Beginning to feel the chill at home? Then how about planning an unforgettable getaway to one of these sizzling destinations?
Exploring Fujairah’s Coast and Heritage
Fall and winter are perfect times to travel to the United Arab Emirates, when days are dry, sunny and gloriously balmy. Backed by the craggy Al Hajar Mountains, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort sits on a gorgeous stretch of the Dibba coast, famed for its startlingly clear water. Kayak, snorkel or dive beneath the surface, and you can spot astonishingly diverse marine life from sea turtles and barracudas to pristine coral reefs.
Kick off your getaway with an indulgent floating breakfast in Canvas pool, a tranquil adults-only space. Presented on a heart-shaped tray, pillowy croissants, colorful fruits and chilled juices create an eye-catching display for social media. If you have kids in tow, they’ll love zooming down slides, dangling from monkey bars and springing on and off inflatable obstacles at Aqua Bounce, the hotel’s inflatable water park.
It’s easy to explore Fujairah’s rich historical sites from the hotel, too. You can take a day trip into the emirate’s eponymous capital city and tour 16th-century Fujairah Fort, known for its three circular towers. Or hike the rugged mountain trail to Al Hayl Fort, a restored mud-brick structure with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Architectural and Natural Wonders in Doha
Like Fujairah, Qatar’s desert climate brings sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, with daily highs hovering in the low 70s F/20s C, even in midwinter. Within the Katara Towers, a U-shaped architectural masterpiece facing the Arabian Gulf, Fairmont Doha is the epitome of elegance. Luxurious rooms and suites feature understated designs and outstanding views, while restaurants include Provok Asian Project, a chic venue on the 33rd and 34th floors dishing up elevated cuisine and sensational vistas.
For another architectural wonder, visit Education City Mosque, a striking, modern structure with vertical calligraphy adorning its sweeping minarets. Designed by Iraqi architect Taha Al-Hiti, the vast complex is also home to the Qur’anic Botanical Garden, showcasing native flora.
Beyond the city, November through February is the best time to visit Purple Island, less than an hour north of the hotel. Once a hub for a thriving purple dye industry, the peaceful spot is now a haven for birds like flamingos and herons. You can paddle among the mangroves and keep an eye out for sea life on a guided kayaking tour with 365 Adventures.
Jakarta: The Ultimate Tropical City Break
Warm, tropical weather makes Indonesia another unbeatable winter destination. Rising among the glitzy towers of Senayan, with a direct link to the high-end boutiques of Plaza Senayan mall, Fairmont Jakarta lies in the heart of the country’s capital city. Impeccably appointed rooms and suites with Japanese-inspired spa bathrooms create a luxe sanctuary in this buzzing metropolis.
A great way to get your bearings is a walking tour organized by the hotel. One option takes you to Kota Tua, Jakarta’s lively old town, known for its faded Dutch colonial buildings and cluster of museums around Fatahillah Square. After strolling with your guide, pop into Wayang Museum, which displays a curious array of elaborately carved and painted Javanese puppets.
If you’re in town on a Sunday morning, be sure to take part in Jakarta’s weekly car-free day. With major roads closed to traffic in the city center, pedestrians throng the streets in the thousands, walking, jogging, cycling and skateboarding to keep fit. You’ll come across pop-up exercise classes and market stalls selling everything from snacks and drinks to crafts and electronics.
At night, soak in the skyline and chill out over sliders and pina coladas at K22 Bar, a relaxing alfresco hangout on the hotel’s 22nd floor.
Awe-Inspiring Scenery and Experiences in Rio
Jungle-clad mountains, world-famous beaches and the pulsating sounds of samba: Rio packs in the thrills with its extraordinary setting and stellar cultural scene. Urban adventures abound in this dynamic seaside city, whether you want to pedal beachside bike trails, surf at Ipanema or hike to caves and waterfalls in lush Tijuca National Park.
At the center of the action, with unparalleled views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is just steps from its iconic namesake beach. Take in the scenery from your private balcony or the stunning infinity pool.
Sports fans should make a beeline for the mecca of Brazilian soccer, Maracaña Stadium, host to 2014 World Cup matches and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics. On a behind-the-scenes tour, you can check out a locker room and artifacts, like the net from Pelé’s 1,000th goal, before stepping out onto the field itself. Alternatively, reserve a samba experience in Copacabana or Ipanema for an hour of instruction followed by an evening of energetic dancing and zesty caipirinhas.
Ready to jet off to sunnier climes? Book your warm-weather escape with Fairmont today.