1. INDOOR WATER/THEME PARKS-- Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
If you’re looking for a place to show off your new Lynnina swimwear, but you can’t make it out of the snowbelt, check out an indoor water park. In Wisconsin’s Kalahari Resort, 125,000 square feet are dedicated to waterlog with slides, lazy rivers, wave pools and whirlpools for your family to enjoy. There’s even an indoor theme park with a Ferris wheel, indoor go-carts, bowling and arcade games. Admission to the water park is included in the price for on-site hotel accommodations.
2. SKI DUBAI-- Ski Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you like the idea of bringing the great outdoors indoors, and you have a healthy wallet and interest in jet-setting, head to the Dubai desert. Here you can enter through the lobby of the Kempinski Hotel to ski inside a massive, 25-story dome. Enjoy predictable ski conditions with over 50,000 pounds of artificial snow generated daily. The 5 mountainous trails include 200-foot drops, a quarter pipe for snowboarders, and the world’s only indoor black-diamond trail.
3. VEGAS, Baby---
Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas is a great destination if you’re looking to sizzle up the winter doldrums. And Christmas can be a great time to go, when crowds are thinner and holiday packages abound. For the HOT, HOT, “what happens in Vegas...” trips, consider booking the $40,000/night Hugh Hefner suite at the Palms with rotating bed and infinity pool overlooking the strip. Channel your inner seductress and visit the Pussy Cat Dolls Lounge or the Matt Goss Show at Caesars Palace.
4. Igloo Village--- Igloo Village
For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, observe the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) overhead from a warm bed in a glass igloo at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen. If a glass igloo doesn’t do it for you, a traditional snow igloo or one of the 40 first class log cabins may be more your style. Activities abound with husky, reindeer, and snowmobile safaris, excursions to the Arctic Circle or Helsinki, and dives into an ice hole for some invigorating ice swimming. To awaken your inner child, visit Santa at Santa’s Resort and pan for gold with help from his elves. Hotel Kakslautten is also home to the world’s largest smoke sauna. Seriously, does it get any cooler than this?!?!?
5. GO GREEN-- Star Island
The Bahamas—All Inclusive Resort
Minimize your carbon footprint by staying at this remote 35-acre island in the Caribbean (we won’t factor in the fuel to get there), the world’s first totally eco-friendly island resort. Star Island (STAR stands for sustainable terrain and resources) powers itself without any outside resources—financially or otherwise. It’s 48-room hotel with private bungalows has solar panels on the roofs, hidden generators harnessing wind power, and underwater turbines producing storage banks of hydropower. The food served is pesticide-free and locally grown, and there is a high-end spa and fitness center where you can reward yourself for being environmentally responsible.