The French Riviera and the Costa del Sol are classic destinations for a reason. But some travelers seem to be experiencing European burnout lately. Increasingly, clients of luxury travel advisor network Travel Edge are setting their sights on summer and fall 2022 vacations in the Caribbean or South America as an alternative to European travel.
Sound intriguing? Read on. Travel Edge suggests three western hemisphere alternatives to Europe that offer a level of luxury, amenities, and natural beauty, that will leave travelers refreshed and excited about the possibilities of travel to new corners of the world.
Swap a private villa in Greece for the Dominican Republic
Situated on its own peninsula on the country’s north coast, ÀNI Dominican Republic features 270-degree ocean views as well as expansive private pools and living areas. A team of gracious hosts thoughtfully tailors every detail. Guests might take a cigar-rolling or rum-tasting workshop, enjoy a traditional folklore dance show, send the kids off to a culinary classes, or savor a sunset boating excursions.
The property is part of ÀNI Private Resorts, the world’s first collection of private resorts located in far-flung corners of Anguilla, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. Akin to a private estate, each ÀNI resort is designed for just one group of guests alone, and boasts both the total privacy of a villa rental and the dedicated staff, planned activities, and other amenities of a luxury all-inclusive resort.
Trade the Azores for Costa Rica
If you are inspired by the excitement and greenery of the Azores, the rich flora and fauna and plentiful outdoor pursuits available in Costa Rice make the Central American country an ideal alternative. Cielo Lodge is a newly opened, family-owned lodge located near the southern district of Golfito. Cielo is a small, off-grid, off-the-beaten-path luxury eco-lodge, with just six extremely private suites. Each has stunning views of the nearby canopy, and each sleeps two to four people. All meals and activities are included in rates, which means visitors can enjoy dolphin and mangrove tours, evening frog walks, forest bathing, waterfall hikes, and beach days without extra hassle or expense.
Skip Sicily and head to Chile for island indulgence
A boutique retreat set on rolling green hills with inspiring sea views, Tierra Chiloe is a unique slice of island life in the Chilean archipelago. At Tierra Chiloé, visitors will find a strong relationship with the landscape, wildlife, and local communities, but also get to enjoy wellness facilities, incredible wine, home-grown cuisine, and eco-friendly architecture. During all-inclusive stays, Tierra’s expert staff and guides are there on hand to help uncover the somewhat isolated world of Chiloé Island, ensuring that travelers’ activities remain in harmony with the delicate ecosystem.
Tierra Chiloé immerses guests in the best of the archipelago, which is awash in verdant pastures, dramatic coastline, and scenic clifftops. Guests can experience a guided wellness program consisting of forest bathing in the rainforest followed by spa treatments using local ancient ingredients like Maqui, a tree indigenous to the forests of Chile and Argentina.