Is your idea of a ‘holly jolly Christmas’ roasting chestnuts on an open fire from your Aspen luxury home? Or perhaps it’s all about chilling by the pool from a boutique beachside abode? Then again, maybe you’re more of a food market type of traveller? Whatever you have in mind for the holidays, we’ve got just the destination for you.
Read on to discover the top five destinations for a very Merry Christmas in 2021.
Best for friends and groups – The Alps, France
The French Alps are hugely popular with young couples, groups of friends and families, come the festive season. It offers the right balance of downtime, with adrenaline-based activities to keep everyone entertained. Cosy up in your luxury villa rental complete with roaring fire, and enjoy a relaxing family Christmas dinner. Once you’ve recovered from all the excess it’s time to burn it off with some of the best ski runs in Europe. Linger a little longer, and you’ll get to enjoy the fireworks, parties and celebrations of New Year’s – the perfect way to see 2022 in.
For active families – Aspen
Closer to home in the rocky mountains of Colorado, lies one of the prime destinations for winter snow and sports. Aspen luxury homes are kitted out with the very best amenities from hot tubs to private bars, making them the perfect place for all the family to spend quality time together. Stay near Snowmass resort and there’s plenty of entertainment throughout the holidays, from parties, drinks, performances and not forgetting the snow itself! You might also see some familiar faces, including, Kim Kardashian, Elton John and Gigi Hadid – all known to be fans.
For all the summer party vibes – Miami, Florida
Thaw out from the cold and enjoy Christmas dinner by the pool. Miami weather is joyously warm in December making it a top destination for beach lovers. With it not being high tourist season either, it’s a wonderful time to hit the beaches, bars, and festively decorated shopping malls. With many luxury villas in Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay, it’s worth extending your stay to enjoy the dazzling New Year’s fireworks displays too.
Best beaches and bars – Saint-Barth’s
If there is ever a time to visit Saint-Barth, it’s definitely Christmas. The weather is supreme, the entertainment in full-swing, and the glamourous yachting community descend to the island to enjoy its exclusivity. Why not take advantage of the world-class dining and first-class service, and roll up to one of the many high-end restaurants for Christmas day. The dining at Eden Rock, La Guerite and Bonito are amongst the most popular spots for a table. Then it’s all back to your St Barth’s luxury villa to relax in the jacuzzi or pool, as you unwind to the gentle crashing of waves in the distance. What could be more blissful…
Best for Christmas markets and foodies – Austria
The Austrian hills are most certainly alive with the sound of Christmas markets in December! Foodies will revel in the endless stalls and markets, with some of the tastiest festive treats you’ll find this side of Europe. From traditional Sachertorte cake, to Stolen bites and a warming glass of Gluehwein to wash it all down – it’s the perfect prelude to a Christmas feast. With its snow-capped mountains perfect for ski, warm hospitality and villa rentals to make your own, the natural beauty of Austria makes it an all-round Christmas winner.
Looking for Christmas get-away inspiration? Check out the global villa rentals of Villazzo for the very best winter hideouts.