7 luxury hotels around the world that are perfect for a festive season staycation
These properties on Booking.com will wow you
Fans of glitz and glamour have a unique opportunity to make their holiday season bright by booking a stay at the House of Sparkle, a 2,000 square foot townhouse in London, decked from ground floor to roof in glitter, sequins and shimmer, available for booking exclusively on Booking.com from December 7 to 9. If you’re not able to book a stay at the House of Sparkle, here are 7 equally dazzling accommodations around the world that are ideal for this festive season:
Wake up to a view of Florida's bright blue seas during your festive stay
Join the glitterati heading to Miami’s palm-lined, white sandy beaches, and book a stay at the oceanfront Acqualina Resort & Spa. Here, suites bedecked in crystal and silvery silk fabric boast private balconies overlooking Florida’s turquoise seas.
Antiques and gold leaf and fresco-covered walls at the glitzy Hôtel de Crillon
Between Paris’ tree-lined Champs-Elysées, the Jardin de Tuileries and the Louvres, lies the palatial Hôtel de Crillon. With antiques aplenty, gold leaf and fresco-covered walls and chandeliers, it’s about as glitzy as it gets. Enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower from the hotel, or step outside to watch a play at the grand Art Deco Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Soak up fine art at the Petit Palais museum, or dine at at one of the multitude of classic Parisian brasseries that dot the area.
Miles of ivory marble and views of the Arabian Gulf from this lavish hotel
Located on the tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah island, this is one of the most lavish Waldorf Astorias in the world. A hotel made for pampering yourself, it’s surrounded by super yachts and malls filled with designer boutiques. It boasts of its own private beach, six fine-dining restaurants and two swimming pools. The decor — featuring floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Arabian Gulf, countless chandeliers and miles of ivory marble — drips with decadence.
Enjoy panoramic views of Shanghai from this flawless hotel
With glittering panoramic views of Shanghai’s waterfront and its illuminated, skyscraper-studded skyline, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai guarantees a dazzling stay. Fusing opulent designs from the Tang Dynasty with Oriental style luxury, the aesthetic is flawless. And with nine on-site restaurants and a spa, it’s the perfect option for an indulgent festive getaway.
Live like royalty by taking a dip in Riad Melhoun's resplendent, mosaic plunge pool
Treat yourself to a festive escape by living like royalty at this exquisite Moroccan riad. With resplendent suites bordering a lantern-lit, exotic plant-filled courtyard, guests have access to the mosaic plunge pool as well as a rooftop terrace overlooking the city’s medina. And just a short walk away, you’ll find the magnificent El Badi and Bahia Palaces, as well as the Jardins Majorelles, a glorious botanical garden once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent, the fashion designer.
Traditional welcome with a cultural ceremony and beating of the ‘raban drums’
Located on a cliff in a large coconut plantation with panoramic sea view, Anantara Peace Haven offers 32 5-star private villas featuring individual plunge pools and personalised butlers. Pamper yourself at the Anatara Spa with a traditional Ayurvedic massage or enjoy a wine-tasting and pairing session with the wine gurus. You could even drive down the city to see the infamous Galle Fort or head to the Yala National Park to see the elephants and leopards. End the day at the Sri Lankan-inspired Teppanyaki beach restaurant or at the cliffside Italian restaurant, Il Mare, which affords a mesmerising view of the ocean. Discover unparalleled luxury, authentic experience and modern amenities at this beachfront property.
Arrive in style in a classic horse-driven carriage that transports you from the palace gates
Feel like royalty as you experience the Nizami grandeur at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. This property features a perfect blend of colonial and Indian designs and epitomises 19th century magnificence. The former residence of the Nizam has been lovingly restored to ensure you have a memorable experience. Watch history come alive as you enjoy the heritage walk within the property which showcases beautifully crafted objects from around the world or step outside to see the historical Charminar monument, the Chaumallah Palace and Banjara Hills.