Alternative festive getaways for Christmas
For some, the festive period can be the most daunting and stressful time of the year. If you’re thinking “I’m one of those people”, then an alternative festive getaway could be for you. From a relaxing riad to island paradise there’s something for anyone looking to escape the forced festive fun.
JOIN A COMMUNITY
If you’re looking to escape the relatives and embark upon a unique and transformational learning experience over this festive period, then an Experience Week at Findhorn Foundation could be just the ticket. As part of a multi- generational and culturally diverse group of fellow adventurers, you’ll become immersed in the ecovillage and spiritual community. The daily activities offer laughter and new experiences, while encouraging self-refection, personal growth and mindfulness, empowering you to live more sustainable and balanced life.
ESCAPE THE RAT RACE
With unspoiled landscape, road-less terrain and peaceful, wide open spaces, the deserted Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, just off the coast of North Devon, is the perfect place to avoid the Christmas hububb. Hop over for the day, or enjoy a week-long stay in one of 23 unique self-catering properties. This little island has a lot to offer, with activities including surifng, diving and climbing, while spectacular views of the sea and mainland make it an idyllic haven from where to see off the final days of 2018… at a safe distance.
GIVE A LITTLE
Rather than spending hours on end looking for the perfect gift, why not just give the gift of your time? Whether it’s just for a few hours or over a few days, you can really help those in need this Christmas. By volunteering at Crisis, you can provide immediate help for homeless people at a time when they most need it. With roles ranging from helping to cook and serve meals, to simply having a chat and playing games with vulnerable members of society, you could make a real difference to someone this Yuletide.
ENJOY A SWAN SONG
For some must-have (and much needed) R&R, whisk yourself away to The Swan Hotel in Southwold, Suffolk. With exquisite food available in The Still Room restaurant, spa treatments on speed dial and yoga in The Reading Room, there’s no need to leave the hotel, ever. However, if you would like to stretch your legs and explore the local area, the beach is just on the doorstep as well as The RSPB’s flagship nature reserve at Minsmere, while the high street is jam-packed with eclectic shops and boutiques.
FLEE THE COUNTRY
Heading to a non- Christian country is a great way to sidestep Christmas, so pack your sunnies and y away to the land of riads, souks and haggling. At a balmy 20°C throughout December, Marrakech makes for a fabulous winter escape. Located
in the Bab Doukkala neighbourhood and part of the Medina, the luxury Riad 72 is the perfect destination for anyone
in need of a short break. In fact, the traditionally- styled hotel (with on-site restaurant offering authentic Moroccan cuisine), is perhaps the best base to experience Arabic culture. Hammam (Turkish baths) and massage treatments are available, while a rooftop terrace offers spectacular views of the city.