Not every Cinco de Mayo celebration is going to be as festive as this sombrero-donned doggie, though, at a few hotels, there’s potential for this year’s celebration to come close. We’ve gathered three events that caught our eye, starting with a $500,000 tequila tasting in Mexico (which comes equipped other truly over-the-top perks, of course). Read on and start planning.
Jalisco, Mexico: Enjoy the World’s Most Expensive Tasting Flight
When they say “world’s most expensive,” they’re not kidding. For a hefty retail price of $500,000 you and 10 of your friends will be flown via private gulf stream jet to Jalisco, Mexico for three days and two nights at the Las Alamandas hosted by Tequila Avion founder Ken Austin. The trip perks boast luxury transportation, a 24/7 private butler, your own security detail, and a social media documentarian to do all of that social sharing so you don’t have to.
A jaunt like this comes with quite the itinerary: During your half-a-million-dollar stay, you’ll get to enjoy a private dinner curated by New York’s own Chef Josh Capon, exclusive cocktail hours, and a customized bottle of never-released tequila from Austin’s personal collection. It gets better: You also get to select and harvest agave from the Jalisco agave fields and choose an aging barrel for your own small-batch añejo tequila to be shipped to you in two years. This excursion is available for one buyer; so if you’re looking for a truly bespoke experience and have a cool half a million burning a hole in your pocket, act fast.
Las Vegas: Do the Tequila Dance with Pee Wee Herman
This might just be the perfect way to celebrate in the land of expert impersonators. Never fear—you’ll have plenty of time to gain a bit of liquid courage before joining (a fake) Pee Wee in a two-step worthy of the holiday. Join Mr. Herman at Hussong's Cantina in the Mandalay Shops between the Mandalay Bay and Luxor resorts on the Vegas strip as he walks guests through his infamous “Tequila Dance.” (Need a refresher? We’ve got you covered.)
New York: Win Piñata Prizes and Drink Tequila at the W New York – Downtown
Go for the prizes, stay for the “tropical DJ.” (Because any party boasting a tropical DJ is a party worth checking out.) Aside from a soundtrack from a world-traveled producer, party-goers can look forward to house-made chips and guacamole and a particularly intriguing drink special. Anyone who treats themselves to the $14 W signature cocktail of the night—the Desert Heart—will receive a mini piñata. Most are filled with candy, but a couple of lucky grand prize winners will find free stays at the W Bogota and W Mexico City hiding inside.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.