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Six places to spend Christmas this year

We know you don’t want to hear about Christmas right now, but trust us, you need to book well in advance if you want some options for this festive season. Booking as early as possible means that you will get your choice of hotels and flights. We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives, especially in winter, so we’re showcasing some of our top places to spend Christmas this year.

Tanzania, Africa

December is one of the best times to visit Tanzania and witness the wildebeest migration. It is the beginning of calving season and watching the wildebeest on this critical moment of their journey, crossing dangerous rivers and avoiding lurking predators, is one of the most rewarding safari experiences you will get. Start in Tarangire National Park, home to a huge concentration of wildlife. Then, spend the bulk of your holiday exploring the vast plains, rivers and watering holes of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Why not even ring in the New Year in Zanzibar and enjoy the benefits of having the ocean at your doorstep. As it is such a popular time to visit, we advise booking well in advance to guarantee availability.

Thailand, South East Asia

From magnificent vibrant cities to wonderful island retreats, Thailand makes for a perfect couple’s holiday. We suggest a classic trip to Bangkok and Phuket. Take in the sights of the city with a guided foodie tour and visit Don Wai Floating Market. Then, fly to Phuket and stay in a luxurious beach property. This is pure relaxation in the winter sun, a place where your days fill with boat trips, snorkelling and simply just admiring paradise. For the more adventurous, we recommend the lesser explored sides of Thailand; Krabi, Khao Sok and Khao Lak. Explore mountains, evergreen rainforests and the gorgeous Andaman Seaboard. For a truly unforgettable holiday, visit the gentle giants at the ethically run Elephant Hills.

South Africa

South Africa is a place where wildlife and wine combine to provide an adventure and relaxation hub unlike anywhere else in the world. Though there are endless ways and routes to delve into, we always suggest starting in Cape Town. Embark on day trips revolving around iconic highlights like Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. Afterwards, it is up to you where you set off to. Relax and indulge in the luxurious Winelands, search for the Big Five in the private game reserves of the Western Cape or explore the beautiful nature reserves and secluded beaches of the Garden Route. As South Africa has so much to offer in December, especially as it is their summer season, it is essential to book well in advance to guarantee availability.

Argentina, South America

Argentina is a country bursting with colour, culture and heritage. It offers a little bit of everything; city, winelands, dramatic landscape and traditional estancias and villages. We think the perfect start is in the beautiful estancia of La Bamba de Areco. Embark on classic horse-riding excursions and spend evenings sipping local wines and sampling traditional cuisine. Then, fly to El Calafate, most accessible between December and March. Here, you can experience the unforgettable Rios de Hielo and the stunning icescapes. Then venture to the heart of wine country, Mendoza, to experience the best of Argentina’s vineyards and wineries. For the perfect ending, celebrate the New Year in the artistic and culturally rich city that is Buenos Aires.

India, Indian Subcontinent

If you are in search of a cultural experience offering both excitement and discovery, we suggest India. It is brimming with diversity, culture and historical treasures. There are two wonderful options that make for an unforgettable holiday; an exploration through the country’s finest cities or a laid-back retreat to the eco-friendly properties of Kerala. If you choose the first option, explore colourful cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra. We recommend breaking up time in the city with an exciting wildlife safari in search of the tigers of Ranthambore. If you desire beautiful landscapes, Kerala is perfect. Situated on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, it holds a culturally rich heritage that thrives on the shores of the Keralan Backwaters.

Vietnam, South East Asia

Vietnam is wonderfully diverse, boasting a remarkable history and rich culture. It effortlessly embraces luxury without losing any of its authenticity. Start in Hanoi, staying in luxurious French-inspired properties and embarking on exhilarating vespa tours through the city. After experiencing the city’s highlights and sampling beloved street food, we suggest exploring Ha Long Bay. Cruise the bay aboard a luxury cruise ship and tour the islets, relax on pristine beaches and perform early morning Tai Chi lessons. Choose how you wish to end your Christmas holiday, whether it is an island retreat in Con Dao or a stay in the historic town of Hanoi. There is a small chance of rain in central Vietnam, but the surrounding countryside is hot and dry.

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