You've almost finalised your gift shopping, and now it's time to look at your list to Santa. Above, as a good travel lover, you know it: you intend to offer yourself (or be offered) one of the destinations you’ve been dreaming about!
Only, as usual, the dilemma is knowing where to go. Your bucket list of destinations is still as long as your arm, and your desires waver to the rhythm of the blinking Christmas tree garlands.
I have concocted a small selection of key destinations to help you make your choice for January. Sun or snow? Romantic weekend or family vacation? Skiing or spa? Here, you will find everything you need to satisfy your desires and start the year on a well-deserved change of scenery.
For my part, I’m still hesitating between beautiful San Francisco and a getaway to the ancient wonders of Rome. And who knows? Maybe we'll meet in one of the lobbies of our magnificent Boutique Hotels 😉
Nicolas Marsaud, Your guide to unforgettable hotels My Boutique Hotel
Where to go in January? My selection for your first getaway of 2023
2023 is coming, and you are looking for a destination that will allow you to start the year on a high note? Discover our selection of the most beautiful hotels, ready to welcome you according to your desires.
1 - For snow cravings
January is the start of the mountain season. Whether you dream of putting on your skis, or simply enjoying the view of beautiful snow-capped mountains, opt for a stay in a charming chalet, where the softness of the wood protects you from the harsh cold.
Key destinations to go to :
Switzerland, the Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort
In Italy, the Alps on the other side of the border
In Morocco, the Oukaïmeden ski resort, 2 hours from Marrakech
2 - To drive away the winter
While waiting for the spring thaw, some of you will prefer to escape the cold for warmer climes. Choose a hotel on the seafront, far from the French continental climate and its biting wind!
Key destinations to go to :
Thailand, where the weather is very favourable in this period
The French West Indies, for a guaranteed change of scenery
Costa Rica, where the Pacific meets the Caribbean Sea
3 - For a moment of relaxation
To start the year on a lazy note, there's nothing like opting for a hotel with a spa or thalasso, where you can relax in a well-being-oriented setting. Have a relaxing start to the year dressed in your soft bathrobe and slippers!
Key destinations to go to :
Portugal, for a dose of well-being just a few hours away by plane
The Maldives, deserted by tourists during this period
Sri Lanka, to discover the wonder “tear of India”
4 - With the children
Unable to have the children looked after for your getaway at the start of the year? No problem! Take advantage of your stay to relax, leaving the care of your children to professionals. While they are having fun with the activities and games of these fabulous hotels, you will be able to find a little serenity before starting the rest of the year at their side.
Key destinations to visit:
Tenerife, the Spanish island with a favourable climate throughout January
Egypt, to make them discover the cultural wonders of this beautiful country
Mexico, if you're ready to fly a little further with them this month
These 5 hotels made cult through cinema
During this period, the weather is conducive to evenings spent under a blanket, with a good glass of wine or a hot herbal tea. Looking for a movie idea for tonight? Here are 5 for you, hotel lovers, where hotels almost become central characters in the story.
The Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. Made famous by the filming of Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola, with Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, the hotel has no less than 52 floors, and allows you to observe Mount Fuji in the distance.
The Grand Hotel in Cabourg. You will recognize here the hotel where a good part of the action of the film Intouchables by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano takes place, in which Omar Sy and François Cluzet live a beautiful story of friendship that warms the heart.
The Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. In Martin Campbell's Casino Royale, Daniel Craig plays a legendary 007. The hotel contains a swimming pool, a sauna, a salt cellar, and even an 18-hole golf course!
The Meurice in Paris. If you haven't seen Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris yet, now is the time to discover this hotel, where Owen Wilson finds himself transported back to the 1920s, alongside Picasso, Matisse, and other celebrities.
The Plaza in New York. In Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Leonardo Dicaprio gives lavish parties in the Fitzgerald suite of this grand hotel. Ivory, mother-of-pearl, exotic wood, marble… everything is done to make the spectator dream of moments of luxury as great as the talent of Léo.
The hotel of the moment: The Cambrian (Dorfstrasse, Switzerland)
This month, we’ve decided to put the Swiss Alps in the spotlight! In The Cambrian hotel, you will have a 700 m2 spa, including an indoor swimming pool, saunas, and a whirlpool. The big plus? The heated outdoor swimming pool offers a splendid view of the snow-capped mountains. Want to ski? The slopes are not far away, and the hotel offers a shuttle service to get you there.
What if you opted for an adults-only hotel?
After the family celebrations, where the children were the centre of attention to open Santa's presents, you are many who dream of a moment off. And if you leave the little ones to the grandparents and go away for a weekend with adults? This is what “adults only” hotels offer, designed for adults only. These establishments do not accept children, and only offer entertainment for adults. They’re enough to rekindle the flame for a few days.