Winter is coming, and if you live anywhere that drops below 10 degrees the desire to escape to a tropical place most likely ensues. With golden memories of European summers passed gallivanting across the shorelines of St. Tropez, cocktail-in-hand, the desirability for some salty sun-kissed summer magic is only natural. But there is a certain joy to be found in the polar opposite fate – a blissful winter getaway heralds a different kind of magic. From stays in spectacular glass igloos under the northern lights to esteemed ski chalets where you may or may not see a member of the royal family on the slopes. Here are the top 5 finest winter getaways to be enjoyed this season.
Aspen Colorado transforms into a dreamy winter escape from December to April, attracting visitors for its world-class skiing, flavorful arts & cultural scene, and tasting menus from locally foraged ingredients. The glittering snow-covered landscapes have made Aspen a renowned winter activity hub with one of the chicest Après-ski scenes you will find anywhere. You won’t be starved for choice when it comes to luxury hotel offerings in this ski village. Select from the romantic St. Regis and Auberge hotels or enjoy the on-site convenience of a ski and snowboard shop at the W hotel.
One of Canada’s famously french speaking cities, Quebec is home to a uniquely Canadian cultural landscape that comes alive during the winter months. Best known for its architectural brilliance, UNESCO heritage-listed sites, and charming cobblestone scenery – the idyllic feel is akin to cities like Geneva, Switzerland & Nice. The Fairmont Château Frontenac is a Quebec icon and undoubtedly the most prestigious hotel option available with stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and historic grandeur greater than any other hotel will be able to meet.
The best time to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights is during the wintertime. Lapland is a popular choice for those after a more arctic winter wonderland experience, the unique aesthetic of the midnight sun, glass igloos, and, spa options, set the scene for the perfect cold-weather getaway. Perched deep in the arctic wilderness is the Kakslauttanen resort, known as the place under a million stars in the arctic wilderness. Words don’t do justice as to why it stands well above the rest – just take a look at photos of the place & you’ll understand why.
Surrounded by seven picturesque mountains overlooking the seaside and the fjords this panoramic scene creates an oasis of tranquility for Scandi lovers near & far. In town, between a scene of colorful houses, there are alleyways overflowing with old-world nordic treasures, untouched by the influence of modern life. Look to the majestic Opus XVI hotel for a luxurious stay, with 65 unique rooms in a historic building situated in the heart of Bergen – the distinctive identity this building has formed over the years makes it worth a visit.
If you’ve never experienced Iceland before the only word to adequately describe this place is: otherworldly. There’s a reason why everyone talks about Iceland; one minute you’ll find yourself traversing a glacier, (if that’s your thing) and the next on a black beach that looks somewhat like another planet. It’s honestly got all the natural winter offerings you can imagine plus some that are incomprehensible by imagination, they must be seen to be believed. If you really want to indulge for a couple of days, head to the Blue Lagoon retreat (yes that place you’ve seen countless times on IG) the serenity is a total dream. After all, this place is host to one of the 25 natural wonders of the world, who would want to miss that?