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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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Benguerra Island, Mozambique

It’s not only snowy whiteness that adds to the Christmas spirit: soft white sand is equally mesmerising for those who prefer sizzling sun to snowflakes. Azura on the tranquil Benguerra Island is a gorgeous beach retreat that’s perfect for a relaxing Christmas break for parents as you can enjoy an island-hopping trip, learn about the local wildlife with the resident marine biologist or simple wander barefoot from your villa to the beach. 

One of the biggest attractions is the new children’s programme that’s packed with exciting and educational activities, including a Padi Bubblemaker course, fishing, shell hunting on the white sands, seeing crocodiles or simply star-gazing into the night sky. There’s a host of indoor fun to be had as well, including the chance to bake delicious cookies with one of the hotel’s top chefs or even enjoy a specially tailored treatment at Azura’s African spa, such as a girls’ pamper party.

From £1,383 per night for a family of four staying in the Villa Amizade all-inclusive, with your own butler, massage, island drive and children’s activities. Visit

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