Be Here Now: Five Holiday Attractions To Discover This Winter

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All tastes catered too, all over the world

Fancy some winter sun? Or maybe actual snow? There are some fascinating new openings all around the world that should definitely be on your radar. Whatever you need from a winter break, the following destinations should help:

The arty one

Fly to the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort for a look at the new underwater art installation by British environmentalist and eco-artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Known as the Coralarium, it appears to be a cube-like object rising out of the water, but actually contains a series of sculptures inside. These have been designed to reflect the natural beauty of the coral reef around them, with the ability to house an array of aquatic life. Explore this unique conservation project as part of a diving or snorkelling trip, or simply walk out to it from the hotel’s infinity pool.

The snowy one

Located within the Arctic Circle of Finnish Lapland, the Octola Private Wilderness is a recently-opened eco-luxury 10-suite log cabin sat in 300 hectares of picturesque countryside. Reindeer and other wildlife roam the outsides, with custom-built snowmobiles provided to help you explore, and the Northern Lights dancing overhead from September-April. The accommodation itself includes a private gym and fitness centre, and a hand-carved wood-burning sauna, with a butler, wilderness guide, and a Michelin star chef preparing meals of locally-sourced produce.

The city one

The Luxury Collection, owned by Marriott, has just opened its eighth hotel in China – the Na Lotus Hotel, located within a high-rise landmark building in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Province, perfect for business or leisure. Each of the 290 guestrooms, including 26 suites, has floor-to-ceiling windows, with panoramic views of the city, as well as the Yong River and the Qingxiu mountain. There is a ballroom for events, a fitness centre and indoor pool, as well as four signature dining venues, including Na Lian, a Chinese restaurant that celebrates local cuisine.

The boutique one

In the shoretown of Asbury Park, New Jersey, just 70 minutes from New York, is the newly-opened Asbury Ocean Club Hotel – the Jersey Shore’s first luxury five-star boutique hotel. This 54-room property, which has four one-bedroom suites and seven studio lofts, takes up the fourth floor of the Asbury Ocean Club, with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, and views of either the Atlantic or the dunes. There is a 65ft outdoor swimming pool, access to a 24-hour concierge and beach bellperson, a spa and a Technogym-equipped fitness centre, and The Drawing Room, serving up caviar and cocktails.

The foodie one

Now, Los Angeles may seem a long way to travel just for lunch or dinner, but if you book a stay at the art deco Shangri-La hotel in Santa Monica, you can eat at its stunning new rooftop dining space, Terrace at Onyx. This has been opened as part of the hotel’s 80thanniversary celebrations, with undisrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica skyline as you eat. Try its range of pizzas, cooked in a custom-made wood-fired oven, seafood and steaks. Local ingredients are used throughout, with cocktails prepared tableside.

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