Winter is an enchanting time to explore new destinations. Escape the cold with a retreat to sun, sand and surf – or cosy up by the fire in contrast to the snow. Here, find our favourite ways to enjoy the best of the season’s adventures, indoors and out, at
Four Seasons properties around the globe, with expert tips from their staff members.
Play castaway in French Polynesia with an escape to your own private island paradise at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Spot colourful fish in the crystal-clear lagoon from your overwater bungalow suite, and stargaze from your private plunge pool.
Adventurous guests can introduce themselves to marine life on a half-day shark and ray snorkel safari. For another memorable underwater experience, guests can accompany the Hotel’s resident marine biologist into the Lagoon Sanctuary.
“One of the most special and meaningful experiences guests can have while with us is grafting and adopting coral in our Lagoon Sanctuary,” says Head Concierge Etienne Baldeschi. “Guests will learn about coral health and growth, work with branching corals – and then they can adopt one or more, which will be placed on one of the underwater structures at the Resort. Adopting coral is a great way for guests to commemorate an occasion, to memorialize someone or simply to give back to the environment.”
For a romantic dinner on the Hotel’s Sunset Motu, an outrigger canoe will deliver you to a tiny private island just off the main beach. With your toes in the sand, you can admire one of Bora Bora’s legendary sunsets while sipping Champagne, then dine under the stars with entertainment by fire dancers.
On the golden shores of Pinney’s Beach, the recently renovated Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, embodies laid-back luxury. Avid divers, mix in some adventure with the Dive and Dine experience: Don a wetsuit to join a Four Seasons chef and a local divemaster on a deep-sea culinary expedition.
“Catching your own spiny lobster with a lasso is a very local experience,” says Four Seasons Resort Nevis Guest Services Manager Mellissa Seabrookes. Sous-Chef Xavier Phillips describes the program as his take on fresh catch. “It takes guests to a world beyond the waves, where they get to feel the rush of catching a Caribbean lobster for the first time,” he says. “It’s an exhilarating experience for both me, as a chef, and the guests.”
Back on shore, a beach barbecue commences with cocktails. Meanwhile, a chef shares the recipe for a special Caribbean-style sofrito marinade made with organic ingredients from the Resort’s herb garden. Feast on lobster next in one of the private beach cabanas. Back on the beach, listen to the wash of the waves as you receive one of the Spa’s Ocean Breeze treatments.
If you’re looking for an adventure, try Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, where you’re surrounded by rugged peaks, celebrated ski runs, and plenty of room to explore, thanks to the nearby Grand Teton National Park. Need gear? Head to the Ski Concierge, who can fit you for skis, schedule lessons, arrange lift tickets, and wax your skis and snowboard to match mountain conditions.
“Winter in Jackson Hole centers around the ski experience – both on the slopes and off,” says Chef Concierge Taryn Shackleton. “Four Seasons offers direct access to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, providing a seamless ski in/ski out experience for our guests. Our team also can arrange other adventures, such as dog sledding and snowmobiling.”
Take a day trip to Yellowstone National Park to see famous landmarks like Old Faithful and the Continental Divide – you might catch a glimpse of wildlife like elk, moose, wolves and bears. Or take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride: Get cosy under a warm blanket, sip hot cocoa and enjoy the scenery as you glide through the National Elk Refuge.
After a day out in the snow, warm up with a swim in the Resort’s year-round heated pool or kick up your boots and sip an inventive cocktail at The Handle Bar. For the ultimate après-ski experience, head to Fahrenheit 47 for s’mores by the fire and a glass of Champagne, served up in a winter wonderland.
Looking for warm temperatures this winter? Make like the humpback whales and head to Maui. Every year between December and May, these beloved visitors flock to the island’s warm waters to calve and nurse their young. At Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in action – whether from a kayak, an outrigger or a helicopter. Sometimes there’s even a sighting from the Resort’s Serenity Pool.
“Maui is fabulous any time of year, but the winter months are absolutely magical,” Chef Concierge Sam Wilhelm says. “Witnessing whale behaviours up close is truly transformative.” For an enhanced whale-watching experience, Wilhelm recommends a boat tour with fine-art photographers and brothers Dan and John Cesere – part of the Keiki Kohala research team, dedicated to preserving Maui’s waters as a whale sanctuary. You’ll return to shore with lifelong memories and expertly captured images.
Back at the Resort, take in the feeling mohala (opening) with a Lomi Mohala Massage offered by the Resort’s Spa. The treatment draws on ancient Hawaiian techniques using herbal oils.
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