The holiday season is in full swing and THE party of the year is just around the corner – but, uh-oh, you haven’t booked your getaway yet? Fret not, it’s not too late, Kate. Whether you’re travelling solo, with your beau or with sprogs in tow, we’ve selected five of the best destinations with equally stunning properties for you to frolic away your winter blues. So brush off that dust from 2009 and bring in 2010 with gleaming sunshine and glittering style.
Sydney – World Class Pyrotechnics
This gorgeous babe has it all – blond sand, blue skies, glistening bods of water, curvy bays and bodacious manner, and with the famed Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks, there’s another reason to bring in the New Year from down under. Do it with panache from the harbour-side boutique lodging Blue, with its contempo-chic and lofty pier and marina view rooms, and handy location within walking distance of some of our favorite eateries, art galleries and the CBD.
Bali – For the Culture Maven, Stylista, Spa Devotee or Beach Bum
Asia’s premier R&R destination has something for everyone. Loaded with villas and hotels from small to large, and super chic to spic and span, the island is brimming with culture, shopping, spas and activities from the hills to the ocean. So with all these choices, what’s a gal to do? You can either completely seclude yourself in tucked away health retreat, COMO Shambhala with its sensational spa, rawganic treats and views of the Ayung Gorge, or party like its 2009 in sexed up, ultra modern Luna 2 in hip hub Seminyak with full sea-views and even fuller service.
Phuket – Family Getaway
The Pearl of the Andaman has climbed steadily up the style-ometer, with luxury villas and properties, the azure Andaman sea and stunning sunsets. You might not get much Thai culture here, but you will leave with your bonbons toasted a nice shade of JLo and your mind a sea of Andaman calm. For a family getaway, stay at sprawling Indigo Pearl situated on the northwest coast on shimmering Nai Yang Beach, with enough games and activities to keep the rugrats out of sight while mum and dad get on with playing hide the sausage.
Dubai – Beach to Desert
Sure, the principality is in a whole lot of debt, but this former fishing village turned metropolis of glitz and ritz and wedged between the desert and the deep blue sea hasn’t relinquished its mantle as the Middle East’s capital of fun and glam. There are tons of top notch restaurants, spas and shopping, not to mention desert sand dunes and miles of beaches, and we’re guessing come sale time, there’ll be even more bargains to be had. So, go on and check yourself into the airy, low rise waterfront temple of nouvelle Arabian chic, the Park Hyatt, located away from the madness of the city, and get ready to sheikh, rattle and roll.
Miami – Fun in the Sun and Surf
Bienvenidos a Miami! Why, you’re not in America anymore, Dorothy. This pastel, deco condo wonderland is the gateway to Latin America and the doorbitch to hedonism, with an enviable art scene, fab vintage shopping, jet set fashion and major partying. Stay where the fashionistas and funksters flock at The Raleigh with its hipster retro interiors, direct access to South Beach and one of our favourite pools anywhere. Connie, get your kaftan.