You may be surprised to hear that celebrating Christmas and New Year in Asia is no challenge; you’ll find festive decor and traditions stretched from bustling Shanghai to the beaches of Bali! So why not experience something different this year? Leave your winter coat at home and travel to the tropics to celebrate the year-end festivities. Read to get inspired by some of the top sunny destinations to travel to this Christmas.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and drink a toast to Christmas and New Year in the Pearl Island of Asia at Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Soak in the sun on the sandy shores or Azure, their cocktail bar, while immersing yourself in the tranquility that Vietnam brings. While you are in the country, try 'Reveillon', a special Christmas Eve meal with 'bûche de Noël' for dessert – a log-shaped chocolate cake. (Many local delicacies have been inspired by the French - which means you can count on exquisite cuisine!)
Bali is another great place to visit during the holidays for a warm and tropical adventure. Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu’s Filini restaurant thoughtfully curates their Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus to incorporate festive favorites amidst their highly raved about Italian cuisine. On New Year’s Eve, don’t miss their pool party with a live band to serenade you up until countdown. Bask in the sun, take in the balmy ocean breeze and enjoy the holidays in full swing.
Looking to get the best of thrilling city life in Asia Pacific as well as get some sun? Why not go for Sydney? The city really does get into the festive spirit as well, so you won't feel like you're missing out on any of the festivities back home. Enjoy carol-singing at Martin Place from a month before Christmas. Santa Claus is indeed coming to town at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, so bring your little ones and capture the moment on Christmas day. With the hotel located right in the middle of all the festive activities, you will be within easy access to the Christmas markets and fireworks during the year-end season.
If you are looking to experience New Years from both a modern and traditional lens, this might be your opportunity to discover Shanghai. Watch beautifully decorated boats cruise the Huangpu River to blast an extravagant colorful display of fireworks to ring in the new year! And if you feel like skipping the crowds, stay in and watch the festivities from Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World’s impressive 208-meter tower that punctuates the city skyline.
Have you ever dreamed of experiencing Time Square’s annual countdown in New York? Well, you can do so in Bangkok! Right outside Central World shopping mall, be prepared for cheery crowds, a burst of firework displays and live bands or DJs while anticipating an epic countdown. Only 15 minutes away from Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok by train, you don’t have to worry about getting back as the BTS skytrain runs until after midnight on New Year’s Eve. And for a much more relaxing night, the hotel’s spa, rooftop pool and restaurant options will allow you to relax in style.