When most of the country battles the cold, icy weather that comes with winter’s grip, you can easily escape in a private jet to one of the world’s warm paradises. With the southern hemisphere in the throes of summer, beaches, warm weather and outdoor adventures await. Leave your sweaters, gloves and heavy coat behind, and pack the sunscreen, swimsuit and sandals this holiday season.
Hire a private jet to take you to Bali, Indonesia and clear your mind as you listen to the sounds of the traditional gamelan gong. On Christmas Eve, watch the sunset at Pura (Temple) Tanah Lot, a temple located on the west coast of Beraban. In addition to beautiful beaches, Bali is the perfect place for history lovers and those who enjoy ancient architecture, as the area is known as the “Island of a Thousand Puras.”
While traditional high-end hotels are an option, stay the Hotel Tugu Bali. Book the Puri Le Mayeur Suite, a villa that overlooks the sea and floats atop a pond filled with lily pads and lotus plants.
With Portuguese Catholic influences in the seaside Indian town, Goa offers one of the most vibrant Christmas celebrations on the planet. A trip here in your private charter will definitely be one of the most memorable. Spend the holidays with beachside bon fires at night and admiring its gothic churches during the day. Attend one of the many Christmas Eve masses to sing carols after feasting on a traditional dinner with pork sorpotel, pulao, neureos (stuffed dried fruit), dodol (cashew and coconut squares) and fruitcake.
Rest your head at the luxury Fort Aguada beach resort—88 acres spread over the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress. Treat yourself this holiday season by booking the two-room Luxury Bliss Villa Sea View.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
For a trip that still requires a passport, but isn’t too far flung, head south of the border to the colonial-era city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s central highlands. The cultural hotspot is filled with baroque Spanish architecture and a vibrant art scene that’s perfect for art collectors. Watch candle-lit posadas processions and pastorals, listen to live music and dance in El Jardín, the town square. Get in the holiday spirit with Ponche (a hot toddy-like beverage with hot toddy), sweet breads and tamales. Then see one of the finest examples of Baroque art in the Americas at the Atotonilco sanctuary. It will only take a glance at the walls and ceiling to see why some call it the “Sistine Chapel of America.”
Complement the surrounding beauty by staying at the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, located among six Spanish colonial mansions from the 16th and 18th centuries. The bóvedas (curved ceilings), alfresco corridors, courtyards and gardens might make you think you’re on a different continent. If it’s available, book the Presidential Suite. Otherwise, enjoy one of the spacious Deluxe Suites with views of the city.