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  • Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park

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  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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  • Piet Boon Bonaire

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  • Dorado Beach

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  • The Landing

    The Landing

February, 2015

It’s bad enough being cooped up for too long in any spot, let alone one where you and your coworkers are routinely subjected to achingly gorgeous photo spreads of the world’s most attractive locales. (The less said about New York in February, the better.) In the interest of alleviating some of that pressure, we asked Tablet’s finest where they would go to combat the insidious menace of cabin fever. Here’s to wiping out the epidemic for good.

  1. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
  2. Elissa Cofield, Travel Specialist:
    “Trapped between back-to-back February snowstorms, packed subway platforms, and ravines of slush, I just need to be someplace that feels away from it all. Most people will want to go to the beach, so I don’t want to be there — nothing worse than running into the same people you see every day on your getaway. I need to look out and see miles and miles of landscape. I need a fireplace in my room, a masseuse on call, and a place where the only drama comes from the sunset.”

  3. COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
  4. Lesley Ward, Travel Specialist:
    “Bali, Bali, Bali — I can’t get it out of my mind. A “health spa retreat that encourages you to make real and lasting improvements to your lifestyle while learning to relax more completely.” And it’s set against a backdrop of gorgeous Balinese rainforest. What could be better?”

  5. Jinya Ryokan, Kanagawa, Japan
  6. Marie-France Perrel, Hotel Sales & Partnerships:
    “I’ve always had a soft spot for Japan, and it would come as no surprise to my friends and family that when life feels at all-time low, I would rather picture myself in Kanagawa. If I were there this very second, first I would put on my yukata and head to the onsen, soaking up all the warmth I can get while enjoying the nature surrounding me. Then I’d indulge in a traditional Japanese meal, omakase-style, after which I would head to my room and fall asleep on my fluffy futon. The next day, I’d wake up and forget that these winter storms ever existed.”

  7. The Remote Resort, Vanua Levu, Fiji
  8. Arleny Genao, Hotel Sales & Partnerships:
    “If I could get away from New York, I would want to be in a secluded space where I can unwind and detox from all of the chaos and stress of the city. I can’t think of a better place than the Remote Resort in Fiji. I would absolutely love to take one of their cooking classes and go horseback riding through their beaches and jungles. One day!”

  9. Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park, Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
  10. Laurent Vernhes, Co-Founder & CEO:
    “A cabin against cabin fever — because sometimes the cure is similar to the disease. Masterful prefabricated architecture in a truly unusual setting.”

  11. Jakes, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
  12. Lindsey Tullman, Marketing Group:
    “A visit to Jakes in Jamaica would give me the vitamin D pick-me-up I’m in desperate need of all winter long in NYC. Plus, the laid-back vibe and lack of connectivity would force me to check out and unplug for a bit — again, something truly necessary for those living and working in the city.”

  13. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
  14. Mark Fedeli, Marketing Group:
    “This hotel has a golf course that is one of the best in the world, designed by Tom Doak, probably the greatest golf course architect of the past 30 years. He promotes a return to minimalism and the Scottish roots of the game, where it’s a rugged and worthy battle of man vs nature that should be played by anyone and everyone. Oh, and the hotel, obviously, is out of this world.”

  15. Piet Boon Bonaire, Bonaire, Netherlands
  16. Alyse Sarti, Hotel Sales & Partnerships:
    “As I sit here typing this in my Brooklyn apartment, which is so chilly that every single bulb has risen on my Galileo thermometer, Piet Boon Bonaire is my new winter fantasy. It’s outside the hurricane belt — enough said! — and it seems you just can’t go wrong booking one of their spectacularly designed villas. Unparalleled sea views, private pools, and world-class snorkeling. And, of course, time for brushing up on my Papiamentu!”

  17. 101 Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland
  18. Thi Vu, Head of Finance:
    “An attractive, modern hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. Sure, it’s contrarian to go to Iceland in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly why you should go. Plus, you get to enjoy amazing views of the Northern Lights and soak in some Icelandic hot pots.”

  19. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico
  20. Annie Kemple, Hotel Sales & Partnerships:
    “I’m actually going to Puerto Rico in March — I can’t wait, it’s so cold! — and my first choice is Dorado Beach. Elizabeth Taylor, the Rockefellers, plus treehouse spa treatments? I’m sold. Not to mention Puerto Rico is amazing and just a three-hour flight from New York.”

  21. The Landing, Harbour Island, Bahamas
  22. Sarah Castoro, Travel Specialist:
    “I love smaller, more intimate hotels rather than huge resorts. I fell in love with this hotel the minute I saw it — with only 12 individually designed rooms, this is exactly where I want to get away to when the snow is two feet high! Bonus: it’s home to the best restaurant on the island.”

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