The fall season is quickly coming to an end, meaning winter is right around the corner, and we are back to enjoying cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, ski trips, fireplaces, and cabin getaways. Whether it’s perched atop a snow-capped mountain or tucked away in the lushest of forests, staying in cabins is the best way to connect with the great outdoors and get away from busy city life.
Booking.com, a leader in connecting travellers with incredible places to stay, has put together a list of the world’s coziest cabins, so pack your bags and don’t forget to include your comfiest clothes.
Les Granges d’en Haut – Chamonix Les Houches — French Alps
Start your day with a hot cup of coffee on the back deck of a colossal cabin overlooking the French Alps. Sound like your idea of heaven? Then you’ll love this spot. At Les Granges d’en Haut – Chamonix Les Houches rustic and luxury combine to provide guests with the ultimate cabin experience. If the views alone don’t whisk your mind away to its most relaxed centre the quiet lulls of snow falling will. After a long day on the nearby Les Chavants Ski Lift, wind down at the onsite spa and wellness centre or soothe your muscles in your private in-suite sauna.
Le Liseron — Leysin, Switzerland
Another ski-lovers paradise, only 500 m from the closest ski lift, La Berneuse, this OG Swiss Chalet offers guests a 360-degree view of Switzerland’s renowned alps. If skiing isn’t your thing, fear not, you can get your outdoor fill with tennis, mini-golf, hiking, or horseback riding as well. In the evening, stock up on swiss classics at the local supermarket — think chocolate and cheese. As an added bonus, guests can indulge in an authentic on-site Swiss raclette or fondue dinner for an additional fee.
Rush Creek Lodge — Yosemite National Park, California
Looking for that cozy cabin escape with a touch of modern flare? Then add Rush Creek Lodge to your bucket list. Surrounded by acres of forest, this place is perfect for your next family vacation, with a little something for every age group. Only a short drive to the astonishing Yosemite National Park, hikers can indulge in the rich and natural elements, while those less interested in the outdoors can stick around the lodge enjoying afternoon drinks at the on-site bar. Finish up your day on your private balcony with a hot cup of cocoa and your cozy sweater for a little stargazing.
Blachford Lake Lodge — Northwest Territories, Canada
This destination gives “off-the-beaten-path” a whole new meaning. For a unique experience of a lifetime that truly connects you to nature, fly into this little oasis in the woods. This one of a kind cabin located on Northwest Territories’ Blanchford Lake is only accessible by a 20-minute bush plane ride (offered by the host) from Yellowknife. Depending on the season, Blachford Lake Lodge offers plenty of activities to keep you occupied, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, kayaking, boating, and of course, the astonishing views of the renowned Aurora Borealis. To add to the experience, once you arrive you’ll essentially be living off the surrounding land, with a variety of locally sourced fresh fish, beef, chicken, and seasonal vegetables grown on-site, featured in daily homemade meals.
The Moorings Chartered Yachts — Numerous Destinations Worldwide
If you’d prefer to spend the cold seasons getting cozy off the coast of a tropical island (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), this may be your preferred cabin style. The Moorings offers a wide range of luxury yachts for charter, where you have the option of being accompanied by a skipper — and even a personal chef — who will whisk you around some of the most beautiful waters in the world while dining on gourmet fare. Enjoy days filled with snorkelling and scuba diving in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, parts of the Americas, and Asia.
Alternatively, you can have your crew drop anchor offshore while you explore places like Croatia, Spain, Thailand, or the British Virgin Islands. Sound extravagant? It can be — however, if you round up a group of friends to join you on this exclusive getaway it could be yours for around the same price as the average trip abroad.