Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Gifts to Whet the Appetite

For the Hard-to-Please Foodie: A Fife Arms Hamper

The Fife Arms Clunie hamper offers a delectable selection of Fife Arms signature products. Curated for gourmet lovers, including a Staffordshire fine bone china tea set made exclusively for the hotel, the Fife Arms tartan lambswool blanket, and a selection of Scottish delicacies including local heather honey, Dundee cake, and a tin of Royal Scottish tea.

For the Culinary Curious: andBeyond’s Food Fundis

The vibrant flavours and influences of Africa and South America come alive with andBeyond’s cooking demonstrations, hosted by their famous chefs and lodge managers. Cook along or simply feel inspired as you watch these culinary creations being made knowing that all profits are helping fund local community initiatives.

For the Kids and Kids at Heart: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

One Aldwych’s scrumdiddlyumptious Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is the perfect treat for all the family. The indulgent tea features a mixture of splendid savouries, scrumptious sweets and fizz-lifting drinks.

Gifts to Heal Body, Mind and Soul

For the Person who Needs a Moment of Peace: andBeyond’s WildWellness Virtual Experience

Move your body, reconnect and enjoy a session of mindfulness, with a selection of WILDwellness therapies set across Africa and South America. Choose from a virtual session of Yoga, Forest Therapy or Tango.

For Those Who Love to be Pampered: A Spa Day at Sopwell House

The Elements spa day gives guests exclusive access to The Club at Cottonmill. The state-of-the-art members spa day includes two 60-minute premium treatments and a delicious three course buffet lunch in the pantry, use of the Cottonmill facilities and a robe, towel and slippers.

For the Gift that Keeps on Giving: A Bulldog Yoga Subscription

Perfect for those who want to practice yoga, but don’t like the traditional yogi vibes, Bulldog’s varied online classes feature upbeat playlists motivate users to get active in the comfort of their own home. With its website and group of Apps you can practice anywhere, anytime.

For the Person Who’s Always Busy: Calcot Sundown Spa

An evening visit to the newly refurbished award-winning spa at Calcot will ensure that even the most stressed guest leaves feeling refreshed and recharged. The Sundown Spa experience starts from 5:30pm and includes use of the facilities and a 55-minute treatment chosen from a select menu. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious two course supper at The Gumstool Inn. Membership runs on a monthly, no contract basis and is just £10.45 per month. Gift cards are available here.

Gifts to Pack Your Bags For

For the Romantics: A Weekend Escape to Sopwell House

Treat  loved one to The Club Two Night Rendezvous for Two. This luxury break includes two night’s accommodation, two 60-minute treatments per person, full access to The Club at Cottonmill facilities and a robe, towel and slippers. Dine in style and enjoy a three-course dinner in The Restaurant on the day of arrival, followed by a three-course dinner in The Brasserie on the second night, a three-course buffet lunch in The Pantry on day of arrival or departure and a full and hearty breakfast buffet each morning. 

For the Workaholic: A Midweek Stay at The Painswick

There’s no better way to switch off than by escaping to the countryside for a night or two. Tucked away in the picturesque village of Painswick, surrounded by rolling hills, acres of woodland and boasting only 16 stylish rooms,The Painswick is a truly peaceful spot to fully unwind.

To Live Life Like the Rich and Famous: A Luxury Break with Monte Carlo Société Bains de Mer

A perfect gift for a world-weary traveller is the Take Monaco Home With You package from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer which shares some of the secrets behind the magic of Monaco, so that guests can literally take a slice of Monaco home with them.

For An English Country Gardener: A Weekend at Barnsley House

With its storybook architecture, award-winning spa and famous gardens, Barnsley House is the perfect weekend break. Located in a quaint Cotswold village, Barnsley House focuses on seclusion and indulgence. With plenty of space to hide away, terraces to cosy up on and a tranquil spa inspired by nature, guests can truly enjoy uninterrupted quality time.

Gifts for the Explorer In Your Life

For the Wild Ones: andBeyond Wild Watch Online

Sit in on a virtual session with an expert andBeyond guide who will interpret the sightings from a recorded WILDwatch Live drive with you. This interpretive experience allows a deeper insight into recorded sightings as well as the opportunity to discuss topics of special interest.

For Budding David Attenborough’s: Meet andBeyond’s Conservation Experts

Learn more about the conservation and sustainability practices that are helping to leave our world a better place. andBeyond’s ‘Protect our Planet’ episodes are hosted by experts in each category, who you will have the chance to meet and engage with.

Stocking Fillers

For the Eco-Conscious: A Gill Mask

Gill Mask, the reusable respirator mask that is safe, breathable and skin-friendly. Gill Mask allows users the flexibility to choose the types of filter and level of protection needed, from standard surgical mask to higher level of N95, all with the comfort, security and cost efficiency of a reusable respirator but extending the life of a single-use mask by six times and can last up to two years.

Superior Stocking Fillers: The Fife Arms Curated Collection

A collection of local luxuries, the Albamhor’s botanical body care range is a unique blend of oil-infused Scottish Highland herbs and plants, made in Britain. Choose from hand & body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body & hand lotion. 

6 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Christmas

With just 8 weeks to go until Christmas (yes, really!), we have put together a list of suggestions to help make this December truly extraordinary. Whether looking to ditch the UK for a dose of winter sun, hit the slopes in a far-flung destination or stick closer to home with a celebratory staycation, these ideas will ensure that this festive season is one to remember.

Feast on slope-side sushi

Skiing enthusiasts in search of fresh tracks should head to Japan where you can work up an appetite out on the legendary powder slopes before swapping the traditional brussels sprouts and stuffing for steaming bowls of ramen and sushi selection boxes with all the trimmings. Yum!

Powder Byrne ( offers a 10-day adventure through Japan from £3,750 per person including a complete itinerary of activities, luxury transfers between destinations and English-speaking guides along the way.

Learn to Play Polo in Sotogrande

Trade in traditional Christmas charades and monopoly to enjoy the run of the ranch with exclusive use of Polo Valley in Sotogrande. Let travel experts Powder Byrne introduce your family to the exciting sport of polo and spend your mornings learning from the best Polo Valley professionals, while afternoons can be spent indulging in local cuisine prepared by the ranch’s resident chef!

From £1,795 per person including 7 nights’ accommodation on a full board basis, as well as Polo Valley’s hosted riding programme exclusively for your party

Throw a festive bash to remember with a Cotswolds hotel takeover

Live out your Downton dreams and play Lord / Lady of the Manor with a takeover of the Calcot Collection’s Palladian House, The Painswick . With a full stock of classic board games to choose from, a pool table, two spa treatment rooms and plush sofas to sink into to enjoy a festive flick or two, you’ll never be short of activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained.

Prices available on request

Take a Cornish cold-water dip before dinner

Every community has its own festive traditions and every year in Falmouth, the 25th December sees a hoard of hardy swimmers make a beeline for the water for an invigorating (if a tad nippy) Christmas sea swim. Luckily for guests of St Michaels, the action takes place directly in front of the resort on Gylly beach, so you can dash directly from the sea (via the bar) to the spa to warm up afterwards.

St Michaels offers a 3-night Christmas break, arriving on Christmas Eve from £565pp or 4-nights arriving on the 23rd from £633pp including accommodation, breakfast and dinner each day and a festive lunch and evening buffet on Christmas Day

Add a touch of Christmas spa-rkle

Pip the January gym-goers to the post with a winter wellness break at La Réserve Geneva which will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated before you ring in the New Year. After making the most of the hotel’s sprawling Spa Nescens facility, guests will be able to retreat to the Winter Lodge – an outdoor restaurant overlooking Lake Geneva, perfect for cosying up under thick fur blankets under the stars.

Superior Rooms at La Réserve Geneva start from 500CHF (approx. £410). For full details, please visit their website.

Santa, stockings and steel bands in Antigua

Just like back home in blighty, Christmas at Carlisle Bay means festive feasts, carol singing and long, lazy afternoons with your loved ones – albeit with a Caribbean twist! On Boxing Day, guests of Carlisle Bay are invited to enjoy a barbeque dinner at The Jetty Grill, accompanied by a live steel drum band to get the celebrations started. No cooking, no washing up, just delicious food served beach-side and bare-foot, infused with Caribbean spices and flare!

Powder Byrne offers any 7-nights over Christmas & New Year on a B&B basis with afternoon tea from £6,950 per person (020 8246 5300,