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With the long winter months stretching ahead, now is the ideal time to start planning a luxury winter escape...

With temperatures dropping and the long winter months stretching ahead, now is the ideal time to start planning a luxury winter escape. An array of captivating destinations can offer the perfect seasonal pick-me-up, with a chance to swap snow for sandy beaches, torrential rain for tropical temperatures and dark days for a much-needed dose of vitamin D. Away from the beach, city culture is an excellent distraction from dreary days at home. If you'd like to warm up your winter with a luxury getaway, read on for our picks of the best places to go.

Best for a Secluded Island Escape

You couldn't feel further from the European winter on the exclusive Caribbean island of Canouan, where acres of pristine forests tumble down the hillsides towards the crystalline-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. For a remote Robinson Crusoe experience in the most luxurious of settings, look no further than Mandarin Oriental, Canouan. Fronting an astonishingly beautiful stretch of white, powdery sand beach, this exclusive hideaway has an intimate feel, with just 26 suites and 13 villas providing a luxurious haven for guests. First-class facilities and service at the hotel sit against a backdrop of relaxed, unhurried island life, a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home. Lazy days stretch on effortlessly with the sun-dappled sea and impressive infinity pool providing the perfect sanctuary from the tropical warmth. Sumptuous treatment suites with spellbinding views are a superb setting for a reinvigorating spa experience, and a hillside yoga pavilion allows meditative exercise in the most captivating of locations. The resort's spectacular 18-hole golf course stretches sixty acres along the seafront, offering a world-class golfing experience with exceptional views, and there is plenty of opportunity to explore the rest of this island paradise as well on a range of exclusive experiences organised by the hotel.
Aerial View of Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
Aerial View of Hotel

Best for Luxury in a Spectacular Setting

Exotic Arabian landscapes offer the perfect setting for a break from reality, and Six Senses Zighy Bay's outstanding location is sure to impress. With rugged mountains behind and sandy beach and blue sea to the front, the surroundings couldn't be further from winter days back home. Stunning accommodation, all with private plunge pools, exemplary dining options showcasing Arabian cuisine and more, and an unparalleled wellness offering complete the experience here. And for a truly unique arrival, why not glide down to the sands of Zighy beach on the resort's paragliding experience?
Guest paragliding into Six Senses Zighy Bay
Paragliding arrival into Six Senses Zighy Bay

Best for Romance

With its paradise location and achingly romantic ambience, the adults-only private island resort Baros Maldives is an ideal winter escape. Dazzling white sand beaches ring a palm tree covered island interior, and authentically luxurious villas dot the glorious landscape. A thriving coral reef provides endless opportunities to encounter the ocean's magnificent marine life, whether that be under the surface or from above in a unique glass-bottomed kayak - just one of many memorable activities that will ensure winter at home feels a million miles away.
View of Water Pool Villa Exterior
Water Pool Villa at Baros Maldives

Best for Short-Haul Sunshine

Year-round sunshine and a flight time that can see you saying goodbye to overcast skies in the morning and strolling on the beach by dinner time makes Tenerife a compelling choice for a luxury winter sun holiday. Perfect for couples and families alike, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is brimming with facilities including seven swimming pools, a golf course, a cycling centre and an indulgent spa, whilst children are well catered for in the ever-popular Ritz Kids' club. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with eight eateries serving up delicious dishes and the resort's signature restaurant, M.B, presenting Basque-inspired Michelin-starred cuisine.
View of The Ritz-Carlton, Abama and sea beyond
View of The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

Best for an Exotic Escape

The vibrant sights and sounds of one of Africa's most exciting cities, Marrakech, are a complete contrast to gloomy winters days. Colours will leap out at you, smells will excite you and local culture is sure to fascinate you. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is a distinguished base for an exotic winter break with easy access to the many wonders of the city yet enjoying a serene setting at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The extensive resort boasts a host of impressive facilities, not least a 3,500m² spa and a 500m² kids' club, said to be the largest in Morocco.
Aerial View of Swimming Pool and Hotel
Aerial View of Hotel

Best for Idyllic Indian Ocean Luxury

Shimmering seas, soft sands and swaying palm trees await guests fleeing the UK's winter chill at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius. Nestled in 2,500 hectares of protected nature reserve, elegant plantation house inspired architecture is reminiscent of the island's traditional heritage and provides a calm and elegant sanctuary. A wealth of watersports can be enjoyed on the protected lagoon and guests can also tee off at the 18-hole championship golf course, voted the best golf course in the Indian Ocean.
Panoramic View of Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
Panoramic View of Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

Best for City Culture

Winter city breaks allow effortless exploration without the high season crowds, and where better to take advantage of the quieter streets than in Italy's charismatic cities? Base yourself in one of Rocco Forte Hotel's exquisite city properties and the romantic architecture and mouthwatering food of Rome or Florence will be on your doorstep. Hotel de la Ville offers an elegant place to lay your head in Italy's capital, with sophisticated décor, five-star service and exceptional facilities.
View of Interior of Junior Suite at Hotel de la Ville, A Rocco Forte Hotel
Junior Suite at Hotel de la Ville, A Rocco Forte Hotel

Best for a Sumptuous Spa Break

Home to the only Guerlain Spa in the United Arab Emirates, One&Only The Palm is an idyllic setting for winter sun with a hefty dose of rest and relaxation. Meticulously landscaped gardens, punctuated by gushing fountains and shimmering pools, sit alongside the stunning, private sandy beach, where breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai's towering skyline await. Nestled in its own private garden, the hotel's spa offers exemplary treatments in a serene space, with signature spa rituals curated exclusively for One&Only The Palm merging age-old Guerlain expertise with Arabian traditions. Fine dining at the hotel's renowned French restaurant, awarded two stars in the Dubai Michelin Guide, is the perfect end to a restorative day.
View of fountain in the spa courtyard
Spa Courtyard

Best for Seafront Luxury

Seafront luxury on Cyprus' stunning south coast awaits at AMARA, where every room boasts endlessly relaxing 180° sea views. An enviable location close to the cosmopolitan city of Limassol allows guests to discover the local culture, whilst the hotel offers a myriad of facilities to tempt them back. Why not retreat to the outstanding AMARA Spa, a holistic haven guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate? Dining is a highlight of any stay here, with exceptional menus curated by celebrated chefs presenting innovative, world class cuisine, and Michelin Star restaurant, Ristorante Locatelli, promising evenings to remember.
View of infinity pool and sea
Infinity Pool

Best for Sustainable Stays

Nestled along a stunning secluded beachfront in Phuket's Emerald Bay with lush forest surrounds, Rosewood Phuket feels a world away from home. A focus on the natural landscape is apparent throughout, with contemporary architecture crafted from local indigenous materials, immersive views of hillside forests through floor to ceiling windows, and sustainable design including rainwater retention ponds that provide the resort's water supply and the largest solar renewable energy system of any hotel on the island. Exquisite authentic dining experiences incorporate local produce and flavours sure to satisfy, whilst the extensive offering at the wellness centre promises to relax and refresh in a tranquil setting.
View of swimming pool and loungers
Pool Area
To discover more, call us today and speak to one of our dedicated Luxury Travel Specialists for their first-hand recommendations for your next winter escape.
Samantha  Crosby

Samantha Crosby

Marketing Executive

Holidays make me happy. Feeling the sun on my face on a beautiful beach, exploring city sights or taking in remote views, there's nothing I love more than getting out into the world. I've been lucky enough to spend much of my life visiting interesting places all across the globe and I hope it continues for many more years to come!