There’s no place like home on vacation unless, of course, you’re staying in one of those luxury hotels.
The Ritz Carlton Club, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
As Perry Como says in his famous Christmas song, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Although this song is catchy, the message does not ring true for everyone. Traveling during the holiday season can bring feelings of joy and adventure that can’t be replicated by sitting at home. Some travelers prefer to venture to New England for fun vacation events, while others prefer to get away from the cold by visiting warm American cities.
Holidays can be joyful when celebrated in the right hotel. Some hotels ensure that decorations, activities, meals and events provide visitors with plenty of holiday spirit. Cozy suites and lounges also make these spaces a home away from home while on vacation.
10/10 The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (Truckee, CA)
There are many reasons to book a trip to Lake Tahoe, from crystal clear waters to delicious local restaurants. For those dreaming of a white Christmas, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers snow-capped mountain views and easy access to the Northstar California ski slopes. The rooms also offer the perfect home away from home ambience, with gas fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. Most importantly, the Ritz-Carlton is providing plenty of holiday spirit with its 16 Days of Wonder program, December 18 through January 2. Some festive activities include:
9/10 Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek, CO)
Beaver Creek is one of the best ski resorts in Colorado and a perfect place for a vacation getaway. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is located at the base of the mountain resort, known for its proximity to some of the best skiing in the west. Park Hyatt is the perfect vacation home for families. The newly completed McCoy Park features 250 acres of terrain for beginners and young skiers to explore. The hotel’s expansive outdoor patio provides a comfortable place for families to gather and enjoy the deluxe seating, fire pits, and breathtaking views of the snow-capped slopes.
8/10 The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (St. Thomas, USVI)
For travelers looking to break away from vacation norms and celebrate the most beautiful time of the year in a warm, sunny location, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is the perfect vacation home. The lush tropical flora and bright blue water are complemented by cheerful holiday decorations, and the beachside cabanas make a charming place to exchange gifts on Christmas Day. There are endless amounts of holiday festivities at the Ritz-Carlton this season, including:
Seasonal spa treatments
Christmas ornament decoration
Scavenger hunt to find an elf
The complete list of activities can be found in the holiday brochure.
7/10 Tampa Marriott Water Street and JW Marriott Tampa Water Street (Tampa, Florida)
For many, a warm Christmas is more ideal than a white Christmas. Florida has always been a popular travel destination during the cold winter months, and the Tampa Marriott Water Street and JW Marriott Tampa Water Street are stylish Florida hotels perfect for snowbirds. The two hotels are connected by an air bridge and each is bustling with festive activities. Walk through each building and admire the ornate decorations, then visit one of the hotel restaurants for a special holiday meal prepared by skillful chefs.
6/10 Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)
The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa creates an environment that is the perfect balance between a soothing home and an exciting cultural experience. The resort has a modern feel while incorporating elements of Grand Cayman culture and traditions. The holiday season is a special time at Kimpton Seafire, with seasonal activities such as:
Holiday Sip & Shop Event
Gingerbread man decorating
brunch ugly sweater
A full list of holiday activities can be found in the holiday brochure.
5/10 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (Sarasota, Florida)
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is pulling out all the stops this holiday season. The hotel’s Healing Garden will be transformed into a comfortable living space, ideal for families to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Santa and his reindeer will also call Sarasota their home away from home this season, as Santa and his furry friends have several bike events scheduled at the Ritz-Carlton. Other charming vacation activities include:
4/10 Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
New Orleans has more to offer than Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. This Louisiana town is also a great place for a charming vacation getaway away from home. Local festivities include singing in Jackson Square, walking along the decorated Canal Street, and sipping a drink at a Christmas-themed bar. The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel also offers endless festive activities with the Papa Noel Vacation Package. The hotel’s decorations are also unique, combining New Orleans elements with traditional Christmas decor. Peek up at the lobby ceiling to see Santa in a sleigh pulled by alligators instead of regular reindeer! Those visiting between November 30 and December 30 will have the chance to be immersed in the city’s festivities with a Christmas lights tour of NOLA’s most famous street and a Celebration in the Oak light exhibit. The experience can be booked online directly with the hotel concierge, Joieful.
3/10 Martinique New York on Broadway, Curio Collection by Hilton (New York, NY)
Winter in New York is truly a magical time, and Martinique New York on Broadway, Curio Collection by Hilton is located in a prime downtown location. Centrally located in Herald Square, this luxury hotel is close to dozens of bus and tube routes. The hotel is also located across from Macy’s, the best place to shop for holiday gifts. Early Edition, the hotel’s main restaurant, is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and sip a cocktail. End the evening watching the winter snowfall from the hotel room window while getting cozy and watching a Christmas movie on TV.
2/10 Waldorf Astoria Park City (Park City, Utah)
Travelers looking to ski during the holiday season should explore Waldorf Astoria Park City. This 5-star hotel has direct access to Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States. Outdoor adventures get guests’ adrenaline pumping, while cozy evenings around the fire provide a home away from home. The glistening snow is not the only festive feature of this hotel, however. Some vacation activities at Waldorf Astoria Park City include:
1/10 Park Hyatt Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The Park Hyatt Chicago offers an urban home away from home this holiday season. From sparkling decorations to snow showers straight out of a Hallmark movie, this hotel is filled with holiday cheer. Just cross the street to the new Ralph Lauren Cafe for a hot drink, then shop Michigan Avenue. No stay is complete without a meal at the famous NoMI Kitchen, located inside the hotel. The seasonal menu will have guests salivating before the dishes even arrive at the table.
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