Imagine yourself at Club Med Finolhu Villas in the Maldives. You are staying in one of our overwater eco-luxury bungalows, looking out over a glorious ocean. The temperature is nudging towards 30ºC and your personal butler has just turned up with a glass of champagne. The kids are looking forward to a wide array of watersports later while you cannot wait for the delicious gourmet dinner at the resort restaurant. This is the December holiday of your dreams with sun, sea, sand and sheer pleasure from doing nothing or doing something you love. Are you really sure you want to stay at home this year?
Our favourite destinations!
December at home is usually a frantic period of present buying, putting up decorations and hosting parties with friends and family. No wonder so many choose to get away from the cold weather and overblown festive cheer and, instead, spend a week or two under a blazing sun. If you fancy a holiday in December, before, during or after Christmas holidays, then we have a list of destinations that will tick all your boxes when it comes to the weather. Beautiful places that will make the end of the year a time you and your family will never forget.
If, for some reason, the Maldives is not appealing enough then Mauritius is another excellent choice for island life. This jewel in the Indian ocean is equally as glorious, the sun just as hot and the scenery perhaps even more enchanting. For the adventurous there is everything from ziplining to kayaking to trapeze lessons to enjoy on the island. For those who want to soak up beautiful scenery then it starts at the lush gardens of the Club Med report and extends inland where forest, waterfalls, mountains and lagoons await your camera. If you get lucky then the Fire-walking Festival of Theemithi might be taking place during your visit. Watch in wonder as devoted locals cross a bed of burning wood in their bare feet, seemingly without injury. However, the main source of heat on your holiday will be from the sky and the palm-shaded coral sands are the best place to take it all in.
Let us cross the planet to the Caribbean where another sun-kissed holiday awaits in the laid-back islands. We are choosing the Dominican Republic as our destination although the Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Martinique or the Turks and Caicos Islands are all equally as splendid. The breadth of things to do is remarkable including a trek through the jungle then a climb to the summit of Pico Duarte, swimming in the stunning cenote of Hoya Azul, whale watching and diving for treasure. The incredible natural wonders alone make this a December in heaven. If you want the all-inclusive luxury of Club Med to accompany your break then choose Michès Playa Esmeralda for eco-chic sustainability or Punta Cana for the perfect festival atmosphere. You can be there in under 10 hours by plane.
Ever wanted to adopt the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle where you find yourself a seemingly deserted island? For the December holiday maker, the new Club Med resort in the Seychelles is about as far away as you can get from a typical day in the UK. Based on the island of Sainte-Anne Marine, you will be in a wonderland of forest, mountains and the teeming sea life to be found in the island’s Marine National Park. As the thermometer breaks 30°C you could be on a wildlife expedition to photograph hawksbill sea turtles, manta rays or whale sharks. A stroll around plantation houses could be the thing or maybe you would rather stay closer at home to enjoy the infinity pool, spa, and personal butler service? There is also an archipelago of islands to be discovered by boat or a beach that draws you in with its pristine charms. It is your choice and your winter sun to enjoy.
December is one of the driest months in Mexico with temperatures that can reach the high twenties. This makes it the perfect time to explore the culture and astonishing sights of this country. Choose Club Med Cancún to have the option every day of heading for the blindingly white beach and warm waters or for an excursion to Mayan ruins, perfectly formed pools of water and local towns where the sounds of Mariachi fill the air and the smells of the country’s unique cuisine entice you into a local restaurant. The country is alive with festivity in December with Christmas being a major celebration. That means you can enjoy both the full festive spirit and constant sunshine you have been craving since summer.
If your December holiday is designed to re-energise your spirits and cleanse your body then we can heartily recommend Indonesia as a place where worries quickly disappear, burned off by a sun that can produce temperatures of 30°C and upwards.
Club Med Bintan Island offers everything from yoga on the beach to a round of golf as well as a bootcamp for those who want to return home with a beach body. The healthy meals and freshly pressed juices perfectly complement the activities. For the mind, grab your book and settle down on the beach to look out at the hypnotic views of the South China Sea. If you fancy a day of something a little more hectic than Singapore is only 55 minutes away by ferry where you can experience an urban culture like no other.
Want to find your December sunshine in a place where the culture is a little more familiar and the locals almost speak your language? Florida is beautiful at any time of year, but in December Florida is particularly good to explore with temperatures reaching an average high of 25ºC making it slightly more tolerable than some of the island escapes on offer. You can spend your time on the beaches of the Sunshine State or head for the big theme parks. Explore the fascinating everglades, go golfing or get under the skin of cities such as Miami where Cuban beats can be felt on many streets. The variety of things to do is what makes Florida so exceptional and why you should choose Club Med Sandpiper Bay as your central location for all the fun.