Love or hate Christmas, there’s no denying that it makes an excellent excuse to either celebrate in style or get it away from it all. Choosing the perfect destination is arguably a bit trickier though, to help you decide here are 10 beautiful Christmas escapes to choose in 2019…
Hire a private villa in Bali
Bali is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in the world and there is a fantastic array of villas in Bali to choose from. It is certainly a great destination if you want an escape and Christmas is a great time to do it. There are several parts of Bali that you can get great villas, it all depends on the amount of civilisation you want around you. If you want the true Eat, Pray, Love experience then head to Ubud in central Bali. Here you will be surrounded by beautiful temples and people trying to find themselves!
Trekking in Patagonia
If you want to be away from everyone then a Trekking holiday in Patagonia will certainly do it. The W trek is one of the most remote in the whole world, but it is one of the best ways to see the stunning countryside. This will take you through mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers. Christmas time is one of the best times to make the trek as it misses the peak season that you get starting in January.
Kyoto is exactly the sort of place that people imagine with they think of historic Japan. Full of temples, lotus blossoms and tranquil relaxation. Whether it is the delights of the Golden Temple or the Imperial Gardens. You will truly feel like you have stepped back in time. You will also see some of the most beautiful and most photographed parts of the world as you unwind far away from everything.
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
This is a world-class retreat for those that want to get away from it all. Blue Spirit is a spiritualist centre which focuses on yoga and meditation all whilst overlooking the beautiful pacific ocean. Its location on the top of cliffs overlooking the three-mile beach means that you are certain to have a peaceful and relaxing time. There are a wide variety of activities for you to do and the accommodation is comforting and luxurious. You will be treated to some of the finest in vegetarian cuisine as well as being able to take a dip in the infinity pool.
Vermont in North Eastern New England in the US is a place that also seems like it has stepped out of time. Vermont is full of quaint little villages and stunning natural beauty. It is the sort of place that in wintertime looks like a picture postcard no matter where you go. This is definitely a place to escape the rat-race for Christmas and go back to a more peaceful time and just enjoy your surroundings.
This island country in the Caribbean is also known as the Spice Island. This country is full of the sort of quiet idyllic beaches that you crave for. The tourism is all small and low key, so no towering hotel complexes here. The island itself is known for its easy-going and relaxed nature and is a great place to unwind.
If you want a different Christmas then why not Christmas on the beach. In Australia Christmas comes at the height of summer. So you won’t be getting any snow or frosty mornings here. This is a different way to do it and the sight of thousands of people on the beach in Santa hats and shorts shouting Merry Christmas is something that will stay with you.
The Rockies, USA and Canada
If you fancy a trip through the mountains at Christmas then a rail tour through the Rockies will see you doing the real-life Polar express. The scenery is particularly stunning and you will get stop-offs in the major cities around like Calgary and Vancouver. This is a way to do a different type of Christmas.
Zighy Bay, Oman
This luxury resort is something of a hidden Gem. It might only be two hours from Dubai but it is a world apart. The stunning natural beauty of the place will take your breath away. Around Christmas time is going to be a good time to go as it is relatively quiet. You will be able to relax in peace. You can even make a real entrance to the resort as they offer features like the ability to paraglide down to your hotel from the clifftop. Or if you want to feel like James Bond you can zoom in via Speedboat from a nearby Bay.
If you want a stunning wellness retreat in beautiful surroundings then the Kamalaya Koh Samui is a fantastic place to go. Not everywhere can boast of having its own ancient meditation cave. There are numerous thatched villas and rooms that you can stay in whilst you look after your spiritual and wellness needs. The resort is staffed by a whole array of gurus and wellness experts, masseurs and yogi. This means that you can get a well-deserved rest and reset. The food is great and doesn’t push diets onto you but instead promotes healthy choices. Though there is a ‘weight aware’ menu if you want to try and lose some weight at the same time.