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Are You Team Snow or Team Sand?

By: Arushi Mehra

February 05 2019

Winter has a way of making some of us shiver with excitement and others...just shiver. Whether you’re Team Snow or Team Sand, herein are some winter escapes that’ll please powderhounds and sun-worshippers alike.

FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE

FREGATE ISLAND, SEYCHELLES

This eco-conscious speck in the Indian Ocean is something out of a dream. Home to tortoises, turtles, thousands of species of tropical birds, Fregate Island is a remote, paradise that requires a James Bond-level helicopter entrance. Check-into one of the 16 secluded villas lining the feathery sands, complete with private butlers, welcome massages and mountain bikes to explore.

L'APOGEE COURCHEVEL

COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE

As if Courchevel wasn't the gleaming epicenter of the French Alps already, welcome L'Apogee Courchevel, the Oetker Collection's latest hotel to enter Le Jardin Alpin's haute chalet scene. With a La Prairie Spa, an acclaimed French restaurant (Le Comptoir de L'Apogée) and a private altiport so you can helicopter right to the mountain—it doesn't get any more luxe. Book one of the spacious suites décored in carved wood, sheepskin accents and heated balconies looking out to Courchevel's winter wonderland.

PARK HYATT ST. KITTS

ST. KITTS

There might as well be a 'gram filter named after Park Hyatt St Kitts—because every corner of this Caribbean gem is camera-ready. Soak up the sun from your private infinity-pool, gaze at Mount Nevis during your fire-stone massage and dive into a feast of farm-to-ocean delicacies at dinner. Traveling with the kids? The hotel's robust children's program and cabana-flanked family pool ensure a thrilling experience for all. 

THE CHEDI ANDERMATT

ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND

Everything's possible at the Chedi Andermatt—personal ski butler? You got it. Expect a warmed pair of boots, polished headgear and a set of shiny poles waiting for you each morning. After experiencing world-class service on the slopes, unwind in the spacious guest rooms done up in a sublime mix of rustic, sleek Swiss-Asian design—natural stone floors meet intricate wood paneling and soft leather touches.

HOTEL ESENCIA

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

Less like a resort and more like your stylish Mexican friend's extravagant residence—Hotel Esencia is the epitome of cool, laid-back luxury. The 40-room hotel is perched on the Riviera Maya’s white sands and Mayan jungles, featuring private plunge pools and a bespoke spa under a traditional palapa. Inside, minimalist white-washed walls and bedding contrast blissfully with the views and towering palm trees—not a snowflake in sight.

STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE

DEER VALLEY, UTAH

Welcome to Park City's finest: Stein Eriksen Lodge—a luxe, mid-mountain ski-in/out resort. Post $14M expansion, it’s as fresh as the groomed slopes. Gear up in the revamped locker rooms with help from the pro ski-valets, carve up the slopes and prepare for après-ski, nighttime s'mores and a ton of fun stuff down below along Historic Main Street. When you retire for the evening, check-into one of the grand suites—featuring private decks with hot tubs, fireplaces and feather-like linen.