Ever needed a holiday from your holiday? Getting back into your every day routine can sometimes make you feel like that. The transitional phase you endure in order to readjust may exhaust you enough to plan another trip after the Christmas holidays. So, why not?
Chasing the winter sun seems more likely and realistic than waiting for summer. Whether you're looking to escape the harshness of winter and jetting off to a sunny spot or wanting to ski we've put together a list of our top 7 winter getaway locations.
Known for its unique moon-like landscapes and hot air balloons, Cappadocia has an overabundance of viewpoints, underground cities and instagrammable rooftops to explore. The ideal time to travel is between February and May, when the weather is breezy but sunny, and is less busy than the summer peak times. So, you get the chance to explore the open-air museum at Göreme’s famous archaeological sites, relax at a luxury cave hotel or enjoy a not so usual sunset on hot air balloon.
The serene landscapes of Kitzbuhel invite you to relax and get away from the fast pace of “real life”. Ideal for a ski trip anytime from December through March or hiking and golfing in the summertime, there’s always something to do that’ll guarantee a blissful afternoon. For those looking more to relax, stay at the A-Rosa Spa & Hotel, which is surrounded by the scenic panorama of the Tyrolean Alps. There, you can enjoy a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments in an elegant ambiance.
One of the most popular travel destinations in the world—and definitely for a good reason, as this place is commonly referred to as the “Islands of the Gods” with its azure seas edged with golden beaches. As well as sea and sand, you can explore the island like a true Balinese, visit the Ulun Danu Temple and enjoy a yoga retreat at one of the many prestigious boutique hotels in Ubud such as the Villa Kalista, where you can experience the cultural heartland of Bali. You can switch it up and check out the Monkey Forest, where you can play and feed monkeys while enjoying a beautiful panoramic view.
Home to mosques, palaces and gardens, Marrakesh is a city that moves to its own frenetic beat. The hot days followed by cool-aired evenings are a big reason to visit, complemented- of course- by an array of beautiful Islamic Architecture that surrounds the city.
Sightseeing is a must: visit the Koutoubia Mosque, situated in the city centre- it’s the perfect place to explore the lively streets and traditional souks that hold beautiful craftsmanship and antiques. The Majorelle Garden is also a must-see: created by the French Orientalist artist Jacques Majorelle, this picturesque botanical garden is a work of art to relax in and also take photos that’ll keep you nostalgic for a lifetime.
Spain’s most famous party island, it’s easy to assume that the best time to visit would be during the summer. While this is true, you will surely be surprised to discover Ibizas’ sexy and cool ambiance during the winter season. Filled with nostalgic Sunset bars, like Experimental Beach, Ibiza also offers intimate yoga and transformational retreats. Continuing with the traditional Ibiza parties, the famous Pacha club will leave its doors open for the first time this 2020 to invite world-famous DJs. In short: Ibiza is without a doubt the perfect getaway for classy sweater weather vibes, with a nice pair of shades.
A quick winter weekend getaway from London to Antibes won’t take much of your time and is sure to be worth it. In the sunny South of France, Antibes is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the French coast while overlooking luxury yachts at the Marina Port Vauban. Plus, this locale is loaded with centuries of history, dating as far back as the Iron Age. Discover Château Grimaldi, originally built as a residence in the 12th century, this palatial space is now home to Musée Picasso. Antibes is also under the radar for its chic resorts and buzzing nightlife that people can’t get enough of—whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
Between the border of Switzerland and France, Megève was founded as a ski resort village by the Rothschild family in the 1910s and is now home to more than 3,000 residents. The area features rustic-chic chalets and designer boutiques located around a cobbled medieval pedestrian centre, a great place to chill under the winter sun. There is nothing better than a festive dinner at Le Sauvageonne, beautifully located up in the mountains, with a mind-blowing menu and a live band or DJ - a magical pair with the cold breeze in this quaint, picturesque town.