Christmas is only a few days away and for some
this grants the ideal opportunity to turn their back on a traditional Christmas
to undertake a luxurious holiday.
The vast improvement in air travel and connection network has not only
made more remote countries available but also different types of holiday
accessible. Global governments and tourist boards have been to develop their
infrastructure to ensure to attract those wishing to indulge.
Alongside more traditional luxury destinations
like the sunny beaches of the Caribbean or the skiing paradises of France, have
come new unspoilt locations to be explored. Countries like Sri Lanka and
Guadeloupe have been developing their extravagant offerings, while the likes of
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been built around the concept.
discuss some of the most popular luxurious getaways for Christmas 2017.
1. Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Africa and the western cape has long been a favourite for those wishing to
escape the stifling pace of urban life. Beautiful Cape Town, arguably the most
renowned, normally takes the plaudits for this part of the world, but there has
been growing interest in the Plettenberg Bay region.
between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s answer
to the Hamptons. The beautifully wild and pristine beach of Keurboomstrand lays
only 10km east and is rarely required to be shared with anyone other than the
occasional dog walker or oystercatcher.
is in abundance in the area, between pods of bottlenose dolphins making their
way along the coast or whales who can be seen playing in the bay year-round,
while the Big Five can be seen in the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, situated
only a short distance away.
do not let the rural beauty of this area deceive you into thinking that it
lacks top end luxury. Stunning 5-star hotels, like the Plettenberg Park Hotel
& Spa, dot the rugged coastline providing dramatic views
and easy access to the wonderful restaurants and Gary Player designed golf
2. Eagle Point Resort,
would be remiss to not include a ski holiday as one of the best Christmas
holidays that money can buy. Historically dominated by the Aspen of Colorado
and Switzerland’s exclusive resorts, many countries and resorts have been
attempting to improve their high-end offerings.
of these resorts is Eagle Point in Utah, which in
fact offer the unique benefit of allowing you to hire your own mountain for
part of the week. The resorts six hundred acres of terrain and forty pistes is
doused with guaranteed fluffy snow each winter and can be enjoyed by two
hundred of your closet friends and family.
options are equally eloquent, with beautiful standalone cabins and accompanying
outdoor hot tubs offering ski in ski out access to the mountains. Après ski is well
catered for by excellent gourmet restaurants, bars and discos within the resort
but for the true Eagle Point experience, a private 20-minute helicopter ride to
Las Vegas is a must.