10 of The Best Places to Spend the Holidays

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With the holidays right around the corner (or this weekend) The Clarion thought it would be a perfect time to check out the ten best places to spend the holidays…if you choose not to stay at home with your family and friends. Read on and enjoy…happy holidays everyone!


  1. Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa-When was the last time you discovered something truly special and unique? Umngazi is an exploration of a paradise lost in time, where happiness is a way of life. It’s a vacation that will connect you with the beauty of a special place and wonderful people, and allow you to get in touch with yourself. When you visit Umngazi you’ll discover its harmony and free the peace within.
  2. Viceroy, Bali – From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury. The Atlantis beach resort is an aquatic wonderland by the sea offering relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike.
  3. Atlantis, Dubai- Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. A vast waterscape, Atlantis is a place of sunken aquatic chambers, submerged ruins, and exhilarating water rides, where shark experiences thrill and dolphin encounters leave lifelong impressions. This dynamic property is rising in Dubai from the coastline of the largest man-made island in the world, the Palm Island. Positioned as the flagship property it is, situated at the apex of the Palm Island’s Crescent, Atlantis, The Palm, majestically crowns the development, while surrounded by the beautifully tranquil sea of the Arabian Gulf.
  4. Esperanza, Mexico- With a spectacular beachfront location between two scenic bluffs, a luxurious spa, exceptional accommodations and outstanding service, Esperanza is recognized as one of the world’s finest resorts. Esperanza boasts a magnificent natural setting on 17 acres with glorious views of the Sea of Cortez. Throughout this breathtaking property, you’ll appreciate the sophisticated décor, romantic architecture and top-of-the-line amenities.
  5. Belmond Hotel, Venice Italy- Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this luxury hotel commands unrivaled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artifacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
  6. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland- Indulge in the cozy warmth of a log cabin while enjoying sensational views of our glass igloos. Take in the enchanting beauty of the northern lights and the Lappish wilderness from the comfort of your own private hideaway.
  7. The Big EZ Lodge, Big Sky, Montana- Inspired by the natural beauty of Big Sky, Montana and Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is the perfect location for this exclusive, award-winning lodge. The Big EZ Lodge is ideally situated in Big Sky, Montana and only one hour to the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Transportation can be provided to most off-site activities. In addition, all on-site activities are included in the pricing. There are activities to keep you busy and entertained all year round. Whether you are here in the Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring you will find something for everybody to do.
  8. The Little Nell, Aspen Colorado Aspen is the jewel of the Roaring Fork Valley, not far from the highest peak in the Rockies. Here, you can breathe adventure. And The Little Nell is alone in offering you premier guides, trips and activities to experience the beauty of Aspen – always with Five-Star service. Your pass grants access to all four mountains, and The Nell is the sole ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Ajax. Expert Ski Concierge team manage the rest, from warm boots to hidden powder.
  9. Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An, Vietnam- Enjoy breathtaking views of the East Sea in serenity, luxury and service. Every accommodation is creatively designed with the focus being on intimacy, luxury and the conveniences of home.
  10. Element of Byron Resort, Australia- The manager collaborated with mother nature to create a place of remarkable beauty and restfulness for the traveller who seeks meaning and experience. Each of the creators responds to the unique natural environment, celebrating the elements of fire, earth, water and air. We want to share with you these moments from behind the scenes. Welcome to Elements of Byron.


Go online, check out these beautiful places….and let The Clarion know what place you think is best!










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