When the weather outside is frightful, and holiday times draw close, few things are more tempting than a long, luxurious vacation. From admiring the quiet majesty of snow and ice to living it up on the slopes, we’ve got the top five best places get away this winter.
Made entirely of natural ice and snow, the ICEHOTEL is a beautiful art exhibit and hotel, all in one. Each year, it is unique, and melts back to nature after the season ends. Featuring pieces by a myriad of designers, holding weddings, and hosting more than 50,000 visitors each years, the ICEHOTEL is a one-of-a-kind place to stay or visit.
Ski resorts are classic winter getaways (we’ve all heard of Aspen). Located in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is another beloved and top-rated spot for skiing, snowboarding, and many other snow and ice sports. The Four Seasons is the best place to stay when visiting this snowy playground, with its seemingly unlimited accommodations, activities, and ways to treat yourself.
One of the most environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland, this hotel is based on the idea of enjoying nature as a luxury. While the geodesic spherical pods used as rooms may be the first unique thing you notice about this getaway, guests are most dazzled by the skiing (with 7 km of slopes and private lifts), delicious local cuisine, dogsledding, and the opportunity to walk or hike in a real winter wonderland.
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Saariselkä, Finland)
A family hotel located near the Arctic Circle, the Kakslauttanen is truly a pristine winter destination. Their accommodations include glass and snow igloos and log cabins, as well as more traditional housing. This gorgeous resort hosts many weddings and honeymoons, offers intriguing activities such as ice swimming or smoke saunas, and can be a fun family retreat with its playfully beautiful “Santa’s Home.”
- Nozawa Onsen (Shimotakai District, Japan)
Looking to get a little adventurous? Spanning from the top to the foot of Mt. Kenashi in Japan, this snow resort gives you the chance not only to enjoy some of the best powder snow in the country, but also to warm up in natural hot springs. You can also enjoy traditional foods and arts, especially if you visit during the Dousojin Fire Festival.
Whether you are planning your next big vacation or just cuddling up with a hot toddy and dreaming of a snow-covered adventure, these are the best places to start!