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Where to go in December with Relais & Châteaux?

December is a month of festivities which invites you to explore new horizons. For some, it represents the summer having settled in, and for others, winter and its traditional festivities. As the blue skies rise above Thailand’s sandy beaches, Alsace-Lorraine illuminates its Christmas markets! For all, it’s the promise of a journey dreamed about throughout the year! Between Colombia, Kenya, Uruguay, Thailand, Costa Rica and Alsace-Lorraine, Relais & Châteaux invites you to take part in a delightful experience to celebrate the last month of the year.


Costa Rica

What’s the weather like in Costa Rica in December? Costa Rica is the perfect place to enjoy nature with temperatures reaching 86 °F at the beginning of the dry season.

What to do in Costa Rica? The nature here is an experience in itself. This heritage is considered a cultural richness by its inhabitants. Costa Rica, which has many national parks in the heart of the tropical rainforest and around the Arenal volcano, reveals itself while you contemplate the splendor of its exuberant vegetation. This journey is made up of waterfalls, hot springs, jungles, mangrove, wildlife and flora of extraordinary density. A luxurious country filled with color!

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What’s the weather like in Colombia in December?  The temperatures vary between 44 °F and 68 °F depending on the altitude. It is warm on the coasts and cools down as you get closer to the Andean summits.

What is there to do in Colombia? In the home of the emerald, the landscapes are of great diversity. In the West, the Caribbean Sea provides all the ingredients of a tropical paradise with its white sand beaches, coral reefs and deep blue waters. On the coast, Cartagena experiences sunny days and festive nights. The town is enchanting, with beautiful colonial houses featuring colorful facades and shaded patios with overgrown bougainvillea. Further to the East, the Pacific Ocean unfurls its waves on the coast, providing joy to surfers and windsurfers. Between historical heritage and natural landscapes, Colombia combines all the beauty of South America.

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What’s the weather like in Uruguay in December? The summer is well established in this small South American country. The temperature of the air is pleasant, so be prepared to dive into a 72 °F ocean.

What is there to do in Uruguay? Nestled between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay produces an absolutely exquisite art de vivre. Between Pampa, the kingdom of true gauchos, magnificent beaches on the Pacific Ocean and historical colonial cities on the banks of Río de la Plata, Relais & Châteaux invites you to taste the sweetness of South America’s smallest country. Let yourself be charmed by the colorful houses and blossoming alleyways of Colonia del Sacramento, the country's oldest city which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the banks of the river, discover the history of Uruguayan wine and then go to the Punta del Este, which rests on the waters of the Atlantic. The most popular seaside resort in Uruguay is a true paradise.

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What’s the weather like in Kenya in December? Depending on where you are, the temperature varies. However, you can expect an average of 77 °F to 82 °F in the country’s animal reserves.

What is there to do in Kenya? Africa offers you all of its splendors. Kenya’s beautiful landscapes are as moving as its extraordinary fauna which invite you to practice humility. On this Masai territory whose inhabitants’ smile will not fail to move you, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the unforgettable experience of a safari, listen to the roar of a feline or admire the majestic flight of a multicolored bird. A journey through nature to discover the magic of wildlife!

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What’s the weather like in Thailand in December? Even if it's the coldest month, the thermometer still displays 90 °F! Make the most of this heat to wander around this magnificent “Land of smiles”.

What is there to do in Thailand? Up north, in the country of Phuket’s crystal-clear waters, hills are covered by forests. Thailand is undeniably a country of many contrasts. In the north, the Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai and Chang Rai, the sister towns, unveil the country’s authentic spirit. Further to the south you will find the hustle and bustle that seizes Bangkok where scooters and bicycles race along the asphalt in a deafening commotion. Countless temples and treasures can be admired along the Chao Praya river. The floating markets with their fruit and vegetable stands are as beautiful as they are delicious, and give you a taste of the flavors that make up the reputation of Thai cuisine. Even further south, Thailand reveals the secrets of its turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Here, you will simply appreciate the idleness and contemplate the beauty of the landscape.

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What’s the weather like in Alsace-Lorraine in December? During this period, you will appreciate having a hat and scarf to fight the winter temperatures of about 43 °F.

What is there to do in Alsace-Lorraine in December? Alsace-Lorraine enchants children and adults alike. In December, Christmas lights make facades sparkle and the smell of mulled wine fills the air at Christmas markets. Beneath a blanket of snow or a nice winter sun, Alsace-Lorraine is an open-air museum where traditions never cease to exist. In Colmar, Kaysersberg and Gérardmer, the beautiful half-timbered houses are an integral part of the Alsace landscape. In Lorraine, Nancy and its Place Stanislas display a completely different style where gildings take the place of the forest. Between these two regions, Relais & Châteaux traces out a wonderful itinerary passing through Michelin-starred restaurants and vineyards renowned for catering to gourmets to end the year on a high note.

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