Christmas is slowly getting closer than ever, and we’re all feeling an increased desire to get away from it all and enjoy a laid-back holiday period where everything will be taken care of for us. With that in mind, here at Chic Retreats, we’ve also taken care of deciding where is best to spend your free time this Christmas, no matter what kind of break you’re looking for.
Best for a snowy Christmas: Hotel Bellevue Wiesen, Switzerland
One of the small boutique hotels tucked away in the skiing village of Davos Wiesen, Switzerland, Hotel Bellevue Wiesen offers the contrast of the backdrop of snowy white mountains and a warm welcome and crackling fire the moment you walk inside. Alongside the ski slopes, perfect for all abilities, guests can also enjoy a snowy Christmas with the host of other activities on offer such as ice-skating, horse-drawn sledge rides, snowshoe tours and toboggan runs. After a day out in the snow, the hotel is the perfect place to head back to, whether you retire to the inviting lounge or dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves authentic and traditional Swiss dishes.
Best for a sunny Christmas: Samujana, Thailand
Overlooking the idyllic beaches of Choeng Mon and Chaweng, Samujana has to be one of the best collections of luxury villas found on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. Each villa is well equipped with everything you could wish for, including state of the art kitchens, private infinity edge pools and delicacies created by local chefs delivered right to your door. A sun-kissed way of life awaits you upon arrival – take a dip in the pool, bask in the sun in one of the many outdoor areas or even take one of the sailing boats out on the water.
Best for a relaxing Christmas: Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius
Situated on the North West coast of Mauritius, Angsana Balaclava is a little piece of paradise overlooking Turtle Bay, promising some truly beautiful sunsets. Angsana is idyllic, romantic and private, making it perfect for a relaxed getaway this Christmas. The hotel not only offers a range of holistic therapies, hair styling and beauty treatments, but also complementary daily yoga classes, all perfect for rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. For a peaceful day-escape from the resort, the Hindu sacred lake, Ganga Talao, waterfalls and Le Morne Mountain can all be easily reached.
Best for a family Christmas: The Datai, Malaysia
Complete with two restaurants and multiple restaurants on site, Langkawi’s The Datai has plenty of variation, making it perfect for family holidays. Situated right on the beach and surrounded by rainforest, The Datai is in the ideal place for adventures both on land and at sea. Watch monkeys swing through the trees on the nature trail, enjoy a game of tennis on the courts, or tuck into authentic Asian food – choose from Thai, Indian or Malay – at one of the several restaurants. International food can also be enjoyed at the Beach Club, found right next to the beach swimming pool.
Best for a British Christmas: Deer Park Country House Hotel, England
Surrounded by 80 acres of glorious Devon countryside, Deer Park Country House Hotel is an 18th-century Georgian manor house perfect for enjoying an indulgent Christmas. If you’re planning on bringing a pet, you won’t find a more pet-friendly country house than this – it even comes with its own dog pampering hut. Surrounded by woodland and a large expanse of the Jurassic Coast, the area is perfect for a relaxed Christmas Day walk, and there’s also plenty of adventurous activities to try your hand at, such as a zip wire, clay pigeon shooting and 4×4 off-roading. Christmas Day lunch will also be served in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Loxton’s, or alternatively you can enjoy a special winter afternoon tea.