According to Vacasa’s latest holiday travel report, 58% of people plan to continue their regular holiday travel traditions this year and/or return to a tradition interrupted by the pandemic, therefore, pointing to a very merry winter travel season. Given the stats above, and that the holidays are right around the corner, take a look at the best warm-weather destinations for the upcoming festive season.
Mayakoba, Mexico – Average Temperature in December: 79°
Travelers looking to spend the holidays under the warm Mexican sunshine would be delighted to book one of Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star, all-villa eco-resort Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s two-room categories. Ideal for families, a Three Bedroom Family Residence or a Beachfront Three-Bedroom Pool Villa, each sleep up to 6 with over 2700 square feet of space, a private plunge pool, hammocks and separate living room.
Families staying on property will also have access to an array of innovative, experiential programs aimed at sustainability, wellbeing and stewardship:
- Garden-Haab, an educational greenhouse experience where guests can learn about sustainable processes used on property to protect the local flora of Mayakoba
- Guided bike rides through nature trails to explore cenotes and learn about the local fauna
- Turtle Release experiences where guests can release baby turtles and ensure they reach the sea safely
- Culinary classes ranging from Thai Spices and Mexican Cooking to Italian Favorites and Pastries
- Jim McClean Golf School where families can take private golf classes in the first pure performance golf lab in the country.
Dubai – Average Temperature in December: 79°
There is no better way to beat the heat than by spending it in the water. Dubai’s famous Aquaventure waterpark is the place to be during the warm-weather winter holidays. Travelers can enjoy experiences such as near-vertical drop slides, sea lion cuddling, and visit an aquarium with 65,000 marine animals.
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai‘s December to Remember offer includes Christmas brunches and dinners throughout the resort, as well as two special New Year’s Eve packages for those looking to ring in 2022 in style. In addition to world-class dining and bucket-list experiences, Atlantis is home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the Middle East. For adults who want to escape the youngsters for a bit, guests can take advantage of Atlantis’s Kids club and 24-hour nanny services to enjoy all that Atlantis has to offer during the holiday season!
Anguilla – Average Temperature in December: 82°
Altamer Resort is Anguilla’s hidden gem consisting of three private villas ideal for families looking to spend their holidays together on the pristine little island.
In addition to the Antilles Pearl (sleeps up to 10 guests), the Petit Topaz (sleeps up to 4), Altamer is days away from reopening the Blue Diamond Villa, a 13,000 square-foot villa sleeping up to 12 guests. Guests of Altamer can enjoy their own private beach, a butler and chef upon request, boat day charters, tennis lessons, yoga lessons and much more – the perfect destination for a private, secluded holiday.
Perched atop the powder white Shoal Bay Beach, Zemi Beach House is Anguilla’s award-winning luxury boutique hotel that offers the one-of-a-kind Thai House Spa, the unique pools and cabanas, variety of watersports and beachfront activities. Experience toes-in-the-sand dining with a special curated menu of Caribbean-style cuisine and visit the Rhummelier who will guide you through a sampling of high-end rhums in the chic Rhum Room.
San Pedro, Belize – Average Temperature in December: 82°
Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize operates as the first true four-diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The beachfront hotel features a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, a kid’s club, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views.
Alaia Belize features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. This holiday season, get more Belize for less with Alaia’s offer to stay for seven days, pay five – the resort’s best seller (The offer is available to book now for stays through November 2022).
Turks and Caicos – Average Temperature in December: 78°
Crystalline turquoise waters and white sand beaches are trademarks of Turk and Caicos. Travelers looking for an ideal warm-weather getaway to paradise during the holidays can take advantage of Grace Bay Club‘s Work, Learn and Play Longer package which includes luxe amenities made for extended stays like daily breakfast, morning yoga classes, horseback riding on the beach and snorkeling and diving excursions.
Guests can also enjoy holiday meals at one of the seven onsite bars and restaurants, including the hip oasis, The Lounge, complete with twinkling lanterns and cozy firepits, or the oceanfront Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, known for its fresh seafood and extensive wine list. The all-suite resort features spacious, indoor/outdoor rooms with private terraces, dramatic ocean views and access to a Personal Concierge who can fulfill almost any festive request over the holidays.
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