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Hibernate in Style:

7 Hot Hotels for Your Next Winter Vacation

From an over-water oasis to a plush treehouse in the forest, these escapes offer the perfect home base for a winter getaway.

Bayou Haven Bed & Breakfast

Slidell, Louisiana

Built on the bayou, this charming B&B mimics the design of a Southern estate from the mid-1800s. Each of the seven elegantly appointed suites is named after a local bird and incorporates accents like a crystal chandelier or an antique claw-foot tub. Don’t miss the jazz brunch on Sundays.

The Old Man and The Sea Ocean Villas

Savaneta, Aruba

This tropical hideaway features three villas suspended on stilts over the Caribbean Sea, and each comes with a private deck, an in-suite wine cooler, and a full breakfast.

Liberty Hotel

Liberty Hotel


This swanky Beacon Hill hotel has mastered the art of the flip. Built as the Charles Street Jail in 1851, it housed some of Beantown’s most notorious criminals. Now, the historic catwalk links 298 luxurious rooms, and the former “drunk tank” is the Alibi Bar & Lounge. During the holidays, decked-out Christmas trees hang upside down from the ceiling of the 90-foot rotunda.

TreeHouse Point

TreeHouse Point

Issaquah, Washington

Owners Pete and Judy Nelson have built an empire with this rustic retreat and nine seasons of the Animal Planet hit Treehouse Masters. Designed around its botanical host, each of the six fully furnished, above-ground bungalows is distinct. Added perks include yoga classes, fresh-baked blueberry scones, and access to year-round hiking trails.

Chaa Creek Luxury Resort

Chaa Creek Luxury Resort

 San Ignacio, Belize

Named after a Mayan moon goddess, the new two-bedroom Ix Chel Villas boast floor-to-ceiling windows and a private veranda in the middle of the rainforest. Pay a visit to the resort’s renowned butterfly sanctuary, cool off in the infinity pool, or dine on fresh fruits and veggies picked from the on-site organic farm. Jonesing for an adventure? Your private butler can coordinate everything from birding expeditions to cave tubing.

Winvian Farm

Morris, Connecticut

With its rotor blades embedded in the ceiling, a restored 1968 Sea King Pelican helicopter serves as the centerpiece for the resort’s 890-square-foot Helicopter Cottage. A wood-burning fireplace and Jacuzzi tub complement original accents, like the pilot and co-pilot seats found in the cockpit.

Beckham Creek Cave

Parthenon, Arkansas 

It’s rare to find digs where both stalactites and chandeliers hang from the ceiling, but this four-bedroom, four-bath rental marries its natural surroundings with midcentury modern furnishings, a gourmet kitchen, and rainfall shower heads. Outside, explore the Ozark Mountains on horseback or cast a line at the private catch-and-release pond.

Tommie Ethington is a former editor of this magazine. Email her at

Photography by Adam Crowley (treehouse); courtesy of The Lodge at Chaa Creek (infinity pool)

Originally Published November 2017