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While it’s true we only recently returned from winter break, we can’t help but daydream about the upcoming “ski vacation.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you’ve been living under a pile of books (DP students, anyone?), we have no school from February 19th-23rd. Here are three places we’re personally hoping to visit during that time.

 

Dubai

Why go?

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is a great place to go any time of the year. In the winter, some people can’t wait to go skiing high up in the mountains, and others can’t wait to hop on a plane to visit a hot, tropical island. We personally want to do both; and luckily, Dubai is the perfect place to do just that.

Attractions

Do you want to go on a shopping spree vacation? The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping plaza in the world. The mall contains more than 1,200 shops, including the world’s largest candy store, an ice rink, a 5-star luxury hotel, one of the largest aquariums in the world, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes.

Do you want to go to the beach, relax and drink a refreshing mocktail? There are hundreds of

beaches in Dubai. The best public beach in Dubai is the Umm Suqeim Beach. It has shiny soft golden sand, clear blue water, and what it’s most known for is the stunning view of the Burj al Arab you get while relaxing on the beach or in the water.

Maybe you want to go skiing and feel the cold breeze while you’re speeding down the mountain. Well, there is a huge indoor ski resort at the Emirates Mall that offers lessons for skiing and snowboarding as well as the equipment, a great snow park and amazing encounters with real-life penguins where you can feed them, play with them, and watch them do crazy tricks.

If you’re in the mood for sightseeing, you can visit the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and Burj al Arab (many say the best 7-star hotel in the world).

 

St. Moritz

Why go?

St. Moritz, located in Switzerland, is one of the most beautiful, modern, and luxurious destinations in Europe. It has consistently been named as one of the best winter sports resorts in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions

There are great pistes for skiing and snowboarding for intermediates and experts. St. Moritz has 58 lifts, 350km of pistes, and is divided into four separate sectors. The bottom lift is at 1,800m and the top of the ski area at 3,305m. The Corvigilia skiing area has 15 mountain restaurants where you can stop for a quick snack or a full-on meal. The selection ranges from tasty snacks to homemade specialties, to first class gourmet dining.

St. Moritz is the world capital of winter glitz and attracts many celebrities. There are many luxurious shops from which tourists buy their ski gear and clothes, but also normal clothes like shoes, jeans, and shirts. St. Moritz is divided into 3 sections (St. Moritz-Dorf, Bad, and Champfèr). Dorf is the best place to go to even if it is pricey, and this is the one with 5-star hotels, luxury shops, nightlife and brilliant restaurants.

 

The Bahamas

Why go?

When someone thinks of the Bahamas, Paradise Island, crystal blue beaches and white sand comes to mind. If blue skies and tan lines seem like a distant memory, a week in the Bahamas this winter seems like the perfect place for you. In Romania, the temperature can drop to -20 degrees; if that’s not your scene, there’s always perfect weather in the Bahamas. There are 700 unique islands waiting for you to visit.

Aerial view of Atlantis, AQUAVENTURE, The Cove and The Reef.

Attractions

The Bahamas is well known for being the best place to go scuba diving or snorkeling because of its renown crystal clear water, reefs, shipwrecks, and a large variety of marine life.

If you love shopping, then you’ll love the Bahamas. There are thousands of shops, craft centers, and markets with a huge range of products from luxurious shoes to handmade sculptures of monkeys made out of coconuts.

The one thing you have to visit when going to the Bahamas is Exuma, home of the swimming pigs, where many celebrities like Wayne Rooney, the Kardashians, and Justin Bieber have posted pictures on their Instagram accounts hugging or petting the pigs.

All the beaches in the Bahamas are amazing, but the pink sand beaches are one of a kind. If you have the chance, make sure to visit Harbour Island, as it’s known to have one of the best pink sand beaches in the world.

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