Travel may be taking a back seat in 2020, but that’s not diminishing our hunger to get away. Premium tour operator Elegant Resorts is reporting a swell in enquiries for 2021.
The specialist says 65 per cent of bookings taken now are for next year, and they’re mostly for beach escapes.
61 per cent of enquiries are for long haul single centred beach holidays, with 39 per cent for Europe. Current best-selling destinations include Barbados (after all, who can resist Moon Reach beach, pictured above?), Spain and Dubai.
It seems all we really want is sand between our toes.
Helpfully, Elegant Resorts has some enticing new hotel openings to investigate.
It seems all we really want is sand between our toes…
We particularly like the look of the recently reopened Valley Trunk Villa in the British Virgin islands. The property accommodates groups of up to 16 guests in 8 grand suites, set in spectacular gardens, with views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.
Also in the British Virgin Islands, there’s the relaunched Necker Island to explore, renovated post Hurricane Irma, along with the launch of Moskito Island, with its collection of private villas. Just the thing if you want to rent an island hideaway.
Keep an eye on the all-new Banyan Tree Wellbeing Sanctuary. Boasting 12 eco-sustainable pool villas, and lush tropical gardens, each villa comes with a swimming pool with whirlpool and sunbathing area. Just the place for Muay Thai and mindful meditation.
Scheduled to open in November 2020 is the One&Only Mandarina in Mexico. Situated on the Pacific coastline of Riviera Nayarit, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the jungle edge, along a stretch of white sand beaches. The One&Only Mandarina combines 104 free-standing villas that float above the treetops or perch against the cliffs, as well as 54 Private Home Villas.
Finally, Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives is also one to shortlist. The resort reopened earlier this year with an all new design and boasting the largest overwater villa in the world. A sustainable island paradise, Gili Lankanfushi’s resident Marine Biologists work to protect the reef, track and identify marine life as they educate guests.