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December 11, 2022updated Dec 20, 2022

The Best Luxury Hotel Stays for the Holidays

These hotels provide seasonal menus, tailored events and sparkling decorations to make the festive period extra special.

By Silvia Pellegrino

What better time to visit a luxury hotel for a relaxing vacation than during the holidays?

From New York City to the Maldives, there are multiple ways to celebrate the holidays. Seasonal menus, tailored events and sparkling decorations are all part of the most wonderful time of the year.

Here, we take a look at the most luxurious festive stays for the festive period.

Claridge’s, London

Claridge’s offers a wide range of options to its guests in its five-star establishment in Mayfair. Claridge’s is synonymous with Christmas thanks to “The Diamond”, the hotel’s 2022 Christmas tree by the renowned Jimmy Choo designer Sandra Choi and executed by set designer Simon Costin.

Claridge’s holiday menu, which is offered throughout the month of December, focuses on the comforting seasonal flavors associated with the holiday season, such as chestnuts and a whole turkey Christmas dinner.

Don’t miss out on the amazing experience of a welcoming afternoon tea surrounded by an evocative display of lights and decorations this holiday season. This includes every festive hamper in Claridge’s Christmas-themed store.

Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris

Like an advent calendar, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris makes one holiday announcement daily. There may be gourmet events, outdoor activities, art displays, and other activities up to December 31.

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The first event of the Christmas month, for example, was an Italian Christmas cooking class with chefs Oliver Piras and Alessandra Del Favero, and the last event will be a sophisticated and spectacular New Year’s Eve party on the last day of the month.

Other examples of Le Royal Monceau’s advent calendar include a Christmas flower workshop, a unique Christmas Tea Time at Le Bar Long Quentin Lechat, and even a joyful family snapshot in some of Paris’ most well-known locations.

The hotel’s restaurants, including Matsuhisa Paris and Il Carpaccio, provide unique Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals.

To add to the romance of Christmas in Paris, the entire building will be beautifully and enchantingly decorated with floral arrangements and light strings.

Le Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York

Piano concerts by Jill McCarron, Antonio Ciacca, and Eric Yves are among the numerous Christmas festivities scheduled for the New York hotel Le Pierre in December.

Three-course meals are served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, along with Christmas sweets and seasonal carols. With their gorgeous and homey décor and comfy holiday cuisine, these two parties are the focal point of the whole Christmas season.

In addition, on January 1, the hotel offers an NYC Hangover Brunch in addition to the usual New Year’s Eve dinner, which includes a live band and Antonio Ciacca’s jazz trio, followed by a midnight champagne toast. Warm meals and restorative beverages the next day may be beneficial to anyone who overindulges in champagne on the most memorable night of the year.

The Berkeley, London

During the holiday season, The Berkeley, a premium hotel in one of London’s wealthiest areas, goes above and beyond.

Snowfall, a cluster of 137,000 light strings that imitate snow falling, greets guests this year. It is located near the entrance and fascinates tourists with its joyful and charming environment.

In addition to this exhibit, The Berkeley offers festive food such as Angus fillets, salmon and caviar, and indulgent desserts.

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

Christmas in the Maldives is an unforgettable experience. It is distinguished, particularly at Jumeriah Maldives Olhahali Island, by sumptuous delicacies made by world-class chefs and stunning feasts under the stars.

This hotel provides vacation packages that include events, live entertainment, free use of water sports facilities, and access to private beaches throughout the holiday season.

If you want to enjoy warm weather and gorgeous ocean views over the holiday season, this is the place to be.

The Peninsula, Chicago

During the Christmas season, The Peninsula in Chicago personifies tradition and the holiday spirit. The Peninsula Sky Rink, a private ice rink, is returning this year.

The ice rink is decked with pine trees, Christmas music and snowflake lights, and its view of Chicago‘s John Hancock tower and the Magnificent Mile makes it even more beautiful. Z Bar’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, for example, is part of the experience.

During the day, visitors may enjoy a luxurious Seasonal Afternoon Tea, which will be accentuated by a 20-ft Christmas tree and rich holiday décor. The Peninsula extends a warm and extravagant welcome to all guests and goes above and beyond with its Christmas gifts.

La Réserve Genève, Switzerland

The Geneva Opera Academy’s children’s choir will sing at La Réserve Genève‘s special Christmas celebration on December 18, along with visitor-only activities.

The hotel commemorates the ice skating rink’s annual return each winter by providing complimentary blankets and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will also appear on Christmas Day to provide gifts for the children.

Christmas dinner at the onsite fine dining institution Le Loti focuses on the best ingredients and dishes while keeping the holiday spirit high.

Longueville Manor, Jersey UK

Longueville Manor, amid the beautiful countryside of Jersey, is where Christmas begins with a champagne reception and a delicious meal each evening.

The boutique hotel allows you to host your own Christmas party with a three-course set dinner.

Longueville Manor‘s Christmas feast strives to impress with delicacies like oak-smoked fish and aromatic wild mushroom risotto. The first activity on Boxing Day is a comprehensive tour of the hotel’s wine cellar, and the remainder of the day is filled with entertainment and dancing.

The Plaza, New York

Palm Court at The Plaza / ©The Plaza

What better place to spend Christmas than at the hotel that inspired Home Alone 2: Lost in New York?

The luxurious environment, complete with Christmas lights and a beautiful golden Christmas tree, is ideal for an elegant winter retreat. As a means of paying tribute to the film, The Plaza provides tourists with a rare opportunity to experience a limousine ride across New York City, stopping at numerous sights referenced in the iconic Christmas film, such as the Empire State Building.

The Plaza hosts a number of holiday-themed events, including a holiday afternoon tea in the famous Palm Court, which also serves as the location for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner and party.

[See also: The Most Festive Hotels for Christmas in New York] 

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