Travel

The Hottest Destinations to Beat the Winter Blues

January 23, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Writer
 

Let’s be honest, not all seasons are created equal. If you’re like us—dreaming of the beach as winter sets in—we’ve got the perfect solution: a quick jaunt to warmer climates to recharge the ol’ battery and get your Vitamin D on. Below, our roundup of the hottest destinations to help you beat those dreaded winter blues.

Miami, Florida

Fun loving Miami is the ultimate winter escape to escape the dull of winter. With chic hotels, all-night parties and sophisticated dining, you’ll be shaking off the cold in no time.

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Stay:
SLS South Beach
Book yourself in for the perfect balance between playful and chic at SLS South Beach. The Art Deco wonder has been reimagined by acclaimed designer Philippe Starck for the ultimate in stylish comfort. Alternately, head over to The Raleigh Miami Beach, where for a limited time, you’ll get a $100 food and beverage credit at Restaurant Michael Schwartz when you reserve a room.

Eat:
Cleo
This newly opened hot spot at The Redbury is a must for anyone with an affinity for flavors rich with Mediterranean notes. Chef Danny Elmaleh’s family style plates take cues from his Middle Eastern upbringing, updated with an even more savory, contemporary twist.

Retreat:
Ciel Spa
Recharge with a package at the Ciel Spa. Try the 2 Hour ‘Serenity Lifts Spirit’ for a deep de-stress.

Do:
Hyde Beach
Party poolside day or night at the infamous wet wonderland, Hyde Beach. With a Function One sound system and some of the best cocktails in Miami, you’re guaranteed a “What happens in South Beach stays in South Beach”-good time.

Baha Mar, Bahamas

For a new level of luxury visit Baha Mar, the Caribbean’s answer to the Riviera. Although the Bahamas is already a popular destination among heat seeking travelers, this resort is the most modern (and impressive) in the region, combining local culture with absolute decadence.

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Stay:
SLS LUX at Baha Mar
Book now and be one of the first to experience the 5 star SLS LUX in Nassau, Bahamas when this ambitious venue starts hosting guests from late March, 2015. Part of the Baha Mar resort that boasts a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, spas, high end retail experiences and 3,000 ft of uninterrupted white sand beaches, you’ll be happy you flew south for the winter.

Eat:
Katsuya
World renowned sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s impressive menu is best enjoyed in these lush surroundings. Experience for yourself why Katsuya’s inventive style and expert execution of traditional Japanese dishes has won him worldwide acclaim.

Retreat:
ESPA
Choose from ‘naughty or nice’ treatments at ESPA. The 30,000 sq foot sanctuary includes ocean views and socializing areas or space for solitude. Basically, every whim can be fulfilled to suit your mood.

Do:
Hit the Casino
The 100,000 square-foot Las Vegas style Casino impresses with size, style and magnificent views onto the Caribbean sea.

Tulum, Mexico

Most travelers come to Tulum for privacy, off-the-beaten track luxury and nature. With boutique hotels popping up along the beachfront, this low-key spot has become a favorite among the fashionable jet-set crowd. And for good reason, the Mexican oasis boasts white sand beaches, Mayan ruins and a spiritual recharge all at your finger tips.

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Stay:
Be Tulum
This boutique hotel offers rustic, modern architecture nestled among the palms. It overlooks the beach, has in-room jacuzzis, a private pool, and 24 hour room services—just a few perks to pick you up.

Eat:
Hartwood Tulum
Chef Eric Werner, (formerly of Peasant NYC) innovates regional cuisine, bringing the freshest farm-to-table dishes to guests for an authentic taste of the community.

Retreat:
Yaan Wellness
Spa treatments, yoga, detox, and massages: Yaan Wellness is Tulum’s ultimate destination for relaxation. Book one of the Yaan Renewal packages for two hours of massage heaven.

Do:
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Hit the road to the UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve, a stretch of protected land lined with lagoons, beaches and a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Closer by, tour the ruins of the walled city of Tulum just five minutes from the beach, home to many of the ancient Maya civilization.

Maui, Hawaii

With volcanic mountains, unsurpassed biodiversity and plenty of aloha, this island paradise is perfect for a winter break. You’ll get sunshine on all of the islands, but our preference is Maui, where double rainbows and delicious sunsets are the norm.

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Stay:
Travaasa 
Maui is indeed a tropical paradise, and a stay at boutique Hotel Travaasa, located on the most eastern point, offers a glimpse of this. The place to see the first sunrise on the island, this beautiful five star resort is set deep among the volcanic hills, making sure this view comes with plenty of privacy and seclusion.

Eat:
Mama’s Fish House
If you’ve got a hankering for seafood, Mama’s Fish House, located on Maui’s North Shore is revered by locals and visitors alike for their Polynesian influenced menu, packed rich with sustainably and daily caught fish. Be sure to try the Tahitian Ceviche with fresh lime and coconut or the Oysters on the Half-Shell with a mango mignonette.

Do:
Go horseback riding
Head out on horse along the perimeter of the island and feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin. Feel free to laugh with glee that you have escaped the dark grips of winter.