December 3, 2013 (London) – As the holiday season is fast approaching, Dorchester Collection has introduced new eGift Cards to get your holiday shopping done in a snap. With values ranging from approximately £50 to £2,000 (approx. $80 to $3,180) and valid indefinitely at each of the collection’s 10 hotels, your shopping solution is just a click away at www.dorchestercollection.com/en/hotel-gift-cards. Give the gift of creating memories at one of the world’s foremost collection of 5-star hotels during the holidays or anytime.
Dorchester Collection hotels will be celebrating the holidays in style with festive dining, themed spa specials, art exhibitions, creative packages, and gala New Year’s Eve celebrations to remember, including:
Cheers to Holiday Festivities in London and Ascot
At The Dorchester, guests will be able to embellish their rooms and suites with their choice of Christmas wreath, Christmas tree, and mince pie amenities. Take the edge off the holidays with martinis at The Bar at China Tang or a Festive Afternoon Tea (starting at £55, approx. $88) – or both! Every restaurant will have special holiday dining, including Christmas lunch and dinner through December at The Grill and a special Christmas Menu at three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse. If you like holiday wreaths – don’t miss the Festive Floral Masterclass at the Spatisserie, offering expert guidance from the hotel’s florist, with Afternoon Tea and a nail treatment included, £250, approx. $400.
45 Park Lane in London is offering an exclusive exhibition of themed prints by iconic British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, on display in all public areas through January 11, 2014. The rare showing will reveal a selection of pieces – all for sale – including Found Art, Pearl Buttons, The Aquarium, and the Wooden Puzzle Series. The Blake exhibit is the latest entry in an exciting year of art initiatives at 45 Park Lane. Guests can also enjoy tempting holiday dining options: Christmas Menu with musical accompaniment at CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s first and only restaurant in Europe; a three-course New Year’s Day brunch menu created by executive chef David McIntyre, with American sides such as Roasted Chestnuts, (£65, approx. $104 per person); Celebrate December at Bar 45, with a bottle of Besserat de Bellefon “Cuvée des Moines” NV Champagne accompanied by four appetizers to share, (£45, approx. $72.); and the Media Room will offer private dining for up to 12 guests, with selections from its newly launched private dining menus. Guests wishing to linger can book the Suite Celebration Package at £75 (approx. $120) per room/per night with credit for in-room dining, drinks and appetizers at Bar 45 or dinner at CUT. £834, approximately $1,345 per night, including VAT and breakfast; two-night minimum; valid through December 31.
Enjoy a two – or three – day holiday escape with Christmas at Coworth Park. The package starts with Christmas Afternoon Tea before taking Midnight Communion with round trip transfer to Holy Trinity Church in Sunningdale. The festive fun includes everything from holiday dining to holiday movies; Santa Segway races and a falconry display; a wine tasting masterclass for adults to evening cookies and stories for children. From £850 approx. $1,368 including VAT and breakfast for two nights; £1,275, approx. $2,054 per person for three nights; valid from December 24; New Year’s Eve from £525, approx. $845.
Sweetness at Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA
Homage will be paid to one of the most treasured children’s book characters with the Spoonful of Sugar Holiday Tea at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air and the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Celebrating the anticipated release of Saving Mr. Banks, a biographical film focused on the 1964 Walt Disney blockbuster, Mary Poppins, children of all ages will enjoy a whimsical menu with treats including Medicine-Go-Down cupcakes, Parasol Cookies, and Admiral Boom’s Grilled cheese. Every guest also receives a copy of the classic storybook. $49 per person; available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm every Friday and Saturday from November 29-December 31.
Additionally, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air and the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel won’t be missing a beat this holiday season, with Christmas Eve Dinner, and Lunch and Dinner on Christmas Day. Toast the season with new cocktails at The Bar & Lounge at Hotel Bel-Air and sip traditional classics such as “Spiked Eggnog” at the Polo Lounge. Enjoy a Signature Manicure with a holiday sweet and cocktail at Spa by La Prairie at either hotel, ($75, including a spa gift valued at $100.) The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air are also offering an LA Winter Escape including $75 daily breakfast credit, two holiday cocktails, and a $250 hotel credit which can be used between the sister properties. Package from $500/night.
Festive Family Package at Le Meurice, Paris
Feel the magic of Paris through the holidays at Le Meurice. The historic palace is well placed for spreading good cheer, with easy convenience to shopping on rue Saint-Honoré or Place Vendôme and strolling and ice-skating in Tuileries Garden. Book a room or suite for two with the Festivities in Paris Package and enjoy 50% off a second room for children, extended family or friends. Package from €895, approx. $1,208 for a deluxe room, including VAT, service and city tax; valid through December 27, 2013.
Holiday Goodies by the “Trunk Load” from Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
With its refurbishment underway, Hôtel Plaza Athénée will not be accommodating guests for the holidays. However, the red-trimmed hotel in the heart of Paris will be on the tip of travelers’ taste buds just the same with the latest Traditional Christmas Log from Christophe Michalak. The head pastry chef has fashioned a delightful “Travelling Trunk” of chocolate, which when “opened” reveals an elegant bed of crisp crunchy praline under a creamy layer of Caribbean chocolate covered with a coconut biscuit. With light coconut mousse topped with tropical coulis, it’s a sublime creation. Limited edition – serves six; available at Le Meurice in Paris for €125, approx. $170 and The Dorchester in London for £110, approx. $177 until December 26, 2013.
Hungry for the Holidays at Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Hotel Principe di Savoia will offer a special brunch every Sunday through December 22, with the opportunity for young guests to prepare delicious Christmas biscuits to take home. Principe Christmas Tea will be offered daily from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The hotel will also set the table for Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch, a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and New Year’s Day Lunch with delicacies such as Slice of amberjack fish with hazelnut layer, Dijon mustard & red orange sauce, Oven-baked leg of lamb, yellow and red potatoes millefeuilles with onion & cinnamon jam.
Whatever holiday meal hits the spot, share it with a Christmas Family Package with 50% off an additional room (or an additional room for FREE when booking a suite). The package also includes a welcome gift for children, Milanese Panettone, buffet breakfast, €50 (approx. $67) credit per room/per stay for lunch at Acanto or il Salotto, complimentary entrance to Club 10 Fitness & Beauty, and daily complimentary car service to and from the city center. From €330, approx. $445 for a classic room, taxes and breakfast included; valid December 13, 2013-January 12, 2014.
Christmas Markets to Skiing with Le Richemond, Geneva
Relax with the family or hit the slopes? For holiday travelers who can’t decide, Le Richemond offers both. There is something for every generation with a Christmas Family Package including shopping for traditional items crafted by local artisans at a Christmas market on the hotel’s lakeside terrace, followed by gourmet hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and hot-spiced apple juice or steaming hot cider for families. For guests wanting to take advantage of Le Richemond’s proximity to Verbier, Gstaad, Megeve and Chamonix, the Designer Christmas Package offers a luxuriously hassle-free ski holiday. Upon arrival, guests are offered a complimentary servicing of ski equipment from one of the hotel’s sports experts, and guides and instructors of the highest caliber can be reserved by the hotel’s concierge. There will also be personal shoppers on hand at the hotel from leading brands such as Moncler, Bogner and Chanel to provide guests with outfit additions before embracing the slopes. To travel and ski in ultimate style, the hotel can arrange a heli-ski service to take guests directly to and from the slopes at an additional price. After a long-day skiing, guests are offered an in-room sports massage and a nourishing Ski Tea, followed by an evening of relaxed in-room dining or dinner in the highly acclaimed signature restaurant, Le Jardin. Pricing for packages upon request.
Celebrating on the Rooftop at Hotel Eden, Rome
Get in the spirit in the heart of the Old City at Hotel Eden, Rome. The newest member of Dorchester Collection is planning memorable festivities from the night before Christmas through the New Year. Unwrap Christmas Eve at Michelin-starred rooftop La Terrazza dell’ Eden, where Executive Chef Fabio Ciervo will create an unforgettable dinner with menu items such as Scallops and Jerusalem artichoke mash with Opalys chocolate essence flavor with pepper, (€220, approx. $296 per person). On Christmas Day, lunch will feature traditional delights and finish with Crunchy Panettone complimented by nougat ice cream with Grand Marnier sauce, (€160, approx. $215). On the last night of the year, Chef Ciervo will feature his special menus and after midnight, honor the Italian tradition of “cotechino” with lentils. Extraordinary views of the city’s New Year’s fireworks display and dancing will unfold at Il Giardino. New Year’s Eve Gala €750, approx. $1,012 including Grand Cru Italian wine.
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the US, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; Le Richemond, Geneva; and Hotel Eden, Rome.