The month of December can be a whirlwind for most but as Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) excitement dwindles, we move onto holiday company parties, waiting in endless present-shopping lines, cooking our tails off and shoveling snow off our driveways. It’s safe to say we all deserve a little vacation. Cap off a great year with these points of interest perfect for December travelers.
Bring in this year’s Yuletide in Scotland. Visit Eden Locke in the heart of Edinburgh to celebrate the holidays – the hotel and cafe/bar is known for its stylish design with perfectly pastel hues to bring you out of your winter rut. The cafe’s expansive menu of one-of-a-kind cocktails is also pretty difficult to pass up.
Needless to say, Paris and all of its beauty takes the cake for most magical winter wonderland you will ever see in December. Shangri-La Hotel will give you the royal treatment you deserve as it was a former residence of the Bonaparte family! Paris is cold in December, though, so be sure to stock your suitcase with your best boots and jackets.
Escape the brisk December London weather with some afternoon tea and fine French food at this eclectic restaurant. A bucket list worthy spot, Sketch specializes in food, art and music all in one setting. Each room of the restaurant has a different theme, and word on the street is that the bathrooms are literally out of this world.
The Cambodian paradise of Siem Reap is an ace in the hole if you’re looking for an adults-only private destination. Amansara boasts royal lineage as the former guest villa of King Sihanouk, so being treated like kings and queens at the resort is a given. Enjoy your December by laying by the pool amongst coconut palms on a private peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea.
In December, it’s summer in Australia, which means perfect weather for outdoor activities and bountiful farmer’s markets. If you need a break from the city atmosphere, take the 40-minute drive to Coriole Vineyards, where it’s always wine o’clock. The picturesque views of the vineyard make a great virtual postcard on Instagram.
Queenstown, otherwise known as the Alpines of New Zealand, is the ideal December tourist stop. Head outside in the heat of the New Zealand summer, hike through the mountains and experience the panoramic lakeside and mountain views. The Lakeside Lodge is the perfect place to stay, allowing full access to any and every outdoor activity imaginable - did someone say paragliding?
Your December needs some warm weather and Fijian hospitality, and the Tokoriki Island Resort is here to give it to you. Relax and reset in beachfront bures and villas, enjoy cocktails by the pool, snorkel in nearby reefs and stargaze in the resort’s outdoor hammocks. Fun fact: The best months to visit Fiji are between March and December, so book your trip now!
Enjoy an intimate sunset dinner in the middle of December! That’s right - it’s safe to say that there’s no better place to spend December than at the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is a seaside resort filled with ancient Hawaiian artifacts and carvings, making this museum-esque getaway educational AND relaxing.
In Rio de Janeiro, the month of December is spring, making it the ideal time to visit the Brazilian capital. Stay at the Hotel Santa Teresa, a serene escape while remaining close to the bustling city center, where endless museums, restaurants, beaches and more will occupy your time in Rio.
There’s no better way to end the year than with a holiday in the desert. Escape to Baja California Sur, where the median temperature is a perfect mid-70. Book a treehouse room at the Acre Hotel and eat at the restaurant, both of which create perfect harmony between the outdoors and interior of the space. Also, don’t miss out the adorable Nigerian dwarf goats in the resort’s own petting zoo!
Tired of looking at snow outside your window? The 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand from the Six Senses Samui rest will fulfill all of your December wanderlust. The restaurants even have their own gardens, containing the freshest herbs, vegetables and other greens you can imagine.
Quebec City is a must-see during the holiday season. From the German Christmas Market to the Rue de Petit Champlain in Old Quebec (a.k.a. one of the most beautiful streets in the city, especially when covered in snow and draped in Christmas lights), you don’t want to miss out on a winter wonderland like this Canadian gem.
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