Where To Travel This Winter
It may not feel like it, but Q1 is just around the corner! We really love planning trips this time of year as it provides a unique opportunity to visit the Southern Hemisphere, destinations that are too hot outside of winter, and to avoid the crowds encountered while traveling from June – August. Here’s a bit of inspiration for your December through March travels!
Check out the new Montage Big Sky in Montana. Ski some of the largest runs in the country then take a tour through the snowy landscape of Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. Or consider Deer Valley, Utah which boasts many luxury ski-in/ski-out resorts and a lower elevation than its Colorado counterparts. If skiing isn’t your thing, take the family on a new adventure at a luxury dude ranch in Wyoming, New Mexico, or Montana. Brush Creek Ranch offers a private ski mountain, snowy horseback rides, and unique cuisine experiences. Other lodges offer ice fishing, sleigh rides, and more.
This winter visit Japan’s legendary ski town of Niseko. The immense snowfall and fluffy powder attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. Explore the interconnected ski areas of Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, and Hanazono, and indulge in the region’s famous hot springs to soothe those tired muscles. Check out Japan in the early months of the year to avoid the springtime crowds. Pair this trip with a stop in Tokyo or Kyoto for the thrill of these magical cities.
Head to Europe to experience cozy chalets and legendary après skis. The Alps stretch across France, Switzerland, and Italy with miles of mountain terrain for the ski enthusiasts. Mont Blanc is an iconic ski mountain in Chamonix, France where many resorts are set in the foothills of this mountain. A winter vacation in Europe brings other activities like nordic skiing, horseback riding, and the tranquility of a European spa. Check out the Italian Dolomites for winter before this UNESCO World Heritage site sets the stage for the next Winter Games.
Visiting the Middle East
The captivating destination of Jordan offers a blend of rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. Start this adventure in the capital, Amman, at one of the luxury hotels and endless cultural immersion opportunities. No trip to Jordan is complete without a visit to the ancient city of Petra. Carved into rose-red cliffs, this UNESCO World Heritage site will transport you to a bygone era and leave you in awe of its architecture and history. For more adventure, stay at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Ishtar at the Dead Sea and take a dip in one of the Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. In Wadi Rum, trek through the desert by jeep, camel, or hot air balloon and experience the Bedouin culture.
Step into an Arabian fairytale in Oman this winter. The cool temperatures and constant sunshine is the ideal backdrop for desert adventures. Oman’s rugged mountains beckon with hiking and rock climbing opportunities, and the pristine coastline along the Arabian Sea offer pristine beaches and world-class snorkeling and diving spots. Check out one of our favorite properties, the Alila Al Jabal Akhar which embodies Oman’s warm hospitality and exceptional cuisine, while the landscape brings never-ending views.
The Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands offers everything you want and more for a brief vacay. Water-sports, hiking trails, and jeep tours of the island are just a few amenities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. For a more lively atmosphere, the French vibes of St. Barths will keep you busy day and night enjoying amazing cuisine and cool beach clubs. Our favorites are Eden Rock for that quintessential St. Barths vibe and Le Guanahani for some laid back but luxurious beach time. Remember to book these hotels with us directly for more perks and potential upgrades.
The Maldives archipelago is the ideal destination for a romantic, winter getaway. Set in the Indian Ocean, the overwater bungalows and white sand beaches will ease you from the staggering cold. You can relax in world-class spas with unique Maldivian treatments or explore the water snorkeling, kayaking, or boating. Some of our favorite luxury resorts in the Maldives include Soneva Fushi on the Baa Atoll with a lush ecosystem and Huvafen Fushi on the North Malé Atoll, a secret haven in the ocean. The Maldives also pairs well with Dubai or Sri Lanka to add a cultural element to your trip!
Visiting Thailand’s islands in the winter is a delightful escape from the cold, as the tropical climate offers warm, sun-kissed days and balmy evenings. On the island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea or Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, you can explore the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Stay out on the water with a customized yacht trip around the Phi Phi islands. If you’re looking for a cultural experience, immerse in Thai island life or head to the northern region for a full Thailand holiday.
If you’re wanting to get out of town this winter, we’ve got ideas for you! Reach out HERE to get started planning.