10 Luxury Winter Breaks
From Antarctica to Zermatt – This Season’s Best Destinations
We explore lavish accommodation for a Christmas or winter holiday break. Choose from luxury ski chalets, Christmas country mansion getaways or an Antarctic cruise.
Winter is around the corner and if you haven’t already booked a trip, then now is the time to think about where to take a luxury winter break this year. Whether you’re into winter sports, want to be adventurous in the Antarctic or are looking for a Northern Lights experience, we have some extravagant destinations and packages to inspire you.
The Ice Hotel, Sweden
This spectacular hotel is an exhibit of art made from natural ice and snow. Guests can choose to stay in a warm room or a cool room made entirely of ice. Those who opt for a cool room are woken after a chilly night with a cup of hot lingonberry juice.
Luxury Arctic Cabin Escape, Finnish Lapland
These cabins consist of 2 floors full of comfort including three fireplaces, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and meals prepared by a personal chef. The cabins are dotted across villages such as Akaslompolo and Torassieppi, which are 150km north of the Arctic Circle and offer the chance to see the Northern Lights.
Aspen, Colorado, USA
Travel to this chic mining town, set in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, for excellent winter sport facilities. Viceroy Snowmass is a luxury mountain resort worth checking out. Follow a day of skiing with a hot tub beneath the beautiful stars.
Calcot Manor, Cotswolds
If you’ve ever fancied spending Christmas away from home, head to Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds this year. Guests can enjoy a string quartet accompanying meals, a champagne reception, mince pies in front of a roaring fire, relaxation in the spa and clay pigeon shooting on Boxing Day.
Chalet Husky, France
The incredibly indulgent Chalet Husky is located in Val d’Isere in France. The chalet has 7 ensuite bedrooms, sleeping 14 in total. Lavish facilities include an indoor climbing wall, a bar, Jacuzzi, sauna, massage rooms and rifle shooting or archery.
Twin Farms, Vermont, USA
This remote farmhouse accommodation in Vermont includes access to 6 of its own ski runs and an ice rink in winter months. Ten farmhouse cottages are spread amongst 300 acres of woodland and each has its own individual personality with a fireplace and fully stocked snack bar. You can even choose your favourite tipple from the 20,000 bottle wine cellar.
Zermatt is famed for being one of the most chic ski locations in the world. Cervo Mountain Resort is a boutique hotel consisting of five chalets with their own individual spa room and view of the Matterhorn from either a terrace or balcony.
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Cold weather not your thing? In that case consider a Tanzanian winter safari in January or February which are amongst the best months of the year to visit. Siwandu is a luxury tented camp on the banks of Lake Nzerakera. Guests can observe elephants and other animals from their own private deck.
Enjoy a magnificent English-speaking fly-cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula allowing you the opportunity to come face to face with glaciers, icebergs, penguins and elephant seals.
St Anton, Austria
Lavish accommodation such as Lodge Christoph in this Austrian resort would make a perfect winter getaway. The chalet has four en suite bedrooms, a sanarium and an outdoor hot tub. Your own private chef, driver and nanny are all part of the service on request.
If you’ve been inspired to book a winter or Christmas break package at any one of these incredible destinations, please don’t forget to take out some single trip travel insurance.
Photo: Ice Hotel by Lars Thulin.