Top Trips to Take Before the End of the Year

Top Trips to Take Before the End of the Year

As the end of the year approaches, travelers with leftover PTO who are looking for a quick getaway can take advantage of these properties offering week-long retreats and seasonal activities. After a year of hard work, wellness enthusiasts can alleviate burnout with Lia Bartha’s rejuvenating retreat at Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, while a year-end vacation in Los Cabos allows families to spend quality time with loved ones during the holiday season, fostering strong bonds and creating lasting memories. These adventures provide a chance to explore new destinations, cultures and experiences, making it a rewarding way to cap off the year and begin the next one with a fresh perspective.

Strengthen and Tone at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection | Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Celebrated fitness expert, Lia Bartha, creator of B The Method will host a restorative, challenging and meditative retreat from November 8 – 12 at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection – a holistic escape in the mountains of Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica. Set in the awe-inspiring Talamanca Mountains, this multi-day experience brings B The Method enthusiasts together in real life outside the U.S. for the first time. Attendees will collectively engage in transformative movement focusing on the inner core, leaving them feeling challenged and toned. As part of Lia Bartha’s retreat offerings, guests will immerse themselves in Costa Rican traditions, from twice daily community classes led by Lia, rejuvenating treatments at THE WELL at Hacienda AltaGracia, and cultural programming such as a hacienda café tasting and a burning release ceremony. The holistic rate ranges from $4,898 to $7,090 per person, and includes accommodations, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, daily activities and a dedicated experience designer. More information here; and to book, click here.

Explore the Region’s Local Bounty at Domaine Des Etangs, Auberge Resorts Collection | Massignac, France

Both fall and winter are exceptional times to explore the enchanting Southwest region of France with a stay at Domaine Des Etangs. As summer fades away, this captivating destination is adorned with the warm hues of autumn and the weather is mild, with cooler temperatures that make outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and vineyard tours surrounded by fall foliage immensely enjoyable. With immersive experience-led programming at the forefront of the property, a chestnut-picking experience will be available to guests from October 14 - November 5, and from December to March, travelers can experience the truffle-picking season, a delightful opportunity for those seeking exploration of the region’s bounty. The rich, aromatic flavors of the delicacy are best enjoyed alongside fireside cognac tastings followed by exquisite dining. The colder seasons offer an ideal balance between cozy weather, cultural experiences and an authentic immersion into the rich heritage of the Southwest of France.

Embark on a Wine Tasting Journey at Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection | Santorini, Greece

October in Santorini is considered one of the best times to visit the island - crowds have decreased, though the weather is still as warm and sunny as the summer months and rates at some of the top hotels are more affordable. October is also the best month to experience the island's legendary winemaking as it is when this season's newly ready wine barrels are opened for the first time.

The Feast Day of St. Averkios is on October 22 and is a celebration of the saint and also the day that Santorini's wineries open their first barrels of the season's wine. A true haven for those seeking both exploration and relaxation, Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection offers oceanfront accommodations, curated experiences, and dining from a Michelin-starred chef that will leave travelers awe-inspired. Savor a delectable meal at the renowned on-property restaurant led by a Michelin-star chef, Varoulko Santorini, or, indulge in a libation crafted by the esteemed World’s Best Bar, Baba Au Rum, which has an ongoing residency at Grace’s 363 Bar. Guests can create unforgettable memories on a private sunset cruise exploring the mesmerizing Grecian seas or embark on a wine-tasting journey to sample carefully crafted local blends that reflect the essence of Santorini. Adventurous guests can immerse themselves in the island's culture with a fishing or horseback riding tour to uncover its hidden gems. Grace Hotel is the epitome of luxury and hospitality, where every moment is designed to captivate the senses and create long-lasting memories.

Uncover Local Art at Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection | Los Cabos, Mexico 

Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Los Cabos’ most iconic luxury resort, has announced the line-up for its yearly arts festival, EsperanzArte on November 22. In its seventh year, 2023’s festival is themed Art & Muses and will present a mixture of authentic Mexican craftsmanship together with contemporary works in mixed media. Guests can experience the contrasting works of some of the most exciting artists from Mexico City and engage in an exhibition that brings their creations to life. This exclusive evening is complemented by live entertainment, exceptional dining from Esperanza's culinary team, as well as innovative mixology, with local partners from Los Cabos. Local and regional artists – including some of the most exciting artists from Mexico City – will come together to create art installations and exhibits that will take over Esperanza for this one-of-a-kind event. As the most significant art event in Los Cabos, the EsperanzArte Art Festival showcases the creativity of Mexico and Baja California, providing a window into their rich artistic heritage. Take the experience a step further with a weekly Thursday Art Walk, where the local galleries in San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas’s sister city just down the road, stay open later into the evenings and host talks with artists and musical guests.