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September 3, 2007updated Dec 20, 2023

Elite Recommends – Vienna’s Ultimate VIP Experience

By Chris Boyle


The Red Carpet Outside Vienna’s City Hallll, At Life Ballll 2011

One of the most exclusive and high-profile charity events on the international social scene, the Life Ball is an extravagant, flamboyant and wildly popular annual event, supported and attended by statesmen and superstars, all in aid of raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS sufferers and campaigns.

To date the Life Ball has raised more than $21 million, helping an important cause via a lavish and glamorous evening of music, drinks and dancing, lit up by a megawattage of star power. The only way to arrive at this exclusive party – a mere 3,780 tickets for which are released each year – is in true VIP style, courtesy of Steele Luxury Travel’s elite package.

Those in the US will enjoy business class flights to Vienna, which include an on-board private chef and speciality Viennese coffee tastings; alternatively guests can choose to travel in their own jets and meet up with Steele once in the city. Upon arrival, guests transfer in style to their base at the luxury boutique Ring Hotel, and are whisked off for two quintessential Viennese days of coffee and pastry tasting, dinner at stylish gourmet restaurants, a city tour and drinks at glamorous bars, culminating in the Life Ball 2012 on the Saturday evening. Expect the flamboyant opening outside the majestic city hall to include a star-packed fashion show, showcasing the hottest names on the international couture scene. Expect outrageous costumes (the 2012 theme is ‘Fire – Fight the Flames of Ignorance!’, and ball-goers have no qualms about being as glitzy and ostentatious as possible), performances from musical legends, a glamorous international star compère (past hosts have included Janet Jackson), and the sight of VIPs as diverse as Bill Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg getting down to some serious partying. Your ticket will include red carpet access, as well as the option to purchase all the hottest VIP extras, such as a ticket to an exclusive pre-Life-Ball dinner hosted by President Clinton – whose charitable foundation is one of the fundraiser’s beneficiaries.

Your Life Ball experience is rounded off with an indulgent morning-after brunch party at one of the hippest spots in the city – but that’s not all. If you still have an appetite for stylish travel and fun after the previous night’s revelry, Dane Steele will whisk you to Prague – one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe – for two nights at an exclusive five-star hotel, and three days of luxury, fine dining and wonderful sightseeing. And as Steele Luxury Travel specialises in truly bespoke experiences, your trip ends when you say it does; Dane can assist with arranging further European adventures after Vienna and Prague, or you can jet home in style for some well-earned rest.


Wednesday May 16

  • Steele Travel Life Ball Flight JFK Airport – Vienna on Austrian Airlines Flight #88

Thursday May 17

  • Morning arrival into Vienna, Austria
  • Transfer provided to the The Ring Hotel
  • 3pm: Viennese coffee and pastry tasting at Demel, one of Vienna’s most classic confectionary houses
  • 7.30pm: Welcome dinner at Do & Co’s Albertina Restaurant at the Albertina Museum

Friday May 18

  • 11am: Vienna bike city tour
  • 8pm: Departure from hotel to Motto for dinner
  • 11pm: Motto Bar and Vienna Nightlife Tour

Saturday May 19

  • Free Day
  • 4pm: Life Ball preparations begin
  • 8pm: Life Ball 2012

Sunday May 20

  • 4pm: Post Life Ball brunch party at Halle

May 21–23

  • Jaunt to Prague
  • Two splendid nights at the five-star luxury hotel and spa, Roccoforte Praha Augustine.

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