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Caribbean villas for social distancing: Jamaica, Bahamas, Aruba, more

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The beach is just the beginning at a dazzling array of you-deserve-it villas in the Caribbean.

With social distancing and other safety protocols the new vacation norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, a holiday getaway in a private villa could just fit the bill. So why not toss the budget to the breeze and live the dream in your very own secluded retreat under the tropical sun over the holidays?

These Caribbean locales don’t currently require visitors to quarantine upon arrival unless otherwise noted, but be sure to check travel requirements before planning a trip amid the pandemic as they may have changed. 

Jamaica   

Entry requirements: A negative test taken within 10 days of travel and approved travel authorization are required (Details: https://www.visitjamaica.com)

Smartly designed by Ralph Lauren, Round Hill Hotel and Villas west of Montego Bay has long hosted discerning guests like John F. Kennedy, who wrote his famous 1961 “ask-not-what-you-can-do-for-your-country” inauguration address in Villa 25. Nightly rates for a 2-Bedroom Deluxe Villa booked in the Villa Retreat package start at $1,849 including meals and non-motorized watersports.

From basketball courts, private pools and tee time on the 18-hole golf course, a stay in one of 74 perfectly posh villas at The Tryall Club ticks all the boxes. Weekly rates for the 7-bedroom Dragonfly Villa with chef-prepared meals and butler service start at $22,500.

Jamaica: Fleming Villa at GoldenEye is where Ian Fleming penned all 14 James Bond spy thrillers. Villa guests have access to the Field Spa and four restaurants at the storied resort, located 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios. (Photo: Peter Brown/IslandOutpost)

On the north coast, hip beds for heads at GoldenEye include the storied Fleming Villa      where British author Ian Fleming penned all 14 James Bond spy thrillers and where his original writing desk still stands. Guilty pleasures include a pool, private beach, garden showers and claw foot tubs. Nightly rates for the 5-bedroom villa start at $6,365. 

Sint Maarten / St. Martin   

Entry requirements: Negative test taken within five days and a health declaration completed in advance are required. (Details:https://stmaartenehas.com)

French St. Martin: The 4-bedroom Villa Mirabelle on the Simpson Bay Lagoon is a private luxury retreat with access to a boat dock and petite beach. Weekly stays start at $7,000. (Photo: Blue Ocean Villas)

Steps from the sand, villas at the Coral Beach Club in Dutch Sint Maarten are crowd-free standalone havens of rejuvenation. Weekly rates for a 4-bedroom Beachfront Villa with a private pool start at $9,286.

In French St. Martin, there’s a lot of panache in the salty air at Villa Mirabelle with four bedrooms and access to a boat dock and petite beach.  Weekly rates start at $7,000.    

Turks and Caicos Islands  

Entry Requirements: Negative test and advance travel authorization required. Note that there is also

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United Airlines adds 8 leisure routes to Latin America and Caribbean

  • United Airlines is growing its leisure route network as executives expect business travel to remain low until 2024.
  • Latin American and Caribbean countries with limited or no restrictions for entry by US citizens are the main focus of the expansion.
  • The new routes boost United’s presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.
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United Airlines is further expanding its leisure route map this winter with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean as demand shifts south of the border to the few countries welcoming Americans. The new leisure-focused routes make sense as the company’s CEO has said he doesn’t expect business travel to recover until 2024. 

The new routes boost United’s presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras with expanded service from the airline’s hubs across the US from coast to coast. Both regions have been taking the lead in accepting American tourists in recent months as more flyers take to the skies.

Costa Rica, for example, is opening its borders to all Americans starting November 1 – after previously restricting entry for residents of high-risk states – with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, according to the US Embassy in San Jose. Belize and Honduras have recently begun allowing all US citizens to enter but are similarly requiring negative tests to be presented for entry. 

Mexico has remained open to Americans arriving via air throughout the summer and has not used negative tests as a requirement for entry. The Dominican Republic also does not require a negative test for entry.

The new routes allow for quicker journeys and allow for more non-stop itineraries for those seeking to head south for the winter. United is also increasing flights on existing routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Here’s where United Airlines is flying this winter.

Between Cleveland, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico

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Cancun, Mexico.

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United will begin flying between Cleveland, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico on December 19 with year-round, Saturday-only service after having left the route in August 2019, according to Cirium route data. Competing with United on the route will be ultra-low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

A former United hub that was re-acquired by the airline after a merger with Continental Airlines, Cleveland has seen reductions in service from United in recent years, with few routes beyond those to its other hubs. Once the route resumes, it will be United’s only international route from Cleveland. 

Between Washington, DC and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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United will begin flying between Washington, DC, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 17 with daily service until March 27, according to Cirium route data. No other airlines currently serve this route. 

Between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica.

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United will begin flying between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica on December 19 with Saturday-only service until March 27, according to Cirium route data. No other

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How to Plan the Ultimate Caribbean Luxury Vacation

In the age of social distancing, travelers are placing a premium on privacy — both in their transportation and their accommodations. 

And that’s the reasoning behind the launch of leading luxury villa rental company WIMCO’s new WIMCO Prive’ concierge travel service. 

WIMCO Prive’ works with WIMCO’s longtime partner, Tradewind Aviation, to plan each aspect of the ultimate Caribbean luxury vacation. 

It gives travelers the ability to arrange a “private, luxury and crowd-free travel experience” from their home airports right to the Caribbean, with private aviation on each leg of the trip and a private villa for the vacation itself. 

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Tradewind is the most luxurious way to travel to St Barth.

When transfers are required to smaller airports on private islands, WIMCO will arrange “wing to wing” transfers, avoiding airport terminals entirely, the company says. 

In the age of social distancing, access to private aviation and private villas helps in “reducing the risk of contracting a virus while away from home,” according to Stiles Bennet, president of WIMCO. 

A sample itinerary might be taking a private jet from Westchester to St Barth via San Juan, for a stay in a villa or a yacht in St Barth. 

Or a getaway from Philadelphia direct  to Anguilla for a family beach getaway. 

WIMCO Prive’ gives travelers the choice of private jets for parties of any size — from light jets of six to seven passengers to airliners for 60 passengers. 

WIMCO Prive’ can also request quotes on chartering private yachts. 

For more, visit WIMCO Prive’. 

— CJ

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