Those of us living in the northern hemisphere are acutely aware of the impending cold and drizzle coming our way in a few months. Now that we can finally plan long-haul escapes with some certainty, the reality of a sun-filled luxury holiday this winter without the ever-changing landscape of covid protocols is back in place.
It’s important to remember that postponements from last year and high demand mean availability over the festive season is tighter than usual. If you’re thinking of planning a Christmas holiday or New Year getaway, we advise you to book at least six months in advance (that’s now!) to avoid disappointment.
We work with some of the finest luxury beach retreats and safari lodges on the planet. It’s our job to find the perfect destination to meet and exceed your expectations. The more time you give us, the quicker we will be able to deliver the sunny holiday of your dreams. TJB Private Travel exists to provide a definitive and finely researched collection of luxury villas, private islands and boutique safari lodges. We have excellent relationships with property owners and general managers, and our 24/7 luxury concierge service means your stay is tailormade to your every need.
Here are three of our favourite winter sun destinations for you to book now while there is still space.
ST BARTS: for the ultimate beach party holiday
The easy-breezy rhythm of Caribbean culture is the ideal antidote to the dark winter days back at home. The colour, music and dreamy ocean views will lift your soul. One of our favourite islands to visit in the high season is St Barts. This charming island comes alive during Christmas and New Year when the marina fills with stylish superyachts and beach bars twinkle late into the night.
If you are planning a family gathering for Christmas or a party with friends to celebrate New Year, we have an extensive collection of private villas in St Barts. Whether you want to be close to the nightlife in Gustavia or tucked away on the more wild and secluded southeast coast, we have the perfect luxury villa rental that will delight and inspire you and your guests.
St Barts is also a fantastic option for a Thanksgiving holiday or a family trip at Easter. The high season in St Barts starts in November and runs through until April. With its fine dining options in Gustavia, including Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier restaurant and the St Tropezienne favourite, La Petite Plage, St Barts remains a top choice for the world’s jet-set.
PRIVATE HOLIDAY IN ST BARTS
Villa Blanc Bleu St Barts is a fantastic private villa located on Gouverneur Hill, a short drive from the buzz in Gustavia and Gouverneur beach. The house is perfect for entertaining with a large outdoor deck and infinity pool that merges with the blue horizon of the ocean. Villa Blanc Bleu has six bedrooms and is one of the most sought-after luxury villas in St Barts. The villa also includes special access to the exclusive Eden Rock St Barts hotel.
SUPER YACHT CHARTER in ST BARTS
If you prefer to enjoy the beauty of St Barts from the water, we have always had excellent feedback from our superyacht clients staying on Triumph. This 65.4m superyacht has six cabins and six decks. Our expert team of yacht brokers at TJB Super Yachts will be delighted to discuss yacht charters in St Barts with you.
THE MALDIVES: For quality time with the family
From the moment you wake up to a view of the turquoise ocean sparkling in the sunshine, you will feel more relaxed and lighter as each day passes in The Maldives. Are you thinking of a family holiday to the Maldives this Christmas or in February half term? Few places in the world can rival the safe, calm waters, soft sandy beaches, and family-friendly villas in the Maldives.
Booking early in the process is essential for a luxury Maldives holiday as many families return year after year safe in the knowledge that it doesn’t get better than this. Our 24/7 luxury concierge services in the Maldives ensure that you and your family have the quality time you deserve with all the little details taken care of. We also work with some stylish boutique hotels in the Maldives that have perfected the balance of elegance for grownups and family fun for children.
Private Island in The Maldives
We love The Nautilus located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll. Each of the 26 private ocean villas includes a heat-sensitive pool, indoor and outdoor dining and spaces to escape to the seclusion of your island hideaway. The resort features a fantastic Young Wonderers kids’ club to keep little ones entertained, and the extensive watersports options mean no one ever gets bored.
south AFRICA: For a luxury wildlife adventure
We work with a handpicked collection of private game reserves in Africa. From vast 13-bedroom properties to cosy honeymoon safari retreats, every one of the African safari lodges on our books offers a boundless experience of African wildlife in the hands of some of the most experienced safari guides, private chefs and personal hosts on the continent.
The team looking after you includes seasoned wildlife guides who know the savannahs inside out. Working with local trackers, the team knows where to find the best of Africa’s wildlife, from The Big Five to hidden minibeasts and birdlife. In the cool orange glow of the early morning and late afternoon, jump in your private 4×4 game viewing vehicle or take a horseback safari for a thrilling African wildlife adventure. During downtime, take a cooling dip in the pool listening to the sounds of Africa. Enjoy sundowners as the sun sinks below the African plains, making way for another star-lit sky.
Private Game Reserve in South Africa
For the ultimate private safari experience in South Africa, we love Thanda Safari. There are three lodges on the estate. Thanda Safari Lodge is the flagship house with nine luxury bush suites and is available for a safari buy-out or to book by room. Villa iZulu is a five-bedroom lodge available for private rental only, making it ideal for small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents perched in the African wilderness. The Jabula Tent is a fantastic option for a luxury honeymoon in Africa. Wellness services at the dedicated spa in the main lodge or the tented camp are available for time out for deep relaxation.