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The 12 days of Christmas at luxury hotels across the globe

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Make everyone’s Christmas wish come true and join the holiday celebrations at luxury hotels and resorts around the world.

From cozy fireside stories with Santa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, to a chic French Christmas at Hotel Le K2, Courchevel, these 12 festive celebrations will leave all guests as merry as a partridge in a pear tree.

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On the first day of Christmas: Jingle all the way to Omni Mount Washington Resort, US

The Omni Mount Washington Resort comes alive this holiday season with treats for families and couples, alike. Christmas rolls in as Santa and his elves come to play with fireside stories from Santa himself and elf tuck-ins for all the good little boys and girls anxiously awaiting Christmas Day. In preparation for the New Year, the Omni Mount Washington Resort offers a chance to acquire a palate for bubbly with champagne tastings. Pick the perfect bottle for a sparkling New Year’s celebration as the resort’s Grand Hall is transformed into Times Square with street cart vendors and entertainers. Ring in the New Year with a luminous display of fireworks for an unforgettable evening that ends with a bang. Guests can also enjoy sleigh rides, snow tubing, skiing, dog sledding and more.

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On the second day of Christmas: Join celebrations at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

The Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris will be warming taste buds in Il Carpaccio – the hotel’s Italian restaurant – with winter flavours of Italy, in a coming together of two iconic hotels. Il Carpaccio will play host to Matteo Temperini, head chef of restaurant La Sponda at Italy’s legendary hotel Le Sirenuse, in Positano. Chef Temperini will work alongside Chef Roberto Rispoli to create an innovative take on Neapolitan cuisine.

Similar to Il Carpaccio’s own gourmet Italian dishes, Temperini’s food starts with only the best fresh, seasonal produce, extending the range of Italian creativity in the kitchen. The partnership promises to be full of flavour, in an effortlessly sophisticated atmosphere. The star will be an exclusive four hands tasting menu, bringing all of the tastes of Amalfi at Christmas to the French capital.

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On the third day of Christmas: Enjoy the sweetest time of year at The Grove Park Inn

Celebrate the holiday season with The Omni Grove Park Inn’s gingerbread holiday package. Surrounded by 80 themed trees, thousands of twinkling lights, gingerbread houses and roaring fireplaces, The Omni Grove Park Inn is perfect for a relaxing stay with some holiday flair. The hotel hosted the 21st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition in November and guests and locals are invited to browse the intricate gingerbread creations displayed throughout the Inn. The gingerbread holiday package includes luxury accommodations, daily breakfast buffet, garage parking, and one Omni Grove Park Inn gingerbread cookie per night for each guest.

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On the forth day of Christmas: Enjoy the best of the alps at Hotel Le K2, Courchevel

Taking inspiration from the legendary Himalayan mountain for its name, Hotel Le K2 in Courchevel sits in peak position in the French resort for winter. Ski-in/ski-out access is a given, while serene interiors subtly fuse Alpine and Tibetan design, making the most of lofty views of the surrounding mountains, looking down to the valley below. Le Kintessence is headed by Michelin-star chef Nicolas Sale, for the finest in Alpine dining, while Le 8611 Bar captures the best of the apres-ski atmosphere with world-class cocktails.

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On the fifth day of Christmas: Walk through a winter wonderland at The Omni Homestead Resort

A southern winter wonderland, The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA is a truly magical place during the holidays. The resort goes all-out with over 40 decorated Christmas trees, a walk through holiday light display, ice-skating, a gingerbread village, marshmallow roasting at their outdoor fire-pit and an array of winter sports.

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On the sixth day of Christmas: Spread holiday cheer at Gstaad Palace

A luxury alpine adventure awaits you in the Bernese Alps this holiday season at Gstaad Palace. Gstaad kicks off the season with Christmas trees decorating village squares and the start of Gstaad Mountain Rides featuring six independent ski regions including Glacier 3000 – the only glacial area in the Bernese Oberland to be open from November to the beginning of May. The region offers sledding, ice climbing, hiking, curling, husky sledges, carriage rides, ballooning and snow golf that can all be arranged by the resort. Enjoy the Bavarian-style Christmas market in town from December through the end of February. Christmas Dinner with Music Quartet Scherzo is offered on Christmas Eve at Gildo’s Ristorante on site with authentic Italian Cuisine prepared by world class chefs from Venice and La Fromagerie, a cozy and relaxed setting with options like delicious truffles champagne cheese fondue.

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On the seventh day of Christmas: Have a holly jolly celebration at Palace Hotel Tokyo

In celebration of one of Japan’s most symbolic holidays, Palace Hotel Tokyo is pulling out all the stops for its guests. Beginning with a New Year countdown cocktail party, kicking off with live jazz at The Palace lounge on the evening of the December 31, guests and visitors alike will then enjoy a New Year’s Day dinner concert which will feature a special performance on the 20-string koto by the acclaimed Gayo Nakagaki, followed by music from a philharmonic orchestra with operatic accompaniment.

Guests staying in the hotel will also have the opportunity to observe and participate in hatsugama – the first tea ceremony of the new year and a ritual that is perhaps the most emblematic and skilful expression of Japanese hospitality.

The luxury Japanese hotel will fill with music throughout the three-day period between 31 December and 2 January known as oshogatsu, as traditionally dressed musicians strum holiday tunes on thekoto, a classic Japanese instrument that dates back to the 8th-century.

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On the eighth day of Christmas: Celebrate southwestern style at La Posada de Santa Fe

To get in the holiday spirit southwestern-style, head to La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM. Every December, the town’s rooftops and sidewalks glow with small paper lanterns called farolitos, and the aroma of piñon logs burning in kiva fireplaces fills the air. The annual Canyon Road Farolito Walk is one of Santa Fe’s most popular holiday traditions, lit by thousands of farolitos and dozens of luminarias, with carolers spreading holiday cheer and resident galleries serving hot chocolate. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, try Chef Carmen Rodriguez’s Latin-inspired cuisine for dinner.

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On the ninth day of Christmas: Partake in the season of giving at Hotel Vermont

Hotel Vermont has partnered with the Vermont Children’s hospital this holiday season for both staff and guests to give back to the local community. The lobby is decorated with local Christmas trees featuring ornaments by Green Mountain Crafts that are made from fallen trees in Vermont. The ornaments are for sale and money raised will be donated to the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

The hotel’s lady date package is designed for the perfect girls getaway. Upon arrival, your group will receive a local first shopping coupon book and reusable Hotel Vermont shopping totes to make carrying purchases easy and eco-friendly. Shop all day, and then relax with a mani or pedicure at Tooties mini spa, located just a short jaunt from Hotel Vermont. Top your stay off with locally sourced breakfast at Juniper and Christmas dinner at the new Hen of the Wood Burlington.

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On the tenth day of Christmas: Have a merry Dutch holiday at The Dylan, Amsterdam

Winter in Amsterdam is a magical time of year. The city comes alive with seasonal celebrations set against a backdrop of glistening lights decorating canal, bridges with the sound of church bells and street performers echoing through the city.

To continue the magic, this year the city’s most stylish boutique hotel, The Dylan, has created it’s very own heated winter garden wonderland in its private secluded garden. A peaceful spot to relax and escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy The Dylan’s celebrated High Wine package – a seasonal selection of four tasting plates with wine pairings.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas: Let it snow at Hotel Madeline Telluride

Hotel Madeline Telluride is a boutique address with ideal ski-in/ski-out locations in Telluride. Plan a holiday escape to Telluride to indulge in views of snow-clad peaks and explore over 2,000 snowy, ski-able acres. If you want to experience the town’s out-of-the-box winter adventures, the hotel’s concierge team can coordinate anything from sleigh rides and skiing to heli-skiing, ice climbing and dog sledding. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Restaurant REV, is offering a special brunch on Christmas Day too.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas: Enjoy a festive holiday dinner at Carlton Hotel, St Moritz 

The all-suite boutique Carlton Hotel, with the biggest penthouse suite in St Moritz and pop-up restaurant for the winter season is celebrating its 100th anniversary of its inaugural opening on Christmas 1913.

For foodies, Da Vittorio will open a pop-up restaurant at the hotel this winter season, led by the Cerea brothers. The Italian Cerea brothers have a three star Michelin restaurant in Bergamo, and will move to the mountains to create their spectacular and innovative cooking.

The hotel has its own bobsleigh on the world’s last remaining natural ice run in St. Moritz. For ultra-luxury and adrenaline there is also heliskiing, helicopter flights and snowmobiles.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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December 25, 2013 | Travel | View comments

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