The best places to go on holiday in December
Love it or hate, the festive month is no doubt one of the busiest times of the year, so a luxury holiday might be just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps you want to take the family abroad for Christmas, or maybe you’re looking to see in the New Year with a trip to remember; either way, there are so many destinations that are shining at this time of year, offering you a well earnt getaway from the pandemonium back home.
Nowhere says Christmas quite like Norway. December brings dazzling white carpets of snow, illuminated night skies, and roaring log fires warming cosy wooden lodges. Take to the slopes for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, or zip along the vast expanses on an exhilarating dog sledding ride.
The central hills and southwest coast of Sri Lanka are entering into their peak, when the skies are drying up and the sun is bursting through. This time of year is also the season for whale and dolphin watching off the coast. Stroll through the emerald carpets of Tea Country, where you can help tea pickers gather their crop and then sample the produce on a tea terrace at a quaint colonial bungalow. Finish off your holiday with some relaxation at the wild, coconut-fringed beaches, where world-class surfing waves sweep the south coast.
You’ll forget all about winter on a holiday to alluring Cuba. This curious destination oozes charm and tradition, harking back to a bygone era that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time 50 years. A tour to discover the crumbling colonial buildings, old American cars and deep rhythms of Havana offer rich insight into the country’s enchanting culture, while a visit to the sugar-white sands and turquoise seas of the Northern Cayes offer that much-needed shot of winter sun.
Australia comes into its own in December, when the locals are out barbecuing on the beaches and vibrant cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are hosting non-stop festive celebrations. This is prime time to sail around the Whitsundays on a luxury beach holiday, or driving the great Ocean Road, which sits sandwiched between the dazzling southern coastline and lush rainforest inland. December is also a fantastic time to hop over to Tasmania, where you’ll encounter fabulous wines, dazzling wilderness and eclectic wildlife.
It’s summer down in the southern hemisphere, and Argentina is hot hot hot. Colourful Buenos Aires is alight with Christmas celebrations, while more remote areas such as the Lake District and mesmerising Patagonia are surfacing from their winter slumbers, having never looked more beautiful. December also marks the beginning of Antarctica season, with cruises setting sail from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Just brilliant white sands, dazzling coral reefs, swaying palms and ultra-exclusive bungalows; it doesn’t get much dreamier than the Maldives. Offering the perfect beach escape at Christmas, this spell-bounding destination whisks you away from the stresses of home, showering you with spa treatments, five-star dining and exhilarating beach excursions. Pick from the vast collection of luxury retreats and toast the New Year in style.
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