Vacations are an intrinsic part of the holiday season. Thereʼs something special about enjoying quality time with your loved ones amidst stunning locations around the world. Whether you prefer icy slopes, sunny beaches, or verdant expanses with that perfect nip in the air, choose from our curated selection of six gorgeous winter getaway destinations to make your dream vacation
BY AAKRITI JASWANT
Steeped in tropical beauty, this Indonesian island is a great escape for those seeking a relaxing winter sojourn. Known for its wellness offerings, it has many soothing spas and tranquil beaches, especially in Nusa Dua, a luxurious retreat town. Or visit the provinceʼs popular rice fields, like the famous Tegallalang terraces, near the small town of Ubud, with their undulating, emerald-green terrain, for soulful nourishment, harmony, and mesmerising vistas with inexpressible allure.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ideal for those seeking a spiritual experience, this enchanting city is home to numerous Buddhist temples, each more inviting than the last—one of the most striking being the magnificent Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This glistening golden stupa is perched atop a hill and reached by climbing more than 300 steps flanked by intricately carved serpent statues. Truly a treat for the senses!
A magical charm envelops this capital city during winter. From strolls through streets adorned with Yuletide lights to savouring delicious Christmas pudding and festive drinks at Borough market—London is a veritable winter haven delighting travellers of all age groups. A much-loved activity for the entire family is skating at the many outdoor ice-skating rinks that spring up around Londonʼs popular landmarks each winter, including at the Tower of London, the Natural History Museum, or the sprawling one at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, the largest open-air ice rink in the UK.
Always alive, always electric, the French capital is the ultimate winter holiday destination to experience the European Yuletide season. From the elaborately decorated trees along Champs Élysées to cosy corner stores, the City of Lights shimmers with sparkling illuminations, colourful window displays, and vibrant parades. The festive atmosphere is further heightened by the various marchés de Noël (Christmas markets) that pop up around Notre Dame or Tuileries Garden.
The Red City is a veritable paradise for shopping enthusiasts. Explore the forever bustling medina through its famous souks, where bright rays of the sun seep through its labyrinthine alleyways, and exotic souvenirs like aromatic spices, Arabian-style lanterns, Moroccan carpets, and more line the streets, taking a traveller back into the era of medieval charm and glory.
Famed for its alabaster beauty, this striking mountain range in northeast Italy is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ideal for adventure, these captivating alpines are a hotbed for thrilling winter sports, such as sledging, snowboarding, and tobogganing. Enjoy skiing at the picturesque town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the heart of the mountains or visit the breathtaking Lake Braies, with its mesmerising views and crystal-clear waters.