Escaping the gloomy skies of winter doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There’s some great deals to be had in the month of December if travelling before the Christmas holidays. For those seeking some sunshine, a long haul destination is recommended. Alternatively, take a city break in one of the festive European capitals. It’s a great time to find the perfect gift in one of the enchanting Christmas markets. Take a look at our guide on the best places to visit and where to avoid in December.
The climate in the Caribbean during December is perfect. It’s one the best months to visit and remains affordable for those who book before the holidays. If you’re looking to rekindle the romance, an indulgent couple’s holiday to St Lucia or Barbados could be a great choice. Luxury, all-inclusive resorts offer a stress free service with all needs catered for. Choose your own private villa complete with swimming pool and butler service for a truly secluded holiday.
In Southeast Asia, the weather is just as impressive with 8 hours of daily sunshine and temperatures soaring into the 30s. Whether you choose Thailand or Vietnam you can be guaranteed a truly relaxing break. Many of the exclusive hotels offer exceptional cuisine and luxury spa facilities with complimentary therapies included in the rate.
For the adventurous, a holiday to one of Africa’s game reserves is guaranteed to excite. Take a guided safari in Namibia or Botswana and stay a luxury tended camp. Many include four poster beds, deep soaking tubs and large balconies to take in the sights and sounds of wild Africa. Combine you safari tour with a trip to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Pack plenty of sun cream, the city enjoys an average temperature of 24ºC with 11 hours of sunshine a day.
For a short haul break, why not consider a European getaway to a festive, winter wonderland. The Christmas markets of Vienna are sure to impress with more than 150 stalls located throughout the city. Be sure to visit Rathauspark which is famed for its Christmas tree decorations. They’re best admired on a crisp winter evening. Alternatively, the markets of Budapest, Copenhagen and Strasbourg promise a great mix of food, drink and plenty of gift inspiration.
December also marks the start of ski season with many of the European resorts opening their doors to the adventurous traveler. Stay in a luxury chalet in Verbier and enjoy a variety of fun on and off the slopes. Many hotels include spa facilities including a selection of rejuvenating therapies, an indoor swimming pool and sauna. After all the excitement, you can look forward to an exceptional meal with some resort offering fine dining.
Where to avoid
Malaysia is one destination in Asia which should be avoided. Much of the country is affected by a winter monsoon with heavy and sustained downpours. Eqypt also experiences cooler temperatures and many hotels don’t offer heating which could be uncomfortable for some.