Christmas is a time to celebrate and enjoy, a time to relax and treat yourself and your nearest and dearest to something special. Whether it may be sailing around the Caribbean, dining under London’s glistening Christmas lights, or skiing through the French Alps, enjoy this magical holiday all over the world with one of these exclusive Christmas destinations.
Where?: The 5* Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland
Best for: A Festive Afternoon Tea, Christmassy Carols & Themed Spa Treatments
Christmas at the Culloden Estate and Spa is a magical time of year. The estate evokes the finest festive style and hospitality, with a relaxed atmosphere that allows guests to do as little or as much as they like. Whether guests are looking for a traditional Christmas with exquisite food and wine, or a fun packed celebration, there is something for everyone at the Culloden.
A Christmassy and Festive Afternoon Tea will be on offer throughout December, with dainty pastries, buttery cakes and pastries, to an array of loose leaf teas all with a festive twist whilst seated in front of a roaring fire.
In close proximity to Belfast City Centre, the luxurious spa at the Culloden Estate is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for mind, body and soul. Unwind in festive style with the Culloden Spa’s Elf Express and All Wrapped Up treatments using a range of ESPA products, and enjoy a warm cup of tea in one of the lavish pre and post treatment relaxation rooms.
The Culloden Estate & Spa (+44(0)28 9042 1066) offers rooms from £270 per night during the month of December, on a B&B basis, based on two people sharing a double room.
Best for: Christmas Party Nights, Fine Dining & the Polar Express
At the Slieve Donard Resort, Christmas remains one of the most magical times of the year. Guests will enjoy the warmest of welcomes, the finest festive dining and the most luxurious accommodation, along with attention to detail and personal touches that will make this Christmas a truly memorable one.
Guests can celebrate the coming of Christmas with friends, family and colleagues with Hastings’ Christmas Party Nights which includes a fine dining experience including Christmas favourites such as a delicious roast turkey and ham with all the trimmings and the finest Christmas pudding. Meanwhile, party the night away with a selection of live Jazz bands playing all the favourite 50’s & 60’s hits up to the present day.
Enjoy some tasty light refreshments including mulled wine for adults in the sumptuous surrounds of the Percy French Station before leaping on board the Polar Express train for an unforgettable festive day out. Guests are led on an enchanted journey through the magnificent Slieve Donard grounds to enjoy a world of festive treats and fun. From 14th – 21st December 2017, Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves will be in residence at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa offering Christmas workshops and activities in a stunning Winter Wonderland!
The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa (+44(0)28 9042 1066) offers rooms from £114 per night during the month of December, on a B&B Basis, based on two people sharing a double room. The Polar Express will be available at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa from Thursday 14th December – Thursday 21st December 2017 from 3.45 pm – 8.45 pm each day and is £21 per child and £16 per adult including complimentary tea, coffee or mulled wine and refreshments for the children, a personal gift and a photograph with Santa.
Where?: Petit Bistro at Victory House, London Leicester Square -MGallery by Sofitel, London
Best for: A Romantic Festive Meal in Leicester Square
Located on the ground floor of Leicester Square’s newest hotel Victory House, London Leicester Square -MGallery by Sofitel, Petit Bistro brings a new take on the Parisian street dining experience, featuring Lyonnaise cuisine peppered with New York influences. The concept is based on the small quintessentially French bistro with a focus on exceptional food using high quality ingredients, combined with impeccable but informal service – the perfect retreat in London’s bustling entertainment district.
Leicester Square’s central location and glistening Christmas vibe make it the ideal place to enjoy a romantic date night during the holidays. Using only the finest and freshest quality ingredients, Petit Bistro features a truly impressive culinary experience. Enjoying an intimate and personal service, at Petit Bistro couples will have access to an extensive wine collection to pair their meal with one of the many fine French wines, and can enjoy a glass of the restaurant’s signature pink sparkling wine. In addition to the restaurant, the hotel bar will offer locally-inspired cocktails as well as the mixologist’s latest creations.
Victory House, London Leicester Square – M Gallery by Sofitel (+44 (0) 203 909 4000) offers rooms from £269 per room (per night). Bookings for Petit Bistro can be made online at: www.petitbistrolondon.co.uk or via phone: +44 (0)203 909 4099.
Where?: Première Neige, Sainte Foy, France
Best for: A Family Ski Getaway in the French Alps
Première Neige is a luxury ski operator and chalet company in the beautiful mountains of Sainte Foy. Recognising the importance of spending quality time with the people that matter most, this Christmas Sainte Foy’s most prestigious chalet company is inviting families to reconnect in the heart of the French Alps staying at one of their luxurious chalets including Platinum Chalet Merlo, The Peak or La Marquise.
With a unique personalised concierge service and a portfolio of the best luxury chalets and apartments in Sainte Foy, Première Neige is the perfect place for a family getaway. With an array of uncrowded pistes for all levels and infinite areas of un-tracked powder slopes, Sainte Foy is the ideal location for beginners, intermediates and off-piste expert skiers and snowboarders alike. Bring the family bonding to the slopes with a private group lesson accompanied by a qualified instructor where family members can improve and develop their ski skills together. Prepare for a day of slope exercises, technique training and infinite fun as the family learn together. For a more adventurous outing, families can also organise a session with an experienced guide to explore the exceptional off-piste skiing or even tour the Tarentaise Valley to ensure a different experience each day.
Première Neige (+33(0)131 510 2525) offer Chalet Merlo from £10,000 per week.
Where? : Bermondsey Square Hotel, London
Best for: A Festive London Staycation
Bermondsey Square Hotel is located in the heart of ever evolving Bermondsey, with its thriving restaurant, bar and club scene, art galleries, design studios and boutique shops. A short distance from the City, the Design Museum, Borough Market, The Shard, Tate Modern and Tower Bridge, this highly individual hotel is ideally located for easy access to some of London’s finest sights whilst staying in an engaging neighbourhood. There is an abundance of things to do and see in the surrounding area this Christmas, including antique and foodie markets with warming mulled wine.
During the Christmas holiday, the hotel will also be serving festive favourite specials daily and hot drinks from the cosy in-house lounge and restaurant B2 at home. On Christmas Eve, the Front of House team will also make sure to speak directly with Father Christmas and his elves to make sure all presents are delivered to the correct rooms.
Bermondsey Square Hotel ( +44 (0)207378248) offers rooms from £109 per night based on two people sharing.
Where?: The Magnolia Hotel, Algarve, Portugal
Best for: A Short Haul Healthy Holiday
With 74 guest rooms, three suites and seven cottages, The Magnolia Hotel offers a comfortable and affordable accommodation within just a few steps of Quinta do Lago. Offering exclusive access to golf, shopping, beach nightlife and The Campus, this Miami style hotel is also the perfect place to kick back around the outdoor pool whilst enjoying Café del Mar beats. Boasting neon signs and quirky motel design aspect, this is set to be one of the region’s most characterful hotels. The Magnolia will also cater to health friendly guests, offering health-conscious menus prepared by an ex Soho House chef. The Magnolia Hotel is also certain to appeal to those guests who wish to spend a fitness centred holiday, finding themselves right in the heart of fitness with the hotel’s newest elite performance centre, The Campus, built for the elite but available to everyone.
This Christmas, The Magnolia Hotel is offering an Algarve Christmas Party Package, featuring a three course meal and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, pre-dinner and during as well. The Christmas Party Package is perfect for a group of friends looking to spend Christmas together under the sun, or even for a relaxing family trip. The Christmas Party Package can be hosted for a minimum of eight people, and music entertainment is also available for a minimum of 20 people.
The Magnolia Hotel ( +351 289 390 705) offer the Algarve Christmas Party Package for £78/€87 per person including dinner and Bed & Breakfast. The meal is offered from £20/€22 per person and the special room price is offered from £59/€65 per night per single room on a B&B basis.
Where?: Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, Saint Lucia, Caribbean
Best for: A Winter Sun Holiday in the Caribbean
Home to Saint Lucia’s most desirable marina, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is the perfect setting for a luxurious winter sun getaway in the Caribbean. Offering harmonious design, the highest standards of hospitality and the magical surroundings of Saint Lucia, this idyllic property provides an exceptional sanctuary on the island. With two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, a Rum Cave, and a variety of beautifully designed Guest Rooms and Suites, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina attracts visitors from all over the world. Encounter genuine Calypso hospitality exuding a deep, family-orientated warmth delivered at a high level of professionalism. A place sought after by cultural creatives and described by American Novelist James Michener as “the most beautiful Bay in the Caribbean.”
Marigot Bay Marina by Capella is a luxury destination in its own right. Hosting super yachts and super yacht owners from around the world, this marina accommodates some of the biggest super yachts in the world, offering them safe harbour and a luxury resort which is open all year. Hurricane Hole at the Marina Village provides a casual, fun spot to watch the world go by and sample some authentic Saint Lucian favourites, such as saltfish, plantain, and cocoa tea.
Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella offers Resort View Rooms from £274 per room per night on a B&B basis (based on 2 adults sharing). Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is offering a Luxury Festive Cheer 30% off offer on bookings made before 15th December 2017 for travel between 19th December 2017 – 4th January 2018. Offer is valid on all room and suit categories and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. For booking use Rate Code: FEST3017
Where?: Tuscany Now & More, Italy
Best for: A Cosy Winter Villa Stay at Podere Nuccioli
Offering an array of exquisite villas and unique experiences, Tuscany Now & More provides the ideal warming wintertime escape to experience a true Tuscan winter. With Tuscany Now & More, this winter guests can enjoy a completely different side to this magical region. Arezzo in Tuscany, offers antiques fairs every month boasting the finest antique pieces, while Tuscany also offers the highest number of hot springs throughout the whole of Italy. It is also home to some fantastic skiing, with the Pistoia Mountains offering 80 kilometres of powder white slopes, making up 26 runs in total.
Situated on a hill-top with picturesque views of the town of Fiesole, Podere Nuccioli resides in the hills of the Val di Mugnone. Enjoy taking in the region with a day of horse riding before cosying up with a film by the fire or a friendly game of table tennis. For total indulgence, relax and keep warm in the private spa room complete with a large tub. With both Florence and the historic town of Fiesole just a few minutes away, this villa is perfect for families looking to come together this winter to enjoy Italian culture at its best. The holiday season in Italy also offers the wonderful opportunity to taste authentic and delicious Panettoni and Pandori as well!
This six bedroom property sleeps up to 12 people and Tuscany Now & More (+44 (0)20 7684 8888) offers Podere Nuccioli from £5,802 per week.