Nomads and wanderlust enthusiasts rejoice! Whether you’re looking for an Alpine chalet where you can sip après ski cocktails by a roaring fire, a tropical island where you can relax with a beach read or a far-flung destination with adventures to satisfy every member of your family, these are the winter vacations that should be on your radar. From a new properties to time-tested must do ideas, here are six reasons to start planning your 2020 trip.
Malliouhana in Anguilla
Following the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Dorian, resorts in the Caribbean have been making a Herculean effort to reopen its top hotels and beaches. One of our favorite islands that has made particularly successful progress is Anguilla. Travelers are once again able to stay at resorts such as the Four Seasons, the Belmond Cap Juluca and Malliouhana, where they can enjoy miles of private, white-sand beaches, golfing and sailing.
Chalet Pelerin in Le Miroir
This winter, skiers and snow bunnies should escape to the Alps with a private villa rental or a stay at one of the many fabulous hotels in the area. Of particular note is Chalet Pelerin, a stunning property from the ultimate adventure brand Eleven Experience that is nestled above a farming village, Le Miroir, on the French and Italian border. The Chalet offers unparalleled access to seven world-class ski resorts—including Val d’Isѐre, Sainte Foy, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosiѐre—which can be reached in less than an hour by car or by helicopter.
Treehotel in Lapland
There are few destinations that deliver on the notion of a “Winter Wonderland” better than Swedish Lapland. Its 42,000 square miles of snowy forests, icy lakes and glittering tundra are ideal for such Arctic activities as dog sledding, ice fishing, cross-country and heli-skiing and Northern Lights viewing. For hearty meals, cozy, fur-lined beds and invigorating saunas after a day in the wilderness, Lapland offers a variety of hotel options, from the family-friendly Fjellborg Arctic Lodge to the whimsical Treehotel.
Pujol in Mexico City
This year, Mexico City is a must-visit destination for foodies and design lovers. Spend a few days in the capital taking in the murals of Diego Rivera and the architecture of Luis Barragán and eating at top restaurants, including Pujol; then, explore the towns of San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, romantic hotspots with dreamy hotels, impressive craftsmanship and hip dining scenes.
Budapest in Winter
For a European escape filled with chic hotels, history and grandeur, the holly troika of Vienna, Prague and Budapest combine urban style and tradition in perfect measure. Spend your days touring decadent imperial palaces, shopping the Christmas markets for festive trinkets, partaking in spa rituals, sipping beer and mulled wine in the Ruin Bars and reading by the fire in your hotel’s lounge.
Souk in Marrakech
Marrakech’s legendary souk in Morocco—an atmospheric and labyrinthine marketplace—is a shopaholic’s dream, where you can pick up everything from latticed lanterns and Berber kilim rugs to argan oil and leather bags. Marrakech also has plenty of upscale boutiques, in Gueliz and near the Majorelle Garden. Locally made treasures include embellished kaftans, glassware, ceramics, slippers and one-of-a-kind furniture.