Have you grown weary from the declining decorum in this year’s U.S. presidential race? In need of a getaway from the endless news cycles? The following six election escapes get Virtuoso’s vote as the best spots for confounded citizens to relax and resolve which candidate will get their support.
We declare blissfully remote Fogo Island Inn the perfect place to storm-watch until this election storm blows over. The architecturally stunning property sits on a rocky island located off yet another island, surrounded by wild, powerful ocean. While visiting, travelers can scout out property in their soon-to-be adopted Canadian homeland in case their candidate doesn’t win.
Voters can enjoy a helicopter flight over the 1855 classification of wine stars with Bordeaux Excellence. In that year, Napoleon III requested a system for ranking superior French wine. Today, “Election Escapists” can view these exceptional wineries from the air. Upon landing, guests will have privileged access to a tasting of a Grand Cru Classé. They’ll savor some of the world’s best wine while contemplating if visiting a vineyard constitutes supporting the Green Party.
Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
For anyone wanting to get away from it all, look no further than Song Saa Private Island. No TVs can be found at this overwater heaven, where harmony, sustainability and world-class luxury are the founding principles. Rather than obsessing over the latest election twists and turns, savor unique cuisine, stunning sunset views and relaxing spa and wellness treatments. However, there is Wi-Fi for anyone who must sneak a peek at exit polls.
How far would people go for true election escapes? For example, how about the ends of the earth aboard the National Geographic Orion? Lindblad Expedition’s 13-day adventure cruise to The White Continent is about as far from Washington, D.C. as it gets. Kayak among icebergs, hike in polar landscapes and take gorgeous shots of this continent untouched by campaigns. As well, an added bonus: the locals (including penguins and seals) won’t engage you in election chatter.
The Himalayas, India
Those looking to exercise their personal freedom can venture to Ananda in the Himalayas to partake in the spa’s Dhyana self-realization mediation program. Guests will harmonize their minds and tap into the potential of higher consciousness through yoga, breathing techniques and wellness treatments. Visitors are guaranteed not to bump into any politicians here.
“Shop ‘til you drop” seems like an ideal way to leave partisan politics behind and El Corte Ingles’ Castellana Store is just the place to do it. This flagship store is a self-contained luxury retail village. One million square feet of designer shopping paradise will have visitors evaluating their wardrobe, not the candidates.
Planning your election escapes
Contact a Virtuoso travel advisor to cast your ballot in favor of election escapes. And for travelers who wish to venture beyond November 8, remember your civic duty. Absentee voting is still a possibility, but rules vary by state.