Unique Winter Getaway Options for the Upcoming Season

Unique Winter Getaway Options for the Upcoming Season

It's almost that time of year when winter casts its enchanting spell across the globe, transforming destinations into snowy wonderlands. From delectable seasonal menus to enchanting winter experiences, destinations worldwide are offering a unique charm for those seeking a memorable winter season getaway with loved ones.

Norwegian Alpine Skiing Adventure

Winter transforms Norway into a magical place. Established with a passion for introducing travelers to the beauty and culture of Norway, sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway provides guests with a comprehensive pre-trip digital guide filled with insider tips and recommendations, all travel details, and a 24-hour direct chat to access the Up Norway team with any questions. This winter Up Norway presents an immersive trip to the Sunnmore Alps, famous for their alpine skiing and amazing fjord views. Custom to skill level, the Ski and Sail Journey couples guided summit-to-fjord runs with a private boat trip around Hjørundfjord. The four day Ski and Sail Journey starts in the city of Ålesund, where travelers can view the colorful art nouveau architecture and enjoy a multi-course dinner of seasonal local ingredients while watching fishing boats passing by the windows. Travelers will also meet their private ski instructor and set sail through the majestic Hjørundfjord on a private 40 ft boat to Storfjord. Accommodations include five-star boutique hotels featuring handcrafted log walls, designer furniture and a gorgeous panoramic view. For an extended journey, Up Norway can arrange for onboard accommodations and daily cruising through the majestic Hjørundfjord to pinpoint the perfect spot for skiing adventures.

Iconic Winter Festivals in Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is an ideal destination to visit in winter due to fewer tourists, mild weather, and local festivities. The annual Dubrovnik Winter Festival is returning with rich musical entertainment, gastronomic celebrations, children's activities, and more. During the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, travelers can enjoy the rich cultural entertainment as they enjoy the historic Old Town almost exclusively. Festive activities include live music, ice skating, art workshops, and a chance to see traditional craftsmen displaying their local handicrafts. Hotel Excelsior, an iconic landmark hotel overlooking both the Adriatic and Old Town and located nearby to the festival, offers travelers a luxurious escape this winter season. The historic hotel suits any traveler with 158 rooms and suites in an original 1913 royal villa and sleek contemporary wing.

New Luxury at the Opening of Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico 

The grand opening of Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos at the end of 2023 presents a front-row seat for luxury-seeking travelers to kick off the winter season. The adults-only sanctuary is an innovative extension of the renowned Velas Resorts brand, that promises a haven of relaxation, complete with 79 luxurious suites boasting private terraces with plunge pool or jacuzzi, intricate design details, and a neutral palette accented by Mexican art and metal touches. Culinary aficionados will relish the two-star Michelin consulting chef's creative dining experiences and a wine selection inspired by Mexico's fine wine region. The resort's innovative spa treatments, such as the "Sounds of the Ocean" massage and "Ice and Fire Therapy," further elevate travelers’ experiences. Winter is an ideal time to catch the migrating whales off the shore.

Slow Travel in Rome
Rome, Italy

In winter, Rome’s charm remains with a rich selection of culinary and cultural offerings. The city’s Mediterranean climate ensures milder weather compared to many other destinations and the tourist off-season makes winter the perfect time for European slow travel. Travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the Eternal City's iconic sights, gastronomy, and unparalleled cultural essence will find their ideal haven at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. Nestled within a 19th-century Roman palazzo and conveniently situated near the city's renowned cultural landmarks and parks, this exquisite hotel promises an array of tailor-made services and amenities. This winter, the boutique hotel is delighted to introduce Gilbert Bages as a featured artist in residence, a wine photographer and former viticulturist from the esteemed Penedes wine region. With a decade of experience in his family's wine business and artistic training from Barcelona's design school, Gilbert has uniquely blended technical expertise with creative finesse. Since 2018, Gilbert has traveled to wine regions worldwide, collaborating with wineries to capture the vibrant, playful side of winemaking as a wine lifestyle photographer. His stunning wine photography will grace Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for the next few months, launching during the annual Sofitel Wine Days. This event invites travelers to sample top local wines from the area. Travelers also have the possibility to explore the Roman Colosseum’s exclusive fourth-story with ArcheoRunning’s new Colosseum Running or Walking Tour. Following a tailor-made running tour that explores the iconic squares of the Eternal City, the private experience offers insider access to the historic amphitheater’s attic. Founder Isabella Calidonna, an art historian, certified tour guide, and coach for Fidal (Italian Athletics Federation) and Coni (Italian National Olympic Committee), leads all of ArcheoRunning’s offerings.

Nature, Wine & Art in Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina

In the heart of Argentina’s wine region, Mendoza comes to life during the northern hemisphere’s winter months as the vineyards flourish during the southern hemisphere's peak summer. This vibrant location offers a plethora of activities, from invigorating Andes Mountain hikes to thrilling Mendoza River rafting adventures. The 'Nature, Wine & Art' program at SB Winemaker's House & Spa Suites invites guests to indulge in this idyllic setting, offering unparalleled comfort and adventure. Upon arrival, a warm welcome awaits from the dedicated hospitality team and personal host. A 50-minute wellness treatment kickstarts the experience, followed by a 7-course dinner at La Vida restaurant. Guests will embark on a wine journey, exploring Susana Balbo's renowned winery, followed by a private lunch and exclusive wine tasting. In downtown Mendoza, a ceramics workshop precedes a dinner at La Alboroza, home to acclaimed artist Sergio Roggerone. For nature enthusiasts, a day in Potrerillos promises sailing, asado, and water activities with a spectacular sunset. Afterward, spa suites beckon with relaxation, featuring in-room spa amenities. An on-site experience coordinator offers itineraries ranging from horseback riding to hot air balloon rides.

Embrace Winter Months or Chase the Sun
With HomeExchange Collection 

HomeExchange Collection is an elite home exchange community by global home swap leader HomeExchange. Members have the choice to either embrace the winter months or chase the warmth of the sun with instant access to over 4,000 luxury homes across 70 countries. The platform’s streamlined search filter is designed to showcase the most opulent options worldwide. Each home, meticulously evaluated by the Collection team, boasts lavish design, amenities, and prime locations. From penthouses in bustling cities to historic villas amidst olive groves, the possibilities span continents, allowing the travel possibilities this winter to be endless. The platform allows users to embrace the true essence of luxury travel while immersing themselves in authentic local cultures, guided by other members' local advice.