Warm Weather Destinations to Dream About This Winter
For travelers who are day-dreaming about escaping the cold, here are some steamy spots perfect for soaking up the sun:
Malaysia - Pangkor Laut Resort
Malaysia is the perfect destination for travelers looking to enjoy hot weather during winter in the US, 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 to escape the winter. 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.
Chile - The Singular Hotels
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, and navigations across lakes and fjords, 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.
Switzerland - Hotel Eden Roc
While Switzerland is known for its fabulous winter offerings, it's also a great destination for those who enjoy warmer weather in the winter. Just a few miles from the Italian border on the Switzerland side of Lake Maggiore (a quieter alternative to Lake Como) sits Ascona, the perfect destination for a warm weather winter vacation. Ascona boasts colorful cafe-filled streets dotted with palm trees and the Alps towering in the background. With elegant villas, exquisite restaurants and luxurious boutiques, the town is a truly magical place where travelers can experience year-round warm weather and unparalleled scenic views.
Located right on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Ascona is Hotel Eden Roc, a charming Mediterranean-inspired resort. Featuring a private beach and yacht harbor, guests can relax by the lake in style enjoying boating and watersports, four outstanding restaurants, including Michelin-starred La Brezza, and a 21,528 square-foot Spa and Wellness center. Travelers can spend their days taking a stroll through the Botanical Gardens on the Brissago Islands, jetting around the lake on one of Eden Roc’s two Riva boats, visiting Terreni all Maggia's northernmost rice fields in the world, relaxing with a spa treatment, and more.
Ecuador - Quasar Expeditions
Known for their crystal clear waters, year-round warm temperatures and the vast number of endemic species studied by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands (located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador) are an amazing destination. Upon setting foot on the islands, guests spend their days getting up close and personal with amazing wildlife, going on hikes around the various islands and kayaking, snorkeling and diving with the area’s fish and docile sharks - having a vacation that is truly bucket list-worthy.
For travelers considering a trip to the Galapagos Islands, Quasar Expeditions offers seven and 14 night cruises onboard their small yachts, the M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace (a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainer and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco!). Unlike larger ships in the Galapagos, Quasar incorporates remote sites and outer islands in their itineraries and excursions like Tagus Cove and Bartolome Island, providing their guests with unique and private access to better hiking trails, hidden coves and beautiful beaches, creating a truly private experience far away from any crowds and with a front row seat to the cutest animals.