Christmas is around the corner, are you ready for your luxury winter holiday 2018? It is the last moment to get prepared and find the best present for your beloved ones. Why not spend the winter-time traveling around the globe? It is the last moment to get ready for this wonderful time of the year. SkyLuxTravel has prepared an overview of the most luxurious treatments and attractions for you to try out this winter.
We have matched the best prices for winter Business Class flights and the most luxurious getaways for this winter.
#1 Istanbul, Turkey: The Nicest Winter Destination
The nicest and spiciest destination – Istanbul, Turkey. An unusual choice for winter travel can be explained by the amount of impressive attractions to be found in Istanbul at winter time at the lowest price during the year.
Largest parts of Turkish culture is the hammam ritual. An authentic spa procedure will leave your body and mind relaxed and rejuvenated. Once upon a time, there were 237 hammam in Istanbul. Traditionally, Turkish baths followed a three-step process, a sauna and steam and then a full body wash – often finishing with a massage. Some of these hammams are very upscale and a must-visit while in Istanbul.
Hunt for antiquarians gems at the world’s oldest shopping mall, located in Istanbul, Grand Bazaar.
Try out Turkish salep, the hot traditional drink made of root orchid and milk. And another, the traditional hot drink made of seasonal cereals and yogurt – boza.
As Christmas is just another day in Istanbul, New Year’s Eve is celebrated widely. 5-star hotels are arranging dinners with balls.
Winter is also the cheapest and less crowded by tourists time to travel. Therefore, if you want to travel to Istanbul, during winter it is more affordable and cheaper, compared to other seasons.
Fly Business Class to Istanbul in winter from $1,935* round-trip, all-in
#2 Madrid, Spain: Two Weeks of Fiestas
What could be better than spending the Christmas holidays in charming Madrid? Sunny Madrid is turning into a magical winter fairytale with a charming bright festive feeling. As everyone knows, fiestas are a big part of Spanish culture, so why not have a little fiesta during winter time?
Madrid is turning the lights on! Watch the capital city start to glow in the evenings with eco-friendly lights, made by famous designers and architects. The light festival is attended by many and it is a real high (light) of the holidays. The city is decorated with different lights, which makes it extra entertaining to explore during the evening hours.
Make sure you will attend the Procession of the Light festival, celebrated on December 21. The festivals in Madrid start from Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) until Three King’s Day on January 6.
For foodies, you are welcomed to royal dining at the city’s iconic Westin Palace Hotel. The dinner menu was designed by a double-Michelin-starred chef. The ticket for the event includes the drinks and food for the whole night long and of course, the midnight grapes are included.
Don’t forget to check out the ski resorts of the Sierra de Guadarrama (north of Madrid), to enjoy the skiing or snowboarding.
Fly Business Class to Madrid in winter from $1,885* round-trip, all-in
#3 Melbourne, Australia: The Top Pick of Luxury Travelers
Winter is the best time to visit Australia. Melbourne is the top pick of luxury travelers and there are multiple reasons why.
Natural “gems” are hidden everywhere across Melbourne. The luxury of untouched nature and breathtaking views will leave you speechless.
During the New Year Melbourne turns into a party place to be. Different themed parties for everyone’s preferences: “The garden party”, “The boat party”, “The endless summer party” and many others are welcoming guests all night.
For those who are looking for a SPA retreat, Melbourne has a variety to offer. Pamper yourself at Peninsula Hot Springs in natural mineral springs. Spend a day at Hepburn Spa with natural waters, welcoming travelers since 1895. Melbourne has everything that luxury travelers are looking for: exclusive spas, untouched nature, wineries to visit and New Year’s parties.
Fly Business Class to Melbourne in winter from $2,509* round-trip, all-in
#4 Sydney, Australia: The Real Gem of Winter Magic to Kickstart your Holiday Season
White-blue coastline with warm water beaches to surf all year long – what else can be dreamed of during dull & foggy days? Sydney weather in winter will still give you some vitamin D and vitamin Sea.
Visit Bondi Beach with a fantastic saltwater bath to take a swim this winter. The Bondi Beach pool attracts swimmers and sunbathers from all over the world. Huge waves crashing into the pool make you feel unforgettable. During Christmas and New Year time, Sydney prepares a spectacular firework show seen from Sydney Harbor or the Sydney Opera House.
The highlight of your winter visit to Sydney could be the Opera Gala concert at the Sydney Opera House. With the dazzling fireworks show over Sydney Harbor, the Opera Gala concert should be in your bucket list to start your next year.
Fly Business Class to Sydney in winter from $2,525* round-trip, all-in
#5 Amsterdam, the Netherlands: The City of Unique Atmosphere
Unlike in other European countries, winter celebrations in the Netherlands start a month before, in November, since the holy saint of Christmas – St. Nicholas starts his tour around the cities in the Netherlands to greet all kids around.
Amsterdam turns into a magical winter fairy tale, with gingerbread houses covered in sugary white snow. The Dutch word ‘gazellig’ which has no direct translation, means a cozy feeling you feel, and it can be experienced during the winter time in Amsterdam. When the day time is shorter, Amsterdamers are lightening up the city with a light festival.
If you are lucky enough and visit Amsterdam in a colder weather, you can try out Europe’s largest ice-skating rink – the canals. When the water freezes, the canals are turned into an ice-skating fun activity.
If the weather is not welcoming to be outside, choose a great tour to visit different museums. Luckily, Amsterdam has more than 100 museums to go. But mind the holiday opening times and large lines of visitors to the museums. We advise booking excursions and museum visits in advance.
Amsterdam is also renowned for Michelin-rated restaurants. More than 16 in total, Michelin-rated restaurants are spread around Amsterdam and it would be a shame not to visit at least one of them. In case if the Dutch weather will remain rainy and warm, a canal sightseeing excursion is a great way to explore the city and see the Light festival exposition “the Water Colors”. The light festival is brightening up the town with different colors and attracts tourists to explore the city of the lights.
Fly Business Class to Amsterdam in winter from $1,879* round-trip, all-in
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