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Trianon Palace Versailles, The Waldorf Astoria
A cold clime is no longer a requirement for skating rinks. At the beach or lodged in a high-rise, the latest ice sheets — sometimes scientifically engineered synthetics that glide without melting — defy the elements, offering singular places to double axel.

Not far from Paris, the TRIANON PALACE VERSAILLES, THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION, will unveil an ice-skating rink next door to the royal grounds from December 4 through January 2. A neighboring Christmas market will sell gifts, food, and mulled wine. trianonpalace.com

Near San Diego, the historic HOTEL DEL CORONADO freezes a real rink on the front lawn in sight of surf and sand. Skaters can twirl in their swimsuits November 24 through January 2. hoteldel.com

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The St. Regis Atlanta
Georgia’s only hotel with an ice rink, THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA, opens to skaters on the outdoor seventh-fl oor terrace, serving hot chocolate and s’mores at a crackling outdoor fi re from November 25 through January 3. stregisatlanta.com

In Chicago, the downtown JOHN HANCOCK CENTER will debut a synthetic rink in its 94th-fl oor observatory in January, offering skaters the chance to twirl amid the city skyline through March — indoors, thankfully. hancockobservatory.com

In Los Angeles, the W LOS ANGELES - WESTWOOD will open its second skate season November 19 through January 2, offering winter-themed cocktails and grilled-cheese bites in rinkside cabanas, plus Saturday-night skate shows. whotels.com/laskaterink

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W Los Angeles - Westwood
In Texas’ Hill Country, guests can enjoy Holiday Lights & Ice at BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA, November 24 through January 2. But since Austin-area weather is anything but frightful this time of year, be sure to bring your golf clubs too. bartoncreek.com