As winter weather is settling in across the country, it’s time to start planning your next escape. For some of us, the thought of cozy fireplaces, candlelit dinners, and snowfall creates a romantic allure that’s hard to ignore. For others, the idea of all things sand, sun, and surf is the only thing you need to motivate you to book a private plane rental to paradise.
No matter where you prefer to travel to in the winter, these 8 luxury getaways are calling your name:
1. Boracay, Philippines
Touted as one of the best islands in the world, this blip on the radar is just under four square miles and is as close to paradise as you can get in the Philippines. But don’t let its size fool you — a high-action nightlife scene, stretches of pristine beaches, and crystal clear water for swimming and snorkeling pack plenty of fun activities for the entire family.
Sailboats and sunsets line the horizon as you enjoy its many restaurants, bars, and the glorious White Beach. Just off the coast, you’ll find shipwreck dive sites and coral reefs that are prime for snorkeling.
You’ll want to plan a trip here well in advance, though. The Philippines government recently closed the island for six months to restore the area to its former glory before tourists took over, and now only a limited number of daily visitors are allowed on the island.
2. Banff, Canada
A complete 180-degree turn from a tropical paradise, Banff National Park in Canada is a winter wonderland filled with wildlife, skiing, and other outdoor activities. Consider staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, which is a common starting point for some of the best hiking trails in the area. Breathtaking mountain peaks surround you on all sides, many of which boast some of the best ski runs in the country.
While you’re in the area, you can take advantage of the hot springs, ride a horse to a remote tea house, go on a snowshoe tour, and take a sleigh ride or dog sled tour to experience Banff in all its glory.
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
If you’re planning a getaway for Christmas, Copenhagen is the place to its. It’s filled with quaint Christmas markets, lights, and amusement park rides that contribute to a festive atmosphere.
And if you’re looking for great cuisine, you’ve come to the right place. Copenhagen has been dubbed the “foodie capital” of Scandinavia, offering fresh seafood and creative food markets. It’s also the home of Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid statue, a number of historic churches and monuments, the Copenhagen Zoo, and dozens of museums and inventive buildings.
4. Baja Sur, Mexico
More than just a spring break destination for college students, Baja Sur is home to Cabo San Lucas, warm beaches, and a variety of marine life, including whale sharks, sea turtles, and 85% of the Pacific Ocean’s marine mammals. You’ll also find the famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas, which has become one of the most Instagrammable spots on the planet.
Luxury resorts dot the area, including several newly constructed ones that have spared no amenity or luxury. There’s plenty here for adventure thrillists, including everything from zip lining excursions to dolphin and whale watching and even camel tours.
5. South Tyrol, Italy
Straddling the border of Italy and Austria, South Tyrol is a skier’s paradise, thanks to the surrounding Dolomites mountain range that offer some of the most adrenaline-spiking runs in the country. Luxury accommodations are complete with fireplaces, spa services, and wellness rooms that allow you to recharge however you please.
And, in true Italian fashion, you’re also within close proximity to all the comfort foods this country is known for. Rich pastas, pizzas, and plenty of wine is just as much a trip for the foodie as it is for the adventure seeker.
6. Soelden, Austria
This glacier mountain ski destination is a fan favorite for visitors from all around the world. Lift lines are almost non-existent, but it’s far from being a hidden gem. The site was chosen as a backdrop for a James Bond film, forever cementing it in the annals of cinema.
The ski lodges here offer every comfort you could want to make your trip complete. Saunas and spas, cozy rooms, and gourmet restaurants are made even better by the magnificent views of the area.
7. Bariloche, Argentina
South America’s biggest ski resort is about two hours southwest of Buenos Aires and is more akin to a Swiss Alpine village than what you’d typically find in Argentina. Timber-constructed lodges and resorts are tucked in the middle of the Patagonia wilderness, which is best explored on foot when North America is experiencing its winter (Argentina’s winter runs from June through September).
With mountains on almost all sides, the area is prime for hiking, fishing, biking, boating, and golf.
8. The Canary Islands
The vibrant, colorful Canary Islands is a bucket list adventure for many, and there’s no better time to visit than the winter. This is considered the offseason for the area, where hotel prices are lower and crowds are fewer. Though you still won’t find much “beach weather” during this time, the atmosphere is mild enough to enjoy some time outside in its many national parks without competition. The black sandy beaches get their color from the islands’ volcanoes, including the active Mt. Teide.
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