The holidays are about giving presents to others, yes, but sometimes you have to treat yourself, too. In that spirit, we’ve put together some of our dream travel destinations for this holiday season. Much like the Neiman Marcus gift catalogue, some of this is just inspiration, but who knows? A last-minute ticket may be on Santa’s list.
We’re all about getting back to nature, but camping can be…uncomfortable. Since this is a wish list, if we were to spend a night in the great outdoors, it would be at one of Ventana’s luxury canvas tents in Big Sur, outfitted with premium linens and fire pits for roasting s’mores. Wine under the stars, anyone?
Nothing is more refreshing, physically and spiritually, than stepping away from your phone during the holidays. We’re beyond obsessed with the services at Miraval, where you can explore everything from wellness to art and music to creating a sacred space, all with the backdrop of the gorgeous Arizona desert. You’ll forget your phone even exists—for a couple of days, at least.
The views of Napa’s rolling hills through the olive and oak trees at Auberge du Soleil are enough to splurge on a room. Plus, the Michelin-starred restaurant, incredible spa and the property’s exclusive relationships with nearby wineries means you can have a delicious getaway unlike any other in wine country.
All of the rooms at the Four Seasons Whistler have fireplaces, which makes them the perfect place to get warm and cozy after a day of skiing on the mountain’s world-class slopes. Plus, the hotel offers incredible experiences, like skiing or snowboarding with an Olympian instructor, or taking a helicopter to dine in an ice cave at Canada’s largest ice field. Pretty cool.
Lounging around the pool in the dry desert heat at this Midcentury stunner is enough to make any family drama over the holidays melt away. Chilling in one of the custom designed bungalows or having a treatment at the spa’s outdoor canvas cabanas will leave even the most stressed year-end traveler start 2019 refreshed and totally zen.
Top photo: L’Horizon Palm Springs