Experience the world’s finest winter wonderland in Sweden’s ICEHOTEL. As the name implies, it is completely constructed from ice; from the hotel to the beds and chairs, to the bar and wedding chapel. The first of its kind, ICEHOTEL’s yearly construction begins mid-November from ice blocks from the nearby Torne River. Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel changes from year to year. Guest warmly rest in sleeping bags on ices with insulated sheets and reindeer skins on top. In addition to rooms and suites, the property offers a church, main and reception area. ICEBAR, a recent addition to the ICEHOTEL, offers a lively night life full of frosty accommodations – from the snowy dance floor to the cocktail glasses created purely from ice.
Located in Sweden’s Lapland, guests can experience a wide range of outdoor activities. Experience ancient rails through the Arctic Trail snowmobile safari, or enjoy an afternoon dog sledding. Feeling creative? Try ice sculpting using special ice implements guided with professional instruction. Learn about the culture if the Lapland’s indigenous people, the Samis. The one activity that almost anyone can enjoy is the viewing of the Northern Lights- a seasonal masterpiece best witnessed in Sweden.
Dunton Hot Springs
A small and exclusive resort, Dunton Hot Springs is tucked deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Rockies. A restored ghost town, the property is sprinkled with hand-hewn cabins furnished with luxurious interiors. The remote resort is cell-phone free but has wireless internet access. Across the resort, an endless amount of activities are available- from skiing across the groomed cross-country trails, to a snowshoe hike through the vast surrounding meadows. Go heli-skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, dogsledding and even winter horseback riding in the canyon country surrounding the vineyard. The property also offers relaxing spa treatments, yoga and of course steaming hot springs.
For cuisine, Dunton’s chefs create a new meal daily using only organic local and regional ingredients – many of which come from their own agricultural developments. Lamb is mixed with fruits and vegetables from Dunton’s own farm and vineyard. Dishes are paired with an array of wine from the Sutcliffe winery. Meals are eaten at a long, antique table in the center of the Saloon – a signature nod to the property’s cattle days and a tradition they intend to keep.
Given the combination of tranquil locations, striking scenery and lavish accommodations, there is no question why this famed resort has been honored with the most prestigious awards in the hospitality. Ranked as the #1 All-Inclusive resort in the USA and #6 in the world, Dunton Hot Springs is sure to transform the standards of luxury vacations for years to come.
Looking for a way to break the winter blues? head south of the equator to Australia, where they are experiencing their ever-warm months of summer. Enjoy the grandeur property of the Bloomfield Lodge in Cairns which boasts as the only place in the world you can experience the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier reef right outside your door. The exclusive retreat features breathtaking views, boutique accommodations and gourmet dining.
Explore the islands by snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, or take a guided rainforest walk while witnessing some of Australia’s amazing plant, animal and marine life. Or relax outside and take in the beautiful views poolside. Bloomfield offers a range of holistic therapies including: massages, scrubs, facials, manicure and pedicures at their Spa Sanctuary, guaranteed to rejuvenate you – make it difficult to return home!