This week we’ve taken a look at what the warmer climes of the world have to offer this Christmas time. From the white sandy beaches of a Caribbean Christmas to the exciting Full Moon Parties in Phuket! Explore the magic of Orlando this Christmas and marvel at the world’s largest firework show in Madeira. All of this and more can be experienced at the award-winning resorts below, so for an unforgettable festive season come and see what’s in store.
Christmas time in Madeira begins with the big switch-on, usually on the 8th December, from the bright lights of Funchal Harbour to the cobbled streets of the Old Town the festivities are warm as the welcome. The party at Mercado dos Lavardores (Workers Market) spreads the Christmas cheer with eating, carol singing and dancing long into the night on December 23rd welcoming all to get involved. Join the Missa do Galo (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve if you want to enjoy a more traditional Christmas time and Funchal’s Sé Cathedral is the place to go being especially celebrated by the Bishop of Funchal. Enter the Sao Silvestre Race, usually held on December 28th, one of the oldest races in Europe or for some musical entertainment the Madeira Island Winter Fest hosts famous musicians to get everyone warmed up for the New Years celebrations. New Years Eve is greeted with a bang in Madeira as the Funchal Coastline lights up with a Grand Fireworks Display, regarded as the biggest New Years Eve display in the world!
End the year with a decorated Christmas experience at the RCI Gold Crown resort of Pestana Grand Hotel in the South of Madeira where the warm glow of the winter sun adds to your festivities. After the excitement of Christmas morning take to the pool and lounge beside the palm trees and manicured gardens of the resort before setting off for your festive lunch in the sun. Spend Boxing day in the Magic Spa, indulging in soothing treatments as opposed to the usual bubble and squeak or head into Funchal city centre to marvel at the fairy light displays.
Christmas and New Year in Madeira can be yours within this well-equipped 1 Bedroom apartment available at just £6,490 for both weeks over the festive period. If you’re looking for a Christmas holiday then this apartment is available for just £2,240 whilst you can see in the New Years Eve foreworks in Funchal from the comfort of the private roof terrace of this 1 bed apartment for only £4,250 (SOLD).
Hit the beach this Christmas and celebrate New Year Canarian style by spending the festivities this year in Gran Canaria. It is tradition here to serve Christmas dinner on the 24th December on the Noche Buena (Good Night) where fish dishes and turron (nougat) are indulged upon! If you’re in the mood for some extra Christmas cheer then get yourself a ticket for “El Gordo” one of the largest lotteries in the world and a favourite amongst locals, with thousands of winners each year. Take the kids to Holiday World in Maspalomas to visit Santa Claus and get their faces painted as reindeer or elves before enjoying the Christmas show there too. Maspalomas is the place to celebrate La Noche Vieja (New Years Eve) so take part in the Spanish tradition of eating a grape for every chime at Midnight before partying well into the night with friends and family. With temperatures spring-like year-round why not start the year with a swim on New Years Day or a stroll along the promenade at the Playa Del Ingles!
Kick off your festivities with a dip in BlueBay Beach Club’s outdoor swimming pool or swap the mulled wine for a cocktail at the poolside bar. The kids must be bursting with excitement on Christmas morning so let them run it all off at the children’s play area whilst you laze under the warming glow of Gran Canaria’s pleasant climate as opposed to huddling by the fire back home. A brief drive will take you into Maspalomas where the New Years party really gets going so grab some grapes and sign off another great year!
Lounge around by the pool on Christmas Day from within this spacious 1 bedroom apartment or celebrate the New Years arrival the following week (This apartment is now sold).
Christmas time brings an extra magical spark to Orlando and all the major attractions get into the spirit of things at this festive time of year! Come and celebrate with Mickey at Disney World and marvel at the beautiful Christmas lights of Cinderella’s Castle or enjoy Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. See Christmas through the eyes of the world with a visit to the Epcot Centre where “Holidays From Around The World” are celebrated with the traditions from Morocco to China. SeaWorld lights up the water with a “Sea of Trees” light show as well as an experience on the Christmas Favourite Polar Express taking you on an enchanting adventure into the North Pole. New Years Eve is done in style in Orlando from the fireworks show at Disney World to the big party bash at SeaWorld featuring live music at The Waterfront to a marvellous firework display filling the night sky in Orlando.
Celebrate the festivities within the award-winning luxury of Marriotts Grande Vista which picked up TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014 and is also regarded as a Premier Resort by Interval International. Refresh yourself ready for the spoils of Christmas Day with a soothing spa treatment and choose between four swimming pools for a cooling dip as you try and contain the excitement of a visit from Santa Claus himself. Walk off your Christmas Dinner with a round of Championship Golf or head off to the nearby Orlando attractions! You couldn’t be in a better place for New Years Eve with the great draw of DisneyWorld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios all within easy reach you will gasping in awe at the wonderful fireworks displays!
Relish in your own magical Christmas Adventure or New Year extravaganza from within this tastefully-furnished 2 bedroom villa available for just £5,500 with this platinum week.
Soak up the tropical sunshine from your reclined sun lounger on Christmas Day with a holiday to the paradise island of Phuket in Thailand for the annual festivities! The Thai locals adorn Santa hats and Christmas Galas are put on all over the city as well as festive barbecues for their eager visitors. The Central Festive Mall is glistening with Christmas baubles and the sound of festive music fills your ears as you take the kids on a ride through the Mall on the Christmas Train exploring this magical sight for a very low price. In Thailand the locals celebrate New Year 3 times, Chinese, Thai and Gregorian so you know you’re in good hands for a party! Home of the famed Full Moon Parties, New Years Eve is best spent at Koh Pha Ngan, a tropical paradise by day and a celebration fiesta by night! Party with a difference at the Phuket Red Cross Fair where traditional dancing, contemporary Thai music and beauty contests are held long into the night.
A stay at the Interval International Select Resort of Royal Lighthouse Villas at Boat Lagoon is the perfect Christmas gift for couples and families alike. Open your presents within the warmth of the Thai climate instead of the log burning fire and indulge in a festive feast with your fellow guests. Swap the chilly New Years Eve celebrations for an entertaining night at this heart-warming resort with live performances and music or head out into Phuket and experience one of the Full Moon Parties the country is renowned for!
Spend your Christmas Day’s on the beach and your Boxing Day’s sipping cocktails in the poolside bar with an annual holiday to this comfortable 2 bedroom villa over the Christmas Holidays for only £8,000!
Spend Christmas in the sun with a festive escape to the Algarve and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Portuguese locals. Wander through the stalls of the Quinta do Lago Christmas Market and ponder over the regional crafts and foods on offer and pick up a stocking filler whilst you’re there! The beach could be the setting for this years Christmas Day or take Boxing Day to explore the 1000-berth marina at Vilamoura. Set off into Quarteria for your New Years Eve celebrations where fireworks on the seafront are complimented by live musical entertainment or enjoy the open air concert on the Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach).
The II Premier Resort of the Four Seasons Country Club provides a wonderful Christmas Fair, all in aid of a local childrens charity, with stalls of hand crafted, unique gifts laid out and guests are treated to mulled wine and minced pies for a taste of a traditional Christmas Day. Local delicacies are also served at this Christmas Fair so have yourself a Merry Algarvian Christmas. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice award for 2014 the resort also know how to kick start the New Year with a brunch menu laid on for those returning from the Algarve’s numerous celebrations.
Have yourself a Caribbean Christmas. Swap the cold winter nights for a sun-soaked, beach holiday at this festive time of year. Spread the Christmas cheer with “Carols B Candlelight” at the Antigua Yacht Club or revel in the famous Champagne Party at Nelson’s Dockyard on Christmas Day. Celebrate “Old Years Night” also at Nelsons Dockyard with live entertainment and dinner before the evening dance & fireworks to see in the New Year!
Head down to Mamora Beach on Christmas morning where Santa Claus will be waiting for you with presents and cheer whilst The Village at St. James’s Club also host a Christmas Mass for those looking for a more traditional time. Settle down with the family after your festive feast and enjoy the films being shown at the resort whilst Boxing Day brings a Beach Party at Mamora Beach with face-painting, party games and a welcoming family atmosphere. A choice of delicious menus are available at the Piccolo Mondo & Rainbow Garden Restaurants before you set off for the ultimate New Years Eve Party on Mamora Beach where the Antigua Dance Academy will be performing and the party will be swinging well into the New Year.
Come and celebrate the festivities within this cool 2 bedroom villa which is available for the Christmas Week and can also be enjoyed at New Year (this is now sold).