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Four Seasons Private Retreats

As the world’s most remarkable collection of designer villas and luxury residences, we invite you to discover a different side to Four Seasons, by exploring our inspiring private homes.

With a home to suit every vacation style, experience all the comforts of home, brought to life by exclusive tailored experiences  and enhanced by legendary Four Seasons service.

Create lasting traditions alongside family and friends, make  memories that will last a lifetime and grow ever closer to each other and the world around you, with Four Seasons Private Retreats.

Carefully curated to introduce you to  the very best from the Private Retreats collection, this document shines a spotlight on the endless possibilities that can be
had in our most luxurious private homes. 

From private family escapes, to group getaways and romantic retreats, explore
the many ways we cater for each vacation style, to deliver an enhanced residential experience that is unique to Four Seasons. 

Fully commissionable and providing simplified booking terms for guests through all Four Seasons channels, we invite you to explore our best-in-class private homes

 

CHIANG MAI – FOUR BEDROOM RESIDENCE WITH POOL

Surrounded by verdant green landscapes and even a small waterfall, this stunning villa features  a large private pool that extends  into the tropical gardens, with its
own wine room and two live-in butlers who will take care of every detail, from arrival until departure.

 

 

COSTA RICA – THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE WITH PLUNGE POOL

Offering panoramic vistas across  the glittering waters of the Peninsula Papagayo, spacious living areas open effortlessly onto a private  sea-view terrace and plunge pool, providing the perfect setting for al fresco family dinners set against the timeless Costa Rican sunset.

 

 

BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY – THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE

With a two-storey thatched roof pavilion and a manicured private garden complete with water features, soothing Villa interiors open effortlessly onto a large private pool and recreation area, with  an authentic open-air Balinese Bale that is perfect for relaxation.

 

 

LONDON AT TEN TRINITY – THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE

Envisioned by leading interior designer Martin Kemp and finished with the highest standards of craftsmanship, this unique residence is spread across three floors, with
a large reception room and a  spiral staircase leading up to a beautiful terrace overlooking  the Tower of London.

 

PUNTA MITA - FIVE-BEDROOM OCEAN FRONT VILLA
One of the Resort’s most private Villas, experience the very best
of indoor-outdoor living in this stunning home, with a spacious living area and large infinity  pool and deck area that afford inspirational vistas out over the sparkling Pacific Ocean

 

KOH SAMUI – FOUR BEDROOM RESIDENCE WITH POOL

Offering enchanting views out across the Gulf of Thailand, this spectacular home features a large, centrally-located infinity pool, along with a live-in butler and a private terrace perfect for al fresco sunset dining

 

KOH SAMUI – THREE BEDROOM VILLA WITH POOL

With a private infinity pool and spectacular panoramas of both the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding mountains, this stunning Villa offers the very best in space and privacy and can be combined with other Resort residences to host larger group gatherings.

 

SEYCHELLES AT DESROCHES ISLAND – THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE

Situated in a secluded island location with a large private garden leading down to a picturesque white-sand beach, an outdoor barbeque area and fully-equipped kitchen make this an impressive venue for larger families, group gatherings or lavish entertaining.

 

 

ANGUILLA – FIVE BEDROOM BEACH FRONT RESIDENCE

Gazing out across the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean, expansive outdoor living spaces and a private infinity pool deliver the very best indoor-outdoor island experience, enhanced by a modern show-kitchen and al fresco showers.

 

 

SEYCHELLES – SIX BEDROOM RESIDENCE

With sweeping ocean views providing a constant source of inspiration, the Resort’s most spacious Villa enjoys the very best in privacy and seclusion, with a spectacular private infinity pool, barbecue area and manicured garden.

 

For more information including rates and availibilty please contact us directly.

 

Travel Podcast Episode 10 -

Khaled Al-Idrissi, the Regional Director of Sales, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts introduces a new arm to the Four Seasons portfolio.

http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/travelpodcast/

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Private Jet Reservations

If you are looking for a full turnkey luxury travel  that INCLUDES private jet travel, then Unique Family Travels can assist.

We have partnered with a Private Jet company who specialize in GCC and global travel routes. In the post covid-19 world, luxury private flights with airport transfers are becoming a necessity for the discerning traveller

Our services are tailor-made for individuals, families or large groups who wish to have the option of making private jet services a necessary requirement of their travel plans.

 

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UAE Luxury Staycay’s

If staying in Dubai are your 2020 summer plans then you have to enjoy it to the max! Lets look at the positives – the sun is shining, swimming pools are chilled, there's lots of great restaurants and an array of luxury hotels in close proximity to chose from, I mean come on -  there’s no waiting around in airports with flight delays. You can simply book and arrive quicker than you can say “where’s my suitcase”

 

So here's Unique Family Travels top luxury resorts to enjoy a staycation in Dubai and the surrounding Emirates.

Here’s to simply switching off, letting the kids burn off some energy while you relax with a glass in hand – my goodness you have sooo earned it!

Dubai

 

Four Seasons Resort Dubai

The opulent Four Seasons Resort Dubai sits on a private, 270-metre stretch of golden sandy beachfront. Privacy, service and relaxation go hand in hand at this property. Kids are entertained at the pool or on the beach by the resident kids club staff leaving you to simply relax.

Enjoy the large array of top restaurants on your doorstep from Salt Bae’s famous Nusr – Et Steakhouse to the shores of Mykonos with Nammos Beach Club.

https://www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb/

 

 

Mandarin Oriental 

Overlooking the glittering Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf, guests can choose from rooms with sensational city views or amazing ocean views – all from the seclusion of a private balcony. A foodie holiday is all part of the experience with cutting-edge restaurants offering everything from Japanese steaks to Michelin star Portuguese.

Little Nomads kids’ club offers amenities and activities, including a children’s pool, complimentary dining for guests up to age four, in-room movies on demand, toys and age-appropriate toiletries.

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/dubai/jumeira-beach/luxury-hotel

 

 

Jumeriah Al Nassem

This beautiful resort is home to 387 contemporary rooms and 43 suites, all with sea-facing views. The hotel’s proximity to the water allows the sounds of the sea to reach guest rooms. Facing the iconic Burj Al Arab the views are simply breathtaking.

There’s so much for kids to do on the property and next door at Jumeriah’s other resorts, however due to the current situation some activities are closed.

https://www.jumeirah.com/en

 

  

Jumeirah Al Qasr

A palatial luxury resort inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, Jumeirah Al Qasr's prime location means guests can enjoy access to a 2km beach as well as almost 100 boutiques at neighboring Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Arabian-inspired bedrooms many with sea views.  

Located next to the pool is Sinbads Kids Club, which offers an aquatic wonderland of play areas and pools. Please do check that they are operating at your time of stay due to social distancing regulations.

https://www.jumeirah.com/en

 

 

One & Only Royal Mirage 

Offering Arabian-inspired opulence, One&Only Royal Mirage is situated on a lengthy 1km stretch of golden sand. Its beachfront dining options include the very popular DRIFT Beach and Jetty Lounge, while guests checking in to one of the lavish guest rooms, suites or villas can expect unparalleled service.

https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/royal-mirage

 

 

One & Only The Palm

Reside in complete seclusion at Palm Island’s most exclusive resort. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai's soaring skyline from your private beach. Step aboard their One&Only boat and immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city, just minutes away. The beachfront villas are not only luxurious and private but offer stunning sky line views.

https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/the-palm

 

 

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray 

Located on the West Crescent of the palm, beachside Jumeirah Zabeel Saray exudes regional Arabian style, with hand-painted murals, lavish gold fixtures, and other Ottoman-inspired touches. A private beach, Thalassotherapy pools, and an opulent spa round out the experience. The large private villas are situated around a lagoon pool, perfect for families. Please note the kids club is temporarily closed due to the current conditions however with a large pool, lagoon pool and beach the kids will be busy from dawn till dusk.

https://www.jumeirah.com/en

 

 

Anantara on the Palm 

A Thai-inspired slice of paradise on the Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm boasts a 400 metre stretch of private beach as well as the UAE's only over water villas. Guest rooms and suites surround a shimmering lagoon where you can literally jump out of bed and into the pool

There are lots of water sports to enjoy and when you need to cool off kids can visit the Tuk-Tuk Kids' Club which keeps three to 13-year-olds entertained with arts and crafts and sandcastle building, while the Chill Teens' Club has foosball, air hockey and billiards.

https://www.anantara.com/en/palm-dubai

 

 

Park Hyatt Dubai

Combining Arab and Mediterranean influences, this legendary luxury resort is located in the heart of the city over looking the Dubai creek with a very unique view of the city skyline. Watch as the traditional Abra’s and luxury yachts sail past the dining promenade and palm fringed swimming pool.

Each of the 223 large elegant room and suites come with Dubai creek face terraces providing a Mediterranean coastal vibe. 

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/united-arab-emirates/park-hyatt-dubai/dxbph

 

 

Bvlgari  Hotel

Bringing elegant Italian style to the Middle East, this private island retreat just off the Dubai coast is the antidote to the city’s ubiquitous skyscraper hotels with a low-rise, Mediterranean-style design, a swanky spa and the world’s first Bulgari Marina and Yacht Club. Rent a stunning air-conditioned beach cabana, each of the 14 cabanas come with a personal butler, private washroom, wifi, coffee facilities, iced water and chilled towels. You can also request for a spa treatment to be done at your cabana, All the villas feature their own private swimming pool, a nautically inspired aesthetic and kitchenette and luxury dining facilities.

bulgarihotels.com/Dubai

 

 

Al Maha  Desert Resort

Take a break away from the kids and enjoy the intimacy and romantic ambiance of Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa.  This romantic desert resort is a modern take on a Bedouin village where lavish tented villas with private infinity pools are interspersed between rolling sand dunes and guests enjoy complimentary activities such as sunset champagne camel rides.

The suites are spread out across the desert, and are all single-level, stand-alone, canvas-roofed ‘tents’ which offer total privacy, allowing guests to lounge on their private terrace or cool off in their plunge pool with only the odd curious gazelle for company.

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dxbam-al-maha-a-luxury-collection-desert-resort-and-spa-dubai/

 

 

Sofitel Dubai Palm 

Discover the warm French-Polynesian welcome of Sofitel Dubai The Palm, a luxury 5 star beach resort situated on the East Crescent of the world famous Palm Jumeirah, offering a rejuvenating escape inspired by the rich culture of the South Pacific. Nestled amongst lush greenery this is a tropical relaxing sanctuary.  For families you must enjoy a stay in the luxury beach villa or lodge villa. The beach villa has three natural light bedrooms and a master suite with a pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by a shady sundeck to relax. There’s a roof top terrace providing unforgettable panoramic views of the se by day and a dazzling view of Dubai’s skyline by night.

The Lodge villa at Sofitel The Palm

Immerse yourself in the epitome of grandeur and opulence. With soaring architecture and French Polynesian or French provençal décor, each of our three Lodge Villas is its own enchanting corner of paradise. Impeccable Arabian hospitality and extraordinary comforts are infused into every moment of your stay. Set across two floors, each villa offers three bedrooms and two entertainment rooms. The master suite comes fully fitted with an en-suite bathroom, a walk-in closet and private gym. The high ceiling living room features a lounge and a bar perfect for laid-back evenings with friends. Adjacent to the kitchen is the airy dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in the crystal rays of the moon.

Walls of glass and windows overlook your private pool, Jacuzzi and sundeck, inviting the outdoors in. Just beyond lies the resort’s pristine beach and views of Palm Jumeirah. Gather family and friends on the rooftop terrace to watch the sun dip and the moon rise. A dedicated butler sees to your every wish 24 hours a day. Dine, play, relax and entertain in a setting beyond compare.

https://www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com/

 

Waldorf Astria Dubai Palm Jumeriah

Combine sophisticated luxury, classic European charm, wonderful service, an acclaimed spa and a gorgeous private beach and you’ve got Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah — a sensational stay on the city’s most famous Palm Island. Situated far from the bustle of city, this elegant hotel provides a respite from the UAE’s buzzing modern metropolis.

https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/uae/waldorf-astoria-dubai-palm-jumeirah-DXBPDWA/index.html

 

Sharjah

 

Kingfisher Retreat

Kingfisher is set on the east coast of Sharjah. The beauty of the pristine beach and Indian Ocean waters is matched perfectly by refined interiors of soft beiges, blues and desert browns that dress the resort. Arrive on a private boat that will take you to your private island with 20 modern tents with private pool designed to provide comfort, privacy and amazing views of the Indian Ocean. 

Ras Al Khaimah

Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach

This serene property is located on a secluded private beach which is home to 32 lavish tented villas with private pools and direct beach access. The traditional Bedouin-style tented villas are decked out in a sophisticated chic design with white and royal blue hues a vintage trunk-style minibar and entertainment unit – a television appears at the touch of a button and rotates 360 degrees for viewing from the bed or sofa. The lounge, bedroom and bathroom areas are open plan with a rain shower and a huge bathtub on the terrace along with a cabana, sun loungers, dining area and private infinity pool with see-through glass sides. – What more could you ask for!!

https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-hamra-beach

 

After spending time at this property why not enjoy the desert experience at the sister property Al Wadi Desert.

 

 

Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert

This all-pool-villa resort is set amid terracotta dunes that go on for miles.

Each of the 101 stand-alone villas features a large outdoor furnished terrace with private infinity pool, some with steps directly down to the dunes, while others are more enclosed for those seeking extra privacy. Inside, there’s a cosy living area with a huge television, a bed so snuggly you’ll never want to leave it, an enormous stand-alone tub, in the tented villas, a glass-enclosed rain shower big enough for a whole family and a dressing room with double wardrobes.

There’s so much to entertain the children from camel rides, feathered friends bird-watching tours, archery, falcon and owl interactions, fish feeding, stable tours and bedtime stories under the stars. 

https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert

 

Oman (Boarders will soon reopen)

 

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Tucked away in an unspoiled cove in the Musandam Peninsula, and only a two hour drive from Dubai, lies a village-style resort offering stunning villa accommodation that is both rustic and luxurious. Welcome to the award winning Six Senses Zighy Bay.

Barefoot luxury at its best - this all villa luxury resort is blissfully secluded stretched along the white powder sands. The Stone villas all come with private plunge pools, outdoor shower and your own butler.

Being a Six Senses brand sustainability and eco friendly living is in its DNA from organic farm kitchens to the Earth Lab, a place to learn grow and connect with the natural world. Children not only can play but learn via interactive activities.

http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/travelpodcast/

 

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Set at 2000m above sea level, and spectacularly perched on the edge of a ravine, this breathtaking property  includes 78 suites range from the standard Mountain View category, set in the main central building, to two enormous standalone villas with two bedrooms and a private infinity pool.

The hotel has a large and blissful infinity pool framed in rocks with two satellite whirlpool tubs, a small indoor pool, a fitness centre and an Alila Spa with seven treatment rooms offering Asian-style therapies. While many guests come here to relax and enjoy the cool mountain air, it is worth taking advantage of the Alila Experiences on offer such as the butterfly trail, mountain bike tours, star gazing in the evening and for the not so faint hearted the cave adventure Via Ferrata which dares you to step out onto 20-metre-high ropes and traverse a cave mouth.

http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2018/10/21/oman-road-trip/

 

 

Chedi Muscat

Oman’s Chedi Muscat has long been a pioneer in the region being one of the most stylish and luxuorius resorts on this stretch of the Gulf and it still remains a leader in luxury.

The Chedi is home to the Middle East’s longest swimming pool, which is 103 meters long – ideal for social distancing.  With grand panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman and the Hajar mountians, the three shimmering swimming pools make dramatic first impressions. The 38 stunning villas come with private terraces and over sized windows allowing natural light to compliment the minimalistic Omani interior. For families book a villa which can accommodate two adults and two children aged under 16. Children have access to the Serai pool and a bespoke menu in the restaurant.

 

Unfortunately the properties hasn’t reopened yet but watch this space.

https://www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat/

 

 

 

Abu Dhabi

 

Zaya Nurai 

Nurai Island is situated in the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf to the east of the Abu Dhabi city coastline. Just a ten-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island, the secluded island makes you feel like you have been transported to the Maldives. Zaya Nurai is a stunning boutique resort offering water villas and beach houses with private pools and views that money can’t buy.

https://www.zayanuraiisland.com/

http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2020/07/06/paradise-found-at-zaya-nurai-island/

 

 

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Situated on a stretch of pristine white-sand beach on Saadiyat Island, the serene Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas has sprawling beachfront grounds include green lawns, one of the largest swimming pools in Abu Dhabi  and plenty of plush loungers to ensure you get your spot in the sun (or the shade). The property is so peaceful come sunrise that you may even catch a sighting of endangered hawksbill turtles and dolphins frolicking just offshore.

Located within the stand-alone villas of the hotel, the Garden View Villas feature a separate bedroom, a living room and a large terrace with a private plunge pool, rain shower and sun loungers offering stunning views of the landscaped gardens of the hotel or Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.  

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/united-arab-emirates/park-hyatt-abu-dhabi-hotel-and-villas/abuph

 

 

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Paradise Found – Nurai Island

Imagine this  – You leave your home in Dubai arriving at a jetty only to be taken on a boat to an exotic island surrounded by crystal blue sea, stunning villas on the beach all with private swimming pools and a lush natural island habitat with the friendliest staff waiting to greet you. Have you guessed where in the world we are? Well, let me surprise you; this heavenly escape is literally one hour away from Dubai, in Abu Dhabi. Welcome to Zaya Nurai Island, a tropical paradise 20 minutes by boat off Saadiyat island. I literally felt like we had been transported to the Maldives as my toes sank into the sand.

Stemming from the Arabic word ‘Nur’ meaning light, Nurai is an island of staggering beauty, of turquoise seas and white sands. A place filled with natural harmony appealing to all five senses.

When I told the minis we were going away for the weekend to an island in the sea, they ran into their bedroom and packed their bags with toys and their swimsuits. Five minutes later they were ready to leave with their trunkies in tow, eager to get out of the front door. Once in the car when one started they were all at it, “Are we nearly there yet?”, we were literally only at the end of our road! However, less than an hour later we arrived at the jetty check in area where we waited for the boat.

On arrival, we were met by the lovely Ivy who welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like we were “home” plus she was clearly experienced with children. I’m fortunate enough to have visited the Maldives on many occasions and I can honestly say that I had the same feelings as soon as I stepped onto the island: relaxation, tranquility, peace and beauty (I’m an island girl at heart!).

Once on the island we jumped into a buggy and had a mini tour around the island. I was surprised by it’s size I actually didn’t realise just how big it was and how beautifully the villas effortlessly blended into the surroundings. I liked how spacious the island was and how it wasn’t overly developed yet still catered to all needs – from a water sports club to tennis courts, a gym and restaurants.  

We had a gorgeous two-bedroom Beach House which included two small swimming pools and the most amazing view of the turquoise ocean which was only steps away. There’s nothing quite like opening your door onto the beach with the sea as your backdrop. A minimalist décor fitted in with the island vibe  – the bathrooms need a very special mention as they’re totally to-die-for – airy and bright with rainfall showers, large sleigh baths, so much space and even 2 palm trees planted inside.

The other rooms available are the water villas which have 4 bedrooms and are a generous 10,000 square feet which are ideal for families living in ultimate luxury and comfort. With floor to ceiling windows the ocean is literally your back yard.

The other villa option are the 18,000 square feet Estate villas which are 5 and 6 bedrooms dotted around the perimeter of the island with its own undisturbed private beach.

The all day dining is Frangipani which offer rustic chic vibes with a menu blending the culinary influences of the Middle East, Asia and the West.

The Al Fresco dining experience is perched on the waters edge serving fresh fish and aptly named “Hooked”!

Outside the main restaurant there is a stunning infinity pool which is great for the kids to play while I relaxed which is safe as there is a shallow area on one side for kids to sit and splash around.

Petit Z is the fabulous kids club with friendly staff to entertain your little ones with a great indoor and outdoor play area. There’s so much for kids to do which provides you with the chance to get a little alone time! There was also a sand area where as a family we all played boules, the kids loved it so much that we have actually gone out and bought a set as it’s a great activity for the whole gang! New to Nurai is the kids waterpark featuring 4 slides, a water bucket and a splash pool.

You can also visit the island as a day guest and enjoy Zaya Nurai’s Friday brunch and use of the beach and pool facilities. The brunch is everything you could imagine with a fantastic seafood and meat BBQ spread, large array of cheese, sushi and salads alongside a huge selection of other dishes. The freshness of the food jumps out and with the sounds of waves crashing. It really is island eating at its finest.

Words don’t do justice to what Zaya Nurai has set out to accomplish and – even though I hope I’ve given you a glimpse into how magical it is, you really have to experience it yourself to truly believe it. We are lucky to have a tiny slice of Maldives right on our doorstep with a hint of local flavour and comparable to any of the big name high-end resorts. I cannot recommend this getaway enough; for 2 days my family got to experience excellent island living the uniquely authentic Zaya Nurai way.

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
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Soneva Maldives Post Covid

Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani look forward to welcoming you back to the Maldives. I wanted to share some updates about what to expect when staying at a Soneva resort. Although the ‘New Normal’ in the Maldives will be different from the normal life we enjoyed before COVID-19, the country remains extremely lucky as its 1,200 islands provide a natural defense against the spread of COVID.

The government's policy of One Island One Resort has served them well. Due to swift and effective action from the government, the Maldives has a fatality rate of 0.3% which makes this one of the countries with the lowest fatality rates in the world.

This is mainly because of extensive testing and a significant increase in the capacity of their hospitals. In a bid to revive the tourism industry, the Maldives Tourism Ministry has recently proposed guidelines to commence safe tourism, which outlines requirements for resorts and guests once the country officially reopens to commercial airlines on July 1.

All guests landing in the Maldives are required to produce a negative PCR report dated maximum 7 days before landing in the Maldives (or) a positive antibody test report taken a maximum of two weeks prior to arrival.

 

To ensure the highest standards of safety and wellness for our guests, Soneva have made some changes to their existing procedures, which are outlined below.

These have been made following best practices recommended by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) as well as our numerous consultations with leading experts in both virology and infectious diseases in the United States, Singapore, India and the United Kingdom.

 

UPDATED JUNE 09, 2020 ON ARRIVAL All guests will be greeted by one of our airport Hosts and escorted to our lounge where they will be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test using our PCR machine.

 

Soneva airport Hosts, lounge Hosts and transfer Hosts will all be wearing masks, and we would request that all guests wear a face mask whenever guests are in the presence of other guests and Hosts until their test results are received.

The Tesla (transfer car) windows will be keep down during the transfer as per recommended practice. Of course, while we will thoroughly clean the car between guests. Recent research from the United States Bio Defence and Countermeasures Center in Maryland discovered that in normal conditions, the half life of a virus is 18 hours, whilst in our climatic conditions, it is reduced to 1 hour, and, when exposed to UVA, there is a further reduction to as little as 2 minutes.

 

Soneva aircraft and transfer boats will also be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between each transfer, and our Hosts will be wearing masks and gloves.

 

AT SONEVA RESORTS Once the test has been completed and results sent for processing, guests will be transferred to Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani.

 

On arrival, you will be greeted at the arrival jetty by a Mr/Ms Friday who will be handling all arrivals for that particular day and who will take you to our private island. You will receive the usual Soneva welcome including the bag for you to put your shoes in. You will be escorted to your villa and we request that you remain there until the test results are received and are negative.

We do not expect it to take more than 6 hours, and at the most 24. As a result of this inconvenience, we will only charge 50% of the villa rate for the first night and the balance will be issued as resort credit that you can use for F&B or experiences.

Once we receive the results of the test and if they are negative, our Hosts will come to your villa to extend a warm welcome.

In case the test results come back positive, we ask that all guests isolate in their villa, and Soneva will immediately waive the daily rate of the villa for the next 14 days. The only charges will be meals and other incidentals. Soneva nurses have been trained to look after COVID-19 positive guests and observe them.If there are no serious complications, guests will be allowed to circulate in the resort 14 days after a negative test or 10 days after the onset of the first symptoms, following the recommended guidelines by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

 

Should any guest develop severe symptoms and have to be hospitalised, the Maldives has built up sufficient hospital and medical capacity to treat COVID-19. In fact, the hospital on Eydhafushi (Soneva Fushi’s neighbouring island) has a new ICU Unit with 20 beds.

 

If UPDATED JUNE 09, 2020 guests who test positive are travelling with other guests, we would ask that all guests isolate together in the same villa until all are COVID free. We also require all guests have their temperature taken daily.

 

Your Mr/Ms Friday will provide you with the thermometer each morning and will be in touch later to ask for the results. After the first week of stay, we would ask guests to take one more real-time PCR test. We have purchased one of the best real-time PCR test machines - the Life Cycler 96 from Roche and the samples will be sent to Malé for testing at the ADK hospital. The tests are awkward and slightly uncomfortable, but they only last a few seconds. Although this could be considered as being slightly excessive or over-cautious, at Soneva, all our islands are One Island One Resort; it is our goal to make our private island homes COVID-19 free environments, so that our guests can truly relax and engage with our Hosts and fellow guests and not feel any concern about being infected. Guests will not need to isolate in their villa while waiting for the results of the second PCR test.

 

Soneva also have enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols in collaboration with hygiene certification organisations, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizers available for guest usage. Frequent and regular cleaning and disinfecting will ensure optimum hygiene is maintained and we will pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces. All of Soneva resort restaurants, facilities and experiences remain open and operational, with some small modifications. The Chocolate Rooms will now be manned. The famous breakfast and lunch buffets will remain. However, Soneva Hosts will now be there to serve you. In the spas, even though the therapists will have been tested three times in the first eight days of returning to the islands, you will still have a choice on whether they wear a face mask or gloves.

 

The Hosts are also required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, while all materials brought onto our islands will be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to being brought onsite. HOLISTIC WELLNESS Wellness has always been at the core of Soneva. This is now even more important. From a holistic wellness perspective, clean sea air and daily sunshine to generate Vitamin D is just what the doctor ordered.

 

UPDATED JUNE 09, 2020 Soneva encourage their guests to enjoy the healthy foods served, whether it is the Ayurvedic Elixirs at breakfast, the Andrographis Paniculata that is a known Ayurvedic immune booster that they offer on a complimentary basis, or all the other healthy antiviral ingredients that are regularly in our food such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, red onions, cinnamon and cardamom. Furthermore, the menus are mostly seasonal, fresh, and straight from our organic gardens or waters surrounding our resorts. Chef limits the amount of sugar, dairy, white flour and beef and instead opt for high protein white meat and vegetable alternatives.

 

The resort also offers a regular programme of yoga and meditation, as well as other visiting wellness practitioners. While there will be small changes to what would normally happen during your stay, on the most part things will remain the same. Which is exactly how Soneva want it to be. Your health and wellness is their priority and they hope that their rigorous standards will reassure you that you will have a safe and unforgettable holiday with your loved ones during your stay at Soneva.

 

To book your stay contact us directly Uniquefamilytravels@gmail.com

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
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Bringing Back The Glamour

If self-isolating at home is giving you the time to daydream about your next travel destination then why not also include searching for the most glamorous luggage to join you.

 

A couple of years ago I came across a luggage brand and it was love at first sight. I have become slightly obsessed every since and with good reason. Steamline Luggage creates handcrafted, vintage-inspired hard exterior suitcases available in many color tones with leather fastenings and silent wheels - an immediate statement piece elevating your airport style and strut.

For the discerning traveller, your luggage can tell a lot about you, and even though my personal style is far from vintage, these chic and classy travel accessories are the most elegant way to travel for the modern traveller.

 

Steamline has a large selection allowing mix and match with all their sets- starting from over night bags, hat boxes and vanity cases to the most sophisticated carry on. My favorite is the ‘Sweetheart’ carry on - white with tan leather fastenings, which open up into a botanical foliage print.

 

Steamline Luggage not only just look beautiful but they have been cleverly engineered to make traveling hassle free. They are extremely lightweight and durable with wheels that are highly resilient while gliding smoothly. The pièce de résistance in each case from the carry on size upwards is the stylish hanging organizer, which cleverly clips to the sides of the case.

 

To protect your cases while they are in the hold and on the conveyor belt they come with a nylon protective cover that slips over the case and when not in use folds back into itself and tucks away.

 

At Unique Family Travels, we focus on globetrotting families so I have to mention Steamline’s kids’ collection. The six-piece collection is comprised of a full-sized adult carry-on, child carry-on and a vanity case, all available in either bright pink or royal blue. These chic bags are all vegan leather, with vintage-inspired trim, gold hardware accents and online brand Maisonette’s signature Doodle Print on the interior lining. You can either mix and match or buy the full set, but the sizing makes it easy for kids to roll around their own suitcase in the airport and on the next family trip.

 

Https://www.maisonette.com/brands/steamline-luggage?&td=homepage

 

The founder of the brand Sara Banks says the following about her product which really resonates with me as I believe traveling is all about the journey from start to finish and that includes how it makes you feel.

“I wanted to create luggage that elevates the way you feel about travel, to create a suitcase that is a delight to pack.”

 

So now I’m left dreaming of which color to order as I visualize how beautiful my luggage will look like on the untouched beaches of the Maldives or being carried off the small Cessna plane in Botswana. Roll on travel, we’ve got itchy rolling wheels.

 

Watch one of Steamline’s videos:

 

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=g9fwkdnnflc

 

 

Check out the full collection: https://www.steamlineluggage.com/

 

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
Lead

Create Beautiful Photo Books

If you’re like me and just love taking photos of your family, your travel experiences or day to day adventures, then I’m sure you are going to have thousands of pictures with no idea what to do with them. I have about 12000 on my iphone photo roll which is only a year old and over 2000 on my Canon DSL.

Well I have the perfect solution for you! I have partnered with a great Dubai home grown company called Souwari  @get.souwari who will transport all your photos into beautiful photography coffee table keepsakes.

 

It’s a simple and easy process and let's be honest, theres no time like the present to relax at home during this current global pandamic and give yourself a quick little project.

All you have to do is sort through your photos, and email or send via whatsap your fav pics directly to Souwari. You can have 50 or more pictures per book,  they will then create a proof of your design and forward it to you by email for your approval pre printing.

 

You can choose between 4 different book sizes and a hard or soft back cover – personally I prefer the hard back cover and a week later your books will be sent directly to your door. For people living in the GCC it is free delivery - bonus!

 

Souwari books are perfect gifts for birthdays, the arrival of a new baby and of course travel memories. I created two books, one from our stunning holiday at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and the other of our amazing Safari holiday in South Africa. I am now in the process of making a book from our travels around Vietnam and a birthday book for my friends celebrations in Beirut.

 

They have also introduced virtual gift cards so you can share the love as a gift.

 

At AED 109 to AED 209 per book it’s a great price and if you use my code “Uniquefamilytravel” you will receive a further 15% off.

 

To find out more visit  https://souwari.app/

 

Enjoy!

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
LEAD POST COVID

MUST READ Travel Post Covid

So I think its time for a little real talk between you and me…. How are you coping with the quarantine? How are you dealing with the fact that your travel plans are on hold or have even been cancelled?

 

I personally had to cancel 3 of my own trips – a cruise, safari in Botswana and an amazing adventure in Peru; sadly I also cancelled many of my clients beautiful holidays but every cloud does have a silver lining - my personal trips will be rescheduled and all my clients received a full refund!

Most of us have been practicing social distancing since the beginning of March (making it just over 2 months now). With some countries pushing to slowly open up their economies, many of us are wondering when will it be safe to travel again. If travel opened back up tomorrow, would you feel comfortable traveling?

 

Having launched my travel podcast during this lockdown, I have already chatted to a select group of travel industry experts, hoteliers from unique properties and people within the climate change and sustainable travel category. My guests have provided a great insight into travel post covid and how they believe the future of travel will look like.

 

Thank you to my guests:

 

Jacqueline Campbell from The Travel Collection https://ttc.ae/

 

Sonu Shivdasani Founder of Soneva https://soneva.com/

 

Asni Sales Director, South East Asia – https://www.belmond.com/

 

Fly With Haifa - Arab Travel You Tuber https://www.youtube.com/user/BeSaySo

 

Below I highlight some of the more popular questions and the intriguing answers my guests discussed with me:

 

When will we be able to travel again?

 

Some countries are opening their airports and borders from the middle of May.

Emirates will start operating again to 9 destinations from the 21st May - these include London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. Additionally, the airline is offering connecting flights between the UK and Australia.

 

Travellers will only be welcomed on these flights if they follow with the eligibility and entry requirements of their final destination. In addition, the UAE residents who desire to return to Dubai will need an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

 

Check https://www.who.int/travel-advice for information on countries airports. Also do speak to a travel curator like myself to find out more.

 

 

How will air travel change?

 

Well it will certainly be a longer process going through the airport – maybe 4 hours – so leave home earlier than usual and be prepared and patient to wait and go through the process – its there to keep us safe so just go with it

Onboard protective gear – Airlines may now require passengers and crew to wear masks for the duration of the flight.

No longer being able to assign your own seat – Many airlines are now discussing leaving middle seats open. Assigned seating may no longer be an option. This would leave it in the hands of the check-in agents to respect social distancing.

“Vaccine Cards” – It may come into play that we will need to carry a card/document with us at all time to show that you have either had the Covid vaccine or to show if you have or have not had the virus.

Additional screenings – When entering the airport, it’s likely we will start to see more thermal scanners and disinfectant tunnels. Non-flyers will likely no longer be able to enter the airport. Due to all these extra security measures that could be implemented earlier arrival times to airports are likely.

 

Also travel patterns will change as people will take less flights staying in one location for longer rather than visiting so many different destination which are  close to each other.

 

What countries are safe to travel too?

 

Before you plan your holiday I would advise to visit the WHO website to see what countries are open for tourism. Please also see all the countries mentioned at the end of this post (last updated 19th May 2020)

 

South East Asia - Cambodia and Vietnam have had very few cases of Covid-19, simply because Asians are so used to wearing masks post other viruses. 

Cambodia (122 confirmed cases and 0 deaths)

Vietnam (320 confirmed cases and 0 deaths)

 

Cambodia stay at Belmond Siem Reap- https://www.belmond.com/hotels/asia/cambodia/siem-reap/belmond-la-residence-dangkor/

 

Vietnam stay at

Banyan Tree Lang Co - https://www.banyantree.com/en/vietnam/lang-co

Four Seasons Nam Hai - https://www.fourseasons.com/hoian/

Six Senses Nimh Van Bay - https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/ninh-van-bay

Intercontinental Da’nang - https://www.danang.intercontinental.com/

 

 

Maldives is a great place to visit due to the islands being isolated and they are not crowded (1,090 cases and 4 related deaths)

Soneva Fushi - https://soneva.com/

Soneva Jani - https://soneva.com/

Four Seasons – Kuda Huraa - https://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveskh/

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - https://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveslg/

Anantara Veli - https://www.anantara.com/en/veli-maldives

Niyama - https://www.niyama.com/en

Raffles - https://www.raffles.com/maldives/

 

 

Seychelles – (confirmed 11 cases  related deaths o)

Stay on a remote island 

North Island - https://www.north-island.com/

Raffles  - https://www.raffles.com/seychelles/

Six Senses Zil Pasyon  - https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/zil-pasyon

 

 

Mauritius

(Confirmed cases 332 related deaths 10)

Stay at St Regis - https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mruxr-the-st-regis-mauritius-resort/

 

 

Sri Lanka

A short flight from Dubai, wide open spaces in the south coast or up in the mountains of Kandy and the Tea Trails. (confirmed cases 981 and related deaths 9)

 

Stay at Resplendent Ceylon – Tea Trials, Cape Weligama, Wild Coast Tented Lodge – private seaplane from Colombo

https://www.resplendentceylon.com/

Also on the south coast is:

Stay at Anantara Peace Haven - https://www.anantara.com/en/peace-haven-tangalle

Stay at Arabella on Boossa  - http://www.arabellaonboossa.com/

 

 

Thailand – remote islands

Visit a quiet island and enjoy the sea breeze and slowly lifestyle.

(confirmed cases 3.031 and related deaths 56)

 

Soneva Kiri - https://soneva.com/

Chiva Som - https://www.chivasom.com/hua-hin/overview

The Naka Island - https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pyxlc-the-naka-island-a-luxury-collection-resort-and-spa-phuket/

Banyan Tree Samui - https://www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui

Layan Residences by Anantara  - https://www.anantara.com/en/layan-phuket

 

 

Botswana – Enjoy a safari holiday

Please note you have to travel via Johannesburg

(confirmed cases 25 related deaths 1)

Wilderness Safari Camps - https://wilderness-safaris.com/our-camps/countries/botswana/camps

 

Iceland will reopen from June 15 with Covid tests on arrival (1,803 cases and 10 related deaths)

 

Caribbean – Turks & Caicos-  please note you have to go through other countries (confirmed cases 12 related deaths 1)

 

You can visit the World O Meter site for updated numbers

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?utm_campaign=homeAdvegas1?%22%20%5Cl%20%22countries 

 

                                               Contact us directly for discounted rates for the above properties.

 

 

What type of accommodation should I book?

 

I would recommended booking boutique properties or private villas managed by hotels in isolated areas or wide open spaces. Think mountainous regions, countryside, secluded islands or safari locations. Jacqueline from The Travel Collection mentioned that many of her clients properties are already confirming private villa bookings with 2/3 bedrooms for a week or two – proving that people want to be a little more isolated yet with all the perks of a luxury hotel.

 

What safety measures are hotels putting into place to protect their guests?

 

Our hotel partners have confirmed less occupancy in order to respect social distancing, no busy dining rooms and constant health checks, especially on arrival

 

Is it safe to take a staycation?

 

This would ideally be the best way to get back into the travel mode. Either driving or by taking a domestic flight.

Oman is a great location to drive to. You can visit the Jabal Al Akhdar mountain as its slightly cooler in the summer and stay at:

Alila Hotel - https://www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar

Anantara  - https://www.anantara.com/en/jabal-akhdar

Or be more in the city of Muscat

Chedi Muscat - https://www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat/

 

 

We should always carry with us?

 

The new norm will be to always carry with you masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and anti bacterial wipes – more for traveling through airports and if you use public transport and excursions.

 

Should we book travel insurance?

 

Travel insurance may not cover you for another covid outbreak or cancelling your holiday. I would advise booking through a company such as Unique Family Travels as we have relationships with all our hotel partners so we can manage your bookings with complete assurance that you will be protected. I would also recommend booking your flights directly with airlines rather than 3rd parties as you have a higher chance of a refund or changing your ticket date

 

What if there is a second out break of the virus and I now cant travel?

 

Like I mentioned above – if you book through a private agent like myself, we will take care of everything for you as we work very closely with our partners who have assured us refunds or extended travel dates will be put in place. Your interest is my interest so we will manage everything for you.

 

What’s happening to our planet?

 

Sonu Shivdasani founder of Soneva highlights a very important point in our podcast    “As severe as this crisis is, it will definitely end, where as we have a bigger crisis coming up – which is global warming, this is a crisis that will not end and will only get worse. If we don’t do something about Global Warming places like Dubai will be inhabitable in 2100 according to scientists as the country will be too hot for humans to exist. I do hope that this global pandemic we are currently living in will force society to rethink their ways and behaviors, resulting in people becoming more sensitive towards animals, nature and the planet. If you think this is bad it’s going to get worse for our planet so we need to act now”

 

To listen to my Travel podcast series click here  - http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/travelpodcast/

Stay tuned as every week I launch a new episode and I would love your support, so do let me know if you like them or if there is a topic which you would like me to discuss. You can also get in touch with me by my instagram @daniwilsonnaqvi and @uniquefamilytravel

 

You can also listen via SpotifyAnchor and Itunes

https://podcasts.apple.com/ae/podcast/unique-family-travel-by-dani/id151010166

 

Watch my “Travel Top Tips Post Covid “ video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8-Uu1Afu0o&t=5s

 

 

To book your holiday and for any travel advice please contact me at uniquefamilytravels@gmail.com

 

Below we have provided a detailed list of countries which currently have travel restrictions.

Which European countries have travel restrictions? 

 

·       The European Union: As of 16 March, the EU has banned all non-essential foreign arrivals. 

 

·      Albania: All borders are closed (with the exception of freight) to all nationals.

 

·       Andorra: All ski resorts are now closed and the FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

 

·       Armenia: The majority of foreign nationals who have travelled from or via countries with outbreaks of COVID-19 within 14 days of travel, including the UK,  are not currently allowed to enter Armenia. 

 

·       Azerbaijan: The Azerbaijani authorities have extended the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in to and out of Azerbaijan until at least 31st May.

 

·       Belgium: You will only be able to enter Belgium if you live there or if you work there. The Belgium Government has announced plans to slowly start relaxing lockdown measures. 

 

·       Bosnia and Herzegovina: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country. 

 

·       Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Government has announced severe restrictions on international travel, forbidding entry to British nationals. 

 

·       Croatia: On 19 March the Croatian government announced that it would close its land borders for a period of 30 days. The Croatian government has also advised that foreign nationals who do not have a valid residence permit are not allowed to enter Croatia. Dubrovnik International Airport is now closed. 

 

·       Czech Republic: UK citizens without permanent or temporary residency will not be able to enter the Czech Republic, with the FCO advising against all but essential travel. The Czech Republic has started to loosen its lockdown. British Nationals and EU citizens making business trips of three days or less can enter the Czech Republic as long as they have evidence that they have tested negatively for Covid-19. 

 

·       Cyprus:  The government of Cyprus has banned all tourists from entering the country as of 15 March until 30 April. Cyprus is also closing all tourist accommodation from Saturday 21 March. 

 

·       Denmark: The Danish border will be closed to foreign nationals who do not have a ‘worthy purpose’ for entering Denmark until at least 10 May. 

 

·       Georgia: Domestic tourism will re-open on 15 June. From 1 July Georgia’s land and air borders should re-open in line with the principle of safe corridors and there will be a gradual resumption of flights and international tourism. 

 

·       Hungary: Foreign visitors will not be permitted entry into Hungary. Only Hungarian citizens and those holding a Permanent Residence Card or a Registration Certificate and Address Card will be allowed to enter the country.

 

·       Estonia: Only citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian Residency Permit or foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia are permitted to enter Estonia. 

 

·       Iceland: The Icelandic Government intends to ease restrictions on international arrivals by 15 June at the latest. Details have not yet been finalised, but it is expected that arrivals will have the choice between a test on arrival or two weeks self-isolation. 

 

·       Italy: Travel to Italy is only possible if it is absolutely necessary. However, Italy has announced it will reopen for travel on 1 June. 

 

·       France: Only residents of France ands those who work in France will be granted access into the country. You will need a travel certificate to be granted access into the country. 

 

·       Latvia: Only Latvian nationals and foreign nationals who hold residence cards issued by the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are authorised to enter Latvia. 

 

·       Lithuania: All commercial flights between Lithuania and the UK have been cancelled. 

 

·       Luxembourg: There are currently no scheduled passenger flights from Luxembourg Airport. 

 

·       Malta: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel and visitors have been told to leave as soon as possible. 

 

·       Montenegro: You will not be able to enter Montenegro unless you have a permanent or temporary residence in the country. Montenegro is slowly starting to ease its lockdown restrictions. 

 

·       Moldova: Foreigners who do not hold Moldovan residency are currently not permitted to enter Moldova.

 

·       Norway: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the country and Norway has asked anyone who is not Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Swedish or residents of Norway to leave. Norway has announced it will lift nearly all lockdown restrictions in June. 

 

·       Poland: Poland has closed its borders.

 

·       Romania: Direct flights between Romania and the UK have been suspended. 

 

·       Russia: On the 16th March, Russia announced that it will restrict entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens from 18 March until 1 May 2020. 

 

·       Serbia: All airports in Serbia are currently closed to international passenger flights. Serbia is currently planning on reopening the airports to commercial flights on 18th May. All foreign nationals entering Serbia must have a negative PCR test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival and a permit issued by the Serbian Government.

 

·       Spain: From 15 May, all new arrivals to Spain including nationals and residents need to self isolate for 14 days. The border is currently closed to all except citizens and those with a Spanish residency. 

 

·       Slovakia: Entry to Slovakia is permitted only for Slovak citizens, foreigners with proof of residency in Slovakia, and other foreign nationals under certain conditions.

 

·       Slovenia: Slovenia has cancelled all air traffic in and out of the country. 

 

·       Turkey: Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey.

 

·       Ukraine: Foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine are not allowed to enter the country. 

Which North American places have travel restrictions? 

·       USA: There is a travel ban in place across the whole of the United States of America. The US has extended its travel ban to include Ireland and the UK. As of Monday 16 March, travellers from the UK, Ireland and from the Schengen area will be denied entry into the USA. 

 

·       Canada: Canada has now closed its borders to most foreign visitors, including those coming from the UK. The border between the US and Canada has now also closed for all but essential journeys. 

  Which Central and South America Countries have travel restrictions? 

·       Argentina: Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country.  

 

·       Belize:  The Government of Belize closed all borders including suspending all international flights to the Philip Goldson International Airport. 

 

·       Bolivia: All international flights to and from Bolivia are suspended and all land border crossings closed.

 

·       Brazil: The Brazilian Government have banned entry for all foreign passengers. 

 

·       Chile: The Chilean Government has decided to close its borders from Wednesday 18th March onward. This means that those who do not have Chilean residence will be prohibited from entering Chile by air, sea or land. Disembarking from a cruise on the Chilean coasts is also prohibited. Our thanks to Southbound for this information. 

 

·       Colombia: Colombia’s land and sea borders are now closed, including the border with Ecuador. With effect from 23 March, airports are closed to international traffic . 

 

·       Costa Rica: All commercial airlines have now ceased operating to/from Costa Rica until further notice. 

 

·       Cuba: From midnight on 1 April 2020: all commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until further notice. 

 

·       Ecuador: International arrival flights have been suspended, and foreign nationals are no longer admitted into the country. 
 

·       El Salvador: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country. 

 

·       Guatemala: All international and domestic flights are banned. 

 

·       Guyana: The Government of Guyana has cancelled all international flights from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Eugene Correia Airport at Ogle.

 

·       Honduras: All land, air and maritime borders are now closed for the transit of people. 

 

·       Panama: Borders are closed to all foreign visitors. There will be no international flights to or from Panama until at least 22nd June. 

 

·       Paraguay: All passenger flights have been suspended and borders will remain closed to travellers until further notice.

 

·       Peru: All borders are now closed. 

 

·       Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. 

 

·       Uruguay: Only Uruguayan nationals and legal residents are allowed to enter Uruguay. 

 

·       Venezuela: A large number of commercial flight routes to/from Venezuela (and internally) have been suspended due to travel and border restrictions.

                                                     Which Asian countries have travel restrictions?

·       Bangladesh: Foreign nationals who have visited the EU or Iran since 1st March cannot enter Bangladesh. The visa-on-arrival facility has been suspended for all nationalities. Biman Airlines extends its temporary suspension of international and domestic flights until 16 May. 

 

·       Bahrain: Foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Bahrain. 

 

·       Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. 

 

·       Cambodia: There are restrictions on travellers coming from, and nationals of, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA and Iran. Tourist visas, e-visas, visa on arrival and visa exemptions are suspended. 

 

·       China: The FCO has advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. The more positive news is that China is slowly starting to emerge from the lockdown, and Chinese residents can now enjoy the Great Wall again, a section of which has reopened. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban and the most popular part with tourists, will be open from 9am to 4pm every day. As well as this, Hubei province, where the virus began, has now lifted its travel restrictions for healthy residents. 

 

·       Hong Kong: Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry to Hong Kong. 

 

·       India: All scheduled international and domestic commercial passenger services will remain suspended until at least 31st May. India has also now made the decision to close the Taj Mahal. All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. 

 

·       Indonesia: All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Exceptions have been made for essential travellers, who will need to have a valid health certificate before being allowed to enter. 

 

·       Israel: Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. 

 

·       Japan: Foreign visitors who have visited the UK or other affected countries will not be allowed to enter Japan.

 

·       Jordan: Commercial flights in and out of Jordan are suspended and all land and sea borders are closed. 

 

·       Kazakhstan: Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. 

 

·       Kyrgyzstan: All foreign nationals are banned from entering Kyrgyzstan. 

 

·       Kuwait: The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait.

 

·       Laos: With immediate effect, the Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival and eVisa service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days for all nationals. The number of international flights out of Laos is reducing rapidly, and the borders with Thailand are now closed. 

 

·       Lebanon: Lebanon's borders are now closed. 

 

·       Malaysia: No foreign tourists are permitted to enter Malaysia. 

 

·       The Maldives: Anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days is banned from entering the Maldives.

 

·       Mongolia: All international flights and rail are suspended. 

 

·       Myanmar (Burma): Myanmar has suspended all visas for foreign nationals. All commercial flights are also suspended until at least 31 May. It is now compulsory for anyone going out to wear a facemask. 

 

·       Nepal: The Government of Nepal announced its intention to deny entry to Nepal to certain foreign nationals, including British nationals until at least 31 May.

 

·       Oman: Only Omani nationals are able to enter the country and international flights have now stopped. 

 

·       Philippines: British nationals will no longer be able to receive a visa on arrival and will not be able to enter the Philippines until further notice.

 

·       Qatar: No foreign visitors will be allowed to enter Qatar. 

 

·       Saudi Arabia: Entry to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa from significantly affected countries has been temporarily suspended.

 

·       Singapore: Singapore is banning the entry of short-term visitors from everywhere in the world. People who need to visit in extenuating circumstances need to submit a form

 

·       Sri Lanka: The government of Sri Lanka are not allowing UK travellers into the country but they are allowing people from the GCC. 

 

·       Taiwan: Foreign nationals are no longer permitted to enter Taiwan. 

 

·       Tajikistan: The government of Tajikistan has imposed temporary restrictions on the entry of all foreign nationals through all checkpoints into Tajikistan. 

 

·       Thailand: All foreign nationals are barred from entering Thailand and international passenger flights to Thailand are suspended. 

 

·       Turkmenistan: All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. All road borders are closed.

 

·       Vietnam: Foreign tourists are now banned from entering the country but this will change nearer to the summer.

 

·       Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan has closed land and air borders to non-Uzbek nationals.

   Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

·       Algeria: All international flights to and from Algeria are suspended. All land borders are now closed and ferry services are suspended.

 

·       Angola: All scheduled international flights to and from Angola are suspended. 

 

·       Benin: Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to “extreme necessity”. 

 

·       Botswana: All of Botswana's borders are closed, except for residents and citizens. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana - this will soon change pre summer.  

 

·       Cameroon: All borders are now closed. All international flights have been suspended. All entry visas have been suspended.

 

·       Chad: The Chadian authorities have closed airports to passenger flights until at least the 31st May. 

 

·       Comoros: All international flights are suspended until further notice. Ports are closed to those from affected countries. Immigration restriction, enhanced screening and other measures have been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

 

·       Djibouti: All international commercial passenger flights to and from Djibouti and all land borders are closed until at least 1 September. 

 

·       Egypt: All international flights are suspended. 

 

·       Eritrea: Asmara International Airport is closed and all entry visas have been suspended. 

 

·       Gabon: All borders are now closed and the Gabonese authorities have announced the suspension of all international flights until further notice. Visa applications from countries affected by Covid-19 have been suspended. 

 

·       The Gambia: Airports are now closed to passenger flights.
 

·       Ghana: International flights are suspended. 

 

·       Guinea: Conakry Airport is closed until further notice and all borders are now closed. 

 

·       Kenya: All international flights to and from Kenya have been suspended. The Kenya-Uganda land border has been closed to all pedestrians and vehicles.

 

·       Liberia: The Government of Liberia has announced the suspension of all commercial flights. 

 

·       Madagascar: Madagascar has suspended all international and domestic flights until further notice.

 

·       Malawi: Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit.

 

·       Mali: Commercial flights have been suspended. 

 

·       Mauritania: Flights between Mauritania and all other countries were suspended.

 

·       Mauritius: There are currently no commercial flights going into Mauritius but this will change post summer. 

 

·       Morocco: All commercial flights to or from Morocco have now been suspended. Passenger ferry links between Morocco, Spain and Gibraltar have also been suspended. 

 

·       Mozambique: The government of Mozambique is only allowing Mozambican citizens or foreign residents to enter the country until further notice. All international commercial passenger flights are now suspended until 31 May. 

 

·       Niger: All international passenger flights into and out of Niger have been suspended until at least 23rd May. 

 

·       Rwanda: Rwanda has suspended all flight to or from Kigali International Airport. 

 

·       Seychelles: The Seychelles have closed their borders to anyone from the UK or Europe, open to other countries. 

 

·       Sierra Leone: The government of Sierra Leone has announced that all flights scheduled to and from Freetown International Airport have been suspended and all land borders closed until further notice. 

 

·       South Africa: South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. 

 

·       Sudan: The Sudanese authorities have closed all external borders. 

 

·       Namibia: A state of emergency was declared on 17 March, which includes prohibiting entry to Namibia by all foreign nationals if they have come from countries affected by coronavirus, including the United Kingdom. 

 

·       Nigeria: All airports in Nigeria are closed to all international commercial flights until at least 4 June. 

 

·       Sao Tome and Principe: Entry for all foreign visitors is prohibited. 

 

·       Senegal: A ban on all commercial air transport is in place until 31 May. 

 

·       St Helena: All non-essential travel to St Helena has been suspended only allowing for residents, technical corporation officers, persons travelling to Ascension and persons authorised in advance by the Governor to return and depart the island. With immediate effect, the island has also restricted all cruise ship visits to St Helena. The decision will be reviewed after three months. St Helena is urging all in the travel community to not cancel, but to modify trips. 

 

·       Tanzania: The Government of Tanzania has now suspended all international flights.

 

·       Tunisia: Flights between Tunisia and all other countries are now suspended. 

 

·       Uganda: All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended.

Which South Pacific countries can you not travel to? 

·       New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers.

 

·       Australia: All foreign tourists are banned from the country. 

 

·       Fiji: The Fijian Government have closed Nadi Airport. 

 

·       Kiribati The island will now deny entry to any travellers who have been in or transited countries with confirmed local transmission within 14 days. 

 

·       Nauru: The island is asking everyone to cancel or postpone non-essential travel to Nauru.
 

·       Papua New Guinea: Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. 

 

·       Tonga: Tongan borders are closed to entry by all foreigners.

 Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

·       Anguilla: The island's airports and sea ports are closed. 

 

·       Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has decided to shut VC Bird International airport until at least 1 June. Barbuda Airport is closed for everything except emergency, cargo and rescue flights. 

 

·       Bahamas: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

 

·       Dominica: All airports and seaports are closed. 

 

·       Dominican Republic: All of the Dominican Republic’s air, land and sea borders closed. 

 

·       Grenada: Incoming passengers are no longer allowed to enter Grenada. 

 

·       Haiti: All ports, airports, and borders would be closed
 

·       Jamaica: Travellers can expect disruption and termination of flights and should contact their airlines, travel agents and tour operators. 

 

·       Saint Lucia: St Lucia’s border is closed, but the government has announced plans to reopen the tourism sector on June 4th. This will happen in phases, with phase 1 seeing Hewanorra International Airport welcoming flights from the United States. Advance testing, daily screening, the monitoring of staff and visitors, social distancing and sanitisation at various points throughout the travellers' journey will be in place to help prevent the spread of the disease. Visitors will have to present a certificate to say they have tested negative for Covid-19 in the last 48 hours. Face masks must be worn and social distancing measures adhered to while in St Lucia. As well as this, new Covid-19 certificates are being introduced to hotels to prove they are clean and are following social distancing. 

 

·       Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: All international flights have been suspended until further notice. The seaports of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island have also been closed to yachts and pleasure craft.

 

·       Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has indefinitely closed its borders. British Airways have announced they will not be flying to and from Trinidad and Tobago until 30 June. 

 

Country Source – Wanderlust.co.uk

 

 

 

Dani
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20 Inspiring Travel Movies

If you’re missing travel as much as I am or wondering when the travel restrictions will be lifted, then this is a game you must play.

Have you ever watched a movie and after wondering how wonderful the setting is, you are inspired to visit?

 

Playing this game with my husband was actually more fun than we thought and helped re-kindle my wanderlust. In fact it inspired me to write this blog post. It also resulted in us sitting down in front of Netflix, popcorn bucket in hand and watching a movie from the list.

Additional plus point – it helped past the time during lockdown for at least one day.

 

So here’s the game – name all the movies you can that feature travel and utilize countries and places around the globe as part of the script

 

So here’s our list:

 

Starting with....

 

The Terminal – Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones

Viktor Navorski gets stranded at an airport when a war rages in his country. He is forced by the officials to stay at the airport until his original identity is confirmed.

 

 

Once upon a time in Hollywood – Set in LA

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

Rick, a washed-out actor and Cliff, his stunt double, struggling to recapture fame and success in 1960s Los Angeles. Meanwhile, living next door to Rick is Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski, which became a key storyline in the sordid Charles Manson murders.

 

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Set in Germany

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swindon

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy-drama film, written and directed by Wes Anderson, which explores tragedy, war, fascism, nostalgia, friendship, and loyalty. Ralph Fiennes leads a seventeen-actor ensemble cast as Monsieur Gustave H, famed concierge of a mountainside resort in the Republic of Zubrowka.

 

Fun fact – When my family and I stayed at Soneva Fushi, Maldives in 2019 – Tilda Swindon was also staying on the island. She introduced a movie on movie night and it was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which she starred in! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whhLILy2GZs&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Eat, Pray, Love – Set in Italy, India, Indonesia (Bali)

Julia Roberts

The book-turned-movie Eat Pray Love, ever since it was released, has been inspiring people to travel, and seek a life or career outside the big buzzing cities.

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to find herself.

 

 

Thelma and Louise – Set in the Grand Canyon, Utah and California

Geena Davis and Susan Saradon

Two best friends set on an adventure, but it soon turns into a terrifying escape from  the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

  

Gorillas in the Mist – Set in Rwanda in the stunning Volcanic Mountains

Sigourney Weaver

 "Gorillas in the Mist" is a story about the world-famous primatologist Dian Fossey, who gave up her work as a physical therapist and for 13 years -- before she was murdered in her sleep in 1985 -- devoted herself to the study of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

 

Fun Fact – One of my hotel partners is Bisate, a private luxury 6 rooms hotel on the Volcanic Mountains. The guides will arrange an exclusive hiking trip into the mountains to witness families of Gorillas including the Silver Back, playing together in the wild. http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2019/07/12/bisate-lodge/

 

 

Lord of the Rings – Set all over New Zealand

Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen

This is an epic high fantasy novel written by J.R.R Tolkien which was later filmed as a trilogy. The story began as a sequel to Tolkin’s earlier fantasy book, The Hobbit, and soon became a huge world wide classic.

A young hobbit, Frodo, who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

 

Fun Fact – My husband and I visited Queenstown about 10 years ago during Christmas and new Year. Everywhere you looked there were tours for Lord of the Rings experience and memorabilia.

 

Lawrence of Arabia – Set in Wadi Rum, Jordan and Sahara Desert, Morocco

Peter OToole, Omar Sharif

Lawrence, a lieutenant in the British Army, is asked by Colonel Brighton to moderately assist Faisal, the young Saudi king and their ally. The result is a sweeping Hollywood classic with breathtaking desert landscapes.

 

 

Walter Mitty – Set in Greenland and Iceland

Ben Stiller and Kirsten Wiig

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined

 

 

Seven Years in Tibet – Set in Tibet, The Himalayas and Argentina

Brad Pitt

Seven Years In Tibet is about an Austrian mountaineer who heads out to conquer a Himalayan mountain in 1939. After getting captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up breaking out with another man and sneaking into the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa. He befriends the young Dalai Lama just as the Chinese attempt to invade Tibet by force. Both men are from totally different worlds, yet become great friends and learn from each other.

 

 

Under The Tuscan Sun – Set in Cortona in Tuscany

Diane Lane

Frances Mayes, a 35-year-old San Francisco writer, gets a divorce that leaves her with terminal writer's block and depression. Later, she decides to buy a house in Tuscany in order to change her life.

 

 

Amelie – Set in Paris

Audrey Tautou

Despite being caught in her imaginative world, Amelie, a young waitress, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love.

 

 

Lost in Translation – Set in Shinjuku and Shibuya in Tokyo

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson

An American actor Bob, lands in Tokyo for an ad film and ends up meeting Charlotte, who's left behind by her photographer husband. Gradually, the two discover a friend within each other.

 

 

Fun Fact – I visited Tokyo and stayed at the Park Hyatt. We had a drink in the roof top bar where some of the famous scenes were shot.

Also we visited the area in Kyoto where the bridge scene was supposedly shot, however rumor has it that the scene was actually built in a Hollywood studio and not shot in Kyoto. http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2018/10/14/tokyo/  

 

 

Into The Wild- Set in Alasaka

Kirsten Stewart and Emile Hirsch

Christopher McCandless, a young graduate, decides to renounce all his possessions and hitchhike across America. During his journey, he encounters several situations which change him as a person.

 

The Beach – Set in Thailand

Leonardo DiCaprio

Richard, a young man, travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of an odd map. Rumours state that the map leads to an island paradise. Accompanied by a few friends, he sets out to find it.

 

 

Casablanca – Set in Morocco

Humphrey Bogart

During WWII, Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, agrees to help his former lover Ilsa and her husband. Soon, Ilsa's feelings for Rick resurface and she finds herself renewing her love for him.

 

 

Out of Africa – Set in Kenya

Robert Redford and Meryl Streep

Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.

 

 

The Talented Mr Ripley – Set in Italy

Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow

Tom travels to Venice to convince Dickie, a rich man's son, to return to the US. When he gets obsessed with Dickie's lavish lifestyle, he resorts to extreme measures to impersonate him.

 

 

The English Patient – Set in Egypt

Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas

Hana, a nurse, tends to a plane crash victim who is on his deathbed. While doing so, she discovers a way to heal herself.

 

Happy Watching

 

Dani X

 

Netflix Mena - https://www.netflix.com/ae-en/

 

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
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20 Stunning Breakfast Spots

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up in the morning fresh from having a great nights sleep in your divine hotel bed, pulling up the blinds and looking out of the window or stepping out on to your balcony to be greated by the most wonderful views staring back at you.

From Maldivian views of white powdery sand and never ending ocean, the green hues of mountains in Switzerland,  iconic city scenes in Paris to a sea full of yachts in the bays of Portofino – whatever the view, I take a deep breathe in to soak in the beauty and lock the vision inside my memory.

 

Now add to this amazing picturesque view a wonderful array of breakfast favorites. Starting with a strong coffee, a healthy kick start juice and a vibrant array of fresh fruit on a platter.

For the ultimate experience, you can indulge in a floating breakfast while in the pool or the sea.

 

Here are a few of my fav breakfast spots from around the world with views that will leave you mezmerised:

 

 

*Soneva Fushi, Maldives - watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnSkApUyNbg&feature=youtu.be

 

*Soneva Kiri, Thailand - watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RLxkSSQokU&feature=youtu.be

 

*Villa Treville, Positano - https://www.villatreville.com/

 

*The Gritti Palace, Venice - https://www.grandluxuryhotels.com/hotel/the-gritti-palace

 

*Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka - watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzaUSQ-WKUM&feature=youtu.be

 

*Capri, Italy - https://www.hoteltragara.com/en/

 

*London - https://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/london/

 

*Santorini - https://www.cavotagoo.com/

 

*Belmond Splendido, Portofino - watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOl0NyrytBc&feature=youtu.be

 

*Paris - https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/parlc-prince-de-galles-a-luxury-collection-hotel-paris/

 

*Raffles, Seychelles - https://www.raffles.com/seychelles/

 

*Kamandula, Ubud - http://www.kamandaluresort.com/

 

*Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos - https://www.cavotagoo.com/

 

*Six Senses, Laamu - https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/laamu/

 

*Anantara, Maldives - https://www.anantara.com/en/maldives

 

*Bora Bora - https://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/

 

*Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles - https://www.constancehotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/seychelles/ephelia/

 

*Kudadoo Private Island, Maldives - https://www.kudadoo.com/

 

*Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka - watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgvoB3_unDQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Wherever you travel too, enjoy your view and of course your breakfast!

 

Much love

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
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As an avid traveler, pre and post my three children, and a lover of boutique hotels, I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, stay at unique properties and take adventures off the beaten track.

I've been lucky to see and enjoy so much that I think now is the perfect time to share my travel experiences, so I have created Unique Family Travel - a company where my team and I can develop bespoke, wonderful and unique travel experiences for you and your family. I can guarantee our experiences aren't available on the likes of large booking websites as we take you on a tailored journey which caters to your specific needs.

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Love Dani

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