While the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, the first signs of hope for the travel industry are here. The rollout of the vaccine has created a positive impact in many countries and it’s now possible to travel to certain places.
If you’re wondering where to plan your much needed holiday, we’ve rounded up a few popular destinations that are reopening. Just remember, before you make any international travel plans make sure to thoroughly check country-specific travel advisories online or consult your destination’s latest travel guidance.
Known for its pristine atolls and crystalline waters with magnificent shades of blue, the Maldives was one of the first destinations to open for tourism and international travel in July 2020. Since then, this idyllic tropical getaway has been welcoming tourists from around the world, provided they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours and a health declaration form within 24 hours of departure, even if vaccinated. Learn more here.
There are some amazing memories that will stay with you forever when you visit Kenya — from visiting conservancies and pristine beaches to eating seafood and sailing on the Kenyan coast. Tourism to this magical nation resumed on 1 August 2020. International flights are operating, and passengers are subject to the following entry requirements: all travellers must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of flying, even if the traveller has been vaccinated. The government has provided a list of countries exempt from quarantine. Learn more here.
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Seychelles remains a safe and travel-worthy destination, ready to welcome you and ensure that you enjoy the holiday of your dreams. However, the situation in this tropical paradise, like in most parts of the world, remains very fluid and it is important that you keep yourself regularly informed and updated on conditions for travel. The Seychelles Islands allows entry to visitors from all countries, excluding South Africa and Brazil. Visitors who have been in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the last 14 days preceding their arrival will not be allowed entry. Learn more here.
Considered to be a land of visual masterpiece, Tanzania has been open for tourism since June 2020, and travellers from all countries can visit this spectacular country. Known for its natural splendour, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches and charming ancient towns, Tanzania has implemented almost no entry restriction, so it is one of the most popular countries open for tourism. Travellers will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and they must complete a Health Surveillance Form upon arrival. However, keep in mind that the government has no accurate record of COVID-19 cases or deaths, so it’s difficult to assess how safe Tanzania is.
A popular tourist destination thanks to its ancient empires, idyllic villages and cosmopolitan cities, Turkey is open for all arrivals except passengers coming from South Africa and Brazil. All travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of their departure. They must also submit a Turkey Entrance Form within 72 hours before travel and will undergo a health screening on arrival. Learn more here.
If you’re looking forward to a nature-filled getaway, hiking might just be one of the ideal activities for your next trip. Taking a hike is not only good for your physical and mental wellbeing, it’s also a great activity you can enjoy while social distancing. Whether you’re planning to travel across the country or staying close to home, here are some picturesque hiking spots across DISCOVERY destinations to inspire your next eco-adventure.
Exploring Hatta by foot is the best way to experience Dubai’s largest national park. Surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, Hatta’s landscape features undulating peaks and troughs that are perfect for hiking. There are a number of trails that cater to all levels of ability from absolute beginners through to experienced hikers and trail runners. You can also hop onto a mountain bike to explore the meandering pathways of hills, wadis (valleys), and farmland in the area. Another great activity worth experiencing is kayaking on the lake formed by the Hatta Dam. Other water activities available to enjoy include pedalos and water bikes.
Imagine gorgeous coves, spectacular geology, and one-of-a-kind sea views. The Seven Hanging Valleys Trails is a must-experience if you’re visiting the Algarve in Portugal. This winding and breathtaking trail will take hikers through some of the region’s most stunning natural wonders. You’ll be trekking along the coast the whole time, with the trail stretching between Praia da Marinha beach and Praia de Vale Centianes beach. The most ideal time to hike is in spring or fall (from the months of June to November). The trail has several ascending and descending passages along the route and marked with yellow and red waymarks for easy direction. Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is one of the most beautiful hikes in Portugal and should not be missed.
Lion Rock has become a symbol of the tenacious spirit of the people of Hong Kong. Located on the mainland, opposite Hong Kong island, this mountain has earned its name from the rocky outcrop that resembles a crouching lion. At 495 meters high, it provides a spectacular 360-degree view of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, parts of New Territories and parts of Hong Kong Island. The summit is a great spot to enjoy the sunset over the city. The hike typically takes 3.5 to 4 hours for the standard loop, and there is a shorter route that takes a total of 1.5 hours of hiking. A hike in Lion Rock is a great activity for any nature-lover looking to experience a more hidden side of Hong Kong.
With over 4,200 acres of chaparral terrain and landscaped areas, Griffith Park is one of the largest parks with urban wilderness areas in California. There are 70 miles of hiking trails in the park, and spots worth exploring include Glendale Peak, Beacon Hill, Amir’s Garden, Skyline Trail, and Bird Sanctuary. Perhaps the park’s most famous landmark is the Hollywood Sign. Erected in 1923 high atop Mt. Lee, this iconic symbol can be seen from just about anywhere in the Los Angeles area. If you want to get up close and personal with a bit of Hollywood history, there are three hiking trails that can get you to the sign: the Mt. Hollywood Trail, the Brush Canyon Trail, and the Cahuenga Peak Trail.
There’s no better way to experience the beauty of New Zealand’s West Coast than through a hike in Mercer Bay Loop Walk. Sitting directly between Karekare Beach and Piha Beach, the trail is tucked away in a lush rainforest rewarding trekkers with plenty of native flora and fauna, as well as breathtaking scenic ocean views. Ideal for a summer day trip, the track takes around 50 minutes to walk at a leisurely pace. The best time to hike is either during the morning before noontime, or before nightfall for a dramatic sunset that creates a gorgeous orange glow against the cliffs and treetops.
If you’re looking to up the romance factor on your next holiday, we have just the inspiration you need. From secluded islands and dramatic landscapes to ancient cities and timeless retreats, these world-class destinations are perfect for escaping with your special someone.
Far from the city, rush hours, and fast food joints, Bali is an island paradise that can truly satisfy your heart’s desire—peace, joy, adventure, excitement. For the ultimate hideaway, explore Ubud, with its serene palm trees, breathtaking rice terraces, and charming villages.
You might also want to check out Seminyak, the most happening and fun locale of the island where you can find artsy cafes, chic boutiques and gorgeous villas. If you want to relax out in the sun, surf the best waves you’ve ever seen, or dance the night away at lively beach clubs, book your stay in Uluwatu.
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It’s no surprise that Greece is a favourite honeymoon destination since it is among the world’s most beautiful countries. Aside from visiting the capital city of Athens, a perfect blend of ancient and modern life, you may also want to explore the country’s diverse coastline with its gorgeous islands and beaches.
Only a short trip from Athens, Santorini offers the most dramatic views in the Mediterranean. Considered to be one of Greece’s best locations, Santorini is well known for its cliff-top whitewashed villages, unforgettable sunsets, and fresh seafood.
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If you’re looking for a trip to remember, Italy—with its jaw-dropping scenery, incredibile cuisine, and romantic ambiance—is the place to be. Whether you’re searching for a classic city-break or a blissful countryside retreat, Italy has it.
Considered to be the more romantic destination than its neighboring cities, Venice is perhaps the best place to spend a honeymoon with its timeless piazzas, historic palaces, and elegant canals. Rome offers a variety of must-see spots from the Colosseum to the Vatican City. Another top destination is Florence, with its charming buildings, romantic squares and dramatic views.
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It’s dreamy tropical setting, pristine beaches, and relaxed atmosphere make Hawaii one of the most popular destinations for honeymoons and romantic travellers. Whether you’re searching for adventure by hiking volcanos or you simply want to enjoy a luau, Hawaii really has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a combination of big city experiences and an impressive choice of historical and natural attractions, then Honolulu is perfect for you. Another place worth visiting is the magical area of Koloa, with its lush landscapes, rolling green pastures, and historic buildings.
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Filled with beautiful beaches, breathtaking corals, lush green scenery and crystal blue waters, Maldives is the perfect island paradise. It's the ideal getaway to rekindle your love, whether it’s your first time on holiday with your partner, a honeymoon or an anniversary.
From world-class surfing to some of the most epic snorkeling and scuba diving, the Maldives is the ultimate tropical getaway. You’ll have hundreds of luxurious accommodations to choose from, from overwater villas to romantic beach bungalows with your own personal pool.
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Looking for some unique gift ideas? We’ve got just the inspiration for you, so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect present for everyone on your list. Whether you're looking for something to give your best friend or your world-travelling parents, here are some memorable gifts from DISCOVERY hotels and resorts around the world.
It’s no secret that Paséa Hotel & Spa does a fantastic job pampering the pets of their guests.
There is a reason this world-class destination was named as the Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Check out the list they’ve rounded up featuring holiday gift ideas to give for your four-legged bestie.
Looking for gift ideas that speak to your family and friends’ sense of adventure, wanderlust and love for the planet? Outrigger Resorts is always on the lookout for companies that use sustainable practices and are committed to making a positive impact on the environment. Here are their top picks for eco-friendly gifts this year.
Eco-friendly gift suggestions
If you’re searching for a truly meaningful Christmas gift this festive season, Elewana Collection recommends that you check out Shanga, a self-sustaining social enterprise based in Arusha, the gateway to the Northern Tanzania safari circuit, which runs an interactive creative workshop employing people with disabilities to create beautiful products made from mostly recycled materials. To learn more about Shanga’s unique products, visit this page.
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If you want to mentally escape for some rest and relaxation but you can’t travel outside your home country, then a staycation is just what you need. Here are some restorative mini-break ideas that you can do during your staycation to get you feeling refreshed and recharged, and ready to dive back into your daily grind.
Treat your hometown like a new destination and visit its popular attractions and hidden gems. You can visit your city's well-known landmarks such as parks, fountains, boardwalks or even well-preserved architecture, or explore museums and experience the local art scene.
Relax in the bathtub with lit-up candles
If spas and wellness centres are still closed in your area, why not create your own perfect spa experience. Set the mood with calming spa music and grab a diffuser for some lavender or eucalyptus smell, or if you don’t have a diffuser, lighting a fragrant candle will get the job done as well. You can do DIY treatments for your skin, nails, and hair, or you can just soak in the tub for a relaxing experience.
Relax and meditate with a yoga retreat
You don't need to escape to a faraway place to enjoy the invigorating experience of a yoga retreat. Find a suitable location, unroll your yoga mat, and turn on some online yoga tutorials. For the full yoga retreat experience, you can recreate amenities like a refreshing post-yoga drink - ice water infused with some fruit and cucumber slices.
Binge-watch your favourite movies or TV series
There’s nothing like a good movie night to bring your family or friends together. Try screening a series like Star Wars,
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings or you can pick a theme (horror, comedy, action, romance) and choose the films you like.
For a truly cinematic experience, grab some popcorn and some ice-cold soda.
Have fun playing with board games
Invite a few friends or family members for some entertaining board games. You can play the classics and the favourites: Monopoly, the Game of Life, and Scrabble, or choose a more diverse set of games such as Sequence Game, Catan, Codenames, and Clue Game. Bring out everyone’s competitive spirit by offering a gift card for the prize.
Preparing your favourite drink doesn’t have to be complicated at all! Find a straightforward recipe with minimal ingredients you’re good to go. Don’t worry too much about having the right glasses, but do invest in the finest spirits you can. If you want to try simple do-it-yourself cocktails, check out these recipes from DISCOVERY hotels and resorts.
Enjoy a relaxing staycation with DISCOVERY
A hotel staycation is the perfect opportunity to unplug from your daily routines because it lets you enjoy a fresh new perspective. With a wide variety of luxurious experiences and world-class amenities, you’re sure to find the perfect mini-break that suits your needs with DISCOVERY.
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