Wellness retreats in Thailand – At The LifeCo in Phuket, wellness programs provide attractive alternatives to braving the Christmas frenzy at home.
Caribbean cruising – The color of the water alone is calming. Silversea Cruises offers Caribbean sailings that transport travelers far from the hustle of the holidays.
High above Tokyo – At the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo, the season is elegantly celebrated with just enough holiday fanfare.
Hawaii for the holidays – Santa in an outrigger canoe? Spending the season in Hawaii offers some island-style holiday twists in an unrivaled setting.
Celebrating in Spain – In Madrid, Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via is right in the heart of the action. Theaters are just at your doorstep, while inside subtle decoration adds to the festive spirit.
Bali escape – The real show-stealer at the Alila resort in Seminyak, Bali, is the ocean, with waves crashing in just yards from where you dine.
An English oasis – When it comes to feeling festive, you'd be hard-pressed to find somewhere more charming than Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in England's Oxfordshire.
Wild Antarctica – Christmas in Antarctica coincides with the penguin chicks starting to hatch, while sightings of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales are all guaranteed.
Relaxation in Mexico – The Rosewood Mayakoba resort an hour south of Cancun boasts a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand, just the ticket to take away any winter chills.
New York City celebrates – Want to hone your gingerbread house decorating skills? Classes are available from the pastry team at the Four Seasons New York. Or you can just enjoy the city views.
Elephant adventures – Short, sunless days and cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere seem a million miles away from the sunshine and open skies of a safari with A2A Safaris in Botswana.
Holidays in Seoul – The JW Marriott overlooking historic Dongdaemun Gate in Seoul hopes to warm visitors with traditional roast turkey and beef Wellington at its signature restaurant.