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The top 6 places to spend Christmas 2017 on your superyacht

The top 6 places to spend Christmas 2017 on your superyacht

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London, UK

Best for a traditional Christmas

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The festive season is upon us and what could be better than fine dining, elegant spas and luxurious pastimes? Whether you're eyeing up the very best yachts to charter this Christmas or you're more focused on the perfect holiday destination, get some inspiration with our favourite destinations for the 2017 holidays.

1. London, UK

While in many ways it could be considered one of the more alternative destinations to visit by superyacht, the charming setting of London at Christmas is something not to be missed.

Shopping in London's finest department stores is an experience in itself — peruse the stunning window displays before enjoying some serious retail therapy at Harrods, Tiffany's and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge during the day. It may be cold outside, but join in with a British tradition and warm up in the Harrods Tea Room.

Celebrate with friends and family later on with an Afternoon Tea of scones and sandwiches at The Ritz in Mayfair, or enjoy a sumptuous dinner at The Ivy. This world-famous establishment has been a staple of the London dining scene for decades and offers a varied menu featuring predominantly European classics. Foodies mustn't miss the winter market on the South Bank, which runs throughout December and offers a myriad of warm tipples and treats.

If you need to unwind after a day's shopping and exploring, make a beeline for Espa Life at Corinthia to enjoy a spa and beauty treatment or two so you can be at your best for the Christmas festivities.

Those wanting to remain on land overnight should opt for The Wellesley Hotel, which becomes the ultimate holiday season spectacle in December. It's festive package option includes a gift hamper and Champagne from your complimentary 24-hour butler, breakfast in the Oval Restaurant and a Rolls-Royce to take you London's iconic shopping spots.

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Belize

Best for once-in-a-lifetime diving

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Swap the eggnog for Caribbean rum cocktails this Christmas and head to Belize for a spot of laid back luxury.

With more than 40% of the country protected, visitors to Belize should make the most of the beautiful surroundings — save plenty of time to go diving in the Great Blue Hole (one for your diving bucket list), visit the Cockscomb Basin wildlife sanctuary and soak up the history at the Lamanai and Xunantunich Mayan ruins.

While on the mainland, start your party prep early with a Oriental Body Glow treatment at the Turtle Inn resort before enjoying a few glasses in the resort’s “wine aquarium”, which is well-stocked with a huge variety of wines to enjoy alongside a locally-sourced cheese platter in the intimate wine garden.

There are a number of culinary delights in Belize for yachties. Cut loose by heading to one of Placenia’s many beachside bars for a cocktail. For a more authentic Belizean atmosphere start the party at Barefoot Beach Bar, or else opt for a more intimate evening with incredible views of the Placencia Lagoon and Maya Mountains at Belize Ocean Club’s Shore House.

Keen kayakers can paddle to surrounding islets to explore quieter shores, but nature-lovers should tender to the 'eco-village' of Long Caye, where more than 600 acres of carefully conserved land plays host to a myriad of amazing flora and fauna. The surrounding coral reefs are perfect for diving, paddleboarding and snorkelling.

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Cayman Islands

Best for Christmas traditions and events

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If you want to experience the ultimate Caribbean Christmas, the Cayman Islands are the place to go.

They are packed with festive activities such as weekly Christmas movie screenings under the stars, a gingerbread house workshop on December 17, carol concerts, regular visits from Father Christmas and the Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, where brightly lit boats sail into the harbour in Camana Bay.

A trip to George Town is a must when visiting the Cayman Islands — go for a stroll down Seven Mile Beach, one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, before settling down for a meal at either Blue by Eric Ripert or Agua Restaurant & Lounge, depending on which direction you're walking. Blue by Eric Ripert features an elegant spread of locally sourced seafood while Agua offers unrivalled ceviche.

For chic evening cocktails followed by partying into the early hours there are a myriad of options, such as Abacus in Camana Bay, Periwinkle on Seven Mile Beach and Tiki Beach.

After all the socialising in some of the best Caribbean party spots, be sure to book in the La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carton for a cellular swiss ice crystal facial to help recover.

While Grand Cayman offers more modern pleasures, yachties should save plenty of time to tender over to Cayman Brac for a spot of cave exploration and to Little Cayman to see the birds nesting in the Booby Pond Reserve and to dive the Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, one of the best scuba diving spots in the world.

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