By Rhonda Carrier
Can you go on holiday and still socially distance? Sure you can, to a large degree, if you book a 'bubble holiday' – an exclusive-use villa, lodge, cabin or cottage, a whole (small!) hotel, an island, a boat or an organised itinerary with another family, friends within your existing bubble, grandparents or other relatives. Our travel agents have shared their favourites for winter 2020 and into 2021 – browse the below or pick up the phone (020 3633 0653) or fill in our enquiry form and they will be happy to guide you through your options.
For the latest on the ever-changing quarantine and self-isolation regulations for different destinations, see FCO or @PPCharles on Twitter. Holidays sold by us are ATOL and ABTA protected.
Book yourself a cottage with a private sauna and explore the Arctic wilderness as part of this freewheeling activity holiday perfect for families who like the liberty to pick and choose their own activities rather than being bound to a structured itinerary. These include snowmobile safaris, dog-sledding (ages 12 and up), snowshoeing, ice fishing and Aurora borealis hunting.
The cottages are in the vast grounds of a hotel situated on the edge of a frozen lake in the far north of Lapland, nestled within a pine forest, and represent the ultimate in cosy comfort. Guests can also choose to spend one night in the Arctic Firefox Lodge, the dorm-style Wilderness Cabin, the Aurora Dome luxury tent with its see-through side wall for Northern Lights spotting, or even a snow igloo.
Prices start at £825pp (£605/child) for 3 or more nights, with departures from 3 January to 20 March 2020. The operator is a fully bonded member of ABTA and AITO.
This long-established operator running activity-packed holidays everywhere from the Peruvian Andes to South Africa, and from Costa Rica to Thailand, has recently introduced adventure holidays that allow you to travel solely with friends or family. Choosing from 80 of its standard tours, you can even grab fantastic savings of 50% for the 8th person in a group or a free place for a 12th person. The minimum age for these trips is generally 12 years.
Other options are to book an 'off-the-rack' version of any of G Adventures' other itineraries (more than 700, all around the world) and make it a private trip for your own social bubble, or to create your own TailorMade private adventure, either on a self-guided itinerary or with one of G Adventures' Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) leading the way.
All trips are covered by G Adventure's 'Travel with Confidence' policy, including cancellation/rebooking options and physical distancing and enhanced cleaning measures on all trips.
'Distant by design', Forest Holidays' 11 idyllic UK locations (Delamere Forest, Cheshire; Argyll and Strathyre, Scotland; Cropton and Keldy, North Yorkshire; Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Thorpe Forest, Norfolk; Deerpark, Cornwall; Blackwood Forest, Hampshire; Beddgelert, Snowdonia) allow you to hole away in luxurious cabins widely spaced around some of the most glorious forests in the country and to take advantage of all the fresh air and secluded nature on your doorstep. Some cabins even have their own hot tubs, and the largest have 4 or 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10, making them perfect for 3G holidays with grandparents or other social bubbles. Deliveries of food and other treats can also be made to your door, ordered using your in-cabin TV. Book a Forest Holidays stay arriving up to 31 December 2020 and get a 10% discount courtesy of TaketheFamily.
This luxury property within quick and easy reach of the airport at Paphos offers the best of both worlds: the facilties of a resort along with the privacy of self-catering luxury apartments and super-luxurious villas, some of the latter with their own heated pools and gardens making them perfect for social distancing. Food hampers and deliveries can be arranged. Aphrodite Hills holds the High Level Covid-Shield Certification: measures include the enforcing of face-mask wearing in public areas, regulated distancing between loungers, and a limited capacity (and pre-booking only) for the kids' club and baby crèche.
Famously owned by Sir Richard Branson, this tropical island can be booked as a private retreat for up to 34 people. Great for relaxing but also ideal for active family holidays, it offers a wealth of activities including SUP paddleboarding, water-skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, ziplining, tennis and yoga. Promoting sustainability and community involvmement, Necker is also a wildlife haven, with flamingos, iguanas, giant tortoises and imported lemurs.
See also our hand-picked villa holidays with partners Simpson Travel, James Villa Holidays and Oliver's Travels.