The Ultimate Post-COVID19 2020 Travel Guide For Everyone
Since reports of the coronavirus surfaced in late December, over 400,000 people have been infected and over 17,000 have died around the world. As the virus continues to have a global impact, the U.S. government has established travel advisories, leading airlines and cruises to cancel their routes.
As the world has grappled with spread of the virus, China, where the virus originated is actually seeing signs of relief as their makeshift hospitals have been closing due to lack of demand and the strict lockdown on Wuhan and the Hubei Province will be lifted starting March 24.
However in Europe, life under strict quarantine has become a new norm, specifically in Italy where the nation is battling over 63,000 cases of coronavirus. Lockdown procedures in Spain and France have also been implemented as they deal with thousands of individuals affected by the virus. With reports changing daily, we are gathered this list of resorts, locations and hotels for our readers to visit.
Consider this your official guide to help you confidently plan your next break as soon as we as a Country are able to get back to our regular life.
Turn Up The Heat
St. Pete Pier
Following a decade-long development, the highly anticipated St. Pete Pier is set to open in Spring 2020 as the Southeast’s largest waterfront playground, boasting 26 acres of activated waterfront park located in St. Pete, Florida’s vibrant downtown. The St. Pete Pier is sure to redefine the meaning of the word “pier” by functioning as an all-encompassing entertainment district that is an extension of St. Pete’s vibrant and flourishing city center. The $87 million project is complete with a picturesque urban beach area, a unique children’s playground, a variety of modern-Florida dining spots, a pop-up marketplace with local vendors, eco-tourism opportunities and more. From children to seniors, nature lovers to art enthusiasts, fishermen to foodies — the St. Pete Pier has something for everyone.
Sunny Isles Beach
Peaking at nearly 80 degrees year-round, Sunny Isles Beach is a family-friendly Spring Break hotspot and has something for everyone including various outdoor activities at Oleta River State Park, miles of uncrowded white-sand beaches and world-class shopping at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops. Centrally located within a short driving distance from large urban areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Sunny Isles Beach, FL is a breath of fresh air and an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of South Beach and the Art Deco District.
Solé Miami (starts at $243/night), a stunning oceanfront, boutique resort, offers various family-friendly services and amenities including renowned restaurant BALEENkitchen, beachside concerts, an oceanfront pool, suites with full kitchens, water sports including surfing and paddleboard lessons, and a daily fireside happy hour on the beach.
One of the only true beachfront, boutique resorts on Fort Lauderdale beach. With unmatched experiences like watching stunning sunrises on your private balcony and indulging in mouth-watering culinary creations to floating down Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river and exploring Las Olas Boulevard with boutique shopping, chic cafes, breathtaking gardens and fine art museums.
The 2,000-square-foot duplex penthouse suites features a King Bedroom, spacious living room, covered private roof deck, oversized dressing and bath area with jetted tub, oversized shower with multiple spray heads, onyx vanity, separate water closet with Seura TV mirror, mini-bar, and two 65-inch LCD Tvs.
The large living room offers an array of seating and a skylight that makes the gold and crystal finishes shimmer, and the upstairs deck — accessible via private stairway and surrounded by imported Ipe wood lattice walls — includes a sofa seating area, cocktail table, refrigerated bar, 54” flat-screen TV, sunbeds, and an additional separate living room area.
Ideally situated in the vibrant Central Business District and steps away from the historic French Quarter and Warehouse District, NOPSI Hotel — a timelessly refined luxury property with a community spirit — welcomes travelers with 217 guest rooms, including 76 suites, a lively signature restaurant, Public Service, Henry’s Gin Bar & Yard and sophisticated rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid, that overlooks the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
With a plethora of activities from nature tours and golf lessons to a Forbes Five-Star Spa, Sea Island is the perfect destination for a Spring Break the whole family can enjoy. The Forbes Five-Star resort recently unveiled the remaining components of a $30+ million enhancement initiative, including the all-new 4,200 square-foot King Cottage, a completely redesigned Plantation Course, and Sea Strike & Pub, a brand new six-lane bowling alley and restaurant. Kids can enjoy a spring break adventure of their own at Camp Cloister where children ages 3–14 can join trained junior staff members for various activities including the Nocturnal Island Adventure, Introduction to Falconry, and Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol.
While the children are at play, the parents can sneak away to The Spa at Sea Island, with a Forbes Five-Star rating a trip to The Spa is sure to impress. Golfers of all ages can fine-tune their golf game in age-specific fundamental clinics and private lessons with some of the top pros in the country at Sea Island’s 17,000 square-foot Golf Performance Center.
At the Sea Island Beach Club the entire family will enjoy all the vacation vibes. Families can enjoy luxurious accommodations at The Cloister at Sea Island (rates from $395/night), which overlooks the Southern salt marshes and is just steps from nearly every activity at the resort. For a more budget-friendly alternative, The Inn at Sea Island (rates from $185/night) offers access to many amenities that the resort has to offer.
Instead of the popular getaways to the nearby Hilton Head, Savannah or Charleston areas, guests will find paradise in Montage Palmetto Bluff’s pristine 20,000 acres of land. Sporty activities at the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club, boating adventures (including dolphin tours and to private beaches) on the water, and lounging at the pool or spa, are just a few of the options for guests of all ages to choose from this spring.
Salamander Resort & Spa
Just an hour outside of Washington, D.C., Salamander Resort & Spa is an easy-to-reach country escape with a plethora of activities for all types of travelers. Between relaxing options at the Salamander Spa with new treatments featuring Naturopathica and nature hikes, to adventurous experiences like zip lining and axe throwing, Salamander Resort & Spa is the ideal spring break destination.
Artsy travelers will gravitate towards the Art Tastings social painting experience and cooking classes at Harrimans Cooking Studio, while the athletic travelers will love the recreational sports offered including golf, tennis, and basketball perfect for the whole family. With over 20 nearby wineries, guests can also spend their days letting loose and finding their new favorite wine (after all, it is spring break).
West Side The Best Side?
Beverly Hills, CA
Be one of the first to dine at Gucci’s new rooftop terrace restaurant on the iconic palm-lined Rodeo Drive. Gucci Osteria represents a rare fashion and food partnership between the storied fashion house and stylish Italian chef Massimo Bottura.
This April, Beverly Hills arts and cultural institution The Wallis will premiere its first fully produced dance production, The Minghella Project. The late Oscar-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella was commissioned by choreographer Jonathan Lunn to write a series of texts for dance to be performed April 18–30.
Similarly, Beverly Hills hotels are experiencing a renovation Renaissance of sorts with the completion of a major bungalow restoration project and soon, a new spa at The Beverly Hills Hotel, newly introduced penthouse suites at Luxe Rodeo Drive, a freshly revamped rooftop (and soon, rooms) at SIXTY Beverly Hills, newly renovated pool deck at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and a $35 million transformation at The Beverly Hilton to be completed this spring.
Nestled in the private Santa Monica neighborhood, is Oceana a stunning oceanside hotel. The posh three-story hideaway offers the allure of a private beach home, allowing guests to have a personal connection while experiencing the true Southern California lifestyle.
The 1,750-square-foot urban retreat is encased in glass and inspired by the clean simplicity of Los Angeles’ modern, mid-century architecture. The GuestHouse offers unparalleled, sprawling views of the city, from Downtown to the Hollywood Hills. The suite features a plush King room, spacious living room that can be transformed into a private screening room, private terrace, and lavish bathroom with glass walls to take in the surrounding landscape.
The only resort of its kind in all of Playa del Carmen. Unlike other high-rise, corridor or “box” hotels, elevators are not found at this authentic, raw-luxe retreat and the buildings are not much taller than the palm trees surrounding them. Hand-laid, hidden stone pathways lead guests to private, palapa-style bungalows nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach.
Celebrate the beauty of nature within the Yum Balam nature reserve at Mystique Blue, with a thoughtful design and indulgent features that will entice guests to embrace privacy or engage in exploration. Minutes away from lush lagoons and an abundance of wildlife, Mystique Blue offers a natural paradise where families can explore the island by riding bikes into the village, learning how to kite-board or kayak through mangroves.
This resort offers luxurious five-star accommodations for guests looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Travelers will enjoy the resort’s two pools, private beaches, world-class NIZUC Spa, various restaurants and much more.
Guests will love the Master Suite, which boasts a private infinity pool and outdoor living accommodations, breathtaking panoramic views, floor-to-ceiling windows that open up completely to the outside, a king size bed and a separate living area with sofa and dining room.
Take a trip to MUSA, and underwater museum of sculptures that snorkelers and scuba divers can explore just minutes away from Cancun’s shores. NIZUC offers weekly complimentary trips to MUSA for any hotel guests.
With 300 days of sunshine and some of the world’s best beaches, it’s no surprise that travelers are seeking out the Bahamas this spring. The abundance of direct flights to Nassau make this one of the quickest tropical getaways for U.S. travelers. Rosewood Baha Mar is the perfect place for a tropical ultra luxurious Spring vacation! Getaway from everyday responsibilities and submerge yourself in the crystal blue waters and sandy white beaches that Rosewood Baha Mar has to offer.
Curaçao has quickly become the hidden gem of the Caribbean with its vibrant architecture, breathtaking street art, secluded/free beaches, and larger than life atmosphere. In the heart of it is the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino, who has kicked off the year with sleek, modern enhancements following an extensive, $12 million redesign in 2019.
Located in a historic fort and just minutes away from the beautiful shopping neighborhood of Punta and colorful street art of Scharloo, Renaissance Curacao’s polished lobby, enhanced guestrooms, and stunning new restaurant reflects the natural beauty and culture of the country with calming, vibrant colors showcasing the island’s love for the arts.
Spring Break travelers can relax all day at the exclusive infinity pool that offers stunning, elevated views of the Caribbean Sea and take a quick 10 minute walk to Punta and Pieermarti to enjoy live music and delicious native Curaçao dishes such as iguana. Currently, the property is offering 20% off rooms for stays from now through December 19, 2020 as long as they are booked by April 30.
During the development of Eclipse at Half Moon, a new luxury resort experience that opened at Half Moon on March 1, initiatives to restore the destination coincided with the building process. During construction, over 70 trees were replanted, including fig trees, sea grapes, palms and more. Half Moon raises their own spices, herbs and fruit, so saving these trees was important for environmental reasons and preserving the land.
Additionally, a stretch of sand that had been damaged by a development in the early 2000’s was restored, bringing back the natural ocean currents that had been blocked, and one of the new restaurants, Ital, a 100% vegan café serves freshly made dishes as a result.
Located at the base of Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort offers an upscale all-inclusive vacation, surrounded by natural wonders, cultural richness and only-here experiences to explore.
The 294-luxury suite resort features seven globally-infused restaurants and six bars, a state of the art PUMPED Fitness Center, PH Spa, two swimming pools and a splash zone. A curated list of excursions, PH Experiences allow guests to discover the wonders of the famed Papagayo Gulf, whether gliding through the canopy zip-line circuit, exploring Volcanos or sailing and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean’s clear blue waters.
From the authentic Hollywood memorabilia located throughout the resort, to the locals and staff that teach the language of Pura Vida, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica rewrites the script on an all-inclusive, bringing travelers of all ages a playful and unique vacation experience in one of the most peaceful and bio-diverse countries in the world.
NYC Staycation Ideas
Located in Chelsea, Dream Downtown’s GuestHouse is a luxurious duplex penthouse featuring over 2,500-square-feet of space. Perfect for entertaining and gatherings, the suite encompasses a spacious garden terrace, a glass-bottom Jacuzzi and a Savant home automation system, as well as a Personal Security Guard (on call for an additional fee).
The presidential suite features up to three bedrooms, magnificent white marble bathrooms, a spacious living room, kitchenette, and awe-inspiring views of Columbus Circle. Perfect for extended stays or dynamic gatherings, the GuestHouse encompasses contemporary furniture and sleek design elements, such as Moroccan-inspired couches, modern light fixtures, a specialty in-room tub, and signature artwork by contemporary artist Britannie Bond.
W New York — Times Square’s Extreme Wow Suite is the hotel’s sexiest suite replete with a voyeur shower and round bed overlooking Times Square’s most iconic intersection on the 57th Floor. The suite offers an electric backdrop of modern art and design, unparalleled panoramic cityscape views and expansive space.
The Extreme Wow Suite now offers a reimagined hotel mini bar experience with the debut of the world’s first A-Z Cocktail, available complimentary in the Extreme WOW Suite. The A-Z Cocktail features 26 different spirits, each one beginning with a different letter of the alphabet from A-Z. Toast to a future together with a first-of-its-kind cocktail, created by London’s culinary mad-hatters Bompas & Parr.
The Perfect Travel Essentials
The Easy Breather Travel Pillow unique shape and safety clip allow it to easily strap around the neck or any piece of luggage, while a tough black nylon compression pouch makes for convenient storage and quick attachment. The pillow can even be adjusted based on preference, with removable gel foam and polyester fill, and is designed to be used both in-transit and while at the hotel or Airbnb — bringing luxury sleep beyond the bedroom.
Available on Brooklyn Bedding’s recently launched RVMattress.com — an online sleep solutions destination for RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more — Brooklyn Bedding’s RV Mattresses include the brand’s three best-selling mattresses, plus a memory foam essential, that are now fit for the road.
Go anywhere with a Rollaboard® that is all your own. The Crew™ VersaPack™ Global Carry-on Expandable Rollaboard® is designed for total packing versatility and can be personalized with a variety of interchangeable Travelpro® exclusive Zip-In Organizers. Included inside the lid is a removable Zip-In Garment Organizer, ideal for storing folded shirts, dresses and jackets.
Roomy at 18L, yet slimline, this backpack is light years ahead in its hands-free luggage vision. Built to partner the most active, modern traveler, it snugly stores a 2L water bottle for on-the-go hydration. An integrated accessory cord works with exterior gear loops to effortlessly attach helmets, sneakers, climbing gear or yoga mats.
This pillow Sleep Number from offers conforming support you’ll want to take everywhere. Made with a unique fill blend of memory foam pieces and premium down alternative fibers, its ergonomic shape will fit your contours for enhanced comfort. It also has a convenient clasp to attach to luggage.