Enliven Your /Festive Season

Carrier's guide on where to go and what to do in the month of December.

Christmas shopping /In New York City

The Peninsula, New York

Few places in the world can match the eclectic array of shops available in New York, with the festive season being a wonderful time to visit. It is a glorious chance to combine shopping with sightseeing, from the iconic tree at the Rockefeller Center to the ice skaters in Central Park. Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and the bohemian boutiques of Greenwich Village…there is everything here from vintage to modern classics, in abundance. The Peninsula is our recommended place to stay, thanks to its location on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and its fabulous restaurants. Gourmet dining at Fives is complemented by the east-meets west delights of Salon de Ning, the stylish rooftop bar reflecting the glamour of 1930s Shanghai.

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Experience the Christmas markets /In Prague

Rocco Forte Hotel Augustine, Prague

In the city's squares - Old Town, Wenceslas and Republic in particular - brightly decorated wooden huts, ablaze with lights, are filled with all manner of traditional Czech products from handicrafts and hot food to fine Bohemian crystalware, traditional puppets and unique Christmas gifts. At the heart of the action, the Augustine stands close to majestic Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge. This Rocco Forte hotel comprises seven different buildings, many of historical significance, including the 13th century Augustinian St Thomas Monastery, after which the hotel is named. Follow a busy day's shopping with a session in the spa which has a Hammam offering special heat treatments.

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Indulge in a /Pre-Christmas Break

Baros Maldives, North Malé Atoll

The Maldives benefits from a hot, tropical climate with sunshine all year round. It is particularly ideal for a pre-Christmas getaway, when it is dry with very little wind. Baros sits on a shimmering, reef-fringed island in the North Malé Atoll and is fronted by a powder-white sand beach. Beachfront Pool Villas feature a private plunge pool and outdoor garden
shower, whilst Water Villas line a curving boardwalk - perfect for dipping directly into the
lagoon. Dine in the Lighthouse Restaurant, and savour fine wines from the glass-panelled cellar, or take a traditional dhoni cruise at sunset. Be pampered in the spa or go snorkelling at one of 30 nearby dive sites.

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