Hotels from some of Expedia’s top trending destinations for December

JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro

With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Brazil is gearing up as a hotspot for 2014. At the J W Marriott in Rio de Janeiro, you’re in the heart of the action with a spot right on Copacabana Beach.

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

There’s much more to Cairns than backpackers and hostels. The Pullman sits right on the Cairns Marlin Marina and is just a few minutes from the centre of town. With a rooftop pool and suites with big bath tubs, we’re not sure we’d want to leave.

The St Regis Rome 

Italians are known for their extravagant architecture and you’ll find some of the best of it in Rome. Dating back to 1894, this hotel takes things to another level. Expect chandeliers, frescos on the walls and lots of gold.

Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne 

There’s nothing cookie cutter about one of Melbourne’s coolest hotels – except for the theme. Fresh from a renovation, this converted warehouse boutique hotel is all about the sweets, with a dessert theme. Think licorice carpet, dessert themed art, and a dessert bar on site.

DaruSultan Galata, Istanbul

Forget standard hotel décor, this Turkish hotel is fit for a sultan. Chandeliers, gold lattice wall features, plush bedheads and dramatic gilded mirrors – there’s bling on almost every surface. Except the marble hamam.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

When the heat hits you in Abu Dhabi, it’s tempting to find the nearest air conditioned building and stay there, but at this hotel you can hop between the private beach or the three pools.

Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach, Phuket 

The hustle and bustle of Phuket’s main drag and popular beaches can be overwhelming. If you’re after a bit of peace and quite, this hotel’s villas sit tucked into quiet gardens, and have access to a stretch of private beach.