10 Over-The-Top Holiday Escapes

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“To make this holiday a memorable one, hotels all over the world are going above and beyond their usual packages. Instead of a decorated tree and Christmas cookies — most years, that’s more than enough to get us in the holiday mood — hotels are trotting out in-suite Nutcracker performances, a private penthouse party for New Year’s Eve and gifts like luxury watches.

Whether you want to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve or the winter season, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved hotels will give you the VIP treatment:

Fly private to wine country

Gather seven pals and hop on a private charter flight to toast the New Year in wine country. Sonoma’s MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa will give you a two-night stay, a $100 resort credit per couple as well as VIP access to an array of local New Year’s events. To make the celebration even more decadent, add on amenities like a Grand Cuvée Private Tasting at Ashes & Diamonds Winery, a behind-the-cellar-door wine tour with Bohemian Highway Travel Co. or a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner at the boutique hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant Layla.” – Jennifer Kester, December 2021

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