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Whether you’re a hibernator, health nut or hardcore party animal, these are the best places for a winter holiday.
We don’t like to pigeonhole but when faced with pressing decisions such as where to spend your precious time off work, a little introspection can ensure you’re not in the middle of a rowdy après-ski bar when you realise you’d really rather be beachside and solo.
Consider this the Netflix prompt (“you might also enjoy watching…”) of winter holidaying. No subscription needed – though, now we’ve mentioned it, you can subscribe to our print magazine here.
What’s your holiday personality?
The Sun Seeker
Once the mercury dips below a certain point you’re off like a shot – and quickly boasting, sorry posting, all over Instagram. Two of the best all-rounders when it comes to winter sun are Sri Lanka for its sweeping coastline, gorgeous Hill Country and verdant tea trails, and South Africa for unbeatable safaris, world-class wine and cosmopolitan Cape Town. In short, both give you legitimate bragging rights.
The Health Nut
Staff parties, Christmas boozers and endless selection boxes doing the rounds in the office bring out your not-so-inner Scrooge. Balance is your buzzword and you’d much rather be on a yoga/surf retreat in Canggu (try The Chillhouse) or pushing yourself before pampering on a luxurious retreat (Wildfitness in Zanzibar is among the best). Just try not to look too smug when you return home all shiny and new.
The Bougiest of the Bunch
You’d “rah”-ther go skiing in Chamonix or recharge in St Barts than venture just about anywhere else in the world. Where the well-heeled go, you’ll likely follow – though we’d suggest digging those Manolos in somewhere a tad more original. Swap Chamonix for Kitzbühel and Barts for Mexico’s Isla Holbox. Better to be a leader, we say.
You might be in Zermatt, but that doesn’t mean you’re here to ski – your outfit definitely says fireside fondue rather than mighty mogul. If you’re looking to recline somewhere more temperate than a ski resort, Amangiri is an otherworldly place to hole up. Located in the remote canyon lands of Utah, this Martian-like hotel is built into the rock face and is privy to some of the best sunsets we’ve ever seen.
Looking for a good time rather than a long time? For those really committed to the cause, short-term kicks may require long-haul flights. Revel with the art crowd at Miami’s North Beach or jet off to Los Angeles’ WeHo to give your liver the pickling of its lifetime, steering clear of the city’s multiple health gurus to avoid questioning your own life choices.
“Just give me a minute to breathe!” we hear you whimper. Ok, you clearly need a break. An escape. Fine. Get it all out by screaming blue murder into the wind on a wild trip to the Scottish Highlands (if you don’t fancy staying in a bothy, The Fife Arms is the definition of eclectic grandeur) or follow in the footsteps of monks with a meditative pilgrimage across Bhutan. Either way, you can claim no phone signal for the duration of your stay.
The Snowsports Fanatic
“Epic powder brah.” If you’ve uttered this phrase while making a gnarly hand gesture (you badass you), we know where to send you for premium pow-wow. Wyoming’s Jackson Hole is a sure-fire winner, while Lake Louise offers better skiing than neighbouring Banff but is less crowded. We’ve also got our eyes on Japan, where they have over 100 words to describe snow. Says it all really.
The Can’t be Arsed to Go Away at All
You’ve neither the willpower nor the desire to research a location even for a hypothetical holiday. Not you. You’re a home bird – and a contented one at that. We salute you on your eco-friendly choice, and offer you our holiday reading list and round-up of podcasts to keep you entertained. Or you could just go back to sleep.
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