Where to escape this Christmas + NYE
Below are a handful of inspiring ideas of where you can escape this Christmas and New Year’s Eve to gather with family and friends before the end of the year. We do all the planning for you and make everything easy, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.
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We are delighted to announce that South Africa's borders have now opened, so you can spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve here at a fantastic time of year when the weather is balmy, the skies are blue and the sun is shining. We suggest travelling to one of our favourite private houses, camps and owner-run lodges in the Cape Winelands, the Cedarberg Mountains or on a private game reserve.
Evening drinks at Kwande Fort House, a private villa in South Africa
This vibrant North African country is a direct flight away from the UK and the US. Marrakech is much quieter than usual at the moment – you are likely to have the Jardin de Majorelle all to yourself – and there are some wonderful, secluded escapes in the dramatic Atlas Mountains. We know a number of incredible private houses, small hotels and riads that are perfect for a family or group of friends. These include Dar Zemora and La Villa des Orangers in Marrakech as well as The Capaldi in the foothills of the Lower Atlas Mountains, which is giving cazenove+loyd clients 20% off over Christmas.
View of the Atlas Mountains from The Capaldi
We can arrange for you and your family to travel to Mexico’s sublime Caribbean shores for a week or two over Christmas and New Year. We can recommend some beautiful, small beach hotels and villas, including Hotel Esencia, Jashita or Chablé Maroma in the Mayan Riviera, which stretches for miles down the coast. We also have access to a handful of lovely hotels and private houses on the Pacific Coast.
Relax on the beach at Hotel Esencia, Mexico
These glorious island idylls are home to powdery beaches, gin-clear waters, magnificent coral reefs and rich marine life. For travel over Christmas and New Year, there are some unmissable offers of up to 30% off – exclusive to cazenove+loyd clients – at some of our favourite boltholes, such as Baros, Vakkaru, Kudadoo and Constance Moofushi. Our Destination Experts know them inside out and will select the right island for you.
Water villa at Kudadoo Residences in the Maldives
Kenya is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy some sunshine, space and wilderness. With direct flights from both the US and the UK, it is easy to access and we know some lovely, mostly owner-run lodges, camps and houses. We suggest combining Sosian Lodge in the highlands of Laikipia and Offbeat Mara in the Mara North Conservancy (or Angama Mara for something more luxurious) with some time on the beach at Alfajiri Villas or Kinondo Kwetu on Kenya’s spectacular eastern shores. For those looking to have somewhere all to themselves, we can arrange exclusive stays at some of our favourite retreats, including Lengishu, Enasoit Camp and Elewana Kifaru House in Laikipia.
Walking with elephants in Laikipia, Kenya
The summer months of December to February are the best time to visit Uruguay, making it a brilliant option this Christmas. We recommend heading to the charming seaside town of José Ignacio, home to art galleries, boutiques and good restaurants serving delicious food and local wine. We have negotiated up to 25% off at some of our favourite hotels in the area, including beach escapes Playa Vik and Bahia Vik and the gorgeous Estancia Vik, which lies inland, where you can go horse riding on nearby beaches, take polo lessons, go canoeing on beautiful lagoons or enjoy a gaucho-style barbecue.
Bahia Vik, a luxury beach escape in Uruguay
In December and January, it is the green season in southern Tanzania, which is a fabulous time to be there. The landscapes are lush and emerald under blue skies, and the birdlife is prolific. We can offer amazing value over Christmas and New Year at the Selous Safari Company’s camps in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in the country’s secret south as well as at Fanjove Island in the Songo Songo Archipelago off the coast. Or if you’re looking for something extra special, idyllic Thanda Island is available over New Year’s Eve. With a five-suite villa and two beach bandas – which together sleep up to 19 guests – as well as a swimming pool, tennis court, fully equipped watersports hut and gym, it is the ideal place for families and friends to come together.
Observing a pack of African wild dogs on a private game drive on safari in Tanzania
Home to small lodges and stunning private houses in wild and awe-inspiring surroundings that are easily accessible by private charter flight, Costa Rica is a great choice. The country is just a direct flight away from both the UK and the US, and one or two incredible private villas and some of our favourite small hotels still have availability for the festive season. These include Kasiiya Papagayo on the north-west Pacific coast, Pacuare Lodge beside the Pacuare River, and Lapa Rios and Playa Cativo Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, both overlooking the Golfo Dulce.
View from the sunset platform at Kasiiya Papagayo in Costa Rica
Where better to soak up the sun and really unwind this Christmas than a remote island off the East African coast? The Seychelles currently has some fantastic offers of up to 35% off over Christmas and New Year at some of our favourite spots, such as the eco-friendly Denis Private Island, contemporary Carana Beach Hotel on Mahé and otherworldly North Island. These heavenly isles boast soft, sandy beaches lapped by turquoise Indian Ocean waters, making them perfect for the whole family this festive season.
Aerial view of North Island in the Seychelles
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