Friday, 16 October 2015

Christmas Travel Breaks

Great escapes with festive appeal

Written by Wendy Gomersall
CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS (pictured above)
Enjoy Christmas in the sunny Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises. There will be plenty of festive treats on board the Celebrity Reflection liner, including Christmas dinner and live shows.

The nine-night East Caribbean Christmas fly/ cruise, which departs on 18 December, costs from £1,419 per person. It includes flights from Heathrow, one night pre-cruise hotel stay and a seven-night cruise departing from Miami (Florida) – calling at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas) and Philipsburg (St Maarten) – before returning to Miami for the flight home.
0845-456 0523, www.celebritycruises.co.uk

CHILLED IN LAPLAND
For a guaranteed white Christmas, head for the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi, in Swedish Lapland. Each year, artists create igloo-like Snow Rooms and Art Suites and this season there’s a life-sized ice elephant and a 1970s Love Capsule.

travel-590-3IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi

There are also cosy warm rooms. You can try snowmobiling and husky sledding and, on Christmas Day, join a torchlight procession to the village’s 17th-century church for a carol concert. Look out for the Northern Lights, too.

travel-590-2Enjoy husky sledding in Lapland


Discover The World’s four-night break, departing on 23 December, costs from £1,138 per person, including one night in a cold room and three in a warm room, flights from Heathrow, morning sauna, breakfast, torchlight procession and carol concert.
01737-214291, www.discover-the-world.co.uk


DECORATIVE DEVON
Have a stress-free family Christmas at the Ilsington Country House Hotel in the wilds of Dartmoor.

travel-590-4Ilsington Country House Hotel


The fournight Christmas package, arriving on 24 December, costs from £650 per person and features a fireside cream tea on arrival, a birds of prey display, a visit from Father Christmas and evening entertainment from a pianist and a magician. Also included are daily breakfasts and dinners and a six-course Christmas lunch.

Relaxation can be had in the hotel’s new spa. There is a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, plus treatments.
01364-661452, www.ilsington.co.uk   


NEW YEAR ESCAPE
Why not see in the new year in Cambridge at the four-star boutique Hotel Felix, a stylish Victorian villa set in three acres of gardens and just a short drive from Cambridge city centre.

The stylish 52-room property dates back to 1852, when it was built for a surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. It was renovated, refurbished and converted into a hotel in 2002.

The one-night New Year’s Eve Gourmet Break costs from £160 per person, based on two sharing, and includes a four-course dinner with a glass of fizz on arrival plus live jazz accompaniment and a full English breakfast.
01223-277977, www.hotelfelix.co.uk  

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk
Prices are correct at the time of going to press



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