When I permanently lived in Guernsey, we used to say it was like living in a bubble. A place that was safe, secure and a sense that you were somewhat disconnected from the real world. But never did we think this would become such a reality as when coronavirus arrived.
Guernsey became the first island in the British isles to become Covid-19-free thanks to the incredible work of the Director of Public Health, Dr. Nicola Brink and her team, alongside the Guernsey Government who helped to lockdown the island and track down cases. Dr. Nicola Brink told UK media she trained her whole life in anticipation of a virus such as this. Studying virology, she knew the potential of a virus such as Covid-19 and when the island had it’s first case she recalls the moment, standing up in her office, turning around to her team and saying “we know what we have to do”… And that she did.
An incredible track and trace system and an island lockdown allowed the island with a population of 67,000 to become the safe haven it is today. I returned 4 weeks ago to visit family and myself had to quarantine for two weeks before being able to experience the pre-covid environment we all dream of. And I’ll say this honestly, it’s almost as if covid never existed here. From crowded pubs to dinner parties to shaking hands after a game of tennis – everyone here knows they’re safe.
But this island’s little bubble needs to be popped one day or another. With an economy that thrives on tourism the skies will once again need to open again and the risk returns. Uncertainty looms over the heads of the safe islanders, but I have to say, a taste of the “old-normal” was a treat I hope everyone gets to experience again.
Note: I appreciate that we are all living through difficult times right now and COVID-19 has stalled our travel plans. I, however, hope the below blog can offer a bit of light content in the interim before life returns to normal.
14th June 2020…// Whilst we sit together in an extended layover to our next dream holiday I’ve roped in a few ideas for your time on standstill. From poolside service in Corfu’s paradise to lovingly crafted jungle villas in Brazil you’ll soon be hooked on the idea of a hammock holiday. So, take a seat and let this inspire you.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is situated on the private island of Furanafushi in the Republic of Maldives 1km and a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport. The five-star resort offers 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery. Also boasting 7 unique restaurants and bars, the Shine Spa for Sheraton located on its very own island and 3 outdoor tropical fresh water pools.
Exceptionally located in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil’s Bahia State, this fabulous loft villa is an architectural masterpiece that offers privacy and relaxation in the heart of nature. A one of a kind jungle villa, this unique property has been lovingly crafted with the environment in mind, built solely from 60 year old naturally felled timbers, and offers the ideal romantic escape from the turbulence of modern day life. Step from the elevated terrace into the villa’s private, secluded garden and relax poolside with a good book and a long cool drink, and take in the sounds and the fragrances of the surrounding rainforest.
Villa Amaryllis is a rare haven of privacy and tranquillity that serves as a private relexation retreat on the undiscovered island of Serifos. The villa owner’s passion for wellness is evident through the abundance of large outdoor spaces, including a dedicated yoga terrace and relaxation space with a beautiful view from the villa’s hammock. Guests are invited to absorb the magic of the Aegean views whilst practicing their sun salutations, and yoga sessions can be arranged on request through Bright Blue Villas’ concierge.
This 4-bedroom property sleeps up to 8 people and Bright Blue Villas (www.brightbluevillas.com/, +30 210 3410210) offers Villa Amaryllis from GBP 9,792 per week.
Set on an important 900 acre estate, this beautiful stone farmhouse rises in the hills above Rufina. Il Borgo Di Petroio from Tuscany Now & More makes for a perfect family villa thanks to its large size and recent renovation. A guest house features more rooms and leads to a charming courtyard with a second kitchen, brick oven and large fireplace. The villa’s large private swimming pool is the perfect place for children to play and for parents to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills, while sunbathing under the Tuscan sun. A playful or competitive match of tennis can also be enjoyed on the estate’s astro-turf tennis court.
This 5 bedroom property sleeps up to 14 people and Tuscany Now & More (www.tuscanynowandmore.com, 020 7684 8888) offer Il Borgo Di Petroio from GBP 4,933 per week
Nestled into 60 acres of lush hillside on St Lucia’s north western coast, Windjammer Landing is a Mediterranean style resort on a large crescent-shaped stretch of beach. The resort’s 201 guest rooms and villas range from stylish and contemporary waterfront villas to beachfront suites steps from the water’s edge and charming hillside rooms each designed to offer its guests beautiful views across Labrolette Bay and the Caribbean Sea.
Rooms at Windjammer Landing start a GBP 215.00 per night with Villas starting at GBP 394.00. For more information and reservations, visit www.windjammer-landing.com
For further information on any of these holidays feel free to get in touch via email @ email@example.com