THERE IS A CERTAIN ART in making a winter escape somewhere warm and tropical during the winter break. The wardrobe must be a mix of simplicity and subtle sophistication, with neutral hues and natural fabrics. Light linen shirts, dainty lace white dresses, straw hats and leather sandals will remain essentials, and of course the bikini: darker hues will highlight a golden tan. Knowing you will be spending all day barefoot in the sand, catching up on all the novels you’ve been meaning to read, means overdressing or overpacking aren’t options to consider. Neither is heavy makeup, for the sun rays will bronze in all the right places: moisturiser, lip balm and highlighter are all you need.
There is also a sense of the unknown, for one day you may decide to board a sailboat and explore nearby islands until dusk, and the next, visit the antique ruins of Tulum or temples of Myanmar, completely entranced by their cultural heritage. Everything seems more raw and pure, since days are reduced to the wonderful simplicity of enjoying yourself. One morning you wake up to the most magical sunrise over the horizon painting the sea gold, and all at once, your worries fade away. Therein lies the art of winter escapes: losing yourself.