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Holiday De-Luxe: A Less Ordinary Holiday

By Duane Wells
Travel Correspondent

Trim the tree, do the shopping, wrap the presents, make the holiday party rounds, send the cards—sound familiar? Of course it does, because that list of activities pretty much defines the schedules of most at this time of year.

It’s rote by this point in our lives. In fact, it is practically etched into our brains that the holidays mean this very typical mad dash to the end of the year beginning on Black Friday and ending on Jan. 2 of the new year. But that doesn’t need to be all this holiday season holds in store for you. Why not shake up the routine by taking this holiday luxuriously over the top?

How do you do that, you ask? Why, by traveling, of course. Change the scenery—change the trajectory of your holiday. It’s as simple as that, and there are more than a few deluxe options on tap that will allow you to do just that—even at the last minute.

Instead of snow and sleet, what about a little sun and sand? In Hawaii, Halekulani welcomes guests with its annual Twelve Days of Christmas celebration. From Dec. 12-24, festive daily highlights exclusively available to guests of the self-proclaimed “House Befitting Heaven” include cocktail receptions, complimentary limousine transfer for holiday shopping at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, signature gifts and treatments from SpaHalekulani, one-on-one mixology sessions to learn how to prepare Halekulani’s signature cocktails and Santa’s arrival by outrigger canoe onto the legendary Gray’s Beach. Let’s just say that a typical Christmas celebration it is not

Or for a slightly chicer Hawaiian option, there’s Cool Christmas at the Parc at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. Also held from Dec. 12-24, guests of the Cool Christmas at the Parc celebration receive complimentary surf lessons, stand-up paddling instruction, exclusive promotions at Oahu’s Ala Moana Shopping Center, wine mixers and dive-in movies at the hotel’s chic rooftop pool, Parc Blue, along with other opportunities available exclusively through Parc Access, which isn’t necessarily a big bowl of traditional anything either.

If you crave a hint of the exotic, in the Caribbean, there’s Nevis, where through Dec. 19, the Four Seasons Resort, Nevis is offering a $1,000 airfare credit per stay in a deluxe oceanside room, deluxe ocean-view room, plantation suite, ocean suite or luxury suite, or a $1,500 airfare credit per stay in any villa. Spending the days walking among the charming gingerbread cottages that dot the Four Seasons grounds, relaxing on the sands of Nevis’ Pinney’s Beach or venturing out on a monkey excursion arranged by the resort are surefire ways to make this holiday a memorable one.

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