5 Warm-Weather Holiday Vacations

Winter is coming, but so are the holidays — the perfect time to escape your chilly-weather blues and jet off on a warmer getaway. From sexy island sanctuaries and plush resorts to family-friendly destinations and solo travel hot spots, we've picked our 5 favorite warm-weather holiday vacations.

5. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Highlights: This sprawling, 171-acre resort is arguably the Bahamas' liveliest playground. Stretching across 3 miles of beach, Atlantis houses Aquaventure, a full-blown waterpark with 11 pools and a mile-long river tubing adventure. Accommodations run the gamut from standard guest rooms to 3-bedroom villas, and Atlantis' 21 restaurants offer plenty of kid-friendly options, including the Cave Grill.

Best for: Families. The resort offers activities specifically for toddlers, kids, teens and (of course!) parents, so no one will be bored.

Don't miss: The marine exhibits. Winding throughout and even under the property is one of the world's largest collections of marine habitats and aquarium exhibits, encompassing lagoons, coral formations and underwater ruins.
  • Paradise Island, Bahamas
4. Royal Davui Island Resort
Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts
Highlights: With just 16 villas tucked into 10 lush acres surrounded by Beqa Lagoon's turquoise waters, the resort offers extreme privacy and exclusivity. Guests enjoy luxury perks such as in-room spa treatments, private plunge pools and open-air showers, and there’s even the option of organizing a romantic picnic on an isolated stretch of island beach.

Best for: Couples. This adults-only resort is dedicated to privacy, and with its small capacity for guests, there's plenty of secluded space for alone time with your partner.

Don't miss: Private dining. While the resort's restaurant always welcomes guests, it's possible to book a private meal in a hidden location on the island for optimum intimacy.
3. The Fairmont Kea Lani
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, HI
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Highlights: Smaller than the oft-visited Big Island, Maui manages to pack a giant punch into its shores. Seeing the sunrise from the peak of Haleakala volcano is a must for visitors, along with traversing the Road to Hana, which is often touted as one of the world's most stunning drives. The waters and reefs surrounding Maui are loaded with marine life, perfect for divers and snorkelers, while others can enjoy horseback rides or hiking excursions in the island's tangle of rain forests. After all that action, head back to the Fairmont Kea Lani and relax with a treatment at its 9,000-square-foot, award-winning spa.

Best for: Adventure lovers. Maui's magic is found outdoors. The island lays claim to multiple climate zones, from tropical to desert, offering adventure seekers a variety of activities.

Don't miss: A private helicopter tour of the island. A number of outfitters offer such tours, an unforgettable experience that takes you into seemingly impossible-to-reach nooks and crannies of Maui’s mountains and volcanoes.
  • 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr
  • Maui, HI US
2. Nomads
Nomads, Queenstown, New Zealand
Nomads World Hotels Pty Ltd.
Highlights: From glacial mountains and rugged coastline to hot springs and geysers, some of the world's most jaw-dropping natural beauty can be found on New Zealand's north and south islands. The hiking, mountain biking and kayaking are epic, and adventure seekers can bungee-jump and zorb. Foodies will find a world-class wine region and delicious farm-to-table dining.

Best for: Solo travelers. New Zealand is a backpacker's mecca, filled with hostels such as Nomads. With fun amenities including a cinema room, it puts singles in a position to meet like-minded travelers.

Don't miss: Fiordland National Park. Carved by glaciers and striped with teeming waterfalls, the park is home to Milford Sound and dramatic granite peaks. It's possible to explore the scenic fjords via kayak or on an eco-tour.
  • 5-11 Church St
  • Otago
  • Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand
1. The Breakers
The Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers Palm Beach
Highlights: This posh resort on a pretty stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast has been pampering travelers since it opened in 1896. The Italian Renaissance-style hotel sits on 5 acres, and guests can enjoy a half-mile of private beach, 4 oceanfront pools and 5 whirlpool spas, and then dine at one of 8 restaurants, from casual to high-end.

Best for: Luxury travelers. As one of the finest hotels in the country, it's no surprise that the Breakers' opulence comes with a price tag. Rooms and suites run from $399 to $6,150 per night.

Don't miss: Worth Avenue. If you can tear yourself from the comforts of the Breakers, drive 5 minutes to Worth Avenue, Palm Beach's ultra-luxe shopping street, which is filled with designer shops such as Cartier and Chanel.
  • 1 S County Rd
  • Palm Beach, FL 33480 US

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