Sun, Ski, Spa: Our Picks for Winter Travel, October

From tropical Koh Samui to the snowy slopes of Whistler, discover our editor’s picks for winter getaways—and share your favourite Four Seasons destinations for cold weather escapes.

Sep 15, 2010
  • Pacifico Golf Course is a Jack Nicklaus-designed, seaside challenge that takes full advantage of its tropical Punta Mita locale. Surrounded by miles of white-sand beaches, Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains, this course is great for experienced golfers and beginners alike. Try your hand at “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural island green.
  • Perfect for seafood lovers, Punta Mita’s shores are filled with all kinds of fish varieties. The “Catch of the Day" programme delivers fresh fish to the Resort straight from local fishermen.
  • Share a gourmet experience on the sands of the Gulf of Siam with that special someone. A romantic beach picnic in Koh Samui, Thailand, is made easy with a prepared picnic basket from Four Seasons.
  • For a real Koh Samui adventure, a visit to the two Na Muang Falls is a must. A 45-minute drive from the Resort, and then a further 60-minute trek on an elephant, will get you to what are considered to be the prettiest waterfalls in Thailand.
  • Snorkelling in the Red Sea is on the top of our list this winter. Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, is located in one of the world’s most vibrant destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving, with much of the marine life being unique to these waters.
  • Feast on lobster tails and shrimp at the Reef Grill, just one of the many dining options in Sharm el Sheikh. For dessert, tuck into the chilled Moroccan-style fruit salad as you overlook the Red Sea.
  • There are 11 personalised treatment rooms at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. A tranquil terrace gives you a quiet spot to relax and overlook the ocean before, after or even during a massage.
  • Biking along Channel Drive is an excellent way to take in the Santa Barbara scenery. Located on the popular road, Four Seasons offers complimentary beach cruisers complete with helmets, locks, water and maps.
  • Balance the excitement of Las Vegas with a day at the Spa. Enjoy an outdoor massage as you take in the vastness of the desert sky, and put your mind and body at ease.
  • Have a massage custom designed especially for you at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. A personalised program and an extra hand or two (literally) is sure to help you rejunvenate.
  • Watch the flowers float on by as you lay on the Relaxation couch at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Experience traditional Thai treatments that can help lead the way to inner harmony and well-being.
  • The Ping River is a major source of water, food, transportation, irrigation and more for the people of Chiang Mai. A gentle ride down the Ping on a river raft will give you a true feel for the lifestyle of the area.
  • At Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, the Spa comes to you. With their signature In-Room Spa Experience, a bath is specially prepared in the privacy of your room with milk, honey, essential oils and flower petals.
  • The relaxation room at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is designed for you to further enjoy your after-treatment bliss. With a personalised music system and state-of-the-art adjustable beds, the atmosphere is utterly serene.
  • Activities abound for the outdoor adventurer at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. The vista from a gondola ride between the two mountain peaks is a sight to see.
  • Catch a fish in one of Whistler’s numerous mountain lakes, and the Four Seasons chef will cook it for you for dinner. Pair that with a bottle from the exclusive collection of British Columbia wines.
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Pacifico Golf Course is a Jack Nicklaus-designed, seaside challenge that takes full advantage of its tropical Punta Mita locale. Surrounded by miles of white-sand beaches, Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains, this course is great for experienced golfers and beginners alike. Try your hand at “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural island green.
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Perfect for seafood lovers, Punta Mita’s shores are filled with all kinds of fish varieties. The “Catch of the Day" programme delivers fresh fish to the Resort straight from local fishermen.
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Share a gourmet experience on the sands of the Gulf of Siam with that special someone. A romantic beach picnic in Koh Samui, Thailand, is made easy with a prepared picnic basket from Four Seasons.
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For a real Koh Samui adventure, a visit to the two Na Muang Falls is a must. A 45-minute drive from the Resort, and then a further 60-minute trek on an elephant, will get you to what are considered to be the prettiest waterfalls in Thailand.
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Snorkelling in the Red Sea is on the top of our list this winter. Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, is located in one of the world’s most vibrant destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving, with much of the marine life being unique to these waters.
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Feast on lobster tails and shrimp at the Reef Grill, just one of the many dining options in Sharm el Sheikh. For dessert, tuck into the chilled Moroccan-style fruit salad as you overlook the Red Sea.
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There are 11 personalised treatment rooms at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. A tranquil terrace gives you a quiet spot to relax and overlook the ocean before, after or even during a massage.
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Biking along Channel Drive is an excellent way to take in the Santa Barbara scenery. Located on the popular road, Four Seasons offers complimentary beach cruisers complete with helmets, locks, water and maps.
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Balance the excitement of Las Vegas with a day at the Spa. Enjoy an outdoor massage as you take in the vastness of the desert sky, and put your mind and body at ease.
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Have a massage custom designed especially for you at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. A personalised program and an extra hand or two (literally) is sure to help you rejunvenate.
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Watch the flowers float on by as you lay on the Relaxation couch at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Experience traditional Thai treatments that can help lead the way to inner harmony and well-being.
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The Ping River is a major source of water, food, transportation, irrigation and more for the people of Chiang Mai. A gentle ride down the Ping on a river raft will give you a true feel for the lifestyle of the area.
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At Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, the Spa comes to you. With their signature In-Room Spa Experience, a bath is specially prepared in the privacy of your room with milk, honey, essential oils and flower petals.
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The relaxation room at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is designed for you to further enjoy your after-treatment bliss. With a personalised music system and state-of-the-art adjustable beds, the atmosphere is utterly serene.
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Activities abound for the outdoor adventurer at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. The vista from a gondola ride between the two mountain peaks is a sight to see.
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Catch a fish in one of Whistler’s numerous mountain lakes, and the Four Seasons chef will cook it for you for dinner. Pair that with a bottle from the exclusive collection of British Columbia wines.

It’s that time of year again, and the crisp, cool air has us daydreaming about winter travel. If you’re looking to escape the chilly breeze with a sun-drenched getaway, the laid-back energy and pristine natural surroundings of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, México, make it one of our favourites for winter fun in the sun. The exotic Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand, and Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, also make our list. In need of a weekend trip to rejuvenate your mind and body? The tranquillity of California wine country beckons an escape to Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and its luxurious spa, while the talented masseuses at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, Chiang Mai and Lisbon soothe every muscle. For an alpine adventure, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is packed with activities, not to mention the picturesque mountain setting—perfect for those who can’t wait to pack up those skis and hit the slopes. These are our editors’ picks for October, and we’ve included a slide show to show you why.

When it comes to a perfect Four Seasons winter getaway, what’s your idea of the perfect destination for sun, ski or spa? We’d love to hear some of your favourites.


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0 Comments about Sun, Ski, Spa: Our Picks for Winter Travel, October

  1. Personalised gift editor says:

    Pacifico Golf Course is a amazing place to visit.

  2. Teri Lund says:

    Absolutely the Four Seasons Hualalai, is our pick. Our family loves heading to the resort. We soak up the beautiful sun, swim, rock climb, improve upon our tennis, work out and when that is done we head to one of the incredible restaurants.

    When we leave we are refueled and ready to face the “real world’, but while we are there we are surely on Fantasy Island!!!!

  3. Personalised gift editor says:

    Nice place

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