The Festive Season at the Dorchester Collection

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

Capitalising on Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s haute couture positioning, this festive season will welcome the first ever Dior Couture Christmas tree at the heart of the Parisian palace hotel. Representing the special bond between the renowned fashion house and the fashion hotel on avenue Montaigne, from Thursday, December 15, 2016, the hotel lobby will sparkle with all the magical touches of Christmas as the Dior Couture Christmas tree, dressed in gold and white, will stand at its centre.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée will introduce its first ever ‘World of Enchantment’ from Sunday, November 27, 2016 to Thursday, January 5, 2017. Located on the first floor, the hotel will display a charming exhibition in partnership with leading French doll brand Corolle. Easily recognisable for their pretty faces, grace, elegance and vanilla scent, the Corolle “Snow Treasure” dolls are on every little girl’s Christmas wish-list. Guests can then don a pair of skates and enjoy the hotel’s famous ice rink in La Cour Jardin. Accompanying the fairy tale, new pastry chef Angelo Musa, will create a sumptuous festive afternoon tea to complement festivities celebrated throughout the hotel.

This year, the new executive head pastry chef Angelo Musa will unveil a delicious Christmas Yule Log with a milk chocolate coating, a light hazelnut and vanilla cream filling, and a crispy hazelnut biscuit centre. Guests can take a luxurious taste of Hôtel Plaza Athénee and enjoy this delightful Yule Log at home.

The Yule Log is available to purchase from Thursday, December 1, 2016, at €90 (approx. £77) and serves up to eight people. 

Hôtel Plaza Athénee ice rink

Le Meurice, Paris

Guests visiting Le Meurice this Christmas can enjoy a delightful package which includes luxurious accommodation in a room or suite with breakfast and delicious in-room treats, including chocolate sweets from the Manufacture de Chocolat by Alain Ducasse and a bottle of champagne. For those booking a suite, Le Meurice will festively decorate the room, completing the ‘home away from home’ experience with a Christmas tree in the living room.

Available from Sunday, December 11, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017, the package offers rates beginning at €955 (approx. £860) for a Superior Room, €1255 (approx. £1085) for a Superior Junior Suite and €2025 (approx. £1752) for a Superior Suite. 

To celebrate the festive season, pastry chef Cédric Grolet will unveil a Hazelnut Chocolate Yule Log, an original, indulgent creation inspired by his flagship product. Drawing on the classic flavour combination of hazelnut and chocolate, the yule log will delight fans of all ages. Beneath a cloak of gold-brushed chocolate hides a roll of soft sponge and a melted caramel centre. A final crunch of crushed hazelnuts in a feather-light mousse completes the delicious gastronomic experience.

Available for purchase from Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Sunday, December 25, 2016, the Hazelnut Yule Log is priced at €130 (approx. £113) and serves six to eight people. 

The Dorchester, London

The Dorchester has recently unveiled a gingerbread replica of the hotel alongside a children’s Sweet Emporium. The Gingerbread Hotel, a creation dreamt up by the hotel’s executive chef Henry Brosi, measures approximately 180cm in length, 150cm in height, 95cm in width and weighs 150kg. This spectacular creation brings to life elements of The Dorchester’s character, including The Penthouse and Pavillion designed by Oliver Messel, The Grill at The Dorchester, and the hotel’s famous afternoon tea setting, The Promenade.

The Dorchester’s Gingerbread Hotel and Sweet Emporium will be on display at the entrance of The Promenade at The Dorchester until Friday, January 6, 2017. 

The renowned Christmas Carol Afternoon Tea has returned to The Promenade and will run until Sunday, December 18, 2016. Expertly decorated for the festive season, the room will glitter with all the festive touches of Christmas, whilst the sound of a children’s school choir and the resident pianist echo throughout The Promenade. Guests will enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier NV Champagne, Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé or a selection of grand and rare teas, alongside an assortment of finger sandwiches, warm raisin and plain scones served with homemade seasonal jams and Cornish clotted cream, followed by an array of Christmas themed pastries and cakes to conclude the experience.

The Festive Season at The Dorchester encourages guests to enjoy a warm welcome, sumptuous accommodation and famous festive decorations alongside the popular Christmas pop-up, the Sweet Emporium. Guests staying at The Dorchester for the holidays will benefit from 15% off the best available rate on luxurious accommodation for two with breakfast and a surprise festive treat on arrival.

The ‘Festive Season’ package is available from Monday, December 5, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at £387 for a Superior King and £553 for Studio Suites. 

The Dorchester London – gingerbread hotel

45 Park Lane, London

Bringing together all the elements of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24, 2016, executive chef David McIntyre will transform the kitchen of CUT at 45 Park Lane to create an indulgent Thanksgiving banquet with all the traditional trimmings. Guests celebrating this tradition at CUT at 45 Park Lane can also enjoy a cocktail aptly named My Kind of Gravy, which has a fruity Bourbon base, cinnamon, carefully balanced lemon juice and a sweet blueberry compote: a perfect complement to the Thanksgiving dinner.

My Kind of Gravy’ is available throughout November, priced at £15. Three-course Thanksgiving dinner is offered at CUT at 45 Park Lane on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Prices start from £95 per person excluding discretionary service charge. 

Ahead of the jolly season, head bartender Maurizio Palmero has created a festive take on 45 Park Lane’s signature Negroni cocktail. The Holly Spirits cocktail is a bitter and light aperitif combining a nutmeg and clove infused homemade soda with the traditional recipe. Reminiscent of the iconic aromas of winter, the cocktail is created in front of guests thanks to the unique experience offered by BAR 45’s Negroni trolley.

‘Holly Spirits’ is available throughout December, priced from £17. CUT at 45 Park Lane will also be offering set Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Prices start from £150 per person excluding discretionary service charge. 

Guests visiting 45 Park Lane can enjoy contemporary touches to traditional festivities. The relaxed and effortlessly stylish interiors combined with fantastic central Mayfair location offers guests the perfect setting for yule celebrations. With such close proximity to Hyde Park, there is no better place to enjoy a walk through a white Christmas.

The ‘Festive Season’ package is available from Monday, December 5, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at £387 for Superior King and £553 for Studio Suites.

45 Park Lane London

 Coworth Park, Ascot

Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa, has announced the appointment of Adam Smith as executive chef. Former Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year, Craft Guild of Chefs’ Restaurant Chef of the Year and Roux Scholarship Winner, Adam Smith joins Coworth Park to lead a new culinary direction. In his new role, Adam will oversee Restaurant Coworth Park, The Barn, The Bar, The Drawing Room, The Spatisserie, in-room dining for 70 rooms and suites, and banqueting for four private event rooms.

Continuing the popular series of speaker events, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Coworth Park’s new executive chef Adam Smith will take to the stage to present some great tips for making festive Christmas preparations easier. The event will begin at 12.00pm and costs £50 per person, including a glass of champagne on arrival in the Drawing Room and a three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Guests will leave the lunch with one of Adam’s famous Christmas puddings as a gift.

Enjoy a warm welcome for all generations at Coworth Park this season. Guests can relax in the luxurious country house hotel and experience deluxe accommodation for two with breakfast and a delicious festive treat on arrival.

The ‘Festive Season’ package is available from Monday, December 5, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at £264 for a Stable Superior room and £362 for a Mansion House Superior.


Coworth Park, Christmas

Le Richemond, Geneva

The well located Le Richemond will be offering guests an exclusive Winter Cocoon package, including a complimentary upgrade, a festive treat on arrival specially prepared by the talented pastry chef, Sébastien Quazzola, breakfast for two, and two complimentary massages at the hotel’s Sisley Spa. Guests visiting Le Richemond this festive season will enjoy luxury accommodation for which the hotel is synonymous, experience the renowned Swiss Christmas markets and delight in watching the famous Jet d’Eau at night.

Available from Monday, November 28, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016, the ‘Winter Cocoon’ package starts at CHF 895 (approx. £712).

 Exclusively imagined by pastry chef, Sébastien Quazzola, this year the annual festive Yule Log will be created with smooth milk chocolate and lemon bergamot. Both resident and non-resident guests will be able to purchase this elegant dessert to add a sprinkle of Le Richemond luxury to their festive party.

The ‘Yule Log’ serves six people, priced at CHF 48 (approx. £38) and is available to purchase from Monday, December 19, 2016 to Sunday, January 1, 2017. 

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia offers guests a luxurious Christmas getaway. With the entrance sprinkled with Christmas magic and an array of glittering fairy lights from the beginning of December, families visiting Hotel Principe di Savoia will fall into the festive spirit. From Tuesday, December 20, 2016 to to Saturday, December 24, 2016, Father Christmas will make a special visit to the hotel to welcome children to the hotel from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Surrounded by Christmas markets and last minute shoppers, guests visiting Hotel Principe di Savoia will enjoy a welcome gift of Milanese panettone, hot chocolate and petit fours at Il Salotto, in addition to a special themed dinner for two at Acanto.

The ‘Luxury Christmas Getaway’ package is available from Sunday, December 11, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at €335 (approx. £288) for classic rooms and €740 (approx. £637) for suites. 

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

Experience the most wonderful time of the year at The Beverly Hills Hotel with their speciality cocktails, Christmas carollers and a magical visit from Father Christmas. Capturing the festive spirit, the Holiday Joy package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people and a complimentary welcome cocktail at the Polo Lounge, Bar Nineteen12 or the Cabana Café.

The ‘Holiday Joy’ package is available from Sunday, December 11, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at $545 (approx. £418) for rooms and $795 (approx. £610.50) for suites. For more information please call +1 310 276 2251.

Leading up to Christmas, executive pastry chef Michael Aguilar has reinvented the signature dessert at the Polo Lounge to best celebrate the sweetness of the season. Included among his 12 seasonal preparations of this classic favourite are pumpkin spice, gingerbread, peppermint chocolate chip, eggnog and chestnut.

Making the perfect addition to any stocking, The Beverly Hills Hotel has renovated its popular Logo Shop and launched a variety of stylish new products and specialty gifts, inspired by the hotel’s renowned banana leaf wallpaper and iconic design. From banana leaf pyjamas, to pink and white bathing suits, the new selection of products pay homage to the hotel’s timeless elements which over the years have had an influence on fashion, interior design and pop culture.

All new products are available for purchase online at Dorchester Collection’s e-shop here.

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Amongst the sparkling ornaments and twinkling lights, experience this enchanting season at Hotel Bel-Air with their festive meals, speciality cocktails, whimsical children’s activities and a visit from Father Christmas. Capturing the festive spirit, Hotel Bel-Air will also offer a Holiday Joy package including overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people and a complimentary welcome cocktail at The Bar and Lounge or Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

The ‘Holiday Joy’ package is available from Sunday, December 11, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 with rates beginning at $545 (approx. £418) for rooms and $795 (approx. £610.50) for suites. 

Executive pastry chef, Gary Larduinat, will head the celebrations with a gingerbread house making and decorating class, designed for Hotel Bel-Air’s youngest visitors. Located on the patio of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, children will receive their own hats and aprons, alongside hot cocoa and delicious finger sandwiches to complete the experience.

The class will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, priced at $55 (approx. £42).