Escape for Christmas

Posted On October 17, 2006

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Desert island Christmas > Fundu Lagoon, Pemba Island. Spend Christmas basking in the sun on an idyllic paradise island… and leave the cold weather and Christmas crackers far behind you.

Share a hammock with a bikini clad babe on a white, sandy beach rather than the sofa with granny and enjoy the perfect alternative to Christmas at Fundu Lagoon, off the coast of Tanzania.

Fundu Lagoon is located on Pemba, a remote and relatively unknown island north of Zanzibar. The tiny traditional villages of Pemba have had little impact on the coast and the coral reefs around Pemba are largely in pristine condition. Pemba is surrounded by dramatic and exciting coral reefs stretching as far as the eye can see.

Listed as one of the top diving locations in the world, you can explore the exciting and rich waters of the Indian Ocean from above and below the sea. Fundu’s fully-equipped PADI Resort Diving and watersports centre offers range of activities including diving, snorkelling, kayaking and deep sea fishing.

For those who want to escape from Christmas at home but still want some festivities, Fundu Lagoon do not disappoint. Instead of the usual turkey and stuffing, Christmas dinner is a lavish lobster and seafood buffet on the beach. Each guest can wake up on Christmas morning to find a makuti basket crammed full of presents from the hotel, sarongs, spices, books etc.

For 7 nights at Fundu Lagoon on a all inclusive basis from £2199 per person. Prices include return flights from Zanzibar to Pemba and airport transfers but not international flights.

Will Santa find you in the middle of the African bush? Oliver’s Camp and Sayari South, Tanzania.

Spend Christmas exploring the safari wonderland of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Oliver’s Camp is one of Tanzania’s best bush camps, offering the best quality game experience in Tarangire’s unspoiled wilderness area.

Swop the scratched Christmas carol record for the sounds of the African bush as you enjoy Christmas dinner under under the star filled African sky. Sleep off the ample food and wine in your own private fly camp before moving on to Sayari South Camp in the Serengeti.

Celebrate one of the biggest days of the year surrounded by tens of thousands of wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy phenomenal game drives amidst the world famous migration in the beautiful Moru Kopjes, southwest of the Serengeti.

Book a minimum of 3 nights at either Oliver’s Camp (Tarangire) or Sayari South (Serengeti) and experience either your own private dinner and fly camp under the African sky in Tarangire (Oliver’s Camp) or private bush dinner in the Serengeti (Sayari South), and who knows, maybe a shooting star will shine to embrace the special season.

For 3 nights Oliver’s Camp followed by 3 nights at Sayari South Camp on a all inclusive basis from £2699 per person. Prices include return transfers and flights between the camps as well as return international flights from the UK.

Santa’s dhow, Londo Lodge, Mozambique > Londo Lodge, a private bush and beach resort located on Pemba Bay in northern Mozambique offers its guests a truly unique Christmas experience.

On Christmas Day, their guests are swept away in a traditional dhow to enjoy a stunningly romantic sunset cruise in Pemba bay. Skippered by none other than Santa, who has swapped his sleigh for a traditional dhow, the guests are then dropped on a deserted beach. Christmas drinks are served around a roaring bonfire before the guests settle down for a candlelit Christmas dinner.

Guests at Londo Lodge enjoy the highest standards of barefoot luxury lodging and hospitality amidst stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The five spacious, octagon-shaped villas guarantee full privacy and provide a true African feel. Londo Lodge offers a wide variety of activities including snorkelling in unexplored coral reefs, world-class gamefishing, kayaking through pristine mangroves and bush walks in and around the Quirimbas National Park. Londo Lodge is a combination of a stunning beach hideaway and a true wilderness experience.

For 7 nights at Londo Lodge on a full board basis exluding drinks from £2280 per person. Prices include all internal and international flights and transfers to the lodge.

Christmas serenades with a difference; Schoongezight villa, Plettenburg Bay, SA.

Celebrate Christmas day in true South African style by swopping turkey roast for an outdoor Christmas braai (bbq) on the large patio at Schoongezight villa in Plettenberg Bay.

Schoongezight is a stunning five bedroom villa (with an additional flat let) located in a prime position to enjoy the sweeping views of the unspoilt beaches stretching below. With a sparkling eternity pool, private gym and fully equipped facilities, Schoongezight is the perfect place to enjoy this festive period.

This is truly a perfect Christmas break for the whole family with the kids kept busy by going swimming, surfing and whale and dolphin spotting. Burn off that excess Christmas indulgence by sweating it out in your own private gym in the house or playing a few holes at the golf course which the house overlooks.

If you don’t feel like you are getting into the festive mood enough then a traditional African choir can be arranged to create your unique Christmas atmosphere.

For 14 nights at Schoonezight Villa on a self catering basis from £2129 per person (based on 8 people sharing). Price includes car hire (15 days with super cover) and return international flights from the UK.

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