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Source: Haute Living

If winter is getting you down, and you can’t possibly stand the thought of another gray and dreary day, then it’s time to plan a sweet, sunshine-dappled escape. When we want to beat the winter blues, we head to the tropics for a dose of fun in the sun. Here are some great, luxurious options for a winter getaway, where you can break free from the winter blues and break in your expensive new bathing suit.


If a sanctuary from the cold is what you seek, Sanctuary Cap Cana is a splendid option. The adults-only hotel reopened last year following a massive $45 million renovation of its suites, lobbies, restaurants and bars, as well as a refreshed spa and state-of-the-art fitness center. Wellness is an important theme here and is implemented from the moment you arrive in the resort’s lobby, which is adorned with a selenite-salt crystal chandelier to absorb negative energies, literally encouraging guests to leave their worries and anxieties at the door. The good vibes continue into the guest suites, the highlight of which is The Castle. Yes, you can literally stay in this Spanish-style royal abode—which includes exclusive and private suites, some facing a gorgeous garden, others facing the Caribbean Sea, and some of which have access to a private island (Castle Island Suite)—and all have a butler on call. The wellness theme continues in The Castle, particularly in its Island Suite, with three indoor plunge pools and a private island connected by personal moat. Boasting an array of wellness experiences, visitors can head into the Castle’s revamped Sanctuary Spa, where a new Zen garden, shower paths and hydrotherapeutic pools of cold, warm and hot baths, sauna, foot bath and thermal showers await. Guests can opt in for the guidance of a sophrologist at the spa, who encourages visitors toward holistic balance and mindfulness and helps them through the hydrotherapy circuit through gentle movements. You can also request the Alchemy Experience Workshop, in which you can smell and feel different natural essences and oils to activate emotional aromatherapy. How’s that for a relaxing stay?