Winter retreats with Macdonald Resorts

As the nights draw in and temperatures fall, booking a holiday getaway during the winter months can be the perfect way to unwind after a busy year. Whether you are looking for a festive family break, a cosy couple’s hideaway here in the UK or an injection of winter sun in the Mediterranean, Macdonald Resorts offers a wide variety of seasonal holidays at home and abroad in the most stunning rural and coastal locations.

The variety of locations and resort facilities available make winter breaks perfect for families with plenty of children’s activities on offer, as well as couples looking to spend longer, warmer days together abroad away from the Christmas rush or an adrenaline filled holiday on the ski slopes.

From idyllic settings along the Mediterranean coast, to secluded countryside retreats, here are our five favourite Macdonald Resorts to enjoy this winter:

Macdonald Forest Hills Resort

Hidden deep within the beautifully picturesque Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Macdonald Forest Hills Resort lies nestled along the banks of Loch Ard, sheltered by the park’s impressive forests. This lochside retreat is the ideal location for a relaxed getaway, providing 4-star leisure facilities including a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room plus an Elemis spa.

Located just an hour away from Glasgow or Stirling, guests are situated perfectly for a day trip to sample the popular Christmas markets and festivities throughout December.

Macdonald Lochanhully Resort

Perched on the north side of the Cairngorms National Park, a short journey through woodland and open heather-filled moorland lies Macdonald Lochanhully Resort. Located just north of Aviemore and only a 20 minute drive from the ski slopes, the traditional woodland cabins offer winter sport enthusiasts and families a picture postcard break in a peaceful Highland resort.

Macdonald Elmers Court Resort

The Macdonald Elmers Court Resort at Lymington, on the edge of the New Forest National Park, sits within 23 acres of landscaped grounds, with superb leisure facilities including two swimming pools, a gym, steam room and full Elemis spa. Choose from accommodation within the Tudor manor house or cottages and apartments within the impressive grounds, and spend your days exploring the New Forest Christmas market which takes place in nearby Lymington in early December.

Macdonald Doña Lola Resort

Located in Calahonda, Spain, Macdonald Doña Lola Resort occupies a fantastic beachfront spot offering a warmer getaway during the cold winter months. Boasting uninterrupted views across the Mediterranean Sea, these spacious holiday apartments all include kitchen, living and dining rooms and a private balcony or terrace. The resort is an hour from the elegant city of Malaga and is the perfect base to explore the areas array of championship golf courses, which enjoy perfect conditions year round.

Macdonald Leila Playa Resort

Situated on the beach in Calahonda, between the towns of Fuengirola and Marbella, Macdonald Leila Playa Resort is the perfect base for some winter sun. With temperatures ranging in the mid to high teens you can comfortably explore the Andalucian towns and villages followed by sunset strolls along the resort’s beach boardwalk.


Winter Warmer breaks with Macdonald Resorts are available from 02 November until 04 April from only £53 per apartment per night in the UK and Spain, find out more at: