15 Tropical Resorts to Beat Your Winter Blues
The glimmering holiday decorations have been taken down, the tree is sitting curbside waiting to be picked up, New Year’s Eve has come and gone in all its shining glory. Winter has set in and it’s starting to feel a little cold and gloomy. If, like us, you’re already dreaming of a sunny holiday at the beach, we’re about to make it easier for you. Scroll on for our favorite tropical resorts to escape winter.
La Banane is one of those iconic and very exclusive St. Barth resort that caters to a very in-the-know crowd. No detail is spared in the design of this nine-bedroom villa, from Pierre Jeanneret chairs around every corner, to bold patterned ceramic tiles in every room. Swoon!
It doesn’t get dreamier than Monte Gordo’s Azúcar resort, where 20 low-lying, whitewashed palapas (traditional Mexican bungalows) with thatched roofs meet the ocean, surrounded by lush greenery. This hotel looks like it was built with an easy lifestyle in mind, with handmade hammocks, plush pink pillows, and oversize wicker lounge chairs around every corner. The place holds its name, well, it’s as sweet as sugar.
Where gifted interior designer Kelly Wearstler goes, we go as well. The Viceroy Anguilla is the only hotel Kelly Wearstler has designed in the Caribbeans, making it a top choice by default. Expect her signature dramatic flair in sandy beach tones.
Casa Cuixmala is more than a hotel, it’s an experience. Over 25,000 acres of nature preserve surround the property, which was originally built as the private residence of Sir James Goldsmith, and designed by prominent interior designer Robert Couturier. It was transformed into a luxury boutique hotel in 2014.
When we first laid eyes on St. Barth’s Villa Palmier, it jumped to the very top of our dream vacations list. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom villa can be rented as a whole or shared. The attention to detail is sublime in this all-white, textured space, where the only accents are textured whitewashed woods, wicker pendants, and tone-on-tone kilim rugs.
Halcyon House is not really a tropical destination, but the fact that it’s currently in the midst of summer in Australia makes it the perfect place to getaway if you can handle the long-haul flight. The Anna Spiro–designed Halcyon House opened last winter and has quickly become an Australian hot spot.
The Ocean View Club is another one of those small quirky hotels, for those who prefer the comforts of a home to a grand five-star resort. The personable nine-bedroom hotel sits right on the famous pink sands beach of Harbour Island, where the only mode of transportation is on foot, or in a golf buggy.
Designed by Celerie Kemble, the Playa Grande Beach Club is a quirky and meticulously designed two-bungalow property. As Kemble fabulously described it in Architectural Digest last year, “Interiors that are well designed tell people how to behave. Here, I want them to know they’re supposed to be barefoot but they can also put on a grand hat and their emeralds and go twirl around on the beach.” That statement alone sold it for us.
From looking at the coastline, you wouldn’t guess that the Papaya Playa Project is an 85-room beachfront complex, because it is so cleverly nestled in the jungle that it fades into the background. This is luxury in its simplest form.
Hotel Escondido is a hip surfers’ paradise for thrill-seekers and design-conscious travelers. Made up of traditional bungalows dotted along the beach, the property connects the ocean and the surrounding mountain range in a field of wild cactus. Don’t trip and fall!
In Playa Del Carmen, vintage Mexican furniture infuse an eclectic personality into this adults-only retreat. A far cry from the all-inclusive, Hotel La Semilla only serves breakfast. Instead, owners Alexis Schärer and Angie Rodriguez invite guests to experience their favorite restaurants nearby.
Boca Chica is one of those hotels so cool that it suddenly gives you the urge to visit a place that was never at the top of your list, if even on your radar at all. This is what Acapulco was for me: a city that was popular decades ago and fell into oblivion—until now. The 1950s-era property has a distinctive midcentury vibe dotted with bright retro colors and vintage furniture, but is unmistakably current.
A short drive away from bustling Rio de Janeiro is Insolito, a quaint beachside property owned by French-born Emmanuelle de Clermont. Her innate sense of style helped her curate a 20-room hotel that’s both eco-conscious and aesthetically pleasing. The hotel was voted one of the best luxury hotels in Latin America by Condé Nast Traveler.
Where are you dreaming to get away this winter? Tell us in the comments below.