5 design-led properties for a last-minute winter break

By Rebecca Jenkins 10th January 2020

With the New Year celebrations over and the festive decorations packed away, it’s time to think about yourself again and recover after what can be quite frankly a stressful time of the year. A short winter break is just what the doctor ordered. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of properties for a perfect last-minute winter getaway. We’ve included something for everyone, from Artic treehouses where you can snuggle up next to the fire to chic LA hotels with warm-hued interiors that will have you drooling. Here’s our top 5 picks for a spontaneous winter break.


The Apartment at Graanmarkt 13
Antwerp, Belgium

The Apartment at Graanmarkt 13 is a haven for lovers of design. Ilse Cornelissens and Tim Van Geloven founded the building with design in mind and their philosophy is visible in every detail. It comprises of three floors: The Restaurant, The Store and The Apartment. The ground floor is home to the Graanmarkt 13 restaurant run by Seppe Nobels. The food is locally sourced and fresh, delivering a true Belgian culinary experience. Visit The Store on the second floor and take a piece of the design philosophy home from the carefully selected items of homeware and fashion. Upstairs, you are welcomed into the four-bedroom apartment – a true haven in this bustling city. With a warm minimalist interior, a huge fireplace and excellent hotel service, there is no better place to escape to for a cosy winter city break.

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Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Los Angeles, USA

The Santa Monica Proper Hotel offers relaxed luxury for the winter-weary with it’s warm-hued interior a masterpiece of coveted designer Kelly Wearstler. Each room and suite has a natural opulence; beach textures fused with elegant design which mirror LA’s architectural history. The beach is within walking distance allowing you to make the most of the balmy January weather. Not feeling like leaving the hotel? The Santa Monica offers top-end facilities, including a stunning rooftop pool, a wellness spa and cabanas to view the sunset over the Pacific.

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Hakone Retreat Villa
Sengokuhara, Japan

The fusion of traditional Japanese culture with modern sensibilities gives this retreat an understated elegance. The retreat is formed of eleven private villas nestled in a woodland glade. The cold weather at this time of year makes it a perfect time for wallowing in Hakone’s natural spring. Attention has been given to every detail; not only the design but also the service. Touches such as a private check-in service allow you to cocoon yourself in your villa and get some much-needed relaxation after the holiday season

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Tulum, Mexico

16Tulum is an off-grid hideaway located just outside the town centre. The suites have a pared-back tropical style, offering features such as sky windows for stargazing; private pools and secluded terraces. The natural textures of the interior beautifully reflect the local landscape, creating a calm retreat within which to relax. Mayan ruins and underground natural pools are hidden within the surrounding tropical rainforest, whilst the coast boasts stunning beaches and tranquil fishing villages.

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Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Roveneimi, Finland

The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is the ultimate winter break, with private cabins perched on a forested mountain slope. Each cabin is a cosy and tranquil nest of Scandinavian interiors. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring the outdoors in, while soft furs, log burning stoves and saunas keep the chill away. The restaurant boasts Scandinavian charm offering local cuisine and an equally charming interior. As it sits in the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Treehouse Hotel is the perfect place to stay for those looking to get a glimpse at the elusive Northern Lights.

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