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12 of the most unusual Christmas family holiday destinations

From white-sand beaches to monochrome hotels and the real deal in Finland, these amazing holidays all evoke a snowy spirit


Posted: 21 November 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan


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The Hillside Su Hotel, Turkey

White is the unifying theme of the five-star Hillside Su Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, like a blank canvas onto which the hotel’s beautiful surroundings – tangerine trees, azure Mediterranean seas and the soft glow of red, yellow, pink and blue lights for the colour and warmth of Turkey – have been contrasted. The ambiance is contemporary and funky, from its lit exterior to the vast lobby with its own disco ball, this is a grown-up hotel that loves children, too, and has a host of fun activities and amenities, including children’s play areas and mini club. 

The rooms of the Hillside Su are completely white, right down to the televisions, and are equipped with state-of-the-art gadgets, such as mood lighting, as well as a sea-view balcony with sofa. There are a number of dining options for your Christmas dinner, ranging from Mediterranean to Japanese cuisine, as well as bars serving a full range of drinks. The hotel is also close to a Blue Flag beach, renowned for cleanliness and safety – expect exotic camel rides rather than donkeys – and the hotel also provides two swimming pools – one outdoors with underwater music and lights, and a heated indoor pool. There is also a comprehensive spa and gym with fitness classes, tennis and squash courts.

Seven nights at the five-star Hillside Su Hotel, Turkey, costs from £1,715 for a family of three, including B&B and return flights from London Gatwick on December 21. Visit www.thomascook.com

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