Europe Decides To Let In Visitors From 15 ‘Safe’ Countries

In what has been the most positive developments amid this testing times of COVID19, Europe has allowed visitors of the supposed 15 ‘safe’ countries. This means that the EU border has been opened for 15 non EU countries which include Canada, Morocco, and Australia. However, the US, Brazil and Russia are omitted from the list. Therefore, this opens up a very small window of luxury travel for the globetrotters of these countries.

Interestingly, China is one the list albeit there is a reciprocal agreement, still pending.

Another important thing to note is that this unanimous decision by the European Council is not legally binding. This gives the flexibility and authority the choice of not opening up to all those countries. After much mulling and debating the list, the the  so-called “safe travel destinations”  which have been underlined are, besides China: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Along with these countries, the UK and other non-EU states – Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – are automatically included as “safe”.

As per the EU officials, the various scientific which have been taken in consideration are:

  • The Covid-19 infection rate in the country stays low enough meaning the countries where nations had fewer than 16 in every 100,000 infected
  • A downward spiral in the number of cases
  • Social distancing is followed and that the measures were at “a sufficient level”

The decision has not been as straightforward as it looks as there was much lobbying followed by a series of debate with regard to the effect of this move in the socio economic factors. The omitted countries within the EU pushed hard their agenda in a bid to revive their economy.

It is truly and very well understood that this is not the time for countries like India to pop their champagne. Yet, there is a ray of hope that the culture of tour and travel in the luxury destinations is very much on the rebound. This is a significant change in the hapless times. Moreover, the luxury travel operators in Gurgaon are having staff which are COVID qualified i.e. they can provide all the information prior to travel with regard to safety concerns, the protocols to follow etc. For now, you just need to sit back and stay safe as international travel is now within the touching distance.

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What To See In Mumbai: Where All The Indies Intersect

Someone once said “Mumbai is my heart, Bombay my soul.” A saying that defines the many layers that surround this urban turban of sensations and contrasts.

Because Mumbai, the second great city of India is not only the most cosmopolitan of all, but the one that best evokes the many nuances that we came to look for in the country of Bollywood. We tell you what to see in Mumbai during luxury travel India.

What to see in Mumbai

If there is a city in which “all the Indies” gather, that is undoubtedly Mumbai. Cornerstone of the British influence that reigned in India for almost a century, ancient Bombay is today a mosaic of experiences of all kinds: from its trendy restaurants and nightclubs to its bustling markets, to Victorian buildings caught between palm trees and promenades caressed by mystical sunsets.

So take a breath, don’t look back and get lost in a city that impacts and falls in love equally through these best Luxury Travel Destinations to see in Mumbai:

Gateway of India

Considered one of the greatest icons of Mumbai, the Gateway of India was built between 1911 and 1924 on the occasion of the visit of the English King George and his wife, Queen Maria.

An arch up to 26 meters high, sculpted in Indo-Saracenic style, typical of the period of domination of the British Raj in India, which is the perfect threshold from which to enjoy a panoramic view of the Apolo Bunder Port by ferry.

Elephanta Caves

Precisely the ferry, or even a private cruise, is the only way to reach another of the essential places to see in Mumbai: The Elephanta Caves.

A fascinating ensemble of temples erected in honor of the god Shiva sometime between the 7th and 12th centuries AD Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, this cultural oasis is undoubtedly one of the must-sees from a city of Mumbai located just as only 13 kilometers.

The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai

In the late 19th century, English influence set out to make Mumbai the first major city in India. How? Starting an urban transformation that revolved around the Oval Maidan, an esplanade from which, it is possible to see the first buildings in the Gothic and Victorian style.

A place from where the palm trees of the East and the architecture of the West merge giving rise to a UNESCO heritage that extends to another of the city’s major attractions: Marine Drive, the iconic Mumbai seafront.

Victoria Terminus

Another must-see example of Gothic-Victorian architecture in Mumbai is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Inaugurated as Victoria Terminus by the English in 1887, this monument is the nerve center of a city where fast-paced rickshaws contrast with the majestic European towers and the bustle of those who use one of the country’s busiest rail links. India in its purest form.

Taj Mahal Palace

Imposing in the middle of the island of Colaba, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace is another of the great pride of Mumbai.

An exquisite accommodation in which hundreds of ambassadors, celebrities and politicians (Barack Obama has been one of the most recent guests) have stayed throughout its more than 100 years of history, being one of the most luxurious hotels in India.

With 560 rooms and 44 suites, the Taj Mahal Palace becomes the perfect place to rest the tensions of the city.

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The Best Private Islands In The Maldives

Maldives is not only stunning; it is a wonderland for many newlyweds during their luxury travel. And hence it becomes the most obvious choice for a honeymoon travel. But here is a catch. After watching all the beautiful pictures of the stunning country, one may get in a fix because the locations look pretty much the same. Therefore, if you are looking for the best private island in the Maldives, you are better off having a ready guide. So here you are! The best private islands in the Maldives are given below:luxury tour in Maldives

  1. Makunudu- In a departure from the conventional luxury tour in Maldives, Makunudu has incorporated traditional Maldivian character into its design and has remained small – only 36 bungalows add to luxury in the most absolute sense of privacy coupled with laid-back luxury. It’s an intimate getaway that has all the facilities you’d expect in a bigger, with excellent snorkelling, a great spa and authentic charm that can’t be beaten. Makunudu, without a question becomes the best choice for honeymooners who are looking for some intimate moments of indulgence.
  2. Bandos- A well run, longstanding resort, Bandos is a good quality private island experience just 10 minutes from Male International Airport. What adds to the monetary value is the amenities like an onsite diving base, youth club, toddlers group and a varied choice of restaurants. The 227 room resort is anonymous with less privacy than other options, however, it does  provide the Maldives experience at a very good price. Hence, you are in for one of the most value for money resorts which lets you enjoy the spectacularly lively island with azure waters and welcoming atmosphere.
  3. Gili Lankanfushi- One of our favourite luxury resorts in The Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi provides a masterclass in barefoot luxury. The resort is set in a vast lagoon with some of the best snorkelling and diving in the region, You can’t help but notice how great a visual delight this resort is. Made and decorated with with natural materials, local thatch and wood, and the natural bathrooms offer an open-air yet private bathing experience that is truly unforgettable!
  4. Amilla Fushi- The beautiful resort Amilla Fushi has made its way onto our top five list for one main reason – its wellness treehouses. These rooms, fit snugly into the lush jungle canopy of the island, offer a secluded spa, fitness and healthy eating experience combined. What makes it a truly private resort is the infinity pool overlooking the tree canopy, outdoor showers, spa treatments, scenic outdoor terrace and top-notch amenities which are all yours till the time you stay there. Nothing beats having your own luxury Maldivian treehouse paradise, does it?
  5. Oblu- OBLU is a fantastic all-inclusive resort, and whilst it may not be the most luxurious nor the most unique in The Maldives, it is superb value for money. Oblu offers you an exotic house-reef, just metres away from the island. The island is where you find the silver-tipped sharks, lobsters and giant sea turtles. Its medium sized, so not too cramped but not too big, and there is plenty going on to keep you entertained. Of course, if you’re looking for all-out relaxation, which OBLU offers in spades – you can’t do better than the villas with private pools!

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The Best Destinations To Go On Holiday In Africa

Africa is the ideal continent for those who love nature, having not known the development of the West and much of Asia. The alternatives are many, from Cape Verde to Kenya, from safaris in Tanzania to Mauritius, from the coasts of Zanzibar to the suggestive nature of Madagascar.

A holiday for the whole family

It must be said that destinations in Africa are excellent for families, be they newlyweds or couples with children. This is because first and foremost a holiday in Africa entails significant travel costs, and then also because, in the major luxury travels, there is never a lack of top-of-the-range luxury hotels.

Excluding the tourist villages that overlook the Mediterranean, it is difficult to find crowds of young people like in Ibiza, although here there are certainly no lack of discos, which however are generally frequented by a more adult audience. Families in Africa, on the other hand, will find many destinations where they can relax or show their children the beauty of nature.luxury travels

Serengeti and Ngorongoro for a safari

July is a perfect time to visit Tanzania because it is possible to witness the “Great Migration”. In fact, in July, by visiting the Serengeti and Masai Mara areas (Kenya), you will have the opportunity to witness the greatest transhumance of animals that, in search of water and food, cross the difficult savannah.

To witness this show, which involves both herbivores and carnivores, many safaris are organized, which allow you to see this spectacle of nature with your own eyes. In addition to visiting the Serengeti National Park, we recommend that you visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a protected area where over 20,000 animals live together. Above what remains of an ancient extinct volcano, today it is an incredible natural reserve, a wonder that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

To Mauritius between relaxation and excursions

In Mauritius, you won’t find the best weather of the year, but it’s a good time to find interesting offers. The rains are not lacking, although they are not too frequent, it is not very hot but during the day it can even reach 30 degrees, while in the evening it is cooler.

You can bathe but the water does not reach 30 degrees as during our winter, instead of remaining around 25°C. That said, you can certainly relax on the beach, sunbathe and participate in various activities, both sports, and hiking. Among the most beautiful places to visit are certainly Georges National Park, Casela Park, the Chamarel waterfalls and of course Port Louis.

Kenya

Kenya is a destination very similar to Tanzania, renowned for both the sea and safaris. Luxury destinations in kenya also has top-level resorts, as well as clubs and discos, which however are aimed at a more mature audience. Despite being a fairly dangerous country, it is very popular with Italians, especially by the wealthiest, who come here to spend the winter holidays in general, away from paparazzi and prying eyes.

Zanzibar

It will be the favorite destination of many honeymoon couples, who can relax here in luxury resorts and on private beaches. Obviously, for the more active, there are many excursions available, such as those to Prison Island, Stone Town or Menmba atoll.

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The Ideal Destinations For Family Vacations

Are you planning to enjoy a few days of family vacations? As we know that planning a trip with guaranteed fun for all deserves the attention of some special details, we select 10 perfect destinations for all family members to have a great time. From little known circuits in Mexico, unique destinations in Latin America and classics in the United States, these are our ideal destinations for family vacations. Check the cities, choose the best one and organize the family calendar to get the Family Travel going.Holiday Vacation

  1. Gramado, Brazil

How about a pedal boat ride on Black Lake? A perfect plan for a family trip. This wonderful city in Rio Grande does Sul is perfect for family vacations with young children and especially if they like Christmas celebrations. Granados has a long history celebrating this party, with a festival called Natal Luz, between November and January, which includes parades, fireworks and a host of shows.

  1. Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Located in the fascinating Patagonia, Argentina; Puerto Madryn is an ideal place to discover the greatness of the most remote nature. Famous for being the ideal spot for whale watching, it offers hiking among penguins, historical caves and, in the summer months, snorkeling and diving with sea lions. To see the impressive southern right whale, there are two good options, from El Doradillo, in the same Puerto Madryn, or taking an excursion to Peninsula Valdés.

  1. Merida, Yucatan

If you are looking for places for family vacations in Mexico, where you will find an impressive history of the capital of Yucatan. Surrounded by archaeological remains of the Mayan culture and haciendas, Mérida offers endless activities in its great historical center, the second largest in the country. To have an overview of “the white city”, and in a comfortable way for everyone, the first thing they can do is get on the Turibus, with stops at key points of the city, to supplant long walks and avoid high temperatures.

  1. Lapland, Finland

If you are a Christmas lover you have to visit Santa Claus and his reindeer in the Finnish region of Lapland. This place is located above the Arctic Circle, where you can enjoy towering pines, ice hotels, northern lights and of course the Santa Claus Office, which is located in the heart of the Village of Santa Claus, in Rovaniemi, Finland; and hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and from all over the world have visited the friendliest man in the world, knowing their secrets as the rotational speed regulator of the earth.

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Children are bewitched in Tokyo, this paradise full of modern junk and unusual items. The little ones will get excited with the endless variety of Hello Kitty or Dragonball accessories. Anime lovers will be fascinated with cosplayers, teenagers who disguise themselves as their favorite manga characters. You can also take a tour of the Pokestore of Tokyo station or visit the Kiddy Land toy store, where you will inevitably crave Totoro products and Sanrio stores fill our hands with Hello Kitty, lovers of this character should not miss the visit to his beautiful house in Sanrio Puroland.Luxury Travel in Japan

And to finish the list, we couldn’t leave out a classic of classics: let’s go to Disney! The quintessential luxury family travel Destination that enchants both young children and adults with a child’s heart, you can find really comfortable vacation packages for this destination.

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Reasons To Absolutely Love Mauritius In Your Luxury Travel

Mauritius is not just another country but a wonderland surrounded by the magnificence of natural landscapes. A small country, that provides maximum of adventure and traditional luxury travels. The nation is the hotbed of history, nature, adventure or food that shall never leave anyone in disappointment. Let’s see some of the best activities to do in your next holiday to Mauritius:luxury destination

  1. Indulge in Water Sports– The island of Mauritius is synonymous with amazing diving experience. Once you dip into the ocean, you enter the world of bright corals, multi-coloured marine life, and ship wrecks dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. Whether a certified diver or not, you still can enjoy the water sports at one of the uncomplicated dive sites. For the pros, there is no dearth of advanced divers’ site. Another way to enjoy this luxury destination by sailing the area through the speed boat tours, catamaran tours or hop onto a traditional boat to spend a romantic day island-hopping.
  2. Dolphin spotting– Mauritius is popular for its dolphin cruise, which ideally starts early in the morning, just a little before sunrise. The tour takes you to the open sea wherein you can spot the dolphins and if you want to see them real close, you get a chance to enjoy a refreshing swim with these magnificent creatures. The best beaches known for this activity are Tamarin Bay or Flic en Fac.
  3. A visit to the Chamarel Colored Earth– Chamarel is a small village in Mauritius and a major tourist draw. What make this place unique are the seven colored layers of sand! Climb up the observation deck and marvel at the colours, ranging from yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and even blue. Buy test tubes filled with the seven colored sands of Chamarel as a souvenir. The Chamarel Waterfall is another stopover which can be the perfect place for the photo and selfie friendly travelers.
  4. Grand Basin tour– Head over to Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao), which is a natural lake within an extinct volcano crater. According to mythology, the water here is sourced from the sacred Ganges River in India. Given the sheer high number of Indian origin locals and expats, the Hindu festivals like Shivratri is celebrated in much fervor. The northern side of the lake has a huge 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, which is the second largest statue in the world.
  5. Guided tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes– Declared a Natural Reserve in 1965; the secluded island of Ile Aux Aigrettes is made up of coral limestone and has been devoid of human presence for a long time. The area houses the most exotic species of flora and fauna, including the famed giant tortoise of Mauritius. Be on a lookout for the Pink Pigeon, a bird which has been rescued from going extinct.

Going to Mauritius is a no-fuss affair these days with the assistance of luxury tour operator in Gurgaon. Be sure to check them out!

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