We’ve found your 2018 Christmas getaway
‘Tis the season to be… far, far away, with every whim catered to and everyday problems forgotten.
As such, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite Christmas getaways for 2018 to help you on your way. With everything from a safari to castles, to powder snow and champagne breakfasts, we’re feeling confident that there’s something here for every discerning traveller.
1. Christmas Eve in an authentic Austrian castle
There really is no Christmas like that of Europe, with its cascading fairy lights, powder-soft snow, carol singers and, of course, its world-famous Christmas markets. Captain’s Choice will take you on an 18-day journey through the continent’s most iconic festive experiences, from the cobblestone streets of Heidelberg to a private dinner in Schloss Fuschl, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, an authentic Austrian castle, for Christmas Eve. Christmas Day will be played out to the sounds of Mozart in a baroque hall in Salzburg, then travelling on to Vienna before ringing in the New Year with cocktails and fireworks in historic Prague.
2. Trade in reindeer bells for antelope sightings
They both have antlers, right? Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has a calendar of activities lined up for Christmas that will have you happily swapping a winter coat for a pair of binoculars. Guided walking safaris, cooking classes and gingerbread house-making are among the pastimes on offer, or for a special treat (why not? It’s Christmas!) take a private photography safari with professional photographer Ashrak Mussa, where you’ll likely see the Big Five running free in their natural habitats. If your children are coming along, the Kijana Klub will provide movie nights, face painting and scheduled activities, so that you can be sure of some time to enjoy a signature ritual at the Serengeti Kani Spa.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
3. A mini break from the city
If you don’t quite have time to make it to Africa, there’s no reason you can’t have an equally magical Christmas on our own Australian shores. Get away on a rejuvenating retreat at The Louise that packs all the indulgence of a longer holiday into a well-deserved mini break, conveniently close to Adelaide’s city district yet still surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards. Spend a day touring the wineries that have made the Barossa Australia’s most renowned and revered wine region, and pick the perfect blend to accompany an award-winning Christmas dinner at the lodge’s acclaimed restaurant, Appellation. In your suite for relaxing, private festivities, expect such indulgent wind-downs as outdoor rain showers, in-suite massages and spacious spa tubs.
The Louise Barossa Valley
4. A private car to the famous lights of Brooklyn
For a white Christmas with all the (jingle) bells and whistles, the most wonderful time of year sees the Big Apple become one of the world’s most wonderful places to be. The Peninsula New York invites guests to enjoy all the holiday magic of the city with its Holly Jolly New York Holiday Package, including a decorative window display walking tour, VIP admission to Top of the Rock, access to Saks Fifth Avenue before store opening and a chauffer-driven car to view Brooklyn’s tremendous holiday lights display. Back at the hotel, be treated to charming touches like an in-room holiday-themed floral arrangement and your own Christmas tree.
5. Champagne breakfasts in tropical paradise
At Soneva Fushi, guests will begin their Christmas getaway with a champagne breakfast on a deserted sandbank, and the festivities continue from there. Christmas Eve will see jet-setters enjoying cocktail parties, traditional Maldivian Boduberu performances, a gala dinner and world-class international entertainment. On Christmas Day, two-Michelin-starred chef Ronan Kervarrec (who has worked in such notable kitchens as the Château de la Chèvre d’Or) will host an exclusive dinner for a limited number of guests. Partner such indulgences with the resort’s array of wellness classes and a swim with manta rays, and you may achieve perfect balance this Christmas.
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