With Christmas less than 10 weeks (!) away, now is the time to start planning how to make this holiday season unforgettably merry. Whether your family’s Christmas wish is to escape the cold and relax with a sweeping view of the ocean, be immersed into a new and vibrant culture, or experience a traditional and charming Christmas, the options for the perfect holiday getaway are endless.
Here, are our top five holiday travel ideas to guarantee the most magical Christmas:
Dreaming of a romantic Christmas in Old Québec? Enjoy all things merry and bright with a two-night stay at Québec City’s cozy and chic Auberge Saint-Antoine. Horse-drawn carriage rides through Old Québec, delicious mulled wine, and a visit from Santa Claus himself will make for an unforgettable stay. On Christmas Eve indulge at the hotel’s four-diamond restaurant, Panache, while you await St. Nick’s arrival. The unique menu, prepared with local produce includes the likes of delicious lobster with maple and seaweed, traditional French foie gras, scallops cooked with Jasmine vapors and guinea fowl with black truffles. This Québecois feast is CAD$145 for adults and CAD$90 for children. Christmas Day brunch won’t disappoint either, with menu selections ranging from smoked scallop tartar, bacon and seabuckthorn, to poached quail eggs and marinated trout. Brunch is CAD$59 for adults and CAD$35 for children. Other festive highlights include gifts for the children and a Christmas movie screening.
The two-night package is available either December 23 – 25 or December 24 – 26, starting at CAD$1,505 per couple. Auberge Saint-Antoine is also offering a two-night New Year’s package starting at CAD$1,860 per couple.
Kick-back and relax seaside this Christmas on the stunning and tranquil island of Barbados. For a stay blending elegance with Caribbean character, spend your Christmas at Cobblers Cove beachside hotel on the platinum west coast. The Camelot Restaurant will be serving a Christmas dinner with a Caribbean twist, making for some of the finest dining Barbados has to offer. This is the perfect family getaway: parents will have ample time to revel in the Barbados sun while children’s holiday activities take place, including cooking, arts and crafts, and outdoor games. Cobblers Cove is always on the nice list, as Father Christmas arrives by boat every year with a sack full of presents for the children.
Couples, groups of friends or families who desire a more laid-back approach to the holiday season will find the ideal hideaway on the island of Anguilla. CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort—a collection of eight spectacular villas with a dramatic hillside location overlooking Crocus Bay’s pristine white sands and shimmering turquoise waters—offers a “hybrid-luxury” experience in a truly idyllic setting. Guests can unwind in one of CéBlue’s beautifully appointed villas while making the most of the property’s features: The Blue Spa at CeBlue; casual fare and cocktails at the Blue Bar; two nearby restaurants; water sports; and a fitness centre. Villas comfortably sleep up to 12 guests, and each comes equipped with 3,000 sq. feet of outdoor living space, plus a private pool, outdoor rain shower, and fully equipped kitchen for those who still wish to cook a Christmas dinner.
Bringing the whole family to CéBlue for the holidays? Guests booking a five- or six-bedroom villa will benefit from a USD$1,000 resort credit, when booking by October 31, 2016 for travel between December 19, 2016 and January 4, 2017. A minimum seven-night stay applies.
The Christmas holidays are a time to spend with those you hold nearest and dearest to your heart. In the Dominican Republic, Christmas is recognized as a three-month long celebration focused solely on spending more time with family and loved ones. There is no shortage of holiday beauty to discover, especially at Brillante Navidad – this Christmas city light show occurs daily throughout the month of December in Parque Iberoamérica, known as the Park of Lights. Stroll by the picturesque houses and food stands, enjoy live music, art, and even magic shows, all while being illuminated under 27 million multicoloured twinkling lights. Throughout the island, each town also holds its own unique Fiestas Patronales, the holiday celebration of their patron saint, which includes a parade and magnificent firework display.
Travellers hoping to escape the harsh Canadian winter this holiday season need look no further: The Crane Resort on Barbados’ rugged east coast is the ideal destination for Christmas abroad. The luxury beach resort, situated overlooking the award-winning Crane Beach, offers an array of ultra-spacious suites that contain every cozy comfort a snow bird might need. With lush gardens, private pools, gourmet restaurants and culinary offerings, plus world-class amenities and services, The Crane is the perfect choice for families looking to escape the ice and snow. Catering to travellers of all ages, The Crane offers childcare and kid-friendly activities at the Calypso Kids Club, and a unique glass elevator service down to the beach, making it the perfect destination for multi-generational travel. Suites are still available for guests to book over the Christmas and New Year’s period.