As 2020 comes to a close — finally — many people look ahead to 2021 travel. If you’re interested in the private travel trend, considering adding one of these experiences to your 2021 travel plans.
Turtle tagging at Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, offers guests an up-close experience with local wildlife. Explore the dazzling reefs on a turtle tagging boat adventure. Swim alongside an on-board researcher to safely catch, measure, tag and release turtles. Nightly villa rates start at $550.
Floatplane fishing, Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon Falls Resort opens its doors earlier than normal for its off-the-grid adventures. The floatplane fishing adventure brings guests on a scenic, chartered flight to a remote spot for a guided fishing experience. The floatplane adventure costs $1,500 for two people.
Touring U.S. national parks by private charter plane
Private jet tour operator TCS World Travel introduced a winter U.S. national parks itinerary. The customized private charter plane experience accommodates groups of 4–12 people. Tour experiences include private wolf-tracking in Yellowstone National Park and private snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park.
Bespoke stargazing, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hotel Jackson, minutes from Grand Teton National Park, partners with Wyoming Stargazing on a stargazing experience for two. Guests take a private shuttle to the national park at sunset and enjoy a picnic basket filled with goodies, including hot chocolate, cocktails and a warm beanie. The offer starts at $759 for two people.
Skijöring, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The legendary Badrutt’s Palace is the perfect spot for a Swiss Alps getaway. Dubbed “winter’s wildest sport,” book a skijöring experience, starting at $260 for two people. Skijöring involves someone on skis being pulled by a horse.
Maíz and Mezcal experience, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Grand Solmar Land’s End in Playa Solmar offers guests a Maíz and Mezcal experience. Learn the history of mezcal and take part in a hands-on, tortilla-making lesson. The experience costs $200 per couple.
Beachside lobster ceilidh, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Cabot Cape Breton invites guests to experience a traditional Scottish and Irish social gathering, a ceilidh. Resort guests gather around a bonfire and enjoy a feast of freshly caught Nova Scotia seafood, while listening to live authentic Gaelic folk music. The experience starts at $350 per person.
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Upon arriving in Rome, I was delighted to return to the magical Hotel Hassler Roma for the first time in 20 years, in part because the hotel enjoys an iconic location adjacent to Roman landmarks: the 16th-century Trinita dei Monte Church, Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps, where the Piazza Spagna welcomes the world and near chic fashion boutiques on Via dei Condotti. Owner, president and general manager Roberto E. Wirth, the fifth generation of a famous Swiss hotelier dynasty, made Hotel Hassler Roma an icon in the international 5-star hotel scene.
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation unveiled enhancements to its meeting and events offerings through new and expanded partnerships.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced a beverage partnership with iconic drink brand Coca-Cola. Norwegian Prima will be the line’s first ship in its fleet to carry Coca-Cola products as its official drink. The remaining Norwegian Cruise Line ships will implement Coca-Cola beverages by the end of December.
Floating on the North Sea between Norway and Amsterdam, I slipped on my robe and slippers and padded one deck up from my cabin to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon aboard Holland America Line’s newest Pinnacle Class ship, Rotterdam. After a few days adventuring in our various ports of call, I was ready for a spa indulgence on our final day at sea.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
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