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Another Day, Another Valley - #TravelBecause



Whether they were explorers, pilgrims, merchants, errant knights, colonisers, captives, castaways, ambassadors, pirates, or scientists, travellers filled most of history from medieval to modern times.

In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries the history of travelling in Europe was characterised by a new paradigm for travelling, called the ‘Grand Tour’, usually described as the traditional trip undertaken for pleasure by the social élite.

It began as a French expression, ‘le grand tour’, but it was appropriated by Britons of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries who had enough money to travel. It was a social ritual aimed to prepare these young men for leadership.

The Grand Tour had a common itinerary: crossing the Channel, going through the Loire Valley, Paris, and then Geneva; after that, the tourists would cross the Alps and proceed through Turin, Milan, Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples. The average duration was around two years. On their way back the tourists’ journey would include Austria, Germany, and Holland. However, Italy and France were the most popular destinations.

Throughout the centuries, travelling has taken on different shapes, starting in the form of educational experience for aristocratic students, then it evolved into something different. Travelling, as we know it nowadays, embraces a new way of being in the world. The modern travellers want to broaden their horizons, while also enjoying the leisure aspects of it. This is the case of our lovely team member Giulia, who has recently been to Courmayeur in Italy hiking among the stunning Alpine villages, such as Valgrisenche, Val Veny, Val Ferret and many others.

Unfortunately, Covid19 has harshly hit our lives and the travel industry sector, but at the same time it has pushed us to reconsider the place where we live. Therefore, even though for the most it’s very difficult to travel due to the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel, we can still travel within our country - as Giulia did - and enjoy the beauty it offers.

We have to join together, in this collective effort, so that once these hard times are over we’ll be able to travel freely once again, and we’ll be stronger than ever and waiting for you, ready to be at your disposal with our love, passion and experience.

#TravelBecause authentic travel experiences can open your mind to life’s endless possibilities.

#TravelBecause the more you see of the world, the more you’ll realise how it works.

#TravelBecause it increases happiness.

#TravelBecause you’ll discover as much about yourself as you do about the world.

#TravelBecause travel is what makes us feel part of the same world.

Did You Know? Es Vedrà, the Island of Magic and Energy



Es Vedrà is one of the biggest mysteries of Ibiza, and we’re going to guide you through this mystical landscape of intriguing carvings, asymmetrical walls, and natural seawater pools! The rocky island is entirely made of limestone and rests on the sea waters, 2km away from the south-western coast of Ibiza, facing Cala d’Hort beach.

It’s part of a nature reserve established in 2002, formed by Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and seven other islets, with a spectacular height of 381 meters above sea level, an impressive mountain it is, accessible only by sea. The island is completely uninhabited and only nature lives there!

Es Vedrà has inspired many artists, musicians, photographers, writers and painters, and has been said to send great energetic vibes, but this is only one of the aspects that make the island a magical and mystic rock!

Studies have shown that the island is the third magnetic field on Earth, after the North Pole and the Bermuda triangle. Birds completely lose their orientation and this is probably due to its presence on the island and the particular metals and minerals that interfere with them.

However, if we venture into the myths about the island, everything becomes even more fascinating! According to some legends, Es Vedrà was the home of those mermaids and marine nymphs that Ulysses met in his Odyssey.

It is also said that the Phoenicians established one of their most important colonies there, and found sacred places where they could contact their gods. One of them was Tanit, the goddess of Carthage and also of dance, fertility and creation - if you like to know more about Tanit, see our post about the warrior goddess, protector of Ibiza. Many believe that Es Vedrà is the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis.

Are you wondering why you haven't been there yet?! Well, we can help reach this wonderful gem on a boat/yacht along with a private guide. Check out our private tour ‘Mysterious Es Vedrà’, you won’t regret it!
 

Did You Know? Tanit, the warrior goddess, protector of Ibiza



Tanit, also spelled Tinith or Tinnit, was the goddess of Carthage and the goddess of dance, fertility and creation. She was probably the consort of Baal Hammon, the male god of Carthage. Tanit, also venerated in Malta, Sardinia and Spain, was a sky goddess who ruled over the Sun, the Stars and the Moon.

Both the palm tree and the serpent are attributed to her. The former represents the desert version of the Tree of Life, while the latter is a symbol of the life force of the Earth – indeed, her name means ‘serpent lady’. Other symbols associated to her are the dove, the grapes and the pomegranate, meaning fertility and fruitfulness.

It is said that the original settlers of Ibiza worshipped Tanit, she then became the protector goddess of Ibiza and there was once a temple dedicated to her. She’s still very much present on the island in spirit, as many hotels, villas, resorts and souvenirs are named after her.


Some say that she still watches and protect the island of Ibiza from the west coast, home of the sunset. For thousands of years, visitors have come to Ibiza to admire the magical glow from the sunset which bathes the sky with beautiful colors (Insider tip: You’d want to head to the area around Atlantis and Es Vedra for that perfect view).

Next time you’re dancing on the white sand beach of Ibiza while watching the sunset, don’t forget to greet the ancient deity— she might be dancing right next to you!




 

The Most Dangerous Thing About Coronavirus is the Hysteria



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This message comes intentionally relatively late as we did not want to add more misleading information into your already congested inbox after this hysterical week.

After all the recent events in Italy, Europe is in fightback mode, trying a concerted approach to lessen the coronavirus panic.
 
I am sure that worlds' governments will act the same as this is to be considered a global issue and would be a mistake to think that this problem can be circumscribed to certain countries.

We are worried that an "epidemic of misleading information" would damage "more than the virus itself", which has in fact infected so far 0.1% of certain towns in Italy and even the local governments admitted that a normal life should continue as it has been.

"It's time to stop the panic", said the Prime Minister in Italy, asking the national broadcaster Rai to "tone down".
 
Everybody appeals for calm. Milan and the North of Italy are re-opening museums, bars and public attractions reducing security measures which were put in place just at the beginning to take the necessary time to better understand the facts of the situation at hand.

But this is a story driven by perceptions, and if it's true that "The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is today hysteria", I truly believe we should all take the time to think carefully before reacting in an emotional and fear based way.
  
While it is human nature to worry, we are confident that your clients understand how to discern a real threat from a perceived one, therefore, if the idea is to cancel their trip and their travel dates are more than two weeks away, we recommend to wait another week or so before making any final decision.
 
Please contact us to discuss alternative options as we are here as your partner to insure that clients ultimately experience a memorable vacation while not putting their health and safety at risk.

Reminding you that Queen of Clubs hotline is open 24/7 every day and Jennifer and I are always at your complete disposal, 

I wish you a peaceful Friday, 

Filippo

Only the Best for the Euro 2020



It’s that time to indulge in a month of fantastic football. 12 cities. 12 countries. From the finest in hospitality and accommodation to private jets, transfers, and fantastic experiences, we have amazing packages for you! 

Premium Locations 
Get into the game with luxurious service available in Rome, London, Glasgow, Dublin and now also in Amsterdam! Enjoy sublime cuisine and fine dining. See the matches from the best vantage points. Experience the most superb hospitality luxuries available and pamper yourself with the most delicious tastes of Europe as you’re immersed in the action and spectacle.

Exciting Packages
With packages including the finest seats available for the best views, access to private suites before and after matches, dedicated service, high-end cuisine, and a vast array of beverages as well as additional entertainments, food stations, commemorative gifts and more, there’s definitely something for everyone! 

Around the Globe
We also offer incredible packages at the additional destinations of the remaining matches. Enjoy the game at the best venues in these cities offering perfect views of the matches, committed service and relaxing luxuries for the ultimate in sophisticated enjoyment.

Service meets Luxury
Queen of Clubs can help you with every aspect of your trip. We offer private jets, meet and greet services and superior cars as well as amazing experiences, tours and luxurious accommodation. All of our services are available on request so please do get in touch with us to find out more.

For additional information on what we can offer, please request our newly published Euro 2020 Brochure, just email sports@Qofclubs.com

Truly Jet-setting



Air travel is a truly luxury experience and flying privately really is the only way to fly!

Travelling ‘door-to-door’ is just what the doctor ordered – relaxing, less stress, more efficiency. It’s a much happier and luxurious experience all around!

In a schedule that revolves completely around you, get from A to B conveniently no matter where A and B are! Bordeaux to the South of France? No problem. Travel between Madrid or Barcelona to Ibiza, St Tropez and Ibiza, Paris, London, Rome, Florence, or Naples with no connections and no lengthy waits.

Single, return and multiple leg journeys can be tailored to you and your needs. If you are a group of 4 or more, it may even be more cost effective to travel for business or leisure via private jet. Specific scheduling or flight routing for attending business meetings has never been easier.

By-pass security. Fly from private terminals in bespoke aircrafts. Travel with no connections through smaller airports. Meet your pilot, and unwind during your flight, feeling refreshed at the other end - this is what private jet travel is all about!

Queen of Clubs is an official licensed private jet broker and an expert in private jet travel within Europe. We can source the best plane for your trip of complete luxury!

Why do I need a fixer?



One question we get asked frequently is ‘why do I need a Fixer?

Well, there are many reasons... Connections are key to getting the best tables and into the right clubs on the right night with the right DJ! Music is everything here. Club nights will bring a certain crowd, and we want to make sure it’s your crowd!

A Fixer in-the-know can go over your itinerary with you and make changes that will be key to making your stay memorable and completely fabulous!

Ibiza is not only about the nightlife. This amazing island offers incredible restaurants and beach clubs - too many different styles and cuisines to even try in one vacation, but your Fixer will make sure your designed itinerary suits you.

And, why not have a relaxed start to your day and stroll down to the beach when suits you? Have your Fixer hold your sunbeds for you until you’re ready (to not be disappointed as most sunbeds will be taken by midday, even after booking and payment has been made.) Additionally, your Fixer will arrive early to your reservations to make sure all is ready for you, change times if you request and check over your bills. Not sure how many bottles you’ve ordered? Your Fixer knows and will make sure the bill is right so you can enjoy every moment.

Having that trusted person by your side throughout your holiday is a luxury worth every penny. Always discreet but knowing when to be present is a skill mastered by our very own personal Fixers.Your Fixer is there for you at all times - day or night - making sure you get where you want to go whether by car or boat. Bookable for 24 or 12 hours at a time, they will ensure you are happy, relaxed and having the best time on the White Isle!

10 Years



Over the past ten years, it’s been a wonderful journey, making great friendships, forming lasting partnerships and creating a lifestyle of wanderlust and luxurious experiences.

We thank you all deeply for keeping our wonderful dream alive and helping to keep Queen of Clubs at the forefront of the industry.

Our biggest thanks goes to our team at Queen of Clubs who, each and every day, strive to make the company everything it can be.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Filippo & Jennifer

Celebrating 10 years of limitless luxury.

Excited to be live!



We are just over the moon to present our new and exciting website! The idea was to create an exclusive platform for ease and dependability with everything at your fingertips - just for you.

Password protected, navigating through our weird and wonderful experiences and luxury services is quick, easy and stress-free! Explore our vast range of tickets that we can acquire for concerts, sports, ballet, opera, cabaret, and other events - even if they’re sold out!

The elements of our QofC Lifestyle section have been carefully selected, listing our suggested hotels and restaurants. Enquire about nightlife - including a star selection of Beach Clubs and the best of Ibizan bars and clubs.

All of this can be enjoyed whilst listening to the beats of Filippo Torriani’s playlists on our Music page, complementing the vibe of your week, and don’t forget to keep an eye on this page – Stories – to stay caught-up on the latest news of our four destinations: UK, France, Italy and Ibiza.

Get started
You’ll be asked to fill in a quick, one-time form to create a password for our exclusive experiences. This will be sent via email and that’s literally it; you’ll be able to view our full range!

We hope you love our new website as much as we do. 

Enjoy browsing! With love