Beyond LIMITS is an exciting series of unique and awe-inspiring events taking place exclusively at iconic Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Accor Live Limitless Hotels (ALL) across North and Central America through March 2023. These events elevate luxury experience to a whole new level of opulent and immersive activities that bring something new and unexpected to the destination or hotel.
“When everyone and everything in the travel space claims to be ‘luxurious’, the term loses its true value as a point of exclusivity and differentiation. So, we asked the question – “how can we bring the luxury experience back to life, what does it really mean to go beyond expectations, in the limitless way that our Fairmont customers and ALL members deserve?” said Jeff Doane, chief commercial officer of Accor North and Central America.
“With ‘Beyond LIMITS’, we are able to redefine luxury, challenging the norms of what is expected. We pushed ourselves and our teams to go beyond anything that had come before, and the result is a collection of highly inventive and exclusive experiences that have to be seen to be believed. It’s “Beyond the LIMITS”.
I attended the first Beyond LIMITS event, Tea Noir at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, Washington, as part of a press trip. I can attest that this was an over the top event and lived up to Beyond LIMITS expectations. See number 8 below for more information.
Pro Tip: Reservations are essential for these limited exclusive events. Some have as few as 10 tickets per night. Tickets for the Tea Noir event I attended in Seattle sold out in less than a week with almost no advertising.
1. Symphony in a cenote
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
One of Riviera Maya’s famous limestone caves, known as the cenote, will be transformed into a stunning, candlelit concert hall. Symphony in a Cenote evening begins with dinner at La Laguna at the hotel. Then follow candlelit passageways into an underground cavern where a unique luxury experience awaits. Sip champagne and themed cocktails before the symphony begins. Soak up the magic of the candlelit space as the maestro strikes the first notes. An unforgettable musical journey in a space considered sacred by the Mayan culture.
2. Pauoa Bay Underwater Ballet
Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Hawaii
Using snuba equipment, guests will be able to enjoy the underwater ballet of Pauoa Bay in a magical underwater world. This gripping performance is something very few people have experienced live. This event is still in the planning stage, so check back to the Beyond LIMITS website for more information.
3. The Vertical Stage
Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California
The Fairmont Century Plaza is transformed into a vertical stage for this event. Relax under the stars sipping cocktails. The Plaza’s famous 19-story crescent-shaped hotel provides the perfect backdrop for this event. The BANDALOOP dance troupe uses climbing technology to create one of the most interesting performances you will ever see. Dancing in the sky, a BANDALOOP performance celebrates the architecture of the building on which they perform. “They say what we are doing is a death challenge. I would say it’s vital,” said Amelia Rudolph, Founder.
4. Fire and Ice
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
A small log cabin surrounded by nothing for miles and located on the edge of frozen Lake Louise is the site of Fire & Ice. In the midst of this snowy winter landscape, savor Robatayaki, a style of Japanese cooking over hot coals. East meets west as you sip sake and savor this feast of premium wagyu beef and fresh seafood sizzling before your eyes. The ice cream from outside contrasts with the wood fire as you enjoy this dining experience.
5. High O2
Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta,
For this jaw-dropping event, pun intended, the company is transforming an iconic mountaintop bistro into an oxygen bar. The Canadian Rockies are known for their pristine mountain air and the Haute O2 event showcases this natural feature. Depart from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel known as “Castle in the Rockies,” in a vintage open-top bus to the famous North American chairlift. Ascend to an elevation of over 7,000 feet to the new Oxygen Bar. Limited to just 8 people, refresh mind and body with oxygenated cocktails and bites, aromatherapy, vinyasa flow yoga, and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
6. Enchanted Forest
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Fairmont Waterfront transforms its rooftop garden into an enchanted forest for this event. Celebrate the lush natural beauty of British Columbia from this terrace filled with sprawling trees and breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver and the harbour. Listen to a private orchestra while sipping cocktails. Expect magical surprises throughout the evening.
7. After Scottsdale
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona
Step into the ultra-luxe Chateau Champagne, a winter wonderland exclusive to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for After Scottsdale. Relax around private fire pits enjoying live acoustic entertainment and spectacular views of the lagoon light. Snack on gourmet bites and sip bubbles. It also includes activities from Christmas to Princess, an annual event that visitors and locals alike visit year after year.
8. Black tea
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington
Celebrate the long history of the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant tea culture with a Tea Noir experience. Enjoy a glamorous evening with a playful dark twist on tea. Enjoy unique craft cocktails infused with LOT 35 teas. Enjoy a tower of tea with these delicious treats, salty cheese and chive scones with vegetable jam and homemade smoked butter, oysters from the Washington State and Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Organic Egyptian Chamomile, Revitalize Tea Smoked Duck Breast Sandwich with Hay Roasted Carrots and Pickled Stone Fruit, Creamy Earl Gray Panna Cotta, Airy Lavender Chocolate , caramel sponge, grilled honey streusel and a green tea macaron. At the Tea Noir event I attended, the savory cheese and chive scones were a masterpiece of culinary perfection. I still dream of their wonderful taste.
Pro Tip: Check back to the Beyond LIMITS website regularly as more events will be added throughout the year. Upcoming events include skiing with an Olympian at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a private cave dinner in Barbados with the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, attending the International Emmy Awards with Sofitel New York, or a spa day in the Puerto Rican jungle. with the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel.