Suggested itineraries in December

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is the ideal place to forget the stresses of a busy year – although it can be visited year round, many people don’t realise that winter is a great time to go. The weather is predominantly dry and bright, views are crystal clear and, though chilly and crisp, there is nothing like warm blankets and wood fires at a luxury property to make you feel snug and content. For another alternative Christmas holiday we suggest a trip to Burma, where the cool season makes for comfortable temperature with little rain. A perfect climate to explore the sacred stupas of Bagan and the traditional lost-in-time charm of Lake Inle. A visit to Sri Lanka at this time of year is a dream. Unwind on the white-sand beaches of the south west coast or up in the Hill Country when its picturesque but often rainy tea plantations are at their driest. For truly intrepid travellers, the ski season starts in Gulmarg, Kashmir, in Northern India. These exotic powder pistes offer an unforgettable and unique skiing experience!