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.
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.
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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.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix, AZ
Opened in 1929, Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is an Arizona landmark with world-class golf and numerous hiking trails to bask in Arizona’s countless trails all over the Valley and within a short distance from the resort. Or explore the vast desert skies. Available exclusively at the Arizona Biltmore, an astroguide will lead you (via SUV) through the Four Peaks in Tonto National Forest to take in the stunning nightly views of the legendary Sonoran Desert. Spring and summer nightly rates with senior discount starting at $197.
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.
Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is a small, locally owned property with 46 Caribbean-style casitas offering a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and a shaded private patio set in lush gardens, just steps from Aruba’s famous Palm Beach. This boutique property is social distanced by design, offering lots of privacy and outdoor seating areas, including a dedicated beach area on Palm Beach and two pools. Extra comfort like grocery deliveries and room service are available on request, while a dedicated Concierge takes care of every need and wish. Boardwalk’s Senior Package includes airport pick-up and drop-off service to the hotel, a ground floor casita, elegant dinner for two at Casa Nonna and more. The Senior Package is priced at $250, excluding taxes and fees, for two guests. Both guests must be 60 years of age or older.
Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort is situated steps away from the island’s famous white sand Palm Beach, nightlife, shopping malls and the best restaurants on the island. The 148 spacious resort’s fully equipped guest rooms are centered around an oasis of tropical gardens and pools which extend the invitation for a perfect rest. The property offers guests a variety of amenities including two adults’ saltwater pools, a chic swim-up bar, modern fitness center and more. Rediscover Paradise at Courtyard Aruba Resort is an exclusive deal for travelers 62 years of age or older offering 20% off their room rate, 15% off on car rental services and complimentary parking during their stay. Guests can use promotional code S9R when making their reservation.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Nevada
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, the hotel is set in a luxurious, non-gaming, non-smoking environment, just steps away from the city’s signature shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. Luxurious guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking views, a sprawling spa features two guest floors of customized wellness offerings and dynamic culinary experiences range from the Twist by Pierre Gagnaire to the Tea Lounge and SkyBar, which serves up handcrafted cocktails 23 floors above the Strip. Spring and summer nightly rates with senior discount starting at $208.