It's hard to believe it’s already December! With the holiday season fully underway, we’re featuring some of our favorite places to unwind in front of a fireplace this winter—hopefully with some of your favorite people. Speaking of winter, we’re highlighting a recent trip to the Scandinavian Arctic, complete with a viewing of the Northern Lights. Beaches more your speed? We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best hotels in Anguilla. From all of us at First in Service, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. Cheers to 2019!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Believe it or not, the holidays are just a few months away. If that got your attention, why not lock in your festive plans now to avoid a last-minute scramble? We still have availability for stunning villas whether you want to celebrate on the slopes of Aspen or chill with family on a perfect Caribbean beach.
The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana
This luxury resort transforms into a winter wonderland. Imagine a personal visit from Santa on his sleigh! That’s exactly what a Christmas stay in the Wilderness Estate includes. Start by trimming the tree in your own home. You’ll also get into the spirit with fireside s’mores, Christmas Eve and day feasts, horse-drawn sleigh rides, cookie decorating, gingerbread house building, all meals, daily activities and more.
Five night minimum and rates starting at $4,018 per night for a three-bedroom Wilderness Estate.
Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
Treat yourself to the ultimate grown-up getaway for the holidays. At this luxury island escape, enjoy the service of a dedicated chef and housekeeper as you relax by the pool or crystal-blue beach. Explore the coral reefs, venture out on a rainforest safari, or book a wellness session. It’s all up to you. Families too can bond over a host of outdoor sports, stargazing, and s’mores on the beach. You even get your own golf buggy to whiz around the property.
Ten night minimum and rates starting at $10,450 per night for a three-bedroom Tranquility Villa.
The Little Nell, Aspen
The magic of Aspen is at its peak during the holidays. Surround yourself with the twinkling lights and charm of the town in style. Your family-friendly villa comes with ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain, along with laundry and private balcony. Amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, ski concierge, kids’ room, and Owners’ Lounge with daily continental breakfast and afternoon receptions.
Seven night minimum and rates starting at $9,300 per night for a two-bedroom residence.
Vue des Reves, St. Barths
The world is your oyster at this magnificent hillside hideaway overlooking the Baie de St. Jean. Your stay in the Caribbean’s most glamorous island is perfect for holiday entertaining. It comes complete with chef’s kitchen (plus back and outdoor kitchen), infinity pool, and sunken lounge with fire pit to enjoy those breathtaking panoramic views. The town of St. Jean is home to famous Nikki Beach and lovely boutiques and cafes.
Seven night minimum and rates at $23,571 per night for the five-bedroom residence.
The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA
Families and friends will feel the holiday cheer all season long at this exclusive seaside retreat. A Family Pumpkin Harvest and Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch lead in to a December full of good cheer. From gingerbread house decorating to Santa calls, to villas decked out with lights, garlands and poinsettias, there will be plenty of ways to celebrate.
Three to five night minimum and rates starting at $1,495 for a three-bedroom Ocean View Villa.