The "most wonderful time of the year" is here and destinations across the globe are ringing in the festive spirit. From special curated menus, festive experiences, Christmas markets, and more, spending the holidays with family and friends in a memorable destination is sure to make this holiday season one to remember. It's not too late to book a festive holiday getaway.
Rome, Italy + Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese (pictured)
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese invites guests to celebrate the festive season with a new Holiday Experience showcasing the best of the Eternal City. From special menus to curated festive experiences, jaw-dropping holiday decor, and unique turndown amenities, the luxury hotel inspires with a bevy of holiday happenings. Upon arrival, guests are immediately greeted by festive displays and decorations in the lobby to get in the Christmas spirit. During the day, travelers can visit the local Christmas market at Piazza Navona or ohh and ahh at designer holiday storefronts like Gucci and Prada around the nearby Spanish steps. Additionally, guests can spend a magical evening discovering Rome in an iconic vintage Fiat 500. The chauffeured tour will take guests through the city, highlighting Christmas lights and décor throughout the ride. The hotel’s elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant, Settimo, presents a special menu for Christmas alongside panoramic views overlooking the picturesque Villa Borghese gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Mendoza, Argentina + SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites
The newly opened SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites, the first hotel offering from Argentina’s trailblazing female winemaker Susana Balbo, is the perfect getaway for the holidays. Located in the renowned wine region of Mendoza, this wine-lover’s dream destination is a great escape during the winter as the season offers long days of sunshine and warmth. The hotel features a sense of place as well as the hostesses’ authentic wine roots in everything from design, décor, and setting to culinary experiences, art, wellness, and nature. Seven spa suites feature fully integrated in-room spa features and services. La VidA, the hotel's in-house restaurant, presents a special selection of festive experiences for Christmas and New Year’s Eve including celebratory dinners paired with Susana Balbo wines. The Christmas dinner features dishes such as tagliatelle with zucchini cream and stuffed zucchini flower, local Mendoza trout, and cured ribs. The New Year's Eve dinner features open-fire cooking with various cuts of local beef. The unique culinary experiences reflect the attention to detail and passion for high-end products. Both dinners will include live entertainment and seasonal drinks to enjoy.
Dubrovnik, Croatia + Adriatic Luxury Hotels
Dubrovnik is an ideal destination to visit in winter due to fewer tourists, mild weather, and local festivities. After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 9th annual Dubrovnik Winter Festival is returning with rich musical entertainment, gastronomic celebrations, children's activities, and more. During the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, travelers can enjoy the rich cultural entertainment as they enjoy the historic Old Town almost exclusively. Festive activities include live music, ice skating, art workshops, and a chance to see traditional craftsmen displaying their local handicrafts. For the Christmas season, Dubrovnik celebrates throughout the city with decorations and manifestations. Hotel Excelsior, an iconic landmark hotel overlooking both the Adriatic and Old Town and located just 900m away from the Christmas Market, offers special holiday offers for guests with discounted rates and charming holiday decorations.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico + Grand Velas Los Cabos
Those looking for a warmer holiday season can head down south to enjoy sunshine, Blue Flag beaches, and culinary delights in Los Cabos, Mexico. Grand Velas Los Cabos is gearing up for a luxurious holiday season stretching from December 1st all the way through the new year. Activities over the holiday period abound at Grand Velas Los Cabos. In addition to its annual in suite Christmas Tree offering, the hotel will host a Christmas tree lighting, Christmas dinner and brunch, various holiday parties and an impressive visit from Santa Claus at the resort by helicopter. On Christmas Eve Nochebuena (Christmas Dinner) will be served where every restaurant will have a special menu inspired by their concept and different Christmas ambiances in each one and live music. Christmas day will be celebrated by Traditional Christmas Brunch, surprise happenings, and a coveted visit from Santa Claus with an impressive arrival by helicopter. It doesn’t stop there, on December 26 through 29 special dinners and parties will be hosted all around the resort. To ring in the new year guests are invited to a memorable after party at Terraza del Mar with food stations, dessert table, fireworks and live music. Ending out the holiday festivities will be a New Year’s brunch on January 1st.