Whether you are looking to embrace the chill with a cosy ski resort, or thoroughly defrost with a tropical escape in the sun, we can arrange a luxury getaway to cure your winter blues. Read our list of our top twelve luxury hotels around the world this winter.
1. Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
Nestled on six-thousand acres near Matauri Bay, the Lodge and suites at Kauri Cliffs boast spectacular panoramic views across the frothy Pacific Rim coastline. Each suite features its own private porch, where scenes of drizzly mornings can be swapped for bright and breezy afternoons!
Come here for - An amazing golf experience. With a course rated second place in the World Top 100 Golf Courses, and a summer extending from November through to March, the temperate climate and stunning landscape make perfect conditions for feeding your golf enthusiasm during chilly days back at home. Kauri Cliffs is also holding a Summer Series of activities from November 14th 2016, with guided walks through the farm, barbecue dinners on the beach and Kapa Haka performances at cocktail hour.
2. Babylonstoren, South Africa
An eco-paradise that embodies the term ‘quirky chic’, Babylonstoren is a two-hundred hectare working farm, where visitors can embrace the pleasures of freshly grown organic food, exemplary modern wine and breathtaking panoramas of the striking Cape Winelands mountains.
Come here for – The garden is the heart of the estate, where over three-hundred varieties of plants are harvested for use in farm-to-fork restaurants, or utilised for their medicinal properties. Download the 'Gardening with Babylonstoren App' for instant tips and information from gardening specialists. There are also regular workshops to help you put your gardening skills to the test!
3. Amanpuri, Thailand
With its name meaning ‘place of peace’ in Sanskrit, Amanpuri is an otherworldly haven of serenity, where frosty winter months will feel like a distant memory. The idyllic setting is perfect for those hoping to recharge in the sumptuous spa, where indulgent treatments are inspired by ancient Thai therapies.
Come here for – Tropical winter sun is the island of Koh Samui’s trump card, though there is an array of experiences and adventures available from Amanpuri to make your otherwise chilly months really heat up. Explore the coast by kayak, hobie cat or catamaran, play a round of golf on one of the five world-class golf courses nearby or simply relax with some Thai tea in the balmy light of the late afternoon.
4. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Whistler
Epitomising Canada’s mountain spirit, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is a sprawling resort that nevertheless offers a cosy retreat from which to enjoy the joys of the snowy winter months. Both luxurious and scenic, frosty fingers can be warmed up with hot chocolate in the lobby or a soothing spa treatment.
Come here for – This much envied hotel boasts a prime spot in North America’s largest ski resort, with a lively European-style village and towering icy glaciers. Skiing is the biggest draw in winter, with an average of up to eight-feet of snowfall per month from November to January. The hotel’s dedicated ski concierge will take care of arranging your day on the slopes, whether you want to try dog sledding, ice climbing, snow shoeing or take a snow cat tour.
5. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Boasting the claim of being the world’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch, The Ranch at Rock Creek was created out of a labour of love for bringing to life the legend of the pioneering frontier. Cosy up by the fire in these elegantly rustic cabins before saddling up for the great American winter!
Come here for – Seasonal celebrations reach new heights in ‘Big Sky Country’ of Montana, where the idyllic backdrop of snowy mountains and bushy pine trees make for a picture-perfect end to the year. Over the Christmas period, the halls are well and truly decked, and magical yuletide activities, including Christmas tree hunting and gingerbread house making, offer a heartily traditional Christmas for all. Children will also love the Silver Dollar Saloon, featuring a bowling alley, cinema and plenty of merriment!
6. Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
A private island paradise, Jumby Bay Island is the ultimate Caribbean hideaway to cure your winter woes! With the entire island to roam, undisturbed from traffic or unwanted disturbances, soak up the sun, explore the ocean or discover the history of Antigua before retiring to your luxurious villa.
Come here for – Beachside bliss! Fringed with palms and kissed by the rays of the sun, you can swing your days away on your hammock while a beach attendant ensures you never want for a fresh fruit smoothie, frozen daiquiri or fresh towel. Winter? What winter?
7. Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico
An all-pool villa resort in Riviera Maya, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is an indulgent retreat nestled in its own carefully maintained ecosystem. Championing its own renowned brand of Asian hospitality, this hotel is perfect for immersing yourself in nature from your beautifully stylish accommodation.
Come here for – The culture, the spa, the food... there is plenty to melt away your chills. The 13th century fortress city of Tulum is nearby – the only archaeological site to be built by the ocean – while the hotel offers an array of unforgettable experiences. Couples will love a culinary cruise in a traditional trajnera boat, taking a tequila tasting session or recharging in the Rainforest Spa.
8. The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife
Known to some as the undisputed champion of the Canary Islands, the terracotta palace of the Ritz-Carlton Abama is the crest-piece of Tenerife, with a bounty of bars and restaurants, plus an extensive spa.
Come here for – ‘The Land of Eternal Spring’, Tenerife is well-loved for its year-round mild climate and easy flights, meaning a quick getaway is always on the cards! From the hotel, there are plenty of opportunities to explore, whether taking a guided Jeep or helicopter tour around the island, trekking to the summit of Mount Teide or enjoying some watersports off the glittering coastline.
9. L'Apogee Courchevel, France
Located above the former Olympic ski jump, L’Apogee Courchevel offers one of France's most exquisite ski experiences. The ultimate in luxurious Alpine chic, enjoy delectable fine-dining from sushi masters and a soothing subterranean pool when you are not sliding down the slopes.
Come here for – Skiing to your heart’s content! An elite coaching experience is available for all ability levels, meaning you can put your winter holiday to some valuable use by refining your skills and techniques! There are also some glittering Christmas and New Year celebrations held, with visits from Father Christmas, fabulous parties and sensational New Year events making for a true winter wonderland.
10. Sandy Lane, Barbados
The most influential name in Barbados, Sandy Lane is the most sought after spot on many wish lists for a spot of winter sun. Its prestigious name may well precede it, but there is a reason this legendary hotel is so envied, with exceptionally warm service, elegant cuisine and, of course, a prime position on the ‘Platinum Coast’.
Come here for – The blue skies and powdery sands are a sure-fire way to defrost your days, while the sense of timeless elegance you feel while lazing amidst the lush tropical gardens and mahogany trees makes this one of the most desirable winter escapes. The world-famous Green Monkey golf course is a well-known must-do, as is toasting the Bajan sunset from the elegant beachfront restaurant.
11. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
The rugged beauty of Oman is even more impressive when in contrast to the dark days of winter back home. Six Senses Zighy Bay is perfectly perched on the dusty coloured coastline, boasting unrivalled views across the dramatic mountains that frame the Gulf of Oman. Built from natural stone in the style of an indigenous village, and boasting a spectacular mountain-edge bar and restaurant, November to April are the best months for this destination.
Come here for – Discover the culture of Oman with a host of experiences to get involved in. A sunset cruise is the perfect way to end any day, where canapés can be savoured along with the dusky atmosphere of the tranquil Haffa Bay, while active types can paraglide, hike or mountain bike their way through the stunning scenery – you can even chose to make a unique arrival by paragliding straight into the resort!
12. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Almost surreal in its beauty, One&Only Reethi Rah is the most luxurious way to experience barefoot luxury. A gem in the crown of the Indian Ocean, you will feel hypnotised by the panoramas of azure lagoons and swathes of white sands from your sleek beachfront or overwater villa.
Come here for – Formerly known as the ‘King’s Island’, the Maldives is the ultimate place to seek refuge from your stresses. The perfect pick-me-up after the hustle and bustle of the festive period, you won’t be disturbed by a care in the world, as you lose yourself in this haven of tranquillity.
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