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THE BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS ARE NOW REOPEN!

I have been receiving many questions regarding travel restrictions to the British Virgin Islands since they reopened on Dec 1st.  Let me walk you through these easy steps to ensure awareness and safety for your next trip to the BVIs. Covid Procedures for the British Virgin Islands Before and During Your Stay Five days before you land at Tortola (airport code EIS) airport, you must have a negative PCR Covid test.  Forty eight hours before your flight departs, you must upload your test results and other information into BVI’s online portal. Once uploaded, a Travel Authorization Certificate will then be sent to allow you to travel into the Tortola airport. This process is similar to the current protocols in the Bahamas. When you land on Tortola, there is an entirely different welcoming procedure than other Caribbean islands. First of all you will again have to take another PCR Covid Test. After taking the test, the only requirement is to go straight to your villa or yacht and quarantine for four days.  You will also be given you a tracking wristband, which will need to be worn during your entire stay on the island. This is not the end of the

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JUMBY BAY, THE ULTRA LUXURIOUS PRIVATE ISLAND LOCATED OFF ANTIGUA IN THE CARIBBEAN, HAS RE-OPENED!

If you are looking for a secluded and private villa while also needing space to allow for social distancing for you and your guests, Jumby Bay’s accommodations will satisfy both. This private island paradise is home to multiple luxurious villas, including one that possesses over 10 acres of land and beautiful tropical gardens. A second villa comes with a private 6,000 square feet pool and a quiet dining pavilion alongside the pool, giving you your own tropical paradise. These villas are exactly what you and your guests need in order to stay healthy during the pandemic while also being immersed in the beauty of nature. Imagine the slight rustle of the tropical breeze through the palm trees while listening to the calming waves crashing on the pristine white sandy beaches. Stay Safe at Jumby Bay In order to keep you and your guests safe while visiting Jumby Bay, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has put multiple protocols into place for every new visitor. A few requirements include that any arriving passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. All passengers must also complete a Health Declaration Form and will be screened with

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THE BAHAMAS ARE RE-OPENING NOV. 1ST!

We are SO excited about the re-opening of The Bahamas on Nov. 1st without any mandatory quarantines or vacations-in-place. Blue Sky’s owner, Shanna Dickerson, will be heading to these islands on Nov. 6th so she will be able to share with us details of her experience.  The Details of the Test and Procedures New protocols will be set to follow for all visitors to the island, as well as any returning citizens and residents. These consist of obtaining a RT-PCR (swab) test within 5 days prior to travel to The Bahamas. To increase the safety of this opening, the Government is also implementing a rapid antigen test upon arrival, as well as another test 4 days (96 hours) after guests arrive in The Bahamas. Children under the age of 10 years, as well as pilots and crew members of commercial airlines, who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are the only people that are exempt from obtaining the test. Once you have received a negative result from the COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers must apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa on this website: Travel.gov.bs. This is where the required test must be uploaded. The cost of the Health Travel Visa

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COVID and Travel Cancellations | How To Protect Your Travel Plans

Generali Travel Insurance As you might already know, I love to travel as much as my clients do. Whether it is relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Fiji or eating the best local seafood on St. Barths, I love experiencing the best tropical destinations on our planet.  Although, this year has made it exceedingly difficult on travelers all over the world in regards to COVID.  With some research, I have found a travel insurance plan that will ease your mind about traveling during this pandemic.  The insurance company is Generali Travel Insurance (https://www.generalitravelinsurance.com). How Does a COVID Insurance Policy Work? Generali’s plans make it simple for all travelers as well as their guests. Their plan allows you to name the specific people on the trip. If one of those individuals tests positive for COVID you will be able to file a claim for a partial refund. However, there are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Their plan does not include if you are scared to travel 2. Their plan doesn’t include if a destination closes its borders In case the resort does happen to shut down, you will need to go directly to the villa owner or

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Ways to Give Back While You Travel

The concept of giving back while you travel is about leaving a destination in better shape than you found it and, in recent years, its gone from trendy to mainstream. However, you don’t have to dedicate your entire trip to a nonprofit project or shell out big money as part of an overseas volunteer program. Small efforts can have a profound impact on an individual or a community and will make for an all-around more memorable and meaningful travel experience. Here are six ways you can travel with a purpose—enriching not only your life but the lives of others, as well. Shop Locally Shopping locally keeps the money where it’s most impactful: supporting local communities and individuals. Seek out local artists’ co-ops, farmer’s markets and small businesses and buy handmade goods over mass-produced trinkets like magnets and T-shirts. Craftspeople net more of the profit when you buy at the community level. Additionally, ask locals where they eat to discover some delicious, family-run restaurants and cafes. You’ll not only be positively impacting the owners and economy, but will also get a more authentic taste of the region. Go Green Reduce your carbon footprint by thinking green when you travel. Avoid having

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Luxury Travel Destinations for 2020

From about late March to mid-May, domestic air travel virtually ground to a halt. Only about 100,000 people were traveling per day compared to more the 2 million daily travelers prior to the pandemic. Then, as the US began to open up at the end of June, the number of flyers began to rise significantly—averaging about 575,000 per day. Airlines started reinstating routes and, despite the remaining risks, countries, and states have begun to welcome visitors. Travel may look different in a number of ways for now with required face masks, physical distancing, and two-week quarantines, but we will still be traveling. Cultural curiosity cannot be expunged. If you’re itching to get away, here are some must-see luxury travel destinations of 2020. U.S. Virgin Islands Awash with pearlescent bays and neon-bright shoals of fish, these enduringly cheery islands are one of my favorite places to travel. Take a look at my website for a selection of villas in the USVI where you can plan a relaxing, luxurious escape. Contact us at Blue Sky Luxury travels to reserve your private island or villa vacation. St. Barths St. Barths is a playground for the rich and famous, and after a break for

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Luxury Dining Experiences on St. Barths

The French and Creole roots are strong on St. Barths—hence why the island may just have the best food in the Caribbean. With the island’s many international influences and creative inspirations, restaurants on St. Barths offer a variety of different flavors that are sure to surprise and delight. Our Blue Sky Luxury Travels guests enjoy the myriad of upscale dining options that await them when they stay in luxury villas from our collection, and we are often called upon to reserve private dining experiences. Our team has researched and selected some of the most exquisite dining experiences on St. Barths. From casual, toes-in-the-sand lunch to elegant, Michelin-quality fine dining by the sea, the restaurants on St. Barths are as varied as they are exquisite and all of them are worth discovering. However, here’s our list of the six most exceptional, not-to-be-missed culinary experiences on St. Barths that are sure to satisfy every traveler’s tastebuds. L’Isola Considered one of the best restaurants in St. Barths, L’Isola is fine Italian dining with an island twist located on the hillside in Gustavia. The head chef, who hails from Rome, serves up cuisine that’s authentically Italian in style and offers only the best dishes,

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Four Exclusive Luxury Group Travel Experiences

The ultimate in luxury demands experiences so transformative that you can’t help but to leave them a changed person. These experiences pamper you, give you exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, and immerse you fully into the destinations and cultures that you visit. Simply put, they redefine the ways in which you experience the world. However, not every ultra-luxury experience is suitable for large groups. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of four experiences perfect for groups of nine to thirty people that are sure to elevate anyone’s journey from one that’s great to one that’s once-in-a-lifetime. VIP Package at The Masters Tournament We are excited to be able to offer our clients VIP curated experiences at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament for a group of nine. During the course of four days, tour players will host your group at the Augusta Country Club where you’ll play golf and have clinics with them. The players will also walk the Masters course with you and, as players who have played the course before, give you a unique behind-the-scenes perspective that you wouldn’t get otherwise. At night, you’ll enjoy private dinners at your beautiful villa. Package rates are between $229k-$300k and food and drinks

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Fine Dining in Florida’s 30A Area

The Gulf-front beach communities of South Walton, FL, affectionately known as 30A, are known for their friendly people, clean beaches, small-town feel, and the signature blue, white and yellow stickers stuck on cars across the country. While driving through, the scenery along the stretch of South Walton road might just be enough to make you want to pull over and take a second look. From Grayton Beach to Rosemary Beach, you’ll find charming accommodations, diverse shopping, and local food options from classic Southern fare to bustling rooftop bars to seafood dives. However, if you’re looking for a nice restaurant for a date night or anniversary or even just a reason to dress up and eat some good food with your family, here are seven fine-dining options that are sure to make your mouth water. Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar Located in the beautiful coastal town of Rosemary Beach, Pescado offers a dining room, inside bar and outside rooftop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Boasting extraordinary service and cuisine by Chef Ken Duenas, Pescado incorporates subtle coastal colors, clean lines, and soft lighting to create a space that invites and complements the elements and scenery of the Emerald Coast. Come

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Caribbean Locations for Trips with Friends

Once the world gets back to normal and it’s safe to stop considering trips from our bedroom to our kitchen “vacations”, there are two things I’m sure we’ll all want to do: hang out with our friends (in person) and travel (around the world). One of the best destinations to bond with your besties has to be the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures, with 13 sovereign states and 17 dependent territories in the mix. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, traverse the great outdoors, or anything in between, these five locations truly deliver in terms of making the most out of quality time. Harbour Island, Bahamas Harbour Island is a quick getaway for East Coasters ideal for many reasons—the biggest one being that it’s entirely surrounded by water. The island’s lifestyle revolves around the ocean: playing in it, eating by it, drinking by it, and fishing in it. Plus, a large amount of vacationers from NYC that always make their way here give the island a pretty sizable social scene. Fine dining and nightlife can be found at the luxury resorts on the shoreline. When it comes to your vacation headquarters, I’m partial to

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