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10 Resorts & Hotels Around the World with Festive Celebrations 2023, Part 1

by Mary Melnick

Nov 20, 2023

© Borgo San Vincenzo


With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages.


Hotel Belmar

Escape the chilly weather this holiday season and head to Hotel Belmar, located along the mountain ranges of Costa Rica. Hotel Belmar is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and culinary enthusiasts. The hotel features 26 guestrooms and a suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, private soaking tubs, showers with forest views, and large terraces overlooking the mountains and ocean. This holiday season, the hotel celebrates the holidays with live music and jazz at Restaurante Celajes, DJ sets and concerts at Cervecería Belmar Tap Room & Beer Garden, and family-style menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Borgo San Vincenzo

For travelers looking for an enchanting winter escape in a picturesque, small-town setting, Borgo San Vincenzo is Tuscany’s newest luxury boutique hotel, located in Montepulciano, Italy. The hotel offers a one-of-a-kind personalized experience, including a tour from above in a hot-air balloon, winery cooking classes, truffle-hunting adventures and olive oil tasting. Holiday lovers should head to Montepulciano for the largest Christmas Village in Central Italy. In Piazza Grande, check out the Christmas Market featuring artisan stalls, perfect for finding holiday gifts. Families will be delighted to see Fortezza transformed into Castello di Babbo Natale, Santa’s Castle, for the holidays.


Coco Collection

Located in the Maldives, Coco Collection, comprised of two boutique island resorts, provides guests with plenty of holiday fun this season. Mixing authentic Maldivian culture with an eco-forward approach, the resort offers delicious dining experiences, classic holiday traditions and giveaways. Enjoy holiday karaoke, DJ dance parties, special kids club features, a visit from Santa Claus, New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala and more.


Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Through Christmas Day, Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s lobby comes to life as a winter wonderland. Open to the community and guests alike, all can enjoy the spectacle of snow falling from the hotel’s towering ceilings onto hanging stars, garland and an oversized Christmas tree. Snow falls Monday–Friday, 5– p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Every Friday in December, guests dressed up in their favorite ugliest holiday sweater will receive 15 percent off at Eclipse Kitchen & Bar.


Swissôtel Chicago

Swissôtel Chicago’s Santa Suite makes a return for its 10th consecutive season. Santa Claus is set to check into Swissôtel Chicago’s presidential suite, debuting a Holiday Jewel theme. Once you step into the suite, you’ll be transported into a world of enchantment. The suite features 17 Christmas trees, 12 decorated to represent birthstones, casting a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the space. The wonderland overlooks the city, Chicago River and Lake Michigan.




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