The winter holidays are right around the corner, and it’s not too late to plan a last-minute getaway to say goodbye to a crazy year and ring in a new one! There are plenty of stunning winter palaces ready to welcome guests in a safe, receptive environment, and we at The Luxury Travel Agency partner with the very best of the bunch. 

Winter Wonderlands – Revelry in the Rockies

While Americans have been planning a socially-distanced Thanksgiving, we’ve been gathering the best destinations for them to enjoy a much-needed winter vacation. Hitting the slopes has always been one of the best seasonal activities to enjoy – especially now, when being outdoors is more important than ever!

For many American skiers, the discussion starts with Colorado – and what better place to escape to than the exclusive town of Aspen? This has been the spot for those in the know since the ‘50s, where celebrities let their hair down and the après-ski is just as important as the skiing itself. The St. Regis Aspen Resort is an impeccable choice, where the brand’s distinctive butler service will make any guest feel like alpine royalty. Want something even closer to the slopes? The Little Nell is the only property in Aspen with ski-in/ski-out access; it simply doesn’t get more convenient than that!

Of course, you might be keen on maximum personal space; look no further than Wyoming, perfect for a socially distanced retreat. Caldera House is a stone’s throw from the chairlift, and with only eight suites, this exercise in modern style is exactly the type of property we’re targeting for this winter’s holiday season. For a truly remarkable getaway, Amangani never fails to impress even the most seasoned traveler; the views from your sprawling suite or private home will leave you feeling like a modern-day conqueror of the Mountain West. 

Winter Wonderlands – We (Love) The North

Closer to home, our Canadians also enjoy heaps of stunning options for a magical winter holiday. Whether it’s the Insta-worthy alpine lakes in Alberta or the playgrounds of B.C.’s coastal mountains, there’s no better place to spend your winter – and many of our closest Partner Hotels are ready to show you why!

When it comes to the bounties of nature, British Columbia is unequaled from coast to coast. A stay in Whistler puts you in the heart of North America’s largest ski resort, an adventure mecca with something for every traveler. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is the ideal headquarters for your holiday; newly renovated rooms strike a perfect balance between spacious and cozy, with signature spa treatments available for the end of an active day. Less than a two-hour drive away, Vancouver is the perfect pairing with your ski trip – you could be on the slopes in the morning, and taking in an ocean sunset that night! The Douglas Hotel offers style and substance that the big-name hotels lack, with natural furnishings that echo the majestic Pacific Northwest. 

Over in Alberta, the scenery is nearly impossible to turn away from – but these beautiful properties will ensure that your inspiration doesn’t stop at the door! The Fairmont Banff Springs, like many of its sister hotels, offers guests a gorgeous stately château-style home on the doorstep of Banff National Park, Canada’s first and foremost park of its kind. In nearby Lake Louise, while many aim for the famous Fairmont on the shores of the lake, we adore the boutique charm of The Post Hotel. Award-winning cuisine and your own private cabin on the riverbank – what else could you ask for from a year-ending getaway? 

The Luxury Travel Agency only works with properties that have a proven plan for operating safely, and we encourage our clients to bring all of their questions directly to our team of expert Advisors. Safe travel can be done, and with the year coming to a close, what better way to ring in the new one?