Christmas vacation availability
If you're still looking to go away during the festive period, take a look at these wonderful vacation ideas. But be quick as flights and hotels are selling like hot mince pies.
From a week's skiing staying in a Scott Dunn chalet to a luxurious journey around Asia, we have some fabulous vacations that are sure to provide plenty of yuletide joy.
Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Brand new to the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon opens in Fall 2016 and is set to be a huge hit, bringing six senses brand of magic to one of the most sublime locations on earth. Expect hideaway villas wedged between the enormous rocks and wandering walking trails taking you to tiny beaches graced with the impossibly clear water of the Indian Ocean. One for the bucket list and a wonderful way to get into the vacation spirit.
From £5,995 per person based on 2 staying in a hideaway pool villa, including flights and private helicopter transfers.
Christmas Shopping in New York
Nowhere has a buzz quite like New York in the run up to Christmas and the city certainly doesn’t do things by halves. Embrace the festive cheer and surround yourself with lavish decorations, colorful lights and some of the world’s best shopping, stocking up on any last-minute presents (not forgetting to treat yourselves). The selection of luxurious hotels across the city, from picturesque Central Park to uber-hip Brooklyn, make this an ideal destination to indulge and soak up the festive spirit.
From £3,875 per person based on a family of 4 for 4 nights, including flights, accommodation and private transfers.
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
The Chedi Muscat is a chic minimalist retreat situated on the Indian Ocean in Muscat, and backed by stunning mountains. The Chedi Muscat's serene atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and enjoying one of the four pools and beautiful landscaped gardens. Chic and luxurious hotel in the Indian Ocean in Muscat, ideal respite during our winter. Add on more in Oman for a more intrepid exploration.
From £2,700 per person for 7 nights, including flights and transfers.
Lyngen Lodge, Norway
For the ultimate Arctic experience to build that pre-Christmas excitement, Lyngen Lodge offers the perfect balance of snowy adventures, fine cuisine and luxury accommodation. Take a snowmobile safari under the Northern Lights, surrounded by snow covered mountains and breath-taking fjords, mush your own team of husky dogs and go cross-country skiing through the snow-draped forests. The luxury pine lodge is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine by the open fireplace to unwind after a fun day’s adventure in the snow.
From £2,400 per person based on 2 people for 4 nights full board accommodation, including flights, private transfers, a winter sea safari, husky dog sledding, ice fishing, snowmobile safari and snow-shoeing.
Chalet Nepenthe, Val d’Isère
Ideal for a pre-Christmas get away, Chalet Nepenthe is a lovely chalet-style apartment, ideal for a family of four, located in the exclusive Les Carats area of Val d’Isere, close to the slopes. Being a high altitude resort, Val d’Isere is a great choice for early season skiing.
From £2,120 per person based on 2 adults, 2 children, including British Airways flights from London Gatwick, return coach transfers, Scott Dunn chalet service with cook/host.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Escape to the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico for a bit of pre-Christmas sun, relaxing at the beautiful Viceroy Riviera Maya resort. This stylish adults-only retreat has villas tucked into the jungle, offering a romantic and private escape. Swing in your hammock listening to the birds, soak up the sunshine to show off your suntan back home and ease away the pre-Christmas stress with spa treatments in the jungle spa.
From £4,800 per person based on 2 adults sharing for 14 nights in a luxury villa on B&B basis, including flighs and transfers
South Luangwa, Zambia
Treat yourselves to an early Christmas present and enjoy a safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Rich in game, Luangwa promises incredible wildlife sightings from the moment you arrive. Elephant and buffalo can be found in their hundreds while groups of puku and zebra graze on the plains. Famed for its high density leopard populations as well as incredible birdlife especially at this time of year there is something for every safari enthusiast.
From £5,820 per person based on 2 sharing for 5 nights at Chinzombo on a fully inclusive basis, including flights and transfers.
Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
Hidden away in the East Vietnam Sea, the tiny island of Con Dao is home to the luxurious Six Senses Con Dao, setting the benchmark for excellence in Vietnam with its vast pool villas with panoramic ocean views. With delicious food, immaculate attention to detail and superb diving; it's the perfect Christmas getaway.
From £4,800 per person for 7 nights, including flights and transfers.
Boasting incredible azure waters, picture perfect beaches, charming towns with lashings of character and the freshest of seafood, Baja California makes for a perfect contrast to the traditional Christmas break. December also happens to be prime whale-watching season, and this 7-night itinerary gives you the chance to observe grey, blue and humpback whales, as well as the chance to snorkel with whale sharks for a truly memorable experience. Your specialist guide will ensure the trip is tailored to your interests and will bring to life the geology, history and nature of this fascinating peninsula.
From £4,700 per person based on 2 people sharing for 7 nights, including flights from London, accommodation in local posadas, private expert guiding throughout, premier SUV transportation, all equipment required for expeditions and meals & beverages.
Chalet Le R, Courchevel 1550
Make Christmas truly magical this year by staying in Chalet Le R in Courchevel 1550. Our team will re-create how you would do Christmas at home with an alpine setting and a white snowy backdrop. There’ll be cocktails, Christmas pudding, a visit from Santa and lots of treats and surprises. Chalet Le R is a stunning contemporary chalet with an indoor pool and is ideal for two families or one large group.
From £3,340 per person based on 4 adults, 4 children for 8 nights (one free night included) with return British Airways flights from Heathrow, shared coach transfers and Scott Dunn chalets service.
Northern Lights Safari, Iceland
Iceland is an incredibly special place to be over the Christmas period – experience the country’s vast waterfalls, geysers and volcanos or simply kick back in the outdoor hot tub at the Hotel Ranga and keep watch for the Northern Lights. The country has so much to offer and we can craft an itinerary to be as adventurous or as relaxing as you like. The small city of Reykjavik is known for its lively new year street party and impressive fireworks display, and you can combine a stay in the city with a visit to the geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon.
From £3,600 per person for 4 nights including flights, transfers and a range of private excursions and activities.
St. Regis, Mauritius
An ideal family destination for a tropical family Christmas. St Regis offers a wonderful vacation for everyone, with a huge range of activities, a fantastic kids club, some of the best watersports conditions in the Indian ocean, all in and around one of the best hotels in Mauritius.
From £4,700 per person based on a family of 4 in two interconnecting suites on a half board basis, including flights and transfers.
Essence of Kerala
A classic and relaxing journey through Kerala taking in backwaters, Colonial towns, tea plantations and beaches, perfect over the Christmas period. From the bustling fort city of Cochin to the serene backwaters, the breathtaking Cardamom hills and onto the stunning Keralan coast, this itinerary takes you through the highlights that make up the breathtaking Indian state of Kerala.
From £2,995 per person based on 2 sharing, including flights, transfers and experiences.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta and experience a wide variety of activities including guided game drives, mokoro rides (dug out canoes) bush walks and boat excursions (water levels dependent). Sitatunga, elephant and incredible bird life are just a few of the main attractions of the region at this time of year but the main draw is the bigger game and predators. On the edge of the delta on the dryer plains, large lion prides, cheetah and endangered wild dog are frequently spotted.
Take advantage of the new direct British Airways flights to Costa Rica from London and take your family on an unforgettable Christmas adventure. Explore the wildlife in the cloud forests, learn to surf, hike to the edge of a volcano or zipline through the jungle – this is the ideal destination for active families and who’ll forget a visit from Father Christmas in the jungle? The best properties are booking up fast so don’t delay if you’re keen to get away this Christmas.
From £5,000 per person based on a family of 4 for a 10 night itinerary, including flights and transfers.
Laos and Cambodia Explorer
Explore Laos and Cambodia in this wonderfully unique two-week journey that's perfect for both couples and families who want to get under the skin of the two countries. It takes in Luang Prabang, 4000 Islands, the temples of Angkor and Cambodia's coast. A wonderful itinerary during the Christmas period, taking in Luang Prabang and Champasak in Laos along with Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) and Kep in Cambodia. Why not add Song Saa at the end of your trip for something truly spectacular, they still have availability!
From £4,500 per person, including flights, transfers and all experiences.
Chalet Artemis, St Anton
Bring in the New Year in style by staying at our flagship Chalet Artemis and enjoy an incredible week of skiing in St Anton. With our Flagship team tending to your every need, we’ll create incredible food for you, keep your glass topped up and make you feel utter indulged on your vacation. You’ll have your own indoor swimming pool, hot tub and even a cinema at your disposal and all the ingredients for a spectacular and memorable vacation.
From £4,395 per person for 7 nights, including return British Airways flights from Gatwick, private transfers and Scott Dunn Flagship service.
Fly out to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires for a lively New Year’s celebration in style, before heading south to the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, combined with a stay on a traditional estancia (ranch). Explore rugged mountains, enormous glaciers and glistening lakes – this is one of the world’s most scenic destinations and activities range from hiking and boat cruises to fishing and horse riding.
From £5,500 per person based on two people for a two week itinerary, including flights from the UK, internal flights, accommodation and private transfers.
A departure from the ordinary! See in the new year at one of the coolest spots in the Caribbean – non other than Ian Flemmings Caribbean writing hideaway. A heady mix of wonderful hospitality, great quality accommodation and the knowledge that there will be a party to remember come the 31st.
From £3,400 per person based on 2 sharing for 7 nights in a one bedroom beach hut on a BB basis including flights and transfers.
Lewa Wilderness, Kenya
Celebrate New Year in Kenya’s northern plateau and include a few nights at Lewa Wilderness. Six thatched chalets are built into the hillside overlooking the valley below, while three cottages, perfect for families, are set within the lush gardens closer to the main house. The conservancy has one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Kenya as well as being one of the last places to see the endangered grevy zebra. Head out on foot with your safari guide or explore the reserve from horseback, exhilarating experiences for even the avid safari goer.
From £5,200 per person based on 2 traveling for 5 nights, including flights, transfers and safari activities.
Dolomites ski and Venice voyage
Ski in the spectacular Dolomites before seeing in the New Year in iconic St Marks Square followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Grand Canal of Venice. The cold and crisp atmospheric winter days make this a magical time of year to visit, the Dolomites are one of Europe’s most beautiful ski regions and Venice is a delight to explore away from the summer crowds.
From £3,500 per person based on 2 people for 4 nights at the Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano followed by 3 nights at the Bauer Il Palazzo in Venice, including return flights and private transfers.