Navigating local lockdowns, air corridors, new documentation and ever-evolving entry requirements, 2020 hasn't been an easy one when it comes to travelling (or anything else for that matter). However, with a vaccine on the scene and testing rapidly increasing, we are feeling hopeful and here to help you make up for lost time. Expect irresistible inspiration, unmissable experiences and spectacular savings to make next year one to remember... for all the right reasons!
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Go on a Family Safari
After a year of missing out on your usual family holidays, spend 2021 making up for it with an unforgettable South African safari. Set within 25,000 acres of widespread bushveld in the Eastern Cape, the malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to the Riverdene Lodge, that has been well and truly designed with families in mind. Incredibly intimate, there are just nine luxury rooms here, while family-focused facilities include a swimming pool with shallow area for little ones, children's menus and an incredible Adventure Centre, complete with a zipline and climbing walls. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the fabulously friendly children's coordinator, who will discuss the perfect itinerary for your little darlings. Children over four can join their parents on once-in-a-lifetime game drives with engaging experts, crafting family memories that will truly last a lifetime, while you can also meet rescued lions and leopards at the Born Free Foundation Rescue Centre.
Get Every Generation Involved
When it comes to a luxury holiday for the whole family - from toddlers to grandparents - there's nowhere quite like Portugal's Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort. As well as a variety of super-luxe rooms and suites, this expansive resort is also home to a collection of townhouses and villas with up to four bedrooms - ideal for a multi-generational getaway. Pint-sized travellers will be in heaven at Porto Pirata kids' club, the largest in the region and spread over almost two acres! While little ones have fun with the pirate ships, mini-golf course, basketball course, duo of swimming pools and supervised activities, or teens embrace the fun at the Junior Club, older generations can experience the delights of Pine Cliffs themselves. You'll no doubt lose golfers to the immaculate Pine Cliffs Golf Course, perched 200 feet above the golden sands and blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, while the new state-of-the-art spa is a haven of relaxation for tired parents. If you're keen to discover the destination, a range of family-friendly local experiences can be arranged.
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Indulge in a Spa Experience to Remember
Promising a Cretan escape with wellness at its forefront, Porto Elounda is home to a simply superb Six Senses Spa, spread across a staggering 2,200-square-metres and home to a Finnish sauna, Turkish hammam, outdoor bubble beds, a thalassotherapy pool, thermal suite and exclusive tepidarium which combines the elements of glass, heat, stone and marble to induce complete calm. The focus here is very much on blending the best of modern science with individualised treatments, using the cutting-edge Biologique Research skin lab to provide a full skin diagnostic and a personalised approach to wellness. The treatment menu also celebrates the natural bounty of the locality with Greek-inspired therapies including a body scrub with Cretan sea salt and olive oil, a firming facial utilising the powerful antioxidant qualities of red wine, and a power massage named after king of the Greek gods, Zeus.
Seek Serenity in the Sunshine
Exuding an undeniable sense of serenity, the Maldives is synonymous with relaxation and renewal. Nowhere is this truer than at COMO Cocoa Island, a peaceful private island that is home to just 34 deliciously decadent overwater villas, inviting you to simply slip from your balcony directly into the clear waters and rich house reef. Care-free days are best spent strolling along the silk-soft sand, kicking back on your private terrace and, of course, at the exceptional COMO Shambhala Retreat, the island's wellness centre than embraces the brand's philosophy for healthy living. While reviving with a therapy in one of the traditional treatment pavilions is hard to beat - think thatched roofs, authentic Maldivian coral walls and natural wood - the wellness experience here extends beyond that. Join internationally accredited yoga and fitness teachers as you work on your flexibility, breathing and general wellbeing, or learn the art of massage with an expert COMO therapist to take the serenity of the Maldives home with you.
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Get Closer to Nature in Malaysia
Tucked away within an UNESCO World Geopark, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is a mystical Malay-style resort that embraces the dramatic serenity of this inspiring island. The on-site Discovery Centre is the perfect place to begin your adventure, where you can learn about the region's spectacular rock formations, diverse habitats and wildlife through interactive presentations and fascinating displays. A range of activities aims to provide plenty of fun, while always protecting the environment and explaining little ways you can make a big difference. You might choose to trek through Langkawi's pristine rainforest and witness rare wildlife, ancient rock formations and a scenic waterfall, or cruise past soaring sea-stacks into a dramatic maze of 550-million-year-old cliffs and tangled mangroves, spotting monkeys, monitor lizards and more! Discover the island's fishing heritage at the private Rumah Ikan Fish House where generations-old methods are used to catch the freshest fish and shellfish from the Andaman Sea, or simply explore the resort's beaches and tropical gardens by complimentary bicycle.
Enjoy Serious Seclusion with a Sustainable Stance
Sustainability is at the heart of Six Senses Zighy Bay, inviting you to indulge in true luxury while still respecting our precious planet. Several creative solutions have helped the resort eliminate its waste - from transforming empty bottles into unique ornaments, to composted food waste breathing life back into the organic garden (which sources much of the resort's fruit, vegetables and herbs). Truly locally sourced, there is also an onsite farm that produces eggs, cheese, milk and incredible ice-cream that can be enjoyed during your stay (locally-inspired flavours include Arabic coffee and Zighy date), while bees are kept for honey and to pollinate local crops. Zighy is also free from single-use plastic; all water - that is purified in an onsite plant - is in glass bottles, straws are paper, and toiletries are in ceramic containers. If all that wasn't enough, the onsite Earth Lab engages you in all things natural, showcasing Six Senses' sustainability efforts and encouraging you to develop a sustainable state of mind at home.
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Be Spellbound by Santorini
When it comes to dazzling views, dramatic cliffs, cobalt-domed churches and romantic sunsets, Santorini is hard to match. Be inspired by the island at Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, a beautiful boutique hideaway scattered over seven levels on the rim of Santorini's iconic caldera. Geared towards adults and seriously serene, there is nowhere better for a holiday filled with romance. Choose a room or suite with a private plunge pool for care-free days spent beneath the Greek sunshine, or head to the hotel's stunning infinity pool - the largest in Imerovigli - for panoramic views of multi-coloured cliffs. Begin the day with sunrise yoga and a picnic for two, set sail across the Aegean Sea by private yacht, embark on a wine tasting tour of the island, or feast on a dreamy degustation menu at an awe-inspiring alfresco dinner for two atop the cliff. For a truly unforgettable romantic escape, say "I do" hundreds of metres above sea level, surrounded by uninterrupted ocean views.
Take a Trip for Two to Paradise
Intimate, refined and perfectly peaceful, Cap Maison combines quiet seclusion with a beautiful beach setting - what more could you want on a romantic getaway? Perhaps the most amorous setting in the Caribbean, Rock Maison is a wooden deck built on a shoal at the water's edge, inviting you to enjoy a dinner with a difference. With a champagne zipline transporting your drinks from atop the cliff, get ready for an utterly unique private dining experience surrounded by unobstructed views towards Martinique to the north and Pigeon Island to the West. If you were thinking of making this a trip to truly remember, Cap Maison offers a unique proposal concierge. As the ultimate partner in discretion, elegance and creativity, they will handle every detail and help perfect popping the question. You may choose to whizz a diamond ring down the zipline behind your champagne, or perhaps you'd rather get down one knee during a private sail aboard Cap Maison's luxury motor yacht.
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Head Beneath the Caribbean Sea
How do you like the sound of white powdered beaches, personalised luxury service, amazing food and a secluded Caribbean island surrounded by amazing marine life? You can experience all of this and more on a stay at Rosewood Bermuda. Embrace your sense of adventure and allow the resort to arrange an unforgettable scuba excursion to some of the planet's most picturesque locations and spectacular diving sites. Dive through underwater caves formed by volcanic eruptions and explore storied 16th-century shipwrecks, learning more about the island's history as well as its marine ecology. Of course, the marine delights are also magnificent, the clear waters home to a veritable aquarium of underwater life - including tropical fish, moray eels, barracuda, groupers, eagle rays, turtles and much, much more. Aimed at restoring these coral reefs, the Living Reefs Foundation was formed in 2014 to help implement the measures needed to protect the health of Bermuda's precious reefs and the wonderful wildlife that call them home.
Set Sail and See the World
Luxury cruising with Regent Seven Seas Cruises is an ideal way to explore further-afield destinations and bucket-list locations with ease. While only having to unpack your suitcase once, take a truly experiential journey and wake up each day in some of the world's most environmentally and culturally rich regions, with no need for multiple flights and numerous hotels. As well as serious luxury onboard, a programme of completely complimentary onshore excursions is designed to give you a fuller flavour of the destinations you are visiting. You might test out the healing powers of Japan's natural hot springs, experience a reflective South Korean tea ceremony, delve into the fascinating culture of Bali as you join local artisans to create Batik cloth, or spend Christmas Day snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. If you're eager to plan your next adventure, Regent has recently unveiled its brand-new compilation of global explorations for 2022 and 2023. With the troubles of today hopefully far behind us by then, these cruises are selling fast, so book soon to secure your place.