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April 24, 2021

Some much-needed getaways with summer just around the corner and the promise of warmer, longer, sun-filled days – along with rising rates of vaccination around the world, and the recent CDC declaration that travel is low-risk for fully vaccinated people— here at Haute Retreats we evaluated the destinations that are right for your interests and comfort level when you are ready.

Looking to plan a long weekend close to home or a longer trip out west to a family-friendly ranch or epic national park or to venture to top summer vacation locales in Europe, Africa and beyond we’ve gathered the top options open and safe for your next trip.


Contact your Haute Retreats trip designer to discuss summer vacation ideas for 2021 and beyond. Our team can match you with the destinations, accommodations and activities that are right for you and provide information on Covid-19 travel safety, private villas and charters .

Coastal California

(Americans traveler and probably UK starting in May but please check back for more updates)

Last summer saw the resurgence of the Great American Road Trip—and if you’ve yet to experience it, plan to spend your summer vacation traveling along one of the most iconic routes in the U.S.: the Pacific Coast Highway. Here, you can soak in the sea air, spectacular sunsets and culinary delights of the Golden Coast, while staying at our favorite properties, like the St Helena Estate.

St Helena Estate is located at the epicentre of the 2 famous Napa & Sonoma valleys, atop the world renowned Spring Mountain, where you can find the most famous wineries.

Please note that a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway collapsed (due to rainfall and sea erosion) in late January, so you should expect some reroutes and potential pockets of traffic.



Starting May 14th, Greece will once again be open to international travelers who have been vaccinated or can present proof of negative test results (or post-recovery antibodies), according to a recent announcement from Greek tourism minister Harry Theoharis. Greece with over 2,000 islands to choose where travellers can find their perfect match. You can choose depending on whether you are seeking romance, incredible dining, seaside relaxation with family or friends. Amanzoe in the eastern Peloponnese commands a position atop a large hill, with an Ed Tuttle-designed complex so striking it would impress Alexander the Great, it is perfect fo the ultimate resort experience. Thirty-eight palatial pavilions with private swimming pools are scattered throughout the property, offering views towards the sea or the valley, and a quick boat ride will bring you to nearby Hydra and Spetses for dining and exploring, should you tire of the on-property beach club, spa and fitness center. Plus: Don’t miss the May 20 opening of Kalesma, an intimate, design-minded stunner from K-Studio with a local, hip vibe, just outside of Mykonos, overlooking Ornos Bay.

Related: Grecian Beauty: 5 Gorgeous Villas in Greece | Haute Retreats Magazine

Villa Artemis | Kalesma Mykonos

Villa Artemis | Kalesma Mykonos | Haute Retreats


Croatia boasts one of the finest coastlines in the world. It is blessed with sun-drenched islands, ancient walled cities, hilltop villages and a rich history, the country is made up of a fascinating mix of cultural influences—from Slavic to Italian—which permeate daily life. Croatia remained open to international travelers who can provide documentation of their accommodations (paid in full, in advance) as well as one of the following: proof of full vaccination, with the final dose having been administered more than 14 days prior to arrival; negative results from a PCR or rapid antigen Covid test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival; a medical certificate confirming recovery from Covid (valid 11-180 days after receiving positive results from a PCR or rapid antigen test); or negative results from a PCR or rapid antigen Covid test taken immediately upon arrival in Croatia (travelers must quarantine until results are received).

Turkish Riviera

The Turkish Riviera boasts a glamours seaside escape also known as the “New St. Tropez”, Bodrum where travelers can find stylish beach clubs, secluded coves and fishing villages—and the region is open to international travelers who meet Turkish immigration rules. (last update March 30th 2021) all travelers age 6 years and older who arrive in Turkey through land or sea will be asked to present a negative PCR test result document issued 72 hours prior to arrival and you need to fill out “Form for Entry to Turkey” within the last 72 hours before your flights (right now direct flights from UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa are canceled). Curfew are in place right now for Turkish citizens.

We selected wonderful options for places to stay like the beautiful Villa Macakizi . Villa Macakizi Bodrum is a contemporary seaside chic private villa on the Turquoise Turkish Riviera. If you are looking for a sophisticated place and unique privacy this villa is the perfect setting.

Villa Macakizi, Bodrum | Haute Retreats


This nation of more than a thousand tiny islands contains a water world to satisfy the tropical fantasies of surfers, scuba divers, beach lovers and honeymooners. For an extended summer vacation that is truly far-flung—with five-star service and amenities—escape to one of the many luxurious overwater bungalows and beachfront villas available at properties like  Cheval Blanc Randheli or  the Amilla Estate. Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure is required to enter the country.



For a first trip abroad Rwanda is a wonderful place to start. Rwandais in awe of the efficiency since it coped the pandemic—as well as the beauty of its landscapes, the majesty of its famous endangered mountain gorillas, and the resilience and magnetism of its people. (Travelers to Rwanda must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or documentation from a licensed health care provider of recovery from Covid within 90 days prior to departure, in order to enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers must take a second PCR test and quarantine until negative results are received (approximately 24 hours later). Within 72 hours prior to departure from Rwanda, travelers must take a third PCR test and present negative results in order to exit the country.)

Singita Kwitonda Lodge | Singita Lodge | Haute Retreats

Singita Kwitonda Lodge


Renowned tropical destination for good reason: it is remote, luxurious and gorgeous. Perfect for a post-safari beach escape—or a summer destination in its own right—the Seychelles offer a castaway place to process, reset and rediscover your sense of wonder (with over-the-top luxury accommodations at such resorts as Frégate Island Private). Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure is required to enter the country; travelers must also have valid travel and health insurance to cover potential Covid-related costs (note: travelers who have visited South Africa within 14 days prior to arrival will not be allowed to enter).

Related: 7 Best Wellness Retreats to Plan for 2021


Madagascar welcomes international tourists once more.


  • Present a negative SARS Co-V2 PCR test upon arrival into Nosy Be
  • This test must have been conducted within 72 hours prior to travel
  • Guests will also take a test on arrival
  • And will quarantine at Miavana for 48 hours

In addition, authorities report that tourists must carry a local phone chip so that they can be monitored if a case is suspected. Time + Tide Miavana will supply telephones and sim cards for guests to use.

Initially, travel will be limited to the island of Nosy Be and the surrounding archipelagos in order to maximise the safety of Madagascar and its people. We are happy and excited to welcome to you at Time + Tide Miavana.


Caribbean islands like St Martin, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Barbados are all welcoming travelers depending in which island you go, you are all required to present a negative SARS Co-V2 PCR test upon arrival (not in DR)

Related Covid 19: Traveling to St Martin

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