Corona and holidays: Our 5 tips for safe travel

Corona and holidays:

Our 5 tips for safe travel and pleasure

5 tips for your holiday in times of Corona

I just can’t wait to go on holiday again!!! But is it safe to book my holiday for 2021?
Times are more uncertain than ever before. So it’s no wonder that hardly anyone dares to book their holiday just yet.

All relevant authorities have tightened travel advisories and warnings for almost all holiday destinations. Many holiday destinations are still classified as risk areas. Only “necessary” travel is allowed or recommended.

All those of you who are suffering from lockdown fatigue and can only think of one thing – holidays, should prepare themselves well.

We hear you! That is why we have composed a list of the 5 most important tips for Corona and holidays in this blog.

Tip 1: Try to avoid crowds as much as possible, especially on public holidays.

Many regions are not so touristy yet – and therefore are much safer to visit than the tourist hotspots. Nevertheless, they also offer many attractions, such as beautiful villages, mountains, the sea or special natural spectacles. Corona offers you an opportunity to get to know these authentic, tranquil beauties that usually stay below the radar – far from the bustle of the mass tourism.

Tip 2: Book a holiday in the sun

At first, it seemed that the coronavirus, just like the normal flu virus, does not like high temperatures. Unfortunately, we are no longer so sure about that, but one thing is quite clear: the fewest transmissions occur outdoors. In a warm and sunny country like ours, you live outdoors most of the year – without the dreaded wintery thing that we call frost and always with open windows.

Tip 3: Check booking and cancellation conditions carefully.

We can only advise anyone who is planning a trip now to check the booking and cancellation conditions carefully. An accommodation that values a long and faithful relationship with its guests will always deal with this issue flexibly. No gagging contracts – no risk – no nasty surprises.

Tip 4: Decide to travel by plane instead of by car.

Most people think they are safer travelling by car. Obviously, we feel just as safe in our cars as we do in our own homes. But there are two main reasons not to go on holiday by car.

Firstly, on such a long journey you have to make sanitary stops, eat something and stay somewhere overnight. You come into contact with lots of people in lots of places, increasing the risk of infection.

Secondly, anyone travelling by plane, for example to Spain, must have a negative PCR test. For travellers travelling by car this is non-essential. Therefore, we think: a clear plus point for aviation.

And whoever thinks that the air in planes might be a problem – the filter systems in planes are extremely good. Since we in Western Europe fortunately no longer have to travel with some sleazy “never-come-back” airline, we can assume that the air in the plane is also much cleaner than in a restaurant or a toilet in a car park.

Tip 5: Find out about the Corona regulations and measures at your destination.

Almost every country has its own national, regional and/or local regulations. This can be very confusing. Therefore, before you leave, ask the accommodation where you have booked your holiday about the Corona measures. In our case, we are updated daily meaning that you don’t have to read 100,000 websites. Just ask us!

Bonus-Tip 1: for travellers to Andalusia

The provincial government of Andalusia has introduced free insurance for anyone travelling to and staying in Andalusia after the disastrous tourism year of 2020.

So even in the unlikely event that you get infected during your holiday, you won’t be left out in the cold.

Bonus-Tip 2: Stay in small accommodations

With the ubiquitous coronavirus among us, our travel patterns will certainly change. Last year, more people than ever before opted for small holiday accommodation. The reasons for this are obvious.

First, of course, it cannot be denied that the fewer people are gathered somewhere, the lower the risk of infection. A breakfast buffet with a hundred people or more in a closed room suddenly doesn’t feel right any more. Dark, narrow corridors where you can’t get out of your way suddenly don’t add to your confidence either. But personal contact with your hosts suddenly makes you feel so much better and safer. No matter what happens and how the situation develops – they are always there for you. Your personal assistant in all situations. Which big hotel can offer that?

Because one thing’s for sure: like all the big hotel chains, the small accommodations have done their homework and have a meticulous Corona protocol, too.

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Corona protocol and rules for a safe and relaxed stay at Cortijo El Sarmiento

Like many others, we at Cortijo El Sarmiento have a specified Corona hygiene protocol that goes above and beyond what is required by the government.

For example, all rooms are disinfected with ozone after guests leave – for our own safety and yours.

Here you will find all the measures we have taken to offer you a marvellous and at the same time a safe holiday during this time.

Flexible booking conditions in 2021

We understand that you want to book your holiday without the risk of losing your deposit. We have therefore adapted our payment and cancellation conditions to the Corona situation.

If you book your holiday with us now, you don’t have to pay a deposit at all. We ask for a 50% deposit only one week before your arrival. So if you want to cancel before then, that is possible. Should the SARS-COV-2 situation deteriorate in the week before your stay, you can decide whether to leave the deposit for a later stay or ask us to return the money to your account. Within 48 hours the money will be back in your account.

This change in payment and cancellation policy only applies in conjunction with Covid-19.

Keep your distance & wear a mask at check-in

We only have 7 rooms on our 6,000 sq ft property. We provide room for up to 14 guests. With so much space, it’s obvious that “keeping your distance” really isn’t a problem at all with us.

At the moment, we welcome you with a mouthguard. On the way to your room, and while we show you around the grounds and facilities, we cannot always guarantee a distance of 2m. We would therefore be grateful if you would also wear a mask until check-in is completed.

Otherwise, you only need to wear a mask on the premises if you intend to come closer than 2m to us or the other guests.

However, please wear a mask at all times, as it is compulsory to wear a mask in public areas outside the Cortijo – always, at all times and everywhere.

Mutual consideration and sufficient distance are required, e.g. in the common rooms or on stairs.

Use the Honesty Bar

A dispenser with disinfectant is always available at the entrance door to the Honesty Bar.

Before you take anything from the bar or make yourself a coffee or tea, please use enough disinfectant to clean your hands. A holiday with us without the Honesty Bar is impossible! So hygiene is even more important here than elsewhere.

Meals in times of Corona

We serve breakfast from 9:00 to 10:30 am directly at your table on our outdoor terrace by the pool. Of course, we also respect the minimum distance of 2 metres.

Please wash your hands thoroughly before meals or use the disinfectant here as well.

For our dinner parties, we have mapped out a plan for eating and enjoying convivial evenings together while still maintaining the safety distance. Tried and tested in 2020 and approved 🙂

Cleaning is the basis of the hygiene protocol.

We clean every day. Rooms are well ventilated during cleaning, and we pay special attention to surfaces that are frequently touched.

We also recommend leaving the windows open as often as possible and keeping the use of air conditioning to a minimum. “But hey, this is what you came here for after all!” Every time someone leaves, we disinfect the room with an ozone machine. No bacteria or virus can escape here 🙂 .

The pool gets an extra portion of attention

Of course, our pool is available to all guests. There is enough space in and around the pool to guarantee a distance of 2 metres.

However, showering before entering the pool is now an important hygiene and health measure – so please do!

It is also important that you use the large “protective bath towel” on the sun lounger and under your bath towel.

The furniture (sunshades, sunbeds) at the pool should be at a safe distance from each other. Therefore, do not move them unnecessarily. This is the only way to ensure that everyone keeps the necessary distance and can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. The sunbeds and all other furniture on the terrace are cleaned and disinfected daily.

We check the water in the pool daily according to the current regulations and treat it with the necessary products. As we have to do some extra work to maintain the pool during the pandemic, unfortunately, it can only stay open until 7 pm this summer. This gives us enough time to take care of everything before dinner. And the pool is up and ready for a new day of safe and lazy recuperation.

Coronavirus and possible symptoms

We adhere to the protocols set by the government to prevent COVID-19 infection.

However, we are not responsible for the behaviour of individual guests, although we are confident that this will not become a ‘problem’. Nevertheless, if someone does not adhere to the hygiene rules, we will discuss this immediately with the person concerned. Our health is important to all of us and, after all, we all want to be able to go on holiday a little longer in a Corona-safe manner.

Despite all precautions, it is possible that you may develop a fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection (dry cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing). Please inform us immediately. We will then contact the relevant health authorities and decide together on the further course of action.

As you can see, we are well-prepared. Nothing stands in the way of a relaxing, enjoyable and – above all – well-deserved holiday.

Should there be any further legal requirements, we will of course adapt our procedures immediately. This applies to all necessary changes within the current regulations.

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