If seeking sun is on your Christmas agenda, fancy highs of 29C ? You get an impressive eight hours of sunshine a day to enjoy alongside wearing your Santa hat in the Dominican Republic. And this Caribbean spot isn’t just a sun, sea and sand retreat. There are loads of excursions on offer, from safari rides to spotting whales in the wild. And, if you’re worried about missing out on all the Christmas fun, fear not – Dominicans are big fans of the festive season. Celebrations last from October to January, and usually involve eating tasty food like roast pork and Pudim Navideno – Christmas pudding – plus watching firework displays.
Costa Rica's dry season runs from December to April, so it's an ideal time for a Christmas break. The festive period is also the end of the school year in Costa Rica, so people really go all-out with their celebrations. Houses are decorated with tropical flowers, nativity scenes, and Christmas wreaths made of cypress branches and berries. Expect rum punch, midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and the celebrations don’t stop there – with fiestas and street parties rolling on into January too.
Phuket in Thailand reaches sizzling highs of 32C in December, so it's hot enough to make the most of the beaches, or sail between the offshore islands. Christmas isn't a religious festival in Thailand, but that doesn’t stop everyone putting up Christmas trees, exchanging gifts and sharing a meal – although it’s usually a Thai curry instead of Turkey and trimmings. So, it’s the perfect getaway if you fancy your Christmas a little less tinsel this year.
If you fancy something a little closer to home, why not try Canary Island La Palma? One of the quieter islands in the Canaries, expect highs of 22C in December – scorching compared to the UK's usual 7C. Christmas is an important festival in La Palma – head to Franceses, a small village in the north-west of the island, to see a nativity scene complete with life-size models of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, and the Three Wise Men.
Average temperatures in Cape Verde during the winter hover in the mid-20s, so these islands off the coast of Africa are a sun-seekers dream. If you want to take life easy and relax on the sand, you’ll find eight kilometres of beach in Sal. Meanwhile, the island of Boa Vista flaunts a long stretch of 55 kilometres. As well as making the most of your winter holiday, you’ll find Christmas celebrations usually involve fireworks and extended parties in Cape Verde.
Fancy spending Christmas Day on the beach? With temperatures sitting comfortably at 30C, it’s sure to be a Christmas holiday to remember. Try traditional Christmas cake in Sri Lanka and have a go at watersports like surfing or kayaking. There are also tea plantations and ancient temples to explore, if you fancy some culture alongside your celebrations.
TUI SENSATORI Resort Aphrodite Hills by Atlantica has it all - an award-winning spa, swim-up rooms and a championship golf course. It’s the perfect retreat for a relaxing Christmas getaway.
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A beautiful white-sand beach, designer interiors and a gourmet dining scene are the calling cards at TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana.
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