Are you flying for the first time since the pandemic began? Here are a few steps you can take in advance to ensure you don’t get stuck at the airport.
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.
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