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Holiday getaways with a tropical twist

With the holiday season fast approaching and the temperatures continuing to drop, you may be dreaming about trading in the dreary skies and chilly winds back home for the sparkling sands and bright blue skies in the tropics. Instead of worrying about cooking, cleaning and keeping the kids entertained this holiday season, why not head to a beachfront paradise where everything’s included? From glamorous New Year’s Eve galas to photos with Santa on the beach, these resorts will bring you a December to remember.

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Count down to the new decade in style at Breathless Cabo San Lucas

Planning an adults only New Year’s Eve getaway? The luxurious Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa is famous for its nightly entertainment and themed parties, making it the perfect place to ring in the new decade. This year’s gala theme is Forever Fashion – so put on your most extravagant outfit and count down to the New Year in Los Cabos with champagne showers, runway fashion shows and live music in a New Year’s Eve gala sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. Then, spend the rest of the week ringing in 2020 with live DJ performances, silent disco parties, pool parties and more.

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Let someone else do the cooking at Grand Sunset Princess

The holidays should be about spending time with loved ones – not sweating over the stove and stressing out about the place settings. Let someone else worry about the cooking (and cleaning!) when you spend the holidays at Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya. This top-rated family resort is home to ten restaurants including buffet and à la carte options with something that everyone will love. The resort even hosts special Christmas and New Year’s Eve Galas, so you can get all decked out in your festive fine-wear and celebrate the festive season with your fellow guests – with no stressing about dishes afterwards!

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Meet Santa on the beach at Grand Memories Varadero

Forget spending hours in line at the mall waiting to meet Santa – at Grand Memories Varadero in Cuba, you can hand him your Christmas list in person! On Christmas Eve, the big man himself will be arriving on a catamaran (the reindeers need to rest before their important night) on the resort beach where you can take pictures and tell him what you want for Christmas. Afterwards, take part in holiday-themed activities like a Christmas quiz, a festive concert in the lobby and a gala dinner while younger guests write letters to Santa at the kids club. The resort goes all out for New Year’s Eve as well with a gala dinner, live music and more.

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Slide into the New Year at Riu Bambu

Instead of spending December 31st sitting around your TV or huddling in the cold watching the fireworks, why not spend New Year’s Eve soaking up the sun poolside or strolling along a white-sand beach? When you head to Riu Bambu in Punta Cana for the holidays, you can spend your New Year’s Eve testing out the exciting water slides at ‘Splash Water World’ water park or toasting to a new decade with your favourite cocktail from one of the swim-up bars. During the rest of your stay, make sure to head to the adults only RIU Pool Parties with different themes throughout the week and keep partying like it’s 1999 – even when it’s 2020!

Family enjoying a meal an outdoor terrace overlooking the beach
Open presents over a champagne breakfast at Royalton Bavaro

If you follow the tradition of handing out gifts on Christmas morning, you can take your gift-giving session to the next level by opening presents over a champagne breakfast at Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa in Punta Cana! Enjoy your favourite breakfast foods on the morning of December 25th and toast to the festive season with champagne from the exclusive Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar. In the evening, enjoy a delicious holiday meal with special festive menus at both the resort à la carte and buffet restaurants serving all your favourites.

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