Best luxury travel destinations for April, May & June 2022

BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: April

COUNTRY TO VISIT: Greece

Greece has the longest coastline in Europe and is the southernmost country in Europe. The mainland has rugged mountains, forests, and lakes, but the country is well known for the thousands of islands dotting the blue Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Ionian Sea to the west. The country is divided into three geographical regions: the mainland, the islands, and Peloponnese, the peninsula south of the mainland.

CITY SANTORINI

Santorini is an active volcano island in the Cyclades group of Greek Islands. It is located between Ios and Anafi Islands. A dream island for a lot of people around the world, wishing to visit once in a lifetime. Famous for dramatic and breath-taking views, stunning sunsets from Oia and all over the cliff edge.

The middle season and better time to visit, is usually during the months of April, May, early June, late September and October.  Things are quieter at the caldera edge, and considerably quieter on the beach side where accommodation bargains are easier. Santorini’s commercial development is focused on the caldera clifftops with large clusters of whitewashed buildings nesting at dizzying heights and spilling cliff sides.  The island’s interior is dotted with vineyards and traditional villages that let you see beyond the tourist hustle. Don’t miss Pyrgos  , Megalochori and Emporio for great eats and a wander through charming backstreets, hidden gems.

HOTELS

AMBASSADOR AEGEAN LUXURY HOTEL & SUITES

Perched on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the imposing caldera and the emblematic volcano of Santorini, Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites welcomes you to Akrotiri. One of the finest, most privileged spots on the island with spectacular vistas that take your breath away and compose the idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable stay.

The Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites experience is enhanced through exclusive signature details that transcend the expectations of even the most discerning guests, such as the private helipad or the golf cars available for guests who wish to move around the property effortlessly.

INFINITY CAVE SUITE

The pinnacle of Theran architecture, carved in the stone! Infinity Cave Suite boasts modern facilities and superb amenities, along with traditional chic architecture that fascinates your senses. If you are searching for an accommodation option that splendidly blends the genuine character of Santorini with modernity and comfort, Infinity Cave Suite is just the right place for you.

ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING: SANTORINI

SANTORINI ON A LUXURY YACHT

There is no better way to see Santorini’s most beautiful beaches and islands than on a luxury yacht tour led by one of Santorini Yacht Services’ experienced cabins. The yacht itself includes a fully air-conditioned cabin complete with sleeping cabins, a lounge with wet bar, full kitchen, TV, and stereo, while the deck of the yacht provides a shaded sitting area, a swimming platform, and sunbathing areas. Drinks, including sodas, beer, wine, and champagne, are available on board, while a lunch of fresh fish (or anything else you might like) is served at a local restaurant.

WINERY TOUR

You and several of your friends can take a private tour of Santorini’s renowned wineries. This eight-hour tour is led by an expert sommelier and includes visits to five boutiques estates, where you will visit the cellars and learn about the various techniques of wine production. In addition, you will get to taste at least 20 different styles of wines, including reds, whites, and “Vinsanto” wines, while partaking in local snacks and cheeses. During the tour, you will stop at one of the wineries for a delicious full lunch before continuing to the next winery.

SANTORINI’S BEST BEACHES & WATER SPORTS

It’s impossible to do a definitive guide about Santorini without mentioning the best beaches of the island. If you want to take a dip in Santorini, the most famous beaches are:

The beaches of Perissa, Perivolos and Agios Georgios: large black sand beaches with snacks and taverns. Kamari Beach, another large black sand beach, where you can rent deckchairs and enjoy many nautical activities. The Red Beach, named after the volcanic ochre cliffs surrounding it. You can get there in only 5 minutes by a trail. The White Beach, right next to the Red Beach. You will need take a boat to get there. Vlihada Beach and its white rocks. Monilithos Beach, ideal with children with its shallow waters. Kolumbo Beach, only accessible by foot, and frequented by nudists.

Jet Ski, Deep Sea Dive, Parasailing, Kayak, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddle, Hoverboard, Kiteboarding etc are some of the water sport that can be enjoyed at various beaches.

PRODUCTS

GREEK JEWELLERY

Santorini was created by a massive volcanic eruption 3600 years ago. Hence, the rebirth of the island from the ashes inspired many artists to create unique jewellery collections that praise the unparalleled beauty of Santorini.  For those of you who love to spoil yourselves while on holiday, we recommend visiting the gold street of Fira, one of Greece’s largest gold markets. This is where you can find fine jewellery made from precious materials and handmade ones that combine silver, gold, and lava stones. Besides, Oia’s stylish shopping scene on the jewelry market is also not to be missed!

WINE

If you are a wine lover and visiting Santorini, it is one of the head destinations of wine tourism in Greece. More than 18 wineries open their doors to guests to offer wine tastings and tours. Santorini’s vines are among the oldest in the world.

The volcanic complex of the soil protected the vines from phylloxera, an insect pest of grapevines, that destroyed most of the European vineyards in the late 19th century. You will be surprised by the unique basket-shaped vines called ‘kouloura’ that protects them from the strong Aegean winds. What makes Santorinian wine truly outstanding and well known is the high levels of essential minerals found in the soil. You can purchase your preferred wine directly in one of the wineries or local liqueur stores. 

ART PIECES 

Santorini is home to many artists who share the same passion for creativity. If you feel like taking back home something truly special, there are plenty of art shops where you can find a diversity of art-crafts that represent the tradition and history of the island and Greece in general. Gaining inspiration from the colors of the Aegean and the landscape of the island exceptional art pieces such as wall hangings, handmade paintings, unique sculptures, ceramics, and more. Keep in mind that shopping from a local artist will support a small Santorini family business and will guarantee you a truly handicraft item.

TRADITIONAL CUISINE

If you’re the kind of traveller who can’t see a bowl of ice cream without whipping out your smartphone, you’ll be in seventh heaven in made-for-Instagram Miami. Of course, there’s the pastel-pretty Art Deco architecture of South Beach, which looks good enough to eat. But we’re talking about stuff that’s literally good enough to eat. Miami is a multicultural feast of flavours, from Little Havana to Little Haiti.

FAVA

Fava is probably the most famous and iconic traditional dish in Santorini. You might guess from the name that it is made with fava beans, but it actually contains a puree of yellow split peas. It is a creamy, simple, and comforting dish that is often served heated with lemon and olive oil. It is sometimes also topped with capers and onions.

Fava is rarely the main dish, as it is often served as a side dish or a small meal. You’re likely to see it when you are dining meze style, which is where everyone shares a selection of appetizers. It has been a staple of the local cuisine for many centuries, as it is hearty, healthy, filling, and very affordable.

DOMATOKEFTETHES: SANTORINI TOMATO FRITTERS

The Greek island is known for it’s special variety of tomatoes that grow nowhere else in the world. And Santorinians love to dice these special tomatoes up with onion and a little bit of mint, mix in some flour, and fry them up into domatokeftethes (pronounced doh-mah-to-kef-TEH-thes). The tomato fritters are an excellent appetizer and can be found on many menus around Santorini.

FRESH FISH

There are still family owned tavernas that operate in the traditional Greek way: the father is out fishing, the son runs the restaurant, and the momma is cooking in the kitchen. The fish is so fresh, there’s no menu. You simply visit the kitchen to pick out your fish from the selection of today’s fresh catch. The fish is weighed, you’re quoted a price, and when all is agreed, off you go to enjoy a beer and some tomato paste or tarama spread while your fish is grilled up.

COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Greece’s is open for travellers from all EU & Schengen Area countries and has a ban on travellers from non-EU countries.

However, people traveling for essential reasons and travellers from the following 42 non-EU countries and territories are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation: Australia, Northern Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Mexico, Kosovo, Chinese Taipei, Argentina, India, Uruguay, Oman and Chile.

Entry requirements

Greece will allow entrance to travellers that have filled out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) any time before the departure of their flight. The PLF is mandatory and must be filled out by all travellers, regardless of their nationality.

Passengers from abroad, regardless of vaccination/recovery status, must also have one of the following:

  • a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or
  • a negative rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours before travel.

Negative test results must be issued by an authorized laboratory and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport.

The rule is in force for children aged 5 and over.

BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: May

COUNTRY TO VISIT: Peru

Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It is made up of a variety of landscapes, from mountains and beaches to deserts and rain forests. Most people live along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where the capital, Lima, is located. The world’s largest rain forest, the Amazon, covers nearly half of Peru. Called the selva in Spanish, this huge jungle, which also covers half of Brazil, is home to plants and animals that do not live anywhere else on Earth. Some scientists think there may even be Indian tribes there that have never seen the outside world. The second highest mountain range in the world runs through Peru. These peaks, called the Andes, are so tall and forbidding that the ancient Inca people thought they were gods.

CITY CUSCO

Cusco, known as the archaeological capital of the Americas, is home to a storied history that included the rise and fall of the Inca Empire followed by the invasion of Spanish conquistadors in the early 1500s. Today, remnants of both eras share the narrow city streets – from centuries-old baroque cathedrals to exquisite stone masonry – creating a rare collision of Andean and Spanish styles that makes Cusco like no other place on earth. The city has come out of the shadow of Peru’s capital, Lima, in recent decades. Millions of tourists make the pilgrimage from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to get a glimpse of South America’s greatest spectacle: Machu Picchu. Discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in the early 20th century, the fabled ruins are one of the most impressive architectural feats of the ancient world. 

HOTELS

PALACIO NAZARENAS, A BELMOND HOTEL, CUSCO

Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. But within these timeless walls, contemporary Cusco comes to life. Find a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

SIGNATURE SUITES

Go all-out on luxury at one of the most stunning hotels in Cusco. Each Signature Suites is unique and brimming with character. All Signature Suites can be enriched with oxygen to help combat altitude sickness.

ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING : CUSCO

TRAIN JOURNEY TO MACHU PICCHU ON HIRAM BINGHAM

Be swept away by old-world charm as Hiram Bingham journeys through the Peruvian highlands. Gleaming wood-panelled interiors and brass finishes evoke classic 1920’s parlour cars, while vibrant colours and nature-inspired motifs reveal a distinctly Peruvian soul. Savour classic local flavours and gourmet cuisine as the train meanders through the breath-taking Sacred Valley. Celebrate the South American spirit with a lively dance as musicians play in the Bar Car. Marvel at the fertile lands and soaring mountains between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Bring the lost art of the pioneer to life with a thrilling rail adventure through the heart of the Inca Empire on Hiram Bingham.

MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

SAN PEDRO – CUSCO MARKET

It virtually spans over a whole quarter of the city and people from the whole region come to sell their wares here. The name of the market: San Pedro and should have a very high priority on your list of things to do in Cusco! There really is anything you won’t find here, some of it probably a bit more grizzly – but nothing you can’t stomach. Also, don’t shy away from treating yourself to some fresh fruit. They also have many booths selling fresh juices and quite a couple of street food vendors (will be chicken and pork). San Pedro market is split into a huge hall and many, many stalls and booths in front of it and in the whole quarter around it. I do advise you to go exploring a bit – it really gives you the opportunity to breathe in the variety of the Peruvian culture.

PRODUCTS

ALPACA GEAR

Most travellers in Peru will consider buying something made of alpaca wool as a given. After all, alpacas have been an integral part of Peruvian culture for centuries. You can find all kinds of garments and home decor to suit your style. Llama motif sweaters, super-soft baby alpaca scarves, colourful, traditional Peruvian ponchos and blankets. But make sure you’re purchasing real alpaca and not synthetic or a blend. The best place to buy alpaca in Cusco is the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. A non-profit collective of 600 weavers runs this centre that is both a textile museum and a shop. Some other great alpaca boutique options include Cocoliso Cusco, Etno Alpaca, and Kuna.

PISCO

Pisco is the national liquor of Peru and considered a national cultural heritage. Good pisco is the foundation of the most popular national cocktail, the Pisco Sour. This high-proof spirit is made from fermented grapes in the sunny coastal regions of Peru. The best pisco is said to come from the Ica region, several hours south of Lima. 

COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE

You’ll find some excellent quality products of both coffee and chocolate in Cusco. There are many chocolate shops around Cusco that offer varying presentations and different flavours for you try and buy. There is also the chocolate museum where you can try and make chocolates yourself or savour some of the many delights on offer.

Many chocolates, as well as coffee, comes from La Convencion. Surrounding San Pedro market, you can find small shops and stalls that sell products from the region. You can taste the coffee and see which one you like best to take home and brew up for friends. A few other bits are also on sale from the zone like honey, which is also unlike any you’ve ever tried.

TRADITIONAL CUISINE

CHOCLO

Here’s a seasonal dish that’s served from October to March in seafood restaurants the length and breadth of Florida. The stone crab yields what might be the most tender and succulent meat of any of its sibling crustaceans. Served cracked and chilled on ice, Florida stone crab claws can vary in size, and the sweet, lobster-esque flesh needs barely any seasoning.Choclo, also known as Peruvian or Cusco corn (named for the capital city of the Incas), is not a crop that thrives in the flatlands. It’s an Andean corn with extra-large, bulbous kernels “almost five times bigger than North American corn, and has a creamy texture.  Its chewy kernels, though large, make for a more elegant dining experience—they don’t get trapped between your teeth. They’re also not sweet, at all, and starchier than North American corn. The flavor is corn-y but nuttier. There’s a pride these chefs take in serving this most Peruvian of ingredients at their restaurants—and it catching on outside the traditional Peruvian kitchen.

ANTICUCHO

It is a meat dish consisting of small pieces of skewered and grilled meat, the most popular of them made with beef heart, called anticuchos de corazón. Peruvian in origin, the dish quickly gained popularity throughout South and Central America. The first recipe dates back to the 16th century, referring to a meal of marinated llama meat cooked directly over a fire. When the conquistadors encountered the dish, they modified it to make it their own, replacing the llama meat with beef, which was skewered on sugar cane stalks. Today, the meat is typically marinated in red wine vinegar and spices such as garlic, cumin, and aji pepper – developing a fruity flavor when roasted. Anticucho can be found throughout Peru on numerous street carts and street food stalls, called anticucheras.

ALFAJORES

They are a wonderful South American dessert that features two melt-in-your-mouth cookies with dulce de leche sandwiched in between them. They are, “the best cookie you’ve never heard of” and they are enormously popular around the world. There are restaurant chains whose only product is these cookies, and they have recently begun to find a foothold in the rest of the world. here are different variations from different cultural regions and tons of stuffing options.

COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Foreigners are now allowed to visit Peru except South Africa. The Government of Peru suspended the entrance of non-resident passengers traveling from South Africa (or travellers who have transited there in the last 14 days) Land borders for travellers are still closed. Mandatory quarantine is no longer required for passengers coming in with negative COVID-19 test. Mandatory quarantine is only necessary for Peruvian citizens and residents coming from South Africa.

Passengers must have:

  • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or
  • a negative COVID-19 NAAT test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, HDA, LAMP, LampORE, MPOCT, NAAT, NEAR, NGS, PCR, RTLamp, RT-PCR, RealTimeRTPCR, SDA, TMA, TRC, WGS, Orf1abgenedetection, Egenedetection, Ngenedetection, Rdrpgenedetection and Sgenedetection.

BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: June

COUNTRY TO VISIT: U.S Virgin Islands

A territory of the United States of America since 1917, the United States Virgin Islands is an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. The United States Virgin Islands is comprised of three principal islands – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas – plus 50 smaller islands, cays and islets that are part of the Caribbean archipelago. The dreamy land and seascapes have earned it the nickname “America’s Paradise.” A year-round destination that has no real “off” season with an average winter temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (slightly higher in the summer), here the weather is almost always beach perfect. The United States Virgin Islands is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Spend the day sunbathing your cares away or relaxing in a beach chair or hammock at one of the islands’ beaches that are consistently ranked among the top 10 in the world.

CITY ST. THOMAS

A modern paradise filled with colonial jewels, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is both a historian’s and an adventure-seeker’s playground. The island boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world as well as some of the most popular activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Indulge in some of the world’s prettiest beaches. Re-discover history in storied museums, forts and historic houses. Hike, bike or take the sky tram. Play a round of golf. Attractions in St. Thomas appeal to both those seeking adventure and those looking for peaceful relaxation.

HOTELS

THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. THOMAS

Following a $100-million renovation, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas features an alluring blend of sea-inspired luxury and resort amenities. Embark on an idyllic retreat at this jewel among hotels in the US Virgin Islands, where you will discover endless views over Great Bay, locally sourced cuisine, well-appointed accommodations.

CLUB OCEANFRONT SUITE KING

Room Highlights Private Outdoor Space Furnished balcony for dining and relaxation Great Bay and St. John view Luxurious Marble Bathroom Two full bathrooms Walk-in rain shower and standalone tub Double vanity Spacious Open Layout Multi-functional writing desk Size 1080 SQ FT | 101 SQ M

ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING : ST. THOMAS

MAGENS BAY

There’s no beach on St. Thomas (or maybe even the entire Virgin Islands archipelago) that’s as celebrated as Magens Bay. So, let us add our own poetic spiel: This north coast beach could potentially be the most photogenic and swimmable shore of the Virgin Islands. But years of positive reinforcement has led to an intense popularity with tourists who are all too willing to pay the entry fee to enjoy Magens’ charms.

VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK 

Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breath-taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations – both free and enslaved – dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival. Within its borders lie protected bays of crystal blue-green waters teeming with coral reef life, white sandy beaches shaded by seagrape trees, coconut palms, and tropical forests providing habitat for over 800 species of plants. To these amazing natural resources, add relics from the Pre-Colombian Amerindian Civilization, remains of the Danish Colonial Sugar Plantations, and reminders of African Slavery and the Subsistence Culture that followed during the 100 years after Emancipation – all part of the rich cultural history of the park and its island home.

CORAL WORLD OCEAN PARK

Coral World Ocean Park is a guaranteed good time when visiting St. Thomas and the US Virgin Islands. The park is spread over five acres of land and boasts a variety of attractions and activities that visitors of all ages will enjoy.

Some of the attractions include outdoor marine pools, exotic aquariums, a butterfly garden, an undersea observatory, and miles of nature trails. It’s also one of the very few places where visitors can safely feed stingrays, pet many sharks, hold a wild iguana, swim with sea lions, or walk the makeshift ocean floor with a Sea Trek Helmet Dive.

PRODUCTS

CUSTOM LEATHER SANDALS

Comfortable, durable shoes are a must for any traveller. Get your custom-fitted sandals in St. Thomas to make sure your feet feel healthy and tireless for the remainder of your adventure throughout the city and beyond. Choose from a wide assortment of colours and designs and add arch support if you need it. If you are only staying in St. Thomas for a short time, you can opt for semi-custom sandals, which can be completed in one visit.

JEWELLERY

St. Thomas is well known as a place to buy diamonds. Luxury jewellery shops are plentiful here, but prices vary so if you want to find the best bargain, shop around and do your research. Even if diamonds do not feature on your shopping list, local jewellery shops are worth visiting. You will discover unique handcrafted pieces by local artists to suit any budget.

RUM

Rum is an integral part of the drinking culture throughout the Caribbean, and St. Thomas, with its pirate history, is no exception. Making rum started to utilize the waste from sugar production in the 17th century, and it quickly grew into an industry of its own, which continues to flourish to this day. St. Thomas’ distillers follow their own traditional recipes, passed from generation to generation. Take the opportunity to taste local rum and buy a couple of bottles to take home so that you can re-live your island experience and share it with your friends.

TRADITIONAL CUISINE

FUNGI

Don’t let the name throw you off – this dish has nothing to do with mushrooms. In fact, fungi is like a Caribbean-style polenta made from ground cornmeal. Whether it’s soft and creamy like mashed potatoes or cooked longer and shaped into balls, this dish is commonly served with fish and may be garnished with onions, okra, and tomatoes. Fungi is a staple comfort food throughout most of the Caribbean and when it comes to what to eat in St. Thomas, it’s a must-try!

JOHNNY CAKES

No matter where you are in the world, you can be sure that the locals have found a way to turn flour, butter and sugar into something wonderful. In St. Thomas, that something comes in the form of Johnny Cakes. Served fried or baked and always delicious, you can have a sample of this simple, slightly sweet delicacy for breakfast, lunch or as a snack.

BULL FOOT SOUP

Also called cow heel or cow foot soup, this dish is made with a variety of vegetables including yellow split peas, plenty of spices, and yes – cow’s heel. After simmering for hours, all the flavors meld together, the cow foot becomes tender, and the stew is ready for a taste. Hearty, filling and made with love, this soup is one of the most popular traditional dishes in St. Thomas and other Caribbean islands.

COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

International Travelers (including travelers from the BVI): All International travelers must submit a negative antigen or NAAT COVID-19 test result. Test requirements depend on vaccination, mode of travel, and age.

Travel by Air – Tests must be taken within 1 day of travel. All non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

Travel by Ferry – Tests must be taken within 5 days of travel. Non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. immigrants traveling for non-essential reasons (e.g. tourism) must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status.

Travelers aged 2-17 are exempt from the vaccine requirement.

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