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Last Minute Winter Getaways

Last Minute Winter Getaways

So you couldn’t get the whole family on the same page in time to coordinate a trip over the holidays. Instead, you’re even more desperate for a vacation after the constant stream of visiting or welcoming relatives, shuttling back and forth between parties and overloading on holiday cheer. Well, you’re in luck, because January offers an abundance of great travel opportunities with smaller crowds and lower prices than during the busy festive season. Start the new year off right with one of these last-minute getaways.

Skiing

Still haven’t gotten a chance to hit the slopes? There are great deals to be had, such as 20 percent off for stays of five or more nights at Virtuoso-preferred Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail or a seventh night free at Richard Branson’s The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland. One particularly enchanting itinerary is Alpine Adventures’ South Tyrol ski safari. The seven-night adventure includes four-star lodging in Alta Badia and Val Gardena in Italy’s Dolomite mountains, plus three nights in charming rifugi (mountain inns) as you traverse nearly 750 miles of prepared pistes in 12 ski areas, all on one ski pass. Breakfasts and dinners are included, even at two-Michelin-star restaurants in Alta Badia and Val Gardena to fuel your time on the slopes.

Island

There’s no use denying it, it’s cold outside, and that is unpleasant. On a frigid night, many of us dream of jetting off to a tropical island, kicking back with a drink and soaking up the sun’s warmth. To satisfy that craving, head to beautiful St. Lucia, where a whole host of great resorts is waiting with open arms to welcome you in from the cold. Save between 15 and 35 percent at Virtuoso-preferred Cap Maison high above picturesque Smugglers Cove and enjoy a private dinner at Rock Maison, a deck perched above the Caribbean Sea equipped with a “champagne zipline” for delivering drinks with maximum efficiency.

City

You don’t have to stray far to visit some world-class cities chock full of culture. To the north, Quebec City is an undiscovered gem that really sparkles as a winter wonderland. Yes, it’s cold, but the Quebecois have perfected the art of staying warm with outdoor activities galore, including the Carnaval de Quebec, which runs Jan. 26-Feb. 11. With Virtuoso-preferred tour operator Discover Holidays, you can check out North America’s only ice hotel, immerse yourself in First Nations culture and get a taste of French refinement on this side of the Atlantic. Plus, there’s plenty of poutine. For warmer climes, look no further than Mexico City. Swiftly emerging as a foodie paradise (with a great exchange rate), Mexico’s capital is a sprawling metropolis combining Aztec and colonial history with chic modern neighborhoods such as Polanco, Roma and Condesa. There is excellent hiking just outside the city, and the metropolis itself has drastically improved in terms of safety in recent years.

 

Nature

 

Our national parks receive the bulk of their visitors during the summer, when things can get pretty congested. If you’re willing to brave the elements, there are some spectacular wildlife experiences to be had. Yellowstone and Grand Teton in particular yield amazing opportunities, as wolves stalk their prey through the snowy landscape, offering a glimpse of roaming bison and elk. Virtuoso-preferred Natural Habitat Adventures provides wolf and wildlife safaris in the parks, with one itinerary emphasizing photography in the playful winter light. With all the geothermal activity in Yellowstone, it’s quite nice to warm up next to a geyser as you watch the wildlife go by.

Take your Villa or Apartment Renting To The Next Level With Virtuoso

Taking the whole family on a beach vacation this summer? Want an apartment in the big city for a long weekend? Why, you’ll need to book an Airbnb rental for that, right? Sure, if you want to run the risk of being secretly filmed by your host, as one couple recently discovered was happening to them at a Longboat Key, Fla., rental. Or if you’re OK with the possibility that your host might cancel your booking at the last minute for no reason or because of your race, as occurred in February with a Big Bear, Calif., rental. Or if you don’t mind that the place you’re renting might not have the proper insurance, safety measures or even be legally available for short-term rentals.

Or, you could utilize the vast resources of the Virtuoso network and stay at a place that has been properly vetted, offers services such as housekeeping and lets you enjoy your experience instead of worrying about what’s actually waiting for you when you arrive and potentially dealing with issues that turn your vacation into a big hassle.

Virtuoso-preferred partners offer a vast array of accommodations around the world. In addition to many Virtuoso-preferred hotels having private villas and apartments, there are several companies who specialize in just this sort of thing. 

Villas of Distinction features properties all throughout the Caribbean, in several European countries, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida and so much more. You can filter the number of bedrooms you need, the type of experience and level of service you’re looking for, and special features such as beachfront or fully staffed until you’ve found the villa that is perfect for you and your crew.

Abercrombie & Kent doesn’t just do great tours, from magnificently crafted group and family journeys to completely customized private itineraries, the company also has alpine chalets and luxury villas from Andalucia to Umbria at the best addresses in Europe. So after you return from a day of breathtaking touring with your driver and guide, you can sit down to a gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. Sure beats rummaging through the fridge at an Airbnb.

Say you’re off to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Paris, London or Rome for a long weekend, a week or a longer stay. Instead of booking a hotel, you’d rather live like a local and have a larger living space with all the comforts of home. Onefinestay has a whole roster of apartments, condos and lofts in those cities, plus an ever-expanding list of global destinations. Onefinestay visits each home before renting it and has a guest services team ready 24/7 to assist guests. Good luck getting a hold of your Airbnb host at 3 a.m.

Ski season is upon us, and you might need help finding a place that checks off all the items on your wish list. Ski-in/ski-out, hot tub, whatever the request, Alpine Adventures has the rental for you, from Vail to Verbier, Crested Butte to Courchevel and just about anywhere else skis and snowboards tear lines.

There are so many more choices, from the villa collections of Virtuoso-preferred wholesalers Travel Impressions and Classic Vacations to the beautiful villas along Lake Como available through the all-everything Italy specialists at IC Bellagio. Now aren’t you glad you don’t have to worry about an Airbnb host dropping by without notice during your romantic dinner?

Punta Cana

Just back from a whirlwind visit to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here I visited hotels large and small all along the coast of this very popular resort getaway. In Punta Cana, there is definitely something for everyone, from luxury boutique hotels in gated communities to enormous all-inclusive resorts offering every imaginable amenity, activity and entertainment.

Whether you are planning a quick romantic getaway for two, a destination wedding, a honeymoon in paradise, a family vacation or a holiday with a group of your favorite party animals, there is the perfect resort for you in Punta Cana ….. contact me for all the details

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



Sharing the joy of the holiday season with the children of our community thanks to you!

Each year the associates of Largay Travel make an annual donation oflivestock through the Heifer Foundation to a family in your honor in lieu of the traditional holiday gift basket and card.  These gifts of cows, sheep and baby chicks have given families and communities around the world a hand-up, instead of a hand-out, empowering them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.  These gifts have changed lives in many of the countries that we send our travelers to.

This holiday season, the Largay Travel family of employees has chosen a different type of gift, the gift of enlightenment for the children of our community.  This gift will include a Global Gateway Program for 14 children at the Heifer Foundation’s Overlook Farm in Massachusetts this summer.  The children will experience the dailystruggles that people in poverty face every day and will learn about how they can make a difference in the world.  Cooking their own food and sleeping in simple housing, such as a Tibetan yurt made from yah hair are all part of this life changing experience.  By living the lessons of poverty first-hand, these kids will come to understand the complications surrounding hunger and poverty and realize their connection in creating change that brings possibility and hope to millions around the world.  If you would like to watch a short video on the program, go to Click Here

This program wouldn’t have been possible without you and for that we are truly grateful.  I encourage you to follow our Global Gateway project in the upcoming year on our blog at http://blog.largaytravel.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/largaytravel and let us know if you know a child in grades 4 through 8 who would be interested in attending.

Thank you so much for allowing us to continue to create your travel dreams.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Trisha Iannazzi

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