The Top 5 Luxury Holiday Resorts

The Cloister always makes an impression, and Christmas at this Georgia coastal resort is magical. From Dec 22-26, there are activities for children and grown-ups alike. From storytime with Santa’s elves to a life size Gingerbread Cottage in the Solarium to a Reindeer Dash fun run, The Cloister has you covered. Children will have a chance to decorate their own ornaments, and the whole family will enjoy watching the Reindog Parade. Do not forget The Polar Express Extravaganza at Sea Island Kids Club while the grown ups enjoy some down time at the Cloister Wine Cellar.

Primland will open your eyes to the simple pleasures of a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway any time of year, but especially at Christmas.  From holiday workshop and storytelling with Santa to an ugly sweater workshop and party, this Virginia resort’s 12 Days of Christmas will have you feeling merry and bright just in the (Saint) Nick of time.  But wait, there is more – so much more! On Christmas and New Years Eves, the resort offers carriage rides throughout its expansive grounds.  The Christmas Lights Trail is a magical experience not to be missed. Primland’s trails will be all aglow with the twinkle of thousands of Christmas lights. The year ends with a workshop to make masks for the NYE Masked Ball, which is the most appropriate way to end 2020.

Nestled along the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Their Festive Season starts with Christmas in the Village on the Village Green and ends with the ringing in of 2021. I think we are all ready to ring in 2021! Activities during Festive Season include oyster roasts and low country boils along the bluff, pop up sushi bars, a holiday cruise aboard a 1913 yacht while sipping hot chocolate, and more. 

Old Edwards Inn and Spa is woven into the community, culture and setting of the vibrant town of Highlands, NC, so you’ll experience the holiday spirit of the entire area when you visit. At the inn itself, the ‘comfort and joy’ spa treatments are a big hit for adult only trips, while families will enjoy popcorn and holiday movies. Each season, the inn offers a Christmas tree package which includes your own cut down tree to take home. Coordinate this with Highlands Christmas Parade for the ultimate holiday getaway.

Savannah’s Plant Riverside District has woven elements of yesterday & today to create an enchanting entertainment haven. The multi-use space is anchored by JW Marriott Savannah, but it much more than a hotel. There is an array of shops, restaurants, and live entertainment along the city’s waterfront. During the holidays, the area transforms into a market modeled after the traditional Salzburg Christmas Market in Europe. Additional activities include visits with Santa, a Santa breakfast, and cookie decorating.

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