A view from The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
Poolside at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
Giardino Mountain near Switzerland's St. Moritz.
DC's Donovan House.
Giardino Mountain near Switzerland's St. Moritz.
DC's Donovan House.

Great Winter Escapes

Luxury options near and far

Great Winter Escapes Tropical Getaway
Opened in late 2013, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba occupies an enviable spot on pristine Palm Beach. Its 265 guest rooms and 55 suites boast balconies with views of the Caribbean Sea. The resort is also home to the island’s largest spa, plus four restaurants including Madero Argentinian Grill, featuring poolside dining (pictured). Rates from $629; ritzcarlton.com

Alpine Aerie
A five-minute walk from Switzerland’s St. Moritz ski resort, Giardino Mountain is housed in an old hotel that’s been dramatically transformed. Beyond its traditional façade, modern interiors unfold. Seventy-eight guest rooms and suites blend natural woods with tactile fabrics and offer stunning mountain views. A spa, two restaurants, and a children’s program round out the action off the slopes. Rates from $355; designhotels.com

Modern Update
Overlooking Thomas Circle, DC’s Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotel is fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation. Inspired by the travels of its namesake, “Wild” Bill Donovan who founded the precursor to the CIA, the new interiors by Boston-based CBT are influenced by sleek Asian and European design. Rooms boast canopy beds swathed in Frette linens and minimalist workspaces. Weekend rates from $140; donovanhoteldc.com