Come the end of the year, chances are you will be in need of a much-deserved holiday. Nothing keeps the children happy and calms your own nerves like relaxing on a beautiful with a cocktail in hand and the kids splashing in the waves (or at the resort’s kids club if you prefer!).

Here are our top beach destinations for a wonderfully warm Christmas and festive New Year.

The Maldives tops our list because it has some of the whitest sand, the clearest waters and is just one of the most exotic and relaxing places we’ve been. The resorts are some of the best in the world, and the weather is ideal over the winter months.

The Philippines makes for a great family destination as it’s packed with beachside family-friendly resorts in Palawan, Cebu and Boracay. You are always spoilt for choice in the Philippines!

We love Thailand for its plethora of fun water activities (paragliding, jet skiing and banana boating amongst others), and all those world-famous islands surrounded by turquoise seas: Phuket and Krabi.

Want something different? Head to the Seychelles and admire the archipelago’s 115 islands which have been blessed with an exceptional variety of flora and fauna. Luxurious and remote, The Seychelles are definitely increasing in popularity so best get there quick!

Want to head even further afar? Tempt yourself with Rio de Janeiro’s famed Ipanema beach in Brazil, or the Costa Verde’s emerald green islands.

Who said Christmas had to be white and snowy? We’ll take pearly white sands any day!

Properties for Family Beach Christmas

Shangri-La Boracay

Boracay, Philippines

With a classic yet contemporary architectural style infused with local cultural influences, the Shangri-la Boracay, Philippines could be considered a tropical destination in itself with its …

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Shangri-La Cebu

Cebu & Bohol, Philippines

The Shangri-La Cebu is a haven of luxury, delicious food and a well-renowned spa in the Philippines. Perfect for accomodating families, Shangri-La Cebu has a range of activities on offer …

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Hotel Fasano

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Located on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with the Fasano commitment …

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Pousada Picinguaba

Costa Verde, Brazil

Picinguaba overlooks a peaceful bay at the heart of the Natural Park of Serra do Mar, the tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo. It faces the sea and a 3 km-long prot…

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The Slate

Phuket & Khao Lak, Thailand

Set on picturesque Nai Yang Beach on Phuket’s North Western shore, The Slate is a resort deeply rooted to the island's history of tin mining and rubber harvesting, evident in its interiors…

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Palawan, Philippines

The postcard perfect Amanpulo seems to have it all - glistening white sand, balmy turquoise ocean, exclusivity, privacy and ultra-luxurious accommodation all on a peaceful and tropical hidea…

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A Selection of Family Beach Christmas Itineraries

Maldives with Kids


At One&Only Reethi Rah, one of our favourite properties in the Maldives, the island is buzzing with life and energy. With dozens of activities to choose from every day, staff are constan…

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Australia with Kids

Australia, Sydney

Lightfoot Travel specialise in tailor-made itineraries for family holidays, honeymoons and corporate travel around the world. Below is a sample itinerary for a family holiday to Australia, a…

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