If you want a tailor-made getaway at Christmas, the world really is your oyster. To help narrow down the choices our Tailormade Regional Specialists have given their recommendations of the places they’d love to spend the upcoming festive season.
“With short flying times and winter sunshine, Morocco would be my choice of place to visit this Christmas. Enjoy stepping back in time and strolling through the Fes medina, watching the entertainers in the Djemma el Fna square in Marrakech or head further south and sleeping under the stars amongst the dunes of the Sahara Desert.” Sarah Slocomb
“South Africa is a wonderful destination for Christmas; I’d try to avoid the masses though and visit KwaZulu Natal and Durban. Hot weather and warm water means it’s great for surfing and the whole coastline is a haven for snorkelling and diving. Game viewing is brilliant in this area with some lovely private game reserves, such as Thanda, Phinda and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, where you’ll have a good chance of spotting the Big Five, in addition to wild dog, cheetah, hyena and warthog. Throw in some culture when visiting the Zulu Battlefields for a few days, or hike around the Drakensberg Mountains.” Anneli Rudiger
"If I could get away anywhere over Christmas it’d have to be Thailand. December in Thailand is one of the best times to travel with warm dry days and clear skies, so it’s a great chance to swap snow, carols and Christmas jumpers for sun, sea and swim shorts! For a very different Christmas experience, you can ride an elephant through the jungle, soak up the rays on tropical beaches and snorkel the colourful, warm waters of the Andaman Sea.” Chris Ellis
“For a truly ’different’ Christmas why not consider Ethiopia? The weather is dry and mild, just perfect for exploring the amazing cultural and historical diversity that this country has to offer. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians follow the Julian calendar, so they don’t celebrate Christmas until 7th January, so to travel in late December is a great option as it is relatively easy to find availability at the accommodation of your choosing.” Aisling Bull
“Chile is fantastic place to visit in December or January. This amazing country has a great variety of landscapes; from the driest desert in the world, the Atacama, to gigantic glaciers in the south, plus the stunning Lake District and mountain scenery. Our winter months are a good time to travel because it’s spring in Chile and the flowers are in bloom, creating a kaleidoscope of colour and a beautiful blanket backdrop to the lakes and glaciers.” Hanna Holmes
“If I could go anywhere this Christmas it would be the Galapagos. On land in December giant tortoises start to hatch across the island while underwater green sea turtles are beginning to display their mating behaviour - they start to arrive on the beaches to lay eggs in January. This time of year is the start of the rainy season so the islands become a lot greener and lusher. The first rains also mark the start of the nesting season for land birds. Water temperatures are warm too, so it’s great for snorkelling!” Maria Bazzigalupi