January just begs for a little vacation planning. After all, you just went through a marathon holiday season — don’t you deserve a getaway just for that alone? And besides, planning a vacation now is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to kick off your New Year’s resolution to travel more. Whether you’re dreaming of snow or surf, these chic hotels offer luxurious accommodations for the discerning traveler. Here are just a few of our favorites this month:
Why we love it: Mid-century inspired décor adds a stylish, sunny touch to the interiors of this resort, located on a secluded private beach. It’s the ideal destination for a winter getaway, not just because of the lovely Florida sun. There’s also the 42,000-square-foot Eau Spa that promises to soothe away all the stress from the holidays. Got little ones in tow? They’ll love the kid clubs and programs.
Why we love it: If you really want to get away from it all, retreat to this resort. Perched high on a cliff 100 meters above the Ayung River, Mandapa (which is Sanskrit for “temple”) is a secluded paradise composed of private villas and suites. Whether you just want to find your center in a peaceful environment, or explore the nearby villages on bike, this is a getaway option that’ll leave you completely relaxed.
Why we love it: Owned by the Ferragamo Group, this fashion-forward hotel was designed by Florentine architect Michele Bönan. She was inspired by vintage photos from the Ferragamo archives to create the interiors, which use 1950s pieces to create a tailored yet comfortable feel. The hotel is convenient to all the sights of Florence — including the Ferragamo flagship and museum, naturally.
Why we love it: Japan’s “snow country” has inspired artists for decades. Skiing is a must, along with sampling the region’s fantastic cuisine. Both are possible at the Kimamaya by Odin, a micro-boutique hotel located in the ski resort of Niseko Hirafu. The on-site restaurant, The Barn at Kimamaya, takes advantage of stunning views with its spare architecture and wall of windows.
Why we love it: For a ski vacation that’s a little easier to get to than Japan, head up to Vermont. Field Guide, a boutique hotel right in downtown Stowe, is close to all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. It’s a 15-minute drive to the slopes and a 10-minute walk to shopping (that counts as an outdoor activity, right?).
Why we love it: Glittering Baccarat crystal flourishes and gleaming mirrors make this New York City hotel feel a little bit like an ice castle… in the most luxurious way possible. Stay inside, enjoy the exceptional artwork (the hotel’s collection features works by Robert Longo, Ellen von Unwerth, and Nan Goldin), and relax with a drink from the fabulous bar.