from the Jet Set Dinner evening.
Latitudes at Sunset Key 245 Front Street Key West, FL 33040
Aura Jets 3700 Airport Road Boca Raton, FL 33431