It might not remind you of all those childhood memories, and it might be far from traditional, but celebrating the Yuletide season beside a sandy beach instead of a blazing fire is exactly what top holiday companies are urging people to do this winter.
Towards the end of September, weather forecasters reported that the UK is set to have the heaviest snowfall in years, as freezing blasts of air from the Polar regions has dramatically shifted, heading straight for the UK. With temperatures set to plummet from around mid-November, it seems as though a white Christmas is just around the corner, continuing well into February.
While snowfall is something we always ask for at Christmas time, the novelty certainly wears off quickly, so if you’re thinking about making your escape early, you should take advantage of some of the fantastic deals travel companies are offering to give you the opportunity of skipping a harsh winter at home.
If you’d like to stay relatively close to the UK, one of the most popular destinations is Benidorm. As this is an area heavily populated by British people, there’s still the familiar scenes of Christmas everywhere you look, and plenty of Christmas-themed cabaret performances and festive parties every night to keep your seasonal spirits up.
If you’d like somewhere further afield with its own customs and traditions, how about heading for the Canary Islands instead? Tenerife in particular is perfect for families and couples alike; walk the streets taking in the many depictions of the nativity scene that the locals make every year, and for a bit of a break from the sunny weather, head up Mount Teide where there’s a dusting of snow.
If you’re a family looking at heading here, you’ll find no better place to stay than the Isla Bonita hotel, with four pools, two restaurants, state-of-the-art gym facilities and daytime entertainment for the kids. Only 400m from the beach, you can bag yourself an all-inclusive stay here over Christmas, including flights, from £599pp.
Or, if you’re a couple in need of a romantic break away, why not try the adults-only hotel of Dream Noelia Sur? This modern, luxury resort has everything you could need, including water sports facilities and two outdoor pools, one of which is perfectly situated beside a cool rooftop bar. With prices starting at £799pp for Half Board, you’re out of excuses for why not to book!
It could be that you’re looking to escape the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas altogether though, so how about travelling to sand dunes and souk markets of Morocco? Explore the tropical paradise that’s been built into the famous Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, or go on a glamping experience in Souss-Massa National Park.
No matter where you’re thinking of heading this Christmas, A1 Travel has some incredible deals, but they won’t be around for long now that the temperatures have already begun to drop. Make sure you’re not the one missing out.