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Spending Christmas with the family is great (mostly). But can you dine on award winning food, sip professionally-crafted cocktails and spend Boxing Day unwinding on the massage table at the in-laws? Thought not …

Fistral Beach Xmas

Christmas by the coast isn’t all bracing walks on the beach, cosy evenings listening to carol singers and return trips to the cheeseboard. At Fistral Beach Hotel it’s also about bottomless bloody marys at breakfast, catching waves in the Newquay surf and rocking a festive frock or black tie for the gala dinner.

The luxury hotel overlooking Fistral Beach is a perfect grown-up getaway at Christmas, with festive breaks for every kind of celebration and budget. If you’re feeling incredibly indulgent, give yourself the gift of a four night stay with inclusive drinks – an extra pre-Christmas night of mulled wine, live music and fabulous food at the Dune Restaurant will set you up for the excitement of Christmas Eve.

When the big day rolls around, turkey timings, extra chairs and forgotten sprouts will be a distant memory. Your only concern will be choosing between the fillet of cod, roast local beef or traditional free-range turkey with all the piggy trimmings.

But if you can’t make excuses to cry off Christmas Day with the rest of your clan, book yourself in for New Year’s Eve, when the glitz and glamour of Fistral’s festive getaways are further amplified. The countdown commences with a champagne tower and festive cocktails in the bar before a bespoke five course black-tie dinner and dancing into the early hours.

Christmas breaks start from £550 per couple. The five course Christmas lunch is available to non-residents at £85 per person.

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