Christmas Escape

Looking for somewhere romantic for a whirlwind Christmas? These hotels are the perfect last minute escape.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

During Christmas, Amsterdam turns into a fairy-tale destination, complete with markets, canal cruises and illuminated art exhibitions. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is ideally located to explore the many Christmas markets, located in the heart of the city on the historic Herengracht. The hotel will be offering a full festive menu at the renowned two Michelin-starred Librije’s Zusje restaurant including a seven course menu featuring zeeuwse lobster, langoustine with black pudding and whole hare served with Brussel Sprouts. Each course is paired with accompanying wines.

Rates at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam over the Christmas period start from R11,010 per room per night on a B&B basis. 

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Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Christmas is one of the most beautiful times to be in Rome. The narrow streets of the historic centre light up with strings of Christmas lights while enormous Christmas trees are erected in the most iconic piazzas, including in front of the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Sparkling lights and decorations adorn the prestigious Rome Cavalieri over the festive season. Guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments in time for New Year at the Grand Spa Club or feast on innovative creations by Heinz Beck at La Pergola, the only three Michelin starred restaurant in Rome. Heinz Beck has curated a special Christmas menu featuring lobster in spicy ‘nduja crust on almond cream, capon tortellini with pumpkin purée and cosmopolitan of John Dory, squid and red shrimp.

Rates at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts over the Christmas period start from R5,078 per room per night on a B&B basis.


Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Guests can enjoy an eight course gourmet Christmas Eve dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Gordon Ramsey au Trianon, offering exquisite French cuisine against the backdrop of the Parc de Versailles. Welcome in the New Year at Gordon Ramsey au Trianon with a nine course dinner featuring the likes of roasted Scottish scallops, braised wild turbot and black truffle brie de meure.

Rates at Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel over the Christmas period start from R4,417 per room per night on a B&B basis.


Conrad Dubai

 With average December temperatures of 26 °C, Dubai is an idyllic paradise for all those chasing the sun this Christmas period. At Conrad Dubai, guests can cosy up on the night before Christmas at the hotel’s trendy wine bar, Cave. Festivities will be kicked off with a seasonal three course banquet prepared by their dedicated chefs. On Christmas Day, guests can feast on an all-day Christmas brunch at Ballarò, complete with a live band, children’s play area and a visit from Father Christmas himself.

To round off these yule tide celebrations, welcome in the New Year with a gourmet spread at Ballarò, offering unlimited charcuteries and artisanal cheese, paired with fine wines from all across the globe selected by the restaurant’s master sommeliers.

Rates at Conrad Dubai over the Christmas period start from R6,190 per room per night on a B&B basis.


Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Waldorf Astoria Dubai’s seasonal offerings are just the trick for those looking for an indulging break. To begin the countdown to Christmas, guests can indulge in treats and cocktails at the hotel’s annual Christmas tree lighting at Peacock Alley on the 8th December with resident carollers singing soulful melodies throughout the night. A festive afternoon tea will also be on offer at Peacock Alley over the course of the month.

On Christmas Eve, guests can feast on a gourmet six-course festive menu created by the world-renowned three Michelin starred chef Heinz Beck at Social by Heinz Beck. Christmas Day serves up a brunch at the Mezzerie with some of Waldorf Astoria’s most iconic culinary creations including Red Velvet cake and the Waldorf salad.

Rates at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah over the Christmas period start from R10,469 per room per night on a B&B basis. 


Conrad Dublin

 The recently refurbished Conrad Dublin offers the perfect setting to enjoy the festivities with gourmet dining, contemporary accommodation and stylish surroundings. Receive a traditional Irish welcome of warm mulled wine and mince pies on Christmas Eve and gather in the evening for festive gourmandises and a handcrafted cocktail at Lemuel’s. Experience fine-dining at its best at The Coburg Brasserie serving up a lavish Christmas Day lunch. Father Christmas will also make a special appearance for those younger guests.

The two night Christmas package at Conrad Dublin starts from R8596 approx per person based on two people sharing, including accommodation, breakfast on Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day, festive gourmandises and cocktails on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch.


Conrad London St. James

 Conrad London St. James will be offering plenty of winter warmers this festive season including a Winter Afternoon Tea in Emmeline’s Lounge featuring gourmet treats such as truffled duck & clementine rillettes and Mont Blanc tartlet with chestnuts and cassis. Celebrate Christmas in style with culinary delights at Blue Boar Restaurant with a six course menu serving up Cornish brill and lobster cannelloni and Norfolk bronze turkey.

Rates at Conrad London St. James over the Christmas period start from R6906 per room per night on a B&B basis.