We caught up with Richard MacKichan, editor at boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith, to plot some escape routes perfect for winter exploring; from crisp cities to snow-dusted forests.
We already owe the Swedes big time – who doesn’t love Pippi Longstocking, H&M, Daim bars, Absolut Vodka, Abba or Ikea? Visit this cinematic Scandi hideaway and you’ll realise there’s still more to thank the Swedes for: snow-sprinkled forest, husky-drawn sled rides, rustic Nordic cuisine, a possible peek at the Northern Lights (best enjoyed while dining in a heated, torch lit tipi on a frozen lake – no, really) and, crucially, the chance to stay in the world’s most inventive treetop dens.
Talking of the Northern Lights, you’ll be in with a good chance of seeing their green glow from this Icelandic base, too. Unlike the sky, everything here is understated with a monochrome colour palette to match. Other than the hardwood floors, shades and textures of black and white dominate, from the inky, lacquered, folding headboard, to the exceptionally soft white, pale-grey Quagliotti sheets. This contemporary crash pad is perched at prime city-gazing height, perfect for surveying snowy Reykjavik rooftops.
Nancy and Lee may have sung about a Paris summer but there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the City of Lights when there’s a chill in the air. Namely, wrapping up warm, taking your lover’s hand and leading them down Rue Geoffroy-Marie to this retro Rive Droite retreat. Inside, you’ll find the comforting good looks of a mid-century jewellery box: velvet upholstery, bevelled mirrors and understated brass accents throughout. Outside you’re perfectly placed for wintry walks north for Montmartre’s boho charms, east for a hipster fix along the canal, south for a culture hit in the city’s museums and west to give your credit card a workout on the Grands Boulevards.
This once-abandoned inn made our hearts flip like local Sweet Sue’s pancakes. We love its Scandi-lously good styling, generous breakfasts, the bocce ball court, the hammocks, the horseshoes, the bleached-wood beds fashioned by local carpenters, the butterflies, antlers, tiles and taxidermy, the jaw-drop views and the head-clearing country pursuits around moody and majestic Mount Tremper.
Polar vortexes notwithstanding, the New York City skyline rarely looks better than when it’s haloed by a low-lying winter sun. The New York Edition, with its clubby Gold Bar, cosy Clock Tower restaurant and fire-lit lounge areas, is just the place for curling up in cold-season – and being smack-bang in the middle of Midtown, whatever you choose to fill your New York minutes with won’t be far away.
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