According to the Insider Travel Report from Virtuoso, the global network specialising in luxury and experiential travel, 2022 is the year people will be making up for the lost years of missed milestones – making reunion travel a trend.
Anniversaries and notable birthdays are primary motivators, with 78 per cent of Virtuoso advisors citing celebration travel as the reason for booking. The airlines are already in tune with this, and we’re seeing more and more flights opening up.
We’ve just organised a fabulous adventure from Australia to Tel Aviv and vice versa, as families come together for the first time in years.
As well as going ‘home’ there’s a trend towards midway travel, where the reunion takes place halfway and families enjoy a group holiday. Organising a multi-generational holiday can be a challenge for the most organised (and patient) family or friend group – but it’s something we love to arrange at Anywhere Travel.
This is where our insider knowledge is invaluable and our hotel partners span the best luxury brands, from the Dorchester Collection to Hyatt Prive and Shangri-La.
The most popular destinations include Thailand, Fiji and the Maldives, with their smaller resorts and private villas with pools, allowing you to socially distance.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury and privacy, you can’t go past the Rosewood Hotel in Phuket. Villas there include private 10-metre pools overlooking the beach, offering luxury and privacy, while keeping you connected to all the other amazing resort facilities – a sensational spa, fitness centre with daily classes, a host of restaurants and eateries for all tastes, and a stunning free-form infinity pool overlooking the glistening waters of Emerald Bay. With Qantas flying nonstop to the island, we expect it to remain popular – if that appeals, ask us about the great offers available.
A more accessible, but still aspirational destination is the Maldives. Take your pick from eco-resorts, health retreats, or adults-only accommodation, all perched over the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. There’s also great value to be had in this dreamy destination – a four-star resort with a speed boat and breakfast included is less than $500 a night.
Fiji – the first international destination to open its borders – remains a firm favourite. With something for everyone and every budget, this special place is booking out now with families planning their Easter and Christmas celebrations. Virgin Australia flies direct from Sydney to Nadi. They’ve taken Covid very seriously, with hotels completely revamping their guest management, and some islands still closed to protect the locals.