It has always been a dilemma. Christmas is always equal to snow. At least in our minds. There is always this urge though, on December 27th, to pick up and go. The gathering of families and festive seasons would be almost over and we always felt we needed to celebrate more by traveling just so that the holiday feelings don’t go away. We always seem to chose an island for some reason or another. It’s strange because one would think Australia would be on the list because it is actually a great hot Christmas escape. However, a 14 hour flight from Dubai, is more like a migration to neverland. So we always say, if we would travel THAT long, then we would like to stay for 90 days. It’s our 90 day rule. With the exception of the Caribbean of-course. Still, the earth is so big for us to just narrow them down to 5! But here they are, after our own experience.
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It will always be our number one getaway. As commercial as it gets, you just cannot help but dream of it’s crystal clear waters, white sands, music, cocktails and a surrendering feeling to the island life. Jump into a postcard, grab their history and culture and just join them! Go back in the 1950’s era of Cuba’s history, learn about the Mayans in Mexico, adapt the Rastafarian life in Jamaica ( even if it’s for one day) or just dance to their reggae tunes. If you are flying from the middle east, the Caribbean will never leave your heart because it’s a day away! We flew Emirates to London and then took Virgin Atlantic to start of at Montego Bay airport and cruised from there. The love affair with the Caribbean will always hold a special place in our hearts. A small tip, do not stay in Montego bay, head out to Port Antonio or Ocho Rios. We loved GeeJam Boutique Hotel.
2. Sri Lanka
Another version of the Maldives, only cheaper, more things to do and delicious food! December is perfect for a quick getaway (if you are in the Middle East). Our 5 days escape resulted in extensive research to be able to tell you that you should only stick to one or 2 areas. The East is stunning, but 8 hours drive from the airport, so if you go East, you stay East. South is famous for their wonderful beaches. North is mostly temples, mountains, Nuwara Ellia and Kandy. Pick your choice and stick to it! Driving is not easy, so do not waste time on the road. Jetwing Galle is a highly recommended hotel along with Galle Fort. Activities are fun packed from whale watching to island safari, spice markets and fishing markets.
3. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Days are hot and sunny with often not a cloud in the sky, and temperatures can range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties throughout the country. Clear sunny days are the norm, with clear night skies offering perfect opportunities for star-gazing or romantic evenings on the beach. Zanzibar is just a perfect for unspoilt beaches and water excursions.
The island can be divided into five: Nungwi in the north, the east coast, the south-east, the west coast, and a few offshore islands. Zanzibar’s east coast is lined with long, powder-white beaches. To the north, numerous small resorts boast similar beaches, yet all are quite different. Offshore you’re find the magical Mnemba Island – the ultimate island lodge for those who can afford it! By far this website about Africa has guided us so well in getting around! We loved Melia
You can read more on Zanzibar diary here with Sheena Kay from Radio One in Dubai.
4. South East Asia
South East Asia has become a favorite of ours. No matter what you do, you always end up discovering a new part of yourself. That’s really what it’s all about. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor, and Indonesia are our top favorite. There is a forgiving feeling every time we visit. Forgiving to Tsunamis, to earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons. The people forgive and move on. They build and unite. The facade of the ruins and pain still exists, but they are in peace. From beautiful island beaches and wild life, to great history and temples, to medieval times and meditating and learning more about Buddhism changes you. There comes a point in your life where you are in a transition phase and I find South East Asia has some answers for the next chapters in life. It will linger in your thoughts forever.
Nathalie Trad has a diary on Laos. Get inspired. Read her Diary.
Ahhh the UAE, home to thousands and thousands of expats, beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, fine dining, excellent outdoors activities and just the perfect weather! At this time of the year, everyone flees outside with each raindrop a celebration of joy is expressed amongst everyone. Open markets in the parks, outdoor restaurants and rooftop lounges. Beach goers and kite surfers are seen across every beach, the city is a much happier place.
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