Festive Breaks: The Best Christmas Hotel Packages For 2020

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There’s absolutely no denying that Christmas is a magical time of year, no matter the circumstances. Although we could all be celebrating it slightly different this time around, that needn’t mean you can’t make the most of the festive season—merriment, cheer, decor, and all!

Staying in a hotel this Christmas could be just the unique and exclusive experience you need to end 2020 on a high—think Macaulay Culkin ordering every single flavour of ice-cream on the menu at The Plaza Hotel in Home Alone 2 vibes. Luckily, there are plenty of places to stay for Christmas offering exciting and wondrous packages to fill your joyous weekend with glee and jubilation.

Leave the cooking and all the trimmings for someone else, kick back and relax. Without further ado, discover these magnificent Christmas hotel packages.

Elysium Hotel, Paphos Cyprus

Gracing the coast of Paphos, Elysium is a luxury destination no matter what season, due to its utterly charming Mediterranean climate. Perfect for romantic getaways, this deluxe hotel is a haven of exquisite proportions, with access to a world-class spa, five restaurants and exuberant bars and cafes. The spacious facilities and lavish rooms, suites and villas make for a delightfully exclusive and most of all, safe stay on the wonderful island of Cyprus.

How about spending Christmas at the Elysium? Stay from Christmas Eve until Boxing day in a deluxe bedroom with an inland view and experience a whole host of festive celebrations to help make the end of your 2020 a positive one to remember. First, you’ll attend the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner in the Epicurean Restaurant with live entertainment from famed Eurovision song contest singer, Hovig and his band, wake up to a festive amenity on Christmas Day and a lavish breakfast in the Lemonia Piazza. For those with children, don’t worry, they certainly haven’t been forgotten—Santa has cleared his busy diary and will make a visit to the Elysium on Christmas Day.

For a truly exquisite end to 2020 and one full of festive cheer that we all assuredly cannot wait to experience, Elysium provides one of the cosiest Christmas hotel breaks, allowing you to forget your woes and soak up its magic.

Two day Christmas experience from 24th until 26th December starting from €510 per room per stay.

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The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

For the lovers of wintry landscapes and off-the-beaten-path experiences, The Dunstane Houses in Edinburgh presents one of the most idyllic stay. Formed of two Victorian townhouses interiored with a seamless mix of contemporary design and traditional tweeds and patterns, the property allows guests to enjoy the best of the capital whilst remaining amongst beautiful green spaces.

Delighting all this festive season, The Dunstane Houses has quite the multitude of luxury packages for you to enjoy, but the 'Ultimate Christmas Break' certainly takes centre stage. Whilst the festive season is set to look a lot less busy across the UK, the wonderful team at The Dunstane Houses are still determined to defy the odds and make this Christmas one to remember. Stay two nights over the Christmas weekend and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy a Christmas Eve cocktail party including an Orkney-themed buffet, a Christmas day champagne breakfast, and a 5-course Christmas Day lunch including options of traditional bacon-wrapped roast turkey, a delicious winter vegetable soup and many more. After the year we’ve had, taking some time to relax, letting someone else do the cooking (and cleaning for that matter), and enjoying a whole weekend dedicated to celebrating all the positives, will be a great end to the year.

The Ultimate Christmas Break package starts from £395 per person for a two-night stay.

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Villa Carlotta, Taormina, Italy

Imagine spending your Christmas along the coast of Sicily? Taormina in particular is a hilltop town awash with history and culture. Wherever you choose to roam, you’re afforded tremendous views and idyllic walks on the Isola Bella, a tiny island connected to land by a narrow sandbar.

Taking centre stage on the east coast of Italy, the 19th-century Italian palazzo of Villa Carlotta offers self-catered apartments to serve all of your Mediterranean-style elegance and contemporary decor needs—an utterly sublime setting for a Christmas three day break. Book any of Carlotta’s five apartments from December 24th until December 27th and benefit from their generous package, including a welcome Christmas box with delicatessen and Etna wine and a wine tasting and tour of one of the famous wineries on Mount Etna. From the 75sqm Carlotta Apartment to the 300sqm Teatro Greco Historic House, whatever celebration you had in mind, it’s neither too big nor too small to be accommodated by Villa Carlotta’s utterly spectacular array of apartments. It will certainly be a Christmas to remember!

Prices range from €940 for the 75 square-metre Carlotta Apartment to €2,320 for the 300 square-metre Teatro Greco Historic House.

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Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Wintry, frosty mornings waking up at Cowley Manor are a true delight. Its stately exterior hides a treasure trove of eclectically-styled rooms, and its wraparound grounds accentuate your experience and the beauty of the 19th-century property. Like a scene taken from a classic novel, spend a Christmas at Cowley in the Cotswolds, with their three-night package, arriving 24th December and departing 27th, enough time to truly soak up its magic. From the moment you arrive you will have the chance to indulge, with Champagne afternoon teas, decadent festive dinners, and plenty of opportunity to relax amongst the beautiful countryside. Giving you peace of mind, your reservation will be fully flexible and require no deposit—you will only need to give 72 hours notice if circumstances change.

We can only hope for snow this year—Cowley covered in a cosy blanket is certainly a sight to behold, making the most sublime Christmas setting and a festive break to remember.

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