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November 25th, 2015

Luxury locations for a winter getaway

The winter holiday season is the perfect time to get away from it all and indulge in spaces, food and activities that relax, invigorate or just take a little of the weight off your shoulders. At Quintessentially People, we’ve put together a list of five very different but totally extravagant ways to spend your holiday downtime.

Gili Lankanfushi, the Maldives

Voted the best hotel in the world by TripAdvisor in 2015, Gili Lankanfushi is the ultimate in island indulgence. The beautiful floating villas are appointed to the highest standards and the service is second to none – everything done for you, but without interfering with your seclusion or privacy. Each villa has its own butler, who organises everything from turning down your bed to planning excursions. All the resort’s procedures are designed to complement and protect the local marine environment, and yet every single item is carefully sourced, of the highest quality and designed with your comfort in mind. It’s simply the most beautiful place to relax and recharge.

The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

Featured in the iconic Hip Hotels guide and one of the best-known hotels in Hong Kong, with an international reputation, the Peninsula has recently reinvented itself with chic, contemporary design and an enviable range of facilities and services. The hotel can collect you from the airport in a Rolls Royce and its décor and approach blend the very best of Western style and Eastern hospitality. It is elegant, sophisticated and glamorous; the perfect base for exploring Hong Kong for the first time, or enjoying a luxury return visit. For the pinnacle in hotel accommodation, book the Peninsula Suite, an opulent apartment-style suit with a TV room, private gym, dining for 10 and private kitchen. The spacious living area has double-height windows onto a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour.

Royal Malawane, Kruger Park, South Africa

Few people can resist the adventure and beauty of a safari, and if you’re looking for a getaway with the perfect blend of luxury and activity, the Kruger Park will not disappoint. Stay at the Royal Malawane, regularly voted the best safari lodge in the country. With exceptional food and service and stunning interior design that brings the landscape right into your room, Royal Malawane offers spacious double suites or Royal suites that sleep four and come with a private kitchen and chef, a butler and personal game vehicle. For a larger group, Africa House sleeps 12 people and is an elegant, self-contained villa away from the main site with private decks and wonderful views.

Ackergill Tower, Caithness, Scotland

There’s something very romantic about a castle on the edge of the water. When you hire Ackergill Tower, you have a 15th century Scottish castle all to yourself, sitting in an unspoilt location on the edge of the sea at the very northern tip of Scotland. Beautifully decorated bedrooms and interior spaces reflect the grandeur of the building, and are contemporary yet with a traditional feel. The castle is available for exclusive hire, with 17 bedrooms in the tower itself, and cottages on the estate. A stunning panelled dining room, snug sitting rooms, a billiards room and all the outdoor activities you’d associate with a Highland estate are available to you.

The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

An experience that everyone should have at least once, the Ice Hotel was originally conceived in 1989 and is recreated for guests each year, before melting back into the landscape in spring. The hotel offers both ice rooms and traditional warm hotel rooms and you can mix and match the two during your stay. With spectacular skies, the opportunity to experience the extraordinary Northern Lights and other activities including snowmobile tours, dog sledding and ice sculpting, this is a once-in-a-lifetime, magical getaway.

Quintessentially People can help you to find household and office staff to make your holiday season perfect in every way. Ask us about sourcing an excellent nanny to help with childcare while you’re away, or about arranging for a housekeeper to ensure everything is spotless and organised on your return.