Celebrate the holidays around the world, whether you're looking for a white Christmas in the mountains or a warmer tropical destination, you are sure to have a fabulous holiday celebration at any of these locations:
Cliveden House | Berkshire, UK
Celebrate Christmas at the royally-renowned Cliveden House. Located just 40 minutes outside of London, the Relais & Châteaux Mansion is set on 300 acres of National Estate and is the ultimate Christmas getaway. The property is known for going over the top during the festive season, with a huge tree taking center in the great hall (they are even having a lighting ceremony!), lighting and royally warrenred baubles. This year, the property is throwing a three day Christmas from Monday 24th- Thursday 27th. Think Great Gatsby meets British glamor. From decadent feasts to flowing champagne, Cliveden House has Christmas covered. Head to the property’s spa for a little R&R and indulge in signature treatments using the brand new product line; a vegan skin care line exclusive to the property!
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris
From breathtaking décor to decadent holiday feasts and a pop-up pastry boutique, the hotel is truly the most magical place to celebrate this special time of year. Upon arrival at Hôtel de Crillon, guests will be surrounded by stunning holiday decorations imagined by renowned florist Djordje Varda in collaboration with Swarovski, including beautiful fir trees dripping in crystals. After taking in the décor, visitors are invited to try Chef Pablo Gicquel’s signature sweets – namely, his white chocolate mini yule log filled with blueberry and black currant jam – at the hotel’s holiday pastry pop-up shop.In addition to ongoing offerings throughout the season, the hotel will be hosting a number of fantastic holiday events, including a Christmas Feast by Michelin star Chef Christopher Hache and a New Year’s Eve party in the hotel’s historic grand salons.
The Lygon Arms | Cotswolds, UK
Situated within the idyllic village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, lies the luxuriously historic, Lygon Arms - a countryside escape adorned with traditional Christmas decor. The halls are decked with boughs of holly, specially decorated Christmas trees and is filled with christmas spirit. Reenact scenes from Kate Winslet's and Jude Law’s movie The Holiday (literally - the movie was filmed in the Cotswolds!) and take in the natural beauty of the village through the festive season. Guests can find freshly baked festive treats including mince pies and gingerbread on the tables and can enjoy seasonal culinary offers. Picture snow covered fields, roaring open fires and a great hall bustling with decorations. Bring the little ones and spend the day with Santa, followed by afternoon tea ( £18 per child & £30 per adult). Santa will be enjoying the day from 2.30 - 5.30 and there will be a gift for every child, the perfect way to welcome the Christmas spirit. From indulgent festive dining celebrations, dazzling parties, and idyllic afternoon teas to the main event; Christmas Day, The Lygon Arms offer the perfect backdrop to create memories, that will last a lifetime.
11 Cadogan Gardens | Chelsea, UK
Rivaling the magic of Christmas in New York City, London is a Christmas Wonderland! From the famous Oxford Street Christmas lights and ice skating to traditional Christmas markets and even 'Hogwarts in the Snow', London is bustling city full of festive programming. Located in the heart of Chelsea, 11 Cadogan Gardens, is one of London’s most prized boutique hotel. Enjoy a stress free Christmas Day and treat you and your loved ones to a 5 course feast and savour a magical London Christmas. Book theHarrods Festive Shopping Experience and enjoy a fifty pound Harrods gift card, champagne afternoon tea, two cocktails, as well one night accommodation and full breakfast for two.
Adare Manor | Co. Limerick, Ireland
Adare Manor will mark its second festive season following the reopening and debut of its extensive restoration, renovation and expansion in November 2017. Steeped in history and surrounded by medieval ruins, Adare Manor invites guests to experience the magic of the holiday season with the best of Irish culture, music and traditions filled with yuletide experiences and seasonal surprises. The hotel offers a special Christmas package for families including daily breakfast in The Drawing Room overlooking the estate’s lush gardens and Champagne afternoon tea in The Gallery, inspired by the great Hall of Mirrors in Versaille serving the finest tea and bites. The package also includes a celebratory Christmas Day lunch and multi-course dinners on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in The Oak Room, serving fresh Irish cuisine by award-winning Chef Michael Tweedie.
The Stafford London | Christmas In London, England
The Stafford London is a five-star luxury hotel tucked away in the heart of historic St. James, originally built as private residences in the 17th century. The hotel boasts 11 Carriage House suites impeccably designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, and The Gatehouse which provides three-floor accommodations with a private entrance. Guests can enjoy London’s signature holiday events like ice skating, holiday-themed afternoon tea and shopping at outdoor Christmas markets. Guests of the hotel can also celebrate the holiday with a special Christmas Eve cocktail reception and dinner at the newly redesigned American Bar. On Christmas Day, enjoy a special lunch at The Game Bird while watching The Queen’s Speech for a quintessentially British holiday experience.
Helena Bay Lodge | Northland, New Zealand
Located on 800 acres of private farmland, meadows, and coastline in Northland, New Zealand, Helena Bay Lodge offers an idyllic destination for a luxurious family Christmas abroad. Available for buyouts, the lodge boasts a main house and villas accommodations, as well as world-class cuisine from the team behind celebrated Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy. Guests who buyout the property can enjoy an outstanding private multi-course Christmas Eve feast prepared by Chef Michele Martino, accompanied by fireworks to top off Christmas Eve night. Activities on property include hiking and tennis to kayaking and paddle boarding or off property excursions to local wineries or diving at Poor Knight’s Island via helicopter transport. Also find private access to the property’s library, both formal and informal dining areas, an intimate spa, outdoor fire pit, 25 meter heated swimming pool, and more. Typically Helena Bay Lodge is built to host up to ten guests at a time but a full buyout for a family gathering can accommodate up to 16. Buyouts include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, nightly degustation dinners, breakfast and use of all hotel facilities for the ultimate Christmas vacation among New Zealand’s stunning countryside.
The Palms Turks and Caicos | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Palms Turks & Caicos, a 72-room, all-suite beachfront resort in Providenciales, featuring panoramic views, luxurious and spacious accommodations and highly personalized gives you a warm welcome during this holiday season. Located on the famed Grace Bay Beach, The Palms features as many luxe amenities outside the rooms as it does inside no matter the weather. With an infinity pool and swim-up bar, al fresco award-winning Parallel 23 restaurant, croquet lawn, tennis courts, and complimentary water sports, a guaranteed warm breeze is sure to blow even in the winter -- making this Christmas getaway, one to remember.. Unforgettable luxury at the heart of one of the Caribbean's most glorious beaches comes as a necessary warm winter getaway to escape from brisk chills to white sand beaches this merry season.
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
On the other side of the island is The Palms sister property and the first and only development on the secluded Long Bay Beach -- The Shore Club -- the ultimate destination for Christmas travelers to escape the city chill and head for a warm holiday welcome. One of the most exclusive sections of Providenciales, Long Bay Beach seems somewhat untouched with nothing in sight other than clear water and blue skies. This special piece of heaven offers pure relaxation and refined luxury, despite being minutes from town. Whether you’d like to celebrate the holidays by unwinding by the water with a book from the resort’s on-site library, indulge in dinner at the fine dining restaurant on property, explore for the day on a yacht excursion into the bay or get pampered at the sumptuous Dune Spa, The Shore Club is the ideal setting to celebrate Christmas this winter with sunshine with an over-the-top touch of luxury. Turks and Caicos is a direct flight from many metropolitan cities including New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto and Philadelphia. Not to be missed, recently debuted in January of 2018, The Shore Club has four luxury oceanfront villas which offer guests an exclusive luxury escape for the whole family this Christmas. Each of the 8,800 square foot villas offers total privacy in a relaxed atmosphere of a curated Caribbean experience, while a personal concierge is on-hand for every need. With six-bedrooms, five in the main house and one detached, each villa boasts its own heated pool, private courtyard, expansive terraces, spacious guest rooms with large baths and a master suite.
The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, ideal for a magical Christmas getaway from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and stress in the states. The exclusive AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star haven is accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel, and will be offering plenty of holiday excitement for an international celebration. From decadent, curated dining experiences and live music on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, to mexican chocolate, gingerbread cookies, elves and presents on Christmas morning for the family to enjoy, to beach barbecues, wine and spirits, films on the sand, exclusive excursions by private yacht and more - The Resort at Pedregal invites travelers to create a new tradition this Christmas by finding a home away from home for the holidays.
Come this holiday season, pamper yourself with the joy of a Balinese Christmas at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. Situated on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, the resort is capturing the magical moments of Christmas with decadent dining, festivities for the kids (think: bounce house, arts & crafts and a Christmas wishing tree) and visits from Santa Claus himself! Enjoy culinary feasts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the property at its signature restaurants including Soleil, Table8, Edogin and The Cafe with continuous appearances from Santa Claus. For the month of December, the Mulia Deli will also be featuring special Christmas cakes, pastries and holiday desserts. For full Christmas offerings, please visit this link.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah | Dubai, UAE
Dubai is one of the world’s most over-the-top cities and it takes festive season very seriously. At the beginning of the month, guests can enjoy the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Irish Village, the Dubai Winter Festival and the Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah. Starting on December 26th, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) transforms the city with pop-up fashion shows, fireworks displays, and mega sales. Part of the luxurious Jumeirah brand, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is known as the world’s most luxurious hotel and is offering an over the top festive experience for guests this year. With the Under The Stars: Gold Edition package, available to book from 28 December 2018 to 2 January 2019, guests can enjoy a VIP pick-up in a luxury fleet, unique daily activities for adults and children, special gifts and souvenirs, exclusive culinary offerings and breathtaking entertainment including a spectacular fireworks display.
Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, Switzerland
At the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, guests both young and old can take part in the property's various celebrations – and have a white Christmas in the snowy Engadin Mountains. Children can spend their Christmas Eve baking and decorating an exquisite gingerbread house and then, on Christmas Day, they will get to meet the one-and-only Santa Claus. While the little ones are busy, adults can enjoy a five-course meal at either Restaurant Romanoff or the property's Michelin-starred Da Vittorio before unwinding by the giant fireplace to live music.
Hotel Eden Roc, Lake Maggiore, Switzerland
Located on the shores of the pristine Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Hotel Eden Roc is poised for a charming Mediterranean Christmas. Beginning on December 24, guests can enjoy a trio of festivities after going for a dip in the hotel's pools and taking in some rays by the lake. From a delicious five-course Christmas Eve meal, Christmas buffet brunch and Christmas dinner, travelers will experience amazing local cuisine, including fjord trout, roasted veal fillet, Ticino polenta, and beef carpaccio – and no one will be going to sleep on an empty stomach.
Tschuggen Grand Arosa, Switzerland
Guests at the Tschuggen Grand in Arosa, one of Switzerland's hidden gems, are also in for a treat this holiday season. The hotel features a variety of activities and dining experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. Visitors can bake Christmas cookies with the property's executive chef, craft their very own table centrepieces and make candles from scratch. Once done crafting and baking, travelers can enjoy Christmas dinner with live music at the hotel's Grand Restaurant before drifting off to sleep in their cozy rooms with the snow-covered mountains behind them.
Valsana Hotel, Switzerland
The Valsana Hotel, just a few minutes away from the Tschuggen Grand, offers it's very own holiday celebration as well. The hotel's sustainability-focused restaurant, Twist, is hosting a creative four-course Christmas Eve party for all to enjoy. Following the festivities, travelers are invited to relax by the roaring fire for an unforgettable night in Arosa.
Sanderling Resort North Carolina's Outer Banks
Sanderling Resort is the perfect holiday getaway and bespoke Christmas experience. Located on the picturesque shores of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Sanderling has beckoned travelers with its warm and charming hospitality, welcoming amenities, buzz worthy fare and romantic ambiance for years. This festive season, the resort is celebrating in style with its Holiday Traditions package, giving guests the ultimate Christmas experience. Guests who book a stay during the month of December at one of the resort’s newly renovated beach homes will be welcomed with a fully festive and decorated home for the holidays. Included in this package is a one on one interior design consultation with a Sanderling staff member where they can custom design your home away from home for the holidays. Each home is decorated using premium Christmas décor from any one of our three holiday themes: Coastal Christmas, Traditional Christmas and Winter Wonderland, transforming these luxe beach homes into a homey Christmas fantasy. Beach homes start at $475 a night during the winter. Décor costs (including the consultation) will be a flat rate depending on the theme and are as follows: $350 for Coastal Christmas, $450 for Traditional Christmas and $500 for Winter Wonderland.