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Top 5 destinations for a long-awaited year-end getaway

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Award-winning luxury travel operator Scott Dunn share their trip ideas for a festive escape

Hip, hip, horray as travel bans and quarantines to over 15 countries have been lifted and qith Christmas and the New Year less than a hundred days away, there’s no better time to start planning a well-deserved getaway for the year-end.

 

Below, the team at Scott Dunn has picked out five of their top destinations, from the recently announced country tier system and VTL scheme, which are open to travellers from Singapore, making them great options for those who are considering to venture out later this year. Whether you're seeking a cultural adventure to see the buzzing cities of Spain or want to experience the holiday spirit in a private snow-covered chalet skiing the days away in the French Alps, allow the Scott Dunn team to reignite your wanderlust and whisk you away in style.

France

Two years in the making for most of us, the approaching ski season has been a long time coming. The travel specialists at Scott Dunn recommend the snow-capped Alpine mountains in France as the perfect holiday destination for winter sports activities. Explore hidden pistes after being dropped by helicopter, indulge in lively lunches at folie douce, and discover some of the best kept après ski secrets. With pent-up demand at an all time high, availability is quickly becoming challenging, so if you are looking to get something booked in for the upcoming festive season, get in touch with the Scott Dunn team who may have a few pockets of availability left and let them lure you back to the mountains.

The UK

For a small island nation, the United Kingdom manages to pack in an astonishing variety of history, culture and landscapes. Admittedly, we're somewhat biased but we believe that Britain is a pretty special place. Whether you are interested in trekking through the highlands, theatre and museums in the city or a wander through the antique shops and quaint villages in the Cotswolds, the team can craft an itinerary just for you.

Spain

More than just sangria, Flamenco, paella and siestas, Spain is also known for its vibrant culture, spectacular coastlines and enchanting landscapes and fascinating history. This festive season, spend a week exploring the breathtaking architecture and cultural heritage of Andalucia that boasts a history dating back centuries, taste and sample your way around the region, enjoying mouth-watering pintxos and Michelin-starred meals in San Sebastian, followed by delicious wines in La Rioja or for some winter warmth, head south to the Canary Islands, where temperatures remain higher than in other parts of southern Europe.

The USA

Travelling to the USA means living the dream - and whatever you dream, the team at Scott Dunn can make it happen. Whether it’s flying by helicopter to the Grand Canyon for a picnic lunch, blending your own Napa Valley vintage with a master sommelier, going behind the scenes at a Hollywood TV show, or having your own private recording session with a Country star, our little black book of American contacts epitomise flamboyance and glamour.

This Christmas, head to New York for a festive buzz unlike anywhere else in the world. See the city light up in Christmas lights, watch the snowfall from the Rockefeller Centre, and experience the thrill of skating around Central Park to absorb the picture-perfect magical adventure in the Big Apple. With windows full of snowy scenes and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, discover the city in true Scott Dunn style.

Italy

While Italy’s iconic towns may be synonymous with alfresco dining during the warmer months, winter time is a great chance to explore the winding streets, majestic museums, and superb cafes as the crowds dwindle. For the snow bunnies and adrenaline junkies, the UNESCO-listed peaks of mighty Dolomites offer some of the most beautiful settings for those who enjoy cross country skiing, excursions with mountain guides, snow shoeing, ice climbing or simply sledging. Straddling the border between Italy and Austria, you don’t need to be an enthusiast of the slopes to enjoy this spectacular spot in the cold season. After a day of fun in the snow, there’s nothing quite like sipping a late-afternoon drink while admiring the breathtaking panorama of the Dolomites at sunset.


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Poppy covers a wide range of topics at Billionaire, having spent the past 13 years at companies including Singapore Tatler, Her World Plus and Harpers Bazaar UK. She has a passion for fashion, jewellery and travel as well as an avaricious fascination with crime novels. Follow her at poppypskinner on Instagram. 

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