As travel restrictions lift and vaccination rates rise, many people are starting to be willing to take a proper vacation again. But COVID has not disappeared, nor will it any time soon, which means most people are looking to travel in hotels that are as safe as possible.

Many hotels have taken measures to be super safe. COVID is mainly transmitted in indoor areas with poor ventilation, and many hotels have done a great job of providing services that eliminate the need to stand in crowded spaces.

Services you should look for when searching for the safest hotels include digital-key entry as well as contactless check-in, check-out, and payment options. If you’re checking in to a hotel, other ways to minimize your exposure to COVID (or any other viruses) include choosing a first-floor room to avoid the use of elevators and opting for room service, picking up local takeout, packing food with you, or choosing outdoor dining when it’s available.

Start dreaming of your post-pandemic trip in one of these hotels


The Brando, French Polynesia

This is an over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list splurge. The Brando, Marlon Brando’s ultra-luxurious private island resort on Tetiaroa, is situated 30 miles north of Tahiti. The far-flung resort is a favorite of celebrities. It’s got just 35 thatched-roof villas, each one decked out with a private infinity pool, outdoor dining area and all the comforts you might expect at a five-star hotel in London or New York. The biggest luxury of all is your own private stretch of powder-white sand and turquoise ocean, a few steps from your bedroom.

The William Vale, Brooklyn, New York

The staff at the William Vale makes you feel extra comfortable during your stay by being super aware and helpful about protecting both themselves and guests. Precautions include a texting system for guests to make requests from the front desk and contactless deliveries to all rooms. The hotel is extra careful about how guests share common spaces: it requires pool and gym reservations so staff could control the number of guests in each place.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

If you are heading to Italy, one of the best hotels you can go to is the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, an iconic Art Nouveau hotel perched on the banks of Lake Como. Its 90 rooms are all individually decorated and full of indulgent details like sprawling balconies, terraces and whirlpool tubs. Though it’s worth every euro to splurge on the lake-view rooms, the garden-view rooms overlooking the beautifully manicured grounds also offer a tranquil oasis. Its three swimming pools outside complete this unique experience.

&Beyond, Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

If you have ever harbored the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself, &Beyond Mnemba Island is just the place for you. This romantic, private hideaway is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, accommodating a maximum of 20 guests at a time. From snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking to massages in the beach, to doing nothing at all, &Beyond Mnemba Island has something for everyone.

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Soneva Fushi, one of the first ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style hotels in the Maldives, is set on the privately owned tropical island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Apart from the crystal clear waters, white beaches and tropical climate, the island’s unusually rich vegetation offers a unique natural experience. Massive, multi-bedroom, fairytale-like luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense tropical foliage.

Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica

The measures taken to make guests feel safe are massive in this hotel, one of the top hotels in Jamaica. Plenty of open space, private docks, surrounded by nature, staff is very cautious, sanitizer everywhere, and a WhatsApp concierge. The hotel offers contactless, pre-arrival check-in and puts seals on the rooms’ doors to alert guests they have been sanitized. Most everything is outdoors and on cliffs, which makes you feel even more distanced and safer. Even the lounge chairs by the sea are spaced out in pairs on their own rock outcroppings a good 15 to 20 feet from each other.

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai, Hawaii

This adults-only wellness retreat is the epitome of post-pandemic luxury hotels: for starters, it’s located on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which is so peaceful and secluded it feels like you’re on your own private island. Then there are the plush suites, hidden so discreetly amongst Lanai’s jungle-filled, mist-covered Koele mountains you’ll barely notice the other guests. Finally, you get a personalized wellness itinerary crafted by your own Sensei Guide, which sets you up with spa treatments and wellness activities.