As the holiday season approaches, hotels around the world are gearing up for joyful celebrations that capture the essence of their unique local cultures. Whether it’s the enchanting Christmas markets in Europe, the tropical bliss of the Maldives, or the unique traditions in South America, each destination offers a magical and unforgettable holiday experience for travelers seeking to celebrate in style.
Violino d’Oro – A Luxury Boutique Christmas in Italy
In Italy, the recently opened luxury boutique hotel, Violino d’Oro, offers a magical holiday retreat adorned with enchanting decorations. Handcrafted Venetian ornaments tell the captivating tale of the city’s history, crafted by Murano’s master glassmakers.
Guests can personalize Christmas baubles in the waterfront Salotto with a Maestro di Murano, creating bespoke decorations that immerse them in the holiday spirit. The hotel’s festive offerings extend to Il Piccolo Restaurant, where breakfast and snacks take on a celebratory flair, showcasing the rich culinary traditions of the region.
FORESTIS – Alpine Traditions in Bressanone, Italy
For those seeking the charm of Alpine Christmas markets, FORESTIS in Bressanone, Italy, is the ideal destination. Located in the cultural and artistic capital of the Isarco Valley, the Bressanone Christmas market in the Cathedral Square offers a unique and authentic holiday experience.
FORESTIS, with its 62 rooms and suites boasting panoramic views of the Italian Dolomites, immerses guests in traditions through restorative wellness treatments, locally-inspired movements, and seasonal forest cuisine. The Krampuslauf tradition, featuring the horned Krampus figure, adds a touch of folklore and excitement to the Christmas season.
Grand Hotel Minerva – A Magical December in Florence, Italy
December transforms Florence into a magical destination with the “Green Line” Festival of Lights celebrating the four natural elements. Grand Hotel Minerva, located in the heart of Florence, provides a 97-room cultural awakening within the city, within walking distance of iconic landmarks.
The festival kicks off with tree lightings at iconic locations like the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio, and the city comes alive with video-mapping, projections, and captivating light displays throughout December. From Christmas markets to culinary traditions and handcrafted nativity scenes, Florence offers a rich tapestry of festive experiences around every corner.
The Dolder Grand – Enchanting Zurich Celebrations
In Zurich, Switzerland, the iconic “Singing Christmas Tree” at Werdmühleplatz’s Christmas Market marks its 25th anniversary in 2023. The Dolder Grand, a nearby Swiss Deluxe Hotels property, offers panoramic views of the Alps and the city, creating a luxurious retreat for travelers.
During the holiday season, guests can indulge in exceptional dining experiences at The Dolder, from festive dinners to intimate meals in the Saltz Restaurant. The hotel’s cozy ambiance and stunning views make it a perfect haven to immerse in the heartwarming celebration of Zurich’s festive spirit.
The Glasshouse Hotel – Edinburgh’s Magical Winter Wonderland
Edinburgh, Scotland, comes alive with carolers, holiday lights, and the annual Winter Festival and Hogmanay celebrations. The Winter Festival, running from November to January, features Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, and the aroma of mulled wine. The Hogmanay Festival, from December 29 to January 1, is a spectacular celebration to ring in the New Year.
For those seeking accommodation during the festive season in Edinburgh, The Glasshouse Hotel offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of the city. Housed in a converted 160-year-old church, the boutique hotel’s cozy-contemporary interiors and warm Scottish service provide a perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations.
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa – A Winter Wonderland in Johannesburg, South Africa
Tucked away in the serene suburb of Sandhurst, Saxon Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg, South Africa, transforms into a winter wonderland during the festive season. The highlight of this 5-star all-suite hotel is the heartwarming tree lighting ceremony, where the lobby becomes a showcase for a beautifully adorned tree in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramics. Renowned for their handcrafted ceramics featuring African wildlife and cultural motifs, Ardmore ornaments can be purchased at the hotel’s gift shop, allowing travelers to take a piece of Johannesburg home.
For those seeking more festive vibes, the nearby Field Market offers an outdoor Christmas market experience, featuring handcrafted local products and live South African music. The Saxon’s nature-inspired spa and gourmet restaurants, including the Terrace and Qunu, provide the ultimate relaxation and dining experiences.
Finch Hattons – A Kenyan-Inspired Christmas in Tsavo National Park
In the heart of Tsavo National Park, Kenya, Finch Hattons offers an authentic Christmas feast infused with the African spirit of the holiday season. Chef Kennedy crafts a Kenyan-inspired holiday menu using ingredients sourced from the hotel’s garden.
Guests can choose from a variety of festive dishes, including Mchuzi Wa Nama, Swahili vegetable stew, Pilau Ya Nyama, and more. The dining experiences extend to various locations within the hotel, allowing guests to celebrate by the poolside, under the stars, or at the dining pavilion.
Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Japanese Charm in Hokkaido
In Japan, the Christmas season unfolds with a distinctive charm, and Higashiyama Niseko Village on Hokkaido offers a prime winter wonderland destination. Known for its abundant snowfall, the village is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.
Nestled within the village is Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, providing a luxurious winter retreat. Guests can explore winter terrain, savor international cuisines, and indulge in traditional Japanese Onsen and spa experiences, creating unforgettable holiday memories.
Milaidhoo Maldives – A Tropical Tale of Wonder
In the Maldives, Milaidhoo invites guests to experience the festive season under the enchanting theme of “Tales of Wonder.” From wine pairing dinners to mixology masterclasses, the island holiday experience is filled with delightful surprises. Milaidhoo’s commitment to preserving the island’s natural beauty is evident in coral planting initiatives and unique underwater experiences, including an underwater Christmas tree.
Travelers can immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean through snorkeling and diving expeditions, discovering the extraordinary facets of the breathtaking surroundings. Milaidhoo offers a perfect blend of luxury and adventure for those seeking a unique tropical celebration.
Baros Maldives – Tropical Bliss in the Indian Ocean
In the heart of the Maldives, Baros Maldives invites guests to experience the festive season with a wealth of delectable dining experiences. The island resort, with its 50 years of enchanting guests, sets the standard for luxury and authentic Maldivian experiences.
From exclusive Christmas Eve galas to gourmet dinners, Baros Maldives offers curated delights at The Chef’s Table in The Lighthouse Restaurant. With a commitment to environmental preservation, the resort carefully nurtures the natural eco-systems, providing a taste of the true Maldives during this special time of year.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach – Sustainable Festivities in Bali
Nestled in the vibrant village of Seminyak in Bali, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach celebrates the festive season with a blend of tradition and sustainability. The hotel’s 289 rooms, including suites and villas, provide an immersive holiday experience amidst lush landscapes.
Guests can enjoy a beachside Christmas dinner featuring a 5-course Japanese Set Menu by Chef Syamsul at SugarSand Beach Club. Embracing the holiday season and festive spirit, the hotel offers a Christmas Brunch at Makase with Santa service, Christmas carols, a magician show, and live acoustic performances. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach also promotes sustainability by offering unique gifts created by repurposing discarded chopsticks in collaboration with Chop Value.
Holiday Splendor in the City that Never Sleeps
Explore the enchanting holiday spirit of New York City with its iconic festive activities, including strolling past elegant Christmas window displays at stores like Macy’s and Tiffany & Co. Experience the magic of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, take a classic horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park, and immerse yourself in the glitz of Broadway.
This holiday season, Broadway Inbound’s The Broadway Collection presents timeless classics such as The Lion King, a captivating adaptation of the beloved Disney film, and Chicago, a universal tale of fame, fortune, and the irresistible allure of jazz. The Theater District comes alive with astonishing choreography and show-stopping songs that define the essence of Broadway magic. For a touch of sophistication, visitors can venture uptown to the New York City Ballet for the annual performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, adding a balletic twist to their holiday celebrations.
Quasar Expeditions – Burning of el Año Viejo in Ecuador
In Ecuador, the burning of el Año Viejo on December 31 is a powerful celebration that symbolizes new beginnings. Quasar Expeditions offers travelers the opportunity to experience this unique tradition by booking an exclusive city tour in Quito, followed by exploring the secluded Galapagos Islands.
During a holiday trip aboard Quasar’s yachts, M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace, guests can get up close and personal with the islands’ amazing beaches and animals. The burning of el Año Viejo, accompanied by Krampus runs in the Dolomites, provides a distinctive and immersive holiday experience.
The Singular Santiago – Chilean Christmas Traditions
Chile offers a unique twist to Christmas traditions, with Santa known as ‘Viejito Pascuero’ portrayed as a rancher accompanied by a llama. The Christmas Eve celebrations in Chile feature delicious dinners of Chilean barbecued meats, vegetables, and the popular chicken soup, ‘cazuela de ave.’
The Singular Santiago, located in the heart of the Lastarria neighborhood, invites travelers to immerse themselves in Chilean culture during the festive season. With 62 rooms, a restaurant, spa, and rooftop bar and pool, the hotel offers an authentic experience blending elegance with local arts, culture, and gastronomy.
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