Warm Escapes for 2023
For travelers missing the sunny warm days, here are a number of paradisiacal destinations scattered around the globe that are just a flight away:
Lounge on the Beach in Malaysia: Malaysia is the perfect destination for travelers looking to enjoy a hot weather escape, with tropical climates averaging in the 80s 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 complement 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.
Sip Wine and Go on a Patagonian Adventure in Chile: Winter in the US is a fabulous time to visit Chile as it's their summer season, and temperatures are warm with plenty of sunshine. In Santiago, travelers can enjoy a stay at The Singular Santiago located in the beautiful Lastarria neighborhood, where they can catch beautiful, blooming flowers and visit vineyards and plenty of historical sites. Explorers can take a stroll through Chile's largest farmers market La Vega Centra, the city's Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of the city, as well as a walk to the top of San Cristobal Hill to take in the panoramic sites of the city. Other popular activities during this time of year include wine tastings at both local wineries, such as Barrica 94, and vineyards just outside the city in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys.
Before or after a visit to Santiago, travelers can spend some time in Patagonia to enjoy the summer weather with a stay at The Singular Patagonia. With activities such as hiking, trekking, kayaking, horseback riding, navigations across lakes and fjords, and the hotel's brand-new puma & wildlife photography safari, travelers can explore Patagonia in style. After exciting days zipping around the area, guests can unwind with a relaxing spa treatment and delicious meal. Travelers get to experience both outdoor adventure and comfort, enjoying South America's summer season in style.
Get Immersed in the Culture and Spiritual History of Bali: While Bali is known for its year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches with calming, crystal clear waters, there is also a whole other side to island, also known as Land of the Gods. For travelers looking to immerse themselves in the deeply rooted culture and spiritual history that Bali has to offer, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud is the perfect fit. Beautifully set where the lush jungle meets the Ayung River and temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is designed as a sanctuary to relax one’s mind, body and soul.
Whether travelers are looking for an adventurous where they can go rafting down the river and zipping past rice fields in a private VW 181 to explore one of the island’s many temples, or a relaxing retreat with time spent at the property’s Mandapa Spa, there is something for everyone to enjoy during a getaway from the cold US winter.
Escape to a Scenic Desert in Namibia: Set in Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve, Natural Selection’s Kwessi Dunes is the perfect desert escape during the Northern Hemisphere’s colder months. Beginning in October, the Southern Hemisphere brings warmer temperatures—around 84 degrees fahrenheit—and invites guests to venture through the rolling desert plains, craggy mountains, and renowned red dunes through horseback rides, nature walks, scenic drives, and quad bike excursions. November’s warmer temperatures bring incredible lightning storms against the vast desert and migratory birds arriving at the reserve.
The camp’s 12 chalets are equipped with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and a separate open-air stargazing room. The NamibRand Reserve is Africa’s first designated International Dark Sky Reserve, making it one of the least light-polluted areas in the world for uninterrupted stargazing in Kwessi’s exclusive skybeds experience.
Celebrate South Africa’s Heritage: South Africa has typical weather for the Southern Hemisphere, with the coldest days being in June–August. December through March in South Africa the climate and temperatures are pleasant and just warm enough with temperatures averaging around low 70° F. Urban cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg or safari regions like the Kalahari are all excellent South African destinations to enjoy during this time of the year to escape the cold.
The ultimate hotel experiences in South Africa celebrating native culture and traditions are Ellerman House in Cape Town, The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg, and Tswalu Kalahari in Northern Cape. Ellerman House is an iconic hotel located in Cape Town showcasing the best in South African culture through art, wine, and food. The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is an 5-star, all-suite hotel emulating the essence of the city and country with a property that is a unique blend of rich, cultural history with contemporary touches throughout. Tswalu Kalahari is the largest privately-owned game reserve in South Africa with the highest standards of comfort, aesthetics, design and service and a world-class conservation initiative, where research is integrated into every part of the experience.
Discover Unique Wildlife on Safari in 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.
Embark on a dreamy African trip with Niarra Travel’s Victoria Falls, Okavango and Cape Town Itinerary: Couples and newlyweds craving a well-rounded African adventure to escape the chilly winter weather will revel in the 13-day itinerary full of natural wonders, game drives, and authentic wine. Begin at a luxury safari camp alongside the meandering Upper Zambezi above Victoria Falls. Standing at over 350 feet tall and 5,500 feet wide, guests can marvel at the sights on a scenic flight or sunset river cruise or try white water rafting. In Botswana’s Moremi Reserve, guests can explore the protected area east of the Okavanago Delta, carpeted with woodland, savanna, and lagoons, and home to diverse wildlife for game drives. There, land and water-based activities and elephant, lion and hippo sightings can be experienced by travelers. Visitors round out the trip with four days in Cape Town to indulge in the Western Cape wine lands and whale watch from a perfectly positioned boutique townhouse.
Go on a Galapagos Cruise Expedition: The Galapagos Islands are home to over 30 different species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 100 species of birds, and offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences and photo ops. Located 600 miles of the coast of Ecuador, the islands are known for their crystal-clear waters and year-round warm temperatures. An idyllic escape from the cold weather, sailing the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions is now more luxurious and environmentally friendly than ever as their M/Y Grace, the yacht once owned by Princess Grace Kelly, has undergone extensive renovations.
With upgraded engines, generators, and propellers, the renovated M/Y Grace will allow guests to sail the islands faster, in more comfort, and with less fuel consumption. Chilean interior design studio Enrique Concha & Co. will take the helm to upgrade the interior of the ship with new, contemporary décor, including tailored furniture and modern lighting that adjusts to different rooms. Guests on each departure will also have access to an upgraded bar, coffee lounge, and newly equipped kitchen, offering a new and improved cuisine experience. The staterooms and social areas will be redesigned to match practicality with modern décor and will be re-distributed to maximize space and improve comfort for guests on the departures, including a sofa in the Master Suite A4 that can be turned into an extra bed for peak comfort.
Located close to the equator, the Galapagos Islands offer warm temperatures and boast prime diving spots. Travelers can plunge into the clear waters to find an abundance of marine life. Great schools of barracudas, bonitos, eagle rays, and hammerheads are regularly spotted in the open water, while evasive and exotic species such as the Rainbow Basslet, Red-lipped Batfish, Bloody Frogfish, Pacific Seahorse, and Galapagos Clingfish can be found along the boulder-strewn sea floor.
Enjoy a Private Retreat in Mexico City: A quieter, drier place to escape the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is Mexico City. In addition to warmer weather, Mexico City offers a variety of traditional events during the holidays. Though travelers to the city will not experience a white Christmas, they can still flock to the zocalo, where they can go ice skating in the town square. The city also hosts performances at the Ballet Folkórico de México, where the performers dedicate themselves to preserving Mexican music, dance, and clothing. During the holiday season, they put on a Christmas/New Years ballet at Castillo de Chapultepec. Vibrant and multifaceted, the capital of the Mexican Republic also has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage sites including ancient ruins, natural reserves, as well as a number of works of modern public and private architecture.
Guests visiting Mexico City can stay at this modernist Mexican home offered through ThirdHome Exchange. Located in a lovely and secure residential area of Bosque de las Lomas, centrally located to the main sights and business districts, the home has been designed to combine simplicity with tidiness in the walls and restful vistas of the surrounding hills. With three bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, the property can comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests.
Designed and built by Architecture icon Agustín Hernández Navarro in the early 1970’s, the home is truly a unique property and a work of art itself. The residence was completely restored with great attention to detail sourcing original materials and returning the structure to its original floorplan. The home provides a bespoke experience for every guest during their stay, with staff that lives on site on the lower level and provides friendly hospitality and daily cleaning.
As guests enter the property, they are welcomed by the great living and dining room, library, the contemporary kitchen, and the breakfast room open to delightful, covered porches, perfect for dining alfresco with an unmatched sense of serene privacy. With green spaces, nice residential buildings, as well as galleries, shops and restaurants, Polanco is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in the city. After a tasting and elegant lunch paying tribute to Mexico’s rich culinary history at Pujol restaurant, guests can retreat to the property’s private terrace.