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.
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
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Talk about a grand entrance! After driving across the state of Pennsylvania and spending the last 40 minutes of our journey in a snowstorm, Nemacolin’s The Chateau coming into view was a welcome and gorgeous sight. After stopping at a checkpoint where our temperatures were taken, we drove to the valet, where we were helped with our many bags (winter gear takes up a lot of luggage space!) and escorted into an equally gorgeous lobby, bedecked with red roses in a nod to Nemacolin’s recent gig as host venue for the latest season of The Bachelor. Given the late hour, the lobby was quiet and empty. We were offered Champagne at check-in and were quickly on our way to our guestroom.