Winter is a magical time of the year when cities transform themselves with show-stopping decorations, the breathtaking ice hotels open their doors and the Northern Lights dance in the sky.
The Mark is a stunning five-star boutique hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and is nestled in a landmark 1920's building. It is just a minute’s walk from Central Park and Museum Mile, combining old-world comfort, avant-garde design, state-of-the-art technology and matchless personal service. The Mark is a great base for exploring the magic of New York over Christmas when decorations are projected onto towering skyscrapers, fairy-lights wind up icy trees and roasted chestnuts are sold on street corners.
An optimal bucket list itinerary for those looking to embrace adventure and remote escapism in the wilds of Swedish Lapland. Chic hotels, exhilarating experiences and the chance to witness the northern lights in all their glory, this fun and unique trip will see you staying in the world’s most extraordinary hotels from the original Ice Hotel, the unique design-led Treehotel and the cutting-edge Arctic Bath hotel, all set in spellbinding beauty to make this a truly magical experience.
A real winter wonderland, Sweden truly has it all, from the colourful cobbled streets of Stockholm to the wild landscapes of Lapland and the magical Northern Lights. Here, history and culture meet natural beauty and adrenaline-packed activities, creating the perfect playground for both adults and children alike.
The original hotel made entirely from snow and ice, Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland is literally one of the coolest places to stay in the world. Built to a new design each winter, guests are able to experience sleeping in temperatures of -5 degrees. The Ice Hotel opens its doors from December onwards and on arrival you are given a fully guided tour with hints and tips on how to sleep well in minus temperatures. The tour also covers a brief history of the hotel and offers the chance to ask any last minute questions.
Winter in Iceland offers the opportunity to witness one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders - the Northern Lights. This phenomenon draws visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive dancing lights among the island's other-worldly landscapes.
Located in Kambayashi Onsen, Jinpyokaku Honten is a brilliantly located and traditional onsen ryokan in easy reach of Yudanaka. Japanese macaques, more widely known as the 'Snow Monkeys', are often seen bathing in the hot spring onsens near Yudanaka, which are particularly photogenic in the winter when they look very relaxed.
If your great loves are skiing, exploring and great food, then a luxury ski safari in the heart of the Dolomites is right up your street. This itinerary will maximise your time on the slopes and take in some of the best views and runs in the Dolomites. With magnificent scenery, a varied ski terrain which suits all levels and truly exceptional food, there’s very little not to like. One of the most exhilarating ways of experiencing this Alpine jewel is on a ski safari.
The Adler Mountain Lodge, takes luxury and style to new heights. Set on a plateau with extraordinary views, the Lodge promises uncompromising Tyrolean hospitality and charm, together with fabulous skiing. Adler Mountain Lodge is a magical hideaway on one of Europe’s largest plateaux, the Seiser Alm, and there is no where better to watch the magic of the "enrosadira" - the colour of the mountains changing at dawn and dusk.
For a wild west experience, dramatic scenery and great skiing, Jackson Hole provides it all. The Four Seasons Jackson Hole captures the spirit and essence of the American West while having a mountain hideaway feel, with natural wood and stone finishes. Head out with a team of huskies and shoosh along forest trails in the shadow of the Tetons. Learn dog handling skills and feel the excitement of running your own dog team and sled - a truly uplifting experience.
Skip the infamously choppy Drake Pasage and explore Antarctica in style. The continent of Antarctica contains an extraordinary wilderness of ice-sheets, glaciers and barren deserts that have formed over millennia, and is home to huge penguin colonies, sea birds, whales and seals. An expedition cruise to this remarkable destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!