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Where to go in December with Relais & Châteaux

December is an exceptional month that heralds the coming of noble resolutions and new horizons. For some, it signifies that summer has indeed arrived while for others, it means winter and traditional festivities. When Uruguay wakes up with the sun rays reflecting off the waters of the Rio de la Plata, or when Thailand heats up on a fine sand beach on Phuket, Alsace-Lorraine sets up its Christmas markets with mulled wine in hand and scarves wrapped tight! For all, however, it’s a time for holidays to match our dreams, the fruition of months of planning and waiting in order to experience the keenest of wonders! Whether it’s in Colombia, Kenya, Uruguay, Thailand, Costa Rica or Alsace-Lorraine, December is best experienced with Relais & Châteaux!

Where to go in December with Relais & Châteaux


Costa Rica

What is the weather like in Costa Rica in December?With a tropical climate and pleasant temperatures all year round, Costa Rica is an ideal nature destination in December. The country is just entering the dry season, and temperatures can climb to 30°C.

Things to do in Costa Rica Living surrounded by nature every day, it’s no wonder the inhabitants consider it a precious part of their heritage that needs to be protected. With numerous national parks (Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero, Irazù Volcano, Poás Volcano, Corcovado), Costa Rica lives in close contact with its lush vegetation, which can be explored via the many hiking trails. Waterfalls, jungles, mangrove forests and wildlife will be your travelling companions, along with the handful of Rastafarians and hippies that have chosen to live in the village of Montezuma. An exuberant country with vibrant colours!

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What is the weather like in Colombia in December? In December, temperatures in Bogotá fluctuate between 7 and 20°C. More agreeable temperatures can be found along the coast, but the higher you go into the Andes, the colder it gets!

Things to do in Colombia A large diversity of landscapes can be found in this country of emeralds. Colombia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. The Pacific coast boasts beaches with waves to excite windsurfers, surfers and sailing enthusiasts, while the Caribbean side has all the ingredients of a tropical paradise, with white sand beaches and turquoise water. You’ll be struck by the lovely city of Cartagena de Indias, whose name reflects its colonial past, as well as its well-preserved architecture, shaded patios and rainbow-coloured houses. In Bogotá, treasure buffs will be delighted by a visit to the Gold Museum. Colombia, however, is also a country that contains valleys and grasslands, the Colombian Massif and the beginnings of the Amazon Rainforest. This rich topography and variety of climates is home to an incredible number of plant and animal species (birds, butterflies, monkeys, jaguars, etc.) that rivals even its Brazilian neighbour. Between its historical heritage and natural landscapes, Colombia is a joy for those willing to unlock its secrets!

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What is the weather like in Uruguay in December?Summer is already under way in this small corner of the planet. In December, Uruguay enjoys pleasant temperatures hovering around 26°C and an ocean temperature of 22°C.

Things to do in UruguaySqueezed between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is a flat, verdant country bordered to the west by the immense Rio de la Plata and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you’ll be left with fond memories of the charmingly elegant town of Colonia, the oldest in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its magnificently preserved colonial façades covered with flowers. Punta del Este, looking out over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is the exact opposite and welcomes the local and international jet set.

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What is the weather like in Kenya in December? The temperature varies greatly depending on where you are. Nevertheless, you can count on an average temperature of between 25-28°C in the country’s wildlife reserves.

Things to do in KenyaHere, the wildness of Africa fully reveals itself. You’ll be impacted by the beauty of its landscapes and humbled by the extraordinary wildlife. While visiting this territory of the Masai, whose smiles will leave you warm inside, take the time to live the unforgettable experience of a safari, where you can keep your ears open for the roar of a cat or admire the majestic flight of a multicoloured bird. A nature trip of colossal proportions!

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What is the weather like in Thailand in December?December is the month when the temperature never dips below 32°C! So take advantage of this “mild spell” and wander the magnificent “Land of Smiles”.

Things to do in ThailandFrom Chiang Rai province to the crystalline waters of Phuket, Thailand is undeniably a country of contrasts. In the Golden Triangle, the luxuriant vegetation is dotted with temples, and statues of Buddha showcase its preserved villages and the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, all of which enjoy an incredibly relaxed way of life. Farther south, you’ll experience the bustling streets of Bangkok, where scooters, bicycles and other undefinable two-wheeled vehicles roar along, creating a tumultuous racket. However, Bangkok contains innumerable hidden temples and treasures that can be admired along the Chao Praya River, and the nearby floating markets sell fruits and vegetables that taste as good as they look! Even farther south, discover the secrets of Thailand’s turquoise waters and fine sand beaches, all set amidst a stunning landscape that has served as a backdrop for many American films. Here, it's enough to just lay back and relax while admiring the beauty of the place.

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What is the weather like in Alsace-Lorraine in December? Well, we won't lie to you--the thermometer doesn't exactly shoot upwards here in December! At this time of year, you’ll be better off with a scarf and knit cap for experiencing winter temperatures that drop to 6°C.

Things to do in Alsace-LorraineVisiting Alsace-Lorraine in December is a must for the child that lives within all of us. Here strings of fairy lights hang twinkling from houses, and the smell of mulled wine with cinnamon fills the air at the region’s Christmas markets. Under a large blue sky or beneath a falling blanket of snow at night, Alsace-Lorraine is an open-air museum where traditions still live on. You can visit the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park or the Ballons des Vosges Nature Park, in which the charming villages of Colmar, Kaysersberg and Gérardmer are nestled. Here you’ll find the typical half-timbered farmhouses recognised the world over! In Lorraine, Nancy and its famous Place Stanislas bear a completely different style, in which wood gives away to gilding. Finally, to our greatest delight, both regions will treat us to its renowned cuisine and local wines!

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