An Arctic freeze of the sort much of North America is experiencing this winter means only one thing for lovers: It’s time for a romantic getaway that will brighten things up—literally. Whether you’re looking for a quick jaunt to pamper your honey, a crowd-pleasing wedding venue, a colorful escape with other couples, or the ultimate honeymoon destination, we’ve found 14 places so polychromatic and happy that they will eradicate any sign of winter blues. Bottom line, these places are guaranteed to be warmer, chicer, and sexier than whatever is happening at home.
Hotel El Convento, Puerto Rico
Think a former Carmelite convent doesn’t sound like the cheeriest of environs? Think again. This Old San Juan hotel in a pastel-coated neighborhood features bright painted murals throughout along with black-and-white marble floors and a turquoise rooftop pool boasting sapphire views of the bay.
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Color-drenched island perfection is found at this boutiquey Dominican Republic village-style resort that channels the ‘60s French and Italian Rivieras with suites plastered in vibrant shades of yellow, cerise, azure, plum and lime. It’s the epitome of winter paradise for those who draw energy from the sun, not snow.
The Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs, California
With a motto like “get some color,” it’s basically a given that a stay at this Palm Springs boutique hotel will result in a fresh tan and elevated spirits, at the very least. A neon exterior is paired with rainbow-hued accents—think purple carpets with lime green walls—that prove the ideal backdrop for selfies.
It doesn’t get bolder or more infectiously cheerful than the casitas at Careyes, the boho-chic resort enclave on Mexico’s west coast. Choose the perfect rental to suit your situation—they range from one to four bedrooms, in case you want to make the escape from winter a group thing—and mood, since all colors of the rainbow are represented in ocean-view abodes’ uplifting decor.
Don CeSar, Florida
Around since the Gatsby-era ‘20s, this grand St. Pete's Beach, Florida “pink palace” is home to sugary beaches with bright blue umbrellas, green palms, citrus-hued accents and a restaurant with saltwater aquariums filled with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish. It’s just the place to thaw out.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
One of the most iconic hotels in America is also one of the brightest: the so-called Pink Palace that’s been drawing people like Marilyn Monroe for more than a century. It’s impossible not to feel happy in the presence of its famed banana leaf walls or plush pool.
Golden Rock Inn, Nevis
Anyone with a proclivity for art and design will go gaga over this intimate 11-room hotel owned by American artists and designed by a pair of acclaimed architects (Edward Tuttle and Raymond Jungles) with exceptional landscaping—that acts as a playground for green vervet monkeys—and Technicolor furnishings. The vestiges of an 18th-century sugar mill are now home to restored cottages, a spring-fed pool and hiking trails.
Kona Kai Resort & Spa, San Diego
Funky and fresh, the new lobby at this legendary and recently expanded San Diego resort has fun pops of yellow, teal, and pink that are echoed in guest rooms boasting vivid wall coverings and ocean views. Forget all about winter when you’re roasting s’mores on fire pits at the private beach.
W Punta de Mita, Mexico
Surfers and beach bums alike love this Riviera Nayarit escape with vibrant decor inspired by the indigenous Huichol tribe—think a runway of 700,000 blue and green tiles, fuchsia and orange murals by a Mexican graffiti artist, and eye-catching art like Frida Kahlo with a surfboard.
Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis
This new hotel might not be in physically the balmiest winter destination, but its theme is heartwarming all the same. It’s the first hotel where couples can book a room based on emotion and color, as in red for passion, blue for tranquility, green for rejuvenation and yellow for happiness. Each of the spaces are decked out top to bottom in the chosen hue, with special amenities to boot—a Kama Sutra massage oil candle is in the red room, hint hint.
SLS Baha Mar, Bahamas
Not only is this lifestyle resort a haven from the cold winter in terms of inspiring color and light—for the prettiest pink and turquoise balcony you’ve ever seen opt for a residence—but its curated collection of indoor/outdoor restaurants, lounges and bars are sure to bring you back to life.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Florida
Pink pool umbrellas, blush-colored headboards, turquoise benches and coral sofas—this recently reopened Palm Beach hotel is the perfect medicine to brighten up winter blues, since its decor revolves around a cheerful palette that feels oh so Florida. Its new restaurant, Florie’s, by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, is also sure to entice.
Casa Palopo, Guatemala
Winter blues will be fully eradicated by the cobalt blues encasing this stunning Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel hugging the hillside around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Colorful indigenous touches are everywhere you look, along with beautiful shades of yellow, red, lavender and, of course, that brilliant blue that’s oh so calming.