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20 Cool Weather Escapes to Beat the Summer Heat

Everybody loves the sunshine, but as we head into the last phase of summer, an escape from heat, humidity and sunrays sounds mighty nice. We’ve gallivanted around the world, from luxury resorts in Norway to cute little bungalows in small-town Australia to eco-resorts in Patagonia, all in an effort to find the best places to escape the summer heat waves. Reader’s tip: Now would be a good time to grab a nice, cold beer.
 
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Ecocamp Patagonialearn more

These Patagonian dome suites provide the ideal respite from the chilly outdoor region of Torres del Paine. If you’re looking for total opposite weather extremism and love the idea of hiking on a brisk day, this Ecocamp could be right up your national-park-loving alley.
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resortlearn more

Cool year-round, this Finnish arctic wilderness getaway is the perfect antidote to summer. August is the start of the best season for witnessing the Northern Lights and a stay in the glass igloos guarantees you’ll have front-row seating for the ultimate party in the sky.
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Hacienda Vira Vira - Relais & Châteauxlearn more

A luxury resort set deep in Chile’s northern Patagonia region, Hacienda Vira Vira is the perfect getaway this time of year. It’s still technically winter, since Chile is deep in the Southern Hemisphere, and daily temps are running at just the right atmosphere for cozy sweaters, fireplaces and hot tub dips.
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Cape View Cliftonlearn more

This South African boutique inn sees weather in the 50s and 60s this time of year, making it a gorgeous perch overlooking the Cape’s famed Clifton beaches and Twelve Apostles mountains. So you can say goodbye to the sweaty, packed summer beaches of the States and hello to the peaceful chill of S.A.
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Annandalelearn more

A handful of ultra-luxe villas located just about an hour outside Christchurch on the South Island, Annandale is an epic getaway for those looking to enjoy New Zealand’s wild terrain. Picture 4,000 acres of farmland snuggled right up to the coast, with easy access to kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing and fishing charters, all without the summer heat pouring down.
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Manshausen Island Resortlearn more

Head to this Nordic island if you’re looking for a resort experience that’s absolutely seaworthy. Temps in the region are in the 50s and 60s come August and September, making perfect days spent kayaking, diving, climbing, trekking, cave exploring, sailing, and fishing.
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Hotel Hotellearn more

Canberra’s most chic digs are located right in the arts district of the Australian capital. Winter’s coming to an end in this part of the world, making Hotel Hotel an ideal place to visit if you’re looking to escape the heat.
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Babylonstorenlearn more

This historic Cape Dutch settlement at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain sees gorgeous almost-Spring weather this time of year. Pack your bags and head to the Western Cape to wander the stunning gardens at Babylonstoren, go for a wine tour or stroll around the pastures.
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The Estate Trenthamlearn more

Located in Australia’s Victorian countryside, The Estate Trentham is an early 20th century Federation style bungalow that’s been designed by interior guru, Lynda Gardener, to reflect a scandi-modern aesthetic. As winter is coming to an end in this part of the world, it’s perfect timing to head down under.
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Huka Lodgelearn more

This charming New Zealand guesthouse dates back nearly a hundred years and sits near Lake Taupo on the North Island. As winter is just coming to an end in these parts, Huka Lodge could be the perfect spot to escape your summer blues.
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Ellerman Houselearn more

This beautiful South African estate sits on the Western Cape looking right on out to the coastline. The weather this time of year is cool and crisp, making the 13-bedrooms and two villas prime grounds for escaping the summer humidity.
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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louiselearn more

    A fabulous escape from the hot, hot, hot summer days of the States, Canada’s Lake Louise has summer temps that never really go above 77. Check out The Fairmont Chateau for incredible views of the mountains and the lake from a posh perch above it all.
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    The Vines Resortlearn more

    Argentina’s Mendoza Valley is cool, dry and absolutely incredible this time of year. Hop over to The Vines Resort if you’re after a stay that’s at once luxurious, peaceful and adventurous. Sunsets around here are so good you won’t ever want to leave.
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    Islington Hotel

    Tasmania, Australia
    One of the finest hotels of Hobart, Islington is a Tasmanian gem worth trekking to. It’s currently winter on the island, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the rugged landscape and incredible local art scene too. 
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    Botanique Hotel & Spalearn more

    Celebrate the best of Brazilian design, culture and cuisine at Botanique, while avoiding the over-populated beaches of summertime. This São Paolo resort in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountain countryside is pure bliss in the shoulder season months of September and October.
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    Vina Vik Millahuelearn more

    When you’ve had all the summer you can handle, head to Chile’s wine retreat and take cover in a sculptural glass and golden titanium building set on 11,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards. Set in the Andes Mountains, the weather around here is bliss this time of year – think mid-60s and the occasional rain shower to keep the greenery oh-so-lush.
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    Playa Viklearn more

    It may be the end of winter in Uruguay, but that means temps are pretty mild at around 50-60 degrees during the day. Perfect for an escape-the-summer-hotness trip! An A+ in the beachfront retreat department, Playa Vik is easily one of the world’s best designed hotels that sits right on the Atlantic Ocean.
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    41-A Townhouse Hotel

    Reykjavík, Iceland
    Adventurers, this Iceland spot is your golden ticket. Surrounded by volcanoes, glaciers, rolling hills, fjords, caves, rugged coast, and the golden circle, the hip 41-A Townhouse Hotel is nestled in a hotbed of geographic anomalies. The best part? This time of year is breezy and cool, but not completely freezing.
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    The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spalearn more

    A Cape Town luxury gem, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa sits right in between Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountains. Head to this getaway if you’re wanting to experience gorgeous views of the other side of the Atlantic.
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    Alaska's Ultima Thule Lodgelearn more

    With an average of 16 hours of daylight this time of year, Alaska’s an amazing place to be if you want to feel all the summer vibes without oppressive heat. Head up to the mountains and settle into the Ultima Thule Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for luxury, wilderness and cool, crisp air.
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