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Treat yourself to luxury this winter with these spectacular properties

Special from Booking.com


With shorter days, dropping temperatures and more time spent inside, are you thinking about your next vacation?

You’re not alone – according to research conducted by Booking.com, 70% of Canadians say that in 2020 they want to go somewhere that offers experiences they’ve never had before.

Treat yourself to more than just your average vacation and make the year 2020 one to remember, with these luxury stays around the world.

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Kokomo Private Island, Fiji

Consider island hopping around Fiji’s impressive 330 islands. Known as the “soft coral capital of the world”, this trip will be one to remember. Worth the long flight, Fiji is home to some of the world’s most idyllic and beautiful beaches. Celebrating something special? Treat yourself to a secluded villa with a private pool.

Villa Soleia, France

Situated in Villefranche sur Mer, in the heart of Cote d’Azur, you’ll find the miraculous Villa Soleia. This sprawling 17th century style property will make you feel like you’re sleeping in the Palace of Versailles. Over-looking the hills and luxurious residences, Villafranche is known to be one of the most beautiful sights in the Mediterranean. With the coastline abound with restaurants, chic boutiques and private beaches, this is the epitome of luxury. France is one of the few places in the world you can go from sand to snow in less than a day. In the winter enjoy sunny skiing, and in the summer explore on horseback, on foot or by bike.

Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards, South Africa

Calling all South African wine lovers. Ever dreamed of staying on a vineyard surrounded by gardens with panoramic mountain views? Your dream is about to come true. Dating back over 200 years, this Homestead is the original family home of Oldenburg Vineyards. It has been fully renovated and modernized, while somehow retaining its rich history, architecture and charm of the Cape Dutch aesthetic. 

Emerald Lake Lodge, Canada

Stay local in 2020 with a trip to the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains and stay in a luxury cabin at Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia. Appropriately named, the lodge overlooks a stunning jade lake, a beautiful view to take in as you sip your morning cup of coffee. Very few destinations in Canada offer this unique mix of luxury and wilderness serenity. Warm up next to the cozy fireplace in your cabin after a soak in the hot tub surrounded by 360-degree mountain views.

Four Seasons Resort Maui, The United States

This Hawaiian hideaway takes perfection to new heights. Situated on some of the most sought-after real estate in the world, this resort looks out onto the golden sands of Wailea Beach and the endless horizon. On the island of Maui, explore majestic mountain ranges, mesmerizing waterfalls and tropical hiking trails. For an experience you’ll never forget, splurge on the Complete Suite Experience and enjoy a personalized in-suit dining experience with your loved ones curated by a renowned chef. Make it “grand” by bringing the entire family along- even the grandparents, as almost three quarters (72%) of Canadian grandparents agree that spending time with their grandkids keeps them feeling young, according to Booking.com research.

The Blue Marlin Yacht Club Villa 6 On Hamilton Island, Australia

Part of the spectacular Whitsunday Islands and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. Surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life, Hamilton Island is for the world’s most luxurious places. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to get the best views of the turquoise waters and the iconic Heart Reef- yes, a reef shaped like a heart, the must have Instagram shot. Booking.com reveals that just over one fourth (26%) of millennials take more than 50 photos per day while on vacation. This is a snap you don’t want to miss!

The Explorer Hotel – Northwest Territories, Canada

Aurora, Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, Borealis

Explore the North by day but escape the cold by night in this cozy hotel in Northwest Territories’ capital, Yellowknife. This unique destination is filled with tons of natural attractions –including the auroras – which many international travellers come for during the winter months. The wildlife here is extraordinary, you can enjoy activities such as dog sledding or go snowmobiling with reindeer across the icy-blue horizon lines. 

Whether you treat yourself to a local staycation, or you’d like to explore a new corner of the world that’s always been on your bucket list, start the year of 2020 off with a bang with a luxe winter getaway.

Source: Booking.com

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