Prefer palm trees to pine trees? White sand to snow? Here are ten sunny destination suggestions to spend your end of year celebrations in a heavenly setting.
The flagship destination of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali offers a wide range of superb landscapes: golden sand beaches with azure waters, mountainous highlands, lush rice terraces... The island is also home to numerous Hindu temples that can’t be recommended too highly. If you want to celebrate New Year in Bali, however, you will have to come backin the spring: Indonesians celebrate Nyepi in March.
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
Heaven on earth: with its pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoon, coral reef filled with fish of all colours and its sharp reliefs of deep green, Bora Bora is, without question, one of the world’s most idyllic destinations. Our advice to ensure you make the most of the « Pearl of the Pacific »: spend your days in the water or on a bike, the best way to explore the island, and your nights in one of the bungalows on stilts.
Tenerife (Canary Islands)
There’s no need to head to the other side of the world for an exotic Christmas. Located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Spanish island of Tenerife is dotted with palm trees and cacti. It is overlooked by the imposing Teide volcano that stretches to an altitude of 3,718 metres. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its Natural Park is a must for hiking enthusiasts. Tenerife is also admired for its beaches. The most beautiful are in the south of the island but are often difficult to access due to a steep relief.
Nicknamed the « Pearl of the Indian Ocean », Phuket is lined with fine sandy beaches. The most beautiful are found on the west coast of the Thai Peninsular. A must during any stay in this region: a a sea canoe excursion to the dazzling Phang Nga Bay, northeast of Phuket. Its clear waters are dotted with limestone peaks and breathtaking silhouettes.
Want to spend Christmas in the African savannah in the company of giraffes, elephants and leopards? Experience the magic of a safari in Tanzania. The country has several reserves, such as the Serengeti National Park, with its breathtakingly beautiful landscapes populated by wild animals.
Seychelles (Indian Ocean)
A myriad of lonely islands in the Indian Ocean, just off Kenya. The Seychelles archipelago is a small corner of paradise bordered by coconut palms, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. It prides itself on having one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: the Anse Source d'argent, on the island of La Digue, with its immense granite rocks polished by the sea.
Philippines (Southeast Asia)
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands! One of the country’s most beautiful corners – and consequently one of the most touristy – is the mountainous archipelago of Palawan, which is home to a primitive forest with lush vegetation. North of the main island, the beach resort of El Nido is the starting point for boat trips around the small rocky islets surrounded by lagoons. A breathtaking setting.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the colourful streets of Havana, between salsa classes and cigar tastings, you can indulge in the delights of lazing by the Caribbean Sea, on one of the many paradise beaches in the south of Cuba.
Maldives (Indian Ocean)
Seen from above, the Maldives archipelago looks like a garland - without question, the area’s only connection with Christmas . Inside its atolls, islands of white sand, are radiant warm water blue lagoons and millions of fish of all colours. A dream destination for diving enthusiasts.
Martinique (French Antilles)
Known as the Island of Flowers due to its lush vegetation, Martinique appeals for its humid forests and entrancing Balata Botanical Gardens in the north and its paradise beaches in the south, such as the plage des Salines which faces the sumptuous Diamond Rock. Martinique will also please the palate of foodies in search of exotic flavours. The Spice Market in Fort-de-France gives an enticing glimpse of the richness of Creole cuisine.