Great getaways: White Christmas on the slopes, a Highland Hogmanay, beach bloss in Bali and a vintage vacation in Protugal's Douro Valley

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White Christmas

Ski Europe has a range of departures that will take you to the slopes for Christmas. Examples include a week in the French resort of Les Deux Alpes, departing from Gatwick on 21 December with Monarch flights to Grenoble, for a fully catered stay in the Chalet Alice. Or, for £699pp, you could spend the festive period in the Italian resort of Courmayeur at Chalet Hotel Cristallo, with BA flights from Gatwick to Geneva on 22 December (

Highland Hogmanay

Wilderness Scotland has the chance to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Highlands. The three-night package costs £525pp starting from 30 December, with B&B at the The Boat Hotel in the heart of the Cairngorms, a champagne dinner on the first night and a five-course Hogmanay gala for the main event, followed by a bucks fizz breakfast and a bracing guided walk around the park on New Year's Day (

Beach bliss

For something a little warmer, consider a week in Bali. The deal with Virgin Holidays departs on 12 February with Qatar flights from Heathrow via Doha for a B&B stay at the Aerowisata Sanur Beach for £899pp. Set back from Sanur Beach, the hotel has two pools, a spa and tennis courts (

Vintage vacation

Arblaster & Clarke has a new one-off wine tour of Portugal's Douro Valley. Running from 12-17 May, it takes in unspoilt landscape and rural vineyards, with five to 10 miles of walking each day and picnic lunches. The five-night trip costs £1,095pp with B&B accommodation, nine other meals, vineyard visits, tastings and transfers, but not flights (