Travel may be restricted right now, and while it’s essential to remain safe and healthy, it doesn’t mean you can’t dream about holidays for later in the year. Here, Lightfoot Travel recommends some post-summer stays that are worth considering for calmer times.
With new cases in new destinations being reported daily, and airlines canceling flights, the spread of the novel coronavirus has disrupted the travel industry immeasurably. “In this difficult time it’s important to stay calm, stay safe and keep planning to travel responsibly – whether that means postponing your trips or looking at longer lead-in times for later in the year or for CNY 2021,” says Lucy Jackson, Co-Founder, and Director of Lightfoot Travel who says her company are in hourly communication with government agencies, health authorities and travel contacts on the ground across the world.
She continues, “If you do want to escape during this time, it makes sense to plan with a tour operator, so you have 24-hour access to trustworthy, up to date travel advice and support. For those remaining cautious, keep in mind that this situation will not last forever, and in the meantime, it’s important to keep your travel aspirations alive.” For now, here are a few holiday ideas for when you feel ready.
March is a major month for the Desaru Coast in Malaysia’s Johor: One&Only Resorts makes its debut with One&Only Desaru Coast. Easily accessible from Senai International Airport in Johor and Singapore’s Changi International Airport, pre-plan to pack your bags for the cool beach club, three restaurants, a luxurious spa and fun for all. The KidsOnly and One Tribe clubs for three to 17-year old’s offer complimentary activities from movie nights to barbecues, but the EcoLab is where they get the chance to learn about the local ecosystem, discover aquatic life at The Fisherman Hut and get creative at the Art Studio.
Lightfoot Special! Book to stay at One&Only Desaru from March 23 until December 19, 2020 and get a free family tree climbing session in the rainforest, a private family yoga class and a family Padel tennis lesson. Read more here
Whisk yourself far away from the real world with Rascal Voyages who elegantly sail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat in Indonesia. While your kids may not be quite so enamored by the stunning aquatic landscape as you will be, they’ll be blown away by the fun on tap. Families can learn to dive and snorkel, kayak and fish, marvel at pink beaches and sunsets, and there’s the chance to join expeditions where guests are joined by expert biologists. Onboard the glamorous and traditional phinisi you’ll find swish infinity roof decks, nighttime cinemas, superb staff, and bespoke food and music menus. Each voyage is tailor-made to your tastes, from what you eat to the destinations you visit – often places yet to be named on the map.
Lightfoot Special! The first 10 Private Voyages booked between now and May 15, 2020, to travel before the end of March 2021 can sail for five nights for the price of three. They are also offering very flexible postponement terms. Find out more here. Click here and contact us for further details.
Alongside turquoise seas, white sandy beaches, and endless serenity, Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives serves as a children’s paradise-playground full of nature and fun. Kids aged 12 months to 12 years will be in their element here. Pack the little ones off to The Explorers kids’ club where younger guests can build sandcastles and paint coconuts; meanwhile, older children can become master chefs, scout for dolphins and embark on safaris. At the center of the club, there’s a playground with a splash park, trampoline, and stage for budding starlets of all ages. For some family-time, spend your days together on a turtle adventure or shark safari, enjoy arts and crafts, and end your days on a sunset cruise.
Lightfoot Special! Book for a minimum of four nights at Niyama Private Islands Maldives with Lightfoot Travel and enjoy a complimentary Niyama Signature Massage (for the parents) and a complimentary babysitting session while you’re having your treatment. For further details click here.
Domes of Elounda on the Greek Island of Crete is known for its family-friendly facilities, so much so that it makes you want to be a child again. Whether your brood make a beeline for the complimentary kids’ club or hang out at ‘The Core’, there's an endless variety of activities available to them (including spa treatments!). Don’t worry, parents receive the luxury treatment too: there’s a stunning adults-only pool with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mirabello and quieter areas where children are banned. A selection of in-resort restaurants provide fuss-free mealtimes and keep hungry bellies happy, and the village of Plaka offers eateries and bars alongside a taste of local island life.