Whether you’re looking to escape the cold and head to a deserted island in the tropics or trek to the Austrian Alps for a full-on winter immersion, we’ve got an activity in mind for every traveler looking to kill the winter blues. Take a cooking class along the coast of Portugal, stay at an affordable luxury resort in tropical Bali or go full-on winter mode at a ski cabin in Norway. Choose your own bucket list worthy adventure, winter edition.
Sometimes the simple act of hanging with friends and eating a great meal can be enough to kick the old winter blues. Check out this secret supper series and attend a pop-up dinner at their determined location with five courses cooked fireside and served at a long table.
One thing you won’t be thinking about while lounging on the beach in Bora Bora sipping frozen cocktails and applying SPF? Snow. This stunning Four Seasons resort is about as far as you can get from the concept of winter and it’s so luxury, so chic and so instagrammable you’ll hardly be able to keep your insta stories to a minimum.
You don’t have to leave town to kill the winter blues. Host a party for your closest friends and embrace the best of winter’s offerings: a glowy candlelit meal, boozy cocktails and late-night campfire chats.
Head to luxury living at Patagonia’s Awasi and take an evening dip in your own personal hot tub overlooking Torres del Paine National Park. It may be cold hiking out in the elements, but you’ll warm right up at this cozy spot.
Live the life of luxury on a regular person’s budget with a handful of your besties in Bali. The 5-bedroom Villa Awang Awang costs just $500 a night, so you can each budget about $100 per night for a stay that includes all the pampering, zen and infinity pool dips you can handle.
As soon as the cold weather starts to grind you down, hop on a plane and head to the Maldives. This luxury resort offers not only amazing overwater bungalows and stunning scenery, but you can curl up on the beach with your favorite movies on the big screen too.
Villa Boreale is a Scandi take on the old-fashioned cottage rental. Located in the heart of Quebec’s Charlevoix, the modern minimalist find is 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 14 guests. With a ski lift on your front doorstep, winter is surely here.
Enoteca dai Tossi is an amazing little wine retreat tucked away inside a cave in ancient Matera. This gorgeous little wine tasting spot offers over 250 tipi di vino to taste or buy, so you can adventure your way through the best wines of Italy while pretending winter is a thing of the past.
The Canary Islands are something to behold in the winter time and the prehistoric, volcanic island of Lanzarote offers lunar landscapes, massive sand dunes and a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world. El Diablo Restaurant uses a volcanic hole in the ground for cooking. If you can't handle the heat...
If you want to see winter on a more immersive scale, head to Austria’s most gorgeous boutique hotel in the Alps. With cozy fireplaces and walls of glass, you can watch the snow fall from the comfort of your warm room.
Located just off the coast of Mexico’s Quintana Roo, Seashell House sits on Isla Mujeres and is exactly as beachy as it sounds. This giant estate is built to mimic the shapes and textures of a seashell. Consider your winter escape plan sorted.
Say goodbye to the long-haul flight to Fiji to stay in overwater bungalows when you want to kick winter to the curb. Instead, you can simply board a plane to this Mexican resort and spend your mornings hopping right out of bed and into the Caribbean Sea.
Operated out of the chic Casa Mãe Lagos, this Portuguese cooking workshop will have you foraging produce from the 7,000 square meter gardens and cooking with their amazing chefs. Because, really, if winter’s got you down, a glimpse at the sea from a luxe seaside holiday casa in Portugal is sure to lift your spirits back up.
The six beautifully restored old barns facing Mont Blanc offer gorgeous modern digs for when you’re looking to escape the winter ho-hum of the city. This Swiss Alps boutique hotel is a fab stay, especially if you’re traveling with friends and family in tow.
Embrace winter like the Dutch do and set up a hot air balloon culinary adventure for up to 14 of your nearest and dearest. Soar above snow-capped mountains and take in the best views of the Netherlands from the sky.
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