Winter Break Wasn't Canceled for the Rich

Staring down a long, cold Covid-quarantine winter, the wealthy are doing what they have always done: getting out of town.

This probably doesn't come as a huge surprise, unless you've been observing an Instagram blackout. The evidence isn't just limited anecdotally to the influencer set. December was Virtuoso's, a travel agency network of 1,100 luxury travel agencies, highest month in terms of bookings for the entire year. Aspen was at 77 percent occupancy on New Year's Eve. St. Barts was at full occupancy on New Year's Eve. And, according to its tourism board, the island is projecting strong demand from travelers in January and February.

Over the holidays, all 40 of the sprawling villas at The Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in Anguilla were sold out. Going for between $15,000 to $20,000 a night. During the Christmas–New Years period Jumby Bay Island in Antigua had more guests on the island than last year (this while operating under social distancing and safety protocols). Last month XO, a private aviation company, saw an unprecedented 95 percent increase in deposit memberships over the previous year.

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