It’s not just Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals that have people getting excited for the holidays. Many hotels around the world are rolling out the holiday decorations and activities to get everyone into the spirit of the season. For many, giving the gift of travel is one of the most exciting presents of all. Here are some of the most interesting hotel experiences available to travelers this month.
Christmas in the Maldives with St. Regis
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is launching some Christmas activities that will add some festivity to a paradise vacation. These include a pan-Asian holiday feast, the Vommuli Open (a Dec. 27-28 tennis tournament between guests), beach barbecues, snowball games, gingerbread house and ornament making, mailing letters to Santa and a Christmas tree lighting on the beach. Guests can also earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points during their stay.
Act fast for these Dis-loyalty Drops
In line with its focus on overhauling the way loyalty programs works, the Dis-loyalty program from Ennismore is launching a series of Dis-loyalty Drops. These are special deals that allow members to achieve outsized value from hotel stays as well as their restaurant and bar tabs. These deals are only available for the first member to reply when the drop goes live on Instagram with their membership number. It’s first come, first served. On Nov. 23, three members can host nine people each for dinner at iconic restaurants for a total of $150.
For London-based members, on Dec. 9, the first four members who show up at the “to-be-announced” London hotel with their suitcase, passport and a companion win an immediate Eurostar trip for dinner and overnight in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam or Lille. On Dec. 21, 10 members can score free annual membership to Dis-loyalty and a bespoke suitcase from Scandinavian outdoor brand Db.
12 Days of Thompson
Thompson Hotels, part of World of Hyatt, around the country offer this holiday programming with different events at each hotel. In addition to a cowboy-themed New Year’s Eve Party, Thompson Austin is offering holiday cocktail making classes, a Tunes for Tots event benefitting Toys for Tots; a local holiday gift market, pop-up bars and an 80s-themed après ski party.
Oh Christmas Tree at The Langham Chicago
Guests visiting the Langham Chicago this winter can take part in a variety of family holiday activities. This includes a tree-lighting ceremony, Santa Claus visits, Santa’s presents-themed afternoon tea and dining events. The Oh Christmas Tree package also includes suite accommodations and in-room welcome snacks.
Winter Wonderland at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Rack up those Marriott Bonvoy points with the Winter Wonderland escape package at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Available between Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, this suite accommodation includes fully-decorated Christmas décor with a Christmas tree and lights, access to the club lounge and a welcome amenity like Champagne and snowman mugs filled with hot chocolate.
Marriott Bonvoy discounts in Hawaii
If you want a more tropical escape, Marriott Bonvoy is helping encourage more (and responsible) tourism to Maui this winter. Between now and March 2024, members will receive a 10,000-point discount when staying at island hotels on certain dates. For visits to any of the Hawaiian Islands, members can receive their fifth night free when redeeming points for four nights plus a 5,000-point bonus for stays through Jan. 24, 2024.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess does it again
As part of its annual holiday events, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is bringing back its Christmas at the Princess holiday extravaganza starting in mid-November through Jan. 6, 2024. It will feature 7.5 million lights, a 94-foot Ferris wheel, two 6,000 sq ft outdoor ice skating rinks, an ice slide, photos with Santa Claus, musical tree, holiday light show, Princess Express holiday train and an ice bar chilled to a cool 20 degrees and serving cocktails. Guests can also earn and redeem their Accor All Live Limitless points during their stay. Hotel guests enjoy complimentary access while visitors pay $35 for advance admission. Proceeds from the event go to support Thunderbirds Charities.
Holiday happenings at The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Resort
This Charlotte hotel hosts a series of holiday happenings that attracts both guests and locals. There are special holiday meals, activities for kids, a toy drive, a gingerbread house contest supporting a local children’s hospital and a New Year’s Eve party.
Tropical vacation holiday packages at Grand Wailea
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui, is offering a host of seasonal packages this winter. But, you will want to act fast. Each of the various packages has its own website with restrictions. These include the Island Holiday package or Sunshine+Holidays package, which must be booked by Dec. 7 for stays during Christmas week or a Tropical New Year package. It must be booked by Dec. 14 for stays between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3, 2024. Guests can earn Hilton Honors points and benefits during their stay, too.
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