ALTERNATE DESTINATIONS considering 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Our team has been faced with the difficult conversations regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 n-Cov) and how it may affect travel plans. While this virus is indeed presenting serious travel issues, it is not affecting all parts of the world, and air travel is still a genuinely safe means of transportation.

As we have seen in the past, the media has taken hold of this story and ran with it. This has caused a slight few of our clients to change their travel plans (if traveling to a region with health and travel restrictions in place) or cancel their trips.

While the decision to cancel a trip is the the travelers to make, we want to equip you with some information and ideas on alternate destinations considered safe on 2/10/2020.

Below is a list of travel ideas and destinations that are largely unaffected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV):

For families traveling with children, consider the following ideas:

  • Cruises in Alaska, Caribbean, and Mediterranean (Celebrity and Regent are great brands for families)
  • Caribbean Destinations
    • Elbow Beach, Bermuda (Paget Parish, Bermuda)
    • Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
    • The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
    • Casa de Campo Resort & Villas (La Romana, Dominican Republic)
    • Palm Heights (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman)
    • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman)
    • Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
    • Caribe Hilton (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • The Cove at Atlantis (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • The Reef at Atlantis (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • Grace Bay Club (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
    • Amanyara (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
    • The Shore Club & The Palms (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
  • Mexico
    • Paradisus Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)
    • Chileno Bay Resort & Residences (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
    • Grand Velas Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
    • Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
    • Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas (Los Cabos, Mexico)
    • Paradisus Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico)
    • Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)
    • Banyan Tree Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
    • Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
    • Grand Velas Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
    • Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
    • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Punta Mita, Mexico)
    • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (Riviera Nayarit, Mexico)
    • Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
    • One&Only Palmilla (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
  • Walt Disney World or Disneyland (best for younger children)
    • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL)
    • The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (Orlando, FL)
    • Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, FL)
  • Biking Adventures with Backroads or Abercrombie & Kent
  • A Dude Ranch or Desert Experience
    • Scarp Ridge Lodge (Crested Butte, CO)
    • The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, MT)
    • The Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, MT)
    • Amangiri (Canyon Point, UT)
    • Amangani (Jackson, WY)
    • Spring Creek Ranch (Jackson Hole, WY)
  • South Africa with our Journeys Southern Africa
  • Europe (including Italy, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey & the United Kingdom)
    • Four Seasons Hotel Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)
    • Athenaeum Hotel & Residences (London, England)
    • Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch (London, England)
    • Great Scotland Yard Hotel - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt (London, England)
    • Hotel Café Royal (London, England)
    • Nobu Hotel London Portman Square (London, England)
    • Treehouse Hotel (London, England)
    • Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire (Hampshire, England)
    • Kimpton Fitzroy London (London, England)
    • One Aldwych (London, England)
    • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Paris, France)
    • Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera (Paris, France)
    • Amanzoe (Porto Heli, Greece)
    • Sani Dunes (Halkidiki, Greece)
    • Corinthia Hotel Budapest (Budapest, Hungary)
    • Ashford Castle (Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland)
    • Adare Manor Hotel (Co. Limerick, Ireland)
    • Powerscourt Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection (Co. Wicklow, Ireland)
    • The Shelbourne (Dublin, Ireland)
    • Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti (Pinzolo TN, Italy)
    • Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology (Rome, Italy)
    • The St. Regis Florence (Florence, Italy)
    • AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
    • VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa (Algarve, Portugal)
    • Ness Walk (Inverness, Scotland)
    • 7Pines Resort Ibiza (Ibiza, Spain)
    • Gran Meliá Colón (Seville, Spain)
    • Gran Meliá Fenix (Madrid, Spain)
    • Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona, Spain)
    • Ikos Andalusia (Malaga, Spain)
    • Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    • The Bodrum EDITION (Bodrum, Turkey)
  • An Outdoor Adventure in Iceland
    • Hotel Ranga (Hella, Iceland)
    • ION City Hotel (Reykjavik, Iceland)
    • Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection By Hilton (Reykjavik, Iceland)
    • ION Adventure Hotel (Selfoss, Iceland)
  • Expedition Cruises to off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Galapagos or Antarctica (Celebrity, Silversea & Seabourn are among our many partners in this space)
  • Tauck Bridges itineraries
  • Backroads Family Destinations

Some of the destinations listed below have adults-only accommodations that would be perfect for couples looking for a truly relaxing vacation, while others will allow you to immerse in the destination’s culture and history.

  • Europe (including Italy, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey & the United Kingdom)
    • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London (London, England)
    • Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch (London, England)
    • Great Scotland Yard Hotel - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt (London, England)
    • Hotel Café Royal (London, England)
    • Nobu Hotel London Portman Square (London, England)
    • Treehouse Hotel (London, England)
    • The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (Bath, England)
    • Hotel Chais Monnet Cognac (Cognac, France)
    • Hôtel Lutetia (Paris, France)
    • J.K. Place Paris (Paris, France)
    • Auberge du Jeu de Paume (Chantilly, Oise, France)
    • Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel (Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France)
    • The Peninsula Paris (Paris, France)
    • Andronis Arcadia (Santorini, Greece)
    • Canaves Oia Hotel (Santorini, Greece)
    • Belmond Castello di Casole (Siena, Italy)
    • Belmond Hotel Caruso (Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy)
    • Belmond Hotel Splendido (Portofino, Italy)
    • Belmond Villa San Michele (Florence, Italy)
    • Borgo Egnazia (Savelletri di Fasano, Italy)
    • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como (Lake Como, Italy)
    • Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda (Lake Garda, Italy)
    • Therasia Resort Sea & Spa (Messina, Italy)
    • Villa Spalletti Trivelli (Rome, Italy)
    • Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte hotel (Rome, Italy)
    • COMO Castello Del Nero (Tuscany, Italy)
    • Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte hotel (Palermo, Italy)
    • OPUS XVI (Bergen, Norway)
    • Douro41 Hotel & Spa (Castelo de Paiva, Portugal)
    • Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace (Porto, Portugal)
    • Six Senses Douro Valley (Lamego, Portugal)
    • Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa (Marbella, Spain)
    • Buergenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, Lake Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Switzerland)
    • The Bodrum EDITION (Bodrum, Turkey)
  • Destinations that can be driven to within the US such as Canoe Bay, WI or Asheville, NC; National Parks; Cities with great music scenes (e.g., Austin, Nashville)
    • Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Scottsdale, AZ)
    • Belmond El Encanto (Santa Barbara, CA)
    • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
    • Monarch Beach Resort (Dana Point, CA)
    • Montage Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, CA)
    • Rosewood Miramar Beach (Montecito, CA)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Dana Point, CA)
    • The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Coast, CA)
    • The Little Nell (Aspen, CO)
    • The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds, Lake Oconee (Greensboro, GA)
    • The Cloister at Sea Island (Sea Island, GA)
    • Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, MD)
    • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado (Santa Fe, NM)
    • Kimpton Hotel Arras (Asheville, NC)
    • Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (Santa Fe, NM)
    • Edgewood Tahoe (Stateline, NV)
    • Belmond Charleston Place (Charleston, SC)
    • Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, SC)
    • The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (Charleston, SC)
    • Kimpton Aertson Hotel (Nashville, TN)
    • Thompson Nashville (Nashville, TN)
    • Austin Proper Hotel (Austin, TX)
    • Four Seasons Hotel Austin (Austin, TX)
    • Hotel Granduca Austin (Austin, TX)
    • Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin, TX)
    • Montage Deer Valley (Park City, UT)
    • Stein Eriksen Lodge (Park City, UT)
    • Amangani (Jackson, WY)
    • Caldera House (Jackson Hole, WY)
    • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole (Teton Village, WY)
  • Caribbean Favorites
    • Belmond Cap Juluca (Maundays Bay, Anguilla)
    • Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort (Meads Bay, Anguilla)
    • Jumby Bay Island, Oetker Collection (St. John's, Antigua)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Palm Beach, Aruba)
    • Sandy Lane (St. James, Barbados)
    • The Loren at Pink Beach (Tucker's Town, Bermuda)
    • Rosewood Bermuda (Tucker's Point, Bermuda)
    • Rosewood Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda, BVI)
    • Amanera (Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic)
    • Eden Roc Cap Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
    • Paradisus Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
    • The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman)
    • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman)
    • Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
    • Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    • Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France (St. Barthelemy)
    • Eden Rock – St Barths (St. Barthelemy)
    • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (Soufriere, St. Lucia)
    • The Landings Resort & Spa (Rodney Bay, St. Lucia)
    • Ladera Resort (Soufriere, St. Lucia)
    • Park Hyatt St. Kitts (St. Kitts & Nevis)
    • Belmond La Samanna (St. Martin)
    • Mandarin Oriental, Canouan (Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
    • The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort (Nassau, The Bahamas)
    • Amanyara (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
    • COMO Parrot Cay (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
    • Sailrock Resort (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos)
  • River Cruising through Europe with AmaWaterways, Crystal River Cruises, Uniworld, or Viking
  • Cruising in Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Alaska (Regent, Crystal, Oceania, and Celebrity are great choices)
  • Outdoor Adventures in countries ranging from Peru to Iceland
  • A Beach Getaway to the unspoiled beauty of Fiji with our Journeys
  • Expedition Cruises to off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Galapagos or Antarctica (Celebrity, Silversea & Seabourn are among our many partners in this space)
  • Wine Tours in Napa, CA and surrounding areas combined with a stay in San Francisco
    • Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, CA)
    • Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort (Big Sur, CA)
    • Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort (Calistoga, CA)
    • Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel, CA)
    • Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant (Forestville, CA)
    • Archer Hotel Napa (Napa, CA)
    • Carneros Resort and Spa (Napa, CA)
    • Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)
    • Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel (St. Helena, CA)
    • Meadowood Napa Valley (St. Helena, CA)
    • Bardessono Hotel & Spa (Yountville, CA)
    • Vintage House (Yountville, CA)
    • Hotel Villagio (Yountville, CA)
    • Hotel Yountville (Yountville, CA)
  • Safaris in South Africa or Kenya with our Journeys Southern Africa
  • Wellness Stays in locales ranging from Arizona to Texas, California & Massachusetts
    • Castle Hot Springs (Arizona, AZ)
    • Miraval Austin (Austin, TX)
    • Canyon Ranch – Massachusetts (Lenox, MA)
    • Mii amo, a destination spa (Sedona, AZ)
    • Canyon Ranch – Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
    • Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa (Tucson, AZ)
    • Canyon Ranch Woodside (Woodside, CA)

For travelers wishing to explore on their own, many of the same destinations listed above are excellent with just a little bit of added attention paid to accommodations.

Please Remember:

For more up-to-date and expanded information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), we highly recommend visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) websites. We are major advocates for Travel Insurance, but there are pitfalls with coverage for delays or cancellations caused by 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Our friends at Forbes have this to share - Does Travel insurance Cover The Coronavirus?

We can't make any recommendations as to whether one should or should not travel to a specific destination; we can only advise of the situation and refer the WHO and CDC websites. The ultimate decision is always in the travelers hand, but we're here to help hold your hand through the decision making process and throughout the journey.

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