Once upon a time, there was a luxury traveller and her family that wanted to discover an idyllic fairytale destination for their Christmas holidays. After searching high and low for something truly special, they came up with three magical options:
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida
It may be a cliché, but Walt Disney World offers a man-made magic that is hard to beat. The weather in Florida is a whole lot better than England at Christmas too! Mickey has a Christmas party every year with fireworks, Disney’s Holywood Studios creates flurries of snow on their boulevard and of course, rising at the end of Main Street is the iconic fairytale castle, inspired by Disney’s Cinderella, this palace is straight out of a fairytale.
Stay at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort where even adults can enjoy a magical experience and where you can relax by the pool while your kids enjoy the amazing waterslides.
If you are in search of some real snow, a magical village, and scenery straight out of a Hans Christian Anderson story, you won’t beat Whistler in Canada. This picture perfect village sits astride a rushing mountain river and is decorated in sparkling lights and Christmas trees for the festive season. Just before Christmas day, you can ski for free if you dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus. They even have real-life bears in the forest.
Stay at the Four Seasons Whistler with it’s roaring fires and warm outdoor pools where you can swim about as snowflakes fall on your head.
Amberley Castle, West Sussex, England
If you are based in London, Amberley Castle is only just under two hour’s drive away. If you fly into Gatwick you are less than an hour away from this real-life castle. Originally built in 1103, this castle comes complete with a portcullis, a moat (although the floor of the moat is now lawned for playing croquet!), numerous cannons, coats of armour and weapons.
When we stayed here last week, and our room was located within the castle walls. Old beamed roofs and open-hearth complete with a realistic gas fire made you feel like you had stepped back in time. In the communal areas, roaring real fires kept each room toasty. I loved waking up and looking out at the old castle walls. My son loved all the weapons that hung on the walls of the great hall, including historic pistols, spear guns and a large selection of swords.
Whether you want to be Rapunzel sitting at the top of your castle tower, or you fancy yourself as a knight in shining armour, this castle is the real fairytale deal!
For more inspiration, Netflights have put together 11 more places to fire your imagination for Fairy-tale travel.
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