The vaccines are coming but we still have many months to go and socially distant spacious travel remains the safest bet for any adventure. These destinations have space in spades, and outdoor experiences that range from scuba diving and cross-country skiing to hiking and private outdoor dining. Each destination has its own protocol with regard to the virus and testing so be sure to call ahead or consult with a travel advisor before making plans.
Four Seasons Resort Anguilla: This charming tropical island is roughly the size of Manhattan but with just two traffic lights and 33 stunning beaches, it is the perfect setting to practice your social distancing. The resort’s open-air, low density design is ideal for physical distancing and even when full, it never feels crowded. Make the rounds at any of their three pools and four restaurants (three of which are outdoors) or while away an afternoon snorkeling the cerulean seas. Stay options range from one to five bedrooms, but the ideal choice is an on-property residence which comes with a private plunge or swimming pool and full kitchen. Covid spread is almost nil in Anguilla and the government has set forth strict protocols for entry so plan accordingly. If you opt for a month stay or longer look into Four Seasons’ Extended Stay Penthouse & Private Jet Package—a 30-day stay in a 6,050 sq. ft. oceanfront penthouse that includes private air transfer, daily gourmet breakfast, complimentary twice-weekly private fitness sessions and a Personal Assistant available 24/7 to support your every need. ($90,000)
Dancing Spirit Ranch, Montana: Dancing Spirit Ranch is just 20 miles from the stunning majesty of Glacier National Park and here you’re more likely to run into a grizzly bear than Covid. The ranch is set on 400 acres (nature handles the social distancing here) and serves as an intimate retreat that can house a maximum group of 24 (perfect for the full family buy-out). Spend your days outdoors and enjoy the cross country skiing or snowshoeing. The property consists of three nicely appointed cabins that come with daily maid service and private yoga classes. You’ll also have access to your own executive chef that provides meals and cooking classes.
Half Moon Bay Resort, Jamaica: The iconic Half Moon resort officially launched a new resort, Eclipse at Half Moon, in March of 2020 only to have to close a mere three weeks later. Today, they are ready once again for guests. Eclipse is a charmingly fresh addition to Half Moon’s 65 year-old history. It has just 57 rooms, seven dining outlets, a dazzling infinity-edge saltwater pool overlooking the ocean, and a natural swimming cove. Jamaica has designed what they call a “resilient corridors system,” that permits visitors access to 80 percent of Jamaica’s tourist attractions—including most of its coast and destinations like Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios. Jamaica’s visitors are required to complete an online Travel Authorization form two to five days prior to their planned arrival. Approved travelers receive a certificate they must present during their departing flight’s check-in. U.S. travelers must also upload results of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure.
Cerula Mar Resort, The Bahamas: Located on South Adros Island, this remote sparsely populated sanctuary is one of the Caribbean’s least traveled destinations. Accessible only by 20-minute flight from Nassau or an hour flight from Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport, Andros is the largest Bahamian island but the least inhabited—a perfect set-up for social distancing. The only masks you’ll need will be for snorkeling or diving—South Andros is home to the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef that leads into the Tongue of the Ocean, a deep ocean trench, and the greatest number of blue hole ocean caves in the world. The resort opened in February of 2020 and is the island’s only five-star property—and the area’s first new hotel in more than two decades. Comprised of only 18 oceanfront suites and six private villas, it has three oceanfront dining concepts and plenty of outdoorsy activities to keep you busy.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos: This five-star outpost is just a short drive from Providenciales International Airport but its secluded setting in an 18,000-acre nature preserve feels worlds away—-and the resort’s half-mile of private beach is the perfect place to spread out. Accommodations are ultra-private as well with options such as private villas, each with a terrace and wooden sundeck. Take your meals at their open-air restaurant, in the privacy of your own pavilion or, even better, on the beach. Of course, this is an Aman resort so the spa is spectacular and if you stay more than three nights you can opt for a Full Immersion that includes an individually designed program from their expert team of therapists, nutritionists and medical specialists