Our Hotel Gift Guide
While there’s nothing quite like celebrating Christmas in your home, the season can bring more than visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. It’s exhausting. For every stocking hung by the chimney with care, there are days of planning, shopping, shipping, cooking, baking, partying and wrapping that can drain your every last reserve.
Here at Lifestyle Publications, we heartily recommend travel to soothe and satisfy. We love a good hotel that pampers thoughtfully. We are happy to share our favorites, coast to coast. Make a plan, pack the mistletoe and have a happy New Year!
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Blessing the white sands of South Walton is Northwest Florida’s most expansive full-service beachfront luxury destination. Amenities include a pampering world-class spa, posh rooms with picturesque beachside views of the world-renowned Emerald Coast, and the AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse Seagar’s serving as one of the internal dining options to please virtually every palate. And yes, plenty of pro-level golfing. HiltonSandestinBeach.com
Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark & Conference Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin, may be known for its beloved NFL team, the Packers, but how many hotels worldwide have an indoor, 30,0000-square-foot waterpark? Less than a mile away from Lambeau Field is the Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark & Conference Center; its lobby initially welcomes guests to a rustic decor a cozy cabin in the mountains would encompass, leading to a glass wall showcasing guests in bathing suits enjoying three-story water slides, a lazy river, winding pipelines and other splashing attractions. The 70-game arcade completes this smile-inducing lodge for all ages. TundraLodge.com
The Ivey’s Hotel
Charlotte, North Carolina
Recently gracing the center “Queen City’s” Uptown region, The Ivey’s Hotel is the perfect balance of opulence meets Southern charm spiced with European flare. Based on the frame of what was formerly the upscale Ivey’s department store dating back to the early 1900’s, Charlotte’s only 42 room boutique hotel exudes elegance, including stunning custom-made furniture so no residence is the same, engaging fixtures that encourage guests to “touch,” and 55-inch, 4K televisions. The renowned 5Church restaurant serves as Ivey’s food source and the elegant Sophia’s Lounge provides tapas and inventive cocktails to toast off the pampering experience. TheIveysHotel.com
Over-the-Water Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Gros Islet, St. Lucia
The nine all-new, Tahiti-style bungalows elevated above St. Lucia’s crystalline waters overlooking the rest of the exclusive Sandals Grande represent the epitome of paradise. A personal butler will ensure guests indulge in every first-class amenity available including 24-hour room service, floating water hammocks, an outdoor shower, the signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, and the unforgettable glass floors to expose the beauty of aquatic nature to name a few. Of course, Sandals’ award-winning accommodations including watersports, beachside lounging, multiple pools, live music, multi-ethnic restaurants and impeccable service complete this remarkable destination. Sandals.com
The Cottages on Charleston Harbor
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Settled on a quiet beach across the harbor from busy Charleston, you’ll stay in your own two-bedroom cottage retreat complete with every Pat Conroy and Sue Monk Kidd paperback you’ll need plus your own hammock and Adirondacks on a breezy screened porch. Perched at historic Patriots Park where the USS York Town is moored, there’s golf and a sports complex on the Point, if you want a diversion from Charleston’s charms. There are restaurants, bars, biking and boats nearby. Not that you’ll want to leave your adorable cottage and all its luxury amenities. TheCottagesOnCharlestonHarbor.com
Manhattan, New York
I had the quietest night’s sleep ever in midtown Manhattan at the 30-story Sofitel on 44th Street and 5th Avenue. There is a strong French thread running through every touchpoint in this gorgeous property, from fresh-baked pastries in the Euro-style lobby espresso bar to the Lanvin bath products in the super luxe bathrooms. The staff offers a genuinely warm welcome at the 4-diamond hotel which is tucked away near Times Square and the Broadway theaters. Naturally, French cuisine is served at the house restaurant, Gaby, which is open for lunch and dinner. The interior is Art-Deco inspired with marble baths and smooth high thread-count bedding as the icing on the gateau. AccorHotel.com
London West Hollywood
Los Angeles, California
We felt like Hollywood stars when we stayed at this luxurious oasis in West Hollywood, blocks from Beverly Hills. Each David Collins Studio-designed suite boasts an open floor plan with at least 725 square feet of well-appointed living space with luxe finishes like bleached oak, shiny chrome, and embossed white leather, as well as spa-like bathrooms designed by Waterworks.
At breakfast, you’ll see someone you recognize and hear morning banter in a few different languages among guests visiting for business and pleasure. The London offers sophisticated comfort, awe-inspiring… views with a signature sense of refined California cool with approachable yet refined service. TheLondonWestHollywood.com