Written on 30th October 2017

TAG Private Clients - Winter is Here: 10 fantastic ideas for winter escapes…

As the leaves turn on the trees and Autumn arrives, winter will soon be on its way and with it a world of amazing luxury travel ideas and experiences beckons.

Let us whisk you away, whether it is to lands of virgin powder snow, blissful beaches, traditional Festive experiences, or bright lights and fireworks. Whatever your idea of winter travel perfection is, here at The Appointment Group, we can make it happen.

Discover ten of our inspirational winter travel ideas below.


1. The quintessential Lapland Santa experience, Finnish Lapland


Immerse your family into a real life fairy-tale with this amazing Santa experience in Finnish Lapland.

At long last, the elves have decided to invite guests into Santa’s secret hideaway, Villa Rudolf. This is a magical place, set deep within the snow-fringed Finnish forest. During the winter season, the elves await the arrival of their special guests, ready to welcome them on this magical journey.

Santa will invite you to go with him into the spellbinding forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree, before you return to cook traditional Christmas treats with Mrs. Santa, and decorate the house. Further afield, experience a spectacular reindeer safari, or a thrilling husky ride sitting in a sledge driven by a musher.
Whatever your Christmas wishes are, Lapland is bound to delight with something for all of the family.

2. Spectacular cat skiing at Scarp Ridge Lodge, USA


Cat skiing with Eleven Experience in Colorado is one of the most exclusive ski experiences in the world. Located just 13 miles west of Crested Butte, Irwin is a meteorological anomaly, meaning it snows A LOT here. Irwin often sees three times the amount of snow as the resort, averaging nearly 500 inches a season.

This means deep powder, and then some! Guests at Scarp Ridge Lodge access remote back country slopes in luxury snow cats (complete with leather seats, Champagne, satellite radio, flat screen TVs) and have exclusive access to over 1000 acres of incredible ski terrain. The area is a powder mecca, receiving some of the most snowfall in the USA each year and hidden in the mountains, the luxurious lodge ‘outposts’ offer the perfect spot to enjoy a break from the snow.

Scarp Ridge Lodge itself is the ultimate mountain hideaway, combining luxury and comfort and is perfect for groups of family and friends. Private chefs, an oversized Media Room, a private roof deck with hot tub and an indoor pool are just some of the amazing features of this 13,500-square foot lodge.

3. Ultimate ski perfection with Aman Le Mélézin, France


Located in Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps, with access to Les Trois Vallées, Aman Le Mélézin is a 31-suite hotel offering ski-in, ski-out facilities directly onto the Bellecôte Piste.

The hotel offers elegant oak-panelled interiors with fine French dining and extensive après-ski facilities. Reopening in December for the alpine ski season, this illustrious resort will mark its 25th anniversary by unveiling a new holistic 767 square metre spa, dedicated to rebalancing both body and mind, which will provide an extensive wellness sanctuary for guests to ensconce themselves after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

Dining here is sensational, with Nama, the culinary concept introduced by Aman earlier this year, celebrating finely crafted Japanese cuisine under the guidance of master chef Keiji Matoba.

4. Swiss chic with Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland


Experience one of the most stylish and chic of all Alpine escapes with the stunning Chedi Andermatt.

Explore in style and make one of this illustrious resort’s suites yours and indulge your sense of adrenalin. A scenic Alpine helicopter flight, a Champagne lunch on the frozen and privatized Sustenpass, an exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting, Truffle Fondue in the resort’s cosy Chalet or a blissful Alpienne Mountain Massage – these are only some of the highlights on offer here at this uber-elegant Alpine adventure get-away.

Jet off to the Ursern Valley and enjoy the winter paradise in Andermatt!

5. Powder paradise, Skiing in Japan


Welcome to the world of Niseko, the best of the Japanese ski resorts.

Famous for big dumps of powder, the tree skiing, the vibrant nightlife, and family friendliness, it’s a definite go-to for a winter escape. Skiing or snowboarding in Japan provides some amazing snow conditions. The weather systems that move across the Sea of Japan from Siberia are responsible for the massive amounts of snowfall. In addition to quantity, Japan snow also rates highly in the quality stakes. Averaging around 15m+ of snow each season, Niseko is famous for its wide open powder bowls and tree runs.

When après-ski beckons, nearby Hirafu Village is home to an abundance of cafes, restaurants and nightlife choices, and a trip to the local Kutchan Town for a real Japanese experience is definitely recommended.

6. The ultimate Alpine adventure at Chalet Pelerin, France


Set in a hidden hamlet, high the Tarentaise Valley, Chalet Pelerin offers an authentic and exclusive alphine experience combined with a team of expert guides showcasing the very best of Alpine skiing.

Surrrounded by seven world-class ski resorts - all 30 minutes or less away - guests at Chalet Pelerin are able to cherry pick the best skiing on offer in each resort on any given day. Legendary off-piste runs promise endless possibilities whilst on a short hop-over the border into Italy allows guests to take to the skies heli-skiing and tackle adrenaline pumping 5,000 foot descents.

Unwinding at Chalet Pelerin is a sublime experience, with an indoor pool and spa area, a private chef creating bespoke menus highlighting the best local ingredients and evening spent in the private mountain refuse, enjoying traditional fondue and total privacy.

7. The perfect family ski escape at Four Seasons Whistler, Canada


Experience true Canadian ski luxury at this illustrious resort, definitely Whistler’s hottest address, and the only hotel in Canada to receive an AAA Five Diamond ranking.

On Canada's breath-taking west coast, just north of Vancouver, a winter haven beckons, perfectly located at the base of Blackcomb. For a family ski retreat, there are few resorts which offer such a warm welcome. Set in the style of a soothing mountain sanctuary, suites here wow with oodles of class; fireplaces, cosy corners and bathrooms to luxuriate in.

World-class skiing here is super easy; explore North America’s largest ski area in style. The resort’s own shuttle grants fast access to the Whistler slopes, and with a dedicated ski concierge on hand, you will be completely taken care of. Nearby, trendy Whistler village and its array of boutiques offers retail therapy, or while away the day in Four Seasons’ amazing spa, complete with its outdoor pool and three heated whirlpools for all-season pleasure after a full day on the slopes.

Grand in scale, intimate by nature, Four Seasons Resort Whistler epitomizes the mountain spirit.

8. Christmas shopping in the Big Apple at The Chatwal, New York


With a chill in the air and the buzz of holiday excitement just beginning, New York’s hottest hotel, The Chatwal, located in the heart or Manhattan’s buzzing theatre district, promises to deliver a truly magical experience to visitors to the Big Apple this holiday season.

We adore this property, which boasts a beautiful 1930s Empire Art Deco look, and which has recently won the prestigious accolade of 2nd place in The 10 Best Hotels in New York City in the 2017 Travel & Leisure awards. The hotel’s exclusive concierge department will provide guests with the ultimate shopping experience, with complimentary transfers in the Chatwal’s signature red Mercedes-Benz to all of the city’s finest shops.

Special festivities are also planned to warm the heart and spirit this season, including gorgeous Caroling Brunches, which take place every Saturday in December at The Chatwal’s Restaurant The Lambs Club, led by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The brunch will feature festive carols, traditional brunch fare and gourmet hot chocolate.

9. Ring the New Year in in style in Sydney with Park Hyatt


Experience the magic of a festive holiday in perhaps the most perfect place on Earth for New Year celebrations; Sydney.

Do it in style with our favourite property, the Park Hyatt Sydney. Make your trip down under an exceptional one at this amazing harbour side residence, nestled between the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, in an unrivalled location on the edge of glittering Sydney Harbour with coveted views of the world famous icons. Celebrate New Year’s in sophisticated style, and ring out the old and bring in the new with Park Hyatt Sydney’s elegant New Year’s Eve events.

Enjoy a quintessential Sydney New Year’s Eve experience, indulge in a gourmet adventure, and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House. Watch the fireworks from the hotel’s exclusive boardwalk. Afterwards, dance the night away and dine on delicious canapés as an endless flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne is served, to the sounds of a live DJ set.

10. Escape to paradise; Christmas in the Caribbean at Mandarin Oriental, Canouan


Imagine the most perfect winter beach escape; welcome to Mandarin Oriental, Canouan.

Located in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, this is just the right kind of remote island getaway, and one of the Caribbean’s most sought after luxury destinations. Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, this illustrious brand's first resort in the Caribbean, is an elegant blend of both colonial and contemporary style suites and villas.

Nestled along an idyllic, white powder stretch of Godahl Beach, the resort was mindfully built, sparing no expense, with impeccable attention to detail. World-class service is delivered with genuine smiles by colleagues who bring a new level of hospitality to the region. Renowned for legendary spas around the world, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Canouan doesn’t disappoint with charming hillside treatment rooms and therapists meticulously trained to relax, sooth and decompress.

With Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s impeccable service and gracious surroundings, the idyllic Caribbean getaway is redefined.

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