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7 Snowy Winter Getaways

To celebrate all things snowy and magical, we’ve collected the coziest chalets, the most luxurious ski resorts, and the best spots for watching the Northern Lights.

The Lodge at Flying Horse in Colorado, USA

Wake up to a winter wonderland in Colorado

Wake up to a winter wonderland in Colorado

Colorado is one of the snowiest states in the USA and its been blessed with the kind of landscapes most of us only see on TV. The Lodge at Flying Horse provides guests with views of the snow-capped Rockies, which take on an even more magical appearance in the winter. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a spa, a swimming pool, and luxurious seating areas to curl up and watch the snow swirl past outside – just be sure to wrap up warm.

Boutique Guesthouse Maison Bergdorf in Interlaken, Switzerland

Spend a cozy weekend at this traditional-yet-utterly-luxurious guesthouse

Spend a cozy weekend at this traditional-yet-utterly-luxurious guesthouse

Alpine meadows, mountain views, glaciers – and that’s before you’ve even reached the traditional-yet-utterly-luxurious Boutique Guesthouse Maison Bergdorf. This gorgeous chalet is decorated like something out of a Wes Anderson film – think ornately patterned wallpaper, ice cream-colored tiles, natural materials – and it’s a dreamy spot to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Rosenheim Hakuba in Nagano, Japan

Take in the snowy views from this Rosenheim Hakuba

Take in the snowy views from this Rosenheim Hakuba

A ski resort with its own karaoke bar, Rosenheim Hakuba’s design is a lot more traditional than its amenities. Built in the style of a traditional Swiss mansion, it is impossible not to admire its latticed facade and charming exterior clock. Visitors here can expect to wake up to a winter wonderland, dotted with snowy fir trees and views of the Japanese Alps. Take the shuttle to the Hakuba Happo One Ski Resort then, after an invigorating day on the slopes, sink into the Rosenheim Hakuba private hot spring.

Litli Geysir Hotel in Haukadalur, Iceland

Chase the Northern Lights in Haukadalur, Iceland

Chase the Northern Lights in Haukadalur, Iceland

Spotting the Northern Lights is never guaranteed, but Haukadalur in Iceland’s Golden Circle is one of the best chances you can give yourself to witness this natural phenomenon. The Litli Geysir Hotel (named after the nearby hot springs) is a collection of traditional Icelandic cabins, lit by the warm glow of beeswax candles and decorated in a minimalist style that is cozy rather than clinical. Make sure to take a snowmobile tour and photograph the geyser at sunrise.

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Cumbria, UK

Enjoy a romantic mini break in the Lake District

Enjoy a romantic mini break in the Lake District

A romantic winter mini break in an English country house is the stuff rom-coms are made of and Gilpin Hotel provides all the log-burning fires you could hope for. The Lake District includes some of the UK’s wildest and most compelling scenery, with jewel-toned mountain slopes and glassy lakes just waiting to be explored. Once you’ve finished adventuring in Bronte Country, spend a few hours in the hotel spa, or linger over dinner in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants.

Le Faucigny Hotel de Charme in Rhône-Alps, France

Soar through the sky above Mont Blanc

Soar through the sky above Mont Blanc

When it comes to winter wonderlands, the snowy peaks and cozy chalets at Chamonix are hard to beat. Soaring through the sky above Mont Blanc via one of the resort area cable cars will make you truly appreciate the magic of the season. Travelers looking to warm up in chic surroundings will adore Le Faucigny Hotel de Charme, a contemporary chalet, decorated in warming charcoal-colored paint, with its own hot tub and sauna.

Valen Cabins in Reine, Norway

Combine mountain and sea views in Reine, Norway

Combine mountain and sea views in Reine, Norway

The frost-tipped scarlet Valen Cabins are almost too pretty to be believed, but the pictures don’t lie and these cabins are the real deal. Combining mountain and sea views, these wooden cabins include panoramic porches, rustic furniture and beautifully crafted local handicrafts. Wrap yourself up and admire the stars on a clear night, or stay in with a log fire and a cup of something hot (and chocolaty).