Eclipse chasers and adventure travelers, take note: On December 14, 2020 (summer in South America
), earth’s next solar eclipse will transit southern South America. Its apex will pass close to Bariloche, Argentina
, and Puerto Montt in Chile
Be There: Blue Parallel
’s customizable six-day eclipse journey visits Argentina’s Lake District and includes luxe camping on a private estate staffed with an astronomy concierge, along the line of eclipse totality. Departure: December 11, 2020.
In addition to the rare solar event, Virtuoso advisor Julie Jones highlights another celestial attraction: the Geminid meteor shower. On December 13 and 14, 2020, “the sky will glow with up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour,” she notes. “Given the dark skies in Patagonia, the chances for clear weather at that time of year, and the region’s mystical landscape, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Portugal’s seaside capital
will also be 2020’s European Green Capital, based on its efforts to fight climate change, which have led to a 50 percent citywide reduction in carbon emissions. Electric bikes comprise two-thirds of its bike-sharing fleet, enabling travelers to more easily manage the hilly city. Virtuoso advisor Luís Sousa says the new designation, given by the European Union, will bring a series of new parks to a city drenched in color from “the blue river, red rooftops, and bright-yellow sun.”
Adding 23 new rooms early next year by renovating two adjoining buildings, the 25-room Valverde Hotel
also champions cultural sustainability, staging traditional fado concerts twice a week. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and complimentary round-trip airport transfers.
Traveling to a distant retreat to regain balance is always appealing, but a new spate of city wellness centers provides a convenient way to re-center more regularly. Consider the digital-detox program at Asaya spa in the recently opened, 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong
, and sleep coaching at NYC’s new 212-room Equinox Hotel
. At the latter, “custom beds and blackout rooms are ideal for downtown rejuvenation,” says Joshua Bush, a Virtuoso agency owner.
Striking in September 2019, Hurricane Dorian made history as the Bahamas
’ worst natural disaster. But many of the 700-plus islands and cays are still able to welcome travelers, including Nassau, Eleuthera, the Exumas, and the private-island resort Musha Cay
, which has since hired 11 refugees affected by the hurricane. Says Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, “We urge consumers to know that the best thing they can do for the Bahamas, now more than ever, is simple: Visit.”