Just in case you hadn't made any plans for the festive period, perhaps the city hotels (and one resort in Thailand) below can tempt you to come in from the cold and enjoy well deserved treats such as the bubbly, an English breakfast and villa living.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is rewarding guests, who book accommodations between December 23, 2010 and January 2, 2011, using eligible rates, with a complimentary bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne and fresh strawberries, as well as breakfast for two at the Grand Café and use of its 50-metre outdoor heated pool, fitness studio and sauna facilities. To enjoy these perks, quote the offer code “bubble” at the time of reservation.
The Oberoi New Delhi is offering guests deluxe room accommodation, and for those who bring children up to 15 years, a complimentary room, as well as daily breakfast, early check in at 10am and late check out at 6pm, non-alcoholic welcome drinks and fresh fruits in the room, a 60-minute full body massage, complimentary use of steam, sauna, swimming pool and gymnasium and a choice between a buffet and dimsum lunch, except on the December 25 and January 1. Instead, there is a 25 percent discount on brunch on the above dates. The package starts from INR27,000 (US$580) and is valid between December 17, 2010 and January 7, 2011.
The Berkeley has a superior king-bed room special from December 24 to 26 starting from £550 (US$867.19) a night. Guests will receive a stollen cake upon arrival and champagne on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, they can enjoy a traditional English breakfast, a gift-filled Christmas stocking, a horse-drawn carriage ride through Belgravia with hot chocolate and marshmallows and a four course-dinner. On Boxing Day, they will receive a festive cake and an English breakfast.
Claridge's (left) is offering a two-night Christmas package from December 24 to 26 from £680 (US$1,079.53) per person. Guests can enjoy champagne and festive treats on arrival, English breakfast and morning carriage ride with hot chocolate and marshmallows on Christmas Day, followed by a seven-course lunch and a Boxing Day English breakfast.
The Connaught has a similar two-night Christmas package from December 24 to 26 from £700 (US$1,111) per person. The package includes “Champagne” afternoon tea on day of arrival, English breakfast and a carriage ride on Christmas morning, a six-course Christmas day lunch and Boxing Day Brunch.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore is offering a Festive Extravagance package from December 1 to 30, 2010 from SG$3,788 (US$2,907.36) which includes a bottle of champagne upon arrival, two-night accommodation in a harbour suite, round-trip airport transfer by Mercedes- Benz limousine, complimentary benefits at The Oriental Club such as champagne breakfast, all-day flow of beverages, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with hors d’oeuvres. Guests can also enjoy a round-trip cable car ride, a four-course set dinner for two and a bottle of champagne at the Black Opal restaurant at The Jewel Box, a lifestyle destination on top of Mount Faber and return limousine transfers to The Jewel Box.
V Villas Hua Hin is offering the "Festive Escape", which includes accommodation in a two-bedroom or three-bedroom Pool Villa Suite, daily breakfast at Villazzo, a 60-minute body massage or set dinner at Villazzo, complimentary drink upon arrival and free festive turndown gift, sweets, fruits and flowers. The package is valid from December 20, 2010 to January 3, 2011and costs THB29,999 (US$975) per night for a two-bedroom pool villa suite and THB36,999 (US$1202) per night for a three-bedroom pool villa suite.
Erica Rae Chong