Avi Goldstein Highlights the Best Places for Luxury Travel in 2021
The tourism industry is taking a big hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, as visitors to major tourism destinations dry up and more countries close their borders to foreign visitors.
While 2020 is shaping up to be a tough year for many inside and outside of tourism, HotelRooms.com founder and CEO Avi Goldstein is confident that 2021 will see people begin exploring the world again and usher in a return to growth for the industry, though major change is also imminent.
Goldstein, who launched the VIP travel service Luxury Connections in 2010, thinks that 2021 will be a great opportunity for luxury vacationers, with the industry likely to offer up incredible deals to try and entice people back to their resorts and hotels.
Even though it appears the novel coronavirus will be largely stamped out by 2021 through the aggressive actions being taken by governments around the world, Avi Goldstein believes that a milder form of social distancing and crowd avoidance are likely here to stay. He believes this may mean the travel industry will be carried more heavily by the higher end of the market, which often affords more privacy, solitude, and space.
With that in mind, we look at several promising places to experience luxury travel in 2021.
With its immaculate white-sand beaches and a spectacular underwater world, the Maldives remains the ultimate destination for discerning travelers. Positioned in the Indian Ocean southwest of India, the archipelago consists of twenty six atolls boasting rich cultural traditions and natural treasures. Of the over one thousand coral islands and sandbanks, one hundred feature resorts and hotels set to welcome delighted tourists. The tiny islands are encircled by magnificent beaches and incredibly beautiful lagoons, met by crystal clear waters and protected by reef structures. Every resort in the Maldives is built on its own private island, with all of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands competing with each other to offer their guests unprecedented levels of luxury.
Anguilla travel offers a mix of everything. The Caribbean island, like many of its neighboring islands, has watched new vacation properties and resorts spring forth along its beaches. Despite that, Anguilla hasn’t lost its local charm and authenticity. In other words, while the island depends on luxury tourism — many rich and famous people frequently travel to Anguilla — it hasn’t lost its soul to consumerism.
Anguilla enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures nearly year-round, so you can make your Anguilla travel plans at your leisure. Keep in mind, however, that the island’s peak tourist season lasts from December to mid-April; because of the increased demand, prices tend to increase considerably during this time. Those looking for a deal should visit Anguilla between May and August, when prices remain fairly reasonable.
The Caribbean’s most elite destination lives up to its reputation where the in-crowd goes to play. But it still has charms that make it attractive to the regular folk, from its twenty two uncrowded beaches to its distinctly Gallic ﬂair. Gustavia, the capital, features quaint cottages, designer shops, and elegant restaurants — all surrounded by a harbor lined with yachts. On the opposite side of the island, near the airport, St.-Jean is a diminutive strip of colorful boutiques and charming beach bars. All across the island, you’ll find resorts that cater to a clientele who are paying a premium to achieve a state of vacation nirvana.
Mayakoba is about 40 minutes South of the Cancun airport, and when you enter the gates, it’s like you’re in a whole different part of Mexico. There are only four resorts and although each is completely unique and apart, they are connected so vacationers can hop from one to the next sampling what each has to offer. The complex is a lush paradise built on a peaceful, glistening canal system throughout the property. The best way to experience the canals is by boat, and the resorts all offer eco-tours as well as sunset dinner cruises.
In addition to the canals, Mayakoba has plenty of bike and running paths scattered throughout. Since many of the resorts are built back into the foliage, biking to the beach is the preferred mode of transportation. You can also bike to the bustling town of Pueblito. In addition, Mayakoba is home to the only PGA caliber golf course in Mexico with its perfectly manicured grounds.
The town on Southwestern coast of France, built between two indentations in the coastline, the Anse de la Salis and the Anse St Roch, is opposite Nice on the other side of the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). The little streets of the old town are conducive to strolling around and the call of the cape, with its pleasant coastal path, is irresistible. This little known gem may be one of the main European centers for industrial flower production, but it’s also the ideal landing spot for travelers seeking something new and different along the legendary Cote d’Azur.
The majesty of the Amalfi Coast’s natural beauty has been drawing people to the region for centuries. Roman nobles built their villas there two thousand years ago and so the attraction to its splendor has continued with the rich and powerful settling down amid the spectacle of mountains and sea cliffs. This trend has elevated the celebrated coastline to become one of the most fabulous and unique destinations in the world. Its fragile cultural landscape — churches, gardens, vineyards and towns — are divided into thirteen different municipalities, and were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1997. Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are the area’s top destinations, attracting thousands of jetsetters each year