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Whether winter means snuggling up in front of the fire with a book or speeding down the powdery slopes on your skis, there’s no denying that winter holidays are always magical. Landscapes are transformed by delicate webs of frost, and towns look picture-book perfect. As long as you’re wrapped up warm and have plenty of hot chocolate on standby, going out into the fresh winter air is the best way to refresh yourself and prepare for the upcoming new year. So, whether you’re after fantastic views or a bit of winter sun, here’s a rundown of the best winter holidays.
Winter cruises are the perfect getaway: you’ll experience some of the world’s top destinations to visit, as well as relaxing on state-of-the-art ships that have everything you could dream of. Because of the number of cruise lines available, you can visit anywhere in the world. You might dream of spending the winter cruising around the Caribbean, celebrating Christmas on a range of white sandy beaches. Or, you may want to head to the mystical Norwegian fjords, where winter brings out the best in the majestic landscape. When you’re not exploring new countries, you can soak off the cold weather in luxury on-board spas, watch Broadway-style shows and dine at top establishments.
To some, winter holidays mean one thing: zooming down the mountain on your skis or snowboard. From Canada and the US to Europe, mountain resorts come to life under blankets of fresh snow. Even if you’ve never skied or boarded before, you can find teachers and classes to join. Whether you want to put Whistler’s world-class runs to the test or try out Morzine’s fabulously classy resorts, there’s a place to suit your skiing style, budget and favourite apres-ski activities.
If you hate the dark evenings and cold weather of winter, then hop on a plane and head abroad. You don’t need to fly far to escape freezing temperatures: while Australia, the Bahamas and south-east Asia may sound appealing, they can have a hefty price tag. For places closer to home, destinations such as southern Spain, Portugal and Turkey can bring you some much-needed sunshine. Classy nations like Dubai and Oman also guarantee year-round heat, so you can spend the dull winter months sipping cocktails overlooking splendid marinas or beautiful beaches.
When the nights draw in and the frost sparkles in the garden, it’s time to light a fire and curl up with a good book. If that sounds like your idea of heaven, then book yourself in for a luxury spa break. You can stay out of the cold and indulge yourself in any number of treatments, from massages to facials – and you can soak up the heat in the sauna or lounge around in the hot tubs. Once you’re done relaxing during the day, you know there’s going to be a divine meal waiting for you at the gourmet restaurants on site.
Visiting Father Christmas
If you’ve got children, what could make for a more magical winter holiday than a trip to Lapland to meet the main man himself? From visiting Santa’s grotto and befriending the elves to huddling up under blankets on reindeer-drawn sleighs, you can create the best memories for your children. Lapland is geared towards creating beautiful, dreamlike holidays for children of all ages, guaranteeing that your family will have a charming Christmas and New Year.
There’s so many different kinds of winter holidays to choose from: whether you want a luxurious weekend getaway or a long spell in a hot country. So, from the magical breaks to the adrenaline-fuelled adventures, spend your winters on holiday.