Every year during this time, we look at the best destinations to visit in the coming year. We are sure we live in a time with lot of uncertainty when we think about traveling abroad, due to the global pandemic and travel protocols, including the restrictions that many countries still have. But we also know things are looking up for 2021.
There are still countries that remain off-limits, but many are beginning to open their doors, introducing health and safety protocols. Airlines, private jet companies, hotels and villas have already started implementing all the procedures that allow guests to travel safely and confidently.
Sabrina, founder and CEO of Haute Retreats, says ” We are seeing an uptick in trip-planning and requests right now for the holidays and into 2021, with a trend from being more conscious about travel to an uptick in staycations” .
We are sure we are all dying to travel again and there are many vibrant cities, charming villages and stunning beaches waiting to be explored. We’ve compiled the top destinations that we believe will inspire you, help you choose your next getaway, and get you excited about travelling again. 2021 for sure will be a year that we will look for places where we will rejuvenate, recharge and spend time outdoor 🙂
Considered the best of all worlds, in South Africa you enjoy city life, vineyards and safari all in one trip. There is nothing better than a vacation in South Africa. You can choose from the bustling hub of Cape Town for the food and design scene, experience the historic sites in Johannesburg, try kite surfing on the coastline and Atlantic oceans and experience the safari camps of Kruger National Park.
Another exciting way to experience South Africa is escaping at the Singita Lebombo exploring the Kruger National Park. The property is nestled between the ancient rocks of the Lebombo Mountains, on a plain where two rivers meet, in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Founded in 1898, Kruger Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in the world.
Costa Rica is one of our favorite destinations, first of all because it is where Sabrina and her family lived for almost 5 years (in the Guanacaste region) and also because it is the cutting edge when it comes to sustainable tourism.
Costa Rica is filled with misty cloud forests, belching volcanoes and long stroll of remote beaches, that Ticos (Costaricans) are preserving creating an effective green environment. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is home to more than six per cent of the world’s biodiversity (think about the USA and Europe, even more combined). 99 per cent of its electricity is produced from renewable resources, with one goal to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.
During the pandemic, Costa Rica has maintained of the lowest Covid-19 fatality rates in Latin America and its government got recognised for its success containing and managing the virus, Costa Rica opened its borders on November 1st implementing health and security protocols and requirements. Costa Rica also recently became the first country in Central America to legalize same-sex marriages. Costa Rica offers adventure experiences and luxury offerings.
When in Costa Rica you should not miss your stay at Villa Manzu, in the Papagayo Peninsula, if you like surfing you should stay in the Tamarindo area and explore from there Playa Avellana, Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo, a stay at Villa Alang Alang will offer great sunset views.
Vietnam is a land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, between megacities and hill-tribe villages, making Vietnam both exotic and compelling. A country that is long and skinny with so much variety to explore: emerald paddy fields and white-sand beaches, full-tilt cities and venerable pagodas, limestone islands looming dramatically out of the sea, vast caves, craggy mountains, and friendly minority communities – with their elaborate tribal costumes and age-old customs. You should not miss the pristine Ngoc Son Ngo Luong nature reserve, sometimes also described as the Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs.
When in Vietnam you should stay at Amanoi. Its setting is spectacular, overlooking Vinh Hy Bay, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City on the coast of the Nui Chua National Park. The private residences feature king-sized beds, a combined living and sleeping area with wifi, LCD TV and a sound docking system – plus timber sundecks with comfy sunloungers. Villas include a live-in housekeeper.
It is the perfect destination if you are looking to recharge: set beside a lotus-filled lake, Amano’i’s spa has five double treatment rooms with double bathtubs, two hydrotherapy suites, a number of relaxation lounges with tranquil views, and a wide range of treatments using Aman’s chemical-free products. Nearby is a lakeside yoga pavilion, two outdoor tennis courts, plus a number of walking, running and trekking routes around the property.
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The Seychelles: a fabled paradise whose islands lie scattered across the Indian Ocean. Here spellbinding and long beaches are the main attraction. Exquisite ribbons of sand lapped by turquoise waters and on the back the lush hills, palm trees and boulders. When experiencing the Seychelles you should not miss the best dining and snorkelling since the waters are warm and abundant is the marine life. There are few places in the world where you can experience this. Mahé is the largest island and entry point to the Seychelles, with some fabulous resorts, restaurants and beaches, not to mention the small capital city of Victoria. But it’s also the busiest island, with glorious Praslin and La Digue a short boat ride away.
You should not miss a stay at the Fregate Island Private a precious Seychelles island, onsidered a sanctuary to some of the world’s rarest plants, reptiles, insects and birds, covered in lush forest, fringed by coral reefs.
Fregate Island Private is a one of a kind destination where guests can experience the uptime offer to Seychelles luxury with an exclusive 5 – start experience and a team committed to conservation.
It is located four degrees south of the equator, an outstanding beauty with peaceful settings of verdant, tropical interiors and abundant nature fringed by seven fairy-tale beaches. An approximately 2.19 square kilometre in size with Mount Signal as its apex, rising at 125m above sea level.
The Maldives, not a new destination, but we are sure in 2021 it will be more popular than ever. The reason number one is for sure the ultimate seclusion that you are guarantee to experience when you stay in one of the many luxury resorts. It is a naturally socially distant getaway, and new strict Covid protocols and all the precautions taken from the managers in each resort make it our one favorite destination for 2021. Properties like the Amilla have introduced special menus and packages for its guests.
Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.
One of the top searches for travel in 2021 is Italy and Puglia, which is at the tip of the boot, it is know for its whitewashed towns and miles of spectacular Mediterranean coast. When in Puglia you should combine historical sightseeing city, staying at Borgo Egnazia for an amazing vacation or at one of the masserias.
Recently we added to our selection of luxury rentals Masseria Augusto.
A luxury estate completely renovated, once an old flower market, now a building with contemporary design and modern amenities connected with the culture of Apulia, welcome to Masseria Augusto!
Mexico Beyond the Beach.
One of the first countries that reopen its borders to American travelers was Mexico, the beaches remain popular, and now the heart of Mexico is becoming a sight where travellers like to explore. Places to keep an eye on for 2021 include unique spots like the Yucatán’s capital city of Mérida—also known as the White City. Mérida’s international airport is also doubling the capacity of its air terminal through important infrastructure improvements. Then there’s San Miguel de Allende, which was recently voted the best small city in the world by Condé Nast Travelerand. Moving into urban landscapes, there’s Mexico City.
If you are looking to experience a special vacation where you can explore the Mayan culture you should stay at the Chablé Yucatan.
The restored old hacienda buildings still exhibit elements of the former structures with old arched gateways and church bells. Chablé Resort is surrounded by verdant green jungle, it is a stylish retreat that invites you to unwind and rejuvenate. The Royal villa features 10,000-square-foot of amazing living space at Chablé and offers three bedrooms and plenty of room to spread out.
Designed by award-winning interior designer Paulina Moran, this luxury villa melds old and new with attention to every detail. With an artistic hand, the villa combines harmonious balance between the old structures and the thoroughly modern interiors
Sifnos is a beautiful island in the Cyclades, a combination of aroma of orange-and-anise biscuits drifting down whitewashed lanes, sage and oregano in the wind-chiselled valleys, including brine as sea urchins are prised opens. A quiet island where you can experience an authentic Greek experience where you can stroll the sandy beach of Agia Marina and dive straight into the sea. You should not miss the octopus bruschetta and aubergine chips at the Isalos beach bar taste even better.
Stay at Villa Verina for privacy and tranquility.