With travel slowly making a comeback, eager tourists may still be a little weary of large crowds. Once ready to travel, consider Israel’s top wellness destinations — some perfect for seclusion and social distancing.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is one of the most popular destinations in Israel. Guests flock to the shores to bathe in the nutrient-rich mud, which helps rejuvenate skin. The Dead Sea also boosts other health benefits, such as alleviating systems for people with respiratory conditions, and eases muscle aches and pains. Although there will be other people there, the Dead Sea is vast enough to maintain a safe social distance from other visitors.
In the Arava Valley, travelers head to Yoga Arava for a wellness getaway. In 2019 it celebrated its 10th anniversary, and is excited to be open for another during 2020 — although, it will be smaller than normal, guests are still welcome to come for a social distance weekend. The long weekend retreat invites people to partake in a selection of yoga workshops led by local and international teachers. Accommodations for the weekend range from farms to luxury guest houses — perfect for social distancing.
Head to Northern Israel to explore the culinary diversity of Israel. Travelers are invited to homes of local residents through Galileat to engage in a culinary workshop. Druze, Muslim and Bedouin groups open their homes to visitors and teach them how to make traditional dishes while also sharing their culture. Although this activity may have to wait until travel is even safer (you will be going into people’s houses and social distancing may not be possible), it’s a great experience.
We took a taxi to the Halekulani from the airport. At the entrance, the Halekulani team was ready, willing and able to take our bags and swiftly set us up for registration, escorting us to our room, No. 1657. I had last stayed at the Halekulani years earlier, and I have a lot of fond memories. Halekulani is a mainstay on the edge of Waikiki, and I have always considered it a haven from all the bustle. You can walk almost anywhere and return for the serenity here.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The Chatwal Lodge will debut in Bethel, New York, 90 miles north of New York City, April 1, 2021. The lodge, nestled on a 30-acre, environmentally protected piece of land, offers panoramic views and a quiet mountain sanctuary.
Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own refined adventure of a lifetime. You can custom order your new Volvo, tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
It’s safe to say 2020 has been a wild ride. As a result, Amangiri, in Canyon Point, Utah, developed a solution to usher in a more peaceful 2021: a Restorative Sleep Retreat, Dec. 16–19.
ON THE GROUND: I was invited to fly to Doha to see the unveiling of the new plans for the expansion of Hamad International Airport. Due to a family commitment, I had to leave a little later than others who were attending, and I therefore only had a few days in Qatar. The timing of this flight in the evening was perfect and allowed me to fulfill my family duties and then head to Philadelphia International Airport. I really am pleased and feel fortunate we have this direct service from Philadelphia to the Middle East; it makes travel so much easier, and the Qatar Airways service is super.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The question when considering options for entertainment in New Orleans after the workday wraps up is less “What can I do?” and more “How can I fit it all in?” With the unofficial motto of “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (“Let the good times roll”), The Big Easy offers a wealth of opportunities to dine, imbibe, dance, listen, learn, gamble or just hang out in several different neighborhoods. Most first-time visitors to the Crescent City zero in on its oldest district, the French Quarter.