Saturday, December 17, 2011

5 Star Christmas Spirit

Many  luxury hotels go above and beyond, doing quite a number to keep the Christmas spirit alive and well for their guests. This year, these following hotels are offering a really great, festive atmosphere!

A fun little bit of history happens this year at the Plaza. For their first ever Christmas tree, the hotel used “Eloise” as inspiration, and a fabulous, 18-foot, fully decked-out pink tree was designed by none other than Betsey Johnson. Eloise is a character from the story books by Kay Thompson, with illustrations by Hilary Knight, and she lived in the hotel’s top floor. A tea party was held to reveal the tree, and by staying there this holiday season, you can see it with your very own eyes! It will be on display until January 4th, 2012.

What child would not be awestruck by a towering Christmas tree made of nothing but teddy bears? As a matter of fact, what adult wouldn’t be as well? Staying at the Four Seasons in Boston this year, you will be amazed by the sweet site of this tree that is a widespread favorite among Christmas connoisseurs. In upward of 5,000 bears are collected, and then donated throughout the city to children by hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Claridge’s is definitely London’s premier spot for five-star hotel chic. Every year, Claridge’s enlists a prized designer to design the holiday’s decorations and set the theme. This year’s lucky arbiter of Christmas decadence is the amazing Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. The signature Christmas tree is boldly colorful, and full of whimsy little details that speak clearly of the designer’s trademark. Sriously, who would not be tickled by the site of the marionettes donning Lanvin hotel uniforms?

If you are headed to Hong Kong this season, the Mandarain Oriental does Christmas a little differently than in the West. Certainly celebratory, the Mandarin Cake Shop really knows how to set the mood in terms of holiday sweets, and that is their signature specialty. Edible ornaments and decorations will have your sweet tooth savoring. The list of creations is magnificent, and these are definitely not your ordinary confectionary replicas. Think more true-to-life versions, created with the skilled craftsmanship of very talented pastry chefs. Teddy bears, rocking horses, and Santa are like none you’ve ever seen, or tasted. These will make excellent stocking stuffers for some very special loved ones!

Nothing like "home for the holidays?" I beg to differ. Especially if one of these hotels will be on your radar. What better way is there to enjoy all the fun of the holidays than in a festive five-star pad? Definitely your best option, because you will have all the luxuries of home without the nagging distractions that come along with it. Add in all the other Exclusive Complimentary Perks, great amenities, and the absolute comfort a hotel can offer during the busiest time of the year and great times will be had! Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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