The pandemic’s anniversary this past week has many of us realizing just how long we have gone without seeing family members…going to the theatre…hugging friends…traveling abroad. 

Fortunately, this milestone comes as the vaccine roll out accelerates across the country. The positive trend in vaccinations has many wanderlusting travelers rushing to plan bucket list travel while others cautiously inch towards vacation territory once more. 

No matter which side you are on, Cook Travel is here to help you plan the post-pandemic vacation of your dreams for a fraction of the cost.

Not sure where to start?

Here are five of our most hotly-anticipated hotels opening internationally this year to jumpstart some wanderlust of your own.

​​​​​Capella Hanoi, Vietnam: opened January 2021

Hotel designer extraordinaire, Bill Bensley was inspired by the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi’s famous opera house, adding an element of whimsy and drama that drops guests luxuriously into the turn of the last century. 

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands: opening mid-2021

The resort will feature seven restaurants and bars serving a variety of cuisines, a Ritz Kids Club, and an overwater spa. Villas start at an impressive 1,615 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, and all will offer dedicated butler service, plus sundecks with infinity pools.

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, Spain: Opening March 2021

This beloved institution has been undergoing renovations for the better part of three years and is finally ready to unveil the iconic beauty restored to its former glory but with amenities fit for the modern world traveler.

Airelles Château de Versailles Le Grand Contrôle, France: Opening Spring 2021

The palace of Versailles may have a whopping 700 rooms, but this ritzy new retreat on the grounds will have just 14 extravagant apartments and offer guests exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Versailles palace, gardens, galleries, libraries and more. 

The Woodward, Geneva, Switzerland: Opening Spring 2021

Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, star designer Pierre-Yves Rochon is transforming a post-Haussman 1901 edifice into a stunning 26-suite hotel that will be part of the luxe Oetker Collection.