If you are planning to travel away from home this holiday season, these luxury hotels have special holiday amenities and packages, to create a little holiday magic. From a glamorous shopping spree, to a private holiday party, hotels resorts have raised the bar for holiday treats—for a price. However, these holiday inspired add-ons and packages can make holiday hotel travel experiences exceptionally memorable. Just be sure to check the links for costs and details.
Glamorous Shopping Spree
(Image Courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental)
The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has a special shopping package for guests this holiday season. What sets this experience apart from the typical hotel shopping package? Guests at the Mandarin that would rather not drive can be chauffeured to the nearby shops in the Mandarin’s car, a Tesla Model S, according to a Mandarin Oriental spokesperson. The Telsa is available to all guests on a first-come-first serve basis.
The shopping package, however, comes with a $100 gift card for the luxurious shopping center, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, free valet parking, breakfast for two, a welcome gift, hot chocolate for two, and two holiday cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead.
The Nutcracker Package
Atlanta Ballet’s dress rehearsal of Nutcracker castmember Kiara Felder (Image: Photo by Kim Kenney)
Also at the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta, guests can opt for the Magical Nutcracker Package, which includes breakfast, tickets for up to four guests for an Atlanta Ballet performance of the Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, an amenity welcome surprise gift, and a souvenir from the Atlanta Ballet.
Beachfront Ice Skating in California
(Sunset Ice Rink courtesy of the Hotel Del Coronado)
Ice skate in sunny San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado. From November 24, 2016, to January 2, 2017, the hotel’s beachfront Windsor Lawn will be covered in ice and transformed into an ice skating rink by the sea. Part of the proceeds earned from the skating rink will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation in San Diego. Plain hot chocolate and spiked drinks will also be around to keep you warm.
Get a Gemstone Massage
(Image courtesy of Hotel Coronado)
Revitalize yourself for the holidays at Hotel Del Coronado’s spa. The spa’s luxurious Gemstone Massage incorporates semi-precious gems with a hot stone massage. The treatment alternates the use of warm basalt stones and cool gemstones to relax sore muscles, detoxify, and open the body’s energy channels. Also for the holidays, the spa has introduced diamond microdermabrasion, which uses a tip made with real diamonds to resurface the skin.
(Photo of Elf Shoes by Dov Harrington, Creative Commons)
The elves at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort don their pointy shoes to spread holiday magic to children, through the resort’s special holiday elf tuck-in amenity. The elves read bedtime stories, share a little reindeer dust, and present the young guests with stockings full of gifts during the 30-minute tuck-in visits.
Photo courtesy of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Private Parties With Mickey, Minnie, and Friends
The enchanting holiday parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park transforms Main Street, U.S.A. (Kent Phillips, photographer) © Disney
The Magic Kingdom’s holiday fun extends to the Four Seasons in Orlando, FL. This Walt Disney World Resorts luxury hotel offers up holiday fun with personal holiday parties. According to Visit Orlando, hotel guests can make a reservation to host a private personal holiday party with Mickey and Minnie or Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
Too tired to wrap all of your gifts? Guests in select rooms at the Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resorts can assign a butler to help with their gift wrapping. The butler in “top suites” will also decorate the room and make arrangements for a cookie decorating party with hot cocoa. Wine tastings for the adults, along with candy hunts and sleigh decorating for the kids are also among the festive treats at the Four Seasons, Visit Orlando reports.
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