Arctic Treehouse, Finnish Lapland
Discerning travellers and families are invited to experience the Arctic Circle at the most festive time of the year through luxury tour operator, Carrier. The Arctic Treehouse hotel offers spectacular views over treetops exuding a mix of both traditional and modern Scandinavian design. The hotel itself is designed for both comfort and relaxation without compromising on luxury. In contrast to the meticulously designed accommodation and nest-like cosiness, the panoramic views from the windows provide impressive spectacles of the forest and Arctic skies: The Northern Lights and Midnight Sun can be admired from the comfort of your bed. Moreover, the hotel’s exceptional restaurant serves culinary delights prepared in stylish surroundings using Arctic ingredients.
Arctic Treehouse’s wellness area is simply stunning where guests can enjoy surrounding forest views through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the scenery sauna and bath. Carrier offers an exclusive package which includes a private husky safari, an adventure heading into the wintery forest on a sleigh pulled by reindeers in search of the northern lights, a private snowmobiling tour and a gingerbread masterclass complete with warm cocoa by the fire.
Carrier (0161 492 1359, www.carrier.co.uk) offers 3 nights from £20,930 per family based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a ArcticScene Executive Suite on a half board basis including private husky safari, private aurora hunting with reindeers, Gingerbread masterclass with Santa, private snowmobiling tour, return flights from London Gatwick and return private transfers. Based on departures 23 December 2018.
Bedecked with twinkling lights, open wood fires burning in the reception rooms, a horse-drawn carriage outside and a range of cheerful, seasonal activities, sumptuous food, wine and music, Ballyfin is perfect for a cosy and sophisticated Christmas and New Year escape. From mulled wine and mince pies with Christmas Carols in Ballyfin’s beautiful library to wine tasting in the cellar and champagne in the Saloon, there is truly something for everyone. Moreover, Ballyfin’s staff are on hand to arrange visits to the local church for a Christmas service as well as guided tours of the house covering the history, art and antique collections.
There is something even more magical about Ballyfin at Christmas. Ballyfin boasts just 20 individually designed bedrooms giving guests a private residence environment with the comforts of an international luxury hotel. Guests can enjoy formality blended with a relaxed and easy-going approach that is wonderfully warm and welcoming. Ballyfin’s first standalone, private residence The Gardener’s Cottage is available to book this Christmas season. It is perfectly positioned for couples looking to enjoy all the amenities and luxury afforded by a stay at Ballyfin yet also wish to have a little more privacy with their own living room with open fire and sweet kitchenette. The Gardener’s Cottage is located adjacent to the main house with accommodation spread over two floors and boasting glorious views out across Ballyfin’s 614 acres of private parkland, walled gardens, ancient wood and 28-acre lake.
Ballyfin’s Christmas Celebration Package includes all meals, soft drinks, selected wines with Christmas Day lunch, teas and coffees, homemade cakes, bedroom mini bar and all activities list on a daily itinerary. Rooms from €1,545 per night for a Deluxe.
Le Chalet, Megeve
Situated just outside of the town centre, yet only a five minute drive from the slopes, and boasting 12 rooms and suites, Le Chalet by Zannier offers guests a luxurious festive hideaway in the French Alps. A mountain hideaway comprising three authentic alpine-style chalets, Le Chalet by Zannier’s interiors have been designed in a minimalist way with earthy colours and warm lightings creating a cosy atmosphere and classic Alpine experience for guests.
Megève offers a plethora of exciting sporting and cultural events. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy various international skiing competitions throughout the season or watch curling tournaments in the resort’s impressive sports centre. Meanwhile families will be enchanted by the traditional Christmas market and Megève’s giant Christmas tree which sparkles on the Place du Village throughout the festive season.
After a day of exploration guests can curl up by the fire in their private suite or relax and unwind in the adult-only spa with indoor relaxation pool, hammam, sauna, and treatment rooms. The in-house restaurant, La Ferme de Mon Père, serves authentic cuisine using only seasonal ingredients sourced from the best producers. Post-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the bar which houses an impressive whisky collection. Whilst, the wine bar offers carefully selected wines and a relaxed atmosphere.
Rates start from €550 (approx. £493) per night including breakfast, chauffeur service, Wifi, afternoon tea and non-alcoholic mini-bar
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
This festive season, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is offering an abundance of seasonal parties. Encased by the majestic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons on one side, and lush tropical rainforest on the other, Sugar Beach is located in one of the most spectacular sites in the world. With 77 luxury villas and luxury cottages, eight luxury beachfront bungalows, 11 luxury Sugar Mill rooms, and 22 residences, the resort offers a setting of unparalleled beauty and tranquillity, perfect for those wishing for a palm-fringed Christmas.
Swap the glistening snow for the sparkling Caribbean Sea, and enjoy all the festivities Sugar Beach has to offer. Events include a full moon party under the stars on St Lucia’s most famous beach, champagne and caviar in the Palm Court Bar, and the Sold Gold Soul Disco. On Christmas day, Father Christmas is heading to paradise, to join guests at the Sugar Beach Reggae BBQ Christmas brunch. Merriments continue through into the New Year, with the hotel putting on a spectacular firework display on New Year’s Eve, complete with Recovery Brunch on 1st January. A host of activities are being held for children and teenagers, including night snorkelling, boat rides and an exclusive party on a private beach accessible only by boat.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort’s Christmas package starts from £7,999 per person for a seven-night stay in a Grand Luxury Villa, with Room Only meal plan and flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick. Based on departures between 21-23 December.
The Beaumont, London
This year The Beaumont is offering a completely relaxing Christmas: all you have to do is turn up. Festooned in Christmas lights and Christmas trees, the exterior of the Beaumont at in December is truly something to be marvelled at. The year-round old school glamour décor of the hotel oozes festivity at this time of year, with the entrance, lobby and restaurants all displaying beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths.
Enveloped in a cosy, candle-lit world of vintage movies, mulled wine, home-made mince pies and traditional (as well as some non) Christmas dishes, the hotel is offering the perfect harmony of homely traditions with the height of luxury. For the ultimate relaxation, guests can retreat to the spa, or explore the once-a-year-quiet streets of historic Mayfair in the hotel’s vintage Daimler.
The Beaumont’s Christmas Day Away at The Beaumont package includes an overnight stay for two people on the 24th, 25th, 26th or 27th December, Full English Breakfast for two, mulled wine and mince pies, a traditional three course Christmas meal with a glass of Champagne, a Christmas gift, a tour of mayfiar in the hotel’s vintage Daimler (subject to availability and booked in advance), a room upgrade (subject to availability) and a lack check-out at 2pm. Rooms from £681 per night. This offer can be combined with further nights at the hotel.