Festive Season 2018 Availability

'Tis the season for spending time with our loved ones. Whether it be close to home or further afield, in the sun or in the snow, a vacation is the perfect way to celebrate the festivities. With availability already limited, our specialists have put together a selection of bespoke itineraries, perfect for a getaway this winter.

From a stay in a Scott Dunn chalet to a no-holds-barred adventure in Asia, a beach flop break in the Indian Ocean to an indulgent wine and food tour of South America, this selection of vacations is the perfect way to end the year with a bang.

Indian Ocean

Sometimes all you need is some sunshine. The Indian Ocean basks in high temperatures throughout the festive period and has endless white sand beaches perfect for end of year relaxation.

Amilla Fushi, Maldives from $6700pp

What better way to spend the holidays than with a week away in the relaxing, tropical paradise of the Maldives. The spacious and stylish overwater villas at Amilla Fushi allow you to take a morning dip right from your deck. Situated in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the marine life is incredible. For families the resort offers complimentary babysitting, so parents can slip off and enjoy the resort’s ‘food journey’ at Feeling Koi. They will serve your starter in the 1 Oak lounge before taking you down to the restaurant for your main course, and your dessert will be waiting for you by the dance floor, the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

 

Price based on 2 people sharing a Lagoon House Sunset View for 7 nights, on a bed and breakfast basis, including seaplane transfers.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita from $5,300pp

For guaranteed sun and fun for all the family, head to the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. This wonderful resort, located on the east coast of Mauritius, offers incredible levels of service as well as spacious villa accommodation, confirming it as the ideal spot for families in the Indian Ocean.

 

Price based on a family of four staying in a Two Bedroom Garden Residence Villa on a bed & breakfast basis for 7 nights, including private transfers.

Asia

In December, temperatures across Southeast Asia are even more pleasant than usual. Indochina, Burma, India and Langkawi Island off the coast of Malaysia are, in particular, fantastic places to travel to at this time of year.

Nepal from $3,795pp

With its mighty mountains, bustling cities and wildlife rich national parks, Nepal is perfect for a family adventure. Begin your festive break with 3 nights at Dwarika's in Kathmandu before enjoying a 3 day trek along the Annapurna Circuit, staying in the renowned Ker and Downey lodges. From here, discover Chitwan National Park with 4 nights at Tiger Tops before rounding off an action packed trip with some serious relaxation at Dwarika's Dhulikhel.

 

Price based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling between 22 December and 04 January, including private transfers.

 

Indochina from $8,500pp

Tick Indochina off the bucket list on this unforgettable tour for two. Begin your adventure at Angkor Wat, spending 3 nights at the Shinta Mani in Siem Reap, before exploring the colonial splendour of Saigon for 2 nights and finishing with 7 nights at the idyllic Six Senses Con Dao off the coast of southern Vietnam.

 

Price based on 2 adults for 12 nights, including private transfers.

 

Thailand from $8,000pp

Thailand has long been a firm favorite amongst sunseekers looking for warmer climes to celebrate the festive season. Begin your itinerary with 4 nights at the Peninsula Bangkok, in the heart of Thailand's capital, before spending 5 nights in the beautiful Anantara Chiang Mai and a further 5 nights at the Anantara Layan Phuket for some barefoot luxury to round off your trip.

 

Price based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling between 22 December and 06 January, including private transfers.

 

The Chedi Muscat, Oman from $5,000pp

The Chedi Muscat is a fantastic place to base yourself for a week of winter sun. With no less than four pools, beautiful landscaped gardens and a spectacular health and fitness area, there is no better place to recharge and relax in Oman. Whilst more adult orientated than other hotels in Muscat, this getaway is perfect for families with older children.

 

Price based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling between 22 December and 30 December, staying in a Chedi Deluxe Room including private transfers.

Anantara Peace Haven, Sri Lanka from $8,000pp

The Anantara Peace Haven affords a beautiful location on Sri Lanka's south coast. Set on the beachfront, the resort is a fantastic place to spend the festive season with loved ones, enjoying total indulgence as well as a host of dining options, a renowned kids' club and a fantastic range of facilities.

 

Price based on 2 adults and 2 children with accommodation for 10 nights in two pool villas, including private transfers.

Europe

Winter in Europe means one thing, ski. With the Alps, the Dolomites and the Pyrenees all welcoming in the ski season with a dumping of snow, there is no better to time to find your ski legs.

Scott Dunn chalets in Val d'Isere from $3,000pp

A selection of our chalets in Val d'Isere are still available for the Christmas period.

 

 

Price based on full occupancy, including transfers.

 

Scott Dunn chalets in St Anton from $2,700pp

A selection of our chalets in St. Anton are still available for the Christmas period.

 

 

Price based on full occupancy, including transfers.

 

Italy from $4,200pp

Italy is super festive this time of year, you won’t be able to help being swept away by the merriment and magic filling the country. Your Italian adventure starts in the vibrant and opulent city of Venice, built over a picturesque network of 150 canals. Then, continue south to explore the city of Florence. After taking in the city’s renowned art, hop in a Florentine gondola to watch the sun set across the city. Your final stop will be Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, bursting with history dating back thousands of years. This trip will make for an unforgettable way to end the year.

 

Price based on two two people spending three nights in Venice, three nights in Florence and three nights in Rome on a bed and breakfast basis, including private transfers as well as train travel between the cities.

 

Morocco from $7,300pp

This festive adventure starts in Casablanca, from here venture to Chefcaouen, Morocco’s blue city for 2 nights. The Andalucian architecture boasts vibrant blue walls and red-tiled roofs, creating a wonderfully delightful atmosphere. Continue on to Fes for 3 nights, staying at Riad Fes, to experience the authentic, traditional side of the country. Your journey then leads you to the bustling and enthralling city of Marrakech where you can tantalize your taste buds on a foodie adventure through the Djemma el-Fna Square. Finish your vacation with a cheerful dusting of snow in the Atlas Mountains, spending 2 nights at the exquisite Kasbah Tamadot.

 

Price based on two traveling for 11 nights on a bed and breakfast basis with half board at Kasbah Tamadot, including private transfers and a selection of experiences.

 

Africa

Availability in parts of Africa is extraordinarily limited at this time of year, however there are pockets where crowds dissipate leaving you to enjoy the natural wonders of Africa with close family and friends. December is an excellent month for game viewing and the beaches of the Indian Ocean are stunning, making for a wonderful time to bask in the glory of sun soaked days.

Botswana and Zambia from $10,700pp

Get a little wild this holiday season with an African safari taking in the true wilderness of Botswana and the iconic natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls. Spend 10 nights enjoying the varied landscapes of Botswana and Zambia, while staying in a mix of remote, rustic camps and stunning, luxury lodges. Whether spotting wildlife from the meandering waterways of the Okavango Delta or from the air on a private plane, you’ll surely spot incredible game including hippo, zebra, giraffe and elephant. For a special way to celebrate the new year, enjoy a picnic lunch of Livingstone Island, a truly unique experience on the edge of the falls.

 

Price based on 2 adults sharing, including all internal flights, accommodation on a fully inclusive basis, safari activities, laundry and all transfers as described

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town - South Africa from $3,700pp

Enjoy eight days of family festive fun at the Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town. This stunning hotel is a firm favorite amongst families and is right in the heart of Cape Town, surrounded by lush green gardens which are perfect for children to enjoy. For a special Christmas celebration, The Belmond Mount Nelson offers so many magical memories to take home, from delicious feasts to other special Christmas surprises that will thrill both children and parents alike.

 

Price based on a 7 night stay including transfers.

Kenya and Zanzibar from $9,000pp

The ultimate way for the whole family to celebrate is on an action-packed safari in Kenya, perfect for families with teenagers, capped off by beach time in Zanzibar. From the wildlife rich area of Northern Kenya where you’ll be treated to spotting of rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant and zebra to the iconic landscapes of the Maasai Mara, you won’t have a dull moment while in Kenya. The entire family will love all of the cultural experiences here including warrior training with the Maasai. After all of this excitement, unwind with some beach time at Baraza in Zanzibar, a luxurious retreat offering excellent watersports.

 

Price based on a family of four traveling together, with two teenage children. Includes park and conservation fees for the safari, all meals and house drinks throughout and selected shared safari activities.

South America

South America has it all for celebrating the holidays, great weather, incredible food, superb wines and fantastic art and culture. From lively Rio to the picturesque vineyards of Chile, it's the perfect place to enjoy a December vacation with family and friends.

Vina Vik, Chile from $8,000pp

Say cheers to the holidays with an unforgettable wine vacation in Chile. Vina Vik is a state-of-the-art vineyard, with all of the rooms offer sweeping views towards the Andes Mountains and across the estate. The food here is a real treat, the cuisine focuses on typical Chilean dishes made with fresh local produce and specially prepared to complement the wine list. For a way to toast to the festive season, experience a typical asado barbecue in the surrounding woods, with panoramic views out across the 4,500 acres of vineyards, hills and native woodland.

Price based on a 7 night stay.

Argentina and Brazil from $6,000pp

Ring in the holiday season with a loved one on a romantic journey through Argentina and Brazil. Start off your sultry getaway in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Whether you prefer to take in the city’s culture, art and food or want to spice it up with a tango or polo lesson, this place has it all. Next, you’re off to the heart of Argentina’s winelands for 3 nights of private wine tastings, dreamy candlelit dinners and pampering spa treatments, before heading to the Iguassu Falls.Finish this epic journey in the sizzling city of Rio de Janeiro, staying at the uber chic Fasano hotel with its spectacular rooftop infinity pool overlooking Ipanema Beach. Rio is an especially magical city during the holiday season and the perfect place to let loose for NYE.

 

Price based on 2 people sharing, including domestic flights, accommodation and private transfers.

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