Where to Escape this Winter Season

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Winter

These temperatures on the north east are getting out of hand and I know everyone is ready to find some warm weather somewhere! Here is a list of places domestic and international where you can escape the cold weather and find some sunshine!

Hyde Hotel & Residences Midtown Miami / Miami, FL


Head to the Sunshine State this winter and escape the cold in the heart of one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods, Hyde Hotel & Residences Midtown Miami, the first high-end hotel to put travelers at the epicenter of all things art and culture in the Magic City. The six-story hybrid hotel & residential property features a chic, modern designed and 60 hotel rooms and suites that include split layouts, and private kitchens, ideal for travelers looking for a sunny place to call home for a few days. The hotel is walking distance from the city’s hottest cultural hubs – Wynwood and The Design District. Whether Travelers want to take a stroll down the colorful outdoor museum of Wynwood and check out the world’s best street and graffiti artists or hit the Design District for some high-end shopping, this property is ideal for travelers who love exploring in warm temperatures. Those looking to soak up the Miami sun can relax on Hyde’s rooftop amenity floor which features a heated infinity pool, tennis courts, a putting green, luxurious sunbeds and cabanas, and a full-service Ciel Spa perfect for some afternoon R&R… all with Midtown’s chic skyline serving as the backdrop.

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa / Arenal, Costa Rica

TSpread across 900 acres of lush rainforest near the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a tropical winter oasis that features hot springs and waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and outdoor spa bungalows where treatments are rendered to the sounds of rushing streams and local wildlife. The first thing guests will want to do when they arrive is slip into their plush bathrobes (they’re encouraged to be worn throughout the resort!) and head straight to the thermal mineral springs, which reach temps of 105° and are rich in silica, calcium and lithium, all known to promote overall health and wellbeing. To help guests further unwind, private yoga classes are held in rainforest bungalows where yogis can connect to Mother Nature while practicing their downward dog.

W Punta de Mita / Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Escape dry skin and bone-chilling weather by visiting one of Mexico’s best surf breaks and staying at W Punta de Mita — a chic beach resort edged with lush jungle where guests can unwind and enjoy a number of activities while basking in the sunshine. Practice yoga on a relaxation deck surrounded by ancient Papelillo trees, or visit the property’s meditation labyrinth and zen-out the sounds of local wildlife. Be adventurous and paddle out with the resort’s WAVE Surf Shop pros and catch a few waves with the locals. Grab a stool at Chevicheria — a 1950’s Chevy truck that’s been converted to a beach bar where you can enjoy made-to-order ceviche with your toes in the sand, delicious craft cocktails, and palm trees overhead. Or simply lounge at the poolside WET Deck soaking up the rays. The 119-room property is the ideal getaway filled with sun, surf and plenty of tequila. 

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino / Palm Beach

Aruba Travelers seeking an escape from the cold this winter can find paradise at Aruba Marriott Resort on the ‘One Happy Island.’ Located below the hurricane belt, Aruba is one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean – making it an ideal tropical retreat year-round. With the largest accommodations in Aruba, and recent upgrades to its adults-only Tradewinds Club, Aruba Marriott Resort sets the scene for both couples and families alike to step into vacation mode. The luxurious accommodations are set on the resort’s top floor and offers a private lounge, pool and swim-up bar, exclusive amenities, personal concierge, complimentary food and beverage offerings, and reserved beach setting. Guests looking to cool down while catching some rays can grab a cocktail at the H2Oasis adults-only pool, or relax under the palapas. When it’s time to pump up the adrenaline after a day of relaxation, travelers can explore the island with a UTV tour on the island’s desert side, stand up paddle board lesson or snorkel cruise. So ditch the winter jackets and pack a beach bag – on the ‘One Happy Island’ there are endless opportunities to soak up the sun this winter! For more information visit ArubaMarriott.com.

Hodges Bay Resort & Spa / Antigua

With 365 palm-studded beaches, 83-degree average temperatures and direct flights from the east coast, Antigua + Barbuda are the perfect islands to say, “Goodbye snow” and “Hello sunshine.” This winter, escape to the island’s newest luxury hotel, Hodges Bay Resort & Spa, which opened on December 1. The $100 million property is just 10 minutes from bustling downtown St. John’s. Stay in style in a junior suite or splurge on a four-bedroom oceanfront villa with gorgeous wrap-around balcony and folding, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that completely open to the ombre blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. By day, soak up the sun on a lounge chair set beside the oceanfront adults-only infinity pool, or spend time with the whole gang at the family lounge pool. Grab an in-room yoga mat for complimentary yoga/Pilates classes, book a massage, take out a kayak or paddle board, or catch the free ferry to Prickly Pear Island for “I can’t believe I just saw that” snorkeling. At night, head to the Rum and Single Malt rooftop bar for cocktails or go on a spice journey at NaCl (aka Salt), the property’s signature restaurant by celebrity chef Edward Lee, a James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef contestant. No matter how guests choose to spend time at Hodges Bay, they can guarantee that it will be spent in style.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa / Key Largo, FL

Travelers looking to escape the cold this winter season can make their way to Playa Largo Resort & Spa, just an hour south of Miami! Hit the road (windows down, our course!) with whoever you know that loves the water for an indulgent getaway to Key Largo’s most luxurious resort. After enjoying a signature pineapple mojito at check-in, bask in the whimsical island aesthetic for which the resort is known. Then make a beeline for the Bay, set up your towel in a poolside cabana or tripod hammock, grab some fresh catch at Sol by the Sea, unwind at Ocean Spa or set sail on a catamaran. Do it all! Do nothing! Your call. You’re on island time now. Relax and enjoy the sunshine!

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