To ensure you truly get the pick of the best and to ensure you’re ahead of the game so here are our top 10 picks of properties to spend this coming Christmas at. We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives, so we’re showcasing the top 10 properties to bask in the sun over the festive period.
Cape Town, South Africa
First on the list we’re heading to the Cape Grace resort in Cape Town, South Africa. The perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional Cape culture. With views of Table Mountain this luxurious waterfront hotel is also within strolling distance of the Victoria and Alfred harbour. Rooms reward guests with a spectacular view where you can watch the harbour at work at one end, while the other is occupied by a multi-millionaire yacht basin.
Four luxurious colonial era tea planter’s bungalows and 20 uniquely designed rooms make up the Tea Trails in Sri Lanka. A butler service and period furnishings enhance the experience of opulent living, making this the perfect retreat for an extravagant Christmas break amidst the naturally luscious Ceylon tea gardens of Sri Lanka.
Turquoise waters and an emerald green backdrop, this designer retreat is the perfect escape from Christmas shopping and turkey sandwiches. For the ultimate indulgence, Carlisle Bay is an idyllic slice of Caribbean paradise. A lily pond illuminated by flaming torches will be the backdrop to your not so traditional Christmas dinner and with contemporary ocean view suites, luxury is guaranteed.
Named after the legendary Lady Sarojin herself, this boutique beach resort in Thailand embraces hospitality and personal service as their key selling points. The Sarojin is located in tropical gardens with private access to a secluded beach, you can avoid wrapping paper and sticky tape that doesn’t stick in ultimate style.
Translated directly as Peace Island, Amanpulo is serenity in its truest form. Located on its very own island in the north of the Philippine province, the spacious layout and use of natural materials help to blend this resort into its surroundings. Whether you want to spend Christmas morning in a hillside cabin or a beach villa, Amanpulo has got it covered
An 18th century palace in the heart of the village of Delwara, the Devi Garh is a nod to all things heritage. Historically a royal residence the hotel has been thoughtfully restored into a romantic retreat nestled in the Aravali Hills. A Christmas holiday strictly for couples.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
No itchy tinsel, no awkward office parties just paradise. Lizard Island in Australia is a sheltered National Park, boasting 24 beaches, a lagoon and seemingly endless hectares to explore. Simple architecture combined with luxury comforts; enhance the impressive surroundings of the island. Where did you spend Christmas? Oh just on the Great Barrier Reef.
Described as the World’s ultimate maritime playground, the Bay of Islands in New Zealand is home to the Eagle’s Nest hotel. Five exclusive villas resting on a peninsula make up the resort; large open windows enhance the ever changing aquatic surroundings and last but not least no naff Christmas tunes from the 70s.
British Virgin Islands
On Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands, sits Little Dix Bay resort. A Caribbean getaway, designed with sophistication in mind. Rooms and villas all offer impressive views of the ocean, embracing the island’s unique charm. So make like Richard Branson and head to the BVI’s this festive season.
A private 50 acre estate and once the favourite of an Italian Duchess, the Mexican resort of Esencia is the epitome of both luxury and privacy. With a unique homely feel, the resort embraces its Mayan roots, reflecting the spirit of nature and the luxury of simplicity. So strip off your Christmas jumper and head to this beach side refuge.
Next week we will be recommending his top 10 Christmas city spots, again a little eager perhaps but as we all know a good Christmas needs a little organization.