5 winter breaks where you can revel in a white Christmas
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1. One Chalets Hakkuba, Japan
A favourite getaway by the rich and famous, One Chalets is one of the most exclusive luxury ski accommodations in Asia today. The cozy, modern glass house is perched right at the top of the snowy mountain in Hakkuba, located just 100 meters from the Olympic slopes. The ritzy chalet is fully equipped with high-tech facilities, including an infra-red heated viewing deck, state-of-the-art gymnasium with a private onsen (Japanese hot spring) and a fully controlled home automation system. Be prepared to bid sayonara to the hustle and bustle of regular world.
2. Konjiam Resort, Korea
Ski enthusiasts around the world are starting to head to the East for their winter wonderland adventures, and this resort is one of the reasons. Konjiam is home to the largest ski slopes in Seoul with more than four hundred condominium rooms, a spa and golf course. Located just forty minutes away from Seoul's Gangnam, it is perfect for those who are on tight schedules but still keen for a day of skiing and returning on the same night.
3. Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India
If you're not a fan of winter sports, getting pampered at an altitude of 2,515 meters might be an alternative. Hidden among deep pine forests and lush greeneries, the fairy-tale hotel offers a jaw-dropping view of the Himalayan mountains. One interesting fact; it values guests' privacy and tranquillity so much, that it remains as one of the only two hotel properties in India where children under ten are not permitted — or at least actively discouraged, by not providing playrooms or toys commonly found in any five-star hotel. Seeking divine tranquillity and a romantic getaway? This could be the place to be.
4. Oukaimeden, Morocco
Who would have thought we would see 'snow' and 'Morocco' in the same sentence? Feast your sight on Africa's highest ski resort with its chairlift rising to the peak of Jebel Attar mountain at 3,258 meters, serving not one but five ski runs at this height. A real contender to the European ski resort, Oukaimeden's skiable area tops out at 10,603 feet, 6 feet higher than Val Thorens in France. Daredevils take note: if the height still doesn't whet your appetite, sign up for Heliski Marrakech, the only heli-ski operator in Africa offering ski drops at over 13,000 feet.
5. Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario
Explore the snowy outdoors at one of the top family-friendly resorts in Canada and Ontario's largest ski resort. The place prides itself as the perfect spot to ski 'from sun-up to sundown' with something to do for everyone, as the area is dotted with glitzy boutiques, toy stores and swanky bars. Tired after conquering all the slopes? Wind down and try snow tubing, another popular activity for families where you can enjoy a gentle introduction to the Blue Mountain slopes.