Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
What: 70s Entertainment on the Sand

Where: Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

Why Go: Escape this festive season and head to the powder white shores of Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, where a star-studded programme awaits. The luxury resort has announced that BABBA, the internationally acclaimed ABBA tribute act, will be performing live to guests on New Year's Eve.  Originally from Australia, BABBA has been entertaining audiences across the globe for over twenty years receiving outstanding reviews for its electrifying renditions of ABBA's greatest hits. The festive programme promises to delight and inspire guests with some of the world's best performers, celebrated sports masters, renowned dining pop-ups and fun island activities. The Retro Glam' Party will be a highlight on New Year's Eve, inspired by ABBA's “Here We Go Again” – transformed into a white and gold tropical paradise paired with a spectacular dessert station and extensive bar serving signature ABBA themed cocktails. BABBA has been entertaining guests with their renditions of popular ABBA songs for over twenty years, and promise to keep guests of all ages dancing through the night complete with original choreography, dazzling costumes and vocal harmonies set against the glittering backdrop of the night's sky. The New Year's Eve event will culminate with a spectacular firework display across the ocean as guests welcome the New Year in true Shangri-La style.

The Festive All-Inclusive Package starts from US$2,000 (approx. £1,500) per night for two persons on a full board basis, and is available for stays from 20 December 2018 – 10 January 2019. This offer includes accommodation for two in a luxury villa, gala dinner for two at the Here We Go Again – Retro Glam' New Year's Eve Party, unlimited selection of beverages at resort restaurants and bars and unlimited non-motorised water sports. Terms & conditions apply.
Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
What: Sri Lankan Safaris, Spices and Spa Treatments

Where: Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

Why Go: Sri Lanka is the perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples and families looking for a tropical adventure this festive season complete with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and plenty of relaxation. Surrounded by palm trees along Sri Lanka's pristine southern coastline, Shangri-La's Hambantota is the largest resort of its kind in the country offering world class cuisine, culture and safari excursions. Guests are invited to explore the country's finest nature and wildlife parks with a chance to spot the elusive Sri Lankan leopard and magnificent Asian elephants and enjoy a magical River Boat Safari along the mangrove-filled Walawe River at sunset. Guests can immerse themselves in Sri Lankan culture at the resort's unique Artisan Village, which comes alive in the evenings with vibrant dancing, fire displays and traditional music. Exclusive cooking classes are on offer for budding chefs to experience local cuisine filled with the aromatics of the island at the resort's Sera street-food inspired restaurant.

The resort's leading CHI, The Spa provides the ultimate in relaxation with an extensive menu of treatments and programmes on offer – designed to realign the chakras and cleanse the body of toxins. Signature Ayurvedic treatments are based on 5000 year old Indian healing techniques, including the Udwarthanam Massage, a therapeutic deep tissue massage, and Shirodhara, the gentle and rhythmic pouring of oil on to the forehead to alleviate stress and induce deep relaxation.

Room rates at Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa are from US$293 (approx. £232) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please call the hotel on +94 47 7888 888, email or visit

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil
What: Capoeira, Caipirinhas and Private Casas

Where: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil

Why Go: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, in the historic Quadrado of Trancoso, was created using traditional techniques, reclaimed materials and antiques, all by local artisans in collaboration with Wilbert Das. Half of the hotel's 12 private casas date back 500 years to the village founding.  Living among native families in the heart of old Trancoso delivers authenticity naturally, in style and comfort, and with an ethos of sustainability. Five-star hotel service, a stunning rustic beach lounge and an innovative organic spa create memories of a trip like no other. Trancoso, which lay isolated for centuries, was historically sought out by hippies, artists and creatives attracted to its preservation and welcoming spirit, has since gained international sophistication whilst remaining rooted in its essence. This festive season, guests can immerse themselves in the Bahian lifestyle with a range of activities including cooking classes with the hotel's head chef, horse rides along the beach, daily yoga sessions and a chance to try Capoeira, a martial-art inspired by dance and accompanied by traditional music. Relaxing treatments are on offer at the Almescar Spa, after which guests can fully unwind by the hotel's freeform swimming pool which is composed of 40,000 aventurine quartz stones. On balmy evenings, guests can sip caipirinhas in the Quadrado whilst listening to the syncopated rhythms of the Bossa Nova as the sun sets.

Room rates at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa are from US$410 (approx. £309) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes breakfast, taxes and fees. To book, please visit
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
What: Peaceful Zen Retreat on the Mexican Coastline

Where: Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

Why Go: With striking ocean views, turquoise seas and leading luxury service, Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers the ultimate haven for those seeking a luxurious escape this Christmas. Hugging Mexico's Caribbean coastline, the resort is fringed by the Yucatán jungle, white sands and breath-taking Riviera Maya landscape – perfectly located to enjoy a world of wellness and uninhibited luxury. Guests seeking tranquillity can discover paradise reserved for a select few in Grand Velas Riviera Maya's two Zen Presidential Suites. Designed for serenity, these lavish suites offer a magnificent view of the jungle, open-air showers surrounded by lush foliage, private outdoor gardens, spa-like bathrooms with a Jacuzzi tub and a private plunge pool. The 24-hour private butler and maid service leaves every moment free to wind down and soak up the Mayan sun. 

The resort caters to a myriad of wellness needs, from freshly-made smoothies and juices prepared on the spot, to fitness in the form of Zumba, Pilates and yoga. Guests can also try Aqua Forza which takes place on floating non-slip mats to improve breathing, blood circulation and stress levels. To make the most of Riviera Maya's azure waters, guests can stay active in tropical waters through snorkelling and kayaking or enjoy a sunset dolphin cruise on the resort's very own luxury private yacht. Back on land, mindfulness can be found whilst uncovering ancient ruins and cultural sites through a private tour of the Mayan jungle. Drifting further from the to-do's of Christmas time, guests can find relaxation at the resort's leading SE Spa which offers a menu of exotic water journey treatments, royal oxygen rituals and indulgent culturally-inspired spa treatments, creating an idyllic retreat for mind, body and soul.

Room rates at Grand Velas Riviera Maya are from US$854 (approx. £650) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit, email, or call 0800 917 659.
Niyama Private Islands, Maldives
What: Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon in Paradise

Where: Niyama Private Islands, Maldives

Why Go:  Dr. David Alessi, renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to the stars, will be returning to Niyama to offer his regenerating, non-invasive treatments in the tranquillity of the turquoise paradise. Dr. Alessi is the founder and medical director of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery, Beverly Hills. Whilst enjoying an idyllic holiday away from the chaos of Christmas, guests can experience a rejuvenating non-surgical facelift with the Maldives' only licenced cosmetic surgeon. In just minutes, faces are smoothed, tightened, lifted and revitalized through a signature combination of Botox, hyaluronic fillers, and Kybella – the first and only USFDA-approved injectable to dissolve fat cells under the chin that redefines and shapes the jawline and chin, achieving a more youthful complexion. Dr. Alessi will be available for consultations and treatments from 20th December – 8th January 2019.

Room rates at Niyama Private Islands, Maldives are from US$1843++ (approx. £1,394) per night. This is based on double occupancy on a B&B basis. To book, please visit, email or call +960 676 2828. Guests who pre-book/purchase their treatments with Dr. Alessi before 1st December 2018 will receive a 20% discount.