Dreaming of Down Under? Try These Destinations Instead...


While we are dreaming of traveling Down Under right now, the borders of Australia and New Zealand are closed to international tourists at the moment. However that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy similar experiences around the world. Travel + Leisure 2020 A-List advisor Cassandra Bookholder can take your Australia & New Zealand wish list and create an itinerary that transports you to comparable locations that are open for travel.



If you are interested in snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef...


Lizard Island -

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The most northern Island resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef offers a natural privacy paired with personalized service. Secluded within a national park, enriched with beautiful and diverse Australian wildlife and surrounded by private beaches, this resort offers 40 luxury rooms & suites. Grab a dinghy and a picnic basket and head off to your own private beach, Lizard island has 24 of them!


...then try visiting the Great Blue Hole now!


Cayo Espanto -

San Pedro, Belize

Just a two-hour flight from Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte or Houston, your private island paradise awaits. Cayo Espanto is home to seven intimate villas overlooking the Caribbean which include private plunge pools, chefs and personal houseman. Take advantage of sea kayaks, sailboats, full-service spa, world class fly fishing, amazing snorkeling along the world’s second longest barrier reef or go diving in the famous Great Blue Hole.

If you're craving an adventure in the Southern Alps...


Minaret Station -

Southern Alps, New Zealand

There are few, if any, places quite like this in the world. Private, luxury lodges set in a remote glacial valley surrounded by towering peaks and accessible only by helicopter. It’s an extraordinary location to escape the “real world” and connect to nature. Touch down in an alpine meadow for a picnic, or atop a peak to ski down; take a jet boat across remote lakes or fish in crystalline rivers.




...then try visiting Chilean Patagonia now!



The Singular Patagonia -

Puerto Natales, Chile

A former industrial space envisioned as a 57-room hotel which is located in one of the world’s last untouched swaths of wilderness. You can take advantage of more than 20 excursions such as sailing or trekking to prehistoric caves, kayaking, fly fishing, horseback riding or just gazing upon the fjords outside from the comfort of your bed.



If you're desiring a remote Outback desert escape..


Longitude 131-

Uluru, Australia

This property offers an essential experience of Australia’s spiritual heartland. After a day’s exploring, relax in a luxury tent and enjoy unparalleled views of Uluru from your bed. Venture beyond the lodge to discover the World-Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and connect with stories of the land’s traditional owners.




...then try visiting Utah now!


Amangiri -

Canyon Point, Utah

An otherworldly desert retreat set in Utah’s stunning canyon country, its name means peaceful mountain. Built into the desert with a dramatic swimming pool, the 34 suites and 1 private four-bedroom home offer guests’ privacy and breathtaking views. Surrounded by iconic attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Zion National Park, the region has been home to the native Navajo tribe for centuries.

If you're looking for a wine experience...


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers -

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers features some of the most dramatic coastline in New Zealand, and The Farm sits on land that ends at cliffs plunging 800 feet straight into the sea. Blessed with fertile soils, an ideal contour and a warm temperate climate, the region is one of the world’s greatest wine regions known for superb Red Blends, notable Syrah and equally impressive Chardonnay.





...then try visiting Napa Valley now!


Las Alcobas -

Napa Valley, California

Thanks to its near-perfect climate, tranquil setting and rich sense of place, this rustic Wine Country retreat captures the authentic charms of Napa Valley. This property has roots dating back to the early 1900’s and vineyards located right outside the 62 guestrooms. It is situated directly next to the Beringer Estate Winery, the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. An atmosphere that instantly relaxes the soul with touches like handmade soaps, personal picnic baskets and farm to table dining.




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