1. ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS
For a pristine rendezvous with nature to kickstart the year, explore the beautiful untouched and ambrosial Kingdom of Bhutan, an ancient empire secluded high in the Himalayas. Here you’ll find Taj Tashi Thimpu nestled in the heart of the stunning picturesque Thimpu Valley – a destination suited to those seeking spectacular monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and a bucolic wilderness. Book the hotel’s Suite Surprises offer, and receive one-way airport transfers, daily breakfast, lounge access and butler service. Surely the most magical way to make the most of your mountain retreat?
2. INDIAN DREAMS
Atmantan Wellness Resort is an award-winning hotel in Mulshi, India, dedicated to helping guests to rebalance their mental and physical health. The five-star resort offers custom health and wellness programs, and throughout January the resort will be visited by Leela Lani, a certified holistic healer, who is an expert in stress management, lifestyle coaching and energy work. Leela will be doing special readings of the body through Self-healing Ritual, Atmantan Bliss – Couples’ Ritual, and The Power of Midlife treatments, guiding you towards self-healing of mind, body and soul in the tranquil, verdant surrounds of the lake-side resort.
3. CHINESE CELEBRATIONS
Celebrate Chinese New Year on January 25th in style at Mandarin Oriental Boston, where you can throw a room upgrade, daily breakfast, dining or spa credit and late check-out into the festivities. With its prime Back Bay location, the hotel is also perfectly situated for all of the city’s best attractions, from the Skywalk Observatory to Boston Public Garden and the start of the city’s famous Freedom Trail walk. Boasting the third largest Chinese community in the US, the city is also home to an incredible Boston Chinese New Year parade, which shouldn’t be missed. For after-dark activities, book a table at Bar Boulud, the hotel’s French-inspired bistro, with its seasonal New England inspired dishes and signature charcuterie. Divine.
4. WINTER SUN ESCAPE
Those needing some winter sun should book in for a blissful stay at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi with its Celebrate Every Stay offer. Book two nights, and they’ll gift you a bottle of champagne and late check-out, giving you all the more time to relax amid the resort’s astonishing natural beauty. Just a quick 40-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport, you can choose from 119 beach, reef and overwater villas with private pool (how good does the Grand Overwater Villa above look?), or opt for the ultimate VIP experience at Ithaafushi Private Island, a 32,000 sqm sanctuary with nine private villas, five villas and private entertainment clubhouse. Throw in the resort’s world-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary, with its customised treatments and personalised approach, and rediscover your equilibrium to ensure you start 2020 as you mean to go on.