15 Best Winter Vacations Ideas 2024

15 Best Winter Vacations Ideas 2024

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Gstaad, Switzerland

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Gstaad Palace

From Verbier to Courchevel, Europe certainly has no shortage of glamorous ski towns that attract an ultra-high-net-worth crowd, but Gstaad, all old world and impossibly gorgeous, just may be the most glittering of the bunch. Monegasque royalty Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo got married here back in 2014, while fashion royalty Valentino regularly hosts his A-list pals at his chalet. For those without a standing invite, the only place to stay is at the grandest dame hotel in town, Gstaad Palace, which has been owned and operated by the same family since it opened in 1913.

Gstaad Palace

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St. Martin

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St. Martin may be the chiller antidote to glitzy St. Barts but it’s got no less of a celebrity sheen. A-listers from Andy Warhol to Robert De Niro have found R&R on the island, particularly at Belmond’s La Samanna, a glamorous property that just celebrated its 50th birthday. The resort occupies prime real estate on the best beach, and with newly redesigned villas—think infinity pools, wrap-around terraces, private gardens, more than 4,000 square feet of space—you too can feel like a Hollywood star.

La Samanna, a Belmond Hotel

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Courchevel, France

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Les Airelles Courchevel

Of the many stellar five-star hotels scattered around the tony ski resort, none are as utterly charming as Les Airelles Courchevel. Built to resemble an Austro-Hungarian castle, with a handpainted facade and chic, uniquely decorated rooms, the property is full of luxurious amenities. On the list: six restaurants (including two on the slopes), a spa offering facials and treatments with La Mer products, a brand new partnership with famed pâtissier Cedric Grolet, and a decked out teenage room stocked with pinball machines, retro arcade games, and pool tables to keep the kids entertained.

Les Airelles Courchevel

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San José del Cabo, Mexico

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There are many stunning luxury hotels to choose from at this celeb-adored Baja California destination but for that perfect mix of wellness-minded zen and beachy fun, the answer is Zadún. Nestled among desert dunes along the dramatic coastline, the property is part of the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, whose resorts are known for their impeccable service, ultra-luxe digs, and celebration of (and seamless blend with) their natural surroundings. And of course for their incredible spas, which you’ll never want to leave.

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Raton, New Mexico

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As the second largest private landowner in America, with 2 million acres of it, Ted Turner is basically a real-life John Dutton. Except unlike the Yellowstone patriarch, the media mogul doesn’t mind sharing. Located on 550,000 acres of pristine wildlife in Northern New Mexico/Southern Colorado is Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve, the largest property within his hospitality brand. There is a deep focus on conservation here, especially in protecting the American bison and Rio Grande cutthroat trout, plus ample creature comforts: five-star accommodations, a world-class spa, and incredible food.

Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve

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The Dolomites, Italy

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So breathtakingly beautiful are the Dolomite mountains that in 2009 they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In San Cassiano, one of the charming Alpine villages nestled underneath the region’s imposing peaks, is the Rosa Alpina, which became an Aman partner hotel a few years ago. That means you can expect all the sleek and ultra-zen-like trappings of the cult hotel brand, coupled with the home-away-from-home warmth that comes from being a family-run property since 1939.

Rosa Alpina, an Aman partner

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Vienna, Austria

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Unabashedly aristocratic and dripping with class (and classical music history), the Austrian capital feels particularly inviting in the winter. Maybe it’s the grand balls that take place throughout the month of January, or all the sumptuous Hapsburg palaces and beautiful coffee houses and fantastic Klimt-strewn museums where you can find refuge from the cold. There’s also plenty of warmth to be found at the Almanac Palais Vienna—a boutique hotel occupying a pair of former 19th century palaces that opened last March—especially in the calming thermal water-fed indoor pool of its sprawling wellness sanctuary.

Almanac Palais Vienna

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

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The Wheatleigh

Originally built in 1893, the Wheatleigh, a stately Italianate Gilded Age mansion-turned-boutique hotel feels akin to a European chalet come winter—one that also happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places. Picture crackling fireplaces, warm wood accents, and an intimate vibe—there are just 19 rooms on property—plus scenic views of the Berkshires. A number of nearby trails are great for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.

The Wheatleigh

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Panama City, Panama

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Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo

Is everyone you know suddenly going to Panama? Stay ahead of the FOMO and book a trip to the Central American capital city and head to its old quarter, which is now home to the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. Located in a UNESCO-protected historic district, the property dates back to 1917, when it was built to be a social club that, throughout the 20th century, hosted the likes of Albert Einstein and Queen Elizabeth. That sophisticated charm has been well-preserved, and now comes with modern luxuries like five restaurants, a speakeasy, and a great spa.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo

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Lake Placid, New York

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If the nightly s’mores around a campfire aren’t enough to draw you to the picturesque Whiteface Lodge in the Adirondacks, the cozy ensuite fireplaces, warm homemade cookies at turndown, and 80+ trails at nearby Whiteface Mountain will do the trick. After a day in the snow, you can cuddle under a wool blanket and gaze at the stars, while enjoying whiskey flights and hors d’oeuvres by the fire.

Whiteface Lodge

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Greenough, Montana

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The Green O

Situated along the edge of the 37,000-acre Resort at Paws Up is the Green O, a sister property of just 12 freestanding, fabulously appointed homes. Surrounded by nothing but soaring pine trees and sagebrush, consider this an extravagant way to get in touch with nature, but with the comfort of sleek, modern accommodations, hot tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows, plus access to all of the activities at Paws Up, like horseback riding and cross-country skiing. The best part? It’s adults-only.

The Green O

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Come winter, Jackson Hole is a veritable playground for advanced skiers and winter sports enthusiasts. And there is no better base camp than Caldera House, the ultra-luxe ski-in boutique hotel located in the center of all the action in Teton Village. There are just 8 palatial 2- and 4-bedroom suites decked out in state-of-the-art kitchens, home theaters, and giant soaking tubs, while the property offers adrenaline-fueled experiences that might include skiing with an Olympian or backcountry heli-skiing through Teton wilderness.

Caldera House

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Venice, Italy

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The most authentic way to do Venice? Go in the winter, when it’s not only quiet and tourist-free but, with the foggy mist that settles over the city, hauntingly gorgeous. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sumptuous hotels but the latest entry in town is the Violino d’Oro, built in a former 17th-century palazzo with only Italian artisan-crafted furnishings: everything, from the fabrics and plates, to even the terrazzo floors, hails from workshops in Venice and Tuscany.

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Alta, Utah

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If you’re a skier, skip popular Park City for Alta instead, where snowboarding is verboten. The town, which is located just 28 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, also gets a fraction of visitors as its neighbor (about 500,000 a year compared to Park City, which gets more than 3 million). Stay at Snowpine Lodge, which was renovated in 2019 to become a fully ski-in/ski-out hotel, the area’s first. Your après-ski needs will be covered, too, thanks to a spa, slope-side hot tubs and heated pool, an oxygen bar, fire pits, and heated ski lockers.

Snowpine Lodge

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Atacama Desert, Chile

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For a one-of-a-kind experience, head down to the great natural wonder that is the Atacama Desert. Along with so many otherworldly landscapes to explore at the driest place on earth, come nighttime the stargazing potential here is beyond incredible, especially at the Nayara Alto Atacama, the Nayara brand’s first hotel outside of Costa Rica. The 42-room property is situated away from the village (and the light pollution) and in the San Pedro River valley, where your only neighbors will be local shepherds and family orchards.

Nayara Alto Atacama

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