Looking for the ultimate luxurious festive getaway? Here are our top picks
If this doesn’t inspire you to book your flight tickets ASAP, we don’t know what will
There is no better occasion than the festive season to pack your bags and ditch the bustle of the city for some much needed down-time. With the year coming to an end fairly soon, there is still time to tick off a few places from your travel bucket list. We’ve picked the best luxury retreats around the world to help you do exactly that. Whether its snorkelling in the Maldives or hopping on an African safari, there is something out there for every type of #wanderlust.
Picture this: crystal-clear turquoise waters, stunning views over the coast of Peloponnese, feet in the sands and head in the clouds. This is the paradise that awaits you at the Amanzoe property in Greece. Treat yourself by staying in one of its luxury villas, which boasts of private pools, spacious terraces and a chef who will whip up delectable treats to cater to any cravings you may have. Snap the amazing Greek sunsets in the spacious amphitheatre which hosts a variety of musical performances to set the mood.
Amanzoe also offers charming cultural excursions where you can explore nearby quaint villages, take a walk in picturesque vineyards or visit the spectacular Greek archaeological sites that will leave you in awe.
For more information, visit https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanzoe
Cheval Blanc, Maldives
Cheval Blanc is a lush tropical heaven, complete with exciting water sports and endless pool lounging. Fair warning ahead: The lavish villas featuring an infinity pool that overlooks a private beach will convince you to never leave.
A haven of peace, the property’s spa provides exclusive rituals by Guerlain that will pamper guests in every sense of the word. Don’t want to skip the gym even while on holiday? Its extensive outdoor terraces are ideal for yoga and pilates sessions which are conducted by the Maison’s yoga master. After sweating it out, cool down by indulging in Cheval Blanc’s tailor-made diving experiences. We reckon there is no better destination for tranquility than this.
For more information, visit https://www.chevalblanc.com/en/maison/randheli/
Angama Mara, South Africa
Want to find yourself in the midst of a real-life Lion King setting? Then make your way to Angama Mara, a safari lodge located in the heart of East Africa. With mist-clad mountains, an unbeatable wildlife experience and spacious tented suites, this property promises an unparalleled staycation.
Ten minutes down Angama Mara’s private road, you will find yourself amidst majestic lions, leopards or elephants. Experienced guides will be on hand to answer any questions that the wildlife enthusiast in you may have. Too lazy to leave the comfort of your suite to embark on a safari? You can still enjoy its wonders from your terrace, which always offers glorious views. Have a delicious breakfast overlooking an elephant family or spot a looming giraffe while savouring the lodge’s afternoon tea.
For more information, visit https://angama.com/
& Beyond Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa
Home to rare wildlife such as the elusive cheetah and the black rhino, Phina Game Reserve is a dream come true for animal-lovers. With a range of safari activities, coral reef diving opportunities and unspoiled beaches, the property satisfies both thrill-seekers and laid-back travellers alike. Don’t miss out on exploring its dry sand forest, a massive habitat that shows off the African landscape at its best. Don’t blame us if you have major withdrawals after returning from this extraordinary sanctuary.
For more information, visit andbeyond.com