Family, Food, Fun, and laughter. Christmas. The one time where staying in pyjamas until midday is expected. However outside of the tradition of staying at home, sometimes a change of location calls. Lagos is one of my homes, therefore every December I often find myself in Nigeria, but past Christmases have also been in places like Dubai, Monaco and Albereta. It is always a novel experience to spend this special time in a place less familiar to you. It sparks off a new sense of beginnings, especially if you’re away going into the New Year. So, if you are looking to escape for some fun in the sun, a white Christmas with ski slopes or a festive time full of shopping, look no further than these getaways.
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If you are in search for some sun, sea, sand and adventure then the renowned Four Seasons Ocean Club in the Bahamas (here) is a perfect choice. The Resort boasts a sunset tradition of Champagne and strawberries, Versailles-inspired garden and dozens of white sand beaches. The contemporary, but colonial decorated cottages and villas allow for some privacy.
If skiing into the New Year sparks up your interest, then the luxurious Hotel Kulm in St. Moritz (here) is your winter paradise. Frequented by Liz Hurley and owned by the Niarchos family, the Kulm offers everything from an all-inclusive Spa to 5 in-house restaurants, who even has time to ski?
If you are in search of some culture, late nights coupled with some sun, then Rio de Janeiro should be your next destination. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Fasano on Copacabana Beach (here), but would often end my days in Ipanema for the lively bars and restaurants. To see JTO takes Rio de Janeiro, click (here).
My final luxury location is tucked away at the edge of Flamads Beach. The newly renovated Le Toiny in St Barthes (here) is everything you want, from a south of France hideaway– 22 individually designed suites, private atriums and beachfront views. With destinations as enticing as these, Christmas to New Year must be a time to indulge in faraway luxuries.