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Getting away for Christmas breaks over the seasonal holidays has to be one of the most popular highlights in the travel calendar, with many of the properties we feature pulling out all the stops to ensure you experience a very happy Christmas.
Christmas is one of the most popular times to travel therefore the availability is limited. We therefore recommend you try to book as early as possible which in turn will give you a great opportunity to secure the most sought after rooms at the best rates available.
With many options available during the holiday season we have created an insider’s guide to luxury Christmas breaks looking at the best options available depending on your holiday requirements.
For Christmas Sun, Short Flight times or Family friendly holidays we offer a variety of options to cover these requirements. Click on the above tabs for inspiration...
Caribbean and Indian Ocean Christmas Breaks
Barbados Christmas Breaks
Bajans celebrate Christmas in style – their houses are decorated with poinsettias and lights, the hotels are also decorated in similar style. When it comes to a Christmas feast, the Bajans know how to do that in style too – local dishes including meat and fish, vegetables, rice, fruit, desserts, Christmas cake and even Christmas pudding.
Christmas is celebrated with a Christmas parade which takes place mid December – trucks are decorated and lit up with fairy lights and candles. Santa Claus and other characters taking part in the parade with carol singers and the streets are lined with Barbadians. There are also a number of concerts held throughout Barbados in December. On Christmas Day Barbadians travel to Queen’s Park, the men and women dressed in their finest clothes, colours dazzling like jewels in the Sun.
The Caribbean island of Barbados is the ideal place to take a tropical Christmas break that you will remember for a long time.
Christmas Breaks in St Lucia
A Christmas break in St Lucia will be one filled with excitement, awe and wonder at their festivities and is a break you wouldn’t want to miss.
The festivities start in November and carry on through December with festivals, parades and lantern making competitions. Locals decorate their villages with lights and same as in the UK the switching on of the Christmas lights is a celebratory occasion in St Lucia. On Christmas Eve the islanders dress in their finest and attend midnight mass followed by parties throughout the night.
Christmas carols can be heard from November onwards and festive drinks such as sorrel and ginger beer are drunk and local dishes of meat served up with yams which are to be found in abundance throughout the island. St Lucia locals even celebrate with a Christmas pudding cake where the fruits are soaked in red wine for up to three months before baking!
Antigua Christmas Breaks
A Christmas break in Antigua is like Christmas at home but with a difference – it’s much hotter and instead of white snow, you’ll have white sand between your toes.
Local dishes such as pepperpot (a stewed meat dish) are served on Christmas day along with various other meats and local delicacies. Christmas Day is a meeting of families, friends and visitors from all around Antigua. The day’s excitement starts from midday and includes drinking, live music and dancing. Only when dusk turns to dawn does the party end to conclude a unique Caribbean Christmas experience.
Other Christmas experiences in Antigua include Carols by candle light, masquerade parties, treasure hunts, shopping till you drop excursions and adventures for make the Island a perfect location for a never-to-be-forgotten Christmas break.
Maldives Christmas Breaks
December is an ideal time to enjoy a Maldives Holiday and is a unique and inspiring way to enjoy a Christmas holiday break – the climate is fantastic, the festivities are numerous and what could be better than relaxing on sandy white beaches – much better than the cold, wet winters back in the UK!
Maldivians are very religious at Christmas – celebrating with beautiful gifts and festivals, fun and games. They decorate their houses in vibrant colours and pine branches. There are also many activities available including water sports, after dinner Christmas parties, lavish buffets and concerts to take you through the festive season.
Christmas is the busiest time of the year in the Maldives, it’s also the best time of the year to visit this beautiful part of the world.
Christmas Breaks in Mauritius
Booking a Christmas break in Mauritius is perfect for both families and couples – warm sunshine and sandy beaches versus log fires, freezing temperatures, snow and ice. There is a clear winner every time – Mauritius.
The celebrations and festivals around the island are much like at home as this island has a large Christian community so, just like we do, they decorate their homes with a Christmas tree and give gifts to each other, even Santa Claus puts in an appearance. Also, the hotels are decorated like we do back in the UK.
There are other celebrations and festivals that take place throughout the year as well as the islands consist of various religions. If you have never experienced this part of the Indian Ocean, book your Christmas break in Mauritius, you won’t be disappointed!
Luxury Escapes with Short Flight Times this Christmas
Tenerife Christmas Breaks
Tenerife has always been popular with holidaymakers from the UK. Booking a Christmas break in Tenerife means that even though it’s cooler, it’s still one of the hottest European destinations and with plenty to see and do you would have a fantastic time all round.
To celebrate Christmas there are processions, markets, street parties, music concerts, firework displays throughout December.
As a good portion of the people here are ex patriots from the UK, it’s very much home from home when it comes to Christmas celebrations with local food and drink, from just a light meal to several courses, alongside the more recognizable British options. Restaurants close early on Christmas Eve just like at home. The only difference to the UK is that Santa Claus doesn’t ‘come down the chimney’ on Christmas Eve. Instead three kings arrive on 5th January with gifts. The weather and rest and relaxation make a Tenerife Christmas a wonderful experience.
Christmas Holidays in Dubai
Dubai Christmas holidays provide the ideal opportunity to celebrate the season in style by enjoying the relaxing heat, breathtaking views, stunning architecture, sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters. The hotels also offer the highest levels of service, facilities and standards and the cuisine is a wonderful 5 star experience.
Even though you are in Dubai the hotels create the festive seasonal spirit with pantomimes, festive markets and firework displays plus shows, Santa Claus, presents and gifts something to inspire and entertain every age group.
With Christmas menus (either traditional or contemporary), local dishes and a huge array of restaurants of every nationality in existence, champagne and other festive drinks flowing freely, this is a Christmas break that would be remembered forever.
Madeira Christmas Holidays
Christmas in Madeira is luxurious and colourful, with a special ambience people return to time and again. The towns and roads are lit up with festive lights and there is a ceremonial switch on in December followed by parties throughout the season.
Temperatures stay high during the winter months making and provide a warm and relaxing environment to enjoy the Christmas period. Offering plenty of activities throughout the year, there is something for everyone including water sports, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and cafes as well as fishing, whale and dolphin spotting.
Christmas in Madeira is proving to be more and more popular with those looking for an alternative Christmas experience, which means hotels fill up quickly so our advice is to book early.
Luxury Family Christmas Holidays
Maldives Family Christmas Holidays
A Christmas family break to the Maldives is an ideal destination for those with looking to entertain and inspire the whole family during the seasonal period.
The Maldives is a treat for children of all ages with decoratively lit Christmas trees, a Santa Claus speedboat visit and stockings of treats at the end of the bed. Plus for the adults there are cocktail parties, gala buffets and beach parties.
Imagine spending Christmas morning sipping champagne on the beach and snorkeling in the stunningly clear waters with eagle rays followed by a sumptuous breakfast, pure bliss! The memories made on a family holiday to the Maldives will be the topic of conversations for years to come!
Family Christmas Holidays in Mauritius
A family escape to Mauritius is the ideal way to escape the UK’s cold grey winter days as during December and January the island experiences warm clear weather which can be enjoyed from sandy tropical beaches.
Christmas is celebrated in much the same way as Britain on Mauritius as there will be decorated trees with presents under their bows and appearances from Santa Claus yet all of these festive treats can be experienced from the luxury of a warm and inviting beach on Christmas morning whilst sipping cocktails and dipping your toes in the warm, crystal clear waters of the seas around this beautiful island.
A family Christmas holiday in Mauritius is definitely once-in-a-lifetime idyllic experience that will enchant and delight the whole family.
Caribbean Family Holidays at Christmas
There are so many places to choose from including favourites with direct flights such as Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia – every one guaranteeing a family holiday to remember for many years after.
Christmas is celebrated in all Caribbean islands and the sights, sounds and experiences are awe-inspiring and breathtaking, including the views of the beach and beyond in the daytime and the memorable parties that go on long into the warm and pleasant evenings. The islands are famously friendly and welcoming and so a fantastic Christmas break is guaranteed for all.