Looking for a vacation spot to unwind after the holidays? There’s still time to plan the perfect warm weather getaway. While most of the country is seeing frigid temperatures this winter season, a few areas are still feeling the heat. Dust off those golf clubs to tee up at a championship golf course; or sip a cocktail while soaking in a heated outdoor pool. These destinations will make you forget that it’s winter:
Palm Springs, Calif.: The Westin Mission Hills Villas, Palm Springs; $93 per night Jan. 5 - Feb. 28
Villas at this 4-star resort sleep up to four guests and boast a balcony or patio, living room with pull out sleeper sofa, kitchenette and complimentary Wi-Fi. Tee up at one of the two 18-hole championship golf courses or relax by any of the three pools (one with a water slide and one for adults only). Downtown Palm Springs is about a 20 minute drive from the hotel.
Phoenix: The Ritz Carlton Phoenix; $143 & up per night over select dates through Jan. 12
This 4.5-star resort is next to the Biltmore Fashion Park -- a mall featuring upscale shops as well as a park that hosts yoga classes and a farmers market. After a busy day exploring the area, return to the hotel for a dip in the heated outdoor pool or have dinner at the award-winning on-site bistro 24.
Montgomery, Texas: La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa; $129 per night Sundays-Thursdays; +$10 Fridays-Saturdays through March
Also included in this offer is a $25 resort credit and 20% off spa services and golf. Just one hour from Houston and three hours from Austin and Dallas, this AAA 4-Diamond resort features a year-round Aqua Park, Jeffrey D. Blume-designed golf course, full-service spa, fitness center and on-site miniature golf.
Fort Lauderdale: Gallery ONE, A DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel; $119-$169 per night Dec. 13-21; +$26-$36 midweek Feb.-March
This all-suite hotel is just two blocks from the beach and overlooks Fort Lauderdale’s Intercoastal waterway. Unwind in the waterfront heated pool before a night on the town along Las Olas Boulevard, less than four miles from the hotel. Catch the Water Taxi to explore Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale (additional fees apply).
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa; $189 select dates December-January
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island overlooking Keauhou Bay, this 4-star resort features a championship golf course, a hula school, a pool with a beach and lava tube waterslides. Venture to Volcanoes National Park, only a two-hour drive from the hotel.