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Jet-set island: Oil Nut Bay

Nothing beats a tropical Caribbean island getaway if you’re looking to escape the throes of a British winter. Bask in sunshine and luxury in Oil Nut Bay’s new Reef House villa which sits high up in the hills overlooking the marina village and pristine waters beyond. With such magnificent views to revel in, it’d be a shame not spend as much time outdoors as possible, whether lounging under the tiki huts or doing a few obligatory laps in the infinity pool. (Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. From £1,400 per night. itcluxurytravel.co.uk)

Brazilian beauty: Ponta dos Ganchos

It’s OK to want to hide away from the rest of the world every now and again, especially when your hideout looks like this. If privacy and peace is what you’re after, take up residence in one of the hill-set bungalows at Ponta dos Ganchos. The resort sits on a secluded peninsula around lush rainforests and boasts uninterrupted sea views that are best enjoyed swinging in hammocks on the verandas. When dinner calls, head to the resort’s two-person only private island where you dine like you’re the only two people in the world. (Ponta dos Ganchos in Santa Catarina, Brazil. theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk)

In plain sight: Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Set deep in the Serengeti is a number of Four Seasons lodges with close-up, on-the-ground views into the plains and wildlife that roam the park. One of the best spots for wildlife-watching can be found when doing a few laps in the open-air pool which overlooks a watering hole. Here, you’re likely to come across elephants and baboons as they gather for respite from the day’s sun. Just make sure you have the camera ready. (Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. fourseasons.com)

Detox retreat: The Farm at San Benito

If you’re looking for encouragement to kick-start your healthy lifestyle come New Year, a stint at wellness retreat The Farm at San Benito ought to do it. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, immerse yourself in daily yoga, meditation, Thai Chi and aqua aerobics sessions to get your body and mind into its most tranquil state. You’ll also flush out toxins with nutritious raw vegan meals and unwind in style with much-needed evening massages. (The Farm at San Benito in Batangas, Philippines. From £2,240 per person all-inclusive. healthandfitnesstravel.com)

Turkish delight: Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

For the ultimate in authentic Turkish bath treatments, there’s only one place to be. The Safira Spa at Park Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul is the largest of any European hotel and features a stunning, all-marble Turkish Hamam complete with saunas, steam rooms and a pool. Indulge in their myriad of revitalising beauty rituals until the thought of winter simply melts away. (Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul, Turkey. cvkhotelsandresorts.com)

Go Pro with Powder White

Ski lessons aren’t just for beginners – even the most seasoned of skiers can pick up a few nifty tricks from the experts to take their skills up another notch. Try Powder White’s latest ski package which arms you with all the techniques to transform your skiing from amateur to professional in a week. In a set of five three-hour sessions, you’ll learn everything from perfecting your carve turn to mastering a mogul run, as well as picking up more advanced off-piste and freestyling tips. (The Powder White Complete Package costs from £949 per person and includes seven nights in a fully-catered chalet in Meribel, France. powderwhite.com)

Eagle-eyed: The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

What a place to sit and wait for sundown. The romantic Eyrie lodge, so-called because it is perched so high up giving you an eagle’s eye perspective, boasts some of the best views over the hills and plains of the Ol Lentille wildlife reserve. With 24,000 acres of land, there is plenty for you to see and explore, all expertly navigated by your safari guide, then you can return to your nest where once again you can feel like you’re on top of the world. (The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille in Nanyuki, Kenya. ol-lentille.com)

Dutch Charmer: The Dylan Amsterdam

Even if it’s just a city break, never underestimate the pleasure a comfortable room can bring at the end of a hard day’s sightseeing. Overlooking Keizersgracht canal is The Dylan, an ideally-located hotel with charming, loft-style rooms that make a show of the building’s original wooden beams. When you’re not admiring the rooms, you can take to the city on one of the hotel’s bikes for hire and after you’ve circled back, enjoy some High Wine – their merry version of High Tea. (The Dylan Amsterdam, the Netherlands. dylanamsterdam.com)

Fresh off the ice: Koori at L’Apogée Courchevel

If you’re going to get back on the slopes day after day, you need to get some real sustenance in. At L’Apogée Courchevel, it’ll be Japanese restaurant Koori (translates as “ice”) fuelling you up for the season. Amongst slick, slate grey interiors with marble countertops, you can enjoy indulgent but delicately prepared dishes such as black cod with miso sauce and salmon with daikon radish. That’s alongside the naturally popular choices of sushi and sashimi. And there’s plenty of Japanese tea and sake to help warm you up too. (Koori at L’Apogée Courchevel, France. lapogeecourchevel.com)

Room with a Winter View: Kelo-Glass Igloos, Finland

If you thought Lapland was just for kids, how very wrong you are. The beauty of the wild outdoors in a snow-covered landscape has to be an enchanting sight for all. So why not bask in it in complete warmth and luxury inside your own glass igloo? These futuristic-looking glass domes that seem to emerge from the ground are ideal for stargazing. Better still, be one of the first people to stay in their brand new Kelo-Glass Igloos which combine cosy, traditional log cabins with the out-of-this-world views of their glass pods. You’ll have complete privacy, and with an authentic log-burning fireplace and sauna within striking distance, you won’t ever want to leave. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland, Finland. visitfinland.com