The best winter escapes: from the coast of Costa Rica to the peaks of Whistler.
Fringed by one of the most glorious white sand beaches in the Maldives and surrounded by a lagoon of bright turquoise water and coral banks, this resort is about getting away from it all and enjoying a slower pace of life. Charming Maldivian-inspired villas, set amongst rich indigenous foliage, offer delightful accommodation in a tropical private hideaway setting.
Villas don’t have televisions so take a good book and truly unwind. Or enjoy a classic movie under the stars and a glass of Champagne at the private Coco Cinema.
Caribtours Exclusive Offer save up to 70% – 7 nights from £1,275pp. Ocean Front Villa, all-inclusive, inc return scheduled flights, inter-island flights, speedboat transfers and use of a UK airport lounge. Book by 29 February for departure now – 31 October 2016.
Whistler is enjoying an outstanding season, so be warned if you want a piece of the 8,000+ acres of ski and snowboard terrain, then you’ll have to be quick. Whistler is an Olympic standard ski resort in every way, on and off the slopes: 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, over 200 marked trails and 39 lifts – Whistler Blackcomb has something for every ability of skier or boarder.
Cascade Lodge is located in Whistler Village North, close to the shops, bars and restaurants of both Whistler Village and Whistler Village North. Take the free shuttle to Whistler or Blackcomb gondolas.
Ski Independence, 0131 243 8097. £1,120pp for 7 nights at the Cascade Lodge, inc. flights (Air Canada) and transfers.
Lush green vegetation, birds of all sizes and colours, fabulous butterflies, active volcanoes and exciting wildlife. National parks cover around a quarter of Coast Rica and both the government and the people take their responsibility of protecting the environment very seriously. Due to its compact nature, travelling around the country is easy and the money which was saved by abandoning the military has been used to develop the infrastructure of roads which are excellent.
Costa Rica – In a Nutshell, is a compact holiday to Costa Rica visiting the very best of the country. Wetlands, cloud forest, rain forest and beach are all included, at a high end level with some fantastic experiences.
Steppes Travel, 01285 855333. 13 days from £3,795pp inc flights, and accommodation. Contact Steppes Travel for a detailed itinerary.
Currently experiencing excellent snow conditions, Flaine, just an hour from Geneva is renowned for its huge snowbowl and links with traditional French villages throughout the Grand Massif area. The ski area offers a great range of terrain for all standards and a terrain park, regarded as one of the best in the Alps. More than 140 runs, more than 260km of piste and nearly 70 lifts. There are wonderful long runs, up to 14km (nine miles) long, and some challenging slopes too, like the infamous Diamant Noir and Styx runs.
Flaine Montsoleil Les Terrasses d’Eos are luxurious and modern apartments with bright, stylish and comfortable interiors boasting magnificent views of the surrounding mountainside though their large bay windows. Ski in/Ski out.
Powderbeds, 0131 240 3300. Book the 12th – 19th March and get 30% off! That’s £158pp for 7 nights, based on 6 sharing. Flaine Montsoleil Terrasses D’Eos, accommodation only.