5 Luxury Trips to Take with Your Squad This Winter
Do you suffer from the winter blues? For those who like it hot, there are as many ways to flee winter as to embrace it. And there's no better remedy than bouncing back with a massage and a cozy robe in a luxurious getaway. As such, the best winter lodges offer an immersive group experience combined with award-winning cuisine, spas, and activities. If you think you know luxury, you have no idea until you've spent a vacation in one of these unbelievable rentals. After all, everyone deserves a taste of the high life once in a while.
So whether you tend to paddle or pamper, snowshoe or snuggle, we've mapped out getaways that promise to add a little offrez-vous to a luxurious winter indulgence with your people. With heated rooftop tubs, fireplaces, and innovative spa services, they can make even the cold winter chill seem like a good thing.
MOUNTAIN RETREAT: Teton View Villa at Spring Creek Ranch
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
$6,000/night | 7 night minimum | Accommodates 10
Only available during the holiday season or in the winter upon special request, the private Teton View Villa at Spring Creek Ranch is the ultimate destination to indulge your dreams of a cozy winter retreat out West. Residing on the grounds of Spring Creek Ranch, the home is nestled at the top of a butte 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson Hole, offering completely unobstructed views of the Teton Mountains. The home, which was profiled in Architectural Digest, is not your stereotypical Western design. Forgoing traditional rustic style, the stunning abode utilizes modern materials to create a unique contemporary home in the Tetons. With five bedrooms (each with attached decks), a full kitchen, and an oversized living room, the Teton View Villa is furnished to the highest standards and decorated to embrace the natural surroundings. Able to accommodate up to 10 guests, the majestic mansion provides the perfect accommodations for a large family or group of friends looking to experience a ravishing winter wonderland.
Insider tip: Head into the heart of nearby Yellowstone National Park for one of Spring Creek Ranch's private Wildlife Safaris—a rare treat, as the Park is typically closed off to all cars in the winter—or wrap up in your lap robes and enjoy a memorable horse-drawn sleigh ride along East Gros Ventre Butte, overlooking the twinkling lights of Jackson.
ISLAND GETAWAY: Private Villa at Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Guanica, Puerto Rico
From $950/night | 3 night minimum | Accommodates 8
This holiday season, experience lavish resort living in one of Copamarina's two stunning private oceanfront villas—both of which were recently renovated to unveil utterly luxurious island accommodations. Especially ideal for families or large groups, each villa is furnished with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a separate living and dining area (with a deluxe home theater system), and an expansive private wraparound balcony. Copamarina is located in Guanica, a seaside town on Puerto Rico's undiscovered southwestern coast. Less traveled to than the bustling capital city of San Juan (making it the perfect locale for a relaxing reprieve from the stressful holiday season!), Guanica is a modern town that boasts a charming town plaza and a prime location near the Guanica Dry Forest Reserve, the largest remaining tract of tropical dry coastal forest in the world. The hotel itself is a 20-acre landscaped tropical resort with a pristine half-mile long beach fronting the Caribbean Sea. The ultimate full-service resort in Puerto Rico for an upscale yet adventurous Caribbean getaway, the resort offers a variety of premium amenities and facilities including numerous swimming pools, ocean view restaurants, meeting and events spaces, watersports, fitness center, and complete spa services.
Insider tip: Charter a boat right from Copamarina to nearby Gilligan's Island for a relaxing day of snorkeling and resting under the shades of the mangroves. If you book Copamarina's Stay and Play Villa Family Package, it includes access to Gilligan's Island, as well as daily breakfast for 2 adults and 4 children, one hour complimentary use of non-motorized water sports, homemade ice cream and snack baskets, and grocery services.
URBAN ESCAPE: Three-Bedroom Duplex Penthouse at Marmara Park Avenue
New York City, New York
From $9,000/night | Night minimum N/A | Accommodates 7
The 1800-square foot Three-Bedroom Duplex Penthouse at Marmara Park Avenue in New York City has options for the entire family this upcoming winter. With picture-perfect views of the Empire State Building and its iconic festive lights, guests can wake up to the 445-square-foot outdoor terrace dusted in snow, sip hot chocolate near the fireplace, and prepare their favorite home-cooked holiday meals in the fully equipped kitchen. All bookings are inclusive of access to the wellness center, providing the perfect holiday gift for parents to relax and rejuvenate in an authentic Turkish Hammam or the subterranean pool. Led by New York artist/designer Joe Ginsberg with the inspiration of his very own living space, these impeccably furnished accommodations are the home-away-from-home that we all love. Centrally located (yet conveniently discrete) in the white-hot Midtown South neighborhood, Marmara Park Avenue situates guests a heartbeat away from the pulse of New York City, yet a whole world above the action.
Insider Tip: Escape the bitter cold weather by going subterranean! Located underground at The Roxy Hotel, The Django is reminiscent of a classic Parisian boite and fuses world-class eclectic live music with impeccably crafted cocktails by James Beard Award Winner Maxwell Britten. The night spot has jaw-dropping design details and artisan touches all complementing a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Offering offers a unique, intimate space in New York City, The Django is the perfect place to socialize and escape chilly winter nights.
CELEB FAVORITE: Oceanfront Penthouse Suite at Gansevoort Turks + Caicos
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales
Prices vary | Night minimum N/A | Accommodates 4 per room
Want to feel like a celebrity for a week? Who needs the glitter of the silver screen when you have the shimmering sea seemingly peeking out of every window, door, and passageway? Such is the charm of this hotel, where most rooms overlook water of some sort, be that the nearby lagoon or the ocean itself. As a popular celeb hot spot, Gansevoort Turks & Caicos' Penthouse Suite exudes all the comforts of home with a full kitchen, oversized bathrooms, and picturesque terraces. The 3,700-square foot space with panoramic ocean views also includes a full suite with two outdoor terraces—one with a whirlpool. Situated on the western section of Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales (named by TripAdvisor as #1 in the world), the Suite shares the resort's contemporary Mediterranean design and its guests receive roundtrip VIP airport transfers for up to six people, en suite registration, dedicated guest services manager (24/7), and a beach sofa or pool island VIP set up daily with unlimited bottled water. The resort itself is an opulent escape from civilization located on 400 feet of the purest white sand in the Caribbean, featuring a 7,000-square foot infinity-edge, ocean view swimming pool, an Exhale Spa with a fully-equipped fitness center, and Stelle, a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant. What better way to pamper yourself?
BACHELORETTE HOT SPOT: Vanderbilt Three Bedroom Presidential Suite at Condado Vanderbilt
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prices vary | Night minimum N/A | Accommodates 4 per room
Want to spend vacation with your girls on one of the best beaches in the world? As you pull up to the early Spanish Revival facade of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, the valets open the grand doors into the foyer and it'll be apparent you have come to the right place for luxury and relaxation. Located atop each of the Condado Vanderbilt towers, the Vanderbilt Presidential offers unparalleled and exceptional views of the roaring Atlantic Ocean, as well as the unique San Juan coastline and cityscape of the Condado area. Featuring three rooms and a spacious 2,590 square feet, you can decide how to enjoy every inch of lavish comfort. Each bedroom sports its own balconies: the master bedroom's balcony features both a chaise lounge and an armchair with an ottoman with the ocean as horizon. In addition to a king-sized bed, the master bedroom offers an oversized bathroom with separate tub and shower, as well as its own custom-made dressing area. For added privacy, rooms connect through a vestibule and each guest room has its own bathroom. The expansive living room is ideal for entertaining guests, whether for casual cocktails or a formal dinner. Once a cultural heritage site, its rooms have returned to their former glory after a whopping $200 million renovation. Now, the Vanderbilt Presidential is the ideal canvas to capture the wild expression of your bachelorette shenanigans.