Some Like it Hot (or Cold)
Updated: Apr 6
Warm weather lovers and cool connoisseurs always have a variety of options when it comes to travel. Depending on what climate, activities and vibe travelers are looking for, there is something for everyone. Check out the below for warm and cold destinations found around the globe.
Malaysia is the perfect destination for travelers looking to enjoy hot weather, with tropical climates averaging in the 80s F, but can go up to the high 90s F, year-round. Pangkor Laut Resort, nestled alongside the Straits of Malacca and located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia, is a haven for travelers looking for a luxurious warm weather destination. The paradise wonderland weaves together natural beauty as the resort is surrounded by beaches and glowing evening sunsets, giving off a vibe of serenity and relaxation.
The private island has been two million years in the making, and the resort features 143 chic private rooms that perfectly compliment its romantic surroundings and clear turquoise waters. Guests can spend their days lounging on the private beaches, unwinding with a spa treatment, delighting in a traditional meal, and relaxing on their balcony taking in the unique sounds of macaque monkeys in the background while enjoying glorious sea views.
Cold — Aspen, Colorado With an average snowfall of 153 inches per year and lows in the single digits, Aspen, Colorado is a frozen paradise, perfect for the avid skiers.
Available for exchange for members of the luxury property and travel club THIRDHOME, this exquisite Aspen Townhouse from the Quintess Collection features four bedrooms and can easily accommodate ten guests over 4,600 square feet and has expansive views of the legendary Aspen slopes.. This luxurious ski-in/ski-out property is steps from the scenic Tierack lift in Buttermilk ski area. After a long day on the slopes families can retreat to the chef’s kitchen or to the outdoor patio, perfect for an après ski snack. Nearby guests can enjoy World Cup runs at Aspen Skiing Company, try a pint or flight at Aspen Brewing Co, snowmobile through White River National Forest, and check out Ashcroft Ghost town, a once prosperous silver mining town.
Warm — Serengeti, Tanzania
The temperature heats up doing the summer season at Singita’s Serengeti House, located in the western corridor of Tanzania’s magical Serengeti National Park. With average temperatures of 95°F during the summer season (December — February) and the 72°F during the winter season (June — August), guests will delight in the 25 meter lap pool, the perfect place to cool off after an exciting day spent out in the field.
Set on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill guests at Singita Serengeti House will enjoy in the refined comforts of the classic safari retreat. From its position high on Sasakwa Hill guests can watch all forms of wildlife, from the majestic migration of wildebeests across the wide-open Serengeti planes to the daily activities at the nearby watering hole. Singita Serengeti House is fully staffed, complete with private chef and staff to cater to the discerning travelers every whim. Also included at Serengeti House are a private tennis court, lap pool, and more. See here for select images: https://bit.ly/2VNQTGo
Cold – Meribel, French Alps
Meribel, a ski resort in the French Alps is a popular skiing and cold weather destination. The high mountain areas have their own distinctive climates, with heavier precipitation and generally colder temperatures than the rest of the country throughout the year. At elevations of 4,920 m and above, almost all precipitation in the winter falls as snow that will usually remain on the ground from November until as late as May or June, particularly in areas above 6,560 m. During winter, the valleys become much chilly as the cold, dense air sinks down the mountainside to form a pool in the valley itself. This is why many alpine villages are built part way up the mountain rather than on the valley floors, so they benefit from pleasant summer breezes and make the most of winter sunshine.
Perched on the heights of Belvédère, close to Le Rond-Point des Pistes, Hôtel Le Coucou is a the ultimate French Alps hotel located in one of the loveliest sites in Méribel, right next to the slopes. The hotel rubs shoulders with the snowcapped summits and overlooks the entire valley, providing stunning views. Renowned interior architect, Pierre Yovanovitch, designed the hotel in entirety to create a reinterpretation of the classic repertoire of the Alpine style with a contemporary look that is minimal, but also warm and subtly original. Hôtel Le Coucou offers 16 guestrooms and 39 suites, two private chalets, two restaurants including their own BeefBar butcher shop, a spa, a Kids Club and a Teens Lab by Petit VIP*, an indoor and outdoor pool, a ski room designed as a lounge boutique; and it is also ski-in/ski-out, with direct access to the slopes.
Warm - Saint-Tropez, France
Well known for its sunny, mild and dependable Mediterranean climate, Saint-Tropez has an astonishing average of some three thousand sun hours a year and temperatures in the summer going up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With hot dry summers and mild winters, Saint-Tropez enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. Hot summer days are often made pleasant by a gentle sea breeze. Rain is rare in the summer and whilst more common from autumn through until spring, it is low compared to most cities. In fact the average number of days of precipitation a year are around 60 or less. The hours of sunshine vary greatly throughout the year but are naturally high throughout the summer months, averaging between 10 and 15 hours a day in June, July and August.
The ultimate luxury hideaway in Saint-Tropez is Hôtel Lou Pinet, a property embodying the bohemian charm of the iconic village and perfectly located between Place des Lices and the peninsula’s most sought-after beaches. Far from the crowds, but still near everything, Hôtel Lou Pinet strikes a perfect balance for the ultimate Saint-Tropez vacation and was designed for those looking for an equilibrium between the thrill of partying and peaceful refuge. Hotel Lou Pinet is part of the Maisons Pariente collection, and as such the property has been designed to resemble private houses rather than hotels, inviting couples to relax and recharge as they would at home in exceptional settings. The hotel features 26 guest rooms and 8 suites — each bathed in natural light with private gardens, spa in partnership with Tata Harper, two bars, it's very own BeefBar restaurant butcher shop, and the largest pool in Saint-Tropez tucked away in a secret garden.
Cold - Switzerland
An amazing cold destination and the place to be for skiing, Switzerland is a must-visit during the winter months. To experience Alpine skiing at its finest, travelers can head to Arosa.
Nestled in the mountains at an altitude of over 5,900 feet, Arosa sees the first signs of snow in November and has temperatures reaching below freezing through April. The Arosa-Lenzerheide region provides access to 140 miles of slopes, making it the largest interconnected skiing region of Graubünden with many off-piste opportunities as well as a ski school to provide group and private lessons for all ages.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel makes for the perfect retreat after a day of skiing during a cold weather trip. The property is a contemporary fairy tale style venue with 130 rooms, four restaurants and private Tschuggen Express cable car, providing direct access to the ski slopes. The hotel also boasts the 54,000 square foot Tschuggen Bergoase Spa, built directly into the surrounding mountain. Known for its sail-shaped windows, the Tschuggen Bergoase is a four-story spa oasis featuring a Kenipp trail, rock grotto, fire pit, indoor and outdoor pools and saunas, and two private spa suites.
Warm – Fregate Island, The Seychelles
The Seychelles are comprised of 115 islands that enjoy a tropical climate all year round. The islands rarely exceed 91 degrees during the day and does not drop below 72 degrees at night, making them a suitable temperature to enjoy all that the great outdoors have to offer.
Fregate Island is one of the most revered hideaways in the Seychelles, offering the privacy and seclusion with 17 beautifully crafted villas throughout pristine nature. Each villa has its own infinity pool for guests to enjoy swimming in during the warm days. Adventurers can also enjoy the island’s seven beaches and water activities such as scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling and boating. In addition to be a luxury getaway, Fregate Island is a conservation sanctuary fully dedicated to sustainability and guests can participate in hands-on experiences such as cultivating sea coral and assisting in turtle hatchlings.
Quasar Expeditions, a leader in experiential travel in South America, offers amazing opportunities to experience the winter season in Patagonia, an unforgettable cold weather destination. The calmest time to explore the region, temperatures are usually around freezing in the 30s F and the region has almost no wind. The landscapes can be described as magical - the lakes have a glassy finish and a dusting of soft, powdery snow that sparkles in the sun. The winter is also an amazing time to see Glacier Grey as visitors can kayak in the serene waters along the grand glacier and the surrounding icebergs.
In addition to the stunning landscapes, wildlife is out and about making it possible to see foxes, caracaras and the elusive puma, only spotted during the cold months. Through Quasar, travelers have the opportunity to spend their days observing the wild cats thanks to the expertise of their tracking team, trained to maximize chances of seeing the world’s largest mountain lions.