The world’s most lavish winter retreats

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We’ve officially entered the thick of winter, and soon, even the most stalwart snow-lover may find themselves longing for an escape. While many of us take summer vacations, the virtues of a winter vacation often go unsung. Whether you want to escape into a sunny clime or simply wrap yourself up in the coziness of the season, there are all kinds of extravagant and elegant places you can run off to during the coldest months of the year. Here are a few of the best places on earth to go pamper yourself this winter.



The Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, Alberta

The Fairmont Lake Louise is the perfect intersection of luxurious comfort and raw natural beauty. Lake Louise is stunning in the winter, transforming into a crystalline frozen pool, overhung by the epic peak of Mount Victoria. The hotel itself is a 36,000-square-foot palace with an incredible view and all the comforts you could ask for—pool, spa, and gym—with skating and skiing opportunities virtually at the doorstep.

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