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The Safest Destinations For Winter Holidays

29 October 2020 • Written by Kelly Sullivan

After the year we’ve all had, it’s safe to say we all deserve a holiday, the question is, which destinations are really safe to return to? If you’ve been following our guide on 'when we can travel?', you’re no doubt itching to get something booked. We scoured the WHO website for the countries least affected by the pandemic to help create the ultimate post-lockdown holiday guide. With over 14 million cases confirmed worldwide, we need to navigate carefully over the next few months, but with travel restrictions lifting, we can definitely squeeze in a vacation somewhere for the upcoming holiday season. Just don't forget to pack your fashionable face mask and some hand sanitiser before you go... 

Miriandhoo Island, The Maldives

With 3,000 reported cases, the archipelago acted quickly to put restrictions in place and close borders, however, since the 15th of July, the borders to the paradise islands opened to all tourists again with no quarantine restrictions. 

If you’re on a yacht, why not enjoy some island hopping in the Maldives? Or if you're looking to settle somewhere for some much needed R&R, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is an idyllic escape complete with luxurious water villas and wellness centre. 

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italy was hit hard with the coronavirus, with roughly a quarter-million reported cases and 37,000 deaths. As a result Italy now faces its worst recession since WWII and tourism is, understandably, suffering. On the plus side, we’re delighted to be able to include it on this list as they’ve opened their borders and are welcoming tourists back with ample energy, with reported cases remaining in the low teens.

Why not venture down south toward the Amalfi Coast where the hotels in the region are taking COVID-19 restrictions seriously? Enjoy the gorgeous coastline and all it has to offer, by reading our insider's guide to the Amalfi Coast. Le Sirenuse has long been a popular spot in the heart of Positano, boasting beautiful views, an oyster bar and a fantastic restaurant, there's no better spot to enjoy a glass of Whispering Angel at sunset. For more inspiration on where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, read our complete guide here

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Crane Resort, Barbados

In July, Barbados resumed flights and lifted all curfews thought travellers will be required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR COVID-19 test, and bar code to clear immigration. Today, Barbados has had seven reported deaths from 174 cases of Coronavirus, but no reported deaths since May. 

For tips on where to stay, the Crane Resort is a secluded complex with lagoon-style pools, sweeping lawns and a beautiful wellness spa. There's no need to venture beyond the resort, which caters to every need thanks to the six on-site restaurants, deli, art gallery and boutiques, but should you wish to explore further, read our insider's guide to Barbados for the best things to do and see. 

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Six Senses, Seychelles

Seychelles has re-opened its international airport, though with restrictions in place and only arrivals from countries deemed as low-risk are currently permitted. Passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the 72 hours prior to boarding their flight. The islands have had 135 confirmed cases but no deaths. 

For the ultimate in luxury stays, try Six Senses Zil Pasyon and be sure to book a villa with a pool and sea views. Surrounded by tranquillity, expect aqua blue waters, plenty of greenery and the tufts of islands in the distance. 

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Antigua and Barbuda

Borders are open and welcoming tourists in Antigua and Barbuda. Precautions are advised, such as sanitising and wearing masks, but all nationalities are welcome. With a mere 94 confirmed cases and no deaths, life is operating as normal on these islands and are a welcome reprieve for those looking for a relaxing getaway. 

Curtain Bluff on Antigua’s southern coastline is 30 minutes from the nearest port and promises tranquillity and luxury in abundance. Book a private beachside villa and enjoy a morning coffee as the sun comes up, overlooking the lapping waves. 

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Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Saint Lucia is one of the safest places to travel to right now and its borders are open to all countries. Determined to ensure tourists are COVID-free upon entering, travellers require a negative result from a PCR test taken within seven days of arriving on the island. Saint Lucia has had no confirmed deaths from the virus and only 27 confirmed cases. 

Nestled between Saint Lucia’s Pitons, is the glamorous Sugar Beach Resort, favoured by Hollywood's elite and superyacht owners alike. Enjoy a reprieve from all that's going on in the world with a quiet beach-side villa and indulge in a private dinner on the beach beneath the stars. 

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