As countries around the globe close borders, suspend international flights, and enact mandatory quarantines in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, most travelers are hunkering down at home. Some are scrambling to return home. And then there are a few outliers. These are people who are sheltering in place, exactly where they were when the news started to ripple around the world—in intimate, remote, five-star hotels.
“Many of our guests have chosen to extend their stays by one week, two weeks, or until further notice, ” says Kevin Wendle, owner of Hotel Esencia in Riviera Maya, Mexico. That started even before the announcement on Friday, March 20, that the U.S. and Mexican governments would limit border travel. Now, he explains, travelers who were wary of navigating crowded airports on their way home have been practically forced into staying on vacation.