October Edit: Winter Sun VS Northern Lights
It’s been a summer of stopping and starting when it comes to destinations and trends with certain European destinations coming out as clear winners such as Italy and Greece. These destinations are rightly popular in ‘normal’ times but have really shone out in this very particular 2020 summer offering a stunning choice of hotels, fantastic weather and a reliable (hot) climate – all key for those of us craving sun whilst living in an unpredictable climate! As we move into Autumn/Winter in the Northern hemisphere it is becoming clear that the incoming season is going to be one of two halves – we are finding sunshine is still a key driving factor in destination choice but also particularly so among families there is a desire to reconnect and experience the magic of the Arctic with trips to Lapland and Northern lights becoming increasingly popular.
Air bridges (these allow you to visit a destination which is open to accepting visitors from your country of residence and not quarantine when you come back) are still a factor in decision making so let us show you below some destinations that are currently possible from the UK enabling you to get you fix of the above and (at the time of writing) avoid quarantine when flying back home. Many of these destinations will require a negative PCR Covid fit-to-fly test in advance of flying and of course, this is something we will always flag to you when researching holiday choices. As the season changes we move away from Europe for our sunshine and start to embrace further afield destinations. Let us whet your appetite with some winter sun or Northern Light suggestions below.
Jumby Bay Island - Antigua
A low-lying 300 acre private tropical island located in the heart of the Caribbean, Jumby Bay Island offers a luscious landscape, beautiful coral reefs and crystal-clear waters framed by white sandy beaches. Reachable only by boat, this is an island of simple pleasures that has gained a reputable name for its back-to-nature experience. Returning after a recent multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Jumby Bay offers you a fresh outlook on island living that strikes a balance between the signature elegance that guests have come to love, with a chic and contemporary style. Featuring a mix of activities tailored to all age groups, younger guests at Jumby Bay can enjoy everything from the famed Hawksbill Turtle Program, night-out activities, ocean adventures and even the Kiddies Spa Retreat; all while parents indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Book with Quintessentially Travel and take advantage of the following benefits; USD 100 food and beverage credit to spend in resort, early check in/late check out and upgrade upon arrival subject to availability.
Cotton House - Mustique
Island life is the best way of escaping the everyday stresses and enjoying a luxurious get away. Cotton House offers a variety of accommodations whether it be a suite with a private plunge pool or an exclusive Villa hidden away. Roaming around the island grounds or swimming and scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters are great ways to fill the days or perhaps enjoy horseback riding on the beach as the sun sets into the ocean before venturing to the Beach Café for an unforgettable meal of surf fresh seafood grilled to perfection. Book with Quintessentially Travel and take advantage of the following benefits; USD 100 food and beverage credit to spend in resort, breakfast included and early check in/late check out and upgrade upon arrival subject to availability.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Desroches Island is an incredibly special place of tranquility and serenity; allow the sound of birdsong and the breeze of the ocean to sink in whilst you enjoy an oasis in the middle of the Indian Ocean. At the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, the 9 miles of white sand beach belongs to everyone allowing for fabulous times exploring or relaxing along the shore or deep within the crystalline waters. The rustic villas and bungalows allow for an intimate setting to be enjoyed where you can relax and truly feel at home. Book with Quintessentially Travel and take advantage of the following benefits; USD 100 food and beverage credit to spend in resort, breakfast included and upgrade on arrival subject to availability.
Eden Rock - St Barths
St Barths Oozes French glamour and European charm making it distinct from many of its Caribbean neighbours. Perched on a rocky promontory, this glamorous bolthole is at the heart of the island scene with its eclectic art collection that is on display in each of the 34-guestrooms and its unpretentious ambiance. Also famous for its culinary delights, Eden Rock is known for being the best dining destination on the island which showcases the very best of local and international produce. Offering a small slice of paradise, Eden Rock guarantees a glamorous getaway in ultimate luxury. Book with Quintessentially Travel and take advantage of the following benefits: breakfast included, early check in/late check out and upgrade upon arrival subject to availability.
Arctic Treehouse Hotel - Finland
Experience the wonders of Finland’s Arctic Circle, whilst staying in luxury at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel. The hotel encompasses a combination of local Lappish traditions with a modern Scandi touch. Choose between the Arctic Treehouse Suites or the Arctic Glasshouses, both of which boast panoramic views of the glistering landscape which surrounds you. The Arctic Treehouse Hotel caters to everyone’s childhood dream, ensuring the most enchanting winter break. As a whole family, experience the most extraordinary arctic adventures, including dashing through the snow on a sleigh pulled by reindeers; listen to the steady thumps of their hooves against the thick blanket of snow. Or take in the wonderful winter wonderland by husky sled – the perfect way for families to take in the beautiful surroundings with the Northern Lights up ahead. Hunt for the Northern Lights on a snowmobile adventure through the wilderness, or simply relax in the comfort of your cabin and look out of the dazzling lights across the sky from your bed. And don’t forget to visit the Secret Forest for an unforgettable meeting with Santa Clause himself.
Located at the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Octola provides the most authentic stay in the arctic, amongst 300 hectares of private forest. The 10-bedroom wilderness chalet is perfect for families with a plethora of outdoor activities on your doorstep. Experience ultimate luxury in this exclusive destination with magical snow-covered forests set above meandering glimmering rivers. Enjoy private and unique tailor-made activities for your whole family, with the most experienced guides, chefs, and butlers on hand to make your stay unforgettable. Head to the nearby forests for a snowshoeing expedition or zoom your way down the hill on a toboggan. Have a thrilling ride through the winter wonderland on conformable sledges pulled by a pack of lively huskies. Take part in the traditional Lappish art of ice fishing – you will be taught how to break through the thick frozen lake and learn how many of the locals catch their lunch. The secluded wilderness is the idyllic place to watch the Northern Lights, and so head out on snowmobiles or with specially adapted shoes to help you make your way through the snow.
Javri is the ideal winter retreat for couples wanting to experience the serenity and enchantment of Finnish Lapland. This adults-only Lappish boutique hotel is located in the tranquil village of Saariselkä, in the Arctic Circle. This is the perfect destination for those wanting to experience all the adventures which Lapland has to offer. Step out of the lodge and you will Finland’s second largest national park on the doorstep. Head out into the white wilderness for a full day of exhilarating activities, including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The opportunities are endless with both husky and reindeer safaris across frozen lakes and through the snow-covered forests. Finnish Lapland is one of the best destinations to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, with over 200 appearances every year. After an eventful day of winter activities, return to the warmth of the lodge and heat up by the log fire, or relax in the authentic Finnish saunas and immerse yourself in Javri’s luxurious wellness facilities.