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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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Lily Beach Resort, Maldives

It’s sandcastles rather than snowmen that your children will be building at the tranquil five-star luxury resort of the Lily Beach Resort & Spa in Huvahendhoo in the Maldives. There’s plenty for parents to indulge in too, with a choice of open-air and fine-dining restaurants, and with the Platinum Plan, everything is included, so there are no hidden extras. The Turtles children’s club is for ages four to 12 years and features a host of fun activities, from treasure hunts and cookie decorating, to arts and crafts and sandcastle-making, as well as a guided island tour – all with a suitably festive theme. 

The vibe is very much chill out and relax – Tamara, the over-water spa is a wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity – but there’s a choice of sports activities and evening entertainment available, too, should you and your family fancy a little more activity. And instead of settling down to an evening of Christmas television at home, sitting on your verandah watching a dusty pink sunset sounds rather more appealing, doesn’t it?

Four people staying a Lagoon Villa from December 21–29 costs from £12,775. Visit

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