8 of the World’s Most Beautiful Places To Spend Christmas

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, wake up in style on Christmas Day with these enchanting luxury stays around the globe

1 Airds Hotel & Restaurant, Scotland


Head to the serene West Coast of Scotland for a festive break at Airds Hotel & Restaurant.. The charming Relais & Chateaux hotel, in pretty loch-side Port Appin, creates a comfortable environment filled with Scottish cheer.

Overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains, Airds petite 8 rooms, 3 suites and 2 delightful cottages make an excellent intimate escape.

Commencing on Christmas Eve with home-made cakes and tea in the afternoon, this will be followed by a champagne gathering with fellow guests and a 5-course candlelit dinner.

Christmas Day kicks off with Bucks Fizz and Airds’ legendary Scottish breakfast – but don’t eat too much, as a traditional Christmas lunch (all dietary requirements catered for) will be served at 4pm, leavin time to join in Port Appin’s competitive annual treasure hunt.

Should your appetite manage it, mince pies, festive cakes and mulled wine are available during lunch as are light snacks in the evening.

Boxing Day is for indulgent relaxation, with breakfast and dinner at leisure.  The following morning, enjoy one last full Scottish breakfast before it’s time to depart.

When: 24 – 27 December
Cost: Prices £675 per person (2 sharing ½-board), includes an optional itinerary.
How: To make a reservation, please email airds@airds-hotel.com or phone 01631 730236.

2 Icehotel, Swedish Lapland


There are few places more mesmerising than Swedish Lapland. Nordic travel specialist Discover the World is guaranteeing a white Christmas at the iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland, with departures available on 24, 27 and 30 December 2019.

All trips coincide with the operators exclusive IceFlight* from London Heathrow and offer an array of activities to keep guests busy – think  reindeer sleigh rides and torchlight processions through the snow-covered village on Christmas Day.

For this year’s festivities, a host of new suites have been unveiled; from a frozen West End theatre production and a giant submerged iceberg to a feline lair, an ice-carved Kaleidoscope and a subterranean ice room with giant ice ants. In addition, this year’s IceBar will be surrounded by frozen roller-coasters and carnival games.

Additional features to mark the anniversary include an ice-carved Northern Lights viewing platform and a special photography exhibition showcasing some of the hotel’s most unique designs.

Cost: 3-night breaks available from £1,188pp including flights.
How: Please visit discover-the-world.com/icehotel to find out more and make a booking.

3 Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Maldives


Wake up with winter sun this Christmas. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, in the North Malé Atoll, Maldives, is to set to celebrate with a host of foodie activities and events.

An island of beauty, the five-star resort offers 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery.

Guests wanting to keep active can test their volleyball skills out against the staff’s in a friendly match or show off their moves in a dance-off. From gingerbread house decorating and Maldivian Origami classes through to wooden lacquer carving, crab racing, and cooking classes, the Christmas fun will feature a little something for everyone.

Gourmands can try a wide array of cuisines at Feast Restaurant’ themed beach dinners, from the mouth-watering middle-eastern tastes of Arabian Night to Maldivian Fish Market, featuring live entertainment in a lush tropical décor.

With different a different theme every night – from the Indi Lanka and In Asia buffets to Around Mediterranean and the Italian Wine dinner at Sea Salt, diners will explore the flavours of the world from the comfort of the resort’s beachfront restaurants.

On Christmas eve, guests and staff will be invited to celebrate together with a specially curated sunset cocktail at Kakuni Beach before enjoying a delicious buffet meal with highlights from both Western and Eastern cuisines. 

Cost: Nightly rates at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa start from $400/£315 per night based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Garden View King Room on a B&B basis.
How: Please click here to make a booking.

4 Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Canada


Head to Canada for a stay with sparkle at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto’s fashionable shopping, dining and entertainment quarter, this stylish hotel makes an excellent city stay this Christmas.

The luxe property is hosting its annual line-up of activities, complete with dazzling decorations, thoughtful gifting options, afternoon tea at d|bar by Chef Daniel Boulud, and Café Boulud’s traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. One word – scrumptious.

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the festive spirit upon entry, where they are greeted by a whimsical chocolate and gingerbread display by Executive Pastry Chef Steven Tran.

Throughout the lobby and common spaces, beautifully decorated Christmas trees by Hotel resident florist Teatro Verde twinkle in gold, silver and shades of pink, evoking a winter wonderland.

For those looking to give the gift of memories that will last a lifetime, the Hotel has reopened its popular Gift Card Desk in the lobby, open until Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Ideal for foodies, there’s also the annual festive feasts at Café Boulud on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year, Chef Nicholas Trosien has curated a three-course prix fixe menu that includes a delicious list of seasonal favourites to indulge in, including heritage turkey and duck confit à l’orange, bûche de Noël for dessert and much more.

To get into the spirit early, Café Boulud will be celebrating with brunch every Saturday and Sunday all month long in December.

How: Find out more and make a reservation by visiting fourseasons.com.

5 Tivoli Carvoeiro, Portugal


Located on the beautiful Algarve coast, Tivoli Carvoeiro has Christmas all wrapped up.  From the 23rd to the 25th of December a medley of festive feasts and activities are on offer within the hotel’s stunning surroundings.

Learn all about Christmas sweets during a one-off session hosted by the Tivoli chefs, where children and parents can indulge their sweet tooth with delicious delicacies.

As well as this, luxury travellers can also try Christmas High Tea, or visit the Azur Bar to enjoy classic Christmas cocktails or mocktails masterfully made by Tivoli’s mixology team.

For something more refined, on the 20th and 27th of December, Tivoli’s expert sommelier will be running wine tasting workshops. Explore the fine aromas and flavours of the best fortified Portuguese wines, discovering six wines paired with finger foods.

The One restaurant will host an intimate Christmas Eve feast – with a sumptuous 5-course menu paired with Algarvian wine and followed by a Christmas dessert buffet.

Start Christmas Day with a sumptuously satisfying brunch buffet in the Med Restaurant, complete with a huge selection of beverages and stage cooking. Bring Christmas to a close by joining the other guests in The One restaurant for a three-course dinner with buffet options for starters and desserts.

How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

6 The Little Nell, Aspen


The Little Nell or “The Nell”, as locals fondly call it, is iconic for a number of things. It’s the only ski-in, ski-out in Aspen, offering gourmand dishes and ultra comfortable surroundings.

The Nell’s six luxury suites—named after Aspen’s original pioneers—are the most self-indulgent in town, some of which are booked years in advance for peak holidays.

On December 24th and 25th, Celebrate season’s eatings with a four-course prix fixe menu featuring indulgent favorites like squab, lobster, wagyu beef, hand-made pasta, turbot, venison, foie gras, scallops and decadent desserts for every sweet tooth.

Cost: The set menu starts from $200 per person.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

7 Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka


Escape to warmer climes and wake up in paradise at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Tangalle, Sri Lanka. A true haven of luxury, the clifftop property is based on a large coconut plantation with panoramic sea views.

Offering in-room check-in services, Anantara Peace Haven boasts 32 5 star private villas featuring individual plunge pools with highly trained personal butlers at your service.

As well as gorgeous interiors, head here for a Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. Be spoilt for choice with a festive spread of traditional and artisanal favourites, including the finest seafood and live action carvery, charcuterie and grill stations as Santa entertains the young ones with surprises and goodies.

On Christmas Day itself, wave goodbye to tradition and enjoy a Barbecue at Poolside Bar from 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm. Feast upon freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, prime meats and local fish, perfect with home-made antipasti, crisp salad and chilled soups before indulging your sweet tooth.

How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

8 Aman Venice, Italy


What could be dreamier than waking up in one of Italy’s most romantic cities? Aman Venice is situated at the heart of Venice in the San Polo district, one of the oldest parts of the city known for its beautiful palaces, churches, and the Rialto Market.

For the festive period, they’ll be putting on a delicious show. Join them on Christmas Eve for special Afternoon Tea will be accompanied by the piano, once used by Chopin,, followed by a Christmas Eve dinner at 7.30pm.

Guests are invited to midnight mass at the Frari or Basilica San Marco, followed
by hot chocolate and Panettone to welcome them home to the Palazzo thereafter.

Following morning mass, guests may choose between Christmas Day lunch or dinner. A cosy afternoon is spent in true Italian tradition on our second Piano Nobile, with an afternoon at the movies in the Tiepolo salon or playing board games.

Available from €200 per person, the Italian feast will include everything from Girolles mushroom with salted ricotta to Tortellini in broth, Spatchcock chicken, winter truffle, lemon and thyme sauce and Dark chocolate mousse, caramel and Tonka bean ice cream.

How: To find out more, please click here.


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