Friday, 04 December 2015

Festive Breaks

Last-minute festive breaks to suit all tastes...

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Beside the sea
How about some fresh seaside air at Christmas? Albion House, a beautiful boutique hotel on the seafront in Ramsgate, Kent, has 14 rooms and suites, a bar and restaurant, and is offering twonight festive breaks including dinner and breakfast, from £170 per person (based on two sharing a room). Arrive on 24 December to a glass of bubbly and a cream tea, followed by carols around the open fire, and dinner. On Christmas Day, enjoy breakfast and a traditional three-course lunch, then a cold buffet in the evening. There’s a New Year option, too. u 01843-606630,

travel-590-4Celebrate at the Lake Country House Hotel

Country luxury

Set in 186 acres of lakes, secret gardens and woodland trails, the four-star Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club in East Sussex offers a threenight Christmas house party that starts on 24 December. Costing from £930 per adult, the package includes all  meals, a Champagne-andcanapés drinks reception, five-course Christmas dinner, carol singing, use of the Country Club’s indoor pool and leisure facilities – and a visit from Father Christmas, of course.
0808-163 3984,

Welsh getaway
Couples will enjoy the log fires, Christmas tree and carols by candlelight at the Lake Country House Hotel and Spa in Llangammarch Wells, Powys. Arrive on Christmas Eve for this three-night festive break, from £750 per person (based on two sharing a room). The price includes two dinners, mid-morning coffee with homemade mince pies, afternoon tea, Champagne reception and five-course lunch on Christmas Day, and a Boxing Day four-course gourmet dinner. The hotel has an indoor pool, gym and sauna.  0808-163 3984, 

travel-590-6Vienna is magical for a city break

Viennese whirl
City-break fans could treat themselves to a five-night, five-star stay at the Ritz- Carlton hotel in Vienna and enjoy museum and gallery visits, and Vienna State Opera performances. Departing on 22 December, Christmas In Vienna with Kirker Holidays costs from £2,159 per person, including flights from Heathrow, Christmas Day lunch at the Hotel Sacher, two dinners and opera and ballet tickets.
020-7593 1899, 

travel-590-2Enjoy yoga in a spectacular setting

Yoga retreat
Kick off a healthy lifestyle on a yoga retreat in Spain over the festive period. The fivenight break in Suryalila, Andalucía, with specialist Destination Yoga, includes two daily yoga, meditation and relaxation sessions with experienced teachers in a studio complete with country views. Running from 23 December, it costs from £565 per person (based on two sharing), including vegetarian meals, group yoga classes and one private yoga lesson. Return easyJet flights from Gatwick to Seville cost from £392 per person.
020-3235 0122,

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