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The 10 Best Places to Travel in December via @TandCmag

Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are five wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for December.

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Japanese Alps 

Hotel Wanosato – On the hunt for a non-traditional ski vacation? Look no further than the Japanese Alps. According to American Express Travel, the region has seen an increase in bookings during the holidays in recent years. And while December has historically been less popular than Japan’s peak season—April-November—adventurous travelers are now intrigued by the wilderness of Japan in the winter. The Hida, Kiso, and Akaishi alps are home to indigenous snow monkeys, volcanoes, and lava plateaus, plus, visitors are drawn to the area for its pristine ski offerings, natural hot springs, and rural hiking.

japanese alps

The Philippines

Amanpulo Pamalican Island – The period between November and April is the Philippines’ “dry season,” which is generally considered the best time of year to visit. And while February and March can be unbearably hot, in December, you’ll find pleasant temperatures and sunny days. Start your trip in Manila (check out the funky Henry Hotel in Pasay City), then retreat to one of the country’s picturesque private islands. Our recommendation? Amanpulo on Pamalican Island, where there’s something for everyone: scuba diving, moonlit boat rides, tennis, yoga, and five-star service.

Philippines

Maldives

Soneva Jani – “The Maldives are glorious in December and January for visitors to enjoy the warm tropical weather,” suggests Tamara Lohan, the founder and CTO of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. She specifically recommends booking a few nights at Soneva Jani, a posh property that, according to Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is home to the “World’s Sexiest Bedroom.”

Maldives, sailing boat and tropical island

Nuremberg, Germany

Le Meridien Grand Hotel – Visitors travel from around the world to experience Nuremberg’s iconic Christmas Market. “Christkindlesmarkt,” as it’s called, is a tradition that dates back to 1628 and features more than 180 stalls. Though you could easily spend several days wandering the market, there are plenty of other things to see in the area, namely museums—Nuremberg is home to 43 of them.

Germany, Nuremberg, view to Church of Our Lady and Christkindlmarkt

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The World’s First Underwater Hotel Villa Opens in the Maldives @ArchDigest

 

Innovation lies at the heart of Rangali Island: The resort was the first hotelier in the Maldives to perch villas on stilts above the water, the first to open an underwater restaurant, and now they are the first to sink a residence into the briny depths. The Muraka, which translates to “coral” in the local language, Dhivehi, is made of steel, concrete, and acrylic, and designed with the local ecosystem in mind. (The hotel has marine biologists on staff to ensure that the sunken villa has minimal impact on the surrounding coral.)

a bedroom covered in glass with fish swimming around it
Photo: Justin Nicholas

The entire lower suite was built on land in Singapore, fittingly made of acrylic from Japan’s premiere aquarium manufacturer Nippura Co., and sealed with Shin Etsu Marine sealant, which was used in the construction of Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Then the 600-ton structure was hoisted by crane onto a specialized ship that could transport it to the Maldives and moor near the reef without damaging it. It was then submerged into the ocean and held firmly in place by 10 concrete piles that ensure it will not move or shift due to a high tide or rough seas.

a villa and deck and infinity pool overlooking the ocean in the evening

Photo: Courtesy of Conrad

 

Read the full article from Architectural Digest here

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The water sports to conquer on your next trip @FourSeasons

Whether it’s an adrenaline rush or solace you seek, find your watery bliss with these exclusive Four Seasons experiences.

Deep Impact in Maldives

In this private submarine experience, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru gives you and a guest a first-class ticket to the bustling underworld of Baa Atoll, the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Piloted excursions in DeepFlight’s first three-person submarine – the Super Falcon 3S – allow you to explore the reefs in the comfort of a pressurized, climate-controlled cabin with individual viewing domes affording 360-degree views.You’ll cruise past coral and through kaleidoscopic schools of fish – and maybe even alongside sharks, turtles, stingrays or dolphins – while your knowledgeable pilot dispenses facts about the plants and animals that call this fascinating ecosystem home.

Read the full article @FourSeasons here