Last year, Virtuoso launched a really fun online tool called Wanderlist, where you can find travel inspiration for destinations and special activities all around the world. It's free to sign up and have a look around, but I warn you - it's addictive!! The best part is, anything there you find exciting I can book for you.
Lots of people kept travel dreams alive playing around on Wanderlist this past year, and I invite you to give it a try and enjoy all the travel eye candy! CLICK HERE to check it out and start your own Wanderlists! It's a great conversation starter for your friends and family too, as you share it together to help decide where you want to go and what amazing things you'll do when you get there.
Of course, not every country is open yet for Americans, but that doesn't mean we stop dreaming - or planning! Below are the top 10 most saved destinations in Virtuoso Wanderlists this past year. Which of these will make it onto your own Wanderlists?
Excerpt of January 4, 2021 article below by Amy Cassell for Virtuoso can be found HERE.
Places worth planning for – and a tool to help you dream. Wanderlist’s ten most-saved destinations span the globe, from the Outback to the Land of Fire and Ice. These destinations promise less dreaming and more doing – whenever you’re ready to wander again.
From Dolomite summits to Sicilian shores, the allure of la dolce vita continues unabated.
The 72-room Cheval Blanc Paris was set to open last spring, but the pandemic pushed its long-awaited debut to 2021. Rooms overlook the Seine, facing the Left Bank; spa rituals are by Dior; and French chef Arnaud Donckele will oversee the dining program, which includes a rooftop terrace with Eiffel Tower views. It’s a très chic way to return to the City of Light. Virtuoso travelers will receive fast-track customs service, complimentary private round-trip airport transfers, and breakfast daily.
We can’t wait for the land down under to reopen to travelers.
Virtuoso advisors have fielded a huge increase in private yacht inquiries – and private yachting doesn’t get much dreamier than the Greek isles. The Moorings offers crewed charters from Athens on a six-passenger catamaran, with a completely customizable itinerary: Visit ancient Olympia on the Peloponnese, island-hop (hikers love Kea; families shouldn’t skip Hydra), and snorkel in the Saronic Gulf. Eight-day crewed (captain and chef) charters available April through October.
Travelers remain in wait-and-see mode regarding Tokyo’s postponed Summer Olympic Games, which have been rescheduled for July. The Japanese government is planning to allow spectators to attend as is deemed safe and prudent. International sporting events aside, Japan’s draw remains. On our Wanderlist: a 14-day spa-, nature-, and spirituality-focused jaunt from Tokyo, with stops for tea ceremonies in Kyoto, healing hot springs soaks in Hakone, shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) sessions on Yakushima Island, and more.
6. South Africa
Winelands, safaris, and Cape Town cool are perennial draws.
7. United Kingdom
The English countryside is an ideal place to socially distance, and there’s plenty of space to spread out at 70-room Coworth Park, set on 240 acres in Berkshire County. The hotel is debuting North Lodge, an exclusive-use, three-bedroom Georgian gatehouse. Guests can gather for a chef-prepared dinner in their cottage’s private garden or stroll over to the main house for a meal at Michelin-starred Restaurant Coworth Park. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
After months of exploring our own backyards, we’re not surprised to see Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes at the top of travelers’ minds. Make plans to spy the country’s dramatic coastline from the bow of Ponant’s new hybridpowered ship, the 270-passenger Commandant-Charcot. A 15-day expedition to Greenland begins in Le Havre and ends in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
10. New Zealand
When the time is right, knock out two top-ten destinations at once on Abercrombie & Kent’s new 17-day trip to New Zealand and Australia. The ultraluxe, small-group adventure (capped at 18 travelers) focuses on exclusive access to some of the countries’ most popular places, including a day sailing along the Great Barrier Reef, a VIP tour of the Sydney Opera House, and a private winetasting in Queenstown. Departures: Any day through 2021.
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