The holiday season is upon us and if you haven’t made your plans yet, don’t worry, there are still hotels available in each of our top 5 picks for holiday travel in 2018:
St Barth: After Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the island of St. Barth this past winter, the island has bounced back in a big way and they are officially open for business again. The holiday season in St. Barths has an irresistible appeal for travelers from around the world, and jetsetters and lovers of St. Barth all congregate on the small island to enjoy the winter months in style.
With luxury yachts filling the harbor of Gustavia, the capital of St. Barth, legendary parties and events taking place across the isle and warm climes luring travelers to escape the winter blues, adjectives from romantic to glamorous to simply out-of-this-world can only attempt to describe the allure of this sought-after destination. This tiny rock, smaller and less populated than many villages in the French countryside, has few resources other than its charm, its perpetual sunshine, the underwater wealth of its Marine Park, and its protected landscapes.
The island is an excellent tourist destination; one of the most varied and upscale, with villas, hotels, spas, some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, a wide choice of leisure activities and nautical sports, prestigious sailing regattas, a full calendar of cultural events, and the irresistible allure of great shopping. Despite its huge popularity there is still availability at St. Barth’ outstanding and intimate hotels as well as its numerous world-class villas for those looking for a one-of-its-kind holiday or winter getaway.
Celebrating their 10th year in business in 2018, Magellan Jets has regularly flown many of their top clientele to St. Barth, which can be challenging given its secluded proximity. Their partnership with the passionate, knowledgeable team of villa specialists at St. Barth Properties ensures clients will experience the very best that the new St. Barth has to offer: https://www.magellanjets.com/saint-barts.html.
Aspen: Aspen during Christm
astime stirs the heart and awakens the senses like no other place. By day, fresh snowfall gleams under brilliant blue skies as annual festivities get underway, spreading cheer for everyone to enjoy. By night, crackling fires and mugs brimming with toasty beverages bring families and friends together in celebration of everything good and comforting. Retire for the evening after a fun-filled day, feeling peaceful, grateful, and content—nestled away from the hectic world you left behind, you’ll create holiday memories of a lifetime.
You don’t need be a skier or snowboarder to fall in love with Aspen. Each year, from December 20-31, the charming downtown becomes a winter wonderland filled with seasonal activities and merriment. The Aspen Chamber of Commerce creates an assortment of special events, most of which are free, that provide daily entertainment for all ages. Even Santa and his reindeer join in the celebration! From ice skating, art projects, sleigh rides, and children’s story hours to live jazz and Victorian caroling, there’s something for everyone.
Malta: How strange it seems now that this former British colony was, until recently, considered most remarkable for expat retirees and red phone boxes. Though its fortified, honey-gold capital, Valletta, is in the spotlight as a 2018 European Capital of Culture, top tastemakers have been quietly rediscovering the history-soaked Mediterranean island of Malta for a while. Cool kids come for Annie Mac’s Lost & Found festival – pitching up for a third go-round this year, with Diplo and Jamie XX in tow – and stay for a sceney new bundle of forts-turned-clubs and what our writer Juliet Rix calls ‘centuries-old palazzi transformed into high-design hotels‘. The most visionary of these, Iniala Harbour House, opens in January. Millionaire philanthropist Mark Weingard enlisted a trio of designers to reimagine several townhouses, flaunting original features like stone walls, cupola ceilings and basement vaults. For the guest who thinks they’ve seen everything: in-room ‘experience-ometers’ can be set to desired activity levels; the hotel plans an itinerary to suit.
Seychelles: The Seychelles’ brand of barefoot luxury is that bit wilder, more elemental, than its similarly Eden-esque neighbours, the Maldives and Mauritius. Primeval jungle fringes white-coral sand; postcard-blue surf pounds dramatic black rocks. The Indian Ocean archipelago zealously lends itself to castaway fantasies: local lore about buried treasure and haunted sea caves abound. But paradise comes at a price: marooned 1,600km off Africa’s east coast, reaching this remote refuge can be an ordeal. Not so in 2018, when British Airways launched the UK’s first non-stop flights to the Seychelles from March.
There could hardly be a better time to go as several islands have smartened up their resort game: self-sustaining Frégate, a conservation success with its own hydroponic farm, recently rebooted its villas; the beach lodge on North Island, where William and Kate honeymooned, has been refurbished with glamorous embellishments (soft silk rugs; hand-beaten brass headboards). Not forgetting the splashy new Six Senses Zi Pasyon, scattering vast villas across densely forested Félicité. Go get lost.
Bali: In Canggu, boho Bali is reborn and you might call it ‘Brooklyn-On-Sea’. Tanned hotdeskers tap at MacBooks in airy cafes serving vegan breakfast bowls and cold-pressed espressos; come sundown, they’re mixing hibiscus martinis with old-school hip-hop at laid-back beach club The Lawn. And where beautiful nomads go, hot hotels follow. The Slow’s retro-modernist suites make a tough booking, but soon face competition from COMO Uma Canggu, where duplex penthouses come with rooftop pools. It’s a new energy, and a new Bali.
Not to be outdone, in 2018 Bali’s other big-ticket haunts step up. Capella Ubud, where luxury tents have accompanying Jacuzzis, is all spiritual-wellness tucked into tangled rainforest; upcoming Six Senses Uluwatu perches Balinese villas atop a spectacular cliff south of Kuta.
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