November 22nd, 2021
FESTIVE LONDON AWAITS WITH THREE NEW SPECIAL OFFERS FROM THE BEAUMONT
As London dons its holiday best, the city is full of winter fun and there is no better spot to soak in the holiday spirit. Whether it is shopping in Mayfair and the Christmas markets, skating in a pop-up winter wonderland or taking in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, London offers the best of the season. With three new special offers and some stunning fresh upgrades to celebrate, The Beaumont provides guests the ideal backdrop for a festive break. Here are the details.
Winter in London
Centrally located, The Beaumont is the perfect base to experience all that London has to offer at this time of year. With the “Winter in London” package, guests can sample the wares from some of Mayfair’s top independent British retailers without having to leave the comfort of their room. Guests will receive a selection of treats from noted brands such as, Private White V.C., The New Craftsmen, Paul Smith and D. R Harris & Co Ltd., and also enjoy The Beaumont Full English Breakfast in The Colony Grill Room. Rates start at £470 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room, including Full English Breakfast. Available for a two-night stay, December 6, 2021 through February 20, 2022.
Checking into The Beaumont for Christmas is like giving yourself a gift. Guests who book the “Christmas Escape” package to stay on either December 24 or December 25, 2021 will enjoy a traditional holiday with all the trimmings. The menu will feature homemade mince pies and mulled wine served in the Gatsby’s Room and an indulgent six-course Champagne Christmas lunch complete with Christmas pudding in the Colony Grill Room. Also included in this offer is Full English Breakfast for two, a room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), and time to relax with a late 2:00pm check-out. From £985 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room, including Christmas Lunch for two & taxes, based on a one-night stay.
New Year’s Eve Fresh Start
Guests can bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022 in style with The Beaumont’s “Fresh Start” package. With check-in on December 31, 2021, the celebration starts with Champagne and canapés. This is followed by a luxurious six-course dinner in the glamourous Colony Grill Room accompanied by live jazz. There will also be entertaining surprises throughout the night gradually building excitement to the stroke of midnight, when as is tradition, a Scottish piper will herald in the New Year. After all the revelries, it is just a few effortless steps to retire to a sumptuous guestroom upstairs. On New Year’s Day, a traditional, heart-warming Full English Breakfast awaits. From £995 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room and available for a one-night stay (valid on December 31) for two, inclusive of Dinner in The Colony Grill Room and Full English Breakfast.
All guests of The Beaumont enjoy the following thoughtful amenities:
- - Fresh organic coffee, teas, soft drinks, still & sparkling water & snacks from the in-room minibar
- - High speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- - Interactive film and music on demand
- - Access to our in-house digital media platform for a huge selection of local and international newspapers, magazines, podcasts & more
- - Local & national landline telephone calls
- - Use of The Beaumont’s chauffeur-driven house limousine for emissions-free local trips (subject to availability)
- - Use of the Spa and 24-hour Gymnasium throughout stay
Guests of The Beaumont will appreciate the fresh upgrades to the property that were just completed during the 15-month enforced closure. Along with a brand-new bar, lounge and al fresco dining terrace, The Beaumont’s Art Deco interiors have been rethought and refurbished by New York-based designer Thierry Despont and London-based architects Reardon Smith.
About The Beaumont
A five-star luxury London hotel with 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios, The Beaumont is grand in style yet intimate and welcoming.
Inspired by the great hotels of the 1920s, it occupies a fine Art Deco building on a secluded garden square, close to the boutiques, galleries, museums and the many attractions of Mayfair, St James’s and the West End has to offer.
The Beaumont’s glamorous Colony Grill Room has established itself as a firm favorite on the London dining scene. The restaurant and ground floor food and beverage outlets, as well as the Spa, have undergone a design refresh during the pandemic, under the creative direction of the Office of Thierry Despont. This summer will see the opening of a new Bar, Le Magritte, and an all-day-dining Library, as well as the al fresco terrace on the forecourt.
Opened in 2014, The Beaumont is privately-owned and independently run.
November 22nd, 2021
Two Celebrated Names Collaborate & Create The Perfect Pairing Of Rich Dark Chocolate And Smooth Island Flavor
On November 21, 2021, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and hotelier Chris Blackwell will launch his latest collaboration, Blackwell Rum Truffles, which decadently combines his smooth Jamaican Gold Blackwell Rum with the chocolate of Britain’s first and finest chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker. Each delectable truffle has a velvety golden rum-filled center wrapped in their legendary rich and silky dark chocolate and topped with vermicelli chocolate sprinkles. Available to order on BlackwellRum.com and CharbonnelChocolates.com, each package of 9 truffles is $28.00.
Blackwell Rum Truffles are elegantly presented in the chocolatier’s signature style – a luxurious handmade gold box. Tucked under the box lid is an exclusive playlist, accessible via a QR code, curated by music industry pioneer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell himself. A transportive experience filled with the spirit of Jamaica awaits while savoring Blackwell Rum Dark Chocolate Truffles paired to this selection of relaxing island sounds.
The Black Gold Blackwell Rum used in these dark chocolate truffles has a traditional dark rum character with a light butter-gold body, soft notes of vanilla, caramel and toasted marshmallow, and a natural spice finish. The rum is encased in dark couverture chocolate composed of 70% cocoa solids, with its rich flavor complementing the warm, spiced palette of the spirit.
The partnership was inspired by the island of Jamaica where both Blackwell and Charbonnel et Walker Chairman Galvin Weston have strong roots and a family heritage.
Influential entrepreneur and record producer Chris Blackwell hails from one of the longest producing rum families on Jamaica. He founded Island Records in 1959, introducing the world to Millie, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, U2, Robert Palmer and Cat Stevens. Before there was music, there was rum. Returning to his roots, Chris created an exceptional dark Jamaican rum based on an original family recipe. It’s his special way of celebrating Jamaica’s unique and limitless energy.
With a royal warrant and celebrated patronage, Charbonnel et Walker, established in 1875, are known for fine chocolates and truffles. Mme Charbonnel, trained with the decadent and experiential chocolate houses of Paris, brought her exquisite and flamboyant techniques to London and to Mrs. Walker. Together, they opened their first store on Bond Street, offering the finest chocolates and sweet delicacies, all presented in beautiful gift boxes mostly hand made by Mrs. Walker. Exclusively a dark chocolate house only until the late 1970’s, the dark chocolate of Charbonnel et Walker is known for its rich, deep flavor with fine, silky couverture. Today, Charbonnel et Walker chocolates are still hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel and sold from their shop on Bond Street and other London locations, as well as online.
November 22nd, 2021
From Napa Valley to Tanzania, here is a look ahead at the most exciting new destinations and renovation plans for 2022.
Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort | Napa Valley, CA | February 2022
In February 2022, Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort, will make its debut on the historic Stanly Ranch Winery estate, a 700-acre private ranch that dates back to the 19th century. The resort will include 78 airy hotel cottage suites, all featuring outdoor terraces with fire pits and views of the property’s vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains. Wellness will be a focus. Guests can sign up for weeklong detoxes, pick their own ingredients in the fields for a farm-to-fork dinner, and go on bike rides along the banks of the Napa River. There will also be four dining venues that pay homage to local farmers and makers.
Images courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection
Chatwal Lodge, The Catskills | Bethel, NY | April 2022
90 minutes from Manhattan, Chatwal Lodge is located at The Chapin Estate, a 2,500-acre gated residential community. Architect and designer Steve Dubrovsky specializes in 19th-century Adirondack style, and he is also a four-time circuit champion of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. 10 suites spread among three buildings will feature private patios overlooking the 1,000-acre Toronto Reservoir Lake. Activities will range from fly fishing in the on-property trout stream and kayaking with a to-go picnic to Ayurvedic treatments in-suite.
Images courtesy of Chapin Estate
Nayara Tented Camp | Costa Rica | June 2022
Nayara Tented Camp opened at the end of 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America. This June, they are putting the finishing touches on a big phase two which will see the addition of a main building, reception area, bar, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, and fire pit. There will also be several new accommodations, including: two two-bedroom villas with a living area, dining area, and main deck and pool (with the option to add a third tented bedroom); six two-bedroom tented suites (perfect for families); and two more tented suites. Nayara Tented Camp will then have a total of 38 accommodations altogether, and the new two-bedroom villas will be perfect for larger families and groups and those seeking extra privacy.
*Images to come.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge | Tanzania | June 6, 2022
Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond has announced that andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp in Tanzania’s Western Corridor will reemerge from an extensive rebuild, following a flood in April 2020, with a brand-new identity as andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. As part of andBeyond’s ethos, sustainability will be key in the rebuild. With interiors by long-time andBeyond collaborator Fox Browne Creative, the rebuild will use the existing footprint of the former structure to redefine the classical tented camp look in a form that will least impact the natural landscape. Guest suites will double in size and feature deep baths and indoor showers, as well as extensive outdoor decks with private plunge pools. The rebuild will also bring a new family suite. An extended selection of experiences is also being developed in time for the reopening. These will combine with the rich resident wildlife of this remote corner of the Serengeti, as well as the lodge’s ideal location for experiencing the thrilling river crossing and vast herds of the Great Migration.
Renderings courtesy of andBeyond
November 10th, 2021
VIENNA (November 8, 2021) – Virtuoso®, the global network renowned for creating meaningful experiences in luxury travel, brought to Vienna key stakeholders from its travel agency members and preferred partners for the group’s 2021 Symposium, an event originally scheduled for March of 2020 in recognition of what would have been the 20th anniversary of the company’s rebranding to “Virtuoso.” The high-level event attracted 329 of the industry’s most prestigious executives from 33 countries for networking, trendspotting, and meaningful dialogue around the challenges, opportunities, and future of luxury travel.
The event’s Opening Session struck just the right note as attendees gathered in Vienna’s beautiful Musikverein – Golden Hall, where in addition to multiple presentations on industry insights and trends, guests were also treated to performances from the Vienna Boys’ Choir as well as an improvisational piano piece from 16-year-old composer prodigy Alma Deutscher paying tribute to the spirit of Virtuoso. Presenters included Courtney Scharf, chief client officer of Trend Hunter, and Tiffany Misrahi, vice president of policy and research for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), both of whom sat down with Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Marketing Helen McCabe-Young for a conversation on trends and opportunities to impact the future of travel and tourism.
Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Network Products and Strategy David Kolner also presented insights that assessed the current state of the travel business. Showing the rebound continues, Kolner shared that for the third quarter of 2021, the network’s U.S. sales are 66 percent of what they were in 2019, and leisure hotel bookings have surpassed the same time period in 2019 at 103 percent. Longer stays also continue to trend. Comparing October-November-December of 2019 vs. 2021, lengths of stay increased respectively to 115 percent, 132 percent and 143 percent longer. January 2022 stays vs. 2020 are a whopping 163 percent longer, indicating we will continue to see this consumer behavior. City hotels are also on the rise, with bookings up 497 percent since January and 44 percent since June.
Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, delivered the keynote address during the event, sharing with the audience how Vienna factors into Virtuoso’s history as the location he selected 21 years ago to reveal the rebrand of the company from API Travel Consultants to Virtuoso, a move that has helped elevate not only the network he serves but also the entire travel advisor profession. Noting that the last 18 months have brought unprecedented challenges, he spoke of Virtuoso’s commitment to scaling up strategically to become a truly global organization by strengthening the value to the network’s members and partners, and growing its share of target travelers during this historic opportunity to do so.
“Thinking globally pushes us to build flexible solutions that help us capture even greater market opportunities everywhere,” said Upchurch. “Never before have we had such a strong demand for travel, combined with a deeper appreciation for the value of a professional travel advisor.”
Upchurch also explained a concept he termed “adopting an ecosystem view,” explaining that Virtuoso has always focused on communities of businesses creating value together, so it should be no surprise that Virtuoso’s Communities program has proven extremely effective in growing skills and production through targeted activities. By focusing on specific travel specialties, Communities help advisors move up the pyramid of success, while growing preferred partner production and engaging travelers through their passion points.
Enhancing client engagement through digital innovation is also a key priority, as Upchurch shared it is designed to succeed in two ways: by enhancing its members’ engagement with their clients and vastly scaling Virtuoso’s ability to deliver new high-value travelers to the network. The launch of a more content rich virtuoso.com has grown traffic and time spent on both the Virtuoso brand site, as well as on member and advisor private label sites. Virtuoso’s dreaming and planning platform, Wanderlist®, has had explosive growth since August, going from just over 3,000 to more than 10,000 Virtuoso advisors now actively using it. To date, Wanderlist has captured a pipeline of future travel worth $150 million and experiences from Virtuoso partners have been added to Wanderlists over 65,000 times.
In addition to the thought-provoking insights that came from the Opening Session, attendees also participated in one-to-one networking sessions as well as roundtable discussions that centered on three areas: consumer engagement, network engagement, and sustainability. It wasn’t all work, though, as Virtuoso also sprinkled in some time for participants to bond over shared experiences, including throwing a traditional Viennese Ball at the famed Spanish Riding School, private use of the historic Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien/Museum of Fine Arts for the opening night welcome reception, as well as “design your day” activities that gave everyone an opportunity to explore the city and surrounding area in a unique and personalized way.
The strong relationship between Virtuoso, the Austrian Tourist Office and the Vienna Tourist Board was a key factor in securing Virtuoso’s Symposium. Throughout the event, the spotlight stayed on the host city and its highly desirable luxury offerings, with additional support coming from the following Virtuoso partners:
- Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel
- Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel
- The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- Park Hyatt Vienna
- Palais Hansen Kempinski
- Hotel Sacher Wien
- Palais Coburg Residenz
- Mondial Destination Management
For more information on Virtuoso and its future events, please visit www.virtuoso.com.
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November 4th, 2021
From Black Friday (November 26) to Cyber Monday (November 29), here are six deals not to miss.
White Elephant Resorts | Nantucket, Massachusetts + Palm Beach, Florida
The White Elephant Resorts portfolio, including Jared Coffin House, The Cottages, The Wauwinet, White Elephant, and the Boat Basin in Nantucket, and White Elephant Palm Beach in Florida (debuted in 2020), will offer 15% off the best available rate on bookings made from Black Friday through December 2. Use the booking code CYBER or call 1 833 360 3659.
- Travel Dates for Nantucket: April – November 2022; not available in July and August; blackout dates may apply.
- Travel Dates for Palm Beach: May 1 – October 23, 2022; blackout dates may apply.
Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs | Napa Valley, California
Save 30% off the best available rate on all bookings made between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fresh off a large-scale renovation in May 2021, Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs was originally built in 1952 and considered one of the first resorts in Calistoga. The property’s new look includes a Southwestern-inspired restaurant, House of Better and new outdoor cabana treatment rooms as part of the spa.
- Travel Dates: November 26th, 2021 – May 26th, 2022; blackout dates may apply. Offer many not be combined with any other offer.
The Meritage Collection | Napa Valley, California
The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort & Spa will offer 30% off all bookings made from November 24-30, along with a $30 resort credit per stay. The Meritage Collection will also donate $10 per stay to The First Responders Children’s Foundation.
- Travel Dates: Valid for stays through March 31, 2022; blackout dates may apply.
Dromoland Castle | Ireland
Set across 450 acres of parkland with a myriad of outdoor activities out in the Irish countryside, Dromoland Castle will offer 50% off a second night when booking a one-night stay in an Executive Deluxe room or Stateroom. Valid on bookings made from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. The reservation will also include a €25 spa credit per person.
- Travel Dates: December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 (excluding festive season); available on bookings Sunday through Thursday
Nayara | Costa Rica + Chile
Located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, Nayara will offer 30% off all bookings at Nayara Resorts and Nayara Gardens made from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Now that Chile has announced that as of November 1 vaccinated travelers will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, opt for Nayara Alto Atacama with a 30% discount when booking a ‘Full Experience’ (all meals included and one full-day group excursion with local guide) and ‘Private Full Experience’ (all meals included and one full-day private excursion) with a minimum of four nights.
- Travel Dates for Costa Rica: April 1 – June 30 and September 1 – October 31, 2022; blackout dates may apply.
- Travel Dates for Chile: December 1, 2021 – September 1, 2022; blackout dates December 20, 2021 – January 5, 2022
*Reservations must be prepaid and are non-refundable.
andBeyond | Africa + South America
Luxury safari company andBeyond is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a 30% savings on long stay bookings made at the brand’s lodges in Botswana, Kenya, Chile, and Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. These savings will apply only on inquiries made on Cyber Monday and can be combined with all current offers.
- Travel dates: January 15 – May 30, 2022; excluding Easter
November 4th, 2021
A Blissful Beach Escape and New Experiences Await This Season On French St Martin
The secluded island paradise, La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St Martin, set on the pristine, mile long Baie Longue beach and surrounded by 55 acres of tropical gardens, will reopen on November 7, 2021. This season, the resort introduces a host of new culinary experiences, festive surprises, and wellness offerings.
New Culinary Series: La Cave Under the Stars
The property’s historic La Cave Wine Cellar, one of the largest private cellars in the Caribbean at over 2,000 bottles, is the inspiration for the new culinary series – La Cave Under The Stars. Throughout the Winter 2021/22 season, guests can indulge in distinctive culinary experiences led by a stellar roster of international guest chefs and sommeliers.
The series will premiere on November 27-29, 2021, with a two-day culinary event in partnership with celebrated Champagne House Maison Veuve Clicquot. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a Champagne kit, setting the tone for the exceptional events to come. A program highlight will be a 5-course dinner with Champagne pairings, including La Grande Dame, one of the world’s finest Grand Cru Champagne vintages. The price of the 5-course dinner is $195.00 per person with Champagne pairings with seating limited to 20. Guests will also be able to enjoy a champagne picnic and daily breakfast with a Veuve Clicquot brunch bar as well as attend a tasting class led by Veuve Clicquot expert and head of Research and Development, Gaelle Goossens. Each activity is available to book à la carte throughout the weekend.
The second event in the dining series will take place on January 28-30, 2022 and feature acclaimed New York City Chef, David Waltuck, creator of the trailblazing downtown restaurant Chanterelle and four-time James Beard Award Winner. More details on this and other future events in the series will be available soon.
An Artist’s Escape
Already known as a hive for local artists and their art which is showcased throughout the property, La Samanna announces its next featured artist and month-long exhibition as part of its artist-in-residence series. Beginning on December 15, 2021, French photographer François Castelain, who splits his time between Paris and St Martin, will display his intimate portraits of island residents captured through his discerning and soulful lens. Hailing from the world of high-profile fashion photography, Castelain found his passion for portraiture in the beauty and diversity of the island’s people. Resort guests will be able to book complimentary portraiture photography classes with Castelain and to study his captivating style first-hand.
Aiming to nurture artists and become a fertile arts hub in the French West Indies, the resort launched its artist-in-residency series in July 2021, with an exhibition and workshops by local Street Artist, Jimmy Sabas. The resort’s interiors, recently reimagined by design firm Muza Lab in London, reflect its commitment to the island’s creative community, with artwork from celebrated local Sir Roland Richardson, known as the “Father of Caribbean Impressionism,” in every single guest room and public space. The La Samanna Spa also displays artwork from the Trimborn sisters, island locals who originate from Düsseldorf, Germany and run Noco Art Villa, which doubles as a studio and gallery. After a studio tour and a visit to NoCo Art Gallery accompanied by Anikó van Nie, an art specialist and the gallery’s director, either Corinna or Norma leads an abstract impressionist painting class, providing all art materials.
What’s New in Wellness
The newest offering from the La Samanna Spa, Energetic Re-Mastery, is designed to holistically support overall wellbeing by taking a multifaceted approach to wellness. Led by resident energy healer and wellness expert Christine Caruso, who has twenty years of research in Energy Medicine and a loyal following of clients around the globe, each course is tailored to fit individual needs. Against the backdrop of secluded Baie Longue Beach, she helps clients tap into their unleashed potential through mindfulness and healing techniques. Guests can choose from several guided sessions, such as Kundalini meditation to awaken inner energy, Point of Origin meditation to re-engage the divine spark, and the Sacred Stone Activation, an ancient Peruvian tradition of meditative practice. The La Samanna Spa is a quiet hilltop oasis nestled within a Mediterranean-inspired garden offering open-air treatment rooms each with a private Zen garden and outdoor shower. Private in-villa experiences are also available for guests to unwind in the comfort of their own room, including sunrise yoga flows, reiki, and evening meditation.
Cheers to the Festive Season
This holiday season, La Samanna is the ideal destination to eat, sleep, and be merry. Guests staying over the Thanksgiving break can enjoy a traditional repast with all the trimmings. While those who celebrate Christmas can start the festivities with complimentary Champagne cocktails and French style canapés with live music on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day features a lavish complimentary brunch at Corail, followed by the time-honored tradition of Santa arriving by jet ski on the shores of Baie Longue. The resort’s holiday schedule also features an array of complimentary physical activities for those who want to offset all of the merry making. These include guided power walks, Pilates sessions, Standup Paddle boarding, and snorkeling at Creole Rock.
For those seeking to explore further afield, signature off-property excursions can be booked with the concierge. These include Escape To Tintamarre, an exhilarating pre-dawn boat ride to an uninhabited island to snorkel with a marine conservationist and share an energizing breakfast on the beach before returning to St Martin. Guests can also hire one of the resort’s charter boats to sail the serene waters between St. Barts or Anguilla, enjoying the best of St Martin’s secluded coves enroute. Back on land, Hiking With The Arawaksis a moderate to challenging guided excursion up to Paradise Peak in the company of a nature guide. This is followed by an evening discussion with a local archaeologist for an in-depth look at the history of St Martin’s original inhabitants, the Arawaks.
La Samanna’s three- and four-bedroom villas offer a private hideaway for families and groups. Now, with the new Private Sanctuaries package guests can enjoy even more amenities. In addition to Private Pool Villa accommodations, this package includes roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast in villa, and use of a private beach cabana (from day after arrival to the day before departure). A minimum 3-day stay is required. The two-level Private Pool Villas feature wrap-around terraces, full kitchens, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and infinity pools – all with sweeping sea views. Guests of these cliffside villas can sprawl out with over 4,600 square feet of space – from intimate gatherings on the expansive private yard to starry nights on the rooftop deck.
How to Get There
Travelers can fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on the Dutch side, before crossing into the French side to vacation at La Samanna. Travelers from various states across the U.S. can fly direct into SXM with airlines like JetBlue, Delta, and United. JetBlue launched new flights from Newark to SXM earlier this year, and Delta plans to resume service from New York to SXM in December.
Entry Rules and Regulations
All travelers to the island must complete a mandatory Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. As of November 1, all vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival. The vaccination date cannot be older than one year, unless a booster shot has been administered before the one-year term. Children ages 5 and over are required to submit a negative Covid-19 test. Travelers to the island are required to have health insurance coverage for their stay (additional insurance covering Covid-19 related expenses is strongly recommended) and are subject to temperature checks at the Airport Health Checkpoint. Should temperatures be abnormal, the guest would be subject to mandatory testing at their own expense. Detailed guidelines can be found here.
Travelers to the island will not need to quarantine at their accommodations during their stay. However, they will be required to self-monitor their body temperature on a daily basis for 8-14 days (based on where they are traveling from); La Samanna will have a standalone temperature check station onsite. Guests will receive a daily email alert with a link to submit the required information online.
Guests traveling back to the U.S. following the trip can receive their needed antigen or PCR test on-property in the privacy and comfort of their own room – all organized by the La Samanna team.