Laps of Luxury

For the true racing enthusiast, securing a ticket to the F1 Grand Prix Monaco is an unparalleled experience. Securing accommodations at the popular race, however, can prove a nightmare. For this year’s race, held May 22-24, Echelon and My Yacht Monaco have teamed to offer an exclusive package for 14 guests. The package includes daytime access aboard a private yacht with views of every qualifying race, an invitation to the Ferrari pit lane for a private introduction to the drivers and their respective cars, and suites at the nearby Hotel de Paris, which is sold out to the public every year at race time. Also included in the package is a dinner at the table of celebrated chef Joël Robuchon at his eponymous restaurant, and a personal tasting menu with the compliments of the chef himself. Prices start at ,000 per person for the three-day package. (949.429.8117,

Alexandra Foster

At Sea with Wine

For wine aficionados who desire more than a simple wine tasting, Silversea Cruises has created 11 Wine Voyages for 2009 that take passengers through the Mediterranean, South America, or Northern Europe to experience an area’s wines through tastings and lectures by vineyard owners, winemakers, and other epicurean specialists. On many voyages, guests will also have the chance to explore some of the world’s most celebrated wine regions on guided-shore excursions. One such tour is hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the founder of the eponymous brand, who will serve as host for Mediterranean cruise from Lisbon to Monte Carlo with stops in places such as Cadiz, Malaga, Ibiza, Barcelona, Cannes, and Corsica.  He’s also the managing director of the family’s Tuscan winery, Il Borro estate. Each specially designed excursion features an intimate view of a specific locale with stops along the journey while cruising on a luxury vessel with all its amenities. (

Jill Newman