Winter Getaways – The Luxury Hotel Edit

Whether close to home or further afield, we all dream of adventures to brighten up long, cold winter nights. Treat yourself to something extra special this winter with one of our hand-picked luxury hotel getaways.

 

Now for the hard part, which to choose?

The Plaza, New York City

When dreaming of a white Christmas we all dream of Manhattan. A winter escape a little further afield will be entirely worth it to experience the age old extravagance of New York’s most iconic residence. Setting the standard for luxury for more than a century, The Plaza Hotel New York is a testament to timeless elegance. An iconic Manhattan hotel, The Plaza is the top choice for VIPs, celebrities and those looking for something totally extra.

The Plaza redefines opulence, with its butler service, gilded bar, exquisite afternoon tea and old-world charm bedroom interiors. For a true taste of luxury, opt for one of their legendary One of a Kind Suites that deliver unrivaled splendor, grandeur, and comfort and are completely unique in design.

Each has been meticulously fashioned around a theme inspired by the iconic history of The Plaza. Built in 1907, the iconic structure was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1969, so by staying there you’re not only fulfilling your most luxurious dreams, you’re also experiencing one of the finest hotels in history.

 

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Meet quintessential Dutch elegance in an intricate maze of 25 connecting Golden Age canal houses. This hidden neighborhood features: intimate guest rooms, tranquil inner gardens, meeting & event spaces, a garden café, a hotel bar and a restaurant that serves simple yet beautifully crafted dishes. Pulitzer Amsterdam is a unique blend of up-market, traditional and modern Dutch craftsmanship hidden amongst the city’s iconic canals.

Known for its cosy Christmas markets, twinkling streets and Sinterklaas celebrations; Amsterdam is the perfect place to escape to this winter and revel in festive cheer.  In celebration of the season, iconic five-star hotel, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering guests the chance to have the ultimate Christmas stay with the ‘A Touch of Christmas’ package. Guests booking the package can check-in to one of the hotel’s beautifully-designed guestrooms (many with gorgeous canal views) where they will be greeted with a host of festive treats – think miniature Christmas trees, wintery amenities and festive delicacies – as well as warming Christmas cocktails in Pulitzer’s Bar and a tour of Amsterdam’s canals during the Amsterdam Light Festival on Pulitzer’s very own salon boat!

 

1898, The Post, Ghent

Standing tall in the heart of Ghent, the magnificent 1898 The Post offers an unrivalled luxury offering to this picturesque Belgian city. Ghent already boasts an abundance of trendy restaurants and bars dotted along its famous canal and 1898 The Post provides the city with a worthy place for discerning travellers to rest their heads. The hotel is located in the upper floors of Ghent’s historic post office building, offering its guests some of the best views in the city. 1898 The Post features 38 keys and an atmospheric cocktail bar ‘The Cobbler’ offering welcome respite after a day’s exploration. Moreover, “The Kitchen” is a cosy space with an open fireplace offering guests a delicious American buffet-style breakfast, a selection of fresh and seasonal light dishes for lunch and afternoon tea with home baked pastries.

All guest rooms are decorated in a warm style with high ceilings, dark green walls and antique furniture complementing the building’s late 19th century architecture. The natural, earthy colours used in the interior design combine to create a local sense of place yet also giving guests the relaxed feeling of being at home.

1898 The Post faces the Graslei Canal and is within close proximity to many of the city’s prime attractions. The Cathedrals of St. Bavo and Gravensteen are just a five minute walk from the hotel whilst an array of the city’s best restaurants and cafes are situated right on the hotel’s doorstep. With many events held throughout the year and a beautiful Christmas market taking place in December and January each year, Ghent is gradually making its presence known and is perfect winter getaway destination.

 

Le Chalet, Megéve

Situated just outside of the town centre, yet only a five minute drive from the slopes, and boasting 12 rooms and suites, Le Chalet by Zannier offers guests a luxurious hideaway in the French Alps.   A mountain hideaway comprising three authentic alpine-style chalets, Le Chalet by Zannier’s interiors have been designed in a minimalist way with earthy colours and warm lightings creating a cosy atmosphere and classic Alpine experience for guests.

Megève offers a plethora of exciting sporting and cultural events. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy various international skiing competitions throughout the season or watch curling tournaments in the resort’s impressive sports centre. Meanwhile families will be enchanted by the traditional Christmas market and Megève’s giant Christmas tree which sparkles on the Place du Village throughout the festive season.

After a day of exploration guests can curl up by the fire in their private suite or relax and unwind in the adult-only spa with indoor relaxation pool, hammam, sauna, and treatment rooms. The in-house restaurant, La Ferme de Mon Père, serves authentic cuisine using only seasonal ingredients sourced from the best producers. Post-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the bar which houses an impressive whisky collection. Whilst, the wine bar offers carefully selected wines and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

The Beaumont, London

 A few minutes’ walk from some of London’s finest art galleries, luxury shops and restaurants, The Beaumont provides the perfect base to explore London.

Having opened its doors in 2014 following an extensive design process, The Beaumont boasts a number of distinctive features: The American Bar and The Colony Grill Room have quickly become a magnet for London’s people ‘in the know’ whilst The Cub Room is a cosy private bar and lounge exclusively for the hotel’s guests.

The luxury five-star hotel has 73 rooms, of which 23 are studios and suites. All rooms are elegantly designed in a soft Art Deco style, with original artwork and antiques. Bathrooms are luxurious, with white and black mosaic tiles and underfloor heating. An iconic feature is Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley’s extraordinary, three-storey inhabitable sculpture, ROOM. The opulent and versatile Roosevelt Suite can be opened up to occupy the entire fifth floor, encompassing five bedrooms, with a large terrace.

The Beaumont Spa is open for treatments to hotel and outside clients daily and is the perfect place for those wanting to hideaway from the frosty temperatures outside. The sleek Art Deco Spa is equipped with a heated marble hamam table, a sauna, a steam room, a cold plunge pool and ice bar.

 

The Machrie Hotel & Links, Islay

Recently opened and set in the dunes of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, The Machrie, is an exceptional hotel for this truly breathtaking Island. Home to some of the world’s finest whiskies, birdlife, seafood, dramatic coastal seascapes, and famous golf links, The Machrie, boasting 47 rooms, including suites and lodges, will provide the perfect base for those looking to explore this beautiful island.

Perfectly positioned for golf enthusiasts, The Machrie acts as a brilliant backdrop to a newly remodelled 18th hole golf course guided by DJ Russell, a former European Ryder Cup Vice Captain and designer of the Archerfield Links.   Russell has kept many of the best original holes and features and made the course wonderfully appealing to the modern player. After an invigorating round of golf, guests can unwind in The Machrie’s Spa complete with treatment rooms, sauna and gym.

Guests of The Machrie can enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as shooting, stalking and fishing, catering for both the experienced adventurer and the novice, with a gun cabinet for shooting parties and kennels for working dogs. The hotel itself will be dog friendly with rooms set aside for guests and their canine companions.

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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