In the words of famed travel writer Paul Theroux, “winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” As we approach the one-year mark of this global pandemic, planning a responsible getaway—be it a long weekend close to home or an extended spring break trip to a remote destination—is a wonderful way to fill the coming months with inspiration, rejuvenation and hope. These are some of our favorite spring break vacation ideas, featuring both warm- and cold-weather destinations that are open to Americans, with standout properties that promote social-distancing and enhanced health-safety procedures. Contact your Indagare Trip Designer or Indagare if you are not yet a member to start planning your spring break vacation—for this year and the future. Our team can match you with the accommodations and activities that are right for you and provide information on coronavirus travel safety, destinations that are open to travel, Covid-19 hotel policies, transportation options, private villas and charters and more.
For a much-needed dose of Vitamin D, Palm Beach provides a quieter, more upscale alternative to Miami and Orlando. Fifteen minutes from town and located on a private stretch of beach, the Four Seasons is a prime spot for travelers seeking space—while in town, the brand-new White Elephant (sister property to the Nantucket mainstay) is a fresh, boutique addition to the scene. A five-hour’s drive to the south, Key West—a former haunt of Ernest Hemingway’s—is a funky enclave that feels off-the-beaten-path, yet stylish (and it has wonderful snorkeling). Plus: for those who want a “castaway” tropical experience, stateside, Little Palm Island is a lovely add-on option, as it is accessible from Key West only by boat or seaplane.
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Less than a one-hour drive away from the charming food capital that is Charleston, lovely Kiawah Island is an ideal choice for a long weekend of leisure. With 10 miles of beachfront and the Beachwalker County Park, this barrier island is a peaceful nature haven for a southern escape. Our favorite property in the area? The Sanctuary, an oceanfront resort that caters to golfers. Plus: Indagare Senior Director of Membership Elise Bronzo has lately been working remotely from Kiawah and can answer any of your questions about the destination at email@example.com!
Known as “The Big One” for its vast expanses of difficult runs, Jackson Hole embodies the spirit of the Wild West, both on the slopes and off. The rustic local ski scene is punctuated by pockets of luxury centered around the top hotels (Caldera House, Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Amangani). Although it has attracted a trendy crowd in the past few years, Jackson Hole continues to maintain a rugged, easygoing atmosphere, which makes it great for families, as well as couples and groups of friends.
In February and March, the Caribbean beckons with its powdery white-sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and pampering resorts. Just a 3.5-hour direct flight from New York, travelers looking for a romantic, secluded atmosphere should visit Turks & Caicos. A top family-friendly option, also accessible via direct flights from the U.S., is Antigua, where the all-inclusive Jumby Bay offers a private island location, friendly atmosphere and top-notch amenities on a spectacular beachfront. Other Indagare favorites include St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach resort, Anguilla’s Belmond Cap Juluca and Necker Island—Richard Branson’s exclusive hideaway in the British Virgin Islands. While each Caribbean destination has its own Covid-safety requirements, the vast majority require proof of a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test for entry and retesting after seven days.Related: Direct Flights to the Caribbean
Panama’s Islas Secas eco-resort reopened last month after closing due to lockdown, and our team is thrilled. Indagare Creative Director Simone Girner, who scouted the property when it first opened its doors in 2018, describes the property as such: “Some 15 miles off the mainland, 14 densely forested islands rise from the sea like ancient creatures—majestic and pristine. Frigate birds soar overhead, pelicans glide beside the boat, and every now and then a fish or stingray cuts through the turquoise-blue waters, as if they, too, were leaping for joy, aware of the privilege of being in such a special place.” The experience here is akin to a nautical version of an African safari lodge, with minimal human impact in the wild. If you’re hoping to get a bit lost in the world, after months of remaining at home, this may be the place for you. (Panama requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or Antigen) taken within 48 hours prior to traveling; alternatively, you will be required to take a test at the airport at your own expense of $50.)Related: First Look: Islas Secas Reserve and Lodge
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