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Beat the winter blues with these 3 warm-weather getaways across the globe

For those seeking the sun, thaw out in one of these decadent, warm-weather destinations. | By Bailey Berg | December 3, 2021

While some of us revel in the chance to spend the winter season jumping between our favorite ski hills or stacking up novels to read by the fire, the rest of us are eagerly counting down the days to summer. If you’ve got the clock set, a reliably warm-weather trip might be what gets you through the winter blues. We have a few ideas on creating sunny memories, including:

  • The greatest hits: There’s no shortage of over-the-top fun in Las Vegas

  • The old and the new: Get a better understanding of India’s past — and get a glimpse into its future

  • The undeniable paradise: From Mayan ruins to cave diving, this Mexican hotspot delivers even beyond its beaches

Fun in the sun in Las Vegas

The “house” isn’t the only thing that can’t be beat in Vegas — there’s also the weather. While most of us picture 80-degree locales to include glittering beaches and palm trees, Vegas grants sun-seekers a different kind of warm-weather escape. Think total artistic immersion at spots like Meow Wolf or the Neon Boneyard; e-biking through scenic red-rock canyons and wildlife areas; or chartering private helicopter rides over the Strip or the Grand Canyon. The right hotel will also have the ideal desert escape on standby: glittering, turquoise pools just outside your door and a concierge on speed dial.

While hustle and bustle can be synonymous with Las Vegas, that’s not the case at Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World and Crockfords Las Vegas, LXR Hotels & Resorts. An oasis of calm on the quieter northwest end of the Strip, you’ll float between different kinds of decadence. Think James Beard-worthy bites at Brezza or a dip in a private pool and Jacuzzis. Inside your suite, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling views of the Strip. When you’re ready for some action, there are plenty of on-site activities from your suite, including a gaming floor, concert space, and food hall.

Vegas is also a spa town, and that’s another great way to heat up and cool off in this electrified city. The spa at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is a classic option with a variety of wellness therapy packages on offer. The Karmic Happiness Ritual features a massage focusing on points of the body that stimulate feelings of joy, stability and happiness – more of this, please! And, the Awana Spa at Resorts World Las Vegas offers both European and Eastern healing rituals. Here you can book an event sauna where a sauna meister will curate a themed experience choreographed with music, lighting and dancing towels. Only in Vegas, folks!

Time travel in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) is one of India’s most interesting and diverse cities. It’s a place where the past and the future live and work in tandem. While it’s now the center of India’s rapidly accelerating technology industry, the city’s must-see spots give away its past: It was once a favorite warm-weather getaway for royalty. This business hub is the perfect destination to mix business and pleasure.

Spend the day touring the Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace or the Windsor Castle-inspired Bangalore Palace; strolling through the Lalbagh Botanical Garden or Cubbon Park. You can photograph the Shivoham Shiva Temple or the Chokkanathaswamy temple, where some say you can feel a pranic energy flow through your body. Once evening falls, hopscotch around town in the hunt for world-class dining—you can sit down to five-star spins on traditional dishes at spots like Karavalli or Kebabs & Kurries.

For a spot to hang your hat in the heart of the excitement, Conrad Bengaluru is a good bet. In addition to beautifully appointed, contemporary rooms, the hotel has multiple dining options. Tiamo, a pool-side, alfresco Mediterranean bistro, has particularly stunning views of Ulsoor Lake. Take a dip in a temperature-controlled infinity pool or have the concierge team create itineraries and set up a superb city tour.

Tropical paradise in Tulum

Tulum has long been the darling of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Lucky visitors here get to spend their days wandering Mayan ruins, snorkeling into the caves of El Gran Cenote, finding that yogi energy at studios like OM Collective, boutique shopping for curated goodies like those at Kaahal Home Tulum and, above all, mastering the art of relaxation on the city’s world-class tropical beaches.

For travelers looking for a relaxing getaway, it’s positively Eden-like. And it’s going to get even better: In January 2022, Conrad is opening a tropical haven that takes opulence to the nines. The sophisticated guest rooms at Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya feature balconies with incredible oceanfront views and plunge pools. Indulge in an ultimate escape in one of the premium accommodations like the Governor's Suite or Presidential Suite.

While you could venture to local public beaches like Playa Paraiso, Tulum’s most well-known spots can be fairly busy. Instead, relax in an open-air palapa on Conrad Tulum’s private stretch of sand or in one of the property’s five ultra-luxe pools. When you feel hungry, choose between world-class Mexican fare, Aegean-inspired small plates, ultra-fresh and sustainably caught fish, or just pop between chiringuitos for snacks and drinks on the beach. When you’re ready to immerse yourself deeper into all things Tulum, we recommend visiting nearby Akumal Beach and snorkeling with the turtles. Your personalized concierge can arrange everything — drivers, tours and more.

Make your next sun-filled travel memory

The bottom line: You don’t have to wait until next summer to feel the sun on your skin. Create warm memories by packing your bags and letting one of these three splendid locales be your winter getaway.

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Bailey Berg is a freelance travel writer who splits her time between Alaska and Colorado. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Atlas Obscura, and beyond.

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