With Christmas Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how you’ll cope after the tree comes down and the bottles of red have run dry – the month that follows can be a bleak affair. If it’s all too much to bear thinking about, we recommend an impromptu January jaunt to soften the blow.
No need to thank us, all you 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.
The Grazing Goat – £175 per person (2 nights, 9-11 January 2014)
Fancy hitting the January sales? Well, you can’t beat the UK capital for its sheer range of retail opportunities. Bond Street boutiques, Selfridges and the high-street delights of Oxford Street are a whirlwind of bargains at this time of year, and the city still retains its wintry charm well into January.
Stay: at The Grazing Goat, a county-style pub with rooms in Marylebone. The excellent gastro-pub fare will warm your cockles after a day of shopping, and a 2-night stay in a Standard Room, using the Christmas Special discount, comes to just £175 per person, including taxes.
JapaMala Resort – £1,131.50 per person (9 nights, 17-26 January 2014)
Malaysia’s awe-inspiring Tioman Island is home to rugged rainforest, talcum-powder beaches and translucent sea. The set for the 1958 film South Pacific, it’s utterly idyllic: you couldn’t be further from the January blues.
Stay: at snorkellers’ paradise JapaMala Resort, a cluster of beachside villas where you can enjoy relaxing massages and world food in the overwater and jungle restaurants. A 9-night stay in the Tree Top Chalet comes to just £419 per person, including all taxes.
Fly: direct from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines for £593 per person, departing Friday 16 January (overnight flight arriving Saturday 17 January) and returning Monday 26 January.
From the airport: a return private car from Kuala Lumpur costs £239 for 2 people, including land transfer and boat transfer.
Total cost: £1,131.50 per person, 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 19th December 2014.