|Luxury launches website VeryFirstTo.com launches the Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip enabling travellers the opportunity to stay in 10 of the world’s finest hotels and witness their famous decorations over the course of a whirlwind 18 day trip.
Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo, Superbrands and Cool BrandLeaders says, “This is a trip for those who really want to immerse themselves in the joyful decorations of Christmas, each of the hotels on the trip are world renowned for having the boldest, brightest and most impressive Christmas Decorations.”
The first stop is the Plaza in New York City a hotel that has played host to many a Christmas movie including Home Alone 2 and with its enormous tree, really embodies Christmas magic. From there it is off the to The Mission Inn in Riverside California, the iconic, AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel is celebrating the 25th Anniversary Of Lights this year with a whopping 5 million lights!
The next stop on the tour is the Fairmont Princess in Arizona, considered one of the best and brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, this year is set to be more magical and more spectacular than ever. The AAA Five Diamond resort is transformed into a winter wonderland in the desert during its Christmas at the Princess festival, glistening with a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice skating rink, Princess Express trains, Lagoon Lights (4.5 million to be exact), holiday characters, new shows and attractions, and, of course, Santa’s Secret Headquarters.
Dallas’ Hotel Crescent Court (after a $30m refurbishment) plays host to an annual Gingerbread Extravaganza Workshop featuring more than 20 varieties of colourful candy and icing. Kids and adults alike can see, make and taste their very own confectionary cookie-castles. Rounding up the US Leg of the tour and keeping with the Gingerbread theme is the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton and its Gingerbread Pirate Ship with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate. A holiday icon, the Gingerbread Pirate Ship provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday picture.
The beach calls as does the festive cheer of the Cayman Islands, they may not have snow but the Ritz Grand Cayman offers stunning beach and pool side views as well as stunning decorations and fun activities for the family including a holiday treat cart, all under the sun.
Jetting into London the famous Claridge’s Christmas Tree awaits, which this year is designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The tree has long been a seasonal landmark and symbolises the start of the festive season in the capital, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its design. This is the eighth year that Claridge’s has invited a creative visionary to reinterpret the tree in his own distinctive style.
Other highlights of the journey in Europe include the George V Paris, one of Paris’ oldest hotels where the decorations are legendary. In Zurich The Dolder Grand recreates the magical, fairy-tale atmosphere of a winter wonderland. Set in an elevated location offering breath taking panoramic views of the snow-capped Alps and Lake Zurich. Finally, the holiday comes to an end in Prague at the über stylish Hotel Josef. Expect design-led decorations a stone’s throw from the famous Christmas markets of the city.
The exceptional vacation is organised by award winning, luxury travel specialists Hurlingham Travel.
To purchase The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip visit VeryFirstTo.com
For further information, interviews and images contact Amar Thapen on 020 7871 0487 (Amar.T@VeryFirstTo.com).
A donation of £1000 will be made to The Prince’s Trust charity should the trip be purchased.
18 Days based on leaving on the 20th December
Based on 2 people sharing (Children are welcome on the trip and the price will be amended accordingly upon application)
Business class flights and business seat on Eurostar
Junior Suites in each hotel except Grand Cayman (Ocean View Room)
Includes breakfast and return airport transfers
Hotels are subject to availability
The trip is costed to begin in London bit can be adjusted to have alternate starting location, additional costs maybe incurred.
FULL LIST OF DESTINATIONS + HOTELS
London to New York – 2 nights Plaza New York, NY
New York to LAX – 2 nights Mission Inn Riverside, CA
LAX to Phoenix – 2 nights Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, AZ
Phoenix to Dallas -2 nights Hotel Crescent Court, TX
Dallas to Jacksonville – 2 nights The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, FL
Jacksonville to Cayman – 3 nights Ritz Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Cayman to London – 2 nights Claridge’s, London
London to Paris – 1 night George V, Paris
Paris to Zurich – 1 night The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Zurich to Prague – 1 night in The Josef.
Prague to London
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