Escape to One of These Sun-Soaked Winter Hotels

  • Pool Sharks: Find Grand Wailea

    Widely considered as one of the best resorts in the always-warm Hawaiian Islands, Grand Wailea also has some of the state's – if not the country's – best hotel swimming pools. There's something for everyone, including Wailea Canyon Activity Pool for the young and the young at heart, as well as the adults-only Hibiscus Pool.

    Photo courtesy of (c) 2013 Waldorf Astoria

  • Beach Seekers: Caneel Bay's for You

    Ranked among the best resorts in the Caribbean, Caneel Bay on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands is accessible only by ferry, and with seven stunning stretches of sun-kissed sand, even the most demanding beach seekers will find that perfect spot where land meets sea. Stay awhile, because there's quite literally a beach for every day of the week.

    Photo courtesy of Caneel Bay

  • Fans of the Exotic: Bali's Your Spot

    If you're looking for a warming winter vacation a little more out of the ordinary, book a room overlooking the Indian Ocean at the St. Regis Bali Resort in Nusa Dua. With white sand beaches, swim-up bars, salt water lagoons, an array of water sports and the luxurious Remède Spa, you're sure to be barefoot and blissful throughout your stay.

    Photo courtesy of The St. Regis Bali Resort

  • Wine Lovers - The Louise Barossa Valley Awaits

    Winter up north means summer Down Under – the perfect time to explore Australia's wine growing regions. At The Louise in South Australia's Barossa wine country, guests can sip on spicy Shiraz or refreshing Riesling surrounded by thousands of acres of vineyards and olive groves. Looking for a uniquely "Down Under" experience? How about breakfast with the kangaroos!

    Photo courtesy of The Louise

  • Shopaholics: Scottsdale Thrills

    Shopaholics weary of winter's muted colors should head down to Scottsdale for some warm-weather retail therapy in the Valley of the Sun. Located just minutes away from the best shopping in the greater Phoenix area, the Hermosa Inn makes the perfect base to return to, bags in hand. Tired feet? Unwind at the boutique hotel's full service Blue Door Spa Suite.

    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotel Group

  • Wildlife Enthusiasts: Limon, Costa Rica is for You

    The rainforests of Costa Rica are steamy year round, and if your ideal winter getaway involves ample wildlife viewing, stay at the Tree House Lodge on Punta Uva Beach in Limon. The 10-acre property sits at the doorstep of Cahuita National Park, where it's possible to spot howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, iguanas, armadillos and colorful parrots who stand out in the verdant canopy.

    Photo courtesy of Tree House Lodge

  • Sun Worshippers: You Belong in Cabo

    It's always warmer south of the border, especially when you're lying on the beach at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in beautiful San Jose del Cabo on the Baja Peninsula. The name of the resort translates to "windows to paradise," and you'll soon see why when you find yourself in this slice of paradise between the rugged desert mountains and the azure sea. Grab a bite at the Tequila, Ceviche and Sushi Bar or enjoy a romantic dinner in La Cava – either way, your friends back home will certainly be jealous.

    Photo courtesy of Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort

  • Big City Peeps: Head to Buenos Aires

    If you're looking for a big city vacation, but New York, Paris and London are just too cold, look south to Buenos Aires. The Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau, housed within a 1930s belle-époque mansion in the heart of the Recoleta French heritage district, makes the perfect base for exploring the Argentinian capital, and taking high tea in the beautifully terraced gardens will make you feel like royalty.

    Photo courtesy of Palacio Duhau

  • Spa Junkies - Relax in Anguilla

    Located on the exclusive island of Anguilla in the Caribbean, Cap Juluca operates a sensuous spa that often finds itself listed among the best in the region. Awaken your mind and body with grape-seed scrub, ginger body wrap or romantic couples massage using your favorite technique, from Swedish to Balinese.

    Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca

  • Golfers - Ship your Clubs to New Zealand

    Golfing isn't so much fun when you're shivering, but at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers – named the 2014 Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators – you'll enjoy picture perfect summer golfing weather in beautiful Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, one of the country's warmest and driest regions.

    Photo courtesy of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

  • Surfers - Surf's Up in Cocoa Beach

    Cocoa Beach, the widest stretch of sand in the Sunshine State, is also one of Florida's top surf spots. Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach provides everything you need to hang ten in the Florida sun: board rentals, a surf school and colorful beach apparel – all just steps away from the sand.

    Photo courtesy of Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach