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.
PER AQUUM Niyama, Maldives
PER AQUUM Niyama is a luxury 5* Indian Ocean resort set on two pristine islands on the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. With exceptional watersports, an Explorers kids club and a sense of privacy, Niyama is perfect for both couples and families alike. Proclaiming itself "Nature's playground", Niyama Maldives, a PER AQUUM Resort, takes barefoot luxury to an exotic new level. Its two islands Chill and Play, one with a family focus and the other dedicated to couples are a tropical paradise with lush vegetation, ivory white beaches, crystal clear waters and endless views out over the Indian Ocean. The resort is a mix of modern and traditional Maldivian design and facilities, with a distinctive edgy feel, where guests are wonderfully looked after, choosing between total privacy and an extraordinary range of activities.
From £4,000 per person based on 2 people sharing for 7 nights from the 16 December, including an upgrade to half board, flights and transfers.
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Located on a peninsula of The Palm, Jumeirah, One&Only the Palm has a boutique and intimate feel, built in a Moorish-Andalusian style, with just 95 elegantly styled rooms, suites and villas refreshingly, one of the few truly low-rise hotels in Dubai. It consists of the three-storey Manor House, six individual low-rise mansion houses and has four private, beach-fronted villas. Due to the property's peninsula location it feels like a very secluded, serene and relaxed haven outside the hustle and bustle of the city. We highly recommend One&Only The Palm as the perfect place for getting away from it all whilst still staying close enough to all that Dubai has to offer.
From £3,500 per person for 2 people sharing for 7 nights from the 17 of December on half board basis, including flights and transfers.
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.
The Mark, 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). Set in a landmark 1920's building a minute’s walk from Central Park and Museum Mile, The Mark is one of New York’s finest luxury hotels, offering an appealingly teasing mixture of old and new, and extraordinary levels of service.
From £2,900 per person based on a family of 4 for 4 nights, including flights, accommodation and private transfers.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Park Hyatt is conveniently located just a 25-minute drive from Abu Dhabi airport on a nine-kilometer stretch of beach on Saadiyat Island. It is a great hotel for both couples and families looking for a short stop over or just as a beach vacation. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel presents a wide selection of authentic cuisines from different parts of the world with three different restaurants to choose from. Each restaurant is complemented by unrestricted views of Saadiyat Beach and the beautifully landscaped hotel gardens. In addition to the restaurants the hotel has The Library, a contemporary tea lounge serving selected teas and coffees and The Park Bar where guests can enjoy a wide selection of award winning wines, premium spirits and cocktails.
From £4,000 per person based on 2 sharing for 7 nights from 17 December on half board basis, including flights and 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.
The Landings, St Lucia
The Landings in St. Lucia is a beach front hotel set around a marina and opening onto a beautiful beach. Offering spacious and luxurious villa suites, a real home from home and with a complimentary children's program it is perfect for families. All the suites have been furnished to the highest standards and offer extremely spacious accommodation complete with full kitchens, lounge and dining rooms as well as en-suite bedrooms and huge terraces or balconies, some with spa pools. The location in the north of the island is perfect for heading out to Rodney Bay and dining at the many restaurants on offer there.
From £2,500 per person based on a family of 4 for 7 nights from 16 December, 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.
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 7 nights in a luxury villa on B&B basis, including flights 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.
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Escape to the beaches of Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula for a perfect way to recover from all the Christmas festivities. The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort is a great choice for both couples and families and offers an idyllic way to unwind, as well as a base for adventures galore to keep children and teenagers entertained. Experience the best of land and sea with the Pacific Ocean on one side and lush tropical jungle on the other, where paddleboarding, snorkeling, and jungle hikes await. Or simply retreat to the Onda Spa for a spot of indulgence and benefit from the locally sourced ingredients – the best way to revitalise and kick-start the New Year feeling refreshed!
From £4,600 per person based on a family of 4 for a 12-night vacation to Costa Rica, including flights from the UK, domestic flights and 4 nights at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo.
The Oberoi Mauritius, Mauritius
The Oberoi is a fantastic resort hotel located in 20 acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens on the Baie aux Tortues or Turtle Bay. It spans three sections of sandy beach between the mountains and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean on the protected west coast of the island. The hotel is 15 km away from the capital city of Port Louis and near the buzzing small town of Grand Baie. The Oberoi welcomes guests of all ages, and there's a kids' club with daily, age-related activities to keep the younger ones entertained.
From £3,500 per person for 2 people sharing for 7 nights, from 21 December, on a half board basis in a Luxury Pavilion, 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 £4,900 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.
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.
Ultimate Family Ski & Disney
From the historic Rockies mining town in the wonderful bright lights of Disneyworld, this thrilling family itinerary shows you the best of North America in the winter. Spend Christmas in one of the best North America ski resorts for families; the Waldorf Astoria Park City is a great place to start your Christmas break and enjoy the great slopes of Utah. And then onto the quintessential American experience in Florida - Disneyworld! This is every young child’s dream come true and is sure to keep them talking for years to come about the best Christmas present ever
From £4,500 per person based on a family of 4 for 14 nights, including flights and transfers.
City Sizzle, Jungle Falls & Beach - Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio, Buzios
See the New Year in with a bang in Buenos Aires, one of the world’s great cities & home to classical architecture, leafy parks, tango in the streets and a buzzing restaurant scene. Take in the famous Igauzu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and marvel at the huge volumes of water plunging over the edge every second or take a scenic Helicopter flight over the falls to get the best vantage point. Finish your trip in the buzzy Brazilian beach town of Buzios on the northern side of Rio de Janeiro. Jump in a beach buggy to explore the peninsula’s many beaches made famous in the 1960s by Brigitte Bardot.
From £4,500 per person based on 2 adults for 11 nights over Christmas, including flights and transfers
Safari & Beach, Kenya
First off is a five night stay at the secluded Msambweni beach on Kenya’s south coast. Four kilometers of unspoiled white beaches, elegantly designed rooms with infinite views of the Indian Ocean and only 14 suites the newly built Saruni Ocean is an oasis of calm. Next up a short flight to the Masai Mara to stay at Saruni Mara, not for nothing is the Masai Mara considered one of the best national parks in Africa. The multitudes of wildlife grazing on the short grass planes make for some of the most enthralling game drives in Africa. Finally, the rugged and stunning landscape of Samburu National Park staying at Saruni Samburu, the home of Kenya’s most magnificent Elephants and the Ewaso Nyiro River. Vast never ending views and the fascinating local culture of the Samburu people are just a few of the reasons to visit the region.
From £7,515 per person for a 12 night itinerary on a fully inclusive basis with all domestic flights and transfers.
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.
For the ultimate family adventure head to Costa Rica, the Jewel of Central America. Discover magnificent volcanoes in the Central Valley, and check out The Osa Peninsula – named ‘The most biologically intense place on earth’ by National Geographic. Seek out sloths lazing in the trees and wake up to the noise of howler monkeys from your eco lodge before finishing in a luxury beach resort in the Tropical dry forests of Guanacaste.
From £5,000 per person based on a family of 4 for a 10 night itinerary, including flights, transfers and activities on the Osa Peninsula.
Lodge Bodensee, St Anton
There is nowhere more magical to celebrate Christmas than in the snowy mountains. Our chalets are the perfect place in which to open presents, next to the roaring fire and tuck into your turkey and sprouts, expertly prepared by your private chef. Keep with your own tradition and enjoy Christmas Dinner either at lunchtime or in the evening and celebrate in your very own home from home while your private staff look after every element of your vacation.
From £2,545 per person based on 10 adults, including British Airways flights from London, Scott Dunn coach transfers and exclusive use of the chalet with all of the Scott Dunn Services included. This includes a special offer of one free night – Stay 8, Pay 7.
Explore the unspoiled wilderness of southern Tanzania – one of Africa’s real hidden gems. Spend three nights at Siwandu, in the country’s largest game reserve, enjoying the amazing wildlife by vehicle, boat and on foot. Set on the banks of Lake Nzelakela, animals often wander through camp and for those who want to get even closer to nature a night’s ‘fly camping’ under the stars is an experience you’ll never forget. From here, three nights at Jongomero in wild Ruaha National Park offers a wonderfully contrasting and unique safari experience. Ruaha is a nature-lover’s paradise and the wildlife is extremely diverse – the two parks together offer an unbeatable combination of incredible landscape, fantastic game viewing and a variety of activities. Finish your adventure with three nights of total relaxation at the tranquil retreat of Ras Kutani on the south coast. Set on a lagoon and a beautiful beach, this rustic African lodge is the perfect place to completely unwind at the end of your trip.
From £6,495 per person based on 2 sharing for 9 nights including flights and transfers.
Chalet Chinchilla, Courchevel 1850
Escape to the Alps this winter and enjoy a snowy Christmas in your very own Scott Dunn chalet. Kick back and relax after a day on the slopes with a glass of champagne while your private chef cooks up a storm in the kitchen. Meanwhile the children can help to decorate your own Christmas tree and receive an early visit from Santa who comes bearing gifts! Courchevel is a perfect resort for Christmas with endless skiing in the 3 valleys and a lively village to soak up the festive atmosphere.
From £4,125 per person based on 6 adults, including British Airways flights from London, Scott Dunn coach transfers and exclusive use of the chalet with all of the Scott Dunn Services included. This includes a special offer of one free night – Stay 8, Pay 7.
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.
Spend this New year at the beautiful Chinzombo in the heart of the South Luangwa Valley. December really is the secret season with the bush feeling as though it is coming to life again after the first rains, the air is crisp and the valley carpeted a bright green. There is plenty of young but hardly any crowds so you really do experience a very private safari. To get here you fly to Johannesburg and on to Lusaka. Proflight will then fly you into the South Luangwa and you are a short distance from the camp. Chinzombo really pushes the boundaries of safari chic and is quite unlike any other property in Zambia. The team are fantastic, wonderful with families and it would be a fabulous spot to spend New Year.
From £5,500 per person based on four people traveling and spending 5 nights at Chinzombo on a fully inclusive basis including all flights and transfers.
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.