Brr…the weather outside is about to be frightful! Brave the winter with some great vacations to get warm and cozy — either by the pool, or the fireplace.
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos is a 72-suite luxury beachfront resort located just steps away from the sparkling white sands and turquoise water of the world-famous Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. When the snow and bitter cold hits come December, we're all about 80+ temps being a short flight away. This hotel also includes a 25,000-square-foot spa and a gorgeous infinity pool.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a great spot to get warm and cozy this season. The resort offers a variety of overnight experiences, including the Fire and Wine, which greets visitors with dramatic lanterns on the front drive and a glass of wine upon check-in, fireplaces dotting the resort and wine tasting in the resort's signature wine bar. There's also two firepits with views of the Pacific coastline and 51 signature firepit rooms with an oversized terrace and a personal gas firepit and Adirondack chairs.
Nestled in the snowy Adirondack Mountains, the all-suite Whiteface Lodge, whose architecture evokes the traditional Adirondack camp style, includes suites with a cast-iron gas fireplace, private balcony or patio, and warm, home-baked cookies at turndown. Spa-going guests can also take advantage of seasonal treatments inspired by Whiteface Lodge's natural surroundings.
Terranea Resort in southern California has 228 fireplaces and firepits throughout the property. Add in a cup of cocoa and one of their special s'mores kits and you are ready for a cozy cuddle.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains, NY has a 10,000 square foot spa with 11 treatment rooms, including a couples massage room, a Japanese soaking tub, a relaxation lounge, and a rooftop indoor swimming pool. In addition, The Lounge located in the lobby of the hotel is centered with a warming fireplace. During the winter months, you can sip delicious seasonal cocktails, warm hot chocolate, and enjoy light fare in a relaxing environment.
Chicago is a great spot to get away around Thanksgiving. There's ice skating, indoor concerts and public art at Millennium Park, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. As an added bonus during the winter, a fully developed underground pedway can take guests all the way from the hotel to stores, restaurants and train stations on State Street without ever going above ground to face the snow. The Hiltons of Chicago are right now offering a Chillcation — an escape solely dedicated to chilling and detaching from the winter monotony with a quick jaunt to unwind, relax and reset. Participating hotels, Conrad Chicago, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, include perks that include breakfast, a selection of DVDs for in-room movie nights and Chillcation insulated mugs that receive unlimited refills for coffee, tea or hot chocolate.