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Winter 2024 Escapes: Discover the Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations for Unforgettable Adventures

Updated: Feb 28

As the world slips into its frosty slumber, the call of adventure still whispers like the crackle of a fireplace. For the savvy traveler, winter isn't about hunkering down; it's about chasing unique experiences in breathtaking destinations. Ditch the Netflix binge and pack your wanderlust, because these five winter wonderlands are guaranteed to set your soul ablaze!

Aurora Borealis view in Iceland
Iceland Aurora Borealis

1. Iceland: Dance with the Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik's Chic Oasis

Imagine soaking in a geothermal pool beneath the emerald ribbons of the Aurora Borealis, its luminescent brushstrokes dancing across the velvet night sky. Reykjavik, Iceland's charming capital, offers this and more. Explore vibrant streets adorned with colorful houses, stumble upon hidden gems like the Laugavegur Shopping District, and fuel your wanderlust with the freshest seafood and artisanal brews.

The Reykjavik EDITION Penthouse with fireplace overlooking the water
The Reykjavik EDITION Penthouse

Where to Stay: For a truly contemporary escape, check into The Reykjavik EDITION. This sleek, design-forward hotel boasts panoramic views, a buzzy rooftop bar with craft cocktails, and a sophisticated Nordic spa complete with geothermal pools. It's the perfect base for solo adventurers and digital nomads, with co-working spaces, super-fast Wi-Fi, and an atmosphere that buzzes with creative energy.

Book now The Reykjavik EDITION; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive Virtuoso perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

Safe Travel Tips: Iceland has unpredictable weather, always be prepared with warm layers, waterproof gear, and good hiking boots, no matter what season. It is also incredibly safe for solo female travelers and the LGBTQ+ community.

2. Japan: Revel in Hakuba's Powder Paradise and Onsen Bliss

For the intrepid explorer, Hakuba Japan, is a snow-covered nirvana. Picture carving fresh tracks down epic slopes, surrounded by majestic, snow-capped mountains. Hakuba Valley boasts eight interconnected resorts, offering terrain for all skill levels, from beginner bunny hills to heart-pounding black diamonds. After conquering the slopes, soothe your muscles in a traditional onsen (hot spring), letting the mineral-rich waters work their magic.

Mountain View behind the Hakuba Tokyu Hotel
Hakuba Tokyu Hotel

Where to Stay: Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at the Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, a ryokan-style boutique hotel located Hakuba Valley Ski Area. Savor exquisite kaiseki meals in your tatami-matted room, unwind in the private onsen, shop or visit the onsite spa. The hotel also offers free ski shuttle, ski equipment rentals, and ski storage, making it ideal for winter enthusiasts. This property also caters to LGBTQ+ guests.

Book now: Hakuba Tokyu Hotel; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

Safe Travel Tips: Japan is renowned for its safety and hospitality. However, be mindful of cultural norms, like bowing as a greeting and removing your shoes indoors. Public transportation is excellent, so navigating solo is a breeze.

3. Morocco: Embark on a Marrakesh Fairytale

Marrakesh, the "Red City," is a feast for the senses. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina, haggle for treasures in the bustling souks, and sip mint tea on rooftop terraces overlooking the Koutoubia Mosque. Take a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride. After sunset, delve into the vibrant Djemaa el-Fnaa square, where snake charmers, acrobats, and fortune tellers paint a mesmerizing kaleidoscope.

Where to Stay: Escape the city's buzz at Riad Be Marrakech, a hidden haven tucked away in a quiet corner of the Medina. This traditional riad boasts a central courtyard with a plunge pool, sun-drenched terraces, and hammam baths for ultimate relaxation. Enjoy personalized service from the friendly staff and indulge in rooftop dinners under a canopy of stars.

Book now: Riad Be Marrakech; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

Safe Travel Tips: While petty theft can occur, Marrakesh is generally safe for solo female travelers. Dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention, and familiarize yourself with local customs. Use registered taxis and avoid venturing into deserted areas at night.

4. Utah, USA: Chase Snow Ghosts in Moab's Bohemian Paradise

Moab, Utah, is a wonderland for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Hike through otherworldly landscapes in Arches National Park, where delicate natural arches like Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch defy gravity. Go canyoneering in Canyonlands National Park, kayak down the Colorado River, or chase powder on the slopes of nearby ski resorts. For a truly unique experience, book a glamping adventure and sleep under the star-studded desert sky. Check out our top recommended activities while visiting Moab.

Where to Stay: Sorrel River Ranch isn't just a hotel; it's an experience. Nestled amidst the towering red rocks of Moab, this luxurious ranch offers an all-inclusive escape with gourmet meals, horseback riding adventures, guided hikes, and cozy evenings by the crackling campfire. It's the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort, ideal for solo travelers seeking soul-stirring adventures and a chance to unplug and reconnect with nature.

For those seeking a boutique feel, look no further than Red Cliffs Lodge. This contemporary haven boasts stunning views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, offering private balconies, an infinity pool overlooking the red rocks, and a crackling fireplace in the lobby for cozy evenings. The knowledgeable staff can help you plan your Moab adventure, whether it's a white-water rafting expedition, horseback riding, or a stargazing tour, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Book now: Red Cliffs Lodge or Sorrel River Ranch; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

Safe Travel Tips: Moab is generally safe, but be mindful of the desert climate and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Flash floods can occur during the rainy season, so check weather forecasts before venturing out.

5. Chile: Trek Glaciers and Unwind in the Natural Beauty of Patagonia

For the intrepid adventurer seeking luxury amidst Patagonia's untamed beauty, look no further than the breathtaking shores of Lake Argentino. Here, glaciers carve their way through granite mountains, turquoise waters shimmer in the sunlight, and the vast wilderness beckons exploration. Trek through Los Glaciares National Park, witnessing the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier calving icebergs into the lake. Embark on horseback riding adventures across Patagonian steppes, kayak among ice floes, or fly-fish for Patagonian trout in crystal-clear rivers. Check out our top recommended activities while in the Chilean Patagoina region.

Where to Stay: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - This award-winning haven, nestled on the shores of Lake Argentino, seamlessly blends modern luxury with Patagonian wilderness. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped Andes from your room's panoramic windows, indulge in the hotel's spa with its hydrotherapy circuit and Patagonian massages, and savor gourmet meals featuring local ingredients. Tierra Patagonia's commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism makes it a perfect choice for the eco-conscious traveler seeking Virtuoso benefits like room upgrades, exclusive amenities, and personalized experiences.

Book now Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive Virtuoso perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

Safe Travel Tips: Be prepared for unpredictable weather and challenging terrain in Patagonia. Proper hiking gear and good physical fitness are essential. Hire a local guide for challenging treks and be aware of potential hazards like falling rocks and glacial meltwater.

Each of these winter wonderlands offers something unique for the discerning traveler – from chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland to soaking in Japanese onsen bliss. So, pack your bags, embrace the chill, and let adventure guide you to unforgettable experiences this winter! Always remember, be respectful of the community and its traditions.

Ready to book your winter escape? Let LUXEY design the perfect itinerary for you!

Looking for a winter spa escape? Check out our FORA partner's January Exclusives for a 2024 Spa Getaway.

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