Paint a picture of your perfect winter holiday. Are you curled up by a crackling fireplace, gazing through frosted windows onto a blanket of snow? Or perhaps you envision the warm light of the sun glinting off clear waters and soft sands. Within our Hotels & Resorts Collection, we’ve selected just a few of our favorite places to create a holiday vacation that matches the one in your imagination.
Welcome the holidays with dramatic flair at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, where no fewer than 150,000 lights are strung throughout the perfectly manicured property. Marvel at the décor that includes 9,000 feet of festive ribbons and two 18-foot-tall Christmas trees. On select days in December, sip holiday tea at the glamorous HMF, or eschew the brew in favor of eclectic and Prohibition-era styled drinks. Christmas Day means sheer delight for the whole family as you step out to the beach for a refreshing swim, and then return to The Circle for its famous brunch — accompanied by a harpist strumming holiday tunes — or gather for dinner at the Ponce de Leon Ballroom. Indulgence doesn’t end there, as we’ll provide you with complimentary daily breakfast (brunch excluded) at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant, plus $100 in resort credit.
A Desert Oasis
There’s the desert playground of Palm Springs, California, and then there’s the nearby oasis of La Quinta. Not only does La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort capture a delightful sense of timeless glamour, but it has a bragworthy bit of holiday trivia: Frank Capra is thought to have penned “It’s a Wonderful Life” here while cozied up in a Spanish-style casita with a wood-burning fireplace. A festive holiday spirit takes over the resort beginning around Thanksgiving and crescendos with a lovely tree-lighting ceremony. Spend your winter break teeing off among five world-class golf courses under the desert sun and strolling nearby art galleries in between dining among seven venues on the property.
It’s quite possible the image of a winter wonderland was born in Vieux-Montréal, cloaked in snow and decorated with Christmas lights laced through spruce trees. Come December, Place Jacques-Cartier is transformed into Montréal en Fêtes, a magical marketplace filled with festive gifts, holiday music, and traditional Canadian treats. Or spend a laughter-filled day of ice skating, cross-country skiing or sledding at Mount Royal Park that glitters a brilliant winter white. Warm up back at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile over spirited cocktails and cuisine at Renoir — and we’ll even provide you CAD$75 in resort credit plus daily breakfast when you book with us.
An Iconic Escape
A stay at Claridge’s in London always inspires a sense of wonder, and the holidays are beyond compare. Every year, the iconic Christmas tree is designed by the most renowned fashion figures, including Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, and Christopher Bailey of Burberry. For an unforgettable Christmas Day, indulge in the hotel’s coveted Christmas Pudding, crafted from a once-secret recipe that was only recently released in “Claridge’s: The Cookbook.” Traveling with kids? Claridge’s delights with storytelling on Christmas Day, making magical memories for everyone. When you book with us, we’ll complete your holiday experience with a full English breakfast daily at The Foyer and Reading Room and £75 in spa or dining credit.
For a storybook holiday, look no further than Mozart’s birthplace: Salzburg, Austria. Enchanting markets, moving concerts at the majestic Hohensalzburg Fortress and individually decorated rooms at the immaculate Hotel Sacher Salzburg complete your quintessential holiday. Now is an especially meaningful time as locals are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the holiday song “Silent Night.” Discover the true magic of this song’s origin with special exhibitions and events throughout Salzburg. Peek into traditional huts that decorate Salzburg’s Cathedral Square in the famous Christmas Advent market, and return to your hotel for a classic Austrian dinner at Zirbelzimmer overlooking the Salzach river. There’s no better way to cap off a perfect day than with an apricot-kissed slice of Original Sacher-Torte. We’ll provide you with complimentary daily breakfast and $100 in dining credit.
Fit for Royalty
Elegance. Poise. Grace. The beautifully renovated Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Dorchester Collection embodies everything Parisian, complete with an address on Avenue Montaigne and Eiffel Tower views. Luxuriate in a treatment at the iconic Dior Institut spa, or indulge in the hotel’s five restaurants and bars — all overseen by Alain Ducasse. During the holidays, Hôtel Plaza Athénée shines with festive Christmas trees, an incredible Yule log crafted by a pastry chef and even an ice-skating rink framed by fir trees strung with fairy lights. If all this sounds ideal for kids, that’s because it is: Hôtel Plaza Athénée also lavishes children with VIP gifts and top-notch babysitting services. Book with us and receive daily breakfast, €85 in credit at the Dior Institut and a special in-room amenity.
Why reserve with us?
Ring in the holidays or pick any time of year to celebrate in our Hotels & Resorts Collection, featuring more than 1,000 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts, lodges, spas and unique places to stay. Benefit from our exclusive privileges such as daily breakfast for two and a special amenity that varies by property, as well as upgrades, early check-in and late check-out when available. Our exclusive Suite Privileges elevate your stay even more when you reserve two or more nights in participating suites. For more information, give us a call or visit our website, and enter Offer M18442.
Photo: Courtesy of The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.