Traveling during the holiday season is truly magical. Over-the-top trees, twinkling lights and baked goods are the perfect backdrop for a destination family get-together. While there’s no place like home for the holidays, here are six properties that will make them one to remember.
Sitting along the white powdery sands of California’s pacific coastline is the legendary Victorian meets modern SoCal resort. From mid-November to January first, the beachfront resort becomes Frosted by the Sea draped in thousands of sparkling lights with towering Christmas trees, a beachfront ice rink, Victorian Tea, a light show spectacular, and more. S’mores on the beach could be your next holiday tradition!
Let the Eiffel Tower serve as your holiday backdrop from one of the most photogenic hotels in Paris. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée sits on the prestigious and fashionable Avenue Montaigne and is fitted with Art Deco and classic Parisian rooms where iconic designers and artists (including Christian Dior) once drew inspiration. Holiday’s past have featured a magical courtyard ice rink, festive afternoon tea, and a lavish six-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant Le Relais Plaza by chef Jean Imbert.
For a holiday vacation you’ll never forget, embrace the cold and cruise through the capital cities of Scandinavia past charming coastal cities, over a hundred fjords, and one thousand mountains. Cozy up in a hygge cabin with a possible peak at the northern lights – the ultimate festive scenery. Guests will cruise with Scandinavia experts and Hurtigruten offers several itineraries to tailor your Nordic adventure exactly to your adventure level and preferences. A snow-capped dream!
Located in a picturesque valley just thirty-five miles northeast of Missoula, are twelve hillside homes set within a densely timbered hillside overlooking the Blackfoot River Valley and beyond through stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. The holidays are meticulously planned to enchant including getting around on a snowmobile, dogsled, or real-life sleigh. Guests can choose from a wide array of snowy excursions with a custom Christmas stocking and gingerbread house scavenger hunt included in each stay.
Built in the nineteenth century, only nine miles from Balmoral, Scotland’s Royal Family Residence, is a stunning retreat within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Cozy doesn’t begin to describe the atmosphere with mulled wine around warm firepits, festive tea in the Clunie dining room, and historical antiques that tell the story of its past. Additional holidat festivities are nothing short of magical, featuring a five-course feast, reindeer parade, local piper’s performance, and more.
One of Florida’s most iconic resorts knows how to deck the halls. Dating back to 1896, The Breakers is an Italian Renaissance-style hotel founded by the Standard Oil co-founder, Henry M. Flagler, and is still in the hands of his heirs today. The Breakers’ tradition of Holiday Tea is a magical way to spend the afternoon before attending a classic Christmas Dinner at one of the hotel’s many decorated restaurants including the opulent Christmas Holiday Buffet at The Circle with scenic glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean.