New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
Why even think about staying home for the holidays when the 5-star addresses of Dorchester Collection will be celebrating in style? The stars of the luxury hotel group will be primped for the season with artistic decorations, unique delicacies and exclusive packages for holiday travelers. So pack your stockings and your luggage with care and discover what’s to be uncovered through Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year from London to Paris and Milan to L.A.:
Wonderful World of Disney at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris: All eyes will be on Hôtel Plaza Athénée this holiday season as the most fashionable hotel in Paris unveils the Magic Window from Disneyland Paris. Like an Advent calendar coming to life, the hotel façade will light up with a dazzling display of visuals and sound and a new Prince and Princess stepping out of the window to greet enchanted passersby each Wednesday at 5:30pm from December 1-22. The excitement continues inside with Head Pastry Chef Christophe Michalak’s annual Christmas Log. Inspired by the Plaza Athénée children’s pedal car, this Christmas ‘log’ resembles a sports car, complete with chocolate wheels and bumpers and a sugar windshield.
Making Scents of the Holidays at The Dorchester, London: It’ll be a holiday for the senses this year at The Dorchester. Look for colorful decorations throughout the Dorchester Collection property, with scents of cinnamon, ginger and orange in the air as The Florist creates hand-woven Christmas Wreaths from fir cones and assorted seasonings. (Available at The Shop; delivery available within London.) Youngsters can layer the hotel’s Children’s Christmas Tree with cookie decorations while a dedicated “Christmas Expert” will be on hand to aid with festive arrangements, such as priority tickets for the annual Christmas Grotto at Harrods. The Promenade will be dressed to a “tea” with Nutcracker Afternoon Tea for little ones and Festive Afternoon Tea for adults – including Champagne! – with multiple seatings daily from November 20 to January 2.
Discover the Joys of Shopping at Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan: Turn holiday drudgery into delight with a Christmas Shopping Package at Hotel Principe di Savoia. The striking address overlooking Piazza della Repubblica provides guests daily complimentary in-town limousine shuttle service to the shops and an exclusive Principe Shopping Card offering 10% off purchases at the hottest boutiques in Milan’s Fashion District. With your shopping complete, return to the hotel for a relaxing massage for two and hot chocolate at the new Il Salotto lobby lounge. Guests also enjoy access to the Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Center.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles: Exceptional holiday feasts are on the menu at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Join those who have made Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Polo Lounge a tradition with four courses – $99 for adults, $55 for children. Or, take turkey and all the trimmings “To Go” with a spread for 6-8 revelers for $440 with delivery within a five-mile radius of the hotel for $75 per order. Wherever you choose to dine, take the edge off the season with Homemade Eggnog at Bar NINETEEN12 in different flavors daily through December.
Log Onto Holiday Tradition at Le Meurice, Paris: Three Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno has put a delicious twist on holiday Yule logs with the Black Trumpet Yule Log at Le Meurice in Paris. The luscious dessert layers Trompettes de la mort mushrooms with chocolate and praline. The Black Trumpet Yule Log serves four and will be available December 1 – January 2 at Restaurant Le Dali for 60 euro. The historic property also celebrates with Christmas Tea Time at Le Dali, where a special pastry buffet will be available each afternoon from December 1, 2010 to January 2, 2011 (45 euro). Celebrate the season’s major events at Le Dali or at Restaurant Le Meurice, where Alléno will spread holiday feasts worthy of his pedigree on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.