3 Christmas trips to book this winter

If you’re looking for a getaway that’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit then we have three perfect options for you. With snow covered mountains, relaxing spas and thrilling adventures to discover, get ready to pack your bags and jet off.

  1. Switzerland, St Moritz

If you looking for an activity filled getaway then St Mortiz will be perfect for you with something for everyone. As A luxury ski resort that has been the host of two winter Olympics, this location can offer all the winter fun you need this year. From Christmas to April the ski conditions will be perfect to glide down those crystal white slopes. Even if skiing is not your thing, St Mortiz offers a range of activities from snowboarding to skating to bob taxis. You can even experience the Olympic run by Bob Taxi going only three second slower than world champions.

Situated in the southern slopes of the Albula Alps of 3000 metres or more overlooking the Engadien Valley you couldn’t get a more scenic winter destination with the sun shining on the snow topped mountains.

You can experience a true winter wonderland in St Moritz and the Bernia train is a great way to see it all in comfort. Sitting in an observation car with extra large windows is the best way to see the views, which you won’t want to miss. The Bernia train line has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 being the highest railway line in the Alps at an incredible 2,253 metres above sea level. The train can be a round trip to soak up the Switz landscape or you can stop off at Tirano, Italy and experience a new destination before heading back.

St Mortiz is home to many spas offering a relaxing day of pampering whilst looking out over the alps escaping the cold in a jacuzzi. Staying at hotels like the Nira Alpina Hotel guarantees a luxurious visit located right in the mountains for stress free access to the slopes. When your day in the snow is over enjoy their spa and then head down to dinner to enjoy the locally sourced produce with panoramic views. To end the night head up to their rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail or two!

Finally, you can’t say you have visited Switzerland without indulging in a cheese fondue and with so many options for this in St Mortiz, whether in local inns or 5 star restaurants there is no excuse!

  1. Iceland

It wouldn’t be a winter holiday list without the mention of this icy and mesmerising location. With the winter months being the best chance to catch sight of the Northern lights it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dark winter months make for a great chance to see the spectacular in the sky that we have all dreamt of witnessing.

Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and a lively city to visit with plenty of museums showcasing their Viking heritage. Whilst here make sure to indulge in some local cuisine of some very unique dishes including fermented shark and sheep’s head, you read that right! If you have a sweet tooth be sure to try a Kleinur, a traditional Icelandic doughnut. You can find these in most bakery’s and supermarkets across the country, so it will be hard to avoid.

Investing in a good pair of snow boots would be wise choice before visiting Iceland, especially in the winter months. As temperatures can reach 0°C (32°F) in the southern regions and -10°C (14°F). Packing on the heavier side will all be worth it once you arrive, as this is a country you will want to explore.

You can take guided tours to all the must-see spots so you can ensure a safe and stress-free trip. In the South of Iceland you can visit, Europe´s largest glacier at the Vatnajökull National Park for a day of exploration in blue ice caves that will make you think you’re in a dream. The popular Golden circle is a perfect way to visit the landmarks of Iceland. This trip goes from Reykjavik travelling to the centre of Iceland and then back to your accommodation. Included is the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. These breathtaking natural sights are popular for all visitors for a reason. Iceland is full of wonderful destinations including the blue lagoon where you can enjoy the warm waters and even have a whole day at the retreat before heading to be treated in their Moss restaurant, where you will consume Michelin starred cuisine.

Immerse yourself in the winter activities by spending a night or two in a glass igloo where you can sleep under the Arctic stars or stay up on a clear night to catch the northern lights. Nothing says Christmas like taking a ride in a sleigh led by reindeers gliding through the snow which is all possible in Iceland.

A trip to Iceland is all you need to have the perfect Christmas.

  1. Whistler, Canada

Whistler is located in British Columbia and could make your winter wishes come true. As a ski and snowboarding resort you can guarantee those perfect days on the mountains. Take a break for some mulled wine to warm you up before embarking back onto the slopes.

Dog sledding is a popular activity in Whistler as you sit back and relax on the ride as your very cute companions pull you along. If you have a competitive streak then try to ‘mush’ your canine team and win the race. They will take you through the forest landscapes and teach you how to handle a sled. The Olympic skating plaza should definitely be on your to-do list when visiting Whistler as the surrounding mountains and the Christmas lights make for a magical evening.

The peak 2 peak 360 experience is record breaking allowing visitors year round to witness glaciers, mountain peaks, lakes and forests from its heights. Riding in a glass bottom gondola is an option for the daredevils among you too!

The Four Seasons hotel is located in Whistler’s upper village and can provide a home away from home with warm fires and a view of the Backcomb mountains. This hotel has all you need including a heated outdoor pool, jacuzzies and a spa all within its walls.

Offering an elegant and luxurious stay in the Fairmont Chateau nestled at the base of the Backcomb mountains. With access to North America’s best ski terrain, an 18-hole

championship golf course and spectacular dining there’s no doubt why it is a firmly established among the best hotels in Whistler.

Whether it’s a family trip, a couples retreat or fun with friends you’re after, Whistler can do it all.

Any of these trips could make for a fun-filled Christmas trip, just be sure to pack your gloves!




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