The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us. With twinkling lights, lavish feasts, and cherished time spent with loved ones, there’s so much to look forward to as the festive season approaches.
And for those who prefer to celebrate with a trip away, we have three iconic hotels and resorts who are going above and beyond to deliver joyful stays this December.
Here’s where to stay in London, Oman and the UAE during the festive season.
Claridge’s | London
A winter wonderland like no other, this legendary Mayfair hotel and its timeless festive spirit promise an utterly unforgettable Christmas.
Check in for a very special three-night celebration, beginning with greetings from Claridge’s spectacular tree, this year created by Louis Vuitton. Guests will then be escorted to their room or suite to enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne and yuletide treats underneath their very own Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve, children can place mince pies and carrots on the mantlepiece as they eagerly await the arrival of Father Christmas and his reindeer.
The morning of the 25th brings a choir singing carols, horse-drawn carriage rides around Mayfair, and a festive feast with all the trimmings for a truly magical day.
Six Senses Zighy Bay | Oman
If your dream festive season involves a laid-back exotic holiday, then a visit to Six Senses Zighy Bay belongs on your wish list this year. A hidden jewel in Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, just a 2.5-hour scenic drive from Dubai, Six Senses Zighy Bay will be embracing the holiday spirit to deliver a range of festivities for their guests.
The resort’s contemporary fine dining restaurant, Sense On The Edge, invites guests to spend Christmas Eve taking in azure waters of the bay while experiencing a bespoke 5 or 7-course Kaiseki-style dinner. The pristine main beach will also play host to a range of sumptuous buffet dinners under the stars including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, culminating with a spectacular New Year’s Eve affair.
Staying true to its ongoing mission to promote the rich heritage of Oman, guests staying during the festive period will be given a unique opportunity to embark on adventures such as meeting the turtles, making scented candles, or discovering the region’s beauty with paragliding. Don’t miss the chance to try Intuitive Tarot Counselling at Six Senses Spa with Visiting Practitioner, Banu, as you prepare for another year ahead.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab | UAE
Create festive memories nestled within the captivating red dunes of the Empty Quarter, home to one of the world’s most iconic resorts – Anantara Qasr Al Sarab.
Christmas Eve will see Father Christmas appear from the Rub’ al Khali desert, bearing gifts for little guests and setting the tone for an evening of festivities with loved ones. Guests can choose between a special festive feast at the resort’s multi-cuisine eatery, Al Waha, an enchanting dining experience at Sama, or a 5-course dinner at Suhail, the refined rooftop steakhouse.
The resort will also be ringing in the New Year in style with a plethora of celebrations. For those looking for something uniquely wonderful, a night sleeping under the stars at Camp Nujum, the resort’s luxury campsite in the Liwa desert, promises a unique and unforgettable start to 2024.