While the weather outside might be frightful, there are places you can escape this winter that are, well, quite delightful. Offset the shorter days and chilly temperatures by snuggling up next to a crackling fire with a hot cup of cocoa and who knows, maybe the weather might even be desirable.
We asked Booking.com (the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay) for some places where we’d like to warm our toes up to keep us happy this January. They supplied us with six inviting stays with a little extra soul-warming heat. So, get in those winter woolies and head to these glowing spots with family and friends, or escape with your other half for some fireside romance while the wind blows and the snow falls outside.
Situated in the fortified medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Italy, this unique accommodation features rooms and suites in the original period buildings. Guests can hunker down next to the ancient fireplaces after visiting the ski slopes just a short drive from the ancient walls.
Offering panoramic views of the Bischofsmütze and Dachsteinmassiv mountains, these chalets in Austria can be reached on skis in good snow conditions. Beat the cold by relaxing by the roaring fire reading your favourite book, after using the luxurious Finnish sauna.
A mixture of alpine and contemporary design, this chic chalet offers stunning views of the slopes. Featuring five bedrooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a home cinema and a cozy fireplace, Chalet Makaluis in France is a great option for family and friends to gather on a cold winter’s night.
This boutique Greek guesthouse offers traditional rooms built with local stone and wood. A fireplace in your own room means a private fireside retreat to truly escape the world, perfect to enjoy a glass of wine, pull out those board games or simply revel in the glowing embers.
You don’t always have to travel to the mountains to enjoy idyllic moments by the fireplace. This wine hotel, in the city of Porto, Portugal is a great choice for an unforgettable winter city break. Just make sure that you get pampered at the hotel’s luxury spa before relaxing by the open fire.
With a real fireplace that radiates warmth and ambiance on a cold, crisp day, this four-star resort is located just over 11 km from downtown Edwards, Colorado, USA and features a full-service spa, four golf courses and two restaurants.