A Beach Holiday is Still Possible!
Updated: Dec 30, 2020
With the holidays coming up, people normally plan trips to celebrate with family and friends. In this COVID era, there are lots of changes and restrictions regarding year-end activities. While some people are planning to enjoy local conviviality in their area, others are looking for a holiday by car or by air.
By: Paulien Debrie
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The end of the year is sneaking up. A lot of us would normally be thinking about holiday travel. We would be excited to make reservations to a beach or warm weather destination. In November and December, millions of Americans usually travel with their families and friends to celebrate. For many, this is a universal holiday tradition.
Spending the holiday season with a group of people might not be that obvious this year.
Some of you have already decided to stay home. Others do plan to travel, and for a lot of us, it is the first time we will travel since the start of the pandemic.
Of course, it’s important to navigate travel restrictions, whether you are planning a domestic trip or booking a more exotic vacation. And if you are organizing a small gathering, follow safety measures like social distancing and wearing face masks.
For those of you who plan to travel… or even are thinking about it, here are some options to consider for the holiday season.
Since June, Mexico’s Caribbean Region has been welcoming travelers again. According to Dario Flota, CEO of Quintana Roo Tourist Board, more than 300,000 American visitors have been enjoying the lovely area in the first three months of re-opening.
In an interview with Insider Travel Report, Flota reports that Mexico has implemented strict health and safety protocols. That has kept the number of COVID-19 cases low and traveler confidence high.
Travelers should find this news from the Mexican Caribbean very encouraging, especially those who want to get away over the festive season.
“Mexican Caribbean resorts opened this summer with mandated low occupancy requirements and plan to cap it at 60% by years end, says DC Travel Advisor Anne Heintz. “This is a realistic option for people who are willing to travel and want a warm-weather holiday getaway. For people closer to the West Coast, Cabo San Lucas is also open and welcoming one and all!”
Cancun is one of the first destinations in the world to be recognized with a Safe Travel Stamp. This means that almost 7000 hotels, restaurants, excursion facilities have the safety certification and can guarantee a safe trip!
Moreover, airlines are offering direct flights from the US to Mexico. There’s not only an increase in available seats flying to Cancun. It’s also easier to go, with more non-stop options.
Indulge in the Mexican Caribbean’s rich nature, culture, and history, and enjoy your stay in one of these luxury hotels.
The Mayakoba resort is situated on a spectacular stretch of the coastline. Right in front of the beach, you will find Rosewood Mayakoba. It’s the perfect place to unwind.
Going deeper into the lush jungle behind the resort, there is Andaz Mayakoba, Hyatt’s contemporary brand. Surrounded by Riviera Maya’s nature, Andaz Mayakoba is an amazing getaway from the bustle of the city.
Close to Mayakoba, there is another great accommodation. Grand Velas Riviera Maya focuses on 3 unique experiences: romance, family, and relaxation. It is considered to be the best family friendly all-inclusive in the area.
Originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess, Escencia knows how to treat you royally. The 42 room property is situated on a white sandy beach encompassing 50 acres in the area known as Xpu-Ha. Not too far from the town of Tulum.
NIZUC Resort & Spa is a luxurious tropical playground that suits families and couples alike. With a panoramic view of the Caribbean Ocean, you will celebrate the holidays like never before!
For those who want warmer temperatures but prefer to stay in the USA, Miami Beach is another great spot! The city is expecting families to have longer holidays for multiple weeks or months. For people who are working from home and for children who are schooling remotely, hotels provide so-called flex spaces. Your room will transition from a bedroom to a workspace, and vice versa, whenever you need it.
Carillon Miami Beach Hotel offers spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom luxury apartments. Moreover, you can finish your workday by visiting Carillon spa and wellness! After all it was formerly affiliated with Canyon Ranch.
Japanese architecture and an oceanfront location evoke a contemporary Japanese beach house, as is the Nobu Hotel today. Find the perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft, and theatre in this resort.
Located on the city’s western edge, Mondrian South Beach offers a more relaxed version of South Beach. The property is reopening November 15 after undergoing renovation intended to transform the resort into a modern tropical oasis.
Another secluded resort is the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. The resort is located on a barrier island. While not far away from Miami Beach and downtown, it offers a safe place to stay!
Four Seasons Surf Club is another property worth considering. It originally opened on New Year’s Eve in 1930. They know how to throw a party! Although this year will be different, the hotel offers great getaways for families as well as couples. Anyone who is a fan of the legendary Sirenuse, in Positano will have to try their first US restaurant which is on property here.
Like Four Seasons Surf Club, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is located in the exclusive Bal Harbour area. The spacious guest rooms and suites with direct ocean views are ideal for celebrating with your family or loved one.
So, there are options available if you want to travel this holiday season!
** Paulien Debrie is a Brussels based student completing her Master’s Degree in Communications. She is also a virtual intern with Heintz Media Group and is a contributor to TravelAnne.com.