Whilst some people’s idea of festive heaven is two weeks in a warmer climate, there is nothing quite like a quintessentially British Christmas celebration. Staying close to family and friends is at the top of most of our priority lists as December looms, but that does not necessarily mean we have to stay at home. Christmas staycations are a great way of enjoying a little luxury, without having to break the bank or miss out on everything that makes Christmas at home so special! If you are dreaming of a luxury festive break, here are the top five things you will need to ensure you are making the most of your time away:
All the festive foods
When you think of Christmas, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It may be twinkling lights on a fresh pine tree or mounds of presents piled high to the ceiling, but for me it is most definitely the traditional and decadent food. For that luxury feeling, why not put together a festive hamper full to the brim of beautifully curated goodies to enjoy whilst you are away. Including treats such as luxury mince pies, fine wines, rich cheese, and lavish chocolates is sure to set your trip off in the most delicious way.
Winter Walk attire
After all of the indulgence, there is simply nothing better than pulling on your boots and snuggly scarf and getting out into the beautiful crisp landscapes for a winter walk. Absolutely ensure that you pack the appropriate attire for such an adventure and prepare for all eventualities. It is probably best to pack walking boots and wellies, in case that oh so special Christmas snow makes an appearance.
To ensure your break feels as luxe as possible, choosing the right accommodation is key. Pick a property that has fantastic proximity to local villages (and pubs!) if socializing is your thing or choose a secluded location, surrounded by natural beauty, for a relaxing break. Luxury Lake District cottages from Lakelovers are a great choice if you are searching for that extra something, be it a hot tub, roaring open fire, or entertainment space.
Speaking of entertainment spaces, whilst your days may be booked up with indulgence and the outdoors, the evenings should have a little pizzazz too. When packing for your staycation, consider bringing a selection of games to enjoy with your party. Christmas is most definitely one of the times we all gather together for a group game, and games nights are always a super fun evening, especially if there’s booze involved! Look for travel editions of casino classics such as roulette and poker for the ultimate luxury experience.
Nothing screams luxury quite like champagne, and ensuring you bring along a range of your favorite celebratory drinks is sure to set the tone for your staycation. Some properties may already have a drinks cabinet for you to enjoy, but if not you can always make your own. “Pimp your prosecco” stations are particularly popular and are a super fun way to enjoy a couple of drinks with family and friends. Simply gather your glasses and prosecco and pop out a range of treats your guests can add to their drinks, be it elderflower, raspberries, or edible glitter — cheers!