Friday Afternoon Virtual Vacation: Indulge in a Bit of Winter Escapism

Friday Afternoon Virtual Vacation: Indulge in a Bit of Winter Escapism

Carolyn Purnell
Feb 26, 2016
(Image credit: Dusit International)

Dusit Thani Maldives via Design Milk

Welcome to daydream central. The winter days are cold and gray, and my thoughts have been occupied with nothing but sunny, luxurious spaces that could serve as warm escapes. If, like me, you're craving sunlight and beauty, read on and revel. I've got some real treats for you!

The photo above is of the Dusit Thani Maldives resort on the serene Mudhdhoo Island. Glinting water, sparkling sky, warm breezes, and soft white sand seem like the perfect antidote to a long, work-filled day.

T Magazine

This sunny house, called the High Desert House, is perched atop a five-story-high pile of boulders in the middle of the Joshua Tree desert. Filled with light, metal, and water features, this home exudes warmth.

Architectural Digest

Welcome to David Bowie's house on the Isle of Mustique. This freestanding teak pavilion features a tea lantern from 1825. If you look across the courtyard, you can see a nineteenth-century carved tea wall, which was originally an interior wall from a traditional house in central Java.

Condé Nast Traveler

The Leobo Private Reserve safari camp in South Africa gives guests access to a private astronomical observatory, a private helicopter, a massive library, and 12,000 acres of terrain to explore. All of that sounds splendid, but I'd be won over by the chance to simply bask in the glory of this freestanding tub.


It may not be quite as luxurious as some of the other options, but I would still jump at the chance to stretch out in the sunroom of this charming Florida bungalow with a good book and a glass of iced tea. Carley and Jonathan Summers live in a beach town in West Palm Beach, and this sunny lounge is filled with treasures from their many travels.

(Image credit: Rosas and Xocolate)

Rosas & Xocolate Hotel

How could you not be happy staying in a bright pink hotel in Yucatán? The owners renovated two mansions that had been vacant for over thirty years.The wall treatments of each room have been executed following an ancient Mayan technique. The bark of the Chukum tree is boiled, and the resulting dye is mixed with white cement.

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