Spend this Christmas in the Sunshine
Forget shivering your way through this festive season. There’s still time to grab your passport and book a flight to one of these chic, sunny escapes instead!
Península de Maraú, Bahia, Brazil
This glorious stretch of coastline is just a 2-hour journey from Salvador. Here you’ll find funky bars and stylish boutique hotels nestled amid unspoilt, palm-lined beaches. Butterfly House Bahia is a luxury eco-resort, one of the finest boutique hotels in the country, offering superb, seaside dining, fragrant gardens and rustic-chic decor. You can spend your days diving in tropical fish-filled waters, splashing about in the surf or beneath waterfalls, strolling along nature trails or riding quad bikes. Visit one of the many floating restaurants, where you can sip a caipirinha in the sunshine as you tuck into lobster and freshly shucked oysters.
This island city-state is a vibrant, bustling destination offering excellent shopping and broad range of experiences, all set within a sunny, tropical setting. Discover Gardens By The Bay, an impressive complex which includes a 22-metre-high walkway and a giant glass conservatory. The soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel boasts a spectacular infinity pool 57 storeys in the air. Unlike anywhere else in Singapore, you can swim and sip cocktails as you gaze out over the dazzling skyline. Singapore also makes a great stopover if you’re planning on travelling elsewhere in Asia too.
The Hawaiian archipelago of islands is a smorgasbord of jaw-dropping experiences set amid lush, tropical landscapes. Kauai is known as the garden island – it’s a little off the beaten track, far from the tourist trail. Its natural wonders include striking mountain ranges, gaping canyons, tropical rainforests and deserted beaches. Explore the Wailua River by canoe or take a stroll among the lush botanical gardens. St Regis Princeville is a stylish, sprawling resort by the sea. Treat yourself to a spa treatment, enjoy a cocktail at the oceanfront bar overlooking Hanalei Bay.
Once a Portuguese colony, today this vibrant stretch of west Indian coastline is home to a unique blend of Portuguese and Indian culture, offering buzzing nightlife, baroque architecture and spicy cuisine. You can while away your days visiting churches and Hindu temples, spice farms and wildlife sanctuaries. After dark, Goa comes alive with its many nightclubs, beach shacks or the Saturday night flea markets. Shanti Morada is a trendy boutique hotel located in a century old house, offering rustic elegance, fine dining and a jacuzzi pool bar.