Escape Winter at these Luxe Hotels in the Sun
As we move full force into winter, we are dreaming of nothing more than soft white sand, swim-up bars with frozen daiquiris and unlimited sunshine. We’ve put together a list of luxury hotels around the world to keep you warm this winter – from Turks and Caicos to Bali and Mexico, these are the best warm weather escapes this year.
The Palms Turks and Caicos – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The 72 suite oceanfront resort lies just steps away from the sparkling white sand and turquoise water of Grace Bay Beach and is just a 3 hour direct flight from NYC – allowing travelers to be transported from snow to sunshine in no time! Turks & Caicos is often hailed as the most beautiful beach in the world, and guests have panoramic views of the turquoise waters, a front row seat to the infinity pool and swim-up bar, and moonbathing, a nighttime under-the-stars experience where guests enjoy desserts and drinks on the beach, along with mini-spa treatments. Complimentary wi-fi means you can stay connected (if you wish!), tennis and croquet courts for the athletes, Konch Kritters Kids’ Club for the young vacationers, lessons in sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding for beginners and advanced water enthusiasts. Additionally, enjoy complimentary breakfast in The Garden, a new outdoor dining venue where guests can eat their breakfast while listening to live music and surrounded by indigenous flora and fauna.
Marquis Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
A vibrant art history, flourishing culinary scene and plethora of well-appointed resorts have transformed Cabo from a former spring break haven into a luxurious, relaxing getaway. Marquis Los Cabos, a AAA Four Diamond resort in the travel hotspot, is sure to warm up any winter vacation. Located near the tip of the Baja peninsula where the desert mountains meet the Sea of Cortes, Marquis Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort features a dream combination of gorgeous setting, pristine accommodations and superb amenities. The adult-only resort features 235 newly-renovated suites with oceanfront views of the sparkling sea. Guests can soak up the warm sun’s rays by any one of the three pools overlooking the ocean expanse or unwind at the 13,000 square-foot, award-winning Spa Marquis. Dine on-site at one of the five gourmet restaurants, all helmed by the Michelin pedigreed executive chef, or explore the city’s nearby destination restaurants and organic farmers’ markets. Throughout the property, art lovers can view the extensive and vibrant collection of Latin American original artwork and sculptures on display. A dream destination for golf aficionados as well, six 18-hole courses are within ten miles of the resort.
The Mulia & Mulia Villas – Bali, Indonesia
Located beachfront on the white-sand Nusa Dua beach, The Mulia & Mulia Villas are two ultra-luxurious properties that offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean to create a relaxing haven with lavish amenities and incredible service. For snow birds looking to enjoy sunshine and sandy beaches this winter, The Mulia provides luxury accommodations that truly exceed expectations for style, comfort and service. From expansive and elegant suites to distinct lounge and oceanfront pools, the property has something to please even the most discerning winter traveler.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – Miami, FL
Located just steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road—a 10-block pedestrian esplanade, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, is the perfect destination for a quick winter getaway. In the center of Miami’s buzzy scene The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach welcomes guests to experience excellence in service, cuisine and accommodations. For the holidays, the hotel has taken the flare of South Beach to the traditional gingerbread house creating a 10 ft. long gingerbread landscape of the destination to be displayed in the lobby over the festive season. This grand landscape of Miami culture and landmarks is a sweet display for all to admire. For the foodies, a surprise and delight culinary adventure has been created with a Pop-Up Dinner during the holiday season. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests will receive no further information other than to meet at the hotel Lobby Bar for cocktails where they will then experience an undisclosed menu served in a secret location in the hotel. Very limited space available, $150 per person.
Fairmont Mayakoba – Riviera Maya, Mexico
The AAA Five Diamond and Rainforest Alliance Verified resort, Fairmont Mayakoba is a destination to escape the cold this winter and enjoy the sunshine. Set on 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by transparent waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline the options are endless. For the food lovers, Fairmont Mayakoba has completely re-vamped its entire F&B program (4 restaurants) in partnership with world-renowned chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Through a phased approach, each of the resort’s four F&B outlets have been completely renovated ushering in a new culinary era at the award-winning Riviera Maya resort. Additionally, the Rainforest Alliance Verified resort will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2016!
Cheeca Lodge & Spa – Islamorada, FL
This winter, snow is heading to the sunshine state — Islamorada visitors can expect quirky holiday happenings, like santas clad in full uniform waterskiing by the holiday festival, which has a big pile of real snow for families to play in. While immersing yourself in the island culture, the “Queen of the Florida Keys”, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is the place to stay to enjoy the sunshine. With endless possibility for all ages, Cheeca offers tennis, snorkel trips, sea kayaking and chartered cruises — a perfect escape from frigid winter temperatures, without sacrificing the holiday cheer. Additionally, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is gearing up to celebrate its 70th anniversary in the fall of 2016. To recognize this milestone, the iconic property will debut a year-long “Authentically Cheeca” program of festivities for guests and locals alike.
Half Moon, a Rock Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Half Moon is a 400-acre luxury resort featuring two miles of private, white-sand beach with 398 spacious rooms and suites and the perfect beach getaway during the colder months. In addition to spacious accommodations, Half Moon offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including the multi-award winning Fern Tree Spa, Spinning® studio, 13 lit tennis courts, equestrian centre (only one in Jamaica!), fitness centre, 54 swimming pools, water sports, dolphin lagoon, shops, and more. Guests looking for a little R&R can indulge in an indigenous Bush Bath, where over a dozen herbs are picked from the spa garden are mixed together in a deep soaking tub, big enough for two, and meant to cleanse and revitalize while relaxing the mind and spirit.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort | Maui, Hawaii
This winter, escape the treacherous snow and soak in the sweet Hawaiian sun at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Situated on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront Andaz Maui features 297 guestrooms and suites; ten luxurious two- to four-bedroom residential villas; cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 14,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and two highly acclaimed full-service restaurants including Morimoto Maui and Ka’ana Kitchen. Designed by Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea captures the spirit of today’s Hawaii and is a certified LEED® Silver resort.
The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas
The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Resort at Pedregal is the perfect place to enjoy beach weather all winter long. The exclusive haven, accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel, is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas, yet seemingly worlds apart. The Resort at Pedregal offers unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service from a team of Personal Concierges who are available during guests’ entire visits to assist guests with their requests. The property features six beach front suites, including a Presidential Suite, six Estrella Suites, eight Dos Mares Suites, and our Signature Spa Luna y Mar.