Aiglon Summer School. ’Nuff said.
This is no ordinary camp. It’s THE camp—a two-week program(me) on our mountain for children and teens (ages 8–17). The agenda includes language learning, all sorts of outdoor and indoor activities, and frolicking through the Alps. BTW: Where was that Aiglon banana boat when we were in school? (see the video on the Summer School Information Page). Donated by Aiglon College.
A Luxury Six-Bedroom Villa in Bali
You just have to see it to believe it—your own six-bedroom luxury villa overlooking the crystal water of the Lombok Strait. Beautifully appointed rooms. A personal staff. And a private infinity pool and beach. This Siri Mendira Beach Villa is the nec plus ultra on an island that Trip Advisor calls “a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy.” For more info click here. Donated by Siri Müller Preststulen. Value: One week—US$10,400
Hanging out with Giant Sequoias
It turns out that Nipper von Wiesenberger has a ranch in Springville, California, just outside Sequoia National Forest. Who knew? Anyway, he’s offered to let some lucky bidder(s) stay there for a week to stand tall in the redwood forests, chill, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. More info soon.
Golf at Beaverbrook
You may have heard about Beaverbrook House (https://beaverbrook.co.uk/), the former estate of Lord Beaverbrook, in the Surrey Hills near London. Today, the house and 400-acre property have been converted into a luxury hotel, restaurant, and spa. But did you know there’s an eponymous private golf course right next door? No? Not surprising. Its members prefer that their select club keep a low profile. But make no mistake, Beaverbrook is golfing at its best. The extraordinary course is ranked among the finest in the world. Designed by David McLay Kidd and eight-time major champion Tom Watson, no expense was spared to construct this 7,104-yard parkland-cum-downland masterpiece. Jonathan Fackelmayer has generously donated a four-ball at Beaverbrook to the Aiglon auction this summer. So, as Carl the greenskeeper (Bill Murray) in Caddyshack would say, we’ve got that goin’ for us, which is nice! But it will be even nicer for the high bidder. Bidding restricted to Aiglon alumni. Value: Priceless
Two Nights at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge in Swaziland
“Rod de Vletter, I presume?”
Looking for something off the beaten path? Something truly extraordinary? Bingo! Run by Aiglon alum Rod de Vletter and his wife, Lungille, the Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge is situated in a spectacular nature preserve in the mountains of northwest Swaziland, surrounded by dramatic waterfalls and lush natural forests. It’s a favorite destination for discerning travelers and nature lovers seeking a romantic or reinvigorating hideaway in a strikingly beautiful natural setting. The Ecolodge was designed to enhance every guest’s experience exploring the area’s remarkable ecosystem and also to achieve the aims articulated in their motto: “Peace, Privacy, Paradise.” For more information, click here.
A Weekend at the Ermitage de l’Oasis, near Cannes, on the Côte d’Azur
There are hotels, and then there’s… this: a truly extraordinary retreat overlooking the Med.
We know a picture’s worth a thousand words. So you get the idea. Click here for the TripAdvisor review. And here’s the hotel website, en français. Your all-inclusive weekend for two comes with dinner at the Michelin one-star Oasis restaurant and a round of golf at the nearby Riviera Golf de Barbossi. It’s a week-end de rêve in the south of France! Donated by Akram Safa.
Serious Winter Fun in Alta, Utah
Spend a week in a fabulous condo in the Village at Sugarplum in Alta/Snowbird, Utah—just a short walk from the lifts. Season after season, Alta has some of the best snow in the world, and you can’t beat the ambience. To check out all the details, click here. Donated by Nick Besobrasov and Gerald Taylor.
Two Nights & Dinner for Two at Auberge Saint-Antoine: A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Old Québec City
Here’s a fabulous escape in Québec City—a two-night stay in a “luxe” room at Auberge Saint-Antoine plus breakfast and dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Chez Muffy. The package includes a walking tour of the city with Evan Price (Aiglon ’75), gratuities, and taxes. The Auberge Saint-Antoine provides an exceptionally warm, convivial atmosphere in one of the most charming cities in North America. Throughout your stay, you’ll be treated to authentic hospitality, boutique accommodations, farm-to-fork dining, and more.
Steeped in rich history, the hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux association, providing contemporary amenities and conveniences in Québec City’s historic Old Port.
Two nights, breakfast and dinner for two (excluding drinks) plus a walking tour of the city. Value: CA$1,377 (about US$1,030). Donated by Evan Price.
Wagner and Five-Star Accommodations
Now here’s something wirklich Besonderes: a chance to grab tickets to a celebrated six-hour opera and one night in a five-star hotel room. Bid on two premium tickets to see Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at this summer’s (July 31) Munich Opera Festival plus a one-night stay in a “superior room” at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof (check it out HERE), It’s just a short walking distance from the opera house. (The plot: a woman is promised to the winner of a singing competition. A knight, Walther, who has fallen madly in love with her, struggles to enter the contest and win. Does he or doesn’t he? You’ll have to see.) If you love Wagner, or amazing cultural experiences, or if you really want to impress a date/partner, you should bid on this. For that matter, if you have a child or grandchild who has never seen a Wagnerian opera, you should bid on this. The late Delaware housemaster Robert “Bertie” Boas, who used to write liner notes for London/Decca Wagnerian recordings, surely would be all over it. Donated by Elisabeth van de Grampel. To read more about this fabulous getaway package, click here.
Margutta 19. Five-star Accommodations and Dinner for Two in Rome
“Rome. By all means, Rome!” —Audrey Hepburn (Princess Anne) in Roman Holiday [that also starred Oscar-winning Aiglon dad and granddad Gregory Peck]
So, what’s OMG in Italian? Check out Margutta 19, a luxury boutique hotel on—you guessed it—the via Margutta, in Rome’s historic center. Owned and managed by Aiglon alum Alberto Moncada di Paternò, this elegant property sits across the street from [legendary filmmaker] Federico Fellini’s old apartment, just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps. Here’s what Condé Nast Traveller had to say about it:
“Arches and patterned floor tiles, flowers stood so perfectly in their vases they must be on the payroll, and a golden light falling just right on the cobbles outside. Nothing is left to chance in Margutta 19. Even dust doesn’t fall where it’s not supposed to. Let’s make no bones about it, Margutta 19 is an expensive hotel, but it works hard to make itself worth the price, and the guests expect nothing less.”