Winter Sun

December is an alluring time to travel in search of much-needed warmth. There is something of an air of extravagance to the idea of being abroad for Christmas, shunning turkey bones and dirty plates for Santa hats on the beach – and with the school holidays also appearing as parof the equation, the thought of seeing your children swap sleet and 3pm darkness for paddling and sunsets will always be tempting.

Of course, you tend to pay a premium for holidays in the festive period – but with the Caribbean out of its hurricane season and into full swing, this is a cost worth considering.

Here are a few of our favourites:

LADERA RESORT - St Lucia

Ladera is the only resort in St.Lucia located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. It is located on the Soufriere Volcano.

A thousand feet below, an intensely blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton Mountains. Faintly scented tropical breezes cool your skin. Your private plunge pool beckons. Each offers fine linens, luxurious amenities and four-poster beds made of polished tropical hardwood. And each, deliberately without a fourth wall, invites the spectacular sunsets and astonishing views right inside, to be a part of your very private, very special retreat.

SONEVA JANI VILLAS - Maldives

Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and a breezy tropical climate. Welcome to Soneva Jani.

Arriving on seaplane from the international airport in Malé, you glimpse the string-of-pearl islands– the breathtaking rings of islands that make up the Maldives – their gleaming ivory sands contrasting with the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Along the equatorial line that runs through the Indian Ocean lies an archipelago of 26 atolls made up of 1,190 coral islands that barely break the surface of the waters.

Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru, located in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll. One of the largest islands in the Maldives and highly accessible, Medhufaru is only 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi.

CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND - Maldives

Surrounded by the country’s best diving, whale shark areas and sprawling coral reefs, Conrad Maldives is the only destination to offer three resort experiences across two islands. Luxury travelers are in for a uniquely inspired experience.

Reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight, the resort features 150 villas of enviable calm and sophistication. Each one sits in harmony with the surrounding flora and fauna. Guests can choose a romantic water villa on the adults-only Rangali Island, a refurbished beach villa on the family friendly Rangalifinolhu Island or a stunning over-water villa at The Spa Retreat, a resort within a resort on the tip of Rangalifinolhu.

VICEROY BALI - Bali

A five-star Hotel where your room is a luxury villa, it majestically stands in Bali’s ‘’Valley of the Kings,’’ a name given by the locals for the generation of Balinese royalty who resided in nearby villages. This luxury villa resort is well known by sophisticated international travellers, as one of the world’s best tropical, romantic, pampering luxury hotels

QASR AL ARAB

Experience unparalleled luxury and comfort amid the mystic desert charm of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. Ride on a camel over sun soaked dunes as this foreboding landscape unwinds eternally in front of you. Soak in the freeform swimming pool while desert wildlife grazes in the shade below. Be inspired by glorious Arabian décor that channels one of the world’s most ancient and revered cultures.

Located in the legendary Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of this evocative landscape by providing a luxury oasis for discerning travellers. Recline by the plunge pool outside your own private villa, or stretch out on a sumptuous day bed surrounded by rich Middle Eastern fabrics and local artefacts. Every room, villa and suite is considered to be some of the finest abodes among luxury Abu Dhabi resorts and features desert views, blending their rich interiors with the landscape.

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