Introducing Schoolcations: Remote Learning at Luxury Resorts

Happy first day of… virtual learning! With many businesses and schools remaining virtual this fall, refresh your approach to learning and working with a “schoolcation”. With so many both working and learning remotely, a unique opportunity to change your surroundings and boost productivity has presented itself. Remote work and learning allow us to be virtually anywhere while staying on top of our responsibilities; who says we have to stay put to do that!

Many consumers have recently been following this new “schoolcation” trend for a change of scenery and a must needed break from reality. With the help of Ourisman Travel, you can travel while still educating your children and getting that office work done – all from the luxury of your private room, residence, or villa! Check out some of our favorite options for a “schoolcation!

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita recently announced its “schoolcation” experience and we couldn’t be more excited. Through a new Knowledge for All Seasons program (an extension of the resort’s Kids for All Seasons programming), the property will set up families with distance learning in your new home away from home with:

  • Private tutoring
  • Study buddy program
  • Art, culture, and history classes
  • After school sports
  • Study cabanas
  • Tech hotline

The villas and homes feature private pools, patios, grilling areas, and a dedicated host who will even do your grocery shopping, allowing for total seclusion away from guests. And everything else you could ever need is within touch with the latest Four Seasons Chat App.

Another Four Seasons property participating in the “schoolcation” program implemented by the Punta Mita property is the Four Seasons Orlando. A family favorite due to its location inside the Disney World Park and its devoted attention to young guests, the Four Seasons Disney is the perfect answer for those looking to blend a “schoolcation” with a day or two visiting one of the Disney Parks. The five-acre Explorer Island will act as a schoolhouse for kids as they work on their homework, enjoy snacks and even have a little recess before joining their parents at the family pool. While the kids are away, parents are free to enjoy the adults-only pool onsite, the only one within the Disney World Park Complex.

Through our partnership with Four Seasons, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer our clients exclusive perks like daily breakfast for two or early check-in when they stay at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, the Four Seasons Orlando, or other Four Seasons properties around the world

The Four Seasons Punta Mita is not the only hotel in Mexico jumping on the “schoolcation” trend. The Hotel Esencia is also offering complimentary home school coordinators included with every September & October booking. These coordinators will help your children connect online with their teachers and supervise their school routine for up to five hours per day, while parents relax and unwind from the past 5 months. The only stir-crazy happening here is your margarita on the rocks!

As if that isn’t enough to convince you that The Hotel Esencia is the perfect fit for your “schoolcation”, Ourisman is able to extend Virtuoso amenities to our clients, including daily breakfast for two guests and a $100 spa credit, to name a few.

Not to be left out, the Rosewood brand has created a unique Family Time package to answer the unique needs of families. Available across thirteen Rosewood properties in the United States, Caribbean, Middle East, and Mexico, the Family Time package offers a selection of inspired activities and benefits, designed with children in mind.  Expect kid-friendly welcome amenities and experiences, as well as complimentary meals for children 12 and under. Book your Suite Sojourn for exclusive benefits offering an even more personalized experience in one of the collection’s incredible suites, villas, or residences; the perfect places for a virtual classroom or office!

Ourisman Travel is a proud partner of Rosewood Hotels and we are thrilled to offer our guests daily breakfast for two, upgrade opportunities and early check-in or late check-out to our clients.

Last but not least, turn remote learning up a notch with best-in-class tutors and nanny services at your Auberge Resorts Vacation Home. With the support of Auberge, we can arrange for in-person or virtual tutoring so your children can get help with their schoolwork while you get work done yourself (or lounge by the pool). Auberge offers an expansive collection of properties sure to wow those looking for luxury and high touch service. Ourisman Travel clients can take advantage of Virutoso amenities at most Auberge properties worldwide.

Ourisman Travel is aways poised to help our clients find the best-fit property for their needs, and “schoolcations” are no exception. Our partnerships allow us to stay ahead of the curve and provide our clients with exclusive access to incredible private villas, residences & homes – perfect for families looking to escape the monotony while keeping safety and functionality top of mind. To learn more about how Ourisman Travel can help you create a home away from home for your family, fill out a Travel Request Form or reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com. 

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Hotel Spotlight: Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa is a can’t miss destination, located in the very historic town of Middleburg, Virginia. This small town has amazing history and traditions and is only one hour away from Washington, D.C. This Virtuoso resort is the epitome of luxury, offering incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gourmet dining, nearby vineyards, and world-class horse farms.

Salamander Resort & Spa offers 168 guest rooms and suites, each with an outstanding view of the resort grounds. For the ultra-luxury experience, guests can enjoy the 23,000 square-foot spa, consisting of 14 treatment rooms. The spa also offers a heated outdoor infinity pool with poolside cabanas and courtyard. For the adventurer, guests can challenge themselves to any number of outdoor activities offered on-grounds, and for the equestrian, The Salamander offers one of the finest horse facilities in the country.

The Salamander offers three room categories and four suite options for your stay. The accommodations are bright and spacious with classical equestrian decor. The Terrace room is situated on the ground floor opening up to your private stone patio with a walkout to the resort lawn. The Terrace rooms are specifically perfect for those bringing pets with them. The ease of access to the lawn outside makes it a perfect fit when traveling with Fido. The en suite has its own oversized soaking tub and separate walk-in shower. Not to mention a TV in the bathroom, for bubble bath movie night!

Moving up in both categories and floors are your Estate rooms, with a similar layout to the Terrace rooms, but some Estate rooms offer a built-in fireplace and better views of the entire property. The four suite accommodations are wonderful for a quiet weekend escape or any special occasion, like a wedding or anniversary. For sweeping views of Virginia’s countryside, we recommend checking out the Blue Ribbon Corner Suite.

The Salamander offers two main dining facilities on site. Their signature restaurant is Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill which features local flavorful dishes. We would recommend having dinner here, however, Harriman’s Sunday brunch is said to be one of the best.

The Gold Cup Wine Bar is a more casual yet sophisticated dining experience that is perfect for any meal throughout the day. Gold Cup Wine Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating options. Besides serving Virginia’s best wines and cocktails, they also offer a fantastic sushi menu Wednesday through Sunday.

When you feel like venturing off-property into the village of Middleburg, be sure to stop at Market Salamander. Envision a gourmet food market with an open kitchen, outdoor patio, and pop up’s like Back Porch BBQ & Seafood Feast. This boutique market is sure to cure any craving!

Salamander offers zip lining, tennis, nature hikes, archery, basketball courts, a putting green, tennis courts, and has built one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country. And if sitting by the pool is more your speed, the hotel offers two options. For a relaxing experience check out the spa adults-only pool or take the whole family over to the resort pool.

What draws most tourists to this area is the wine. The resort is surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the state of Virginia. We recommend taking the resort’s complimentary Audi house car to both Chrysalis and Cana Vineyards. And, of course, no wine tasting day is complete without a stop at Greenhill Winery, which is the closest to the Salamander property and offers views of rolling hills in the surrounding countryside.

After a long day of exploring and outdoor activities, we recommend winding down at one of the resort’s fire pit areas. If you have a sweet tooth, the resort offers s’mores packages at the Gold Cup Restaurant and Wine Bar, to bring out to the fire pits. The lawn comes alive with fireflies as you lean back to take in the soft glow of the campfire under a quiet sky full of stars. 

With today’s new “normal,” COVID-19 policies are top of mind for all travelers. The Salamander is making its new health and safety policies fit within the luxury travel experience you are accustomed to, and we can say with confidence that they are following through on their commitment to your well being.

The Salamander Resort & Spa has always been a must-stay hotel, and that has never been truer than in today’s current travel climate. If you want to feel pampered and be reminded of what a true luxury travel experience feels like, look no further than this remote property.

As a Virtuoso partner, we can offer exclusive amenities to our clients staying at Salamander Resort & Spa, including breakfast daily, a complimentary room upgrade, 100 USD resort credit, and the VIP treatment you deserve. Contact us for rates and details!

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Pro Tip Blog: The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

This year, two of our team members were lucky enough to visit the newly reopened Ritz Carlton St. Thomas! They came back with a wealth of information about the property and how to make the most out of your stay. We have put together a list of tips for your next trip to the Ritz Carlton St Thomas. Be sure to elevate your stay even more by using our Hotel Plus concierge services.

Quick Facts:

  • Location: only 10-miles, a 40-minute drive, from STT
  • Dining: 4 on-site restaurants Alloro, Coconut Cove, Sails & Bleuwater
  • Highlights: infinity pool, cabanas, watersports, luxury spa & Ritz Kids activities

Pre-Arrival Tips:

Book a Club Level room. The Ritz Carlton Club Lounge is well known within the luxury travel industry, and for good reason. For those who want elevated service and exclusive access to additional perks, it’s well worth the slightly increased cost. Families find the amenities of the Club Lounge particularly beneficial, as they can pop in for quick snacks and special treats for the kids. The lounge at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas offers indoor and outdoor space to enjoy the complimentary food and beverage options presented throughout the day. Club level guests also have their own dedicated concierge to assist with last-minute requests on property.

Arrange transfers ahead of time. The hotel airport transfer service is seamless and speedy. With an arrivals lobby right outside the baggage claim, there is no need to maneuver your way through the masses to find your driver. Once you locate your driver, you and your luggage are whisked off to the resort. After a long flight, who wants to delay their vacation by negotiating with a cab driver?

Make dinner reservations before you arrive. This is a must if you are staying over the weekend! While there are many restaurants to choose from, the best options for sit-down dinners will book up fast and there will be long waits for any walk-ins. It is best to have a dining plan already set before you arrive. Let us introduce you to the concierge or make those reservations for you with our Hotel Plus service!

Resort Recommendations:

Get in the water! The Ritz Carlton St Thomas offers guests daily use of non-motorized watersports including windsurfing, hobbie cats, paddleboards, and kayaks. You can spend the day on the water, soaking up the sun and getting a sweeping view of the resort. If underwater sites are more your speed, the resort will outfit you with snorkel gear and point you towards the reef located nearby. Looking to just lounge? Floating lounges are available to grab on the beach, so you can get in the water and float in the waves. Be sure to apply extra sunscreen, the sun is strong but the ocean breeze keeps you cool so you don’t always feel the burn on your skin. The property also features its own fleet of catamarans for guests to rent for longer ocean excursions. The Lady Lynsey II is the star of their fleet; an ultra-luxe 60 foot catamaran perfect for a full day exploring the shoreline of St Thomas.

Keep up with your fitness! The onsite gym has a variety of cardio and weight equipment. Forgot your headphones? Disposable headphones are available along with cool towels, water bottles, and fresh fruit. Most importantly, take advantage of the daily fitness classes including Yoga (which is on the waterfront when the weather allows), Cardio Blast, Water Mai Chi, and guided property walks from 7-9 am.

Imbibe like the islanders do. The resort hosts daily rum tasting featuring locally produced rums infused with mango, pineapple, lemon-lime, passion fruit, and coconut. Between tastings, staff offer samples throughout the day as well on the beach and poolside so good rum is never hard to come by.

Rent a cabana for the day. The pool cabanas make for a special treat and are perfect when you just want to relax and enjoy the resorts main pool. The comfortable cabanas include a mini-fridge and ceiling fan, creating the perfect poolside oasis. Enjoy light snacks served throughout the day, cool lemongrass towels, aloe vera and sunscreen applications, and full menu service from Sails, the poolside restaurant.

The Ritz Carlton St Thomas is a great property with luxurious accommodations and a wealth of things to do onsite. From relaxing at the spa to lounging poolside to renting a cabana for the day, there are plenty of ways to spend your days at this beautiful resort. In addition to these recommendations, Ourisman Travel is happy to assist with transfers, dining reservations, spa appointments, and other activity arrangements through our Hotel Plus service. Clients of Ourisman Travel enjoy increased value for their stays at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas with our exclusive STARS amenities, including daily breakfast, early check-in & late check-out, resort credits & more. To learn more about how Ourisman Travel can help you plan your stay at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas fill out a Travel Request Form or reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com

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Hotel Spotlight: Ritz Carlton St Thomas

What was almost certainly the most anticipated reopening of 2019, the long-awaited return of The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas is here!

The reinvigorated resort’s debut was earlier than announced and luxury travelers are thrilled! Set on 30 acres, the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas has been refreshed since the devastations of Hurricane Maria and Irma in 2017. The property has undergone an extensive renovation, wakening changes that reveal a refined island-inspired experience. Be captivated by peerless turquoise Great Bay and verdant mountain views and endless beaches.

The reimagined resort includes four eateries, including a new Sicilian restaurant called Alloro, a remodeled infinity pool along with a new family-friendly pool with a water slide, a new luxury catamaran for daily cruises and tours, and a transformed club lounge.

The hotel speaks luxury fluently; you can expect to find all of the fine-details covered here. When you arrive, you will be treated to a welcome rum punch as you are led to your room. Staff will remember your name and your preferred drink order and a cool towel will appear seemingly out of thin air just at the moment before you realize you’re feeling a little too warm. Yet, despite all of this attention to the luxurious details, the Ritz Carlton does not feel stuffy or over-produced. The resort has an air of barefoot luxury with a side of discreet elegance.

The best benefit of the property design is that every room features amazing ocean views! Rooms also have a patio or balcony with lounge chairs just begging to be napped on; and there is nothing like watching the sailboats during the sunrise as you enjoy your coffee on your balcony. The rooms here are spacious, giving you much room to breathe. The bathrooms are large, with a shower on one end and a large soaking tub on the other, an expansive vanity between them. The gray walls and gray-streaked marble elude to a luxurious spa and encourage guests to unwind and enjoy their time. The buildings housing the rooms and suites are 5-stories tall and no room is without bright, cool, modern-tropical aesthetics.

Our favorite services offered at Ritz Carlton St. Thomas included daily rum tastings as well as the daily use of non-motorized watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, catamaran rides, and snorkeling.

St. Thomas has so much to offer for a variety of vacationers. On top of all of that, it is one of the easiest destinations to fly to from the US (especially the east coast, Atlanta, and Texas) If you are looking for a great luxury destination in the Caribbean, this is it! As a STARS & Virtuoso agency, we can offer special amenities to our clients staying at Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, including breakfast, potential upgrades, and VIP treatment. If you are looking for a luxury Caribbean escape, look no further! Contact us for rates and details.

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Medjet: Giving You the Choice of Your Local Hospital While Traveling

Did you know that over 2 million travelers each year require emergency medical transport and that the cost of such services can range from $30,000 to $180,000? Your regular health insurance policy may not cover medical transport, and travel insurance typically provides medical evacuation only to the nearest facility equipped to deal with your condition.

Medjet Assist offers the ultimate peace of mind. If you’re hospitalized while traveling over 150 miles from home, you decide if you want to be transported to your home hospital, NOT the doctor on staff where you’ve been admitted. The admitting hospital may be able to provide adequate care and may say there is no reason to move you, but as a Medjet Member, it is your choice.

Medjet provides all-expenses-paid medical transfers, hospital-to-hospital, to the hospital of your choice from anywhere in the world. You are in control.

How is Medjet different?

Not travel insurance, Medjet’s membership programs offer the security of emergency medical transport as well as expert management of crisis situations. Even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Medjet has stood by its members, returning them safely home again.

Medjet offers two membership options.

Classic Medjet Assist provides medical and transport benefits.

  • If you’re hospitalized while traveling over 150 miles from home, you will be provided with all-expenses-paid Air Medical Transport from anywhere in the world.
  • There are no medical questions to enroll (under age 75), no medical cost caps, no claim forms, no preexisting conditions or adventure travel exclusions.
  • The Medjet team handles the entire medical transfer from start to finish, eliminating the paperwork and delays common with such arrangements.
  • If you find yourself in a facility where English is not spoken, access to foreign-language interpretation over the phone is provided.
  • If you become ill or injured while traveling, you can be provided with access to a physician by phone.

Medjet Horizon offers an additional layer of protection through its travel security and crisis response services.

  • Includes the medical transportation benefits of classic Medjet Assist.
  • Enhances your travel security with Crisis Assistance Plus, a travel security and crisis assistance program managed through FocusPoint International. Members are afforded with 24/7 access to travel security experts. You can receive advice and expert assistance in the event of political threats, disappearance, violent crime, blackmail and extortion, wrongful detention, hijacking, kidnap for ransom, natural disaster, or pandemic.
  • Ground Ambulance Transfer — if within 150 miles of home, Medjet Horizon membership provides an ambulance transfer to your hospital of choice.
  • Specialty Hospital Transfer — if you require care at a specialty hospital more than 150 miles from home, Medjet Horizon membership provides air medical transfer to that facility.
  • Emergency medical cash advance up to $60,000 in the event a foreign hospital requires payment-in-full prior to treatment.

Which membership is right for me?
If you frequently travel more than 150 miles from home, Medjet Assist protects you from the unexpected expense of a medical transfer back home. If you need the added security of having security experts on call 24/7 if you encounter political threats, violence, or terrorism while traveling, Medjet Horizon is a compelling option.

Your Benefit as a Client of Ourisman Travel
Ourisman Travel clients have direct access to Medjet through our dedicated page where you can get a quote or purchase your Membership. If you prefer that we contact Medjet on your behalf and enroll you, just email team@ourismantravel.com.

Medjet is not travel insurance, and it does not cover medical expenses. We always recommend travel protection through companies like Travelex that does offer primary medical expense coverage while traveling.

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Are You Covered: When Travel Insurance is a Good Idea

Well versed travelers know that when it comes to taking a trip, anything can happen. From extreme weather to delayed or canceled flights to illness and everything in between, there’s always something that can negatively impact your leisure time. There are a few instances when purchasing travel insurance makes sense to protect your investment in your leisure time.

We always advise our clients who are purchasing an advance purchase, nonrefundable rate to consider travel insurance. These rates are the least forgiving and if they need to be canceled for any reason the investment into the trip is lost. We also encourage our clients to purchase travel insurance when booking a hotel stay or a trip with an extended cancelation policy, which we consider to be anything longer than 30 days. These policies are oftentimes introduced during a hotel’s peak season, or if you are traveling during festive season. Once a stay or trip falls within cancellation either a deposit or full payment will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation and often times cannot be transferred or recuperated.

Our travel insurance partner, Travelex, offers comprehensive travel insurance, is a trusted partner in the industry, and offers our clients the ability to quote and book their own insurance! We suggest the Travelex Select plan for our clients because it offers a higher level of coverage and includes travelers under the age of 17 – making them free on the policy purchased. The Travelex Select plan also offers a Cancel For Any Reason Add On. The Cancel For Any Reason Add On is a much more flexible plan and holds to its “any reason” commitment really well, though it does have some limitations and only covers 75% of the cost of the trip (for Florida residents is 50%) but many clients have found that the benefit is worth the investment. For more information on how you can take advantage of Cancel for Any Reason insurance with Travelex, reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com.

Life can be unpredictable –  which is why we travel. Unfortunately, it can also be why we don’t travel and when those situations come up it is always great to have travel insurance to fall back on. For more information on travel insurance and how Ourisman Travel can assist you with purchasing insurance to cover your travel contact us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form.

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2020 Summer Travel: Great Vacation Ideas for Kids

Schools out for summer! The kids are home and summer break is “officially” in full swing. While there are plenty of amazing summer break destinations to choose from, we have highlighted some of our favorites below. These properties have great activities for the whole family while also offering opportunities for kids to have their own experiences, leaving the parents to their own devices. Summer is here – time to take a vacation!

Every Four Seasons resort in the world offers complimentary Kids for All Seasons, a full program of activities to keep little ones occupied. For people living in Florida, the Four Seasons Orlando is a great option for a kid-friendly destination. Located within the gates of Disneyworld this property offers the perfect balance of Disneyworld interaction such as twice-daily character breakfasts alongside traditional Four Seasons service. With an expansive waterpark exclusive to guests that include a variety of pools, slides, and a leisurely lazy river, there is something for everyone here. This property is perfect for those who want to strike a balance between visiting Disney Parks and enjoying a luxurious vacation. With a great kids club to keep younger children occupied during days spent on property, recreational activities for teens & tweens and plenty for parents, the Four Seasons Orlando is a fantastic option for a kid-friendly trip!

Through our partnership with Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer our clients the following amenities when they stay at the Four Seasons Orlando:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (excluding character breakfast)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites

If a trip with a little more structure and a lot more adventure is up your alley, you might consider an itinerary with Backroads. Backroads, a Virtuoso & Brownell Preferred Partner, offers a world of active family vacations ranging from itineraries featuring biking, hiking, and walking. Offering a wide selection of prearranged itineraries, Backroads has something for families of all shapes, sizes, and ages with some designed for families with kids ranging from teens to school-agers and others planned for families with young kids. Each vacation is led by three experienced Trip Leaders, one of whom is a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing so the older members of the family can partake in more challenging activities. Talk about a fun way to get your kids away from their electronic devices and give them the chance to make new friends and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Many Backroads trips are right here in the United States and Canada, making them accessible if you aren’t quite ready to fly just yet. Our Tailored Luxury Team will work in tandem with Backroads to ensure you have a pleasant and personalized experience exploring the great outdoors as a family!

With health and safety being top of mind these days, we have found that a lot of travelers are leaning away from properties that have accommodations stacked on top of each other and turning towards properties that feature stand-alone options. Especially when traveling with kids, having the added peace of mind that staying in a cottage, villa or residence on a property with access to resort amenities like pools, restaurants, and other recreation options. The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a great option for those who want to opt for private, standalone accommodations. The lakeside property offers a range of cottages and lakeside homes that have plenty of room for families with a range of bedrooms, living spaces, and access to the resort’s amenities. With the added benefit of the incredible Ritz Kids Club program, this property is driveable for those who live in the South East.

Through our partnership with Marriott Luminous & STARS, we are able to off our clients the following amenities for their stays at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee:

  • Complimentary customized welcome amenity based on guest preferences
  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two in restaurant
  • 100 USD resort credit per stay to be used towards resort activities such as a spa treatment or dinner
  • Early check-in/late check-out, based on availability
  • Complimentary room upgrade, based on availability

Interested in getting away from home for a much-needed family vacation? Reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form and we will be happy to help you plan a trip that fits your needs!

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Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel

Travel has been put on hold for many of us and Team Ourisman is doing everything in our power to make sure your rescheduled trip or future trips are even more special, and more importantly safe and healthy. While it seems like recommendations to travel or not travel right now are changing by the minute, there are guidelines you can follow to keep yourself safe. So whether you’re traveling soon or your travel plans can wait until COVID-19 cases subside, your health is our top concern and we will continue to help guide you in making informed decisions while keeping the trip planning process fun! When you travel, here are a few important tips to keep yourself safe and healthy. 

  • Do some research in advance on the destination you are visiting:
    • The CDC issues guidelines based on levels 1-3. Level 3 being countries that should be avoided for all nonessential travel. You should also find out what the COVID-19 outbreak is like where you’re going. Johns Hopkins provides a very detailed map of the world and links to individual country’s health services pages, which will be useful in planning your travel. Johns Hopkins also has a detailed map of the United States if your travel is domestic. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
    • It is also important to know whether or not you will have to stay at home for 14 days upon your return if needed. If a quarantine is implemented where you are planning on traveling, we are happy to reschedule your reservations to a new set of dates to avoid any potential quarantine upon arrival or return.
  • Keep your immune system strong even before you travel:
    • Adequate sleep, healthy eating, regular exercise, and stress management all can go a long way in keeping your immune system strong even before you start your journey.
  • Flying, it’s smart to be prepared:
    • Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. So if possible, check-in online so you can avoid touching kiosk screens and interactions with people. 
    • Wear a mask, wear gloves, limit your interactions with people and shared items, maintain social distance, be mindful not to touch your face, and—as always—wash your hands!
    • The TSA  allows you to bring 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in your carry-on. So, don’t think that you need to ration your hand sanitizer use! 
    • Research what your airline is doing in regards to precautions with COVID-19 as well as the necessary disinfecting procedures they are taking post and pre-flights. Airlines such as Airlines for America (A4A)—which include Delta, JetBlue, American, United, Southwest, Hawaiian, and Alaskan Airlines, are in fact, requiring passengers and staff to wear masks all the way through from check-in, boarding and deplaning—as well as using precautionary tactics such as back-to-front boarding, staggering passengers, and not selling middle seats. 
  • Take a road-trip! 
    • If you want a vacation, but would rather not fly, go for a road trip! There are so many hotels within drivings distance that are open and ready for your arrival! Lucky for you, we partner with hotels all over the States and can guarantee there is a paradise waiting for you. 
  • Be in the know on how Hotels are keeping guests safe:
    • As travel restrictions lift and hotels open back up, travelers can expect to see housekeeping front and center in hotels. Many hotels are implementing rigorous cleaning protocols and mandating waiting periods after rooms are vacated. 
    • Apps will be used more often for touch-less check-in or even contact-free room service. 
    • Some hotels will use thermal imagining to perform discreet temperature checks. Others may require a temperature check upon arrival, and most will require employee temperature checks on a regular basis. 
    • There will be hand sanitizer stations and welcome amenities may include protective and sanitizing products. 
    • Ask one of our sales coordinators what protocols are being implemented at a hotel you wish to visit! Team Ourisman is happy to share resources with our clients to keep you in the know.
  • Manage expectations:
    • Expect fewer services at hotels, limited seating in bars and restaurants, capacity limitations at pools.  Hotel restaurants may require you to use an app or provide a digital menu. 
    • Consider if you would potentially be in large gatherings that would put you or your travel companions at greater risk.
    • This is all an adjustment, and we will do everything we can to keep you updated. 
  • Decompress: 
    • Given how stressful the news is these days it’s natural to feel concerned and anxious – but it’s also important to not let those feelings overwhelm you. Selfcare is very important and so is finding what works best for you, whether that be taking a few deep breaths, a break from the news and social media, or making sure you get daily exercise. If and when you do travel, you can decompress by giving yourself some pampering and book a spa appointment! Ourisman Pro Tip: We can help coordinate your spa reservations.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to navigate this breathtaking, unpredictable world of ours with you. If you have any questions, we are here for you. Please send us an email at team@ourismantravel.com and remember that we are happy to connect with you about your travel dreams. 

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Secluded Luxury: Isolated Properties with Private Escapes

Sometimes seclusion and privacy can be the ultimate luxury. In a time when we find ourselves always connected to our phones and computers, you may have come to the realization that you are in need of a serious digital detox. An unfortunate side effect of our near-constant digital exposure can lead to feeling disconnected from our loved ones and sometimes disconnecting can be the best way to reconnect. When the idea of seclusion and privacy comes to mind, some may picture a loner’s cabin in the woods,  but being remote doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Knowing how rare true seclusion has become, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite properties that prioritize secluded luxury and some new properties that will definitely fit the bill!

The Green O at The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Montana 

Opening in 2020, this luxury retreat within a retreat will feature 12 ultraluxe, ultra-private Haus accommodations that are designed to bring nature into the space. There are 4 designs with 3 Hauses in each category that offer privacy and seclusion for couples looking to reconnect in the beautiful Montana wilderness without sacrificing comfort. With fireside inspired cuisine, a wide plethora of activities ranging from cooking classes & winetastings to wellness-focused spa services and trail hiking, this secluded, exclusive addition to the Resort at Paws Up is an adults-only haven that is sure to rejuvenate all who experience it.  

As a Virtuoso property, Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the below amenities for your stay at The Green O at The Resort at Paws Up:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast (included in rates)
  • A $300 USD activity credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Stonewater Cove – Table Rock Lake, Missouri  

Tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest, Stonewater Cove an all-inclusive luxury retreat catering to guests looking to disconnect to reconnect in a relatively easy to get to location that still offers seclusion. A family-owned property, Stonewater Cove emphasizes “the wild, comfort and bliss” that guests experience during their stays. With plenty of activities and comprehensive packages designed to fit guests individual preferences, Stonewater Cove is a great option for a secluded and fun-filled getaway. 

Through our partnership with JMak, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer these great value-added amenities to our clients for their stays at Stonewater Cove: 

  • Hand-crafted coasters
  • Leather bound journal
  • Reserve 5 or more nights to receive a complimentary upgrade

Camp Sarika by Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The mission statement of Camp Sarika by Amangiri is to be “at one with wilderness” and this unique extension of Amangiri does not fall short in its goal. Taking seclusion to a new level, this ultraluxe camp was created to provide guests with a much-needed place to disconnect from the hustle & bustle and omnipresent pressures of life in the 21st century.  The design is consistent with that of the Aman brand, ensuring that guests do not have to choose between isolation and luxury. With pavilions large enough to accommodate families, Camp Sarika is a great option for families in need of escaping their day to day lives and getting in some good quality family time in the seclusion of the American West. 

Ourisman Travel is proud to  offer the following Virtuoso amenities to our clients for their stays at Amangiri or Camp Sarika: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • Spa credit of $125 per person, once, for up to 2 guests, applicable to spa treatments scheduled between 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

One&Only Mandarina – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico 

Opening in November of 2020, One&Only Mandarina is located within 600 acres of lush Mexican rainforest and is one of the properties opening this year that Team Ourisman is most excited about. The design of this property is truly unique with each of the luxury standalone rooms, suites and villas have been constructed to complement the natural beauty of the area. Seclusion is a focal point here and the accommodations truly highlight that, with each space providing maximum privacy and luxury to guests. The treehouse rooms and suites blend in perfectly with the rainforest canopies and the clifftop villas provide incredible views. The One&Only Mandarina is sure to quickly become one of the premier properties in the area and we cannot wait for it to open! 

Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the following exclusive Virtuoso Amenities to our clients for their stays at One&Only Mandarina: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary A la carte breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort – North Island, Seychelles 

Barefoot luxury at its finest, North Island offers guests a true private island experience. Only 11 villas populate this lush island where sustainable luxury and seclusion are top of mind. The villas are well spread out throughout the island with 10 beachfront options and Villa 11, the only villa not directly on the beach, is tucked away on the granite boulders above the East Beach. The beach villas offer almost 5,000 square feet of space with Villa 11 providing guests with 8,000 square feet. Guests have complete control of their time while staying on North Island with the ability to customize meals, activities, and more to suit their every whim. 

Through our partnership with Virtuoso, Ourisman Travel clients are eligible for the following value-added amenities: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast daily (already inclusive in rates)
  • Complimentary 60-minute massage for up to two people, per villa, once during stay
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Bottle of champagne on arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Private Retreats – Worldwide Destinations 

The Four Seasons brand has long been setting the standard for exemplary service in the five-star hotel space and their Private Retreat collection is no exception. This collection offers a wide range of homes, residential suites & villas located at most of the Four Seasons properties worldwide. These high-end accommodation options offer guests a higher level of privacy and seclusion for their stays while still providing access to the amenities and the incredible service that one finds at Four Seasons hotels. These Private Retreats are great for groups and families who want access to each other and convenience during their stays while maintaining their standards of luxury & service. 

As a member of the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program, we are pleased to offer our clients these exclusive amenities when they book a stay at a Four Seasons Private Retreat. (Please note that amenities may vary by property). 

  • Full Breakfast for two, including room service and buffets
  • $100 credit (towards F&B or Spa, dependent upon property)
  • Complimentary upgrade, based on availability at check in
  • Early check-in/late check-out, based on availability
  • Complimentary internet at all properties

Private Yacht Experiences – Worldwide Destinations 

What’s more secluded than your own private yacht? Ourisman Travel is proud to partner with some of the premier yachting companies in the world, providing our clients with the opportunity to book bespoke yachting experiences designed with their every need and desire in mind. From cruising in Croatia to sailing through the Caribbean to soaking up the sun in Santorini, yacht charters are a great way to ensure you have a top of the line experience with incredible service dedicated to your party alone! Our Tailored Luxury team is poised to assist with any and all private yacht charters and will curate a seamless experience for you so all you have to worry about is how many pieces of luggage to check!

For more information on these incredible properties and how we can elevate your stays, please send us an email at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form on our website!

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Fun Fall Trip Ideas for Every Traveler

Before we know it, it will be that time of year when the leaves change colors, the temperatures begin to drop and Mother Nature starts to show off her wonderful fall colors. Fall is an incredible time of year for travel and we’ve put together some of our favorite options for great fall trips!

New Orleans:

New Orleans, aka the Big Easy, is known for its vibrant round the clock music scene, cuisine, and culture. This is a hot spot to visit in the fall. It’s football season, so be sure to catch a Saints game and also the time for festivals, now that Autumn offers a reprieve from the summer heat. If you are into the Southern Creole Cuisine, September hosts the Lousianna Seafood Festival that you won’t want to miss. October is a busy time in New Orleans too with The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, The New Orleans Film Festival, and The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival all taking place.

There are a variety of events fun for all families alike during the Fall Season, but you will need lodging accommodations so you can stay in luxury. The Four Seasons New Orleans is expected to open this in the fall of 2020 and we could not be more excited! This luxury hotel has transformed a 33-story landmark at the foot of Canal Street on the Mississippi waterfront. From the Four Seasons, you will enjoy enviable views of the river, Garden District, and across to the French Quarter. Bask in the musical tunings of live jazz jam sessions or explore the history of the city through walking tours. After a long day of exciting adventures in the city, recharge at the spa or rooftop pool, then indulge your taste buds with a world-renowned cuisine at one of the four restaurants at the hotel.

As a Preferred Partner property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the Preferred Partner amenities for your stay at the soon to be opened Four Seasons New Orleans.

Virginia:

Fall is a stunning season to visit Virginia. Experience seasonal foods, drinks, and special events that the entire family can enjoy. Whether you plan a romantic getaway to Virginia wine country, take the kids to a classic fall festival, or enjoy the great outdoors with a hike through one of the many parks there are countless options for a memorable autumn getaway.

For a luxury stay in Middleburg, Virginia book a room at Salamander Resort & Spa, a peaceful resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Create a personalized wine experience at one of the 50 wineries within drivings distance, experience hands-on cooking classes, go ziplining, or relax at the luxurious spa.

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Salamander Resort & Spa:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full American Breakfast for two guests per bedroom daily (Breakfast is up to $30 per person per night. Brunch total cost is not inclusive, but $30 per person can be applied.)
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in fulll, excludes cooking studio, valet)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Napa:

Fall in Napa Valley is one of the most exciting times of year to visit. Harvest season in wine country takes place from August to October, bringing with it interesting ways to engage with the winetasting experience. Though it is the busiest time of year to visit, mid-October is a time you won’t want to miss, when you can watch the colorful fall foliage transform the vineyards. For the adults, this the time to celebrate the Harvest at what many call, Harvest Parties; vineyard events where you can wine and dine (pun intended) and celebrate the season!

This fall, the anticipated Four Seasons Napa is set to open its doors! Set among the rolling hills of Napa Valley, with a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and on-site winery, this resort captures the imagination of even the most seasoned wine aficionado. An aesthetic of farmhouse chic, the 85 villas all include a fireplace and private terrace. With views of the vineyard and mountains, there’s a good view regardless of where you are in the resort.

As a Preferred Partner property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Four Seasons Napa:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • USD 100 Resort credit (not applicable to food and beverage)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)

Another favorite hotel of ours in Wine Country is, Auberge du Soleil. An Auberge Resorts Collection, this resort showcases breathtaking views (the most famous panoramic views in Napa Valley) and is an infusion of Southern France Charm and Californian Soul. “Each of the 50 guestrooms and suites, housed in maisons named for towns in the south of France, evoke the stylish sophistication of Provence and extend a seamless connection between the luxurious residential interiors and the natural beauty outside.” There are unique experiences guests are able to have, from custom wine tours and tastings to cycling through the never-ending beauty of wine country, the options are limitless.

Canada:

Canada is a great option for travelers wanting to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of a beautiful landscape. In Southern Alberta, autumn hits early and the low hanging, late afternoon sun makes for picture-perfect fall days. Fall is peak hiking season, a time when nature-loving locals and tourists alike flock to the Canadian Rockies and reconnect with nature.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located in the heart of Banff National Park. Here you can enjoy a blend of chic sophistication for the luxury traveler, and rugged outdoor thrills for the adventurous type. Discover why snow worshippers, nature lovers, and world travelers continue to visit this resort for the best outdoor adventure and timeless luxury. There are activities great for all ages!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom in restaurant
  • Welcome amenity
  • Souvenir personal portrait session with a professional photographer during their stay with picture frame
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Alaska:

Alaska is another great option for outdoorsy travelers. September can bring beautiful, mild days, perfect for long drives or short hikes in the mountains – plus: no mosquitos! Autumn is a time for this State to literally glow, with the autumn leaves and the aurora borealis. Fall is also the time for great for cruises along the Alaskan coast with changes to spot whales! Our Tailored Luxury team is happy to help plan cruises and itineraries to remote Alaskan lodges. Don’t forget to pick up a fishing license –the silver salmon are still running, rainbow and steelhead trout are swimming and the lakes are open for business!

If you want that “in the wild” Alaskan experience, but still get the luxury treatment, stay at Tutka Bay Lodge, a resort that sits at the entrance to a splendidly rugged seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay, near Homer, Alaska. Get the mix of seaside tranquility and high energy adventures at Tutka!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Tutka Bay Lodge:

  • Complimentary Breakfast daily (included in rate)
  • $100 gift card towards gift shop merchandise

We also recommend Alaskan Cruises if you want to “see it all”. Our favorite high end cruises include: Sliver Sea, Regent, Crystal, and Oceania. Contact us if you are interested in arranging an Alaskan Cruise!

Hawaii:

After the rush of summer vacation has subsided, the islands of Hawaii exude a laid-back vibe but continue to offer a wealth of opportunities to visitors with deals, fun events, and unique festivals. The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (for adults 21 and older) is perfect if you want a taste of the islands’ cultural cuisines. But if you’ve got more of a coffee palate, get a ticket to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival which takes place in November. In 2020, it will be the 50th celebration and is the oldest food festival in the Hawaiian Islands and, in addition to coffee, features cultural exchanges, music, dance, art and more!

Montage Kapalua Bay is situated within the world-renowned Kapalua Resort and is steps from Kapalua Bay, voted one of America’s favorite beaches and we think it should be on your bucket list of hotels! Montage is also a golfer’s heaven, so be sure to contact the concierge to set up tee times during your stay! Pro Tip: We can initiate this conversation with the concierge for you.

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Montage Kapalua Bay:

  • One view category upgrade upon check-in, subject to availability
  • Welcome amenity
  • $60 Daily breakfast credit per bedroom
  • $150 Spa Montage Kapalua Bay Spa Service Credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

This property really is a perfect place for family getaways! So miss the crowds and take a vacation to relax after the bustle of school back in session.

To kick off the planning of your next fall trip, reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form!

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