If you book your Christmas vacations as early as possible, you stand the best chance of getting exactly what you want, both in terms of flights – in the cabin you prefer - and getting your first choice of accommodation. Best of all you will have nearly the whole year to look forward to your vacation.
To whet your appetite we have pulled together a selection of ideas for vacations this December. From spoiling beach breaks in the Indian Ocean, Mexico, the Caribbean and Thailand, to a city break in Cape Town, an Icelandic adventure or a luxury chalet complete with your own private staff. Take a look and be in touch if anything catches your eye or if there is somewhere else you were keen to go this Christmas.
Christmas may be quickly fading from your memory but there’s nothing that brightens up a rainy January quite like planning your next year’s festivities. Why not plan to escape the drizzle and spend a magically snowy Christmas? Our chalets fly off the shelves for Christmas so get in quick to book your place.
Chalets go on sale next week for Christmas 2014 from just £1,900pp for 7 nights in a Scott Dunn catered chalet based on full occupancy, excluding travel.
Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives, is the ultimate in sophisticated luxury, with its contemporary styled rooms, superb staff and the world's first underwater spa. They pride them on their bespoke journeys such as private sunset fishing trips, destination dining and Dolphin Cruises.
From £6,865pp for 7 nights stay based on 2 adults in a Beach Bungalow with Plunge Pool on a B&B basis, including the New Years Gala Evening and speedboat transfers, traveling from 26 December – 03 January.
The ever popular and exclusive Zighy Bay in Oman’s Musandam Peninsula is the perfect Christmas getaway. It has a rustic charm combined with sophisticated luxury, with only 82 spacious villas, all with private plunge pools and designed like a Omani village set back from a beautiful beach. There are a host of activities for the whole family, including a kid’s and teenagers club.
From £11,100 for a family of four staying in a Pool Villa on a B&B basis for 7 nights from 20 – 27 December, including Christmas Eve celebratory dinner.
One of our all-time favorites for families, due to the spacious suite accommodation, legendary service and vast array of activities that will please everyone and all interests. On top of that, Scott Dunn oversees the children’s club for children aged 8 months to 13 years.
From £11,900 (saving £1,410) based on a family of four sharing a Two Bedroom Garden View Suite on B&B basis for 7 nights departing 21 December including a Christmas Gala Dinner and 20% early booking discount.
December is an ideal time to fly to the sun-drenched Caribbean coast of Mexico. Stay at Esencia, a stunning boutique hideaway set back from a pristine powder white sand beach. Be totally pampered during your stay, enjoy an ancient local Temazcal ritual treatment, savour delicious Mexican inspired cuisine with freshly prepared margaritas and explore fascinating Mayan cultural sites nearby.
From £3,995pp based on two people sharing 7 nights on a B&B basis.
December is a perfect time for a festive trip to Iceland. It’s impossible not to embrace the spirit of Christmas after visiting the year round Christmas shop with the largest advent calendar in the world and being dazzled by the Christmas lights that adorn every house. There are plenty of exciting winter activities to keep you entertained – not to mention the magic of the wondrous Northern Lights.
From £1,800pp based on 4 nights including return flights to Keflavik with Icelandair and internal flights to Akureyri.
For the ultimate winter escape, be one of the lucky few to enjoy the breath-taking unspoiled beauty of Six Senses Yao Noi. With spectacular panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay, a heavenly spa and mouth-watering food, it is not just your palate that will be pampered this festive season.
From £3,980pp based on 2 adults staying 7 nights in a Hideaway Villa on a B&B basis, for travel from 15 December 2014 (book by 31 March 2014).
Enjoy Christmas this year with the backdrop of the iconic Pitons in St Lucia. Sugar Beach has a wealth of activities on site such as the PADI dive center, rainforest spa and children’s club. Or be more adventurous and enjoy zip-lining in the canopies of the island’s rainforest and hiking the Pitons.
From £4,835pp based on 2 people staying in a Superior Sugar Mill Luxury Room on a B&B basis for 7 nights departing 20 December.
The Ice Hotel - Treehotel combination has made it to the top of the bucket-list for the adventure traveler. Exciting activities give you a taste of Swedish Lapland and the Northern Lights has to be one of nature's most incredible light spectacles. The extraordinary accommodation just adds to the show.
From £2,500pp based on 1 night in an Ice Room and 2 nights in warm accommodation, both at Ice Hotel and then 2 nights B&B at the Treehotel.
Head to the sun next Christmas and the white sand beaches of Florida. The Breakers offers the perfect family getaway with lots for the children to enjoy yet still retaining an elegant atmosphere for parents. This is one of Florida’s most popular spots for the vacation season, so booking early is essential.
From £4,000 per adult and £3,300 per child based on 2 adults and 2 children in 2 interconnecting Premium Resort View rooms for 7 nights on a B&B basis and including rental car.
Each year when winter rolls in we dream of getting out to sunnier climes and white sand beaches. This year beat the crowds and book early at The Four Seasons Langkawi, a stunning retreat on the beautiful Malaysian island. Nestled between lush tropical jungle and calm turquoise waters this is one Christmas wish that will please the whole family.
From £4,740pp based on a family of 4 staying 7 nights in 2 Lower Melaleuca Pavilions on a B&B basis, for travel from 19 December (book by 31 March).
The Residence, Zanzibar is situated on the pristine beaches of the southwest coast of Zanzibar and is perfect for families and couples alike. Families and honeymooners can also benefit from fantastic discounts with 25% off for honeymooners and children under 15 stay free of charge, both of these offers are combinable with the early booking offer; book before the 31 March 2014 and receive 25% off your stay.
From £2,175pp based on a honeymoon couple sharing a Luxury Garden Suite over the festive period and saving over £500pp.
The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town is situated a ten minute drive away from Camps Bay in an absolutely beautiful spot with uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean. With a shuttle bus taking guests to and from Camps Bay, it is perfect for exploring everything that Cape Town has to offer whilst also allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Book early to avoid disappointment.
From £2,885pp based on two people sharing a Classic room over the festive period.