Escape the winter blues
Don your fluffy socks, pack your books and prep your best red-wine face because we’ve rounded up the cosiest rooms to keep you warm this winter.
Nihi Sumba is an eco-luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba where a tropical climate and pristine surf breaks coalesce with horses galloping wildly along the rugged shoreline and villas clinging romantically to the side of a cliff. It’s a place with soul, where guests are warmed to the heart by the resort’s commitment to nature and community.
The 27 villas at Nihi Sumba are connected by a network of paths and steps, dotted beneath a canopy of trees and dangling creepers. Some villas boast private fire pits on their spacious decks, where you can curl up with a glass of wine and a handmade chocolate from the resort’s chocolate factory. All rooms feature luxe canopy beds with crisp white bed linens and make the perfect spot to soak up the sweeping panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
The resort’s open-air Ombak Bar is a memorable spot for a sundowner, especially on cool evenings when they light a bonfire on the deck overlooking the ocean and invite guests to join in on a beach BBQ.
Okay this one is a bit cheeky – it’s not so much the rooms at Soneva Jani that will keep you cosy as it is the resort’s tropical climate. The jaw-dropping islands that make up The Maldives are known for their impossibly warm waters, sunshine and balmy days year-round, and as such, the destination is a popular spot for people looking to replace the winter blues with some ocean hues.
The villas at this world-leading resort are full of every luxurious amenity you can possibly imagine – some feature slides directly into the turquoise lagoon below; some boast sunken seating nooks on your private deck; and the master bedrooms in most villas have retractable roofs so you can gaze at the stars at night from the comfort of your plush bed.
If your approach to surviving winter is to escape it entirely, this is the spot to do so in style!
Eichardt’s Private Hotel Queenstown
Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Eichardt’s Private Hotel is an icon in Queenstown. The historic, quintessentially boutique has perfected winter style, offering guests chic interiors, an unparalleled setting and genuine ambiance.
The Penthouse adorns the top level of the Eichardt’s building and enjoys uninterrupted views across Lake Wakatipu to the snow-capped mountains beyond. With spacious living areas, indoor and outdoor kitchens, two large bedrooms, marble bathrooms, sauna, spa and Queenstown’s largest private terrace – complete with a generously-sized heated pool, fireplace and fully equipped outdoor kitchen – The Penthouse is the ultimate in snuggly, luxury accommodation.
An eco-friendly hotel with waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline, 1Hotels Brooklyn has serious green credentials. As part of the 1Hotels group, whose whole jam is environmental-savviness, this property will give you warm fuzzies through its environmentally-motivated attention-to-detail.
The hotel’s Bridge Studio Suites provide the most insane views of the Brooklyn Bridge from your bed; the Skyline Suites and Riverhouse Suite have hammocks to curl up in and soak up the impressive vista; and all rooms have large floor-to-ceiling windows to let nature in, and give you cosy socks you can take home as a memento.
Plus, the hotel is home to Harriet’s Rooftop – a beautiful rooftop bar with a pool, unbelievable views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, hand-crafted cocktails, and fire-pits to warm your mitts by!
Injidup Spa Retreat
Situated on a secluded beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Injidup Spa Retreat features 10 luxurious adults-only villas, each with private, stunning ocean views and heated plunge pools.
The exquisite, restorative retreat sits at the northernmost tip of Margaret River in the wine-growing region of Yallingup; a scenic pocket of vineyard-covered earth bordered by outrageously beautiful beaches and a craggy limestone coastline.
The beautifully-adorned villas invite you to step inside and embark on a journey of complete relaxation and renewal. Featuring ethanol-fuelled EcoSmart fires in the living area and in-floor heating, they will keep you as snug as a bug in a stylish rug.