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Inspirational Experiences for Christmas and New Year
With the festive holidays just around the corner, and the nights drawing in, our imaginations can elope to fantasies of snowy landscapes or sun-kissed tropical atolls. With that in mind, we’ve compiled an inspirational list of destinations to fulfill your dreams, ideal for you and your family.
Safe, reliable, and flexible travel is of paramount importance this festive season. And while many of the finest resorts and yachts are already booked and chartered, Pelorus can access superb last-minute availability for those able to commit now.
Read on for ideas for your seasonal break and call our expert team to customize an option to your wishes, or to inquire about alternative destinations or adventures.
For a dose of relaxation and rejuvenation, journey to the Southern Hemisphere for a restorative stay amid the white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas of the Maldives. A necklace of gorgeous islands in the Indian Ocean, this archipelago benefits from a blissfully warm climate and stunning natural beauty.
For the eco-conscious, you can get involved in marine conservation expeditions, coral planting initiatives, and take in the verdant pleasures of the organic gardens.
Or soak up the sun with a selection of fresh tropical fruit at your sun lounger table, before your luxury spa treatment. Watch the sky turn into a multitude of pinks while watching the sunset with a craft cocktail in hand.
Navigate your stylish yacht between islands or dive into the azure coral-rich seas from your over-water villa—both options blend that castaway romance with sumptuous surrounds and unimpeded views of the crystal clear seas.
Enjoy a superlative white Christmas experience with a visit to Finnish Lapland. This Arctic landscape of forests and lakes is transformed into a bewitching snow-covered wonderland welcoming visitors from all around the globe to celebrate the festive season. It’s a memory that your children will cherish.
Amid the snow-covered firs and mountains roam wolves, brown bears, elk, and snowy owls. Visit the traditional hut of a Sami reindeer herder and receive a warm greeting from a shaman. The shaman will recount engrossing tales of the history of the land and his people before the performance of a traditional song. Refreshments will be served, with the cuisine taken straight from the fire. To encounter such an authentic spiritual tradition is a rare privilege.
Ride a sled drawn by a team of yapping huskies or speed across the landscape on snowmobiles until you arrive at a stunning frozen lake. Here your expert guide will demonstrate how to carve a hole through the frozen surface and bait your rod before you take over and attempt some ice fishing.
With its geothermal activity and northerly location, Iceland is a stunning destination. Glaciers cozy up to volcanoes, and geothermal pools steam amid striking scenery—this European island with its cute villages and cool capital is a mecca for nature-lovers and offers something truly special during the festive season.
In the long winter months, the Aurora Borealis shimmers overhead with its otherworldly artistry—a mesmerizing display to enjoy beside the crackling fire while in your secluded luxury lodge. Blending sophisticated modernity with traditional Icelandic architecture, Deplar Farm is a fabulous retreat ensconced in Iceland’s snow-covered landscape.
Venture out on scenic hikes, snowmobiling excursions, whale watching, and fishing trips before a helicopter returns you to your luxury stay. That helicopter ensures world-class heli-skiing on Iceland’s powder-coated mountains that slope down to the coast. For the little adventurers, cutting across the country’s mesmerizing landscape on a husky-drawn sled is a Christmas spectacular.
Italy’s snowy northern Alps offer world-class cuisine and adventure sports in nearly equal amounts. The UNESCO-listed Dolomites are a stunning backdrop to all manner of winter sports, whether heli-skiing or trekking in search of hidden glacial lakes. Discover the heart-stopping terrain and relax with Michelin-starred cuisine amid Italian charm and style.
Ski the Ladin valleys of Val Gardena, Arabba, and Fassa, discovering its off and on-piste delights. Enjoy a ‘hut-to-hut’ ski safari, staying at charming family-run hotels and mountain refuges on the way. As the sunset paints the peaks Aperol orange, relax in the crisp air with a deluxe hot chocolate or refreshing Peroni.
Get an eagle-eye view of the Dolomites’ dramatic spires on a paragliding expedition or speed along their flanks on a mountain bike before a trek to a lake lodged in the landscape like a hidden jewel where a fresh gourmet picnic lunch awaits.
From the turquoise shallows of the Bahamas, the white sand and rum sundowners of the British Virgin Islands, to exploring the cerulean seas of the rugged Grenadines or reclining on the sun-warmed sands of St. Lucia—this Christmas and New Year, swap December darkness for light-filled Caribbean bliss.
Each vibrant island has its own laidback style. Bathwater warm seas lap sugary sanded beaches while the towns are an engaging blend of colonial elegance and local style. With the steelpan island rhythms and easy access to the sea, it’s a fabulous destination for a family trip, with mind-blowing coral gardens teeming with vivid life and delicious local cuisine (with mocktails for the kids).
Embrace the Caribbean’s charm on a classic yacht with a sail billowing overhead or relax on a sumptuous motor yacht as you hop between paradise islands.
Giftwrap the Big Five on a festive safari while staying in a luxury camp, or sail the coastal waters on an exclusive charter yacht as you look for your own oceanic Big Five. See South Africa’s astounding landscape and wildlife and discover this top-tier destination as you explore its coast and world-famous wines.
Take to the wildlife-rich waters of Hout Bay with a professional diver and marine biologist and snorkel—or dive—amid the incredible Cape fur seals found here. Kayak the calm waters of Three Anchor Bay for close encounters with stunning sea life such as Heaviside’s dolphins.
The natural beauty of the Winelands and its eponymous bounty ensure a wide variety of activities, whether biking the handsome mountains, hiking its nature reserves, or pairing the wine with a tasting menu. Arrive at the Richtersveld National Park by helicopter for a thrilling rafting experience along the scenic Orange River.
Go on safari at the protected Phinda Game Reserve, a varied landscape incorporating no less than seven different ecosystems. See the huge range of wildlife on game drives and walking safaris, and contribute to conservation experiences such as notching the rare black rhino.
French Polynesia is a pristine paradise with verdant volcanic island interiors and coral reef shallows teeming with over 1,000 fish species. Nearly two million square miles of this marine wonderland is shark sanctuaries, and it’s possible to contribute to conservation initiatives aimed at both the coral and the sharks.
Discover Tahitian history, and participate in their culture during a spear-fishing excursion on an outrigger canoe. See the verdant, volcanic interiors on a quad bike, and hike past pineapple plantations and hidden waterfalls. Take a tandem skydive over gorgeous Mo’orea and learn to surf, before whiling away the star-speckled evening on a luxury yacht.
With conservation an ever more essential topic for travelers, Pelorus can give you exclusive access to the efforts of the Coral Gardeners on Mo’orea. You’ll learn about the reef’s degradation and the program’s pioneering efforts to restore it, before snorkeling through the gardens and planting coral to assist in the reef’s longevity.
Delivering that essential dose of Vitamin D during the darker months of winter, Thailand is a stunning tropical paradise. Its stunning karst islands and endless sandy beaches are matched by its friendly culture and fascinating history.
Seek refuge in a palm-shrouded retreat in some of the world’s most ancient rainforests, lose yourself in intricately decorated Buddhist temples and the heady spice of world-class street food, or encounter indigenous communities for a cultural immersion—however, you want to engage with Thailand, Pelorus will craft a tailor-made adventure with just the right balance of comfort and adventure.
Stroll out of your sumptuous villa and immerse your toes into the warm sand while gazing out across the vertical lushness of the Andaman Sea islands, or drop anchor from your luxury vessel in isolated glimmering bays while hopping between stunning islands. Your festive sojourn in Thailand will be a present to remember.
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