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Christmas crackers

As the nights draw in, our thoughts are turning to the festive season. For a guaranteed white Christmas, head to the Alps to stay in one of our luxury chalets. Or, how about switching robins and reindeer for ostriches and zebra on a safari adventure. The Christmas week is always incredibly popular, so if you are looking to get away, it makes sense to book as soon as you can.

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

Acqualina Resort, Florida

Head to the luxurious Acqualina Resort on a pristine stretch of beach in the Sunny Ilses, which is just 45 minutes north of Miami. The ideal combination of direct flights, winter sun and white powder soft beach means that you can unwind in the day and dip into the sophisticated and vibrant nightlife in Miami once the sun has gone down.

From £4,199pp for 7 nights in an oceanfront room on a room only basis.

Calabash, Grenada

The Calabash is a small, luxury hotel with offers a high standard of personal service. Situated on a secluded beach, its relaxed and intimate atmosphere will ensure guests are welcomed as part of the family. Consisting of 30 air-conditioned suites, some with private plunge pools, all set within beautiful landscaped gardens. Breakfast is served on your private patio or balcony with splendid views across the lawns.

From £5,250pp (saving £350pp) for 10 nights, based on a Junior Suite on all inclusive basis, departing 22 December.

Chinzombo, Zambia

Chinzombo, Norman Carr Safaris’ latest flagship lodge, opened in this summer and is the epitome of understated luxury in the bush. With just six chalets, the lodge is situated on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, looking across to the park. Day and night game drives with highly experienced guides are a highlight and on Christmas Day, enjoy carols on the Luangwa Bridge.

From £4,790pp based on 2 sharing for 6 nights.

Cocoa Island, Maldives

Only a short speedboat transfer from Male, Cocoa Island is a tiny tropical island with stunning white beaches, surrounded by crystal clear lagoons. With just 33 suites and villas on the island, 17 of which are converted dhonis or local fishing boats, the resort is truly boutique in feel. The restaurant serves a superb mix of cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and there’s an award winning spa.

From £4,640pp for two people sharing a Dhoni Suite for 7 nights on a B&B basis.

Eagles Nest, Val d’Isere

This stunning award winning chalet s Alpine Luxury. It is perched on the edge of Les Caret private estate high above Val d’Isere, offering unrivalled and uninterrupted views of the village and valley below. You will be able to enjoy the ultimate white Christmas with a chef to prepare dinner, the chalet with be will decorate and of course have a Christmas tree. All you need to do is sit back and relax by the fire.

From £3,180pp for 7 nights on half board for the week commencing 22 December.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

Four Seasons Langkawi effortlessly showcases the Malaysian Island’s rich cultural heritage and combines it with world class service. A heady mix of UNESCO-protected mangroves and an idyllic swathe of beach make this a perfect Christmas retreat. The resorts sublime infinity pool offers mesmerizing views to the Andaman Sea, while one of the best kids clubs in South East Asia means that the children will have a wonderful time too.

From £5,090pp based on 2 adults and 2 children staying 7 nights in 2 inter-connecting Lower Melaleuca Pavilions on a B&B basis.

Highlights of Colombia

Escape this Christmas to a land of colonial cities, towering Andean mountains, steamy jungles, lush coffee plantations and a sparkling Caribbean coast. Colombia is truly Latin America’s rising star – why not come and see for yourself with this fabulous itinerary that combines Bogota, colonial Villa de Leyva, a hacienda stay in the coffee triangle and enchantingly romantic Cartagena?

From £3,600pp for 12 nights based on 2 adults traveling together on a B&B basis.

Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi

Escape the winter chill and head to the gloriously secluded island of Likoma in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi and stay in a beautiful cottage, either on the beach or reached by a bridge over the water. Snorkel round the peninsular, enjoy a sunset dhow cruise or hire a quad bike and explore.

From £3,740pp based on 2 sharing for 7 nights on a full board basis.

Las Alamandas, Mexico

Las Alamandas is an intimate Mexican Pacific coast hideaway and is a perfect place to enjoy an Christmas escape with the family. This small resort is very Mexican in feel and offers a 1,500 acre private paradise of palms, lagoons and endless beaches, as well as the chance to pamper yourself in the spa, enjoy great food and go horseback riding, snorkeling, tennis and boat trips.

From £4,765pp and £1,980 per child under 12 based on a family of 4 traveling for 7 nights in a King Suite on a full board basis.

Lodge Adler, St Anton

Sleeping 10 people comfortably this superb chalet is a great choice for those looking to get away this Christmas. Lodge Adler is in an idea location to ski St Anton, Lech and Zursand comesm fully staffed and with 5 double bedrooms, outdoor hot tub & sauna. Easy flights with BA to Innsbruck and a 1hr transfer, it’s the perfect way to have a guaranteed white Christmas.

From £2,225pp for 7 nights on half board for the week commencing 22nd December.

One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

The One & Only Royal Mirage over Christmas offers fantastic value for a luxurious city hotel. Evening dining is included and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from within the three hotels that make up the Royal Mirage. This hotel offers a peaceful haven from the bright lights of Dubai but is still well located should you wish to make the most of the numerous activities that the city has to offer.

From £2,845pp based on 2 adults sharing in a Palace Superior Room for 7 nights on a Half Board basis.

Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Set on the south coast of Mauritius, Shanti Maurice is the ultimate luxury hideaway offering breath-taking views of the hills and Indian Ocean. A fabulous array of pursuits provides families and couples the chance to do everything or absolutely nothing!

From £12,370 (saving £1,948) for a family of 4 in 2 Ocean View Junior Suites for 7 nights on a half board basis including Christmas Eve Gala Dinner, departing 18 December.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Just two hours from cosmopolitan Dubai, Zighy Bay lies on the north eastern tip of the Musandam Peninsula, overlooking the Arabian Sea. With its stunning Hajar mountain backdrop, it is the perfect escape for winter warmth and superb service. Unwind in your own private swimming pool, choose from a slection of wonderful dining options, enjoy a range of interesting activities or simply relax.

From £4,900pp for 2 people sharing a Pool Villa for 7 nights on a B&B basis.

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

With the Scott Dunn Intrepid Explorers club launching at Soneva Kiri in October, it’s the perfect place to spend your family vacation over Christmas. This tropical hidden retreat offers plenty of dining experiences and recipes which include organic ingredients grown in the resort’s vegetable garden and the oversized Pool Villa Suites scattered throughout Soneva Kiri have outstanding views out to sea.

From £5,995pp based on 2 adults and 2 children staying 7 nights in a Hill Villa Suite on a B&B basis.

The St Regis Mauritius Resort, Mauritius

Enjoy the Festive Season at the luxurious new St. Regis Mauritius. With the stunning backdrop of Le Morne mountain, guests can bask in the sun by the pools or on the beach, enjoy a variety of culinary experiences and superb water sports, plus rejuvenate at the amazing Iridium Spa.

From £21,360 (saving a £12,570) based on a family of 4 in 2 Deluxe Oceanview Rooms on a half board basis for a 10 night stay from 21 December, must be booked by 30 September to enjoy the saving.

The Eliot Hotel, Boston

If you are in the mood for a traditional Christmas then where better to celebrate than in Boston. Take in a performance of the Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet, attend the Vacation Pops at Symphony Hall for a sing-a-long accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and enjoy lights and late night shopping at the fabulous stores on Newbury Street just steps away from your boutique bolthole, the Eliot Hotel.

From £1,360pp for 5 nights in a Deluxe Suite at the Eliot Hotel.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome

Where better can there be to spend Christmas than Rome. The city can claim the origins of the celebration of Christmas and is home to 900 churches and the earliest known permanent nativity was created for the Rome Jubilee in 1300. Piazza Navona is home to a vast Christmas market, the streets are decorated with twinkling lights and ice-skaters and chestnut roasters abound. Stay at Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a private home located moments from the Spanish Steps.

From £1,600pp for 4 nights in a Romantic Room on a B&B basis.

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