Sometimes, at the ‘most wonderful’ time of year, getting away from it all is thoroughly tempting. Here are a few ideas for a thrilling way to bypass the festivities. Turkey with all the trimmings will feel a million miles away.
Chena Huts, Sri Lanka
If the idea of living amongst wild animals appeals, Chena Huts, located in the scrubby beachside dunes near Yala National Park, is the place to come. Somewhere between futuristic and rustic, your ‘hut’ rises from the ground in a thatched dome with a glazed frontage. In front, a turquoise blue pool shimmers, and inside mod-cons, free-standing tubs and rattan daybeds create a slick décor. Early morning game drives will bring you face-to-face with elephant and maybe leopard, and even walking to breakfast could give you monkey and lizard sightings. Here you’ll live life on the wild side, but in absolute comfort.
If Christmas seems all too much like hard work, come to luxury spa hotel Chable, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Embrace the depths of Mayan mythology with a mindful spa break in the heart of the chattering Yucatan jungle. Any festive-related anxiety will be banished within minutes as you relax in your strategically placed hammock outside your casita, that also comes with an outdoor shower and private pool. Reach deeper meaning with daily dips in the sacred cenote and ceremonial spa treatments. Come home refreshed and ready for New Year.
Namibian Skeleton Coast Safari
Change up the Christmas narrative with an extreme switch of scenery on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. On a small plane safari, you’ll have an unparalleled bird’s eye view of the desolate coastline and ever-changing dunes of Namibia, whilst spotting desert-adapted elephants and rare black rhino. On the ground you will stay in tented desert camps giving you full access to the haunting majesty and poetic stillness of Namibia’s wide-open landscapes. The silence will roar in your ears.