Snowbirds Trade Vacation Homes for Winters at Five-Star Resorts

A room at the newly renovated Belmond La Samanna. Source: Belmond La Samanna

A room at the newly renovated Belmond La Samanna. Source: Belmond La Samanna

Forget the timeshare. There’s a new, cold-weather version of “summering” abroad. This twist on the snowbird lifestyle—which trades seasonal vacation homes for no-expenses-spared resort stays—is becoming increasingly popular among the retirement jet set, according to industry insiders.