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The week before Christmas

There are lots of great reasons to get away before Christmas beyond dodging the office party. For starters, before the 25 December itself is far better value with lots of offers and free nights. Imagine heading to the beach for some winter sun, so you can show off your tan during the Queen's speech. Or get some shopping done, perhaps in the souks of Marrakech and treat your family and friends to exotic and interesting presents.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

Park Hyatt Dubai

December is a great time to go to Dubai as the weather is at its most agreeable. Traveling there the week before Christmas is the perfect opportunity to de-stress before the festive period and as Dubai is a fantastic shopping destination it is an ideal chance to pick up some stocking fillers. Anything from Prada handbags to Persian rugs can be sourced from the cities souks and malls, so return back home with exotic gifts and feeling relaxed and tanned.

From £1,560pp - saving £640 - based on two adults traveling for seven nights in a Park Room on a B&B basis, traveling 15-22 December.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Florida

December is one of the best times to visit Orlando. The parks are decked out in Christmas finery and there is a buzz of excitement in the air. Even better, the park queues are shorter but the weather is still warm and sunny. The Waldorf Astoria offers complimentary transportation to the Disney parks.

From £1,720pp and £695 per child based on a family of four sharing a One Bedroom Deluxe suite for seven nights on a room only basis.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

For some Christmas shopping with an oriental flair, head to Hong Kong for five nights of shopping, spa treatments, sublime food and exciting night-life. Stay at the super-stylish Landmark Mandarin Oriental, which boasts a two Michelin-starred restaurant and a world re-known spa; the perfect antidote for office Christmas parties and family get-togethers.

From £2,950pp based on two people traveling, on a B&B basis.

Round Hill, Jamaica

Round Hill features a mix of rooms, suites and villas, all of which are spacious and luxurious. It’s a hugely popular and attractive villa hotel secluded on a peninsula 8 miles from Montego Bay. With its wonderful service and great facilities, it is a perfect pre-Christmas retreat for families and couples alike.

From £3,180pp for seven nights, based on two people sharing an Oceanfront View Room on room only basis, departing 18 December.

The Andaman, Langkawi

For an exotic family escape from the chilly Christmas weather, fly to the stunning island of Langkawi to spend a week at the Andaman. Set on a beautiful curve of white sand with a rainforest backdrop, it offers relaxation, a superb spa and an interactive kids club to ensure you return home feeling completely rested and ready to face the festivities.

From £10,750 for 2 Deluxe Seaview rooms based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling on a B&B basis for seven nights.

La Sultana, Marrakech

Leave the frenzied Christmas build up behind and escape to Marrakech for a different kind of buzz and excitement. Stay at the eclectic and quirky La Sultana and enjoy a perfect view of the ancient Tombs of the Saadien Kings from the rooftop terrace. It is also close enough to the souks if you can’t resist some last minute Christmas shopping.

From £750pp - saving of £170pp- based on two sharing a Junior Suite for four nights on a B&B basis for travel until 20 December.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Enjoy world class renowned service at the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. Offering an eclectic mix of cuisine with four restaurant options, an amazing overwater Spa, complimentary championship golf, plus a diverse range of sporting activities both on land and water, this luxurious resort is ideal for a pre-Christmas getaway.

From £4,530pp (total saving £2,162) based on two people sharing a Garden Villa on half board for arrivals between 16 24 December (book by 31 August).

Esencia, Mexico

Sink your toes into the white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, staying at picture-perfect Esencia, a superb small family-friendly hotel. There are loads of amazing experiences for the whole family, from swimming with dolphins to exploring Mayan ruins in the jungle, kayaking in the beautiful Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or simply enjoying a round of golf or spa treatment.

From £2,890 per adult and £2,735 per child under 12 for seven nights at Esencia in two Garden Rooms on a B&B basis, traveling 12 December.

Miami & New York

For an ideal December getaway; begin by soaking up some winter sun in Miami before flying to New York for your Christmas shopping on Madison Avenue. Try ice skating in Central Park before dipping into a sumptuous restaurant or catching a Broadway show.

From £2,460pp based on four nights in an Ocean Front Studio Suite at the Tides and three nights in a Superior Courtyard King at the Mark, both on a room only basis, including domestic flights with United, departing 13 December.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Take a break from it all at the Six Senses Zighy Bay. With a dramatic mountain backdrop, warm seas, stunning villas, spa and delicious dining, it offers a secluded and relaxing stay before the Christmas mayhem. Sense on the Edge has the most stunning view and delicious food to match and where else can you paraglide into check in!

From £2,250pp based on two adults sharing a private Pool Villa for five nights on a B&B basis departing Sunday 15 December.

Cape Town & the Winelands, South Africa

Take a pre-Christmas trip to the vibrant city of Cape Town, staying at Kensington Place, and enjoy a trip up Table Mountain, explore Robben Island, then head out to the Winelands to stay at Le Quartier Francais in the heart of Franschoek, renowned for its superb food and perfectly placed for exploring the area.

From £2,405pp for a couple sharing in a superior room at Kensington Place and in an Auberge room at Le Quartier Francais both on a B&B basis including car hire.

Lodge Christoph, St Anton

Historically, the week before Christmas in the Alps, has had some of the best snow of the season. The slopes are quiet, the snow’s usually fantastic and the prices are considerably cheaper than the following vacation weeks of Christmas and New Year. Our service includes pre-dinner canapés and Laurent Perrier champagne, four-five course dinners and beautiful matching wines.

From £1,665pp for seven nights in Lodge Christoph in St Anton on 15 December with premier service, including British Airways flights and a Scott Dunn coach transfers.

Fairytale St Petersburg

It doesn’t get more fairy-tale than the St Petersburg skyline. Christmas markets, ice skating, children’s outdoor theatre, snow – let the excitement commence. Stay at the luxurious Grand Hotel Europe, one of the city’s finest and most historic hotels. It is situated on Nevsky Prospect, the best known of the city's boulevards and this Orient Express property really offers the best the city has to offer.

From £1,000pp for two sharing a deluxe room for four nights on a B&B basis.

Vail & New York

Vail is renowned for having heavy snow fall and early December is a great time to visit. The Sebastian hotel is set at the foot of Vail Mountain and has great connecting room or residence options for families. Stop off in New York on the return journey and stay at the Surrey hotel, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, it is the perfect base for some Christmas shopping.

From £2,630pp based on a family of four staying in connecting plaza rooms at the Sebastian on a B&B basis for seven nights and at The Surrey in a Grand Deluxe suite on a room only basis for three nights, for travel 13 – 23 December.

Chalet Nepenthe, Val d’Isere

Conjure up images of a roaring log fire in the chalet, beautiful food that’s been lovingly prepared by your chef, amazing days on the slopes, sledging and snowman making with the children and that is what our chalet vacations is about. Not forgetting our superb Scott Dunn childcare – we have an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers Club in Val d’Isere.

From £1,825pp for seven nights in Chalet Nepenthe in Val d’Isere on 15 December with original service, British Airways flights and a Scott Dunn coach transfers.

Baraza, Zanzibar

Stay at Baraza in Zanzibar and explore the island – indulge in a spice tour, wander around the winding streets of Stone Town and visit its bustling markets. Alternatively you could try deep sea fishing, dolphin trips, sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling. In the evenings relax in the bar with a drink before a delicious supper often using surf-fresh fish.

From £2,330pp based on two adults sharing for seven nights in a garden villa on a fully inclusive basis.

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