Winter by the Sea: The Best Places for a Trip in the Cold Season
Let's swap crowded slopes for beach walks. The new hit: a beach Winter!
February 23, 2023
Sylt & the North Sea
You don't have to escape the cold if you want to enjoy a view of the ocean. The beaches of the North Sea are a wonderful destination. Whether with a cup of tea, deeply engrossed in a book, or during exciting activities in the fresh air, Winter by the sea is closer than you think. Of course, the well-known destination of Sylt is stunning in the cold season too. A suggestion for Winter at the North Sea: A hike through along the Wadden Sea, glistering in the Winter sun.
Hotel Tip: BUDERSAND HOTEL - GOLF & SPA - SYLT
Am Kai 3, 25997 Sylt/Hörnum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Tel.: +49 04651 4607-0
The 5-star superior Hotel Budersand combines impressive architecture, unparalleled enjoyment and countless opportunities for relaxation. The stay directly at the sea becomes a special experience for all senses. The architecture of the exclusive hotel is inspired by the natural landscape of the south of Sylt and at the same time sets clear, modern accents. A total of three restaurants as well as an award-winning spa area on more than 1,000 square meters provide equally for the physical as well as the mental well-being of the guests.
Iceland is cold during Winter, that's for sure. Beyond that it's the perfect season for fairytale experiences. The island turns into a land of magic and provides the unique opportunity to marvel at the unique aurora borealis. It is only visible during the Winter months, from September to March. The air might be cold, but the waters? Not necessarily. Among other things, Iceland is known for its hot springs and natural hot pots. This is one of Iceland's many exceptional features.
Hotel Tip: The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Norðurljósavegur 11, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Tel: +354 420 8700
© The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Iceland's first 5-star hotel is rather impressive with its extraordinary design, directly located by the literal hotspot "Blue Lagoon". The gourmet restaurant Moss has got a fantastic view of the lagoon and moss-covered lava fields - above all, the Icelandic chef Agnar (Aggi) Sverrisson's tasting menu consists of seven magical courses. In the spa, which covers more than 4,000 square meters, guests will experience first-class service. It is located three meters deep in the volcanic soil and the blue healing water of the lagoon is the main star.
The Spanish island is a well known destination among foodies, party people, and nature lovers. Though, why wait for Summer when you can experience Ibiza in Winter! The wonderful temperate climate makes Ibiza the perfect destination for a Winter getaway by the sea. Winter in Ibiza is good for the soul. There are numerous boho-style flea markets that are ideal for a little day trip. Local specialties, handmade jewelry, clothing as well as fresh fruit are part of the offer of the Art & Mercat Sant Antoni market in the old town, for instance. If you're lucky, relaxing tunes of live music will warm your heart. As a little bonus, attractive offers and irresistible discounts are usually available during off-season.
Hotel Tip: 7PINES RESORT IBIZA
Calle Puig Delfín, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza, Spain
Tel: +34 971 195 200
© 7Pines Resort Ibiza, part of Destination by Hyatt
Nestled in a pine grove, the 7Pines Resort Ibiza, part of Destination by Hyatt in a quiet location on the west coast of Ibiza. Away from Ibiza's wild nightlife, visitors can discover the breathtaking beauty and cultural diversity of this unique island. Over 56,000 m² of green areas and gardens are wort a visit.
If you want to quickly exchange Winter for Summer, South Africa is the place to be! December, January, and February are the warmest months of the year in the southern hemisphere. Temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius and the sun shines for a full 11 hours a day. So if you want to swap the gloomy days of winter for a sunny escape, a trip to Cape Town is a fantastic idea.
Hotel Tip: One&Only Cape Town
Dock Road, Victoria, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +971 4 426 1099
© One & Only Cape Town
The luxury resort is located right next to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, surrounded by stores and restaurants. An interesting pice of information for gourmets: the One&Only houses Africa's only Nobu restaurant. Framed by the towering natural wonder of Table Mountain, the One&Only Cape Town is a tranquil enclave, located close by fascinating waterways and a traditional harbor.
Abu Dhabi & the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates are a much loved destination for sun worshippers during the European winter months. This place has perfect weather, especially from November to March. With temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius, the coastal region is particularly attractive for swimming and water sports at the Persian Gulf.
Hotel Tip: NURAI ISLAND
Nurai Regis, 44235 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 617 2222
© Nurai Island Estate
The luxurious private island Nurai Island is only a 15 minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi and an wonderful place to spend the Winter by the sea. The huge window fronts of the exclusive villas make you feel like you are vacationing in the sea instead of at the sea! The Snow Room and the Aspen Sauna are the highlights of the wellness area of the gorgeous hotel.
Thailand is perhaps not considered an insider's tip for a sunny escape in winter, but a timeless and justified classic. Generally, the months from November to March are considered the best time to travel, as the monsoon provides pleasantly cooled temperatures and, above all, dry air masses. The temperatures in Southwest Thailand remain stable throughout the year and pleasant 25 to 33 degrees Celsius await the island visitors. So whether sunbathing, swimming or being enchanted by the unique culture, Thailand is always worth a winter trip to the sea.
Hotel Tip: AMANPURI
Pansea Beach, 83110 Cherngtalay, Phuket, Thailand
Tel: +66 76 324 333
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Located on a private peninsula between palm trees and a white sand beach, the Amanpuri presents timeless elegance in the pavilions and villas. Five exquisite restaurants and a Holistic Wellness Centre perfect the amazing experience.
There's power in tranquility, and that's especially true during a Winter vacation on Nantucket Island. When the temperatures drop and most tourists depart, Nantucket transforms into an enchantingly quiet retreat. A slower pace, picturesque sandy dunes, romantic lighthouses, and the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Winter on Nantucket is like a nostalgic trip back in time to New England's past. A visit to the island's historic library, the Nantucket Atheneum, a walk on the beach, or immersing yourself in the masterpiece of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" is highly recommended.
Hotel Tip: The Nantucket Hotel + Resort
77 Easton Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Tel.: +1 (508) 310-1734
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The Nantucket Hotel & Resort is a romantic New England getaway. The top priorities are the guests' well-being and excellent service. The hotel is conveniently close to major attractions, including First Congregational Church, and the Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House). The Nantucket Hotel & Resort: an excellent base for those seeking peace and quiet. Winter vacationers away from the crowded slopes are going to love it.
Santa Monica & the California Dream
Santa Monica is one of the most popular destinations near Los Angeles. Why is it so special? First and foremost, because of the weather! Santa Monica's temperatures alone make it a great place to visit any time of year. Whether it's riding the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, biking along Palisades Park, or sunbathing and playing volleyball at Santa Monica State Beach, this place is the epitome of the Californian dream and an ideal getaway to enjoy the Winter by the sea.
Hotel Tip: Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd, CA 90405 Santa Monica, U.S.A.
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This resort Shutters on Santa Monica beach is designed in a luxurious cottage style. The white shutters and sun-soaked terraces are a beach lover's dream, and the cozy rooms serve as the perfect retreat after a long day at the Santa Monica Pier. Make new friends in the inviting lobby or the chic terrace. A cottage style beach resort - you can spot the dolphins from the balcony!