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Turquoise Family Holidays in December

If you’re after some pre-Christmas sun before the silly season kicks in or a complete get-away-from-it-all, December has a vast array of long haul family holiday options.  Take a look at what Christmas in the Caribbean has to offer! The Middle East can be an easy and welcome respite from the grey gloom of winter.  The west coast beaches of Thailand are starting to enjoy their best weather months making Phuket and Koh Samui perfect for December sunshine. 

However those yearning for a tropical family holiday at Christmas but still keen to enjoy some of the more traditional family customs will love Mauritius where the chances are even Father Christmas will put in an appearance if you are very, very good.

Despite being on the other side of the world and right in the middle of their summer, something very different for your family holiday in December would be a trip to Australia and New Zealand celebrate Christmas as readily as we do, but instead of drinking mulled wine, lighting the fire and rugging up against the cold and rain, you’ll be playing beach cricket and celebrating around the BBQ.  One of our best-selling Antipodean favourites is the traditional motorhome holiday in New Zealand, followed by a week in a beach house, where it is truly possible to live the dream. If getting away from Christmas in its entirety is your plan, head to the idyllic Maldivian archipelago where we have a coral island made in heaven for every man, woman and child. What a wonderful way to see in the new year with your family.

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Our Top Family Hotels & Resorts

  • New Zealand by Campervan

    Here's a suggested 10 day campervan itinerary around New Zealand's South Island with a grand finale in exciting Queenstown.

  • Sublime South

    Rugged mountains, deep blue ocean, the open road and serious luxury - see the best of New Zealand's stunning South Island

  • Southern Beach and Jungle Adventure

    An exciting adventure combining two of Thailand’s most beautiful tropical beach locations with a unique chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with elephants on safari in the stunning Khao Sok National Park.

  • Cycling and Rafting Family Jungle Adventure

    Explore the stunning scenery, remote villages and lush rainforest of northern Thailand on this exhilarating family adventure. Enjoy cycling through local villages, journeying through the jungle and paddling downriver on an inflatable raft, meeting friendly locals on your way!

  • Classic Australia

    Combine a few days in Sydney with a taste of the outback with draw-dropping views of Uluru from Longitude 131, add a touch of luxury in the rainforest before the ultimate finish on Lizard Island, bang on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Family Adventure Downunder

    A wonderfully stimulating family adventure through the vast wilderness of Australia’s north. Explore Kakadu and Nitlimuk (Katherine) National Parks by campervan, discover the wilds of Queensland’s rainforest, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and sail around Sydney’s world famous harbour.

  • Wildlife, Wilderness & Wonders

    Get under the skin of Southern Queensland and combine the breathtaking Lamington National Park with the varied treasures of Australia’s Nature Coast – Noosa and Fraser Island. Packed full of activities, this itinerary is perfect for families and travellers who like to explore and get away from the crowds.

  • Ultimate North Island

    An indulgent escape around New Zealand's stunning North Island, this itinerary takes you from the northern-most tip to the country's capital city with an exciting and varied array of landscapes and seascapes. It's also home to seriously luxurious lodges, private retreats and boutique escapes.

  • Centara Grand Krabi

    Surrounded by the verdant limestone cliffs of Krabi province on its own private bay, only accessible by boat, the Centara Grand’s location is simply breath-taking. This exclusive hideaway has a 500 metre private beach frontage and is a wonderful escape for couples and families looking for the real untouched Thailand.

  • St Regis Abu Dhabi

    Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi on the fascinating Corniche, The St Regis Abu Dhabi blends Arabian elegance with local heritage. Set within the iconic Nation Towers, the hotel wows guests with its stunningly grand lobby and staircase and encourages an era of lavish entertainment and sumptuous suppers.

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!