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The festive season is a magical time for luxury family holidays. Christmas in the snow-capped mountains and days spent on the slopes are what childhood dreams are made of. Finnish Lapland adds to the wonderment, giving children the chance to meet Father Christmas and his elves. If you're looking to build sandcastles rather than snowmen, an activity-packed Dubai escape or a safari followed by a relaxing break in Mauritius is sure to excite and delight families of all ages. Carrier offers Christmas holidays at 5 star family hotels and resorts around the world, yet they do book up quickly, Business Class flights to the Maldives are already very limited. With this in mind, we have introduced a five step guide on how to secure a Christmas holiday, click here to view. 

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges - Chalet Le Kilimanjaro

Lying in the exclusive enclave of Legettaz, close to Val d’Isère’s chic centre, this boutique collection of five luxury lodges boasts enviable slope-side access. Offering a fully catered bespoke service, a private chef, chauffeur, concierge and experienced chalet hosts are on hand to arrange everything from delivering your lift pass to you with your first breakfast and arranging lunch reservations at the best mountain restaurants, to ski hire and lessons. An exquisite base from which to explore L’Espace Killy, Le Kilimanjaro is a winter retreat...

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Hotel Val de Neu

The only hotel in the Spanish Pyrenees with a five-star Grand Luxury official rating, the Val de Neu in Baqueira 1500 offers state of-the-art living with exquisite touches of traditional design. Deluxe rooms, most with riveting mountain views, feature hydro massage showers and independent climate control, while Suites and Junior Suites have two separate living spaces. Dining spans traditional cuisine accompanied by a prestigious wine menu at El Bosque; more informal mountain fondues and raclettes at La Fondue and battery-recharging snacks at El...

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Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Commanding a superb location within the ski connoisseur’s paradise of Arosa, this Member of the Leading Hotels of the World prides itself on high levels of personal service. Generously sized rooms and suites, designed with colourful flair by Carlo Rampazzi, boast large picture windows and up-to-the-moment amenities. Varied dining options encompass five venues including the Michelin-starred La Vetta and fine fast food at The Basement. When it’s time to hit the slopes, a touch of a button hails the hotel’s own private mountain railway car – the T...

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Villa Laavu

Distinguished by views from the top of Utsuvaara hill to the pine-clad wilderness beyond, the three-storey Villa Laavu blends modern amenities with a traditional wood cabin feel. A log fire provides the focal point in a spacious open-plan living space with high ceilings and large windows, while seven bedrooms provide comfortable accommodation for families, sleeping up to fourteen. Five of the bedrooms are en suite; with the master bedroom also featuring a mini kitchenette and balcony. On the terrace, a welcoming Jacuzzi tempts relaxation. Prepa...

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COMO Point Yamu

With its enviable location on the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay, COMO Point Yamu enjoys breathtaking views over Phuket’s east coast. Contemporary guest rooms, suites and private pool villas boast spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows, and beautifully designed bathrooms add an extra wow factor. Cuisine ranges from street-style Thai and locally caught seafood in Nahmyaa to Italian wood-fired classics and healthy COMO Shambhala specialities in poolside La Sirena. To revitalise mind and body there is comp...

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb, you’ll find the Four Seasons - Whistler's only Forbes 5 star property. Few mountain residences can boast such a combination of scenic grandeur, welcoming luxury and family-friendly touches. The luxury hotel has fluff factor in abundance: the rooms are like heavenly cocoons, featuring cosy wood interiors, gas-burning fireplaces and bathrooms that are as lavish as they are enormous. Guests will appreciate the hotel shuttle for quick and easy access to the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, the exclusive Ski Elite inst...

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One&Only Royal Mirage - Arabian Court

Designed in the spirit of the Orient, Arabian Court sits at the heart of the One&Only Royal Mirage resort, its dramatic architecture housing an enchanting landscape of courtyards and fountains. Why One&Only Royal Mirage - Arabian Court? Set in 65 acres of luscious gardens, and alongside a kilometre-long private beach, Arabian Court is one of three enchanting properties that make up the Royal Mirage Local golf courses, a floodlit tennis court and nearby surfable sand dunes mean that exhilarating activities are never far away Great for fami...

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One&Only Royal Mirage - Residence & Spa

Tucked away in secluded scented gardens peppered with a pool, fountains and shady gazebos, One&Only Royal Mirage Residence & Spa offers an elegant haven where pampering is the predominant indulgence. Why One&Only Royal Mirage – Residence & Spa? One of the three Royal Mirage properties, the Residence & Spa is ideal for couples searching for a secluded, intimate break Partnered with ESPA, the hotel focuses on visitors’ wellbeing and is home to twelve private treatment rooms A true golfers paradise, the resort is close to the world-famous Em...

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Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Cascading serenely down a forested hillside on the north west tip of Koh Samui lies a ravishing resort within a hidden cove. From here, the views across the Gulf of Siam and surrounding islands are simply breathtaking. Settle into your freestanding villa or private residence - raised on stilts in the traditional local style - to bask on your spacious deck with its private infinity-edge pool, perhaps working up the energy to slip down to the Coco Rum Bar or to the porcelain-white beach complete with a 50 metre pool. Five individual spa salas (co...

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One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace

A regal beachfront domain overlooking the iconic Palm Island, The Palace is one of three magnificent properties that make up Dubai’s One&Only Royal Mirage.  Enjoy exploring the landscaped gardens, resplendent with exotic flora and criss-crossed by meandering water features, or stroll along the sugar white sands of the private beach, all accompanied by the backdrop of Dubai’s unrivalled skyline. Why One&Only Royal Mirage – The Palace? A golfer’s paradise, The Palace is situated close to seven nearby golf courses and its own putting green Ac...

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COMO Maalifushi

The epitome of castaway barefoot chic, COMO Maalifushi is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll. Sister property of COMO Cocoa Island, its understated style captures the essence of Indian Ocean living with accommodation created by leading Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi. Choose from the beach suites nestled in the shade of the lush Como Maalifushi gardens, the decadent beach villas complete with private pools and direct access to the beach, or enchanting overwater villas leading off wooden walkways that ...

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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Dusky pink low-rise buildings and a pristine natural beach await 15 minutes drive from downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. Glamorous even by Dubai’s elevated standards, this resplendent resort brings fresh sophistication to Jumeirah Beach. Ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites blend authentic Arabic themes with contemporary styling, all having a large balcony with dining table and opulent marble floored bathrooms featuring a silver-leaf ceiling and Murano glass pendant. Entered through a shared vestibule, most rooms are ideally set up for fami...

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Jumeirah Al Qasr

Set in an elevated position by two kilometres of private beachfront, Jumeirah Al Qasr captures the magnificence of a Sheikh’s summer residence. Majestic in every sense it is approached via a tree-lined avenue adorned with sculpted Arabian horses, the unrestrained opulence continuing through to the spacious rooms and suites which have been recently refurbished, and all offering views over the lush gardens or glinting Arabian Gulf. World-class restaurants and bars with alfresco terraces provide a thousand and one delights, the Arboretum being a p...

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COMO Parrot Cay

Situated on a private island, COMO Parrot Cay is an escapist’s paradise with an emphasis on rejuvenation and is a hotspot for the A-listers. Nature pervades in its beautifully colourful grounds, with organic gardens and a mile long beach of soft, powdery sand. Light and spacious, the rooms and suites are peaceful retreats, the décor delightfully understated with contemporary teakwood furnishings, flowing muslin drapes and indulgent amenities. Beach Houses and villas with private sundecks and heated plunge pool or swimming pool lie just steps fr...

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Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

The traditional courtyard summer houses of old Arabia inspired the stunning two-storey summer houses that grace this enchanting resort where all rooms and suites have been fully refurbished in contemporary Arabian style and come complete with twenty four hour butler service. Accessible by scenic waterways and leafy pathways, each living space is light, spacious and beautifully appointed with every conceivable modern comfort inside and out. Reached by traditional abra boat, Pai Thai, the resort’s romantic Thai restaurant, is a sublime alfresco s...

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Jumeirah Mina A' Salam

A beautifully authentic expression of Arabian architecture, Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, meaning ‘harbour of peace’, is a grand boutique hotel of exquisite style. Surrounded by tranquil waters the property is the gateway to the rest of the Madinat Jumeirah resort and entry point to the network of enchanting waterways and walkways. All suites and guest rooms have been fully refurbished in contemporary Arabian style, each richly adorned in Arabian fabrics and artefacts. Several bars and lounges are interwoven with first class restaurants including Zhe...

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Bahía del Duque

A resplendent gem on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is a luxury resort on several levels, comprising three distinct areas of accommodation. In addition to the colourful rooms and suites arranged in a horseshoe around the pools, there are the Casas Ducales. Designed by Pascua Ortega, they form a hotel within a hotel featuring Canarian-style houses with special services including those of a resident butler. The luxuriant Las Villas form the third section, complete with their own private reception and readin...

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Bandar

Al Bandar – meaning “the town”– is the focal point of the resort featuring a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. Centrally located within the resort complex its romantic architecture has been inspired by Old Muscat, with buildings of varying height adorned by an array of ornate balconies. The pools and waterways which abound throughout the property make relaxing viewing from the generously sized sea-facing guestrooms decorated in modern Arabian fashion, all with a balcony or patio. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms along with in...

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Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Situated on a headland commanding panoramic views, a pinnacle of the vacation experience is the adult-oriented and ultra-opulent Al Husn. Deluxe rooms, which are amongst the largest in Oman, feature lavish décor inspired by royal Arabian palaces and come complete with balconies or terraces from which to admire the views of the courtyard and pool; deluxe sea view rooms open up entrancing panoramas of the Gulf of Oman from their furnished balconies. Culinary experiences, accessible only to Al Husn guests, include a beach grill serving fresh seafo...

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Waha

Family-popular Al Waha is the largest of the three hotels that make up Shangri-La’s Omani portfolio. Meaning “The Oasis”, this idyllic escape is dotted with several swimming pools and surrounded by date palm trees. The family accommodation comprises two interconnecting rooms that look over the lush gardens and glittering pools towards the Gulf of Oman, kitted out with a PlayStation and a section of games on request. An array of eateries provides delicious dining options. Between Al Waha and Al Bandar lies the enchanting beachfront Bait al Bahr ...

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Beit Al Bahar Villas

With twenty six storeys and a design inspired by the shape of a breaking wave, the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a striking Dubai landmark. Located less than thirty minutes from the city centre, guests can take advantage of renowned Dubai attractions such as the Mall of Emirates, Dubai Marina and Emirates Golf Club. With its own private beach, this family friendly hotel offers an array of amenities for guests to enjoy. Choose from twenty one restaurants, bars and cafés – ranging from the casual to the elegant and the local to the international...

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The Emirates Palace

Majestic and magnificent, the Kempinski managed Emirates Palace stands on a 1.3 kilometre private beach in impressive landscaped gardens. Gold finials and mosaic glass tiles top a veritable sea of domes and cupolas – the whole development reflecting the infinite shades of the Arabian sands. Quite possibly the most expensive hotel ever built, it welcomes the discerning guest with accommodation of unparalleled opulence. Each room and suite conveys a masterful blend of regal splendour and cutting edge gadgetry, featuring advanced multimedia system...

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La Pleta Hotel

A mix of innovative cuisine and alpine hospitality draws a discerning clientele to La Pleta, renowned for its personal touches and superlative valley views. Couples and families alike are impeccably catered for, split-level family options including Occitania Suites featuring separate living and dining areas, Jacuzzi bathtub and goose feather bedding. Innovative cuisine ranges from Catalan specialities at Restaurant Del Gel al Foc and contemporary Japanese at La Pleta Sushi to traditional Swiss favourites at the recently-opened La Racletterie. H...

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