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Travelers book once-in-a-lifetime trips now that pandemic restrictions lifted

New York – No travel was allowed during the pandemic, creating a once-in-a-lifetime travel craving once restrictions were lifted. And those trips can include bucket-list hotels and specialty rooms.

For some, bucket list hotels in the Maldives mean bubbles.If the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters, floating pools and villas just aren’t enough, spend the night in Finolhu Resort’s Beach Bubble Tents. Good. A $1,000 nightly stay includes beachside meals provided by the butler.

“If Mother Nature allows us, we’ll probably be booked about 350 days out of 365,” says the hotel’s general manager, Mark Reeder.

If space is your idea of ​​a Maldivian paradise, Velaa Private Island has detached overwater villas accessible only by boat known as ‘Romantic Dwellings’. It boasts a small beach, large pool, gym, jacuzzi, kitchen, and several eating areas including gazebos on floating piers. Having a special star stay with her room rates starting at $7,000 a night is something very special. That’s an eye-opening price point, but even non-celebrities choose to upgrade these days.

Travelworld International Group travel advisor Tania Swasbrouck said, “We’ve found that people actually want better rooms. They want the best hotels, but now the entry I want a suite, not a level room.”

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in Kruger National Park in northeast South Africa doesn’t have traditional suites, but it does have treehouse rooms. The bed overlooks bushes. There is running water in the treehouse, but there are no lights, only lanterns, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature. The charge is about $240 per person for him. Plus you pay for a regular room in case the late night roar is too scary. At Lion Sands he has three treehouses and the most nights booked in a year.

Heading south into wine country, a night in Babylonstoren offers stunning mountain views from the porch of a cottage with a bathtub and kitchen that you’ll want to add to your bucket list. You can also spend a day visiting the farms, restaurants and gardens of Babylonstoren in South Africa’s wine country.