The Christmas season is all about giving, sharing and celebrating with the ones you love but sometimes the damp UK weather just doesn’t cut the mustard. So here at Hero & Leander we are drawing on inspiration from the rich and famous. December presents a veritable pick and mix of pine-clad cosy ski resorts and delectable desert islands that could be the ideal alternative to ‘passing the sprouts’ at home. Here we discover 2017’s favourite festive playgrounds of the rich and famous.
Hosting the first ever Winter Olympics back in 1924, Chamonix Mont-Blanc has been revered as the home of alpinism. With its superb mix of nursery, intermediate and advanced runs it is a recurrent favourite with families, couples and serious ski enthusiasts alike, and now a hot spot for celebrities including Penelope Cruz and even various royal families.
Martin Bromley is General Manager of Les Rives d’Argentière – a 5-star hamlet of Chamonix chalets – a firm favourite for those looking for ultimate exclusivity and luxury on the slopes, said:
“Chamonix is the go-to destination for anyone from royalty to Russian oligarchs and celebrities requiring a super luxurious location offering superb ski facilities alongside outstanding accommodation and unrivalled gastronomic delights.”
Visit www.lesrivesdargentiere.com to learn more about this show-stopping hamlet of chalets for exclusive hire.
South Beach, Miami
These days South Beach is as well known for its Art Deco architecture as its out of this world night life. Now a firm favourite with stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and the Kardashians, South Beach’s night life scene is notorious and the place to be seen for New Year’s Eve.
Feel like a star and stay in the opulent mansion hotel, and former home of Gianni Versace, The Villa Casa Casaurina www.vmmiamibeach.com.
If it’s good enough for world-famous fashion label Ralph Lauren its good enough for us! From the sartorial to the seasonal, this enchanting Arctic resort is the ideal hideaway for immersing yourself in a smorgasbord of wintry delights including aurora hunting, ice fishing and husky safaris.
Sleep under the stars in a delightful glass igloo-style cabin whilst sipping on hot chocolate and watching the Northern Lights glide by.
Visit www.kakslauttanen.fi to find out more.
With the gloriously picturesque Rocky Mountains for a backdrop, Aspen boasts the most expensive real estate prices in the United States, and has a list of designer boutiques that would rival Rodeo Drive.
Kate Hudson and Gigi Hadid all count it on their lists of seasonal stays.
Try Colorado’s crown jewel – the world-class Hotel Jerome – for a taste of the high life hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com/
The Caribbean island of Barbados is a billionaire’s sun soaked paradise of plush mansions and smart restaurants.
Luxury beach-front resort Sandy Lane is the place to be – and be seen. Snap up a stay in a five-bedroom villa for $16,000 per night www.sandylane.com
The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Boasting one of the most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, The Maldives is also home to more than 1,000 coral islands, extensive reefs and beautiful blue lagoons.
For a once in a lifetime Christmas dinner with a difference, dine out at the magical Ithaa Undersea Restaurant surrounded by an array of stunning sea life.
For more information please visit visitmaldives.com/
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