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Despite the limitless budgets, vacation homes across the globe, and chartered jets, this year’s COVID-19 restrictions have got even the wealthiest on their toes waiting for the “OK” on holiday planning. At this point, we’re all looking forward to the days of stress-free relaxation or adventure in a safe, exciting, and private holidaying environment. Spark your imagination for some inspiration on what vacation trends await you this year.

Epic nature-focused adventures

Hiking in Antarctica
Cookson Adventures and White Desert, two of the leading luxury expedition companies in the world, have come together to offer you the opportunity for a 24-day exclusive group trip to Antarctica in November of 2021. Although the price tag is high – a total sum of £2,237,000 for a private group of 12 – the adventures and experiences promised will provide a lifetime of treasured memories. The bespoke adventure begins with a flight from South Africa leading to a discovery of the Antarctic peninsula either by helicopter, submarine or from the M/Y Legend yacht.

Rocky Mountains of Colorado
It comes as no surprise that for decades, Aspen has been the favourite location of celebrity superstars and the super-rich. Founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom, this historically rich ski resort provides good fun for the whole family. This uniquely isolated ski town is reachable by private plane only ensuring privacy and seclusion during your stay. The Little Nell, Aspen’s only true ski-in ski-out hotel, is a good option thanks to their exquisite 5-star service and newly refurbished property. If a discreet mountain holiday is for you, nothing does it quite like Aspen.

Private island retreats

Emerald Maldives, Ra Atoll
In 2020, The Maldives experienced an incredible 396% jump in bookings. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, powder sand beaches, and spectacular views, there is no better escape from the real world than this paradisiac environment. In the Northern Archipelago stands the Emerald Maldives, an extremely exclusive private island resort with only 60 overwater and 60 beach villas. Enjoy utmost privacy and relaxation in the sustainable sun-powered resort of your tropical dreams.

Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin, Cote d’Azure
Ultima, known for its impressive collection of exclusive hotels and villas, introduces a private island retreat in the south of France to its portfolio for those who expect the true essence of privacy. The 13th Century property located on the private island of Sainte-Marguerite is surrounded by botanical gardens and is only a short boat ride from Cannes. You’ll find this experience is fit for kings!

Wellness retreats for mind and body

Post-Covid Recovery Programmes, Lanserhof Medical Spas
The overall interest and dedication to incorporating wellness into everyday life and holidays looks set to increase again this year. The award-winning medical spas across Europe from Lanserhof are offering a targeted wellness recovery programme for those who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. A seven-night package offers medical and natural healing therapies including tailored treatments with vitamin infusions, cryotherapy and lymph treatment as well as yoga, massages, Pilates, and beautiful nature walks.

Breathtaking private rentals

The Mansion, Daios Cove
Crete’s magical surroundings and delicious cuisine sets the perfect scene for a getaway for Mediterranean lifestyle lovers. Take your holiday to the next level of exclusivity with Daios Cove’s latest luxurious accommodation. The Mansion is a secluded stand-alone villa providing you with all the privacy you crave. The impressive 600 square meters of indoor space includes three king-sized bedrooms and spacious living areas as well as a private spa lavish amenities – think gym, treatment rooms, steam baths, heated pools, and saunas. What’s not to forget is the incredible view from The Mansion’s infinity pool facing the sea.

Castello di Ugento, Puglia, Italy
This vast enchanted fortress, originally a 17th-century farmhouse magically transformed into a boutique hotel that sleeps a maximum of 18 guests, still harbours its original charm and unique character despite renovations for a contemporary age. With Marchese and Marchesa of Ugento as your hosts, prepare to immerse yourself into the Italian culture with endless entertainment and cuisine fit for royalty.

Travel in style

Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
The stressors of flying have increased tenfold since the pandemic’s restrictions have been imposed. In comes Aman, with their innovative and exclusive approach to holidaying for the extremely lavish life lovers. In 2021, Aman is offering a four-night getaway for up to eight people in the whimsical Amanjena Hotel, Marrakech. The package includes the use of the Aman Private Jet for a luxurious transfer from London to Morocco. Upon arrival in the lush paradisiac atmosphere, you’ll be ready to play in Morocco’s top golf courses or enjoy the zen-like swimming areas and spa.

Lopud 1483, Croatia
If you are fascinated by history and the grandiose luxury of the past, this experience is sure to be a great surprise for the art lover in your life. This Franciscan monastery dating back to 1483 has recently undergone a 25-year restoration project lead by art collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza. The majestic retreat is now ready to welcome guests to enjoy its meditation gardens and cuisine prepared by a world-class chef.

The exclusive offering provided by tour operators, hotel groups, and villa rental companies are stepping up in luxury, but no one can do it quite like the ‘invitation-only’ membership programmes which promise breath-taking experiences and destinations.

Our experts at Insignia can offer you the chance to visit another world, from bespoke trips through South Africa and Masai Mara to dreamy curated tropical retreats in St Barts. Please contact your PA at Insignia for more information on what unparalleled trip is coming up next for you.

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