Wine & Spirits

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There are plenty of wine and spirit events this summer for wine connoisseurs, whisky enthusiasts or those simply looking to discover a new favorite cocktail. The team at British American Household Staffing compiled this selection of some of the best ways we plan on exploring wine and cocktails this summer, from heading to a winery to learn about vintage wine to purchasing a rare bottle of whiskey. Cheers! 

 

Collecting Wine & Spirits 

Whether you're an established collector or looking to start investing, there's a variety of exciting and rare bottles coming up at the auction houses this year. Sotheby's has several upcoming online wine & spirits auctions, from select bottles from the private cellar of Dr. Gordon Ku (opens for bidding this weekend) to finest and rarest wine in October. Meanwhile, the fine wine auctions at Christie's begin at the end of September. If you're new to the world of fine wine and spirits, Sotheby's recently published an informative Guide to Starting Your Whiskey Collection and Vinfolio offers a useful beginner's guide to collecting wine. 

 

Explore Napa Valley or North Fork

Wineries in Napa Valley, California and North Fork, Long Island are now open for outdoor tastings and vineyard tours. For those on the West Coast, we suggest Cakebread Cellars' Garden to Glass Tasting, featuring a tour of the vineyard's 3/4 acre vegetable garden with the option to pick your own organic produce followed by a seated wine and food pairing led by the resident chefs. Chandon's Summer Cabana Experience allows groups of up to 6 guests to relax in a private cabana, complete with wine tasting and seasonal lunch. For a more immersive and luxurious experience, consider booking a weekend at Auberge du Soleil, a stunning hotel with sweeping views of Napa Valley. Book one of the secluded maisons for a truly private trip - each of the the 1800 sq. ft. villas offer 2 bedrooms, a private terrace with outdoor bath and more. For those on the East Coast, consider Diliberto, the only adults-only winery on the North Fork. The Italian winery offers tastings and outdoor events, such as their Opera Under the Stars evenings. For a family-friendly option, we suggest Jamesport Vineyards, one of North Fork’s oldest vineyards. The winery offers plenty of land to explore, light bites and even a hotel on site to make a weekend of it. 

 

Hudson Valley Food and Wine Fest 

Typically, the annual event takes place the weekend following Labor Day on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York; however, this year, the Hudson Valley Food and Wine Fest will be virtual and free of charge. On September 12 and 13, expect cooking demos, wine seminars and great deals on wine from small wineries.

 

Virtual Wine Classes

Whether you're looking to spend an afternoon learning more about your favorite vintage or to pursue a serious degree, it can now all be done online. We love the MasterClass led by James Suckling, American wine and cigar critic and former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator. From a vineyard in Tuscany, Suckling teaches wine appreciation, storage, etiquette, pairings and more. For those looking for something a little more detailed, we recommend Cornell's American Wine Certificate, now offered 100% online, including an at-home tasting. The program, led by renowned wine expert Cheryl Stanley, covers the basics of wines from the four major wine-producing regions of the United States: California, Washington, Oregon, and New York. Finally, for those looking for a career in wine or to develop a deep and nuanced understanding of the subject, the Court of Master Sommeliers now offers online classes. The Court's intensive educational program guides aspiring Master Sommeliers through four increasingly rigorous levels of coursework and examination; those that succeed receive the Master Sommelier Diploma.

 

Tasting Clubs 

Now is a great time to try new things from the comfort of your home and there are now many luxury subscription services for all tastes. Taster's Club is one of the most versatile - it has options for whiskey, bourbon, scotch, tequila, gin, rum, vodka and wine. Join Caskers Whiskey Club and select from American Whiskey or World Whiskey to receive two hand-selected full-size bottles of top shelf liquors in each shipment. For wine lovers, Vinebox sends 9 vials (one glass each) of the season's top wines and subscribers can order full bottles of the ones they prefer. 

 

Kosher Wine and Spirits

For those looking to try new varieties of kosher wine, we recommend the Kosher Wine Club. The subscription service offers various membership plans but for the most serious wine drinker, we love the Cellar Master level, which offers choice wines from the sommelier delivered monthly. This club also gets you first access to allocated wines and limited productions. Note that you can order bottles à la carte from the site, as well. For those looking to sip something a little stronger, consider Buffalo Trace's Kosher whiskey, produced in partnership with the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). It can sometimes be difficult to navigate what is kosher and not at the liquor store; this comprehensive document from the cRc takes the guesswork out of it and lists various brands and types of alcohol that are certified kosher, covering everything from beer to whiskey to sake. 

 

 

As always, we're here to assist with all your household staffing needs during this challenging time. Both childcare and cleaning professionals are considered essential workers and we have implemented strict protocols to make sure your family is as safe as possible. Contact us today to learn more. 


Upcoming Art & Music Events

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As quarantine continues in much of the country and businesses slowly reopen in other states, most of us find ourselves missing museum exhibitions, concerts, Broadway musicals,  Shakespeare in the park and other cultural outings cancelled due to Covid-19. The team at British American Household Staffing has gathered our recommendations for art and music events taking place this August. Any of these would make a warm summer night a little more special! 

 

An Evening at the Metropolitan Opera

The Met Opera has continued its nightly live stream, with different performances each evening, online for only 24 hours. Upcoming operas in the next week include Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In addition to the free nightly livestreams, the Met is also now offering tickets to a new, live concert series, Met Stars Live in Concert. Tickets for each recital are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 12 days.

 

The Theatre Will Survive: A Benefit for The Actors Fund 

On August 31, over 25 of Broadway's biggest stars will come together for a special benefit for The Actors Fund. The evening will feature an all new video, special performances and a talkback with the video's creators and stars. Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here

 

Hudson Valley Shakespeare's Reading Series

Each year, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival hosts a dynamic reading series featuring contemporary plays read by HVSF company members and other professional actors. This year's series has moved online and takes place each Thursday in August. This Thursday, the company will be reading Paradise Lost. Registration is free, with a suggested $20 donation per viewer.

 

The Met at Home

Since the beginning of stay at home orders, the Metropolitan Museum has been continuously improving the virtual experiences they offer. The Met's new Art at Home page makes it easy to navigate all of their online experiences in one place. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a 360° video of The Temple of Dendurlisten to an audio tour of a recent exhibitionread one of the over 500 books that the Met has made available online or get a quick recap of period or artist, the Met has a solution. Children and adults alike will both enjoy spending an afternoon wandering the virtual halls of the museum. 

 

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: Free Live Performances

Like New York, San Francisco traditionally hosts free Shakespeare performances outside during the summer months. This summer, the organization will be hosting online weekly live performances of King Lear through the end of August. Details here. 

 

The Frick: Cocktails with a Curator

Visit The Frick's website for a full list of upcoming virtual events, including weekly Cocktails with a Curator, every Friday through Labor Day. Tonight, August 21, Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp, Chief Curator offer their insight on works by Titian over a glass of wine. Cheers! 

 

 

As always, we're here to assist with all your household staffing needs during this challenging time. Both childcare and cleaning professionals are considered essential workers and we have implemented strict protocols to make sure your family is as safe as possible. Contact us today to learn more.


Private Educators and Pod Learning

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At BAHS, we are here to help you and your children adjust to what back to school looks like in 2020. Depending on where you live and your child’s school you may be able to go back with some restrictions, go digital with virtual learning, invest in a full-time private educator, or join a group of parents and form an at-home learning pod.  

 

What questions to ask when hiring a private educator

 

Having the right educator in place will not only support the family’s schedule, it will give added support and structure to each child’s development, even as we continue to stay home. To decide what type of educator is best, consider you and your children’s unique needs:    

  • What are the ages of your children?  
  • Would a former teacher or education specialist be best?  
  • Would a high-energy nanny be best? Or would your children thrive with a calm, quiet presence?  
  • Do you employ other staff in your home and need a team player, or a nanny that works best autonomously and knows what to do with little direction? Private educators and governesses are not hired to clean and instead focus solely on the education of the children.  
  • Is there a language requirement?  

   

Hire a private educator with BAHS 

 

Our team of recruiting specialists can help determine what care is best for your family and match you with qualified candidates.   

 

What are the benefits of pod learning?  

 

A pod is a group of 2-8 children, usually close in age, that are schooled together by a private educator in one home.  Pod teaching not only solves the education problem that school closures have created but also helps children to continue to socialise with others in their own age group. Day-to-day communication with other children is key to developing social skills, empathy and teamwork.  
  

These small pods are safe alternatives during Covid-19 and help ensure a nurturing environment for children while also offering the benefit of a low student to teacher ratio. 

 

Contact us to start your search or learn more about pod learning. 

 

How to stay on track with academic standards

 

Whether you elect to homeschool your children or join a learning pod with other parents, keeping your children’s education on track with state guidelines is vitally important. Most state websites have information for homeschooling standards and resources for navigating the move to at-home learning. The private educator you hire should be well-informed of these standards when creating or implementing any curriculum. Your child’s school will also have resources to help keep students current with state testing expectations. 

 

California Department of Education, Schooling from Home 

New York City Coid-19 Updates to Homeschooling 

New York State Education Department, Home Instruction 


Back to School Solutions: Learning Pods

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Click here to find the perfect solution to your children's at-home learning needs.


After months of students being at home, many parents are concerned about the level of education their children are receiving and are uncertain about what this school year may hold. Virtual schooling is simply no substitute for one-on-one time with a dedicated teacher and many students are missing the socialisation aspect of in-person schooling. Small learning pods are a safe solution to many of these problems. 

 

The pods, usually consisting of 2-8 children and one educator, maintain a consistent and nurturing environment for children during this time of uncertainty. Children are able to progress academically while also continuing to develop socialisation skills with peers.

 

We can assist with connecting you with top quality educators and other nearby families looking to form an at-home learning pod. Many of our educators have degrees from Ivy League schools and other top universities. They all hold a bachelor's degree in education and many hold masters, PhDs or doctorate degrees in education.  All of our educators have their own classroom experience, ranging from Pre-K to College level.  We are committed to providing an expert service that saves you time, sees that all details are in order, and matches you with an educator that complements your home and unique needs. 

 

What is a pod?

A pod is a group of 2-8 children, usually close in age, that are schooled together by a private educator in one home. The pod is usually created by a small group of like-minded families looking for a safe way to educate and socialise their children. The teacher will either create a custom curriculum for the pod or implement the school curriculum. 

 

In some scenarios, it may make sense for a pod to consist of two age groups. The teacher may spend part of the day with one age group and the remainder of the day with the other; this could be supplemented by independent work or virtual learning.

 

Each pod is customised to meet the needs of the participating families. BAHS can help you identify priorities and tailor the pod to best fit the children involved. 

 

What are the benefits of pod learning? 

Pod teaching not only solves the education problem that school closures have created but also helps children to continue to socialise with others in their own age group. Day-to-day communication with other children is key to developing social skills, empathy and teamwork. 
 

These small pods are safe alternatives during Covid-19 and help ensure a nurturing environment for children while also offering the benefit of a low student to teacher ratio. 

 

Contact us to start your search or learn more about pod learning.


Travel Safely: International Destinations Open to U.S. Visitors

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While many destinations are not open to U.S. visitors at the moment, there are still plenty of luxurious international options where families can plan safe and enjoyable vacations. The team at British American Household Staffing has compiled our list of top destinations that may have COVID-19 testing requirements but do not currently have a mandatory quarantine for U.S. citizens. At the moment, we recommend flying privately, if possible, to avoid crowds and other travelers; these destinations all offer convenient and accessible airports that accept private jets. Note that requirements change quickly so be sure to check the most up-to-date travel advisories before making plans. 

 

Aruba

Aruba, a gem in the the southern Caribbean Sea, is now allowing visitors from the U.S. as long as they meet COVID-19 testing and insurance requirements listed here on the country's site. Fly privately into the small but modern W Aviation Aruba FBO and you'll be just a 20 minute car ride from The Ritz Carlton Aruba. The 5-star hotel boasts a private beach, multiple pools and a 15,000-sq. ft. beachfront spa. The hotel offers a range of activities for families and couples, from private dinners on the beach to family movie night under the stars

 

Dubai 

Dubai has now begun to allow U.S. tourists to visit again - the city requires insurance and testing but no quarantine for healthy individuals. Dubai Corporation for Tourism CEO Issam Kazim has stated that the emirate has invested heavily in health and safety measures and is ready to welcome travelers. There are several airports that accept private aircraft near Dubai's center and all the major hotels are now open. To escape the city center, book a few days at the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, 45 minutes outside the city. The resort offers camel rides, nature walks, private pools and a holistic spa. 

 

The Maldives

The Maldives are open to U.S. citizens, with very few requirements or restrictions. Visitors have several airport options for private aircrafts, allowing visitors to arrive close to the resort of their choice. The three that accept international jets are Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (VRMM, MLE) Gan International Airport (VRMG, GAN), and Villa International Airport (VRMV, VAM). The islands offer a number of outstanding hotel choices but for the most luxurious and private experience, consider the Four Seasons Voavah. The unparalleled resort offers a seven bedroom private island, complete with a dedicated 25-person staff, a yacht for use anytime and a private spa. 

 

Mexico 

While the ground borders into Mexico are closed, American tourists can still fly into the country. We suggest flying privately into the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (NULL) or the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and then taking a car to Esperanza, the only private beach resort in Los Cabos. For a short stay, book one of the hotel's oceanfront rooms with a large private terrace and infinity-edge hot tub. For a longer stay, consider one of their 3-bedroom villas, featuring a pool and private chef and butler. 

 

Turks and Caicos 

Turks and Caicos is now open and accepting international travelers, including those from the U.S. Be sure to visit this website for details on testing requirements and to complete the mandatory pre-trip questionnaire. You must fly into either Providenciales International Airport (PLS) or McCartney Intl Airport, Grand Turk Island, Turks (MBGT / GDT) - the latte is smaller and less crowded than the former but is also a bit further from most of the major resorts. You may also arrive by yacht as long as your Captain plans ahead - not all marinas are points of entry, and it may be necessary to call ahead to ensure that customs and immigration personnel are present.
 

In terms of lodging on Providenciales island, we recommend Amanyara, a gorgeous luxury resort on the west shore of the island. The hotel can arrange or advise on the best flight plan for a private aircraft, as well as yacht and marina services. The resort offers scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking adventures, sailing, a full spa and wellness program and multiple dining options. For maximum privacy and space, book one of the villas, complete with private dining spaces and a pool. Another great choice, especially for families, is The Shore Club. The hotel, located on the prestigious Long Bay Beach, was named #1 Resort Hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas by Travel & Leisure. It offers multiple options for families of all sizes and a variety of activities, including tennis, kayaking and kitesurfing.

 

As always, we're here to assist with all your household staffing needs during this challenging time. Both childcare and cleaning professionals are considered essential workers and we have implemented strict protocols to make sure your family is as safe as possible. Contact us today to learn more.


Top 3 Reasons to Work with a Nanny and Staffing Agency

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If you are in a position to hire household staff, it’s even more important than ever to evaluate your unique needs. Now that you may be working from home, do you see any inconsistencies in your staff? Would an additional part-time housekeeper relieve some of the workload? Is your estate manager stretched too thin managing multiple homes? Take time to consider how additional staff can help optimize the care of your home. 

 

Working with a nanny and staffing agency can relieve much of the stress of interviewing and onboarding new staff. We are dedicated to find the right solution for your family that results in a safe placement, and long-term contentment between you and your staff. 

 

Top 3 Reasons to Work with a Nanny and Household Staffing Agency 

 

1. Save Time 

At BAHS, our expert team sources qualified candidates and conducts a rigorous screening and interviewing process. Through our vetting process, you won’t waste time meeting candidates that are not a good fit for your lifestyle and family. Reference screening and background checks are also handled by our team to ensure only the highest quality candidates meet with our clients. 

 
 

2. Expert Attention to Details 

A staffing agency acts as an abridged HR department dedicated to the success of your home. BAHS’s expert placement specialists will be able to understand your needs and help identify the best solutions to staffing your home. You will be supported through the entire hiring process, including advisement on salaries, benefits, schedule and any relevant tax information in your state. 

 
 

3. Third Party Perspective and Personalized Care 

BAHS’s belief in matchmaking sets us apart from other staffing agencies. Our recruiters will work with you to understand your unique needs and match you with candidates that can provide high quality service and care. For us, success is a placement that results in a contented home and staff who enjoy long-term job fulfillment. 

 
 

Hiring Nannies and Domestic Staff

 

We work to match qualified candidates for any position in your home. Common placements are listed below. Contact our office today to find the right solution for your unique needs. 

 

  • Housekeepers and Executive Housekeepers 
  • Nannies 
  • Personal Assistants 
  • Private Chefs 
  • House Managers 
  • Estate Managers 
  • Yacht Crew 
  • Private Educators and Pod Educators 

 

With the school year fast approaching, we are happy to find the right private educator for your children. We offer many options for online or in-person learning for a single family or group of families. 
 

 

Contact BAHS to Find the Right Household Staff 

 

Due to our tech-savvy culture, reviewing candidates and interviewing can be done seamlessly. Once you have a candidate you’d like to hire, options for self-quarantine and isolation before their start date are available. Depending on the area in which you live and your unique situation, testing may soon be available to ensure your family and staff stay safe and healthy. 

 

Our expert recruiters can assess your needs and recommend the best course of action for keeping your current staff or hiring during this time. Connect with your local office today to discuss your options and begin implementing structure. 


Travel Safely: Secluded Locations for Luxury Travel this Summer

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Travel to many international destinations is not an option for U.S. residents at the moment; however, there are plenty of luxurious and remote travel destinations right here in the U.S. for a safe, family-friendly vacation or a romantic getaway.

 

Lanai, Hawaii 

The Four Seasons Resort on Lanai is described as a "secluded, oceanfront retreat on Hawaii’s last unspoiled island." The five-diamond Resort is a wonderful choice for couples, families and solo travelers looking to unwind in lush surroundings. Just a 30-minute flight from Honolulu International Airport, or a 45-minute ferry ride from Maui, the destination is easily accessible but still incredibly remote. Spend your time lounging in a private cabana by one of the lagoon-style pools, exploring the botanical gardens, relaxing with an outdoor massage at the spa or indulging in a gourmet dinner under the stars at one of the 9 restaurants. For even more privacy and space, inquire about one of the hotel's several suite options with outdoor patios for private dining.

 

Adults Only: Little Palm Island, Florida

Little Palm Island is a secluded retreat off the coast of Florida open to travelers ages 18+.  Accessible only by seaplane or private boat, the private island offers an escape from the busy, virtual world. Once there, explore multiple outdoor dining options - from the hotel restaurant with stunning ocean views to private dining in the guest rooms and verandas to a romantic dinner for two on the beach. Activities on the island include sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and sky diving - plus an indoor/outdoor spa that offers massages, facials and a variety of specialty treatments. 

 

Los Angeles Staycation: The Hotel Bel Air

For Los Angeles residents looking for a little luxury close to home, we recommend the Stone Canyon Suite or the Presidential Suite at the historic Hotel Bel Air. The smaller Stone Canyon Suite measures 1,480ft² and includes a private outdoor dining area with fireplace and jacuzzi. The incredible Presidential Suite boasts a private dining area for ten, a chef’s kitchen, a study, a living room with grand piano, and a private, full-sized swimming pool. The hotel is one our favorites in the area with great food, beautiful flowers year-round and landscaped grounds to explore - keep an eye out for the swans! 

 

Denali, Alaska

If you're looking to escape the recent warm weather, Sheldon Chalet in Denali, Alaska might be the choice for you. Air transportation is the only way to reach the private chalet 6,000 feet above sea level; there are no roads, rails or trails accessing the area. The stunning lodge can accommodate a group of up to 10 guests. The property includes 5 bedrooms, each with breathtaking views of the peak of Denali, North America’s highest mountain. The all-inclusive Exclusive Experience includes an inbound and outbound helicopter tour from Talkeetna or Anchorage, Alaska, meals prepared by a world-class chef, guided explorations and more. 

 

Santa Barbara, California 

Book a private cottage at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The hotel dates back to 1893 and includes over 500 acres of property, 17 miles of hiking trails, lush gardens, wine tours, swimming pools and more. The cottages include outdoor dining areas, private gardens and hot tubs. And a fun fact: John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in one of the cottages on the grounds. 

 

East Coast Wellness in Lenox, Massachusetts

Canyon Ranch is a wellness resort located in an expansive, secluded area of the Berkshires. Guests can choose a guided experience with a focus on medicine, exercise, nutrition, or spirituality or can simply choose to enjoy the surroundings and plan a personalized journey. The resort offers nourishing gourmet food, fitness and meditation classes, spa treatments and more. Note that currently Massachusetts has implemented quarantine restrictions for many states. As of July 29, travelers from Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are free to enter MA with no restrictions. Travelers from other states may consider Canyon Ranch's locations in California, Arizona and Nevada.

 

As always, we're here to assist with all your household staffing needs during this challenging time. Both childcare and cleaning professionals are considered essential workers and we have implemented strict protocols to make sure your family is as safe as possible. Contact us today to learn more.


Staying Home: Hiring Yacht Crew for Your Estate

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Former yacht crew make wonderful estate and household staff due to their experience with 5 star, white-glove service. Many are accustomed to working extremely long hours and months away from home. As families are staying home and travelling less, many experienced yachts crew professionals are looking for opportunities to work on land. 

  

Why are Yacht Crew Good Hires for Household Staff? 

To illustrate the work ethic and commitment of staff with yacht experience, look at the job description of a chief stewardess: 

  • Oversee the interior of the vessel including upholding service requirements, concierge, housekeeping, and laundry 
  • Plan and coordinate events 
  • Care for all guests and cater to their unique preferences 
  • Prepare invoices for charter guests  
  • Train other members on the crew in the standards of care for the ship, guests, and crew. 
  • Oversee interior maintenance work  
  • Coordinate planning with the yacht’s owner, including all the planning involved in a booking a vessel of 23 crew members and 18 guests 
  • Must be available at all times 
  • Working hard to prepare the vessel and process orders before guests arrive 

  

These skills are easily transferable to domestic staffing. Attention to detail, working with the guests’ preferences in mind, and working efficiently are all stellar qualities in household staff. For example, housekeeping on a yacht must be exceptional and seamless due to the close quarters and fast-paced schedule. There is so much to do onboard that tasks must be done correctly the first time. 

   

Hire Qualified Household Staff & Yacht Crew 

If you are an estate manager, house manager, personal assistant, or principal hiring for an estate, you cannot go wrong hiring seasoned yacht crew who are looking for a change of pace. 

 

If you are planning to travel this year, hiring the right yacht crew will help you and your family maintain best practices to keep you and your household staff safe and healthy. Contact our office today to discuss your needs and find the right staff for your home or yacht. 


Travel Safely: Charter a Yacht or Book a Private Flight

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Given the current circumstances, travel has become either an impossibility or a source of stress for many families. With flights cancelled, travel restricted and concern over COVID-19 safety practices, it can be difficult to navigate the best way to safely travel and enjoy time with loved ones. As a result, many are looking into private travel options. Private vehicles, yachts and jets all offer safer alternatives to public travel at the moment. Luckily, as many companies adapt to the changing world, a worry-free trip can now be booked quite quickly and easily.

 

Yachts

British American Household Staffing offers yacht crew placement, as well as yacht brokerage and chartering. 

 

Yacht Crew

Finding the right yacht crew brings the same level of comfort and efficiency you expect at home to your travels. We screen potential candidates based on their experience, professionalism, and references to bring the same high-quality caliber of staff to yachting that we provide for households. Placements include captains, engineers, chefs, nannies and more. As with all of our current placements, we can help coordinate a period of isolation and quarantine for new staff, if necessary. 

Contact us today for assistance staffing your vessel this summer. 

 

Yacht Brokerage and Chartering

We most frequently work in California, South Florida, Bahamas, New England, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean but can assist wherever your dream vacation may take you. 

Contact us to be connected with our yacht office to speak further about your specific needs. 

 

Private Air Travel 

For those with their own aircraft, British American Household Staffing is happy to assist with private jet staff, including chefs and butlers, on both coasts, as well as internationally. It is also possible to easily book seats on a private flight through several services; we've compiled a list of the top private jet rental companies to help book your ideal getaway.

 

NetJets

NetJets has consistently been ranked as one of the top private airline rental firms since its launch over 50 years ago. As the oldest and largest private jet company in the world, it is a go-to trusted resource. The company is primarily based around fractional ownership but does offer programs for those who fly less than 50 hours per year or aren't looking to make a long-term commitment. 

 

XO

XO is a great choice for those looking to make last minute plans or value increased flexibility. The service offers instant digital booking and flexible cancellation policies for members. You can choose between becoming a member for lower rates across the board or pay-as-you-go and easily search and book private flights at the higher non-member rates. 

 

VistaJet

VistaJet differentiates itself by being the only private jet company which offers global services with its own fleet. There are a number of companies which charter private aircraft across the globe but no others do so entirely with their own private fleet. To date, VistaJet has flown to over 1,900 airports in 96% of the world's countries with it fleet of 70 Global and Challenger jets. The service offers multiple membership option depending on frequency of travel. 

Note that this summer VistaJet is advertising private Covid-free air transfers direct to private yachts. The service includes a private customs area, a VIP lounge and a sanitized private car to the marina where the yacht awaits. 

 

Paramount Business Jets 

Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) offers private jet charter flights to and from any destination in the world with as little as 4 hours notice. They have staff on hand 24/7 to answer any questions and accommodate last minute bookings. PBJ offers on-demand service and is a smart option for those new to private air travel. 

Contact us to staff your private jet.

 

As always, we're here to assist with all your household staffing needs during this challenging time. Both childcare and cleaning professionals are considered essential workers and we have implemented strict protocols to make sure your family is as safe as possible. Contact us today to learn more.


Back to School – At Home: Hiring Private Educators and Tutors

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We are officially nearing “back to school” time, but this year, that time is going to look very different. Depending on where you live and your child’s school you may be able to go back with some restrictions, go digital with virtual learning, or invest in a full-time private educator. 

 

Hiring a Governess, Nanny/Tutor, or Private Educator 

A governess or nanny/tutor will be able to prioritize educational activities and work with each child’s unique learning styles to foster an engaging environment.  

 

Virtual or At-Home School Young Children 

Our little ones benefit the most from classroom settings, peer interactions, and dedicated teachers. Depending on where you live, your school may be able to make accommodations to ensure the safety of children and teachers to return. Minimizing contact is still best practice, so you may decide to keep your children home even if your school is open. 

 

Hiring a full-time governess or educated nanny will help your little ones adjust and succeed at home. Taking on full-time school is not for any nanny, however. We recommend nannies or governesses with extensive backgrounds in education or teaching to help keep children on track. Many teachers are making the transition to private homes and are great hires for parents wanting to invest in their children’s development at home. 

 

Virtual or At-Home School for Older Children 

Your older children will most likely be engaging in some form of virtual learning in the fall. Many will be able to manage their own time and keep up with assignments. Having a dedicated tutor on hand can help them keep up with assignments, organize their schedule, and continue active learning so they don’t fall behind. 

 

Former teachers are good hires for older children as well. They can create or follow lesson plans and give extra attention to certain subjects if needed. 

 

Hiring the Right Private Educator for Your Family 

Having the right educator in place will not only support the family’s schedule, it will give added support and structure to each child’s development, even as we continue to stay home. To decide what type of educator is best, consider you and your children’s unique needs:   

  • What are the ages of your children? 
  • Would a former teacher or education specialist be best? 
  • Would a high-energy nanny be best? Or would your children thrive with a calm, quiet presence? 
  • Do you employ other staff in your home and need a team player, or a nanny that works best autonomously and knows what to do with little direction? Private educators and governesses are not hired to clean and instead focus solely on the education of the children. 
  • Is there a language requirement? 

  

 

The Benefits of Hiring a Private Educator or Governess 

This year has been hard on children and families as schools stay closed or move to virtual learning. Having a dedicated professional to help your children keep up with school and adjust to life at home can add stability and support for parents. Your child’s education and development won’t fall behind. 

 

It is important to remember that professional educators and governesses are experienced and dedicated to your child’s education and development. Because of this specialty, they do not perform extensive household tasks like cleaning or cooking. Consider your family’s needs and priorities when hiring staff and be clear about expectations from the beginning to avoid confusion later. 

 
  

Hire a Governess or Nanny/Tutor with BAHS 

Our team of recruiting specialists can help determine what care is best for your family and match you with qualified candidates.  

  

Still not sure exactly what type of private educator or governess your home needs? Contact our office to connect with an expert recruiter that can assess your needs and recommend the right care for your family. 

  

Because every family’s needs are different, our commitment as your nanny agency is to provide expert service that saves you time, sees that all details are in order, and matches a nanny that compliments your home and unique needs. We believe that if both sides of the placement - family and nanny - are beyond satisfied in their placement, the relationship will be happier, more successful and longer-lasting. 

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