December is the one month a year when it’s genuinely delightful (even desirable!) to wake up to frosty mornings, wrap up in layers, and warm your evenings with a roaring fire. Festive decorations and delicious eggnog just don’t work in the blazing sunshine, so why fight the wintry weather?!
We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing…
A British break – £130 per person (2 nights, 14-16 December)
Escape hectic Christmas preparations with a romantic weekend in rural Sussex. Bring your Hunters for walks on the South Downs or stroll the coastal path by the Seven Sisters. The area is rich with traffic-free cycle routes and cosy pubs for restorative lunches.
Stay: at enchanting Blue Door Barns, a great couples’ hideaway with fresh flowers and candles galore. Two nights in the The Sailor’s House comes to £130 per person, plus you’ll get a £60 gift voucher to spend in ‘The Snug’ (their onsite treatment room).
Travel: the barns are just outside Lewes, a 2-hour drive south of London.
Total cost: £130 per person B&B, including all taxes.
Escape to Iceland – £391.15 per person (3 nights, 6-9 December)
Viewing the Aurora Borealis is a completely magical winter experience, so gift yourself an early once-in-a-lifetime treat this Christmas, and head north to Iceland.
Stay: at Hotel Ranga, a remote and quirky lodge where staff can even wake you at night if the Northern Lights appear. The food is fabulous and it’s a dizzyingly romantic setting; most rooms have Jacuzzis and volcano views. Their 3-for-2 offer makes a 3-night stay just £187.50 per person, plus you’ll have a surprise gift waiting in your room!
Fly: from London Heathrow to Reykjavik with Icelandair for £170 per person, departing Saturday 6 December and returning Tuesday 9 December.
From the airport: car hire through Rhino starts from £67.31 and this will allow you to explore this beautiful country more freely.
Total cost: £391.15 per person B&B, including all taxes.
‘Tis the skison – £2,437 per person (7 nights, 20-27 December)
Want a guaranteed White Christmas? Then head to the French Alps. The blue skies and snowy peaks of the Trois Vallees are awe-inspiring – and the ski season is in full swing. Spend your days on Courchevel’s slopes and your evenings drinking steaming vin chaud around a firepit. Festive heaven!
Stay: at ski-in, ski-out Le Portetta. This luxe hotel is pure Alpine chic, with a lavish spa, flexible meal arrangements and rooms to suit families, friends and couples. Plus a fabulous sunny terrace for that all-important apres-ski! Amazingly, it still has availability for the Christmas period, with a 7-night stay in a Valley-View Family Room coming to £2,045 per person.
Fly: from East Midlands Airport to Geneva with jet2 for £107 per person, departing Saturday 20 December and returning Saturday 27 December.
From the airport: the hotel offer transfers from Geneva airport for £285 (one way).
Total cost: £2,437 per person half board, including all taxes.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 26th November 2014.