With the UK winter very much upon us, with dark nights and icy mornings, who wouldn't want to feel some warmth on their skin? With that in mind, our team of Destination Experts have put together their top 5 reasons to travel abroad in December…the perfect month for a last minute holiday.
1. It’s not winter everywhere!
With destinations such as the Caribbean
, Indian Ocean
at the beginning of their summer, December is an ideal time to travel. You’ll also find that the Arabian Gulf, including Dubai
, Abu Dhabi
, experience much more bearable temperatures than their very hot summers during the British winter, and not forgetting the Canary Islands for those looking for a shorter flight duration to get their dose of vitamin D!
2. Save money with pre-Christmas deals
Aside from the obvious warmer climes, travelling in December also boasts some additional benefits. During the pre-Christmas period hotels are often a little quieter than in peak times, as well as offering some great savings and deals. Discounts of 30% or more, with some offering complimentary meal upgrades, present outstanding value for money. So why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present?
3. Escape the festive fever
How about spending the big day itself away from home? Flee the UK public transport disruptions (with many rail lines scheduled to close during Christmas and New Year this year for maintenance), and rather than worrying about how to get to your relatives or friends, all you’ll need to do is wander a few steps from your room to the sandy beach or pool side lounger at your hotel!
4. A laid-back Christmas lunch
For many, the worst part of Christmas is having to cater en masse. But rather than spending all day in the kitchen cooking numerous vegetables and three roasts, why not let someone else do the cooking and enjoy gourmet fine fare after a morning spent on the beach? The famous all-day brunches in Dubai
and Abu Dhabi
are particularly special on Christmas Day, with unlimited food and drink surely what Christmas is all about! Then rather than watching Christmas repeats on TV, enjoy live entertainment at selected hotels while sipping on a delectable cocktail or even a glass of sherry to keep up with tradition!
5. Last minute December deals
Although Christmas is a very popular time to travel, hotels prefer to be completely full so you can often get some amazing last minute offers. So what are you waiting for? If you're dreaming of a not so white Christmas, see if we can make your Christmas wish come true at Western & Oriental!
Speak to your Destination Expert about our superb selection of last minute December holiday deals.