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Seniors Are Ready, Willing And Able To Travel

by Roger Sands

With newly vaccinated seniors leading a wave in recent travel bookings, a survey by Virtuoso revealed more than 80% of respondents 77 years of age or older are more ready to travel in 2021 than they were last year. In another survey by The Points Guy, more than one-quarter of respondents said travel was a major driver in their decision to get the vaccine. As the summer travel season begins to take shape, here are some of the world’s top destinations for senior travelers.

Rosemary Square, West Palm Beach, FL

This active district features 72 colorful acres of wide-open lawns beside large-scale art installations. Culture enthusiasts seeking an escape from the bustle of Miami can enjoy the district’s new Artist-in-Residence; cool off under the enchanted branches of the Wishing Tree, a 32-ft tall tech-art blended banyan tree bursting with 10,000 LED-lit leaves; wander through 2,000 art murals; and choose from more than 1,000+ outdoor seating options. Recurring monthly activities include Dog Days (every second Sunday of the month) for themed get-togethers, meet-and-greets and more.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nestled on the northern, tranquil side of Fort Lauderdale Beach away from Las Olas’ bustling scene, the hotel pays homage to the yachting capital of the world. Featuring panoramic views of inland waterways from spacious all-suite accommodations, an intimate spa, oceanfront Sky Deck and more than 300 miles for oceanside walking along the beach. Tee-off from any of the 40 world-class golf courses in the area. Visit Bal Harbour Shops for over 100 oceanside luxury retailers surrounded by palm trees, koi ponds, fountains and lush flora. Venture under the light of the full moon for the Monthly Full Moon Kayak Tour at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park along an ancient freshwater Coastal Dune Lake, an endangered ecosystem. Spring and summer nightly rates with AARP discount starting at $227.

The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL

A historic gem outside of Chicago, The Drake Oak Brook whisks guests away from the city and into a quiet escape from the bustling Chicago scene for in-room champagne breakfast and massages among ten acres of lush gardens. Book one of the hotel’s dining igloos for private dining in the garden. Visit the Morton Arboretum for a museum of trees at daily senior discounts or any of Oak Brook’s eight nature parks for leisurely strolls, hikes, fishing and photography. Enjoy easy access to the Oak Brook Polo Club and Oak Brook Golf Club. Spring and summer nightly rates with senior discount starting at $134.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Aruba

With more than 100 beachfront palapas, two zero entry pools, an on-site diving center and waterproof library, seniors can bask in a true Caribbean getaway bursting with authentic experiences and cultural activities at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. In addition, those who are looking to extend their stay can book the hotel’s Escape to Happiness Package where guests stay for three weeks and get the fourth week free along with a number of other amenities including one two-tank boat dive (or snorkel) for up to two people with the hotel’s General Manager Vasco Baselli. Spring and summer nightly rates with senior discount starting at $275.

Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West, FL

Away from Duval Street on the largest private beach in Key West, Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort elevates the carefree lifestyle of the Florida Keys through sand sculpting workshops, coral reef exploration and backcountry private island excursions. Celebrating its centennial this year, guests can also feel part of the rich history of the resort. Rates with senior discount start at $356.

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA

The hotel is home to Beach Village, a secluded oceanfront enclave offering cottages and villages that feature private patios with ocean views, gourmet kitchens and living rooms plus activities from surf camp and to beach bonfires and history tours. Rates with senior discount start at $288.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ

Seniors looking for a remote and scenic getaway can choose Sedona which is home to over 200 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The hotel features spa, golf, pools and more. Wellness enthusiasts can experience the Warrior Pit, a one-of-a-kind boot camp playground and the only cross training resort facility in the South West. Adventurists can enjoy nearby hot air balloon rides, kayaking, or jump on a jeep for a tour of the outback. Rates with senior discount start at $253.

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