12/20/2013 04:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Away for the Holidays: Sun or Ski?

Spending time with loved ones this season doesn't necessarily mean being "home" for the holidays. More and more, people are starting to warm up to the idea of being away for the holidays. Timing a family vacation or much-needed couple time over the Christmas to New Year break can be a major stress reliever. The idea of trading host duties of cleaning, decorating, and cooking for a relaxing beach escape or a luxurious ski holiday is definitely a tempting thought.


A White Christmas
The Sebasitan -- Vail is a fabulous boutique resort that fits all of your ideals of a classic ski chalet. Located in Vail Village, the attitude is fun and welcoming. The modern-meets-rustic décor is sophisticated and warm, at the same time. It goes without saying the rooms are luxuriously-appointed, but sizes range from a classic singles to four bedroom suites. By far, the most appealing aspect of The Sebastian is its ski-in, ski-out base camp located at the foot of Vail Mountain and Gondola One. For those traveling with young children, the Tykes Room offers a host of activities including costumes and elevated stage for theater play, books and games, karaoke and snowman building kits to take outside. The surrounding Vail Village area is alive with après-ski venues, boutiques and restaurants.


An Island Escape
The Napili Kai Beach Resort in Maui is situated on 10 oceanfront acres, and the resort condos offer sweeping views of the island's natural beauty. The white sand of Napili Bay is practically at your doorstep, and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The condos are fresh, modern, relaxing. The décor is island-chic with earth-toned color palette, natural materials, and patterns inspired by local flora. Accommodations range in size from functional studios to three-bedroom suites. Unique touches include Hawaii-scented toiletries and a kids stay free policy. An element that sets this resort apart is that there are no resort fees, and no surprise costs for necessities like Wi-Fi. Other complementary perks include access to the kids club, free dining for children, parking, hula lessons, an 18-hole putting green and several outdoor games. There are four swimming pools on property, as well as outdoor barbecue areas with charcoal and gas grills. Island-style entertainment includes a slack key show by the Masters of Hawaiian Music and the Napili Kai Foundation Show. There are a few dining options, but the Sea House restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.

Quia Querisma is a digital marketer by day, freelance writer by night, and a traveler by nature. Get her latest insights on travel and fashion on her blog,