Today, 25th June, marks the countdown to Christmas! With global vaccination programmes gathering pace and the glimmer of travel opening up, it’s realistic to start thinking about where you could spend Christmas 2021. Availability is going to be a limiting factor, with potentially reduced capacity and rollovers from last year. Booking early, with a reputable and flexible agent (us!) is key.
So, whether you want to fly and flop in the Maldives, shop until you drop in New York, or enjoy some fabulous family time in Mauritius, let’s look at whisking you away for a Christmas celebration to remember.
Phuket should open up with their ‘Sandbox’ initiative in coming weeks. All being well the rest of the country will follow before the end of the year.
The JW Marriott Khao Lak is ideal for children without compromising on quality for their grown-ups. The pristine white sand beach stretches for miles, melting into the azure water of the Andaman Sea. The region is a paradise of sun, sea and sand, as well as lush tropical greenery, granite mountains and stunning waterfalls. Take a swim in the longest hotel lagoon pool in South East Asia followed by a nap on your sun lounger for the perfect Christmas holiday
Stay for 10 nights at JW Marriott Khao Lak with Singapore Airlines flights via Singapore.
From £2360 per person, based on a family of four.
Ravenala Attitude is a terrific family-friendly 4* all-suite resort offering a great range of activities and all-inclusive dining options. Family suites sit right in the middle of a tropical garden and give plenty of space for families of up to five.
Teens and younger children are well looked after with organised activities, while the spa will help their grown ups to unwind and get away from it all. Ravenala Attitude offers really amazing value on this stunning island.
Stay for 10 nights at Ravenala Attitude on an all-inclusive basis in a family suite with Emirates flights via Dubai from LHR.
From £9860, based on a family of four.
Located along the beautiful azure waters and soft white sands of Maldives’ Helengeli Island sits OBLU by Atmosphere, a beautiful resort that blends Polynesian accents and eco-conscious design to create a blissfully indulgent, exclusive luxury escape.
Explore its exotic house reef, with its resident silver-tipped sharks, lobsters & giant sea turtles. Enjoy exquisite drinks and dining options that are all part of the all-inclusive menu.
Stay for 9 nights at Oblu By Atmosphere Helengeli in a beach villa on all inclusive basis with speedboat transfers and direct BA flights from LGW.
From £9320 for two people or save around £1200 with indirect Emirates flights via Dubai.
NEW YORK CITY
What could be more iconic than the Christmas season in New York?! Take in a Broadway show, hit the shops and see the sights at this very special time of year. Get up early to head over to Bryant Park for when the winter ice rink opens, shop for Christmas decorations in Little Italy, or simply amble through Central Park layered in snow. And don’t miss the 20-foot blue spruce at the Metropolitan Museum of Art complete with 18th Century Neapolitan Nativity.
A perfect romantic winter break, family adventure or trip with friends who want to have a terrific time in the The Big Apple.
Stay for 4 nights at The Royalton Park Avenue with direct flights from LHR.
From £970 per person based on two people staying in a double/twin room.
Positioned on one of St. Lucia’s most celebrated beaches, The Landings Resort and Spa exudes luxury and timeless elegance. Beautifully decorated villas overlook the marina and the turquoise Caribbean water. See the sights of the island, enjoy exceptional cuisine and relax with a stunning sunset on the beach, Champagne in hand. This is luxury island living at its finest.
Stay for 10 nights relaxing at The Landings, St Lucia in a double villa including breakfast and direct BA flights from LGW.
From £4388 per person, based on two two people travelling.
ABU DHABI, UAE
Situated on the pristine white sand beaches of Saadiyat Island (among the very best within a 7 hour flight from the UK), the St. Regis Saadiyat Island is a blissful retreat with thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and contemporary interior design.
Abu Dhabi is the quieter and more refined cousin of Dubai with iconic sights such at The Grand Mosque, the incredible Palace of the Emirates, The Louvre and Guggenheim museum. For children (and adults) Ferrari World and Yas Island Water World are a must.
Stay at the St Regis Saadiyat Island in a premium room with breakfast and direct Etihad flights from LHR
From £1732 per person based on a family of four.