Whether you’re looking to take a much needed winter break before the end of 2017 draws in, or you want to experience a truly white Christmas in a country that looks like it belongs to a scene in a Christmas film, a luxury Winter adventure Holiday is for you. Imagine being surrounded by blankets of white snow, sparkling snowflakes and sumptuous hot chocolate as you warm up in a rustic log cabin with the love of your life. Picture spending the evening on a mountain with your closest family and friends as you wait to be immersed in the Northern Lights. Envisage skiing with your colleagues during a one of a kind corporate retreat. A Winter Adventure or a City Break in the Winter is the perfect way to spend those cold winter months. Here are five of our favourite Winter adventure holidays for you to get ticked off of your bucket list.
A Winter City Break
If you’re looking for a short city break packed with adventure, then look no further than New York. New York is a truly magical place during the festive period – it is an experience like no other. You can see Wall Street’s glistening skyscrapers surrounded by cold Winter air, Central Park’s snow covered paths and the iconic Christmas window displays gracing 5th Avenue. Shop until you drop in Macy’s, and then head over to Winter Village in Bryant Park.
If you’re planning a Winter Break in New York, then experience it in true luxury and style at the Peninsula New York? Located on 5th Avenue, you’ll be in the core of the Big Apple. This stunning resort will offer you a quintessential New York experience, with the promise of relaxation and rest to ensure you’re feeling energised to make the most of your Winter city break in New York.
Frankfurt is renowned for its beautiful Christmas market, and is one of the oldest Christkindschesmarkets in Germany. Dating back to 1393, the Frankfurt Christmas Marketing was the only source of essential supplies for inhabitants of Frankfurt before harsh winters fell. Now, the Frankfurt Christmas market goes all the way along the Zeil Shopping Centre to the Römerberg and down to the river Main. It boasts over 200 decorated stalls and a huge Christmas tree in front of the Römer. If a Winter adventure city break in Frankfurt Christmas Market doesn’t get you excited for Christmas, then we don’t know what will.
If you want to explore more of Germany, then why not stay hour and a half away from the Frankfurt Market, in the historic shopping boulevard Königsallee in historic downtown Düsseldorf? Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel combines modern living with traditions of Germany’s past. Each room offers supreme comfort and a stunning view of the old town of Dusseldorf.
Winter Skiing Holidays
The French Alps
If you want an unforgettable Winter experience, then skiing in the French Alps is the place to start. There’s a reason why the French Alps is such a popular place for friends and families to go skiing – it offers beauty and a skiing experience like no other. Resorts offer different levels when it comes to skiing, perfect for parents to take their children to learn and fall in love with a new skill. After a long day of skiing you can choose to explore the boutiques and restaurants surrounding your resort, and then relax in the warmth of your beautiful chalet.
Cheval Blanc Courchevel is situated in the prestigious Jardin Alpin. Cheval Blanc Courchevel utilises precious materials to creating an atmosphere of sophistication and sensuality like no other. Their Cigar Bar will transport you to a luxury like no other – enjoy the finest cigars as you’re surrounded by fur rugs and plush armchairs in an authentic Mongolian Yurt.
The Northern Lights
Finland boasts some truly beautiful ski resorts, that offer state of the art equipment and truly luxurious accommodation. From Pyhä Ski Resort to Saariselkä and Ruka, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a ski resort – you’ll be sure to find the perfect one to suit your family’s needs. Finland is also a great place to watch the Northern Lights!
Situated in the heart of Lapland-Rovaniemi, The Arctic Light Hotel offers a unique combination of Lappish heritage and modern style, ideal for an authentic stay on the Arctic Circle.
The hot springs and Northern Lights are some of the main attractions in Iceland, and it is easy to see why. Whether you’re choosing to have a city break in Reykjavik there are over 17 hot springs for you to experience and explore. The best time to see the Aurora Borealis is between September and April – making a Winter city break in Iceland the perfect time to go.
Hotel Borg, one of Reykjavik’s landmarks is an imposing hotel overlooking the breath-taking square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík. This art-deco hotel offers 99 rooms and suites of elegance and modern amenities, promising to make your stay one to remember.
The Netherlands offer spectacular views of the Northern Lights, and there’s so much to do in this beautiful country. From exploring Amsterdam’s luscious gardens to visiting the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House, the Netherlands offer a truly unique experience. Whilst you’re waiting to see the Aurora Borealis, you can also visit the Heineken Experience, and learn all about this global brand of beer.
Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is an exceptional retreat in the cultural heart of Amsterdam, located on the Museum Square. One of Amsterdam’s leading luxury lifestyle palace, the Conservatorium Hotel blends timeless elegance and glamour with a superior service in order to create an experience like no other, making it an ideal retreat for sophisticated, design-literate travellers. If you’re planning to have a city break in Amsterdam and wish to see the Northern Lights, a stay at the Conservatorium Hotel will make it unforgettable.
Winter Mountain Hiking
If you want to experience natural beauty and all the world has to offer, then hiking in the Swiss Alps is the way to do so. Going hiking in the Swiss Alps is an experience that will change your life. There is no other place in the world that offers soaring peaks in such a small area. You’ll find yourself surrounded by wildlife, relaxed waterfalls and blankets of untouched snow.
If you want to explore the Alps of Switzerland in luxury and comfort, then you can choose to visit individual resorts located across the mountains. This means that you can explore each section with ease, and indulge in creature comforts at the same time. Gstaad Palace is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Alps, and first opened its doors in 1913. From the awe-inspiring penthouse to the comforting deluxe suites, you’ll be hiking like royalty.
The Norwegian Mountains look like they belong in a Christmas Hollywood film, and it is easy to see why. Stunning mountains topped with snow are surrounded by flourishing wildlife and log cabins. The icy blue sky gives a serene atmosphere, making a hike through Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Galdhøpiggen or Besseggen a magical experience. Norway is a wonderful place to explore for a Winter adventure holiday.
If you want to start your Winter adventure in the Oslo, then a stay at The Thief on the water’s edge in Tjuvholmen will rejuvenate you for your future hiking. This resort offers timeless elegance that flawlessly blends in with newer contemporary fixtures. The Thief spa is truly magical and boasts a plethora of treatments.