The 21 regions and unusual places to go in 2021
Updated: Sep 9, 2021
Summer is just around the corner. Are you starting to dream about your next vacation? So are we! For this rather special year of 2021, Story Tailor has compiled a list of 21 unusual regions around the world that are ideal summer destinations. Let's discover these 21 experiences and accommodations to find inspiration...
1. Head for Mauritius!
For all newlyweds and couples in love with beautiful white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters frequented by schools of multicolored fish and lush jungles, we invite you to the Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa, in the Saint-Félix lagoon of Mauritius.
An evening alone on the beach at sunset, followed by a private outdoor movie screening, popcorn as a snack. Here's to you!
2. Head to Tanzania!
You are probably familiar with jeep or walking safaris, but did you know that the Serengeti Migration Camp in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania offers another type of original safari? This safari is done in a hot air balloon!
Book your safari and get your cameras ready to photograph the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino) or the incredible landscapes of the sun-drenched African bush.
3. Head for Italy!
In the middle of the forest and mountains of Italy's Marche region, you'll come across the luxurious ecolodge La Forestale. The apartments and rooms have stunning views of the Gola del Furlo natural reserve and the accommodation cleverly blends gastronomy, design and ecology.
In the municipality of Aqualagna, white truffles are a specialty that can be found all year round. La Forestale offers you a private and exclusive truffle hunting experience, accompanied by a truffle expert and their dog.
4. Head for Mexico !
Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Uxmal... Do these names ring a bell? These are three Mayan archeological sites that you must visit during a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. A guide is essential if you really want to soak up the enigmatic atmosphere of the places.
Our good address to stay in Yucatan: Rosas y Xocolate. This colorful boutique hotel places you in the center of the vibrant city of Merida, around which are situated the 3 archaeological sites at about 1 to 2 hour drive.
5. Head for Indonesia !
Have you ever thought about traveling by water? The Sequoia yacht from the Fivelements hotel chain invites you on board for a cruise between the different islands of Indonesia. The boat was designed by local artisans and is composed of 3 beautiful suites and large open-air spaces for dining and relaxing.
Pack your best swimsuits, masks, snorkels and fins, and follow your private instructor on an underwater safari. It's up to you to find the most beautiful corals and fish, and why not, a whale shark!
6. Head for Singapore!
In the Labrador Nature Reserve in the south of Singapore is Villa Samadhi, which can be reached by charming wooden paths. It is a real oasis of fresh air amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Singapore is a strange but fascinating mix of nature and high-tech city. In between urban excursions, take a walk along the paths in the parks to observe the birds and butterflies that fly by.
7. Head for Chile!
The Atacama Desert is one of the most arid regions on earth and yet it is so incredible to visit. Ochre landscapes with cracked earth, salt deserts where pink flamingos have taken up residence, geysers where a mysterious fog floats... For a change of scenery, welcome to Chile!
We suggest you stay at the Nayara Alto Atacama. This boutique hotel resembles a small self-sufficient village with its vegetable garden and llama farm. A spa and pools are also available and will give you relief from the heat of the day.
8. Head for Costa Rica!
Whether you stay in a tent, a bungalow or a hacienda-style room, you will be well accommodated at the Luna Lodge in Costa Rica. An ecolodge in the middle of the forest, where the sounds of nature lull you to sleep and make you dream of adventure.
Adventure is not in short supply in this part of the Osa Peninsula in the southwest of the country. The accommodation offers, among other activities, gold panning with a local gold panning expert. With your feet in the river and gold panning techniques in mind, you have 2 hours to find as much gold as possible!
9. Head for the Fiji Islands!
Who has never dreamed of a trip to a white sandy beach, turquoise water at your feet and mangroves at your back? Now is the time to make that wish come true by taking off to Fiji and its tropical atmosphere. With a kava - Malaysian drink - served in a coconut in hand, you're ready for happiness.
Relax on the beaches without the guilt! Fiji is perfect for a 20% cultural visit, especially in Suva and Lautoka, and 80% sunbathing on a deckchair or hammock. Beware of sunburns!
10. Head for Argentina!
If you ever go to Argentina, you can't miss Patagonia! The scenery is breathtaking with forests, volcanoes and lakes. A roadtrip on the roads that cross Patagonia from the north to the south will make you discover great things!
When choosing your stops on the Patagonia road, you might be interested in estancias, a kind of ranch or farm in the South of America. You will be able to stay in these estancias and participate in activities on the estate such as exciting horseback riding.
11. Head for Japan!
In Ishikawa prefecture, near the west coast of the central island of Japan, Kanazawa city reveals feudal arts and architecture in its old town. It is a real leap in time when you discover the castle and its famous Kenrokuen garden, the traditional tea houses or the samurai district.
If you want to live in a typical Japanese environment, we suggest you stay in a ryokan, a traditional inn. You sleep on the floor on a thin but comfortable futon bed and you can bathe in the hot springs before enjoying delicious local food.
12. Head for Rwanda!
Halfway between the Kivu River and the Burundi border, the Gisakura tea plantations in Rwanda are home to the superb Nyungwe House lodge of the One&Only hotel group. It's a small corner of refinement and comfort where life is good.
To all couples looking to get married or go on a honeymoon, this is the destination! Nyungwe House can prepare you a wedding and a romantic stay, tailor-made and African style, which will leave you with stars in your eyes and magical memories.
13. Head for Sweden!
Are you a fan of northern countries? We suggest Swedish Lapland and, in particular, the area around the river Lule, where the unusual TreeHotel is hidden. Its high-rise rooms each have their own theme, from an alien space shuttle to a camouflaged house made of mirrors.
Enjoy the many activities directly organized by the TreeHotel: moose safari, meeting with the Sami people, Fatbike ride... Authentic and unusual experiences guaranteed!
14. Head for Guadeloupe!
Exotic and mostly French-speaking, Guadeloupe is a country that we love. And for good reason! The waters are warm all year long and even when it rains, you don't need to cover yourself. It's a sunny destination to discover this summer.
Maximum relaxation awaits you at the boutique La Toubana Hotel & Spa on the island of Grande-Terre. If your job doesn't allow you to take a vacation, take it with you to Guadeloupe and opt for the special "smartworking getaway" offer. You can enjoy a yoga session and a free hammam and sauna break between your working hours.
15. Head for Spain!
A destination you have certainly visited or considered for your vacation, the island of Mallorca in Spain is a haven of sun and good cheer. The FincaHotel Can Coll welcomes you at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, in the countryside around the town of Soller.
After a pleasant sleep in, enjoy a good breakfast on the terrace and get your strength for a day of hiking in the mountains and discovering the beautiful small villages of the area.
16. Head for Portugal!
In the south of Portugal, the Algarve is a region full of authentic villages and small secret bays. Golf enthusiasts will be well catered for at the many international award-winning clubs.
For a stay in a serene atmosphere, postcard-perfect exterior scenery and traditional, elegant interior decor, we suggest renting one of the white-clad suites at the Farmhouse of the Palms. A bed and breakfast lodge with unsuspected charm!
17. Head for the island of Madeira!
If you fly over the Atlantic Ocean, you will see the Portuguese island of Madeira. As you move away from the capital Funchal, you will find yourself in a garden paradise between green mountains, exotic flowers and volcanic rocks.
If you want to spend a few days in Funchal, we suggest the beautiful Okulus Madeira villa from the Funchal Cottages group where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean from your terrace or bathtub!
18. Head for Canada!
Quebec, in eastern Canada, is a vast region of plains, forests and lakes that has welcomed many different cultures over the years. Today, the territory is a huge natural park with breathtaking landscapes and a hospitable land, where people have friendliness in spades.
In the summer, it can be very hot in Quebec with temperatures up to 27°C. This is why summer is the perfect opportunity to try extreme water sports or recreational activities such as rafting, canyoning or water sledding. Laughter and thrills are guaranteed!
19. Head for Greece!
Planning a family trip? Cretan Malia Park accommodates adults and children in its elegant, bright and eco-friendly complex on the northeast coast of Crete. A true little paradise in the middle of the vegetation with pool, beach and activities.
Cretan Malia Park offers its residents the opportunity to visit its organic orchards and vegetable gardens where banana trees, a local specialty, grow. A fun activity to do with the family!
20. Head for France!
Bordeaux, southwestern France, UNESCO heritage:, its reputation is well established. But do you know the Yndō Hotel? The decor dating from the late 19th century, sublimated by contemporary designer furniture, plunges you into an atmosphere between two centuries. With the added bonus of soft sofas that we love, it's absolute comfort!
Take a quick trip to the Bordeaux Tourist Office and ask them for one of their standalone trail games in the city. Visiting the surroundings will become a real pleasure for you and your children. Don't hesitate to have a look at our article: : Les incontournables de Bordeaux et ses alentours pour un week-end dans la région
21. Head for Sri Lanka!
Looking for a wellness retreat destination? Welcome to Sri Lanka! Entirely focused on the good health and serenity of its residents, Dwarika's Resort is founded on a philosophy of self-respect as much as respect for the surrounding nature.
Be sure to try each of the facilities and wellness experiences that the accommodation offers. Meditation labyrinths, yoga sessions, massage experiences... Nothing but good energy!
So, which destination is tempting you? Are you ready to travel this summer? Would you like to be able to plan a customized program adapted to all your desires? Contact us and we will create your dream trip together. In the meantime, enjoy the spring sunshine that is (finally) showing its face!
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