It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us, and luxury hotels and resorts around the world are gearing up with their unique holiday packaging and programming! From a Spike it Yourself Eggnog Cart at The Logan Hotel to a cozy Knitting Workshop at Hotel Modera, there is no better time to pack your bags, wrap those presents, and gather your loved ones to embark on the ultimate holiday vacation. Read on to see how hotels are ringing in the holidays this season, and then get packing for a holiday to remember!
Christmas Cocktails with Santa at Montage Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
Located in the heart of Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff brings the Southern charm this holiday season, and kicks off festivities with the Light of the Inn. Offering its guests weekends with Santa, children of all ages have a chance to tell Santa how nice they have been this year! And for the parents, the resort is launching a “twelve cocktails of Christmas” campaign, where a new cocktail recipe curated by the master mixologist will be released on Montage Palmetto Bluff’s social media pages.
Holidays on the Hill at XV Beacon
This season, guests are invited to experience the holidays in the heart of Boston at XV Beacon, a celebrated modernist hotel housed in a historic Beaux Arts building. This historic boutique hotel atop Beacon Hill is offering seasonal packages and close proximity to Boston’s best holiday happenings throughout the season. Visitors looking to enjoy the finest shops in Beacon Hill and do a little Christmas shopping will enjoy the Holiday on the Hill package, which comes with a $200 American Express Gift Card. Warm up after holiday shopping with two Hot Toddies, or drinks of choice from Mooo…. to enjoy in room by gas-lit fireplaces with cashmere blankets.
Holiday History Happy Hour at The Willard InterContinental
Throughout the season, The Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. will transform into a holiday-inspired wonderland. Now in its 17th year, The Willard’s nightly caroling program has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the D.C. metropolitan area. The Willard will also present a special Holiday Edition of History Happy Hour on December 14. Jim Hewes, legendary bartender at The Willard’s iconic Round Robin Bar will be joined by former renowned White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier to share an insider’s perspective of White House holiday traditions all while sipping on holiday-inspired dessert cocktails.
Spike It Yourself Eggnog & Holiday Fun Package with The Logan Hotel
Situated in Philadelphia’s vibrant, downtown cultural district, The Logan provides the perfect setting to experience the “City of Firsts” this holiday season. Starting on December 3rd, guests can enjoy a Spike It Yourself eggnog cart in the cozy Commons Lounge every day from 6-8pm. The cart will be replete with Rum, Brandy, Bourbon, Chocolate Liqueur, Tequila and festive toppings including candy canes, cinnamon sticks, fresh nutmeg, chocolate shavings and house-made whipped cream – all to create the perfect boozy cup of cozy. The Logan will also be streaming festive holiday movies for guests to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit! For the complete package, visitors traveling to Philadelphia can book the Holiday Fun Package, valid from November 18th through December 30th, featuring complimentary valet parking, a complimentary do-it-yourself spiked eggnog for two delivered to the room.
Knitting Workshop at Hotel Modera
Hotel Modera, located in Portland’s theater district is celebrating this holiday season with a Knitting Workshop in partnership with a local yarn store. The festive workshop is for beginners, but expert knitters are invited to join as well! Locals and guests can come and enjoy hot cocoa, while knitting scarves, hats and mittens to keep warm this winter.
Holiday Cooking Classes and Feasts at Hotel Bel-Air
Los Angeles, CA
The festive season will be filled with sweet memories at The Dorchester Collections Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles as executive pastry chef Tiffany Pascua leads fun-filled Holiday Kids and Adults Cooking Classes at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. The hotel will provide everything needed from decorative sweets to royal icing for participants to craft their own cookies and gingerbread house. Additionally, the restaurant will offer a three-course Thanksgiving Feast including a Dessert Feast. Enjoy a four-course pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve topped with a Seasonal Bouche de Noel. Savour Christmas Day Brunch, but leave room for Christmas Day Dinner.
Chrismukkah at Montage Deer Valley
Park City, UT
This holiday season, sink into the snow-filled festivities at Montage Deer Valley. Beginning December 2nd-10th, the resort kicks off the holidays with a traditional menorah lighting ceremony for each night of Hanukkah. A jam-packed December schedule of family-fun events culminates in Christmas dinners perfect for the whole family or for a cozy romantic evening. Indulge in post-ski festivities at the resort’s luxurious Veuve Clicquot après ski lounge.
Merry & Bright Boat Parade at Balboa Bay Resort
Newport Beach, CA
Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, is an ideal location for viewing Newport Beach’s annual Christmas boat parade. Their holiday celebration “Merry & Bright Boat Parade Package” includes overnight accommodations and exclusive access to view the Boat Parade from its front lawn while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on holiday cookies as well as a $20 credit to Blend Cafe, the resort’s Italian inspired coffee shop.
Royal Arctic Pop-Up Igloo Terrace at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Creating a glamorous winter wonderland, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris invites holiday travelers to experience their pop-up igloo terrace, Royal Arctic. Outfitted with icebergs mimicking the North Pole, the terrace’s futuristic igloos welcome up to six guests each offering an exclusive tasting menu featuring Moët & Chandon champagne, MCIII. Guests can also indulge in an exclusive champagne pairing menu curated by the hotel’s acclaimed Matsuhisa Paris and Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio restaurants. Outside of the igloos, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 and Grand Vintage Rosé 2009 will be offered by the glass with a menu of decadent winter tapas. Royal Arctic open from November 23, 2018 to February 14, 2019.
Family Holiday Programming and Delicious Christmas Meals at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
This season, enjoy an array of festive activities and dining for the entire family on Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa’s expansive stretch of the famed Seven Mile Beach. Upon arrival, guests can decorate ornaments to add to the lobby Christmas tree trimmed in Caymanian elements such as shells and starfish. Throughout their stay, families can partake in holiday-themed programming including decorating Gingerbread Men, photos with Santa at the gazebo on Beach South, Festive Face Painting and a Kids Christmas Cooking Class with Executive Chef Sandy Tuason. Guests can also enjoy Christmas Ever Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Dinner at Beach House against the backdrop of Seven Mile Beach.
Four Night Christmas Festive Package at Lough Eske Castle
Visitors to Donegal this Christmas can enjoy the Four Night Christmas Festive Package at Lough Eske Castle from December 23-26, with complimentary accommodations on December 23. Kids can even cook and bake tasty and sweet festive favorites with the hotel’s culinary team as well as a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day. The package also includes a three-course table d’hôte menu in Cedars Restaurant, mulled wine and mince pies following services and live music each night in the Gallery Bar.
Hotel Plaza Athénée’s Gourmet Holiday Forest
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, a Dorchester Collection Property, introduces Angelo Musa this festive season, winner of the World Pastry Cup and Best Craftsman of France award. Together, the pair have created not just a Yule log, but a 100% Gourmet Forest to share! The stylish and delicious holiday dessert plates a charming pine forest with seven snow-covered fir trees in range of shapes, each combining flavors and textures in a celebration of 100% vanilla, with undergrowth of sparkling bushes tasting of sweet chocolate and a base of pure white that is actually a bar of dark chocolate mendiant covered with dried and crystallized fruit. Don’t even think about feeling guilty as you polish off this festive treat!