1) Visit the Joshua Tree National Park
Take on some of the paths in spring and autumn. The Barker Dam Nature Trail is a loop that goes for 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometres), and don’t be surprised if you spot coyotes and Bighorn sheep among the wildlife on this route. The Hidden Valley Trail makes for another moderate 1-mile (1.6-kilometre) circle with spectacular vistas of the peaks and troughs, where you can catch the wildflowers in bloom in spring. Take shelter in one of our hand-picked, air-conditioned homes in summer, which is the best time of the year for looking up at the stars. Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in August, and in Fall, attend the Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Bhakti Festival. In an afternoon, embark on myriad trails, from the Cholla Cactus Garden and the Cottonwood Spring to the Discovery Trail and the Hidden Valley. Watch the rock climbers in winter, when the days are pleasant and the nights cool. Maybe even brave yourself to follow in their footsteps…maybe not.
2) Enjoy the countryside in The Cotswolds
‘Olds’ being the operative part of the name, because The Cotswolds is a trip back to an old-world antiquated England, and is definitely one of the best holiday destinations for 2021. Its green, unspoiled countryside is broken up by quaint towns replete with cottages with thatched roofs. Embark on a hike through the Jurassic bedrock of the area, passing through the towns of Bibury, Castle Combe and Tetbury. Get a sense of the local culture through the various markets and visit some of the top attractions, from the spas of Cheltenham and the distillery of Stourton to the railway museum of Cheltenham and the Royal Gardens at Highgrove. Bring the family to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and threaten to leave your little ones there in their natural environment. That’ll keep them quiet.
3) Live like a star in The Hamptons
We couldn’t tell you what a Hampton is any more than we could a Cotswold. But whatever they are, they’re here, and they’re numerous. This strip at the end of New York is simply one of the most beautiful and exclusive parts of the US, and it’s where all the Hollywood stars go, so you’ll fit right in…probably. With its beaches and coastal walking paths, the area makes for an ideal getaway from the city, and an escape from the oppression of lockdown. Visit the Montauk Lighthouse, the Long Island Aquarium and the Cooper’s Beach among the other highlights. Head to the Ocean Road Beach in Bridgehampton, study the displays in the East Hampton Historical Society and see the animals at the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge.
4) Book a skiing holiday to Colorado
You’re spoilt for choice in this large state, with the dramatic backdrop of the Rockies helping make this one of the best holiday destinations for 2021. Go skiing with the movie stars (yes, the same ones we talked about in the Hamptons) at the Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort. Vail, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge also light up the sky with their resorts and beautiful village centres. Bring your family to Telluride, which has something for everyone, from shopping and top restaurants to ski slopes and spas. In summer, hike up and down the green hills and do that dance from the Sound of Music to feel free and pretty, forgetting everything about the virus-laden preceding year. For a bit of culture (so you can tell your friends back home), head to the Denver Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the Boulder International Film Festival.
5) Stay in a villa in the Canary Islands
You’re certainly not alone if you still feel slightly anxious about being around large numbers of people, but don’t let that stop you from flying. Book a trip out to the Canary Islands and stay in one of our luxury Plum Guide villas, such as Far Out. Embrace your own exotic world as you discover true peace in the infinity pool, and marvel at the views of Lanzarote’s not too distant mountains. Everyone is craving a bit of sun in 2021, so get out into the Atlantic and find your home away from home. Work on your tan without having to join hordes of tourists at the beach, and make your friends jealous that they didn’t have the same idea.