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Exceptional Festive Experiences
The excitement of Christmas and New Year are swiftly approaching, and as the long dark evenings begin to settle in around us, we begin to dream and drift between the idea of a mystical winter wonderland or a sun-drenched tropical island. In a time where seclusion and space are paramount, we have gathered together a collection of desirable locations to inspire your ultimate winter revival, perfect for you and the family.
We understand that it’s more important than ever to travel safely, reliably and flexibly this festive season. Many of the best hotels are already booked up and yachts chartered, but Pelorus has access to some great last minute availability for those who are able to book now.
Keep reading for some inspiration for your festive holidays and contact our team to tailor an option for your needs, or to ask about other destinations and experiences.
If it is relaxation and rejuvenation you seek, jet off to the Southern Hemisphere for plenty of pampering on the sun-soaked beaches of the Maldives. An idyllic archipelagic island country in the Indian Ocean, these islands occupy one of the most desirable locations on earth.
Experiences such as coral planting, a marine conservation expedition and a tour of their organic gardens will appeal to the eco and health conscious guest. Or simply, bask in the sun whilst indulging in tropical delights, and perhaps a luxury spa treatment. Enjoy sundowners whilst the sun dips below the horizon, expelling a dreamy mesh of colour into the sky.
Be it floating around the islands on board your fabulously chic yacht, or barefoot bliss in a perfectly manicured stilted resort projected out into the azure waters… Both offer uninterrupted views of the ocean, creating a unique castaway experience of the upmost luxury.
Experience a traditional white Christmas in the Finnish Lapland. Full of dense forests that become a glistening wonderland in winter for travellers from all over to celebrate the festive season. This Arctic location is ideal for those seeking unique memories with children.
The majestic landscape is teeming with extraordinary wildlife such as elk, wolves, brown bears and snowy owls. From a traditional Sami hut, receive an endearing cultural welcome from a Shaman; hear fascinating stories and learn about the history and nature of the land that surrounds. Listen to him sing before receiving beverages and food served straight from the fire. This is a rare opportunity to encounter first-hand the history of such a spiritual tradition.
Hop into a sledge pulled by huskies or travel across the wilderness on snowmobiles before stopping on a magical frozen lake. An expert guide will teach you how to drill a hole in the ice and prepare your ice fishing rod and bait before you try your hand at this traditional pastime.
One of the most naturally fascinating areas on Earth, Iceland’s beauty is prolific. A beguiling fusion of stunning volcanoes hidden between the largest glaciers in Europe, quaint villages and geo-thermal pools nestled amongst luscious scenery… Iceland is a vibrant treasure-trove for nature-enthusiasts and a wonderful destination to discover over the festive period.
It is during these dark winter months the Northern Lights dance across the sky, creating the most beautiful artistic display, visible from the warmth of your isolated private lodge. A perfect combination of modern design and authentic Icelandic architecture, Deplar Farm creates a peaceful haven amongst the wilderness.
Spend your days hiking, snowmobiling, whale watching and lake fishing before returning back to your lodge by helicopter. Iceland’s exclusivity gives way to experiencing world-class heli-skiing as you descend remote summits with a view over the sapphire ocean, a wondrous sight so few have seen. Or, for the little adventurers amongst you, traversing across Iceland in a sled pulled by Huskies under the low winter sun is a dream, especially over Christmas.
Italy offers fluffy white powder in the northern Alps, providing visitors world class cuisine and adventure sports in abundance. The majestic mountain range is a haven of outdoor adventure, the Dolomites give a sense of pure awe and elation. Boasting jagged peaks, striking rock formations, fertile meadows and sparkling lakes, a world of wonder awaits exploration. Discover the expansive terrain, marvel at the breath-taking scenery, all combined with fine dining on Italian cuisine.
Pass through the Ladin valleys of Val Gardena, Arabba, and Fassa whilst delighting in superb skiing both on and off the piste through the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites. Tour between expansive powder fields far from the calls of civilisation and feel truly separate from everyday life. Ski “hut-to-hut” staying in family-run mountain refuges and charming hotels along the way. As the sun begins to set, casting deep shadows over the pristine mountains, enjoy a cool beer or warming hot chocolate with the heat of the sun on your face, atop one of these magnificent peaks.
Paraglide over the striking rock formations of the Dolomites or hurtle alongside them on a mountain bike before hiking to a secluded lake and settling down to a freshly prepared picnic lunch.
From the shallow waters of the Bahamas, palm fringed beaches and Painkiller rum cocktails in the British Virgin Islands, to cruising the azure waters of the mountainous Grenadines or relaxing on the sun-soaked beaches of St Lucia… this Christmas and New Year, trade the winter chill for total bliss in the Caribbean.
Full of life, each island is unique in its own way. Graced with warm welcomes and a laidback vibe, these islands will immediately capture your heart. Warm waters lap pristine sandy beaches, while towns have retained their colourful colonial elegance and understated style which emphasise the island’s spellbinding surroundings. The perfect destination for the family, the little adventurers in your group will enjoy access to water sports and dancing to steelpan music, homage to the Caribbean Islands. Dip below the surface of the water and revel at the mesmerising kaleidoscope of aquatic life, before enjoying sundowners and delighting in local delicacies.
Soak up the character of the Caribbean, be it truly connecting with the wind and water whilst under sail on board a classic yacht, or relaxing on the deck of a luxurious motor yacht, graceful as she glides between one tropical island to the next.
Celebrate the festive season strolling with the big five while staying in a luxury retreat, or sail along the coast for a blue safari by an exclusive charter yacht. Discover what makes South Africa a must-visit destination, from unparalleled wildlife experiences to a world-class culinary scene to one of the most mesmerising coastlines on the planet.
Take to the sea and accompany a marine biologist and professional diver to snorkel, or dive alongside iconic Cape fur seals in the waters of Hout Bay. You may enjoy kayaking in Three Anchor Bay for personal encounters with incredible marine life such as Heaviside’s dolphins and gain unique views of your surroundings from the calm waters.
The Winelands provide something for everyone, whether it be hiking and biking the beautiful mountains, visiting nature reserves, tasting the delicious wine, or indulging at first-rate restaurants. Take a helicopter to the Richtersveld National Park to embark on a first-class rafting adventure down the beautiful Orange River.
Embark on a safari experience at Phinda Game Reserve, an area of protected wildlife land which comprises 7 different ecosystems. As well as brilliant game drives and walking safaris, actively participate in fascinating conservation experiences such as black rhino notching.
French Polynesia is a paradise of turquoise waters, home to more than 1,000 species of fish. With over 4.7 million square kilometres dedicated to shark sanctuaries, there are numerous programmes that can be joined to aid both sharks and coral.
Learn about the history of the Tahitians, joining locals in the time-honoured outrigger canoe to spear fish. Quad bike over islands and explore the lush mountainous interior, hiking through fertile valleys amongst lush tropical vegetation. Freefall over one of the world’s most beautiful islands on a tandem skydive in Mo’orea or learn how to surf, spending your evening onboard a luxury yacht.
Conservation is becoming more important to travellers, gain exclusive access to the pioneering coral reef conservation efforts of the Coral Gardeners on Moorea. Here you will learn about the destruction of the coral reef, snorkel through the coral gardens and plant coral to help protect the reef of the future.
Promising a generous dose of “the sunshine vitamin” as the perfect remedy to winter’s chill, Thailand’s idyllic archipelago offers an unrivalled tropical paradise like no other. More than just paradisal white sand beaches, Thailand boasts a rich and thriving culture open for exploration.
Be it total zen in jungle hideaways among some of the oldest rainforests known to man, navigating a maze of street markets and sacred temples, sampling flavoursome cuisine and fascinating traditions, or immersive experiences with tribal communities learning their authentic ways of life, your Pelorus trip will be sure to combine both pampering and adventure.
From stepping out of a luxurious villa to sink your toes into the sandy shore, overlooking the dazzling array of the floating islands in the Andaman Sea… to swinging at anchor in secluded bays and finding complete isolation on board your glossy vessel when floating from one castaway island paradise to the next. Your winter escape to Thailand will be one to remember.
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