4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

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4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

A whirlwind of light in Miami, a frenzied carnival in Cuba, or leisure time on a family-friendly beach in Mauritius… Succumb to the charm of the tropics for your Christmas celebrations.

4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

Lagoon and an exceptional dinner in Tahiti

After taking a dip in the sand-bottomed pool, you walk through a magnificent tropical garden accompanied by the soothing tones of the ukulele and lulled by the mild trade winds. In your sights is a majestic mass of green in the middle of the lagoon, overlooked by high volcanic peaks sculpted by erosion. You will spend Christmas at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, a luxury hotel which offers a magical view of the sister island of Mo'orea. In the city centre of the capital Papeete, there is a large and lively Christmas market. The children will have a field day with the face painting stands, the Tahitian shows and the sweets being handed out. On your return to your hotel, take a dip in the immense infinity pool, while the setting sun sets the lagoon on fire.

To celebrate Christmas Eve, treat yourself to a glass of champagne – in moderation of course – facing the South Pacific, while a gourmet dinner is being prepared in the Vaitohi restaurant. Elegant Polynesian dishes are brought out, while Christmas songs play in the background.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
PK 10.5 côté mer
BP 2851 Puna'auia
98702 Tahiti
French Polynesia

+49 40 50 84 45
www.manavatahitiresort.com/en/

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4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

A Cuban carnival for a festive Christmas

Head to Cuba for a supercharged and highly colourful celebration! At Christmas time, and more specifically on 24 December, the madness of the parrandas, one of the oldest carnivals in the Caribbean, takes over the streets of Remedios. Check into a guest house in this colonial town 45 km north-east of Santa Clara, where Frank and Arelys welcome you to their superb colonial residence decorated with old furniture. A pretty rooftop complete with a bar looks over the historic centre. Get ready to experience a joyful Christmas Eve tradition, in which the two neighbourhoods of the city take one another on with floats, extravagant costumes and dance competitions… The residents invite you to participate in their celebration like real Cubans. Process to the rhythm of the polka, a real local passion. All around, you can see rockets and firecrackers set off by the local residents during the fireworks display.

At the end of the evening each clan declares themselves the winner by launching into a “victory rumba”. Midnight Mass is celebrated amidst the happy hubbub, and the party continues late into the night. On the following day, make your way to cayo Santa Maria, a small island off the north coast famous for its fine sandy beaches and its water sports. The perfect location to recover from your Christmas Eve excitement.

Villa colonial Frank and Arelys
43 Calle Antonio Maceo
52700 Remedios
Cuba
+53 42 39 62 74

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4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

A whirlwind of light in Miami

When you reach Miami at Christmas time, you will discover Christmas trees of course, but more particularly palm trees tied up with red and white ribbons. Make the most of the mild temperatures and stay at the Grand Beach Hotel, facing the ocean. Bathing suits are a must at this modern, stylish hotel which offers access to a private beach and a pool for the whole family. During this time of celebration, Floridians invade Tropical Park, where the largest Christmas theme park is held. Afire with a million lights, Santa's Enchanted Forest will make your head spin with its magical rides, American-style shows and sensory experiences. Your children squirt each other with water pistols before reciting their present list to Santa Claus, while you take a ride on a roller coaster and wait for a motocross demonstration.

When Christmas Eve comes, Miami's Fair Expo Center opens the doors of the Lantern Light Festival to you. In a magical ambience, you will be blown away by the spectacular creations achieved with paper lanterns by Chinese artists. Linger in the mini-golf course with its enchanted setting adorned with multicoloured lights. After this light show, head over to Pinecrest gardens to experience a more intimate Christmas magic, lulled by Christmas carols and stories.

Santa's Enchanted Forest
7900 SW 40th Street
Miami, FL 33155
United States of America
+(305) 559-9689
www.santasenchantedforest.com

Miami Lantern Light Festival
Miami - Dade County Fair
10901 SW 24th St
Miami, FL 33165
United States of America
lanternlightfestival.com/miami

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4 destinations for celebrating Christmas in the sunshine

The good life in Mauritius

Famous for its luxury seaside resorts and faultless service quality, the island of Mauritius is the perfect destination for your little family at Christmas time. In December, nature bursts into life on this peaceful island in the Indian ocean. The Christmas tree here is the flame tree. It flowers during the austral summer, colouring the landscapes in a volcanic orange and red. During this hot season, the rains give way to magnificent sunny spells.

What would you say to a seaside break on the west coast, near the village of Flic-en-Flac? The discreetly charming resort of la Pirogue invites you to celebrate Christmas on the heavenly Wolmar beach. Settled into your bungalow in the heart of an eight-hectare coconut grove, release the pressure and enjoy the good life Mauritius style. The welcoming and attentive staff will serve you a delicious gourmet meal opposite the lagoon.

La Pirogue
Wolmar
Flic en Flac
Mauritius
+230 403 3900
www.lapirogue.com/en