A&K's Top 6 Pre-Christmas Getaways

A&K's Top 6 Pre-Christmas Getaways
November 2015
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The lead up to Christmas is always a frantic time, this year why not approach the holidays relaxed and recharged. Whether you would like a destination close to home or travelling a little further afield here are our top tips for a pre-Christmas break.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

Saffire Freycinet is an intimate sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast that delivers sophisticated coastal style and an inspirational experience. Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycinet sits cleverly within breathtaking natural surrounds. Each of the 20 luxurious suites gives maximum privacy with beautiful views, natural light, spacious living and bedroom areas. Famed restaurant, Palate, is one of Tasmania’s most exclusive eateries with exquisite gourmet menus featuring home-grown produce and outstanding local wines to match. Take me there

Lizard Island, Queensland

Award winning Lizard Island offers the ultimate in luxurious holiday seclusion. Beautiful, natural and wild and the most northern of all resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is a place reserved for the fortunate few. The island is a National Park, protected and pure, with just one resort, 40 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and 24 pristine powdery-white beaches. Enjoy the world's best diving and snorkeling, five-star service that is second to none, and natural beauty, uninterrupted on Lizard Island. Take me there

Southern Ocean Lodge, South Australia

Combining glorious isolation, sensitive design and coastal glamour on the natural wonderland of Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of comfort, style and personal intimacy. Adjoining two national parks, the great outdoors live up to their name with a Galapagos-sized contingent of endemic and unusual wildlife and spectacular landmarks explored safari-style with the lodge’s exclusive guided excursions. Dining at the lodge is sheer delight, the superb daily changing menu showcases the finest of South Australian fare, complemented by excellent local wines. Take me there

Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives

Understated style and barefoot chic are the mainstays of this new luxury resort. With overwater villas and garden suites, Maalifushi is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination. There are some excellent surf breaks nearby as well as a vibrant marine life and a string of uninhabited private islands, where sightings of whale sharks, Hammerheads and Manta Ray are common. Exceptional cuisine is a COMO signature with spa choices, the finest produce, kid’s menus and flexible dining options. Take me there

Highlights of Vietnam

One of Southeast Asia’s hottest destinations, Vietnam has it in spades and this journey includes all the highlights from north to south. The country boasts a long coastline, bustling cities, beaches, mountains, an iconic river, temples and lush countryside as well as several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hotels are world class and a junk trip on Halong Bay is not to be missed. Take me there

Laos in Depth

The small mountainous country of Laos is known as the land of a million elephants. It is blessed with the sleepy charm of Old Asia and is an enchanting delight. This delightful journey highlights the major attractions of the capital, Vientiane, and World Heritage listed Luang Prabang as well as the unspoiled Champasak province in the southwest of the country. Visit minority villages on the Mekong, see impressive Khmer ruins and the vast riverscapes of the 4000 Islands region and there are opportunities to meditate with monks and visit colourful markets. Take me there

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