Christmas and New Year —the most awaited holidays of the year— are finally around the corner. Everyone is planning how to celebrate this time around and here’s something to help you decide where and how to spend your festive days.
The year 2020 has brought a lot of ups and downs for all of us. No one expected to stay locked in for the whole year when we welcomed 2020 with open arms. This gives us more of a reason to say goodbye to this year in a proper way and to hope that 2021 will wash away this year’s hardships.
It’s time to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a wholesome manner and what best way than to get away from the daily routine and dive into a joyous atmosphere the various hotels around the world are working hard on creating for their guests.
Escaping To The Greens:
On the fringes of Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan with a dramatic backdrop of the Aravalli Hills rests the Aman-i-Khas hotel. They have prepared game drives and cultural excursions, to enjoy the festive schedule of events.
The celebrations had started from 17 December 2020 and will last till 1 January 2021. Here we get to experience the Rajasthani culture and traditions through events like Bangle Making, History of Marwari Houses, Henna Art, Puppet Show, Visit to the British Era Church, Local Live Music along with Traditional Dinner and Block Printing at Dastkar.
The Christmas and New Year traditions will also be celebrated including Christmas Cake Mixing and Christmas Tree Decoration.
To Pristine Lands:
This festive season Soneva brings back all its festive traditions to its resorts in the Maldives (Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani) and Thailand (Soneva Kiri). Guests can expect eggnog on the sandbank, visits from Santa and his elves for the children, sporting greats, private stargazing sessions with award-winning astronomer and science communicator Lars Christiansen, and so much more throughout December. Then, ring in the New Year with Soneva’s iconic Journey, each one celebrating 25 years of Soneva. There are beautiful torch-lit paths, past performers and food stations, DJs spinning tracks into the early hours of the morning. When it comes to dining, there is Christmas Eve Gala dinner, Biodynamic Wine Tastings and pop-up Martini Bars.
Younger guests can get into the festive spirit with a range of Christmas-themed activities and events in the Den, a candy cane hunt, making paper stockings, Christmas tree decorating and storytelling. The night culminates with the countdown to 2021, fireworks and dancing into the early hours of the morning.
Awakening Cultural Spirits:
While admiring the shades of Aravalli around the luxurious Amanbagh or hiking some beautiful trails, their Ayurveda centre offers detoxification to the body and mind whilst pampering yourself with a massage, basking by the pool or immersing yourself in the sound of Indian music.
They have an exciting holiday programme of activities and culinary events for all ages to keep you entertained. The celebrations start on Christmas eve with a gala dinner followed by a camel carrying Santa around, instead of Rudolph, on Christmas Day. The sport of Polo also comes with a new twist to it, instead of horses, there will be camels.
Serene Leisure Times:
Kandima Maldives is much more than just a holiday. This destination offers a seriously stylish island setting with extraordinary restaurants and bars and plenty of on-site activities to choose from.
They commence the festive celebrations with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on 22 December. The holiday package includes kids and teen festive activities, cinema nights, glow night, learn mocktail creation, graffiti making, snorkelling, art exhibition, Christmas songs, Santa Claus arrival and fireworks on New Year.
The vibe created by these hotels is magical and worth spending your Christmas and New Year there, so get lost in the festivities and welcome 2021 with big smiles!