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Need to Get Away? Here Are 5 Unique Socially Distant Vacation Ideas

August 6, 2020

For those who live for travel, wanderlust is a hard feeling to shake. Though the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the normal travel routines of the jet set, there’s good news: Some of the world’s most fascinating countries are welcoming travelers again, meaning you can escape to far-off corners of the world for a socially distant vacation in style (with some carefully planning and precautions, of course).

Planet 9 Private Air’s international charter flights make it easy to get to any destination you’re eyeing. Plus, our COVID-19 precautions — including increased hygiene practices and frequent staff health screenings — give you peace of mind that you’ll be protected.

Ready to get inspired? Read on for some unique ideas for trips you can take while practicing physical distancing. 

Private Yacht Charter in the Maldives

Scubaspa Adventure in the Maldives.

The Maldives’ jaw-dropping scenery and pure, unspoiled beaches are impressive enough. Add in a private yacht charter from Scubaspa that pairs exciting scuba adventures with soothing spa treatments and you’ll get a truly one-of-a-kind socially distant vacation.

You and your group will have a spacious outdoor sundeck, a Jacuzzi, and a relaxing open-air restaurant and bar all to yourselves. After a day spent totally immersed in the underwater world, head to the onboard spa and let your muscles relax under the care of expert massage specialists. Then, have a freshly prepared dinner with wine under the stars before retiring to your comfortable private suite.  

Know Before You Go: The Maldives reopened to tourism with no restrictions on July 25.

Closest Airport: Velana International Airport


Golf, Beaches and Nature on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island Golf Course in South Carolina.

It’s possible you’ve never heard of Kiawah Island, a sea island just 25 miles south of Charleston. But it’s precisely its hush-hush nature that makes this coastal haven perfect for low-key American vacations.

Your island home away from home is the 5-star Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a posh and expansive complex home to award-winning Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus golf courses, where the PGA Championship is due to be held in 2021. When you’re not playing golf or tennis, you can meander through canopied biking trails or watch an epic sunrise on nearly empty beaches. Accommodations for your socially distant vacation range from private villas and homes to Ocean Course cottages that give you striking views of the water and of the resort’s most challenging stretch of green.

Know Before You Go: Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces, except when actively eating or drinking.

Closest Airport: Charleston Executive Airport


Safaris and Serenity in Tanzania 

4 x 4 Safari in Tanzania while stay at Gibb’s Farm.

After so much time spent indoors without the adventure and excitement of travel, you can hardly be blamed for seeking out unique vacations in the outdoors with your family or a small group. An adventurous safari in Tanzania is the perfect way to interact with nature’s splendor while avoiding large gatherings.

Start your African adventure at Gibb’s Farm, situated on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater near the area’s lush national parks. This upscale safari lodge features farm-to-table fare and lets you enjoy life at a slower pace — when you’re not being whisked around in a 4×4 to spot Tanzania’s magnificent wildlife, that is.

Know Before You Go: Travelers will undergo health screenings and may be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Closest Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport


Private Island Getaway in French Polynesia

Private Vahine Island in French Polynesia.

When you really want to get away from it all, French Polynesia can deliver. And what better place to rest your head at night than an overwater bungalow on private Vahine Island, a 23-acre exclusive slice of paradise near Bora Bora?

After one of our comfortable charter flights onboard an aircraft with plenty of space to sleep, you’ll touch down amid stunning surroundings. Explore this tiny island’s coconut grove or let your body float in peaceful, iridescent lagoons. Savor an oceanfront breakfast with fresh tropical fruit or have a leisurely lunch on the beach.

Though Vahine Island is perfect for whiling away the day by yourself or in a small group, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself busy — sea kayaking, snorkeling, beach volleyball, board games, boat and jeep excursions are just the start.

Know Before You Go: Travelers should bring a negative coronavirus test taken with 72 hours of departure, as well as proof of travel insurance.

Closest airport: Raiatea Airport


All-Inclusive Ranch in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado.

Nature is beckoning like never before, and nothing quite compares to the unadulterated beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Spend your vacation amid wide-open spaces and verdant mountain vistas at C Lazy U Ranch, an award-winning resort that’s been dazzling guests for more than 100 years. Though this hideaway is heaven for equestrians, there’s plenty to do otherwise, from fishing in the Colorado River and mountain biking to zip lining and archery lessons. Rooms pair luxury with rustic touches, and gourmet meals, which are included in your stay, are a delight for the palate.

Know Before You Go: The resort has reopened as of May 22 in a limited capacity. Wearing masks is strongly encouraged when gathering in crowds.

Closest airport: Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport


Ready to plan your socially distant vacation in one of these breathtaking locales? Get in touch with Planet 9 Private Air to talk about your options for charter flights on one of our ultra-long-range aircraft.

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