10 Spectacular Holiday Travel Destinations

From renting out your own Alpine mountain to a yoga getaway in the middle of the Indian Ocean, make this year's Christmas vacation one to remember. 

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Voluntourism at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

Situated on the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda, this long-time Caribbean favorite ticks all the right boxes for a relaxing vacation: an Instagram-worthy palm-lined beach, spacious stone-walled rooms, a pampering cliff-side spa, and three great dining options. This season, however, you can add a little altruism to your stay by volunteering to help restore Little Dix Bay Reef. In partnership with Dive BVI and the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Texas, guests of the property can assist with caring for young coral plants, interact with endangered turtles, and partake in a snorkel safari. Plus: a state-of-the-art underwater camera has been installed to monitor the reef and the marine life it supports so that you can watch the progress of the conservation efforts online well after your holiday. From $840; Lee Rd. Valley, Spanish Town; 1-284/495-5555; rosewoodhotels.com.

For more philanthropic travel ideas, see our story about trips that give back »