WHERE IS SAFE TO TRAVEL?

As the end of the year approaches, we know it will seem crazy that most of you will not have got away this year. Who knew we could spend this much time in the confines of our own home? As traumatising as 2020 has been, taking your annual holiday out of the equation seems to be the final straw. We know any kind of travel can be relied upon to give us a greater sense of perspective, peace and relaxation and we think it’s important to remember that it is still within grasp.

Many countries remain exempt from the 14-day quarantine and we suggest ideas for your next holiday below. What IS worth remembering is that demand will soon outstrip supply for winter sun destinations as people clamber to get away from the new restrictions for a much-needed change of scene. So now is a great time to get that getaway locked in; hotels and airlines are offering flexible and refundable booking conditions so you can book your trip and hold off flights with no financial commitment.

Madeira Island
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Azores & Madeira

A mere 4-hour flight from the UK, the Azores & Madeira remains a great choice for a winter getaway with its sunny temperatures, gorgeous panoramic views and rugged and wild peninsulas making it a perfect destination for hikers and golfers.

We would book you into Belmond Reids Palace with its various heated pools and sub-tropical gardens. A 7-night stay will cost from £1,995 in a Classic room with balcony to include breakfast (based on 2 people sharing in November). They also have great kids facilities if you’d like to go as a family.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. No quarantine on return to the UK.

Sea Caves near Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
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Cyprus

A fantastic option for winter sun with sunny days and reliably balmy temperatures, a short 5 hour flight time, sleek 5* hotels (many of which have fantastic kids clubs and safe beaches), endless watersports, PGA golf coursesand UNESCO heritage sites to explore.

One of our top picks is the Almyra in Paphos with its award-winning spa where a 7-night stay will cost from just £925 for an Inland View room with breakfast (based on 2 people sharing in November).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. No quarantine on return to the UK.

St Lucia

St Lucia

You can’t beat St Lucia for the perfect Caribbean getaway; guaranteed sun, white sand beaches with crystal clear water, lush dense rainforests, jaw-dropping dive spots, all set against the backdrop of the famous Pitons. UK travellers can fly there direct from in 8 hours 45 minutes.

One of our favourite (and very much affordable) spots is Rendezvous, located on a 2 mile stretch of white sand beach. Perfect for couples looking for a quiet and romantic break, we can offer up to a 50% discount on room rates. Stay from 30 Sept 2020 to 31 August 2021 for £1,935 per person based on 2 people sharing a Premium Garden room on an ALL-INCLUSIVE basis. These rates also include BA economy flights and return private transfers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: From 4 July, St Lucia is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel. All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID –19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 7 days before arrival. No quarantine required on return to UK.

Greece

Now that mainland Greece and all other Greek islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel, this is a wonderful time to explore this beautiful country so close to home. The weather can be surprisingly sunny until early November. Plus, it has never looked so beautiful what with the lack of tourists and cruise ships!

We can organise a long weekend in Santorini from £350 per person for a 4-night stay at Avaton Resort & Spa to include breakfast and the obligatory bottle of champagne. Or how about booking a 4-bedroom, 230sqm private villa at Cielo Villas in Zakynthos complete with your own private pool? From £2,400 for the week to include one home cooked lunch and a welcome hamper.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The requirement to self-isolate on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland from Crete will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on 18 October. No quarantine required for passengers on return to the UK.

The Maldives

The Maldives

With the exciting news that the UK government has dropped quarantine requirements and updated the FCO travel advice to the Maldives, a last minute getaway to sunnier climes before the end of the year is within grasp
what with British Airways recently resuming direct flights from Heathrow!

How about 7 nights at LUX* South Ari Atoll? We can currently offer 56% discount on room rates whilst staying in their Beach Pavilion, Beach Villa or Water Villa, 25% discount on spa treatments and a complimentary sunset cruise! Book by 31 October 2020 for stays up to 22 December 2020.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All arrivals must have a COVID –19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 96 hours before arrival. No quarantine required on return to UK. Emirates no longer requires Covid-19 PCR test for passengers transiting to and from Maldives.

UK Staycation

Seemingly rather obvious but true. This is a great option for those who are just wanting a change of scene without the added hassle of worrying about travel corridors changing before a trip abroad. What with the rule of 6 currently in play in the UK, there has never been a better time to hop in the car and drive to an idyllic countryside / coastal retreat.

Garden Cottage at Wilderness Reserve
Inside Garden Cottage

Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk is a collection of self-catered cottages and houses on a 5,000-acre estate surrounded by woodland and Capability Brown-designed parkland. Stay for 2 nights in November in the 4-bedroom Garden Cottage (complete with its own fireplace, open plan kitchen and for £995 which includes daily housekeeping and a welcome gift.

The whole family can explore the estate on Pashley bicycles or hold your own tennis tournament on the nearby court open all year round. Try your hand at paddle boarding or rowing on the serpentine lake, learn more about the nature that calls Wilderness home with our estate ecologist or practice your shot with world-class clay instructors. Nearby, you can visit the picture perfect seaside town of Aldeburgh, take to the waves from Southwold or visit Go Ape, Suffolk’s biggest tree top adventure.

We have LOTS more adventures up our sleeve so get in touch today to plan your last minute, COVID-free getaway!

Please note this information was correct at the time of being published but is subject to change at any time. Please refer to the GOV.UK website for up-to-date entry requirements to your chosen destination.