After a year of small gatherings and subdued celebrations, many people are hoping for an epic holiday season. Whether you’re planning for winter adventures during a mountain escape or you’re looking to reconnect with loved ones on a secluded tropical beach, the Four Seasons Private Retreats collection offers the space, privacy and comfort you need to create a lifetime of memories.
Found in sought-after destinations all over the world, these private villas and inspiring luxury residences let you savour your precious time together with complete peace of mind. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of a private vacation home with the added perks, amenities and tailored experiences you expect from a stay at a Four Seasons hotel or resort. Here are a few of our favourite Residences and Villas for festive gatherings.
If all you want for Christmas is the chance to lounge on a beach as you soak up the sun, head to Four Seasons Private Retreats Seychelles at Desroches Island. Step from your luxury beachfront villa onto powder-white sands: Your beachfront residence villa will make you feel like you have the whole island to yourself. Start your day with sunrise yoga on the beach or a swim in your villa’s private pool, then set out for a day on the water – there are 14 world-class dive sites surrounding the island, and Tropicsurf experts are on hand to help you catch the perfect wave during a surfing lesson. If you’d prefer to paddle, kayaks are provided for every residence. Return home for a sunset feast prepared by a chef in your well-stocked kitchen, and then raise a toast to your time together under a blanket of stars on the runway at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. With two- to five-bedroom floorplans available, you can be sure there’s room for everyone. Be sure to pack your best all-white beachwear for a Castaway Christmas party on the sand, or ring in the new year with Champagne, caviar and a concert on the runway. Kids will love getting in on the festivities at the Resort’s Kids For All Seasons, as well as meeting the Aldabra giant tortoises that also call this island home.
Plan your stay on Desroches Island
Discover a winter wonderland at Four Seasons Private Retreats Jackson Hole: Enjoy easy access to the ski slopes, catch a glimpse of the area’s wildlife during a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge, or learn how to mush your own team of sled dogs. After an adventure-filled day in the snow, kick up your boots and gather around a roaring fire with friends and family in your spacious living room – each Private Retreat boasts the charm of a rustic mountain lodge with space for everyone. For a festive après-ski treat, head to The Pool Café at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, which transforms each winter into Fahrenheit 47. Enjoy s’mores, hot cocoa and a chic pop-up igloo Champagne bar, surrounded by some of America’s most rugged peaks.
Toast your time in Jackson Hole
Few cities go as all out for the season as London – bustling shops, twinkling lights and holiday décor cheerfully greet visitors. At Four Seasons Private Retreats London at Ten Trinity Square, you’re perfectly positioned to immerse yourself in the festivities. Explore the city’s famed Christmas markets, take a twirl on the ice at a skating rink, attend a holiday performance or rediscover popular landmarks, decked out for the season – the Residences Concierge can arrange exclusive access to historic sites like the Tower of London, plus make reservations for you at the city’s top restaurants. The celebration continues back at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where Rotunda Bar & Lounge is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Festive Afternoon Tea and holiday menus, or indulge in a decadent tasting menu at Michelin-starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s flagship La Dame de Pic London. Your open-concept pied-à-terre offers a private entrance and dedicated elevator, making it easy to come and go as you please, and with one to four bedrooms there is room for the entire family to gather.
Join the celebration in London
Spend the holidays in a spacious villa tucked into your own tropical garden sanctuary at Four Seasons Private Retreats Mauritius, where your days are free to spend however you’d like. Wake up to breakfast laid out on your private patio, then set off by boat to a secluded cove at nearby Ile aux Cerfs to swim in the turquoise lagoon. On land, tee off for a round of golf with the family at Anahita Golf Club or Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club. Return to your private villa for a dip in your private pool or share a meal with loved ones in your generously appointed dining room – the resident chef is available to prepare a variety of popular Mauritian dishes in your fully equipped kitchen. For a romantic dinner for two, let your Concierge arrange a meal in the Resort’s wine cellar, with pairings from the sommelier. Children – and adults with a sweet tooth – will enjoy the chocolate-themed breakfast buffet on Christmas Day, followed by a surprise visit from a special guest on the beach.
Spend the holidays in Mauritius
Glide down the mountain in a horse-drawn carriage, explore world-class ski slopes, discover the thrills of a mountain-biking expedition on electric bikes built for snow: The snowy peaks of Megève are yours to explore. At Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel, make yourself at home at Chalet Alice. With a private Spa, open-concept kitchen, grand living area and room for 22, the Chalet is the ideal spot to come together and create lasting traditions. Your private butler is on hand to take care of all the details, from serving breakfast and arranging custom boot fittings to providing insider information about the day’s best ski runs. Après-ski, bask in the warmth from your traditional stone fireplace as you sip hot cocoa, or savour a celebratory dinner in your private dining room as you toast your time together.
Explore a winter wonderland in Megeve
The suites at Four Seasons Private Retreats Kyoto were carefully designed to maximize kutsurogi, the Japanese art of relaxation. Discover your own tranquil haven in the heart of historic Kyoto. A respite from the buzz of holiday season, your Residence Suite offers the freedom and flexibility of a private home, with the best of Kyoto right outside your front door. Explore the colourful streets of the Temple District, or enjoy Michelin-starred sushi or a traditional tea ceremony by the 800-year-old Shakusui-en pond garden. Or make the most of your time together with a one-of-a-kind experience available exclusively to Private Retreats guests: a geisha-hosted private bar at the Tea House, where entertainers Maiko and Geiko will perform traditional Japanese dances and music for you and up to three guests.
Enjoy your time in Kyoto
Reunite with your loved ones for a laid-back, Caribbean-style holiday in a sprawling private villa at Four Seasons Private Retreats Anguilla. Trade snow and ice for sunset sails as you hop between islands. Villas offering one to five bedrooms have space for everyone, and your Personal Lifestyle Assistant will be on hand to take care of all the details – from arrival and departure at the airport to arranging exclusive experiences for you and your guests. Dive into your private pool for a morning swim, or head to nearby Four Seasons Resort Anguilla for easy access to outstanding restaurants and the Resort spa. Villa bicycles are also available if you’d like to explore the island’s lush landscape – or connect with your natural surroundings with a refreshing outdoor shower, in perfect privacy. Then celebrate the season with a private meal on your villa’s pool deck, or join the festivities at the Resort: The Festive Poolside Party creates the perfect holiday ambiance, while fireworks and live entertainment on the beach will help you ring in the new year in style.
Join the festivities in Anguilla
There’s room for everyone at Four Seasons Private Retreats Whistler – included four-legged family members. Two- and four-bedroom Private Residences offer enough space for everyone to stretch out, plus space to come together to enjoy each other’s company. Enjoy panoramic views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains from your private balcony, unwind after a day on the slopes at the outdoor pool and whirlpool available exclusively to Private Residences guests, or prepare a family meal in your fully equipped kitchen: With a dedicated Private Residences team on hand to take care of everything – from arranging local experiences to dinner reservations – you can make the most of your time together. We can’t imagine a cosier way to spend New Year’s Eve than gathered around the fireplace while enjoying snacks in a kitchen pre-stocked with all your family’s favourites – dog treats included.
Celebrate the season in Whistler
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