Where can I travel from the UK this December?

    Written by Laura Birtles
    Sossuvlei | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    Longing to escape the British winter? The following destinations are on the UK’s list of travel corridors so can be visited this December without quarantining on your arrival or return. Our experts are here to design your perfect trip and take care of everything from start to finish – ensuring every detail runs smoothly – so you can just relax and enjoy a well-deserved holiday.

    Turks + Caicos

    If you’re looking to laze on some of the world’s most stunning white-sand beaches, these isles will provide a laid-back and beautiful setting for some winter sun. December is a superb time of year to travel here, and we recommend staying at Amanyara, one of our favourite hotels, which lies on the northern shores of the island of Providenciales and would be a heavenly place to unwind and soak up the rays. 

    Dinner with a view, The Ocean Cove Pavilion at Amanyara in Turks + Caicos | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    Dinner with a view: the Ocean Cove Pavilion at Amanyara in Turks + Caicos 


    As the world’s fifth least densely populated country, Namibia is a very good place to go if you want to really get away from it all. We can arrange an unforgettable private flying safari here, which we believe is the best way to witness Namibia’s dramatic scenery and extraordinary sense of space. For those looking for complete privacy, we know some incredible places to stay that can be booked out exclusively. These include Huab Under Canvas in the wild, rugged lands of Damaraland, and The Nest @ Sossus and Sossus Under Canvas, both near the rust-red dunes of Sossusvlei. In addition, some of our favourite lodges and camps are offering great deals of up to 20% off for our clients.

    Aerial view of The Nest @ Sossus and Sossus Under Canvas, Private Villa in Namibia | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    Aerial view of The Nest @ Sossus, a private house in Namibia

    The Maldives

    These island idylls are home to chalk-white beaches, gin-clear waters, glorious coral reefs and impressive marine life. They are all special in their own way, and our experts know them inside out so can recommend the right one for you.

    For travel this December, there are some fantastic offers of up to 30% off – exclusive to cazenove+loyd clients – at some otherworldly island retreats, including Six Senses Laamu and Joali in the Maldives

    Six Senses Laamu Resort in The Maldives | Luxury Maldives Resorts | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives


    This Southern American country is a wonderful, year-round destination but December is their summer, making it a lovely time to go. An incredibly diverse country, Chile is home to the vast plains of Patagonia, the lush winelands and dramatic landscape of the Atacama Desert. Wherever you would like to go, we know the best small hotels, from where you can enjoy some truly awe-inspiring experiences. In Torres del Paine National Park and the Atacama Desert, for example, a brilliant private guide will take you to the areas’ quietest corners to explore the wilderness on foot, on horseback or by bike and set up a delicious picnic or sundowner with a view. Some of our favourite retreats, such as explora and Awasi, are offering amazing value at the moment for cazenove+loyd clients.

    Private guided horseback wilderness safari across the Atacama Desert in Chile | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    A horseback wilderness safari with a private guide across the Atacama Desert in Chile

    The Seychelles

    With its picture-perfect beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters and exquisite island lodges, this archipelago of more than 100 islands off the East African coast is a tropical paradise. There are many different ecosystems here, which harbour varied flora and fauna, including the rare giant tortoise, myriad bird species and rich marine life that makes for some exciting snorkelling and scuba-diving. With direct flights from the UK, South Africa and Kenya, the Seychelles is brilliant for those who want to rest and recuperate before or after their safari. We have also negotiated some great offers of up to 35% off for c+l clients at some heavenly spots, such as Six Senses Zil Payson and Constance Lemuria. 

    Six Senses Zil Payson, Private Island Beach Resort in The Seychelles | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    Seclusion and stunning views at Six Senses Zil Payson, a private island beach resort in the Seychelles


    Whether you are dreaming of coming face to face with the mighty mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans, spotting the Big Five in Akagera National Park or exploring the tea plantations of Nyungwe Forest National Park, this small but diverse country has much to offer. Rwanda is easy to explore by private car or helicopter – or ideally a combination of the two – and we have access to many intimate or totally private lodges. “Rwanda, aptly known as the Land of a Thousands Hills, is still so unbelievably unspoilt,” says Claire Ferguson, Head of our Africa + the Indian Ocean team. “It feels very off the beaten path and travelling here is a very exclusive, private experience – now more so than ever.”

    mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans | Rwanda | Where can I travel from the UK this December | cazenove+loyd

    A mountain gorilla in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

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