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Private, Secluded, and Safe: The Incredible Coastal Escapes to Book Now

Our roundup of three new travel offerings will let you swap the winter chill for pristine beaches, warm seas, and an unbeatable sense of wellness

The allure of a beach vacation—with its promise of powdery sands, turquoise oceans, and fresh, salty air—is always hard to beat. But, after a tumultuous year, you’d be forgiven for finding that appeal downright irresistible. So, we’ve rounded up three of the hottest new ways to head to warmer climes: with expanses of unspoiled surroundings to explore and rigorous new measures to ensure your health and safety, these are the ideal coastal escapes. Sunset cocktails guaranteed.

Find Riviera Chic in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The exterior view of a villa at Chablé Maroma, a coastal escape in Mexico
The private villas at Chablé Maroma blur indoor and outdoor space, with wooden sliding doors that open onto large terraces and soaking pools that become seamless extensions of your room.

Spread across 758 acres (307 ha) of lush, protected land, Chablé Maroma’s 70 villas offer the ultimate seclusion on a private stretch of powdery beach on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  Each one has a spacious deck with plunge pool and indoor–outdoor showers, and interiors feature regional materials such as Xucun stone and marble. And, with at least 33 feet (10 m) between each villa, and extensive safety measures and sanitization procedures in place, guests’ health and wellness are a top priority here.

Chablé’s dining also showcases the best of modern Mexican cooking and is overseen by chef Jorge Vallejo of award-winning Quintonil in Mexico City, but don’t expect any menus. Guests are encouraged to design their own using what’s fresh and fabulous, including local catch of the day, steaks, and salads. There is also a big focus on wellness, with an incredible 17,000-square-foot (1,579 sq m) spa on-site.

The view over the infinity pool and ocean at Eden Rock's Villa Axel Rocks
Guests at Eden Rock’s private accommodation—such as the contemporary, four-bedroom Villa Axel Rocks in Gustavia—can take advantage of the hotel’s exclusive services and have access to a pristine private beach.

This summer, postcard-perfect St. Barthélemy was declared one of the first territories to be COVID-19 free, and in late June the famous Eden Rock hotel began welcoming visitors once again. If, however, you’d like your next vacation to be even more exclusive than a five-star hotel, you may like to check into one of the 140 vacation homes available through Eden Rock Villa Rental.

Bookings include complimentary add-ons such as freshly prepared breakfast delivered to your door each morning, and round-the-clock concierge services. Eden Rock’s dedicated service team of “Eden Rockers” will also be on hand to offer a range of à la carte services including arranging private parties and private yacht trips, as well as personalized beach picnic menus and indulgent in-villa spa treatments.

Take a Once-in-a-Lifetime Tailored Vacation

An aerial view of the SuRi superyacht moored at a white beach
Designed for adventure, SuRi, Cookson Adventures’ luxury expedition yacht, sleeps 12 guests in seven cabins and can be chartered to explore the world’s most remote locations—from uninhabited Pacific islands to Antarctica.

Cookson Adventures, experts in life-changing experiences in remote and unspoiled locations, has put together a new package bringing together explorer superyacht M/Y SuRi. Technical highlights include a helideck and vast hangar with a seriously impressive list of toys and tenders to fill it, a dedicated fitness center, as well as expansive deck space on which to relax.

SuRi’s state-of-the-art submersible, the U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7, takes up to six guests to depths of 984 feet (300 m) to explore Pacific reefs, historic wrecks, and abundant aquatic wildlife in destinations including Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. Cookson’s vacations are all carbon neutral, but comfort is a priority, with the sub boasting air-conditioning, leather seats, and two vast viewing spheres.

Banner image: Eden Rocks’ Villa Ixfalia in St. Barthélemy, Caribbean