Dreaming of a Green Christmas: The Most Luxurious Forest Destinations

Globally and historically, frosty Evergreens has been a shared symbol of solace, hope, and everlasting life to many cultures. This Christmas we present the most luxurious travel destinations surrounded by the most gorgeous National Forests, frosty or not.

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Nestled away on the edge of Costa Rica’s National Park, an old 1965 Boeing 727 has been completely revamped from an aircraft to an one-of-a-kind, two-bedroom jungle canopy, perched on a 15m high platform and expertly furnished with hand-carved furniture from Java, Indonesia, to resemble a suite at The Ritz, London. Celebrate the holiday season with a glass of wine in hand, in what is surely an unforgettable destination that brings you the best of modern technology and primitive nature.

Green Christmas

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Located deep within the New Forest National Park, The Rhinefield Hotel is an impeccable country hotel, surrounded by one of England’s most enchanting forests. This quaint hotel offers its visitors a magical Christmas destination, with its combined décor of Tudor and Gothic architecture. Built in 1887, The Rhinefield may just transport you to Victorian England with its festively themed afternoon tea and pampering.

Green Christmas

Colorado, United States

Although certainly colder than our other recommendations, the ultimate glamping experience of Dunton Hot Springs is worth the less-than-tropical environment. Stationed in the San Juan Mountains, it’ll be impossible to not enjoy the great outdoors at this small, exclusive resort, with its offer of tranquility coming courtesy of its hot springs, pampering massages and the irresistible charm of America’s Old Wild West.

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Sun City, South Africa

Located in South Africa, The Sun City Resort is the perfect holiday escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy work schedules. Bordering the Pilanesberg National Park, this resort offers plenty of attractions that are sure to keep your mind off from the stresses of day-to-day life. Take your pick from safari adventures, hot air balloon rides, golf games and, of course, everyone’s favourite pastime of lounging next to the gorgeous pools.

Text: Bailey Atkinson

Christmas Getaways: Gafencu’s guide to last-minute Christmas escapes

With less than one month until Christmas, the holiday countdown has officially begun! But if you’ve been too wrapped up with work and family to make plans, there’s no need to panic. Check out our guide to last-minute Christmas getaways for a bit of inspiration.

Christmas Getaways Niseko Japan

Niseko, Japan

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, transforms into a snow-covered wonderland every winter. Niseko, in particular, is dotted with golf courses, hot springs and ski resorts aplenty. For a truly unique experience, treat your family to a stay at the Glass House, an intimate five-bedroom chalet in Hirafu’s Lower Village. Huddle up by the fireplace, relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi, or have the private concierge drive you to nearby ski resorts. 

Christmas Getaways Seoul South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

The Korean capitol is another great winter escape. Meander through its streets and try local favourites like deokbokki and pajeon pancakes, or treat your kids with a trip to Lotte World’s indoor amusement park. Then head to the hills for some brisk outdoor ice skating at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. Or escape the city and head 50 minutes away to the popular Bearstown ski resort in Gyeonggi-do.

Christmas Getaways Vana Belle Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

If the thought of snow sends a shiver down your spine, why not head to the tropics instead? The picturesque island of Koh Samui in Thailand features stunning vistas, pristine beaches and plenty of water sports to keep your kids occupied. For truly staggering views, check out Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort’s Ocean View Pool Suites, replete with outdoor bathtubs to soak in the sea panorama.

Christmas Getaways Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Home to the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex, Siem Reap gives you plenty of cultural bang for your buck. Trek through ancient temples, sightsee in the sky with a hot air balloon ride or take in a traditional Apsara dance show at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.  

Christmas Getaways Amanbagh Rajasthan India

Rajasthan, India

Although slightly further afield, December is the perfect month to visit Rajasthan. With summer’s intense heat waning and monsoon rains a distant memory, enjoy balmy weather as you visit the Red Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar astrological monument. Switch up your itinerary and head to the Sariska Tiger Reserve for a personal encounter with majestic felines. Nearby is the luxury resort Amanbagh, whose Christmas celebrations feature Babu, the resident camel, in the role of Rudolph, Santa’s trusty reindeer.

Text: Tenzing Thondup