Four experiences around the world to cross off your to-do list once the crisis is over.
Once upon a time there was a powerful emperor who summoned the sages and asked them for a phrase that would serve all possible situations. After months of deliberation, he was presented with a winning horse: “This too shall pass.” It is told by the character of Blanca, the protagonist of the novel by Milena Busquets titled with this irrefutable phrase. Everything passes, the pain and the euphoria; and health alerts. Until history is realized and we can move around the world freely – responsibly – we invite you to dream of four incredible destinations that will remain here when this is over. Because that too will pass.
Luxury above and below the water
The views from the seaplane anticipate why the Maldives is one of those once-in-a-lifetime destinations, or two. Raa Atoll, in the north of the country, is one of the largest and deepest in the world and is home to the small island of Muravandhoo, where the Joali Resort private jet lands. Once ashore and, after the welcome cocktail, your butler will take you to one of the hotel’s 73 villassplit between beachfront properties and those overlooking the water.
Being a premium tourist does not mean giving up the typical, and what is identifiable in the Maldives are the villas on stilts, with private pools and direct access to the sea, without getting your feet dirty with sand. Crystal clear waters and underwater wealth are the typical postcard of the destination, but on the surface a battle is being waged to stand out on the sophisticated tableau of hotel luxury. The games at Joali, one of the few independent hotels in the archipelago, are masterful: conscious design and exclusivity without artifice. Immersive artworks by various creators dot the island, where there are also four restaurants, an Espa-branded wellness area, and a liquid nitrogen ice cream stand. Checkmate.
safari with picnic
We skip continents, but not lists, because a safari is also part of these rankings – perhaps the formula most used today, whether for books, films or series – of irreplaceable experiences. In South Africa, you’ll find one of the world’s most famous enclaves for seeing the big five: Kruger National Park. a fishing area of elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos which attracts more than a million visitors each year.
If you are looking for something more exclusive and with the same level of observation, next to the national park and connected to it, the private MalaMala Game Reserve is located. The expedition cars, open and with a maximum capacity of five people, are driven by professional trackers who cover the 13,000 hectares of the property. Game drives require you to start the day at 5:00 a.m., but you also have the option of going on patrol in the afternoon and end the day with a picnic in the savannah at sunset. In hand, of course, a glass of South African wine.
The inhabitants of Costa Rica are called Ticos because they are very fond of diminutives. And it is that in this Central American country everything sounds like a relaxed life and the problems are reduced to their minimum expression. Cahuita is the second most important park in terms of biodiversity on the Caribbean side, after Tortuguero, and much calmer than his crowded predecessor on the throne. In this basal rainforest, you’ll find much of the wildlife that Costa Rica is famous for, from basilisks, three-crested lizards, to the most sought-after animal: the sloth bear. The advantage of the trails in this forest is that they converge towards the sea, so after inspecting nature, you can swim in these still natural Caribbean beaches.
Afterwards, it’s a good idea to visit the fishing village that gives the park its name and where Walter Fergurson, one of the promoters of Calypso music, still lives. Gastronomy is the third pillar of a getaway to this area of Limn province, where some local women teach travelers how to prepare the typical fish dishes in which coconut oil is never lacking.
The next hanami
This year, we won’t be able to see Tokyo’s spring, but nature will give another chance next year. The Japanese capital turns pink until mid-April with cherry blossoms and invites you to enjoy the scenic beauty offered by the traditional hanami experience, translated as “the contemplation of cherry blossoms”.
A good place to see it are the parks of the Japanese capital: from the park Ueno Koen, with the path traced by about a thousand cherry trees of various species, or from a boat on the Chidorigafuchi moat to Sumida Park and its famous “Bokutei cherry trees” since the Edo era. If so much nature overwhelms you, you can look to the horizon and see the hand of man in the Tokyo SkyTree. A good getaway plan before, hopefully this time, the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.