Whether you love the little rituals of the Christmas season or not - the holiday season is a time of celebration across the UK and Ireland. But as I watch throngs of shoppers and bargain-hunters out in the streets of London for the early Christmas sales, I wonder if a piece of tranquillity could be the best Christmas present of all.
Whether you're surrounded by miles of wilderness, lord of your own grand manor, on a remote island or by an endless crystal lake, the holiday season is the perfect moment to spend quality time with the family or whisk your loved one away for a truly romantic escape.
Also, my congratulations to The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare, this year's winner of the prestigious European Golf Resort of the Year from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Doonbeg boasts one of the finest links courses in the world - the perfect spot for an Irish golf or spa holiday.