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Hit The Road! 2021 Travel Spots

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It’s been difficult to travel during the covid-19 pandemic but now destinations are opening back up slowly and safely. Travel is now possible if you follow covid-19 regulations. Here are a few places you might want to consider.

Canyon Madness Ranch Opens April In New Mexico: Architectural Gem Offers Adventures In The Tranquility Of The Great Outdoors

Photo courtesy CANYON MADNESS RANCH

It’s hard to predict what travel in 2021 will look like, but as people start to feel more confident to roam, places offering space and privacy to social distance in comfort with the freedom to explore may be high on travelers’ lists.

Far removed from big city lights, Canyon Madness Ranch has announced the launch of a luxury ranch set on 14,000 acres of outdoor adventure paradise in northeastern New Mexico.

Opening to guests for the first time in April 2021, the ranch provides equestrian pursuits, firearm-related sports, and an incredible range of wilderness activities, from archery to hiking to river kayaking and more. An intimate property welcoming just 16 guests, Canyon Madness Ranch’s extensive land holdings encompass Enciero Canyon, a box-canyon with seas of red clay interrupted by giant 20-foot deep crevices.

Mixing the high excitement of adventurous outdoor recreations with the comfort of luxury accommodations and stunning, uninterrupted, and pristine natural beauty, Canyon Madness Ranch is a playground for all. 

Canyon Madness Ranch is offering an opening offer of an all-inclusive price of $3,500USD per person per week (7 nights/6 full days), inclusive of lodging, activities/excursions, food, and beverage (wine, beer & sake).  Bookings for three to five nights are charged at $700USD per night.

Cage Diving With Sea Monsters

Looking for a safe, unique vacation the entire family will enjoy?

How about a virtual trip to a remote island where you can visit the most advanced state-of-the-art aquarium complexes ever conceived, holding the most terrifying prehistoric sharks and sea monsters that ever lived?

Welcome to SeaMonsterCove.com. The creative force that recruited an international team of 3D animators, 2D artists, engineers, actors, producers and an ancient hark museum curator is Steve Alten, author of the NY Times bestselling “MEG” series, the source material for the 2018 summer blockbuster “The MEG,” starring Jason Statham.  

Sea Monster Cove holds six marine habitats that date back to different eras in our history, while the O-Quarium is home to our star attraction, Snowflake.”

At SeaMonsterCove.com, the special effects are motion picture-worthy, and the wildlife doesn’t just swim around in benign circles; in fact, they seem quite aware that you are watching them, and some of them clearly do not like it, especially when you enter their domain to do a little “cage diving.” In each of these heart-pounding, 360-degree experiences, the user controls the viewing angle, attempting to track the attacks as they happen (there are day and night versions available). The action is nonstop and the creatures so real that it is easy to lose yourself in a two-hour reprieve from reality.  

Ski In & Ski Out: Impressive Mountain Panorama And Pure Nature – Frutt Mountain Resort Opens The Winter Season In The Heart Of Switzerland

Photo courtesy of Frutt Mountain Resort

In the heart of Central Switzerland and only 40 km from Lucerne, Frutt Mountain Resort, newly managed by Kempinski Hotels, opened for the winter seaon on December 19, 2020.

A gondola takes guests up to 2,000 metres directly to the Melchsee Lake in the Melchsee-Frutt ski area, which features an impressive mountain panorama and views of the peaks of the Alps or Titlis.

“Ski in and ski out” is the motto here for every passionate skier as skis are strapped on directly at the hotel.  

“The safety of our guests and all our Frutt fans is, of course, our most important priority. With this in mind, we have taken extra steps here at Frutt Mountain Resort to ensure the right set-up. Through various adjustments, we can offer our guests enough space to enjoy themselves this winter,” says Andreas Magnus, General Manager Kempinski Palace Engelberg and Frutt Mountain Resort. “We provide clear information when booking enquiries are made and are open to any questions or concerns.”  

Consisting of two modern hotel buildings connected by an underground tunnel, this attractive hideaway scores with its authentic ambience, offering 96 rooms, five junior suites and 13 suites. When it’s really cold outside, the saunas, pools or a wide range of massages and cosmetic treatments provide a relaxing feeling par excellence.

Families with children will also get their money’s worth here, as Frutt Mountain Resort not only has its own bowling alley, a cinema and a kids’ club, but also direct access to the children’s learning area of the Frutt Ski School with its innovative learning sledge course – entertainment for the little ones is therefore guaranteed.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Introduces Home At Hilton: Florida Beachfront Resort Offers New Work-From-Hotel Packages This Winter 

With millions of Americans still working from home, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has debuted their new Home at Hilton work-from-hotel program catering to remote workers interested in moving their home office beachside for an extended Florida workcation this winter.   

Home at Hilton offers business professionals seeking a warm-weather relocation two discounted package options, a 14-night Change of Scenery and a 30-night One Month Life Swap, both providing amenities and benefits to create a home-away-from-home setting at Hilton Sandestin. Available for bookings now through February 28, 2021, each of the Home at Hilton packages include spacious beachfront accommodations with a workspace, off-property shuttle service, access to the business kiosk, as well as free reign of the resort’s white sand beach to use for a morning run, mid-day meditation break, or as the backdrop for Zoom calls. Additional benefits for those who choose the extended month-long stay include daily breakfast, a complimentary cocktail every afternoon, beach rentals and laundry service.   

Guests who choose the 14-day stay will receive a 30 percent discount on the best available nightly rate. Pricing begins at $90 per night for those who choose to swap homes for the longer 30-day time period. For more information, visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com/home-at-hilton or call 850-267-9500.

Serenade Caribbean Hotels Enters Dominican Republic Market

View of the pools and some of the accommodations buildings at Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort. Photo courtesy Serenade Punta Cana Beach

Serenade Caribbean Hotels finally arrived in the Dominican Republic with the soft opening of the all-inclusive Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort. The newly-constructed, 603-suite resort, set on Playa Cabeza de Toro in Punta Cana, is offering all-inclusive rates starting from $206 per person, per night, based on double occupancy in a Luscious Tropical Garden View suite, for stays through Feb. 28, 2020.            

Families will enjoy the extra value of a Serenade Punta Cana vacation as children under three stay free-of-charge while kids three up to 12 are discounted 50 percent off the adult rate when sharing a room with paying adults.

Serenade Punta Cana’s suites are divided over seven, four-story buildings all with a terrace and providing views of the Caribbean Sea, the property’s lush gardens or swimming pools. Suites are offered in 12 categories with the largest options accommodating six guests. There is a suite and price point for every vacationer and budget.

Cape Resorts Offers New Farm Getaway

It’s called the Garden State for a reason. Cape Resorts’ 62-acre Beach Plum Farm is one of those reasons.Cape Resorts, which owns and operates Beach Plum Farm and a variety of hotels, suites, and private cottages in the charming town of Cape May, NJ has two new offerings that will have everyone getting outside, learning something new, and enjoying more green time and less screen time this spring. And given Cape May, NJ is the southernmost point in New Jersey, spring tends to come earlier than up North.

Beach Plum Farm recently announced a new four-day spring retreat specially curated for couples and small groups. Guests of this new immersive cottage “Renewed” retreat will enjoy luxury accommodations in one of the farm’s well-appointed cottages and socially-distant seasonal activities such as herb planting, an herb-infused cocktail and charcuterie classes, and a special chef-crafted private farm dinner, plus the option of adding a visit to Congress Hall’s Sea Spa for a variety of ocean-inspired treatments.

This immersive retreat is available Monday through Thursday, April 5-May 7, 2021 with rates beginning at $2,250 for two guests.


About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

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