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I want to go on holiday. I would soooo love to. But I’m really confused about the government guidelines and where I can and can’t go at the moment and whether I need to isolate afterwards. Even as I read the rules on the government website, my brain starts to scramble slightly and my eyes cloud over. That’s why when we do book a holiday, one great option for us is to book with luxury travel advisors, Original Travel. Not only do they have a specific list of where you can go now, but they also have a Corona Confidence policy so that you can and travel with peace of mind.
I’m collaborating with Original Travel for the purposes of this post to suggest to you some of my favourite destinations and places that are safe to travel now.
Many of you may have clicked on this post hoping for ideas for a summer holiday – in which case Iceland may not immediately spring to mind. But I would urge you not to rule it out – I had Iceland on my bucket list for the longest time and I had always wanted to go in summer. Partly because I didn’t want to totally freeze but also I was keen to experience the long hours of daylight and the ‘midnight sun.’ The famous Blue Lagoon is near to the airport and I suggest you do as we did and visit when you land or on your way home (book the luxury experience), it may be touristy but it’s a real bucket list experience.
I would personally recommend starting off in Reykjavik and enjoying the modern architecture and food scene that the capital city has to offer. For a hotel recommendation, you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous boutique, Hotel 101 which has a modern minimalistic aesthetic.
There are so many wonderful things about the land of ‘fire and ice’ and Original Travel have some brilliant ideas for Iceland holidays. We chose to travel to the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland and stay at amazing place called Deplar Farm.
Deplar Farm is one of my favourite ever hotels, the converted sheep farm has a grass roof and blends into the natural surroundings. The staff are warm and friendly and you’re encouraged to treat the place like your own home with meals served family style, freedom to take anything you like from the fridge and casual dress encouraged. All activities and adventures are arranged by the hotel and included in the stay. As the world’s most unadventurous person I enjoyed chasing waterfalls, a dip in the geothermal pool, whale watching and horse riding but for the more adventurous there’s heli-sking!
2. Petit St Vincent
In the true spirit of social distancing I’m sure many of you are looking for remote holiday locations where you can get away from it all! Well you can’t get more private than a private island, I have a great recommendation for you! Petit St Vincent is the ultimate luxury – the hotel is sprawled across the island with only 22 cottages, each a vast enough distance away. There’s no wifi here, this truly is a place where you get away from it all!
And what is there to do in an island paradise like this? Whatever you please! From enjoying time in your cottage, lying on the beach, eating the fantastic hotel cuisine and wines from the cellar, to water sports or hiring a boat. The spa here is also an unmissable experience.
Croatia has been on my wish list for a while and I love the look of the luxury family trip itinerary by Original Travel. The trip begins in Dubrovnik and ends in Split and looks totally dreamy with highlights being a sailing trip around the Elaphiti Islands, rafting on Cetina river and a visit to Krka National Park to see the waterfalls. There is so much history to explore carved into the stone of the country plus the food scene looks fantastic.
Did you know that Croatia is one of the sunniest countries in Europe? That sounds good to me now!
4. St Lucia
St Lucia is rather a rare gem. A popular holiday destination but still an island that feels unspoilt by tourism with one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen – think rainforest, beach and mountain ranges! Another great place for pure relaxation and family fun! I’d recommend a stay at Sugar Beach which has everything you need for a relaxing stay; sandy beaches, a pool, restaurants and a spa! There’s also a fantastic kids club.
One activity that I highly recommend is a visit to Hotel Chocolat – yes there really is a hotel on a chocolate plantation! Here you can try their ‘bean to bar’ experience and make your own chocolate bar fresh from the bean! You can also visit the Rabot restaurant, inspired by cacao, the seeds are used in every dish even in some of the drinks.
Of course staying in the UK is a great option for fellow residents like myself and Original Travel has some brilliant suggestions for UK holidays. Some options include a luxury royalty trip to London, a Game of Thrones adventure in Northern Ireland or a family friendly holiday to Edinburgh.
Having just to visited the Cotswolds again, this particular destination gets a thumbs up from me. Original Travel suggest starting off in Oxford with a visit to Bath as well as a visit to some of the Cotswold villages. For the latter I highly recommend a visit to Kingham where I recently stayed at the beautiful Wild Rabbit – there are sone fantastic places to dine in the area plus a visit to Daylesford Farm is a must!
Have you got any holidays planned as the world opens up? I’d love to know!