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Christmas, it is clear to see, has captured and dominated the global festive imagination. However, few, if any, places on earth can offer a more idealised traditional Christmas than Switzerland. Sleigh bells ringing, hot chocolate and mulled wine, twinkling lights and a beautiful landscape carpeted in snow offer the best possible place to celebrate. St Moritz has been the go-to destination for winter tourism for over 150 years. One of its Christmas highlights is the Olympia bobsleigh run, an exhilarating and magical experience, and there is every other possible permutation

The Caribbean is revered as a Christmas destination, but what is perhaps less well-known is the great variety of different Christmas celebrations and traditions that different Caribbean islands display. Any December or January style magazine reveals that countless celebrities choose St Barths as their special Christmas destination, and it is a particularly magical time of year on the highly exclusive French Caribbean island. Villa Milou is set within the exceptional Pointe Milou neighbourhood, with a terrace that offers the perfect setting for alfresco, convivial dining. The infinity pool and well-equipped

Just as the pre-Christmas season seems to extend annually, so too do the range of tantalising retail options available during November and December. It can be difficult to unpick truly luxurious items of lasting quality, particularly when shopping for appealing stocking fillers rather than sure-fire large items. It is also surprisingly easy to fall into the trap of putting together a mishmash of small gifts which somehow add up to less than the sum of their parts. One way to avoid this pitfall is to create a strong theme for

The Winter season has begun and with it so has ski season. No matter if you are a sworn skier or snowboarder spending every winter on the slopes, or an amateur who is learning to keep balance or somewhere in between the two – there is without a doubt, something magical about ski resorts. Whether it’s the feeling of freedom gliding down a fresh clean slope early in the morning or the incredible mountain views absorbed when taking a lift back to the highest point. Perhaps it’s the mulled wine