Where to Vacation Like a Fashion Girl This Winter
Gray days and early sunsets can bring on a serious case of cabin fever. When the travel bug strikes and faraway places call, there’s no better resource to turn to for inspo than Instagram. Here’s where seven stylish influencers, models, and bloggers are jetting off to this season.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When the frost is just too much to bear, make like @EmmaRoseOfficial and hightail it to the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. This city is electric, with a bustling nightlife and skyscraper buildings (and 40th-floor bars like 40 Kong) built for the ‘gram. Not to mention miles of malls unlike anything you’ve ever seen that feature everything from fashion exclusives to an indoor ski slope. As for where to spend long afternoons with your squad, Nikki Beach Dubai keeps the beats and the #roséallday flowing, meaning you’re bound to pick up the best shopping recs from the locals — and the glamour girls who frequent here.
If you prefer a cozy getaway that’s equal parts active and urban, Denver is a no-brainer. There are winter concerts at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, endless adventures by day, and après ski options by night. The killer dining scene (must-visit contenders include Death & Co Denver, Hearth & Dram, and Narrative) along with plenty of boutique hotels fit for an influencer like @Sarah_Najafi equal a stylish weekend away. The Ramble and The Jacquard are especially popular with the trendy set, and there’s always Hotel Teatro for libations next to a roaring fire. Just be sure to pack some bold outerwear for this snowy getaway.
Cartagena is always a good idea thanks to its trademark heat (AKA the ideal place to escape the cold) and culinary-focused culture that oozes charm. But did you know that the shopping is unbeatable? Just ask influencer @SmileLopez. For a tropical retreat outside the walled city, check into Conrad Cartagena, which features posh rooms and their #chillvibesonly beach club Karibana, or be sure to hit Oh La La, a healthy fusion gem in hipster hood Getsemaní. Pop by Alquímico for craft cocktails and Interno — a restaurant in a women’s prison that will blow your mind with its backstory and cuisine.
Making your way to Miami come December is smart, especially when it’s thriving with Art Basel, epic people watching, and major #outfitgoals. Channel @BirgittaLíf and blend in amongst the leafy decor at the The Miami Beach Edition, peruse the installations at the Faena Festival, stock up on swimwear at Nic Del Mar, then get your nosh on at Matador Room (for next-level avocado pizza) or Kyu (for wood-fired Asian bites in the trendy Wynwood Design District).
There’s nothing like spending the holiday season in London, especially when you can book a room at the ever-festive 11 Cadogan Gardens to snap a pic like @YoVentura in this magical mirrored jewel box. While in town, be sure to dress to the nines for a quintessentially British afternoon tea; make a res at Sketch, Mayfair’s It-restaurant that’s awash in shades of millennial pink; and swing by Claridge‘s Christmas Tree designed by the one and only Diane von Furstenberg.
Napa Valley, California
Cuteness overload is easily accessible at the North Block Hotel, in the heart of Napa. Influencer and star of E!’s LadyGang@JacVanek was spotted there recently (wearing some very covetable blue trousers, we might add). Also worthy of your time are aperitifs at The Rooftop at eco-luxe Harmon Guest House, relaxing AF spa time at Calistoga Ranch, and Banshee, a laid-back tasting room with worn-in leather chairs, a record player, and lots of soul.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
When you need a little R&R with a side of margs and sunshine, look no further than Vidanta Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya. @MichuTravel is one of the latest Instagrammers to flock to the resort for Salum, their Tulum-inspired beach lounge and market and JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico. Should you decide to go off property, there are ways to keep busy. Get up close and personal with the wildlife snorkeling, explore the Mayan Ruins, and embark on a boating excursion for photos ops galore.
Vacationing anywhere incredible this winter? Tweet us at BritandCo and tell us!