Christmas is only a few days away and for somethis grants the ideal opportunity to turn their back on a traditional Christmasto undertake a luxurious holiday.The vast improvement in air travel and connection network has not onlymade more remote countries available but also different types of holidayaccessible. Global governments and tourist boards have been to develop theirinfrastructure to ensure to attract those wishing to indulge. Alongside more traditional luxury destinationslike the sunny beaches of the Caribbean or the skiing paradises of France, havecome new unspoilt locations to be explored. Countries like Sri Lanka andGuadeloupe have been developing their extravagant offerings, while the likes ofDubai and Abu Dhabi have been built around the concept.  Here wediscuss some of the most popular luxurious getaways for Christmas 2017.1.

      Plettenberg Bay, South Africa https://www.pexels.com/photo/landscape-mountains-nature-sea-29049/ SouthAfrica and the western cape has long been a favourite for those wishing toescape the stifling pace of urban life. Beautiful Cape Town, arguably the mostrenowned, normally takes the plaudits for this part of the world, but there hasbeen growing interest in the Plettenberg Bay region. Situatedbetween Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s answerto the Hamptons.

The beautifully wild and pristine beach of Keurboomstrand laysonly 10km east and is rarely required to be shared with anyone other than theoccasional dog walker or oystercatcher. Wildlifeis in abundance in the area, between pods of bottlenose dolphins making theirway along the coast or whales who can be seen playing in the bay year-round,while the Big Five can be seen in the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, situatedonly a short distance away. Butdo not let the rural beauty of this area deceive you into thinking that itlacks top end luxury.

Stunning 5-star hotels, like the Plettenberg Park Hotel& Spa, dot the rugged coastline providing dramatic viewsand easy access to the wonderful restaurants and Gary Player designed golfcourses.  2.      Eagle Point Resort,Utah, USA  https://www.pexels.com/photo/action-adult-adventure-alpine-298007/ Itwould be remiss to not include a ski holiday as one of the best Christmasholidays that money can buy. Historically dominated by the Aspen of Coloradoand Switzerland’s exclusive resorts, many countries and resorts have beenattempting to improve their high-end offerings. Oneof these resorts is Eagle Point in Utah, which infact offer the unique benefit of allowing you to hire your own mountain forpart of the week. The resorts six hundred acres of terrain and forty pistes isdoused with guaranteed fluffy snow each winter and can be enjoyed by twohundred of your closet friends and family.

 Accommodationoptions are equally eloquent, with beautiful standalone cabins and accompanyingoutdoor hot tubs offering ski in ski out access to the mountains. Après ski is wellcatered for by excellent gourmet restaurants, bars and discos within the resortbut for the true Eagle Point experience, a private 20-minute helicopter ride toLas Vegas is a must. 

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