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Hotel Inspiration for Winter Escapes

Whether you’re looking for snowy; sunny: or comfortably cosy, here are some perfect places to stay for a winter escape.

ANDALUSIA:

El Lodge – Sierra Nevada, Granada

This time of year means the beginning of the winter sports season. Opening today for the 2018/19 season, El Lodge is the chic place to stay in the Europe’s southernmost ski resort. Expect cool design, a striking après-ski sun-deck, and signature spa – and this season looks set to be a good one for snow!

ElLodge.com

 

Real La Joya – Agua Amarga, Almeria

Almeria is Andalusia’s desert province with a remarkable semi-arid landscape; they say it’s where the sun spends the winter in Andalusia. Almeria capital is Southern Spain’s Gastronomic Capital for 2019; whilst the protected Cabo de Gata is the place for remarkable nature and a stunning coast. Here you’ll find the Real La Joya, a wonderful boutique hotel open throughout the holiday festive season.

RealAguaAmarga.com

 

Finca La Donaira – Ronda, Malaga

For a unique rural escape, the traditional Finca La Donaira, an organic farm, hidden within hundreds of acres of Serranía de Ronda countryside, promises a chic eco-retreat experience.

Expect a wellness spa with indoor pool, Russian wood sauna and treatments rooms; gourmet organic cuisine; luxurious yet understated guest rooms; and bespoke experiences embracing yoga & wellness, horse-riding, cooking workshops, and local wine tastings.

LaDonaira.com

 

Casa Palacio María Luisa, Jerez, Cadiz

November saw the opening of this new 5-star hotel in Jerez. A 19th century mansion is now once again one of the best addresses to stay in this sherry town, promising smart guest rooms, and a restaurant celebrating Cadiz cuisine and Jerez wines.

CasaPalacioMariaLuisa.com

 

AUSTRIA:

Hotel Gasthof ‘Post’ – Lech am Arlberg

For an exclusive winter sports experience, Lech in Austria is the resort that never seems to go out of fashion. The Hotel Gasthof ‘Post’ is probably the most iconic hotel in the village, with spa, outside heated pool and a generous helping of Austrian alpine charm.

PostLech.com

 

BERMUDA:

Rosedon Hotel – Hamilton

Bermuda is a year-round destination with luxury hotels; family all-inclusive resorts, as well as intimate boutique properties like the historic Rosedon Hotel.

Rosedon.com

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Bermuda or visit GoToBermuda.com

 

CANARY ISLANDS:

Fantasia Bahia Principe, Costa San Miguel, Tenerife

This fantasy-filled family hotel has just opened this month. It has a world-class kids club with waterpark. There’s a fairy-tale castle too which the young ones will love, and spectacular shows based on Tenerife’s folklore and mythology. Parents can indulge in one of the 6 restaurants, or chill by the pool.

Bahia-Principe.com

 

Hard Rock Hotel, Adeje, Tenerife

Enjoy the Hard Rock signature music experience at this upscale hotel with spa. The perfect hotel for rocking and relaxing in the sun. There’s a ‘Children of the 80s’ event held on Saturday 8th December.

HRHTenerife.com

 

Hotel Atlantis, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

This popular hotel not only offers all-inclusive family holidays in the sun. Foodies will love the restaurants; and to work off the calories, try scuba diving, kite surfing or a safari through the nearby sand dunes and volcanoes of the Corralejo Nature Park.

AtlantisFuerteventuraResort.com

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Fuerteventura or go to HelloCanaryIslands.com

CUBA:

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

What can be better than winter in the Caribbean? For an authentic travel experience, it has to be Cuba. Kempinski’s new hotel captures the romance of Old Havana. It’s fabulous roof terrace is not to be missed.

Kempinski.com

 

CYPRUS:

Elysium-Hotel.com

Cyprus is one of the warmest islands in the Mediterranean during the winter. Admittedly it might be chilly at night, and there can be rain, but off season means very good value winter escapes.

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Cyprus or go to VisitCyprus.com

 

FRANCE:

Portetta, Courchevel

Skiing in the French Alps is even more appealing when you know you can come back to the comforting and hearty cuisine of chef Angela Hartnett, as Portetta’s Cucina Angelina.

The hotel also has one of the best après-ski sun-decks in Courchevel.

Portetta.com

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Courchevel, or go to Courchevel.com

 

MORROCO:

Riad Maya, Essaouira

The seaside town of Essaouira combines the exotic allure of Morocco with winter sunshine and sparkling light of the Atlantic coast. This discreet, stylish Riad has its own hamam.

RiadDarMaya.com

 

SOUTH AFRICA:

Babylonstoren

Europe’s winter months make a perfect time to visit South Africa’s fabulous Cape Winelands. Babylonstoren is one of the region’s best food and wine resorts – a 17th century farm with classic Cape Dutch architecture, close to the wine towns of Stellenbosch, Francshhoek and Paarl. The cottage style accommodation is so charming, and you can expect memorable meals and local wines at the farm-to-fork restaurant, ‘Babel’.

Babylonstoren.com

 

 

Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sands

A visit to South Africa’s Western Cape can be combined with a safari trip up north.The 12 suites of the Singiti Boulders Lodge each have en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, private heated swimming pool, fireplace and game-viewing deck. South Africa is the most sophisticated and stylish safari destination, and a stay here can be combined with a visit to Cape Town and the Winelands.

TheLuxurySafariCompany.com

More information, revisit our Insider Guides to Safari, Cape Town & Cape Winelands

 

 

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