The best Christmas destinations to guarantee a five-star festive season 

 

Christmas is coming and attentions are already turning to the perfect gift for loved ones, ingredients for the perfect festive feast and where to celebrate.

Perhaps you want guaranteed snow for the perfect white Christmas or maybe you'd prefer a glass of festive bubbly on the beach?

As experts in the private jet industry we have flown to countless Christmas destinations – both traditional and more exotic – providing impeccable service throughout, so our clients get the best start to their festive season.

To inspire your December travels we have put together our list of favourite Yuletide holiday locations.

Winter sun – Laucala Island, South Pacific

This private island, located north east of Fiji, covers just 12 sq km and features stunning beaches, turquoise waters, lush rainforest, its own 18-hole golf course and luxury spa – stocked with organic products made from the herbs, spices, fruits and flowers grown on the island.

Accommodation is spread across 25 villas – one of which is perched over an emerald green lagoon – and all feature a private garden, infinity-edge pool, luxurious bedroom and living areas. They are also equipped with a buggy, so guests can explore the resort at their leisure, while dining is "by design" – featuring customised menus to enjoy in any number of private locations.

With average December temperatures of 30°C you can enjoy a sizzling Christmas.

Fly to – direct to Laucala Island

White Christmas – Courchevel, France

Among the world's most exclusive ski resorts, Courchevel is synonymous for its incredible slopes, exclusive accommodation and fabulous apres ski. From here, skiers have acess to 600km of pistes throughout the stunning landscapes of the Les Trois Vallées via more than 170 lifts. And the 2016/17 season is the perfect time to visit as the resort celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Away from the slopes Corchevel offers a raft of activities including heli-skiiing, hot air ballooning and  paragliding alongside exclusive shopping experiences and luxury treatments at one of its many spas. 

At Christmas it is transformed into a true winter wonderland with twinkling lights and glinting festive firs lining the streets. The festive climax is the arrival of Santa Claus, who is chaperoned in by a procession of torchlit skiers.

Accommodation highlights include Les Airelles, featuring ski in ski out facilities, a ski valet and its own private ice rink where youngsters can find the 'children's kingdon', the Timeless chalet that sits among pine trees and comes with an in-house chef, concierge service and childcare, and the Cheval Blanc Courchevel. The hotel's luxury chalet boasts its own spa, screening room and elevator to the slopes.

Fly to – direct to Courchevel   

City lights – New York 

If Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, then New York is one of the ultimate destinations to celebrate it. From the gigantic Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree, to ice skating in Central Park, stunning window displays on 5th Avenue and wonderful holiday markets, the Big Apple is the epitome of urban Christmas celebrations.

Other attractions include the New York City Ballet's elaborate festive performance, which this year is George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – a dazzling variety show of dance, music and spectacle.

To create a home from home atmosphere New York's most exclusive hotels offer luxurious suites that can accommodate the whole family. The Penthouse at The Mark Hotel features four fireplaces and a huge dining room, while the Ty Warner Suite at the Four Seasons includes a grand piano, 24-hour butler service and Rolls Royce chauffeur. 

Fly to – Teterboro, JFK, LaGuardia

Northern Lights - Norway 

Arguably the world's greatest natural wonder, the Northern Lights are an awe-inspiring spectacle that will provide a true touch of magic to your festive getaway. The right conditions are needed for the ethereal threads of green, pink, purple and blue to appear in the sky, but they are worth the wait.

Northern Norway is an excellent region for catching a glimpse of the aurora borealis and alongside stunning landscape, luxurious accommodation and fine dining, the region also offers a host of exciting outdoor adventures that provide the perfect alfresco setting for light spotting.

Traditional dog sledding in fir lined forests, ski-dooing among the might Lyngen Alps and being pulled through Arctic landscapes on a reindeer sleigh are among the activities on offer to visitors. 

For a one-of-a-kind stay, book a room at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the largest of its kind in Norway. The entire exterior and interior – which changes every year – is created from snow and ice and features rooms, suites and beautifully carved ice sculptures throughout.

Fly to – Tromso, Norway  

Festive adventure – Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

For a memorable Christmas with a twist, watching the sun set over the unspoilt plains of the Selous Game Reserve takes some beating. Home to elephant, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, lions, leopard and buffalo, Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa. 

Staying at the exclusive Siwandu camp – which can be booked out in its entirety – guests can enjoy stunning landscape and abundant wildlife while relaxing on a sunlounger, from the edge of the shaded swimming pool or while relaxing on the deck. 

Visitors can also explore the beautiful natural landscape, and get up close to its majestic wildlife, on game walks and drives and serene boat cruises. In December short rains bringing a spring like feel to the reserve, with plants and flowers bursting to life, while providing a great opportunity to see baby animals.

Fly to – Siwandu Airstrip, Dar es Salaam

To make a start on your Christmas holiday, talk to us about booking your flight to any of these destinations, and more. Get in touch here

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