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On Your Marks, Get Ready!

Whilst the announcement from Prime Minister Johnson on the 5th April did not give the 100% clarity some of the more optimistic had hoped for, there is a genuine belief travel to some places will be allowed from mid-June onwards.

 

 

Personally, I am not sure travel will recommence on the much-discussed  18th May and if so then only to a couple of countries at most.

It is almost certain there will be a traffic light system of destinations we are able to visit. And by saying  we “,  I hope this includes all UK citizens, so Northern Irish, Scots and of course the Welsh. The Redlight countries currently number 30 plus and it is quite likely this will be expanded by quite a few. The Greenlight is so far limited to one country, Eire – Republic of Ireland but this shortlist is likely to include a few more places. My feeling is that the majority of countries will be placed in the amber zone, so lighter touch travel restrictions gradually reducing as situations improve, both here and there.

“I am reasonably confident travel to most of the Caribbean, Maldives, Greece, Turkey
and the Canary Islands will be permissible by mid to late June.” 

It is also worth keeping in mind that the host country also has to agree to accept UK travellers in a sensible manner. In the past, the UK Government have published a list of countries they had approved we could try to visit – only slight problem was that 70% had a total embargo on accepting UK travellers so we could not actually enter. Nicely confusing, maybe deliberately!

17th  May is the date PM Johnson has stated when we should have much more clarity. By then we should know the traffic zones for all countries and the applicable regulations.

My guesswork is based on years of travel experience and logic rather than “the science “, of which I am blissfully unaware. I could be wrong, it does happen occasionally, but I am reasonably confident travel to most of the Caribbean, Maldives, Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands will be permissible by mid to late June. This could be conditional on travellers having had both vaccinations (and carry proof), taking a covid test prior to returning to the UK and paying for two more tests once in home isolation. As a guide, I think those three tests will cost you about £600 per couple. Some of the above countries might also require you to arrive with a recently taken PCR test. Yes, the cost does mount up.

Plus you will need to have comprehensive travel insurance usually including at least £50,000 of specific medical care.

South East Asia will be generally more cautious. Unlike the Caribbean and Maldives, they have a buoyant domestic /regional source of business so decisions tend to take longer. It is possible some areas like Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia might open in July on a trial basis, with some local travel restrictions and again conditional on travellers arriving with proof of two vaccinations, recently taken PCR test and agreement to test & home quarantine on return.

If Covid cases continue to show reductions, I think by August and September more countries will have progressed from the amber to the green light, and maybe even a few from red to amber. By October the countries in the red zone will be down to single figures, but in this context, if is a little word with great importance.

Realistically we live in a world when certainty can no longer be guaranteed, despite our best intentions. So much of what is happening is beyond our reasonable control. And yes, there is a chance things can change after you have booked, or even when in destination (frankly unlikely but it can happen). Recent history has shown us the virus is unpredictable and can be at its most lethal when we are least expecting it, so sometimes things have to change at short or immediate notice.

I think the word I have used most in the last 12 months has been “ maybe “, almost replacing yes and no. If you press me now on travel possibilities Mid May to Mid-June I might say maybe but probably just a few places. Mid-June to July may be more realistic travel to more places. August to September, maybe with high probability to many places. October onwards, yes please and maybe squeeze in a short break in the Med before something grand in the tropics.

We all seem to have been in training for over a year, we approach the starting blocks with realistic confidence. The winning line of warmth, sea, excitement and freedom is getting closer.

David Kevan

Chic Locations
April 2021

"There's no such thing as the best hotel, just the right one..."

 

Click for Booking Terms, Price Guides & Flight Information

All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.

Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.

For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.

For the Mediterranean & Canary IslandsCaribbeanArabia and the Indian Ocean (except Sri Lanka) price guides generally include airfare and transfers.

*For Sri Lanka and Far East we show a per person per night hotel guide, excluding air fare, as arrangements tend to be individually tailored multi-centre itineraries.

Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.

 

Click for our CHIC Locations Booking Terms & Conditions PDF

All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our
ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.

Contact a Chic Travel Specialist Today!

Call +44 (0)208 944 1973

Chic Locations

The Luxury Boutique

Tour Operator

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+About Grenada https://chiclocations.com/about-grenada/ https://chiclocations.com/about-grenada/#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 21:15:37 +0000 https://chiclocations.com/?p=76331 The post +About Grenada appeared first on Chic Locations.

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Grenada – Refreshingly different

Quick Facts and Attractions

Known as the Spice Island, given the huge number of spices it used to produce. Today is mainly focused on nutmeg, cocoa and cinnamon.

Located at the southern end of the chain of  Windward  Islands, Grenada has embraced international tourism since the early 1970s but in a quiet slow-paced manner. Virtually all of the development has taken place in the south-west corner of the island where you find the most expansive beaches. But even there it is just with a handful of hotels.

They have not set out to compete head-on with the likes of Barbados but have chosen a deliberately slower more eco-focused pathway.  Go for the natural beauty not the nightlife, shopping and jet-set dining.

Actually, we rather like the idea of a twin-island Barbados & Grenada holiday. They are only 55 minutes apart but offer totally contrasting experiences at every turn. Both have great beaches and they are roughly the same size, although Barbados has 275,000 people and Grenada 115,000. Barbados has fields of sugar cane and a few hills. Grenada has mountains and cocoa plantations.

80% of Grenada remains lush with tropical forests, small charming villages, numerous waterfalls, country roads and a pace of life that rarely exceeds first gear. Take time to explore. The beaches are exceptional – the term world-class has almost become belittled by the breast-beating hyperbole of Trump and Johnson, but here the description is almost inadequate.

The capital St George’s is one of the most picturesque in the region, with several harbour front dining options and a lively market. You can circumnavigate the island in a  full-day tour, or just space out your travels at a more leisurely pace. At sea, you have some of the best sailing, diving and snorkelling with the Molinere Under Water sculpture park something very different. Actually, Grenada consists of three islands, with its much smaller Carriacou and Petit Martinique easily visited on full-day cruise itineraries.

Weatherwise

It is hot and tropical year-round. Temperatures are consistent around the high 20’s, dropping a little at night. As it is a lush green island you can get rainfall year-round, although the months late December to April tend to be dryer and less humid. May to early December see slightly more rain, usually in short heavy bursts and days without sun are rare. Grenada is in the so-called hurricane belt which applies to most of the Caribbean. It is not an annual occurrence but tropical storms can be expected, especially in the months late August to October.

 

How To Get There

BA and Virgin Atlantic fly several times weekly, usually direct but with a transit stop en route. Flying time approx. 9.5 hours. Transfer time to hotels about 10 minutes.

 

Best Time to Travel

The highest hotel prices apply from mid-December to mid-April. This is usually when travellers look to travel to warmer climes from the harsh winters of Northern Europe and North America. From Mid-April hotel prices generally go down by about 35% plus promotional offers are introduced. Airfares are consistent year-round but have high supplements over Christmas, New Year, Easter and July / August, when many of the West Indian diaspora choose to travel.

 

Why Grenada?

Lush, tropical, mountainous. Superb yachting,  diving and snorkelling. Great beaches in the South West, but the real beauty is the slow pace, the scenic contrasts, the spontaneous hospitality and genuine smiles. Grenada has been welcoming travellers since the 1970s but its more pathway than motorway – quite intentionally.

 

If We Were To Be Critical… 

Your outside of hotel dining options might be limited and more casual than jet set. Grenada is not known for its shopping or nightlife – an idea might be combined with Barbados.

Grenada – A Chic Location

"There's no such thing as the best hotel, just the right one..."

 

Click for Booking Terms, Price Guides & Flight Information

All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.

Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.

For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.

For the Mediterranean & Canary IslandsCaribbeanArabia and the Indian Ocean (except Sri Lanka) price guides generally include airfare and transfers.

*For Sri Lanka and Far East we show a per person per night hotel guide, excluding air fare, as arrangements tend to be individually tailored multi-centre itineraries.

Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.

 

Click for our CHIC Locations Booking Terms & Conditions PDF

All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our
ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.

Contact a Chic Travel Specialist Today!

Call +44 (0)208 944 1973

Chic Locations

The Luxury Boutique

Tour Operator

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Realistic Optimism from Chic Locations https://chiclocations.com/realistic-optimism/ https://chiclocations.com/realistic-optimism/#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:32:54 +0000 https://chiclocations.com/?p=75802 The post Realistic Optimism from Chic Locations appeared first on Chic Locations.

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Realistic Optimism from Chic Locations – 25 Feb 2021

The “roadmap to recovery“ projection from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the 22nd of February gave us all a little glimpse that there was light at the end of the tunnel after almost a year of Covid distress. Still some way to go but it was cause for optimism.

 

OK, the cheerleading from PM Johnson was quickly diluted by two of his more cautious ministers, who added several if and buts into the discussion, and more should be made clearer from Mid-April.

At Chic Locations, we feel that travel to some destinations will be very realistic from Mid/late May onwards.

This will include travel to Greece and its spectacular islands, Turkey and maybe the Canary Islands. In the Indian Ocean you have The Maldives with its one island – one resort policy, Seychelles and Sri Lanka. And specifically Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia in the Caribbean.

Many of these have already opened their gates to UK travellers, subject to some Covid testing and limited quarantine. Indeed, some like the Maldives were enjoying record UK arrivals until our Government put a temporary stop on travel.

They all are just awaiting the UK green light once again.

Much of South East Asia remains closed to most international travellers. Several false starts here aligned with regional promises quickly overturned by central Government. Realistically we think late June/early July might be possible, but this depends on how quickly the various countries want to restart tourism. With areas like the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, the economy is totally dependent on international tourism. They have little else.

This is in contrast to countries within SE Asia where there are alternatives to tourism with a significant domestic source of business not found in the Caribbean or Maldives. So, overseas Governments have decisions to make and, without a doubt, some will find it easier than others.

Chic Locations have always had a reputation for complete flexibility. This was firmly ingrained into our business thinking even before the challenges of Covid 19.

The management team are proactive and imaginative. This continues in our dealings with our hotel partners and with most of the airlines. Yes, there are a few of the airlines that still have a myopic view on things, totally out of touch with reality but fortunately, there are alternatives to most places.

We are not going to make any rash promises about every holiday being guaranteed to operate as booked. There are so many factors beyond our realistic control, not least Government whims. You can be assured each case will be reviewed on a helpful individual basis.

Personally, I would exercise caution when booking anything that is instant purchase/non-refundable. This might look attractive but the low price comes with a risk. A saving of £200 plus might look attractive now, maybe less so three months down the line.

 

So we approach the spring and summer months with cautious optimism. Covid continues to be unpredictable and the best-laid plans might have to be changed, but there is realistic light and hope.

The magic of the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Indian Ocean await you with open arms and big smiles.

David Kevan
Chic Locations

"There's no such thing as the best hotel, just the right one..."

 

Click for Booking Terms, Price Guides & Flight Information

All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.

Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.

For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.

For the Mediterranean & Canary IslandsCaribbeanArabia and the Indian Ocean (except Sri Lanka) price guides generally include airfare and transfers.

*For Sri Lanka and Far East we show a per person per night hotel guide, excluding air fare, as arrangements tend to be individually tailored multi-centre itineraries.

Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.

 

Click for our CHIC Locations Booking Terms & Conditions PDF

All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our
ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.

Contact a Chic Travel Specialist Today!

Call +44 (0)208 944 1973

Chic Locations

The Luxury Boutique

Tour Operator

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Covid 19 – 2021 Travel Update https://chiclocations.com/covid-19-2021-travel-update/ https://chiclocations.com/covid-19-2021-travel-update/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:44:06 +0000 https://chiclocations.com/?p=75742 Not quite the start to 2021 we all wanted, but given the rapid spike in cases around the UK, the present lockdown was almost inevitable. We are still digesting the relevant information and, as of today (06 January), much of it is guidance but we are of the impression this will be passed into law later this week...

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Covid 19 – 2021 Travel Update

Not quite the start to 2021 we all wanted, but given the rapid spike in cases around the UK, the present lockdown was almost inevitable. We are still digesting the relevant information and as of today (06 January ), much of it is guidance, but we are of the impression this will be passed into law later this week.

As such, it is highly unlikely there will be any holidays departing from the UK from now until mid-February.

For those lucky enough to be in tropical climes, the airlines are still continuing to operate as scheduled, however, we do expect to see some service reductions & consolidations as the month progresses. In our opinion, there is no need, or indeed legal requirement, for you to rush home. You are in a good place so continue to enjoy.

The Caribbean and The Maldives continue to dominate our sales for 2021. Whilst they do have some sensible local protocols that have to be observed, in general, the atmosphere is totally relaxed – and looking at the recent comments – hugely enjoyable.

South-East Asia remains closed to most international travellers and this is likely to be the case until late March at the earliest.

So stay safe and well. Things will improve and we remain optimistic for the spring and summer months.

David Kevan

"There's no such thing as the best hotel, just the right one..."

 

Click for Booking Terms, Price Guides & Flight Information

All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.

Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.

For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.

For the Mediterranean & Canary IslandsCaribbeanArabia and the Indian Ocean (except Sri Lanka) price guides generally include airfare and transfers.

*For Sri Lanka and Far East we show a per person per night hotel guide, excluding air fare, as arrangements tend to be individually tailored multi-centre itineraries.

Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.

 

Click for our CHIC Locations Booking Terms & Conditions PDF

All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our
ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.

Contact a Chic Travel Specialist Today!

Call +44 (0)208 944 1973

Chic Locations

The Luxury Boutique

Tour Operator

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Linger Longer in Thailand https://chiclocations.com/linger-longer-in-thailand/ https://chiclocations.com/linger-longer-in-thailand/#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 23:28:58 +0000 https://chiclocations.com/?p=75584 Although the Thailand borders will probably remain closed to conventional travellers until March 2021, there are some opportunities for clients who are both time & cash-rich and are prepared for a 2-week hotel quarantine in Bangkok.

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Linger Longer in Thailand

Although the Thailand borders will probably remain closed to conventional travellers until March 2021, there are some opportunities for clients who are both time & cash-rich and are prepared for a 2-week hotel quarantine in Bangkok.

 

The full details can be found on https://chiclocations.com/thailand-tv-promotion but a quick guide summary:

 

  • Departures each Sunday on Thai Airways from Heathrow.
  • The first two weeks must be spent in an approved ATSQ (alternative to state quarantine)  hotel in Bangkok. There are almost 100 on the approved, currently all in Bangkok. We have selected just four – two in the city centre and two on the riverside.
  • The quarantine arrangements are detailed but essentially they include three room service meals daily, 24/7 Nurse attendance, Covid testing, usually on days 5 and 13.
  • Once the quarantine has been completed clients can travel throughout Thailand. We have detailed just a few suggestions but these can easily be adapted to personal requirements. The minimum suggested stay in Thailand would be 27 nights and the maximum permitted  60 nights.
  • Entry into Thailand will be conditional on clients obtaining the special tourist visa – details are shown within the promotion.

We appreciate this might have limited appeal, but maybe the idea of just escaping the North European winter and hibernating in sunshine lockdown has some attraction.

Please contact us should you require any additional information sales@chiclocations.com

 

"There's no such thing as the best hotel, just the right one..."

 

Click for Booking Terms, Price Guides & Flight Information

All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.

Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.

For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.

For the Mediterranean & Canary IslandsCaribbeanArabia and the Indian Ocean (except Sri Lanka) price guides generally include airfare and transfers.

*For Sri Lanka and Far East we show a per person per night hotel guide, excluding air fare, as arrangements tend to be individually tailored multi-centre itineraries.

Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.

 

Click for our CHIC Locations Booking Terms & Conditions PDF

All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our
ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.

Contact a Chic Travel Specialist Today!

Call +44 (0)208 944 1973

Chic Locations

The Luxury Boutique

Tour Operator

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