With the Christmas countdown well under way, we’ve gathered a few sparkling sunshine gems to add to your festive holiday wish-list.

Festive Holidays Filled With Fun

If you’d like to swap your Christmas tree for a tropical palm and would prefer to don vibrant swimwear instead of a woolly hat, then there are spectacular gala dinners, beach barbecues and Alpine feasts to add a little sparkle to your seasonal celebrations. From shimmering turquoise ocean and brilliant starry skies, to twinkling city lights and glistening mountain tops, there is a stellar line-up, private party or gala event to lift your spirits and provide a stunning festive finale to end your year. So, whether you seek sea, sand or snow, we have gathered some inspiring festive holiday ideas to help you celebrate in style this year…

Festive Holidays And Seasonal Soirees

Tis the season for planning jubilant jollies filled with extravagant menus, shopping sprees plus live music — and we have the ingredients to make this year an extra special celebratory affair. Simply add rays of sunshine (or fireworks) and sprinkle a little sand (or glitter), mix a Champagne cocktail with a seafood platter to create revelry to remember. Whether your festive dreams revolve around sunning yourself in the Caribbean, retreating to the Maldives, partying in Dubai or embracing a little culture in Asia, we have a portfolio of luxurious resorts to more than match your Christmas list. Relaxing or adventurous, perfectly private or an occasion to be seen, we can wrap your festive holiday into an exquisite package filled with treats and trimmings to savour. Hot or cold, rich or light, formal banquet to lighthearted beach picnic, there are celebrated chefs waiting to serve a selection of traditional favourites or innovative dishes, with expert sommeliers at the ready to pour the perfect pairing. Be it a chilled chablis or a rich shiraz, vin chaud or a minty Mojito, there is special festive holiday tipple just waiting to be sipped.

Decorated Festive Table
Decorated Festive Table

Christmas Cocktails And New Year Fireworks

If you seek city thrills with breathtaking spectacles, or opulent occasions laced with cocktails and fireworks — such as the decadent New Year parties in New York, Venice or Sydney — there are hotels and rooftops to host the perfect party. From glittering gala dinners guaranteeing gaiety, to slick poolside parties in Las Vegas or the Maldives, there are grand hotels and boutique abodes boasting celebrity DJs and world-famous entertainers. Sail the Sydney harbour and watch the fireworks from the water, dine aloft a harbourside hotel and take in the view, or secure your spot on the private boardwalk of Park Hyatt Sydney overlooking the famous Opera House — we know the best places to be seen and where best to admire the midnight view. When it comes to New Year, a little forward planning goes a long way! Wherever you venture along the global dateline, there is a banquet or bash to ensure you have a New Year ball.

Festive Fireworks In The Maldives
Festive Fireworks In The Maldives

Festive Fondue And Parties On The Piste

For those who prefer an intimate seasonal soiree, why not splurge with close friends and revel within a private villa beside the sea? Relaxing by the pool and dancing on your private terrace certainly beats the winter chill, whilst iced drinks and healthy cuisine make a refreshing change to the hearty festive food and potent mulled wine. Of course, on the other side of the mountain, skiers will love to party on the piste and savour a rich concoction of festive fondue and vin chaud — all stylishly presented in a celebration of continental flair and après-ski show. Glide your way to L’Alpaga in Megève or L’Apogee in Courcheval to enjoy a winter playground with a celebrity following. Just add ice for the perfect festive holiday.

A Festive Beverage
A Festive Beverage

The Season To Celebrate

Deciding between a myriad of destinations, when each more than hits the annual bill, ultimately comes down to availability. At this late stage, the venue may prove to be more of a special surprise than a wish list regular. Filled with Caribbean promise, Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados provides all the traditional Christmas appeal with the tropical twist you would expect — savour ‘Extravaganza’ menus, indulge in High Tea with a festive taste, dance to a live jazz tune at New Year and embrace the Bajan beach culture. Along with a bounty of star-studded receptions, guests can revel in the nautical attractions of Antigua and sail their way to Carlisle Bay this year. Whether on land, or at sea, there are bound to be events to make a wave and create knots of fun for all the family.

Party On The Beach
Party On The Beach

Revel In The Moment

So, unwrap something special in a faraway land and celebrate with sand, sea and seafood this festive season. Mark the festive holiday season by raising your glass to a New Year filled with inspiring travel and make a toast to a calendar full of thrilling new experiences during 2018.

Feeling Inspired?

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