Swap the snow for white beaches this holiday season with these five amazing destinations!
The holiday season is upon us! The cosy lights are lit, the shop windows adorned with beautiful decorations and Christmas music playing in every store. But it's also the time of the year we all have consecutive days off from work and have the chance to get away.
When you live in places like London and New York, Christmas offers an escape to the sun that's just too good to pass up. So if you're like me and want to make the most of this time to catch some sun and not give up those Christmas feels then check out our top five sunny holiday season destinations.
Dubai: Atlantis The Palm
When thinking about the holiday season, Dubai is probably not the first place that comes to mind. However, due to the large amount of tourists from Europe all the Dubai hotels and resorts put on a fantastic Christmas display.
Even though you won't see many nativity scenes Dubai has embraced the holiday season with grand display's of polar landscapes, gingerbread houses, ice rinks and Santa Claus. But there is one resort that goes above and beyond to create that ultimate Christmas feel and that's Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
The resort is filled with decorated Christmas trees and sparkling lights and features a Santa's Grotto for the kids. Also, a themed winter village where kid's can indulge in candy crafts and other activities. For adults, the Atlantis always has some great events around this time of year like beach concerts and an incredible New Year's Eve Gala! You won't want to miss this gala.
Check out our Drifting Dudes video if you want to see how much fun we had at the Atlantis during the Christmas period last year!
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Aruba: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Spa
You probably know Aruba from the famous Beach Boy's song Kokomo but let me tell you why this Caribbean island is a great Christmas destination. The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is one of the best hotels on the island hands down. Expect the hotel to be decorated all around with lights, trees, and gingerbread houses with delicious treats on offer. There are plenty of events for young and old including bingo, happy hour and expect lots of Christmas music, with a Caribbean flair of course.
What makes Aruba so special for Christmas is that the whole island really embraces the Christmas atmosphere and puts on the most elaborate light display. There are tours that go around the island that will show you the most beautifully decorated houses and light shows with the highlight being the the hill of Seroe Preto.
Be ready to love Aruba during Christmas and to say Bon Pasco y Bon Aña – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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There's never a bad time to visit Disney's Aulani Hotel on Hawaii's exotic Honolulu island. However, with Christmas the resort is just that extra special as no one does Christmas better than Disney! The resort has the right mix of being traditionally Hawaiian with a bit of Disney sprinkled on top which makes this a great resort for both kids and adults. Expect lavish decorations, Mickey, Donald and Co. in holiday outfits and live carollers to make this holiday the best one ever.
With the holiday's the resort goes all out and has an extensive activity schedule that includes Christmas Day Dinner, Holiday Movie screenings, a visit by Santa Clause, Christmas buffets and seaside feasts! When you've had too much Christmas fun go snorkeling with the turtles or book a nice day at the wondrous Aulani spa.
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Tenerife: Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque
If you like a more traditional Christmas celebration we can definitely recommend the Spanish tropical island of Tenerife. Nestled away off the coast of Morocco, the island is part of The Canary's archipelago which has tropical weather all year around. One of the best resorts is Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque which sits on the newly developed Costa Adeje and mixes Spanish village style with that of California beachside.
The Spanish always have a more traditional take on Christmas with a focus on the religious aspect and this is also reflected in the more sober yet classy approach to decorations in the hotel. Expect some beautifully decorated tree's but nothing over the top as some of the other resorts mentioned above.
There are a few things that really stand out and make Tenerife an excellent Christmas destination. The first is that even though there is less of an American Christmas feel they surely make up for it in their lavish religious decorations like the Bélen. These are extremely detailed grand Nativity Scenes on display throughout the different towns on the island. There are Bélen routes to follow or you can try to track them down yourself for some scavenger hunt fun.