Six of the best Christmas gift ideas – travel and holidays

3 December 2018

It’s that time of year again – Christmas.

A time when we gather with loved ones, share meals, enjoy each other’s company and in some cases, exchange gifts.

But are you scratching your head wondering what to get the significant people in your life?

This Christmas why not give the gift of travel? It’s a gift that lasts longer than the time it takes to open on Christmas Day and will stay with you a lifetime.

A travel gift will also create something to look forward to in 2019 – something to plan, some to tell others about, a sense of build up and excitement. After all, who doesn’t love a holiday and especially one that’s already planned and booked? It’s the perfect Christmas gift for your loved one that has everything but lives to see the world, discover new places and have experiences that will give them memories they can keep for ever.

So here are six of our best Christmas gift ideas – this year spoil someone special in your life with a great travel experience.

#1 Private villa stay in Sri Lanka

All I want for Christmas is a private villa stay in Sri Lanka. Yes please! This one tops our Christmas wishlist this year. Imagine a private villa on Sri Lanka’s south coast with beach access; bedrooms with ensuites for all your guests; onsite chef ready to cook delicious Sri Lankan meals for you; house keepers and villa staff attending to all your needs; private swimming pool; massage and yoga available on request and it’s all yours for a week. Doesn’t this sound like bliss? Take your partner, the friends you travel with every couple of years, your whole extended family or share the week with another family. Whoever you take, we have a private villa in Sri Lanka to suit you. Can you imagine a week away in a private Sri Lanka villa next year? Put it under this year’s tree.

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#2 Bhutan Revealed

Book your places on Bhutan Revealed – our newest small group tour for 2019. Fully hosted by Lincoln Harris (whom many of you know either through travelling with him previously or speaking to him regularly over the phone), Bhutan Revealed will introduce you to the remarkable country of Bhutan.
Bhutan is a place like no other – rich in natural beauty, warm and welcoming locals, incredible dzongs , Gross National Happiness and Buddhism. This two-week tour is timed to coincide with the once-a-year Bumthang Tsechu – a grand festival of colour and joy where entire communities come in their finest attire to witness Buddhist ritual, folk dances, receive blessings and to socialise. A remarkable event and one not to be missed.

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#3 Take her to the Taj Mahal

Nothing says I love you more than a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal – the world’s greatest monument to love.

This Christmas book your loved one a private tour of India that includes the Taj Mahal. What better gift could there be?

Taj Mahal

#4 Experience the splendour of Sri Lanka

One destination receiving a lot of attention is Sri Lanka – voted the number one place to visit in 2019. If you haven’t already travelled to Sri Lanka we say go now. This small tropical island has a lot to offer visitors relative to its size – rolling green hills of tea plantations, sandy beaches and surf coasts, world heritage sights, sumptuous meals and incredible hospitality.

We can’t think of a better way to experience all that Sri Lanka has to offer than Splendour in Sri Lanka – a small group tour by Remarkable East.

Elegant, contemporary and refined – Splendour in Sri Lanka will reveal the very best of this remarkable country. Featuring Sri Lanka’s renowned luxury accommodation, select cultural and historical sights, personalised guiding and experiences, and fine dining. Including 3 nights at the luxury plantation resort Tea Trails and a private charter flight. A group tour of Sri Lanka that you will be talking about for many Christmases to come.

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#5 An Indian palace stay

Everyone needs to stay in a palace once in their life.

And there are no greater palaces than India’s grand palace hotels. Set in some of India’s most iconic cities and locations – its palace hotels are places people dream of staying. From Taj Lake Palace on the picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur in North India, to Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad in South India – you’ll never forget a stay in one of India’s palace hotels. Often landmarks of the cities they occupy and significant places in the local history, expect incredible buildings, outstanding service, fine dining, elegant surrounds and true luxury. Be warned – once you have stayed at one palace you will want to experience them all.

Our pick – splurge on 3 nights at Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur. Sure to be a standout highlight during a tour of India. Our suggested 15-day itinerary Rajasthan in Style includes a stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.

Umaid Bhawan Palace; Jodhpur - November 2014

#6 Let the ladies travel

Why not book the lady in your life on Insights of India – a group tour of India designed especially for women travellers. If India is not on your travel wish list but it tops hers – why not reserve her a place on our women’s group tour of India in April 2019. Better yet, encourage her sister or her best friend to join her! As part of this 14-day tour of India for women travellers – visit Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, go on tiger safaris in Ranthambhore National Park and explore the sacred city of Varanasi. Fully hosted by Glenda McMillan-Andersson from our Melbourne office.

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If any of our Christmas gift ideas has inspired you – get in touch with India Unbound today to book the perfect gift idea for your loved one. Toll free 1300 889 515 or