Do you dream of sun soaked Christmas far away from the every-day routine, lying on pristine white sand, floating away in sparkling warm waters or perhaps exploring an exotic culture? You can live your dream in one of these ten top destinations for your sunny Christmas luxury holiday. From beachfront retreats to rainforest sanctuaries, these heaven-on-earth locations include some of the most exclusive 5 star resorts in the world.
The natural beauty of this South Pacific Island combines with the warmth of its people to create a world of carefree relaxation. Experience all Samoa has to offer in style at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa with 50 acres of tropical gardens, stunning beach, turquoise lagoon, golf course and the finest in traditional Samoan hospitality.
For those seeking more active pursuits, Hawaii delivers with legendary surf and high-voltage adventuring. Get close to humpback whales and dolphins in the waters around Maui, or see fresh lava flows at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stay in sumptuous surrounds in the tropical 5 star resort Halekulani and indulge your senses with stunning views, exceptional hospitality and superb cuisine.
3. Bora Bora
A Polynesian jewel nestled within a lagoon and barrier reef, Bora Bora is the ultimate island luxury holiday experience. In the middle of the crystal lagoon lays Motu Toopua, a remnant of an ancient volcano, which is now the location of the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa. Find your bliss in this exquisite oasis of lush forests, long secluded beaches and never-ending ocean.
Fire your imagination and revive your spirit with all the fascinating wonders of Peru. Travel in comfort on a luxury tour train to the mysterious Lost City of Machu Picchu; find peace in the Sacred Valley; explore the historic city of Cuzco; discover the eco-diversity of the Amazonian rainforests; and, at the close of a full day, return to a 5 star hotel such as Monasterio.
Although it has an extensive coastline skirting the Mediterranean, Morocco offers much more than ocean views. The extraordinary landscape encompasses soaring mountains, verdant valleys and the starkly beautiful Sahara Desert. From the spectacular Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca to the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh, this remarkable country will enchant and amaze.
The Maldives is a stunning string of atolls – islands of coral that each encircles a lagoon – scattered across the blue-green canvas of the Indian Ocean. It’s a paradise of serene indulgence for those wanting to laze the day away by the warm water, and its magnificent underwater coral gardens also attracts scuba divers from around the world.
Journey through the heart of Asia, from Bangkok to Singapore, aboard the exquisitely appointed Eastern & Oriental Express. A luxury tour by rail reveals the magic of the region, from lush rice-fields to historic landmarks, and ensures your complete comfort with opulent cabins, tantalising Eastern and European dining, and personalised service.
Surrender yourself to complete tranquillity in this idyllic haven where soft, white sand meets sparkling azure ocean. Rest and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit within one of the many Nusa Dua 5 star resorts. One of the most exclusive is the spacious St. Regis Bali Resort which will satisfy your every desire with private villas, seductive spa treatments and extensive health facilities.
9. Orpheus Island, Australia
This Great Barrier Reef resort is located within its own National Park and brings new meaning to the word ‘exclusive’, accepting no more than 42 guests at any one time. Accessible only by seaplane, and free of such intrusions as telephones, televisions, day-trippers or children under 15, secluded bliss is assured in this natural paradise.
10. Eagles Nest, New Zealand
The five world-class villas situated in the Bay of Islands of New Zealand represent the very pinnacle of private opulence. Nestled in the rugged, sub-tropical wilds of the peninsula, the Eagles Nest luxury holiday experience is extraordinary: gourmet cuisine prepared by a resident chef; extensive cellar encompassing the best local wines to the finest French Champagne; state-of-the-art entertainment systems; every amenity including Porsche cars; direct access to enchanting bushland and hidden beaches; and breathtaking headland views of the bay and beyond. Absolutely unforgettable.
— Sue Johnson