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For globetrotters who can't contain their wanderlust amid coronavirus fears, these destinations are still unaffected by the outbreak

NAMIBIA

Deep in the heart of the country's ancient Namib Desert, andBeyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons and extraordinary clarity of light that makes this area one of Africa's most compelling landscapes.

Overlooking the pristine natural terrain, it boasts 10 exquisite suites and the two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite that is ideal for families or groups of friends who prefer more privacy.

Options for desert adventures abound, including early morning hot-air balloon flights, desert drives, dune dining and a chance to celebrate the Sossusvlei skies with a resident astronomer at the on-site world class observatory.

Suite rates start from N$9,265 (S$860) a night for each person sharing.

MALDIVES

Escape to blue ocean waters and white sandy beaches, with your partner, for the Valentine's Day of a lifetime.

Wine and dine under the starlit Maldivian sky and indulge in a spot of pampering just for two at The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives from enjoying an exquisite three-course meal on the beach to a night in The Standard Spa.

Hotel rates start from US$473.20 (S$655) with breakfast, US$568.10 for half board and US$685.75 (all-inclusive) a night for a Lagoon Beach Villa.

NORWAY

Scott Dunn's seven-night Active Norwegian Fjords itinerary gives guests the opportunity to explore the best of north-west Norway's surrounding fjords and the stunning Sunnmore Alps together.

Starting in Oslo, travellers will be able to dive into the culture, discover breath-taking landscapes and witness Norway's favourite native, the puffin.

Highlights include a visit to Unesco world heritage site Geirangerfjord, home to three different majestic waterfalls, as well as a trip to the Golden Route, Norway's best-known stretch of road consisting of 11 hairpin bends accompanied by the dramatic scenery of the Rauma district.

From $8,900 a person, the itinerary includes luxury accommodation throughout on a bed and breakfast basis, internal flights, private transfers and selected experiences.

NEW ZEALAND

Car rental brand Avis has partnered with Singapore-based Travel Wander, a local licensed travel agency that specialises in active holidays, to inspire more people to explore bike-drive itineraries offered in New Zealand.

With some of the world's grandest mountain landscapes, Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail is one of the best ways to soak up the beauty of the country.

The bike path network covering 2,500km of New Zealand's countryside located in both North and South islands has over 20 biking routes known as Great Rides for bikers of every age and ability.

Examples of bike-drive itineraries include Hawke's Bay Trails North Island Ride, Tasman's Great Taste Trail South Island Ride and The Queenstown Trail South Island Ride.

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