5 Winter Vacation Destinations You Don’t Know About

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When it comes down to it, every new year is essentially a countdown to the next vacation. For those of us who consider ourselves travel junkies, at least. And just like any other industry, the world of luxury travel has its continuous trend cycle that tends to keep things fresh…while keeping us on our toes.

We at Luxury Attaché are proud to be the nation’s premier concierge firm, so it seemed only fitting to partner with a travel service of our caliber to drive our in-house travel program. In late 2014, we launched Travel Attaché in collaboration with global travel powerhouse First in Service, a branch of Tzell Travel Group and member of Virtuoso, the world’s leading luxury travel network. Together, we curate the most uniquely extravagant itineraries and tailor each one to our clients’ tastes and preferences, so no two are exactly alike. Honeymoons in Bali, weekend getaways in Belize, off-the-grid vacations to Bhutan…we’ve just about covered it all. So where do trends come in? It’s a great starting point, of course, to know what’s hot now, what might be up-and-coming next year, and so on and so forth. To identify trends in the hospitality industry within the broader spectrum of destinations, then factor in consumer habits…there are many elements that together determine the birth of trends and ultimately where our clients (and we ourselves) are traveling. 2016 is the year of doing something new – we’re looking at a drastic number of global travelers who are shopping broader horizons than ever before. Whether it’s flying halfway across the world to Switzerland’s most beloved ski lodge or keeping it domestic with a week in Utah’s most scenic desert retreat, it’s all about adventure this year. And we’ve got to say, we’re totally on board with it. Check out our top picks for branching out in this new year of travel.

1 Amangiri | Canyon Point, Utah

There’s something about the canyons of the American Southwest that screams peaceful getaway. Maybe it’s the sweeping views, the calming earthy hues, or the serene air hanging above the desert. Paired with a glass of wine on the resort's campfire terrace, there’s no place we’d rather be. The stunning property’s sprawling 800-acre property sets the stage for the coolly modern resort, composed with clean colors and sleek silhouettes mirroring the stark surroundings of the desert, where 34 suites, a four-bedroom home, and an internationally acclaimed spa frame the central swimming pool in Amangiri’s unique oasis. Pack those weekenders for Amangiri’s inaugural Valentine’s Concert Weekend, featuring complimentary dining, welcome receptions, stargazing with an astronomer, and two violin concerts by renowned classical musicians, the Carpenter siblings. Tell them we sent you.
1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, UT 84741

2 Cheval Blanc | St-Barth Isle de France

Sparkling sands and crystal clear waters -- the makings of any perfect beach vacation, in our opinion. But all the bells and whistles of a five-star accommodation can’t hurt either. 40 stunningly appointed guest rooms make up the Flamands Bay’s exclusive Cheval Blanc, where West Indies spirit meets French charm and no experience is complete without a romp in the lush gardens or Guerlain ritual spa. Beach lounging is rivaled only by the infinity pool’s horizon view, and Chef Yann Vinsot’s cuisine is reason enough to never set foot off property. This St. Barthélemy haven serves as the perfect getaway for any occasion.
Baie des Flamands, 97133, France

3 Gansevoort | Turks and Caicos

Winter is finally here, and so is the season for warm-weather vacationing. We’ve got our eye on the Caribbean, particularly Gansevoort’s breathtaking beachfront property on a stretch of white sand on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The sleek property, a collection of 91 stunning guestrooms (among them a handful of penthouses with three bedrooms and wraparound terraces), features a 7,000 square foot infinity pool, an award-winning spa by Exhale, countless water sports and activities, and of course, an internationally acclaimed restaurant with a setting second to none. Dine at the shoreside lounge, or take it to go on a floating island in the pool. When in...the Caribbean.
Lower Bight Rd, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

4 St. Regis | Aspen, Colorado

A Gilded-Age mountainside manor set against pristine slopes? Sign us up. Aspen’s most coveted address is the place to be at any time of year, and with an internationally acclaimed restaurant and award-winning spa, this postcard destination never ceases to please. Perfect for romantic getaways and family vacations alike, the list of activities and amenities is endless...think ski and snowboard clinics, snowmobiling, winter fly fishing, horse-drawn carriage rides through town, and naturally, the ultimate après ski experience with fireside s’mores. Work up an appetite for an evening out at Chefs Club, FOOD & WINE Magazine’s original location and sister to the New York outpost -- both beautifully curated and home to the country’s most celebrated culinary talent.
315 East Dean Street, Aspen, CO 81611

5 Kulm Hotel | St. Moritz, Switzerland

Nothing says “ski weekend” like a getaway to the birthplace of the winter holiday. Travel Attaché offers unparalleled access to Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, boasting uncompromising luxury in the heart of the Swiss Alps since 1856. Embark on a private helicopter tour for breathtaking views of Lake St. Moritz, hit the slopes for an unforgettable ski experience, or cool down in the salt grotto or steam baths. And because vacation is hard work, there’s always time to sit back and bask in the hotel’s history -- the very place that held the Olympic Games in 1928. Pass the hot cocoa.
Via Veglia 18, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland
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