In a world that often celebrates spontaneity, the value of planning ahead can sometimes be overlooked. However, when it comes to your dream festive holiday, the benefits of early booking are simply too good to ignore. 

Not only does planning ahead give you the opportunity to secure the best accommodation, flights, and experiences during the busy Christmas period, but it also comes that warm, fuzzy feeling of anticipation in the months leading up to your trip. 

So why wait? Our travel experts have handpicked a selection of must-book festive breaks for 2024, ensuring that you can secure your perfect getaway before it’s too late. 



The Maldives

Looking for an idyllic escape this Christmas? It must be the Maldives. Private islands that epitomise paradise, with powder-soft beaches, turquoise water and coral reefs, a trip to this exclusive southern Indian Ocean archipelago is guaranteed to delight. With hundreds of resorts to choose from, our experts will make sure to define the perfect island for you.    


Celebrate Christmas in the idyllic setting of the Great Barrier Reef, where traditional festivities adopt a tropical island twist. As the day unfolds, trade snowflakes for sand grains and pine trees for palm fronds, cooling off in warm, crystalline waters and exploring a dazzling array of vibrant coral and marine life, followed by a classic Aussie barbecue on the beach. 


Dreaming of a white Christmas? A voyage to Antarctica is always a moving experience, but during the holidays this otherworldly continent takes on the feeling of the world’s most naturally majestic cathedral. Gaze out at dreamy icebergs, spotting penguins and whales, then let the festive and fun atmosphere aboard your ship deliver an Antarctic experience that you’ll cherish forever. 


‘Novena’, a nine-night celebration leading to Christmas, is a feast of colour, music and traditional customs. Elaborate light displays illuminate bustling cities such as Medellín and Bogotá, while the streets are filled with sweet indulgences such as buñuelos and natilla. Elsewhere, explore diverse landscapes – from lush coffee plantations and stunning Caribbean beaches to charming colonial towns. 


Experience a taste of traditional tribal life, enjoy magnificent game viewing and discover world-renowned Kenyan conservation initiatives on a festive break like no other. Don’t forget to try fly camping for a chance to sleep under the stars. After the thrill of a safari, unwind on Diani Beach in an opulent private villa. 

South Africa

Immerse yourself in warm South African hospitality and experience a traditional Christmas braai, washed down with South Africa’s famous vintages. We recommend a twinned experience taking in the buzz and beauty of Cape Town, followed by a safari spent tracking the Big Five – could there be a better present than that? 

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Venetia Stanley
Caroline Maber

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