Russi Batliwala celebrates his 35th anniversary at Chapman Freeborn
Russi Batliwala, Chairman at Chapman Freeborn, celebrates 35 years with the leading air charter broker this summer.
Every year hundreds of passengers choose us to arrange charter flights across the globe. We’re the best in the world at what we do. And whether it be for business or pleasure, our specialist team is on hand to listen to client requirements and provide the perfect flight solution.
There are some destinations we’ve got to know very well, and which have grown in popularity over the years. They might be the perfect city break for your family or friends, a great place to meet for business or a mixture of both. Here at Chapman Freeborn we’ve compiled a list of Top 10 Popular Private Jet Destinations based on our latest flight data, and the lowdown on what makes them so special.
When your private jet charter cruises into the Bahamas, the crystal-clear waters and miles of unspoiled beaches are instantly beckoning. From your own deserted, private island to a week or two spent aboard a luxury yacht, the Bahamas offers the last word in relaxation.
But there’s more to this destination than days spent on the beach, as tempting as that may be.
Bahamian cuisine is exceptional and a food tour sampling delights such as handmade truffles and conch fritters, matched with a delicious cocktail is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
If you’re staying in Nassau, the capital city, you’ll find landmarks such as the imposing Fort Charlotte, well worth a visit. This historic building was constructed in 1787 by the British to ward off Spanish invasion. Underneath the site are dungeons and a series of winding tunnels.
The surrounding natural beauty of the area makes it impossible to resist, with the tropical birds on display at the Ardastra Gardens to the many diving sites dotted along the coastline.
Great restaurants, rum tasting, and an impressive nightlife offer up an exceptional Caribbean experience for the discerning traveller.
Glide into Van Nuys airport and straight into the heart of Los Angeles. Your private charter touches down in the Central San Fernando Valley region, where you can pick up your private car and head straight into the city.
This exclusive destination is home to the ultra-rich and famous and a city packed with fun, glamour and opportunity. Check-in at your privately rented beachfront villa or sink into the luxury of a stay in Beverly Hills at the Waldorf Astoria or Four Seasons.
With the attraction of year-round weather that soars in the summer but never gets too cold in the winter, it’s no wonder this destination remains so popular.
Take a private tour of the city or a day trip wine tasting in Santa Barbara. Californian wines are among the best in the world and a day spent in the vineyards and tasting rooms won’t disappoint.
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds why not charter a private yacht and cruise down the coast, stopping at the island of Catalina for lunch at the scenic town of Avalon, with its impressive views.
And when you’re not hitting the beach or spotting the rich and famous out and about in downtown LA, you’ll want to hit the shops. The city is so vast, it’s hard to narrow down just one hotspot but firm retail favourites include: The American at Glendale, The Grove and Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
You’re spoilt for choice for dinner and drinks in the evening but restaurants like the atmospheric République in Mid-City or the iconic Beverly Hills favourite, Spago are must-visits.
New York City. No introductions are necessary for this most famous of destinations. A walking film set, you’ll feel at home straight away in the Big Apple as you wind your way through Central Park, gaze up at the towering skyscrapers and recharge with a cocktail or two in the evening.
The city has many faces, with large communities in Chinatown, Little Italy, and Little Guyana to name just a few. And with those neighbourhoods comes an exquisite choice of food and flavours to enjoy at your leisure.
You’ll find your fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants, but nothing beats finding a small, quiet place off the beaten track and experiencing some local hospitality.
Stay at the Conrad in Midtown Manhattan or head to The Mark on the Upper East Side, with a restaurant that matches its fine reputation.
Museums, gardens, parks and some of the most famous landmarks in the world are at your disposal. Jump onboard the Staten Island Ferry for a look at the Statue of Liberty or head to the Guggenheim Museum and soak up the atmosphere. Book ahead when possible, to avoid the inevitable queues.
As the second-largest city in Croatia, Split is becoming one of the best-loved destinations for a long weekend or base for a week or two exploring the region.
Easy to reach and picturesque, this is a city steeped in culture with a history that dates back to at least the 3rd century. Founded by the Greeks, Split draws its character from many of its European neighbours but with a heart that is uniquely Croatian.
The rugged coastline features caves and islands, like Hvar, ready to explore on a private boat cruise. While inland, the copious gastro tours highlight the city’s proud culinary heritage. Combine eating and drinking with a trip around landmarks such as Diocletian’s Palace for a memorable day out.
In terms of accommodation, while not as renowned as its Italian neighbours, Split still offers excellent choices and you’ll enjoy your stay at the Time Boutique Hotel or Hotel Cvita. Both 4-star and both with pool and wellness centres.
Eating out is a treat in Split, which has become something of a gastro centre in recent years. From traditional, family-run venues like Konobo Hvaranin to the Bokeria Kitchen and Wine Bar you’ll find the best local and international cooking at your fingertips.
Charter a private jet into Grossetto, in the region of Tuscany, you’ll be tempted to stick around for a few days in this city from the Middle Ages. Packed full of fascinating architecture including the cathedral and walls dating back from the Medici era, there’s much to explore before heading off into the Maremma region.
Grossetto is the perfect starting point for your Italy trip. Less than a two-hour drive to Florence or Pisa, with smaller cities like the picturesque Siena dotted nearby.
Tuscany is a region that never disappoints. Here you’ll have your fill of rolling landscapes, high culture, art and history. Along with its fabulous wines and food, this is a destination to savour, whether you stay in one place or travel around the area.
If museums are on the list, then Florence and its Accademia Gallery must be included. Many of Michaelangelo’s stunning sculptures can be found here, including the imposing David.
And if you’re staying in Florence, then Hotel Calimala or the Art Hotel Villa Agape are great options.
Italy’s food and wine speak for themselves, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with local eateries to grand dining experiences, including Il Falconiere a wonderful restaurant and hotel located in Cortona.
One of the smaller Greek Islands, Mykanos is still packed full of things to do, or not. Whether you’re looking to fill your days or soak up the Greek laid-back attitude, Mykanos is a great way to do both.
If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a moped and explore the island by road but if that doesn’t appeal a kaiki, or small boat, might just be the best way to travel around the rugged coastline.
You can also head over to Delos Island, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece with its ancient sanctuary to the gods Apollo and Artemis, now a fine museum.
Greek food never fails to delight and with fresh seafood a must, you’ll love dining out at the many beach clubs or enjoying the hotel restaurant and fabulous beachfront rooms at the Alissachni. The sunsets are worth making time for and while quieter than its neighbours the island offers some decent bars to head to once the sun goes down.
If you are planning on moving on from Mykanos, Athens is a ferry ride or private charter flight away and all within easy reach of this beautiful island.
From the imposing cathedral to a relaxing aquarium, Palma de Mallorca is awash with sights, views, and experiences.
With its glorious beaches and cool art scene, this is a city with a great deal of character and variety. If spending time on the beach appeals, then head to the coast and find a quiet spot at Portixol or stay central for a range of bars and restaurants.
La Seu is a spectacular sandstone cathedral, which took some 600 years to build and features one of the world’s largest rose windows. Well worth the small fee and a tour of this iconic landmark.
Walking around the Old Town is a morning well spent, as is stopping for lunch at the exclusive Mercat 1930 a gastronomic market with many impressive food stalls to choose between, including an oyster and champagne bar.
Stay at the Hotel Basilica, Hotel Antigua Palma or book your private villa to enjoy the unique offerings that Palma de Mallorca has for you.
Instantly recognisable, and one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a collection of museums, galleries and picture-perfect landmarks, the city of lights is a truly special place.
Paris excels when it comes to café culture. And an hour or two spent people watching with an espresso and buttery croissant at the historic Café de Flore, is the perfect way to start the day.
The roll call of Paris’ most famous attractions is a long and must include of course, The Louvre (the most visited museum in the world), the stunning Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie – acclaimed for their collections of French Impressionist art. Visit the Pompidou Centre – Musée National d’Art Moderne which holds the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
Stroll along the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see more of the city’s famous landmarks and catch couples waltzing the evening away at the numerous pop-up dance floors.
From the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and The Gothic Royal Chapel of both situated on the Île de la Cité, to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées, and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre, the list goes on…
Head out in the evening for an aperitif before choosing from one of many restaurants on offer. Whether you’re looking for classically French or more modern fare, you’ll find it all in Paris.
Nice is a destination that never goes out of fashion. The Côte d’Azur always impresses with its sun-drenched Promenade des Anglais (named after the English expat patrons who funded it in 1822), unmissable landmarks and chic hotels.
Admire the art deco architecture of the Palais de la Méditerranée, the chic Hôtel Negresco and Sabine Géraudie’s La Chaise sculpture.
But there’s plenty more to Nice than the waterfront and when you head just a little way into the centre you’ll discover the winding streets of the city’s Old Town, with unmissable gelaterias for those with a sweet tooth.
Before dessert you’ll have plenty of dining options with some of the finest restaurants along the French Riveria. These include Nice staple, La Merenda run by Dominque Le Stanc offering bold flavours and local delicacies.
Accommodation choices boil down to a question of taste whether that’s high-end luxury hotels, private beachfront rentals, or boutique apartments.
Along the coast you’ll find Monaco, playground of the rich and famous. Head down by car or charter a private yacht at your convenience. Whether you stay in Nice for just a day or two as part of your trip along the coast, or make a week of it you’ll find plenty to do and every reason not to leave.
What can you say about the white Isle that hasn’t already been said? With sun-drenched beaches, the famous sundown bars and breath-taking sunsets, Ibiza has a reputation as the party isle that never sleeps.
And while that’s certainly true, there’s so much more to this beautiful Balearic island than disco beats and young tourists.
Head into Ibiza town and discover a cosmopolitan, but ancient Mediterranean city on the south coast of the island. With great shopping, nightlife and world-class restaurants the city is also a cultural capital with a great selection of galleries, museums and cultural events. Head into the Old Town where you’ll find the fortified citadel and the old fishing area. Across from the Old Town on the other side of the harbour you’ll discover the Marina where locals and tourists alike mix amiably. The marina is also where you’ll find a great choice of high-end restaurants and bars overlooking the water.
If you’re looking for a lively night out head to the resort of San Antonio where so many of Ibiza’s legendary bars and clubs are located.
For ideas on where to stay, you can’t go wrong with a private beachside villa and pool. But if luxury hotels are what you’re after try the Amare Beach Hotel for adults or the Hotel Boutique Ses Pireras a small and exclusive hotel located in Sant Agusti.
Russi Batliwala, Chairman at Chapman Freeborn, celebrates 35 years with the leading air charter broker this summer.
Recently, we proudly received the STAT Times – International Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year - Highly Acclaimed award at Air Cargo India 2022.