Add the festive to the season


‘Tis nearly the season to be jolly and we’d love to share some suggestions that will bring an extra sparkle to your December holidays, whether you are spending them at home or travelling. With the year winding down, now is the time to take those small steps that will make a BIG difference when your long-awaited December break arrives.

Staying at home:

As the holidays often mean spending time with family and friends, why not book tickets to some awesome events or make a reservation to eat out at that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try for years, but have never got around to it? This really is the best time of the year to try out new things. Surprising a group of friends or family with luxurious La Vita Spa treatments would surely go down a treat, wouldn’t it?!


Other great events for you, your family and your friends to go to include: Summer cricket series, the ballet, stand-up comedy evenings or live concerts in some of South Africa’s most picturesque parks (a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening snacking on a good old cheeseboard)! There really is something on offer for everyone at this crazy time of year, so get yourself to the front of the queue, by making a couple of reservations now. You might just become everyone’s hero for getting tickets to that soon to be sold-out event.

If A LOT of relaxing is what’s in store for you, why not plan some fun things to do at home?  These could include:

  • Getting hold of sentimental recipes – even if they are for someone else to follow.
  • Bringing out your favourite video footage of that highly entertaining thing that you did decades ago!
  • Hosting braais or fun family dinners with your favourite music playing in the background are also great things to organise before the holidays start.
  • Gift-wrapping presents, decorating your house or a tree to a festive theme, getting busy with arts and crafts, building a slip-and-slide for the kiddies or buying that perfect DVD to watch when all of your family and friends are over.
  • And if that all sounds like too much work, maybe buy a hammock, some beanbags or a relaxing soundtrack which will all help you to hibernate your way through the holidays!


Whatever it is that would make your holidays more magical, why not get up and make sure that your dreams are fulfilled. After all, it will only take one phone call to book that trip of a lifetime to one of our brilliantly located resorts 😉

Travelling over the festive season:

If travelling during the festive season is what is on the cards for you, then you have come to the right place. Not only will we help you find the perfect holiday for you and your family, we will also give you some tips on how to keep things festive during your stay with us! The staff at all of our destinations will be getting into the festive mood, aiming to make your stay merry and special – but there are ways of doing this yourself as well.

Make your family a delicious, festive meal:
The holiday period is all about spending time with family, enjoying a few laughs together and, of course, eating some good food. Don’t let this tradition stop because you are away from home. We have a lot of self-catering units at our properties that give you the freedom to have a blissful time – so you will be able to make that traditional lunch you enjoy having with your family every year. But also, if you are wanting to take a break from the kitchen, our properties have scrumptious restaurants which would be delighted to serve you a holiday meal! Alternatively, our Reception staff will be more than happy to recommend excellent local and nearby restaurants that you are sure to love – but be sure to book in advance, as you don’t want to miss out on an amazing dining experience.


Decorations really make holiday time special. No matter what you believe in, which religion you follow or what your traditions are – sparkling lights and candles are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! There is something so special and festive about walking into a room that is decorated, even in the slightest manner.  So don’t forget to pack a few festive decorations before your journey, to ensure that your suite, apartment, chalet, etc. will bring joy to you and your guests.

Join in the festivities:
The wonderful staff members at our properties always get really involved and excited about the festive season and they plan a lot of activities to get you into the festive spirit. Join in the fun! Take part in that karaoke night or make sure to mingle at the properties’ events. You are guaranteed to meet a variety of wonderful people and have a great time.


Check out the local tourist attractions:
Most of our properties are ideally located to explore the area around you, being in close proximity to towns and areas you wouldn’t usually explore on your own – and most of these places have amazing festive events planned. Make sure that you do a bit of research about the community you are visiting before your trip – there may be a Carols by Candlelight event which you may really enjoy or a festive market with local cuisine and perfect gifts for your loved ones. You never know!

We hope you have an amazing festive season this year, whether you are at home or travelling to one of our holiday destinations. Please stay safe, spread the love and happiness, and most of all – have a great time!

Don’t forget to share your holiday images with us on social media using #FirstGroup…we would love to see them!

P.S.: Happy New Year too!

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