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Winter breaks, the insider guide

Winter breaks, the insider guide

Whether you're looking for snowy, sunny or comfortably cosy, here are some perfect places to stay for a winter escape

Andrew Forbes

Friday, 14 December 2018, 15:29

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El Lodge - Sierra Nevada, Granada

This time of year means the beginning of the winter sports season. Opening today for the 2018/19 season, El Lodge is the chic place to stay in the Europe's southernmost ski resort. Expect cool design, a striking après-ski sun-deck, and signature spa - and this season looks set to be a good one for snow!

Real La Joya - Agua Amarga, Almeria

Almeria is Andalucía's desert province with a remarkable semi-arid landscape; they say it's where the sun spends the winter in Andalucía. Almeria city is Southern Spain's Gastronomic Capital for 2019, while the protected Cabo de Gata is the place for remarkable nature and a stunning coast. Here you'll find the Real La Joya, a wonderful boutique hotel open throughout the holiday festive season.

Finca La Donaira - Ronda, Malaga

For a unique rural escape, the traditional Finca La Donaira, an organic farm, hidden within hundreds of acres of Serranía de Ronda countryside, promises a chic eco-retreat experience. Expect a wellness spa with indoor pool, Russian wood sauna and treatment rooms; gourmet organic cuisine; luxurious yet understated guest rooms; and bespoke experiences embracing yoga & wellness, horse-riding, cooking workshops, and local wine tastings.

Casa Palacio María Luisa - Jerez, Cadiz

November saw the opening of this new 5-star hotel in Jerez. A 19th-century mansion is now once again one of the best addresses to stay in this sherry town, promising smart guest rooms, and a restaurant celebrating Cadiz cuisine and Jerez wines.


Hotel Gasthof 'Post' - Lech am Arlberg

For an exclusive winter sports experience, Lech in Austria is the resort that never seems to go out of fashion. The Hotel Gasthof 'Post' is probably the most iconic hotel in the village, with spa, outside heated pool and a generous helping of Austrian alpine charm.


Rosedon Hotel - Hamilton

Bermuda is a year-round destination with luxury hotels and family all-inclusive resorts, as well as intimate boutique properties like the historic Rosedon Hotel.

For more information, revisit our Insider Guide to Bermuda or visit


Fantasía Bahía Príncipe - Costa San Miguel, Tenerife

This fantasy-filled family hotel has just opened this month. It has a world-class kids club with waterpark. There's a fairy-tale castle too which the young ones will love, and spectacular shows based on Tenerife's folklore and mythology. Parents can indulge in one of the six restaurants, or chill by the pool.

Hard Rock Hotel - Adeje, Tenerife

Enjoy the Hard Rock signature music experience at this upscale hotel with spa. The perfect hotel for rocking and relaxing in the sun. There's a 'Children of the 80s' event held on Saturday 8 December.

Hotel Atlantis - Corralejo, Fuerteventura

This popular hotel offers more than all-inclusive family holidays in the sun. Foodies will love the restaurants; and to work off the calories, try scuba diving, kite surfing or a safari through the nearby sand dunes and volcanoes of the Corralejo Nature Park.

For more information, revisit our Insider Guide to Fuerteventura or go to


Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski - Havana

What can be better than winter in the Caribbean? For an authentic travel experience, it has to be Cuba. Kempinski's new hotel captures the romance of Old Havana. Its fabulous roof terrace is not to be missed.


Cyprus is one of the warmest islands in the Mediterranean during the winter. Admittedly it might be chilly at night, and there can be rain, but off season means very good value winter escapes.

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Cyprus or go to


Portetta - Courchevel

Skiing in the French Alps is even more appealing when you know you can come back to the comforting and hearty cuisine of chef Angela Hartnett, as Portetta's Cucina Angelina. The hotel also has one of the best après-ski sun-decks in Courchevel.

More information, revisit our Insider Guide to Courchevel, or go to


Riad Maya - Essaouira

The seaside town of Essaouira combines the exotic allure of Morocco with winter sunshine and sparkling light of the Atlantic coast. This discreet, stylish Riad has its own hamam.



Europe's winter months make a perfect time to visit South Africa's fabulous Cape Winelands. Babylonstoren is one of the region's best food and wine resorts - a 17th-century farm with classic Cape Dutch architecture, close to the wine towns of Stellenbosch, Francshhoek and Paarl. The cottage style accommodation is so charming, and you can expect memorable meals and local wines at the farm-to-fork restaurant 'Babel'.

Singita Boulders Lodge - Sabi Sands

A visit to South Africa's Western Cape can be combined with a safari trip up north. The 12 suites of the Singiti Boulders Lodge each have en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, private heated swimming pool, fireplace and game-viewing deck. South Africa is the most sophisticated and stylish safari destination, and a stay here can be combined with a visit to Cape Town and the Winelands.

More information, revisit our Insider Guides to Safari, Cape Town & Cape Winelands.

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