Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ To The Rescue For Last Minute Festive Shoppers

Wondering where you'll find the time to do your Christmas shopping? Looking for an extra special gift this year? A Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ Gift Certificate is the perfect present for family and friends. With over 500 hotels offering memorable experiences in 75 countries worldwide, the lucky recipient will be spoilt for choice.

Available in three currencies and in denominations of 100, 500 and 1000, gift certificates are available online at www.slh.com/giftcertificates

If you have also left your own arrangements until late in the day and an indulgent break is top of your wish-list this year, Small Luxury Hotels of the World still has some enticing packages available around the world over the festive season. Whether you would prefer to escape the heat and head for the snow, you're fed up with the cold and seeking an exotic destination or you're looking for a traditional Christmas break somewhere near to home but without the stress and fuss, go to www.slh.com for ideas and inspiration.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific include Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, The Louise in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, qualia on Hamilton Island, Queensland, Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Experience near Rotorua and Blanket Bay in Glenorchy near Queenstown. Examples of festive packages offered by Small Luxury Hotels of the World include:

The Levin, London, UK www.slh.com/thelevin

For a seriously stylish city break, let the team at The Levin take all the stress out of Christmas shopping with pre-booked appointments at your favourite boutiques on Sloane Street. Work your way through your exclusive shopping guide to quintessential British style and then relax after your spending spree with mulled wine and mince pies during afternoon tea at The Levin's Le Metro Brasserie. The Levin Christmas package includes two nights accommodation, continental breakfast, The Levin exclusive shopping guide, VIP treatment at selected Sloane Street boutiques, Christmas Afternoon Tea for two, and half a bottle of Gosset Brut from the in-room Champagne bar. Prices start from GBP554, excluding VAT at 15 per cent. Valid from now up until 3 January 2010.

The Goring, London, UK www.slh.com/goring

The Goring is celebrating its Centenary in 2010 so they are pulling out all the stops this year. The Christmas Experience at The Goring promises to delight. Guests can enjoy Champagne in the Lounge on Christmas Eve followed by dinner in the Dining Room before midnight mass at St Peter's Eaton Square with a nightcap before bed. Christmas Day evening is a glamorous affair with cocktails and a traditional Christmas dinner. Festivities will carry on until 27 December when the party winds down. Prices on application.

The Brandenburger Hof, Berlin, Germany www.slh.com/brandenburgerhof

Get into the Christmas spirit with a high tea followed by a guided city tour by an art historian and a visit to the Christmas market at 'The Gendarmenmarkt'. The package includes three nights accommodation, breakfast, high tea (high tea or afternoon tea?), guided city tour, a trip to the garden kingdom of Dessau-Woerlitz, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a four-course dinner on Christmas Eve accompanied by a classical concert in the hotel's fine dining restaurant 'Die Quadriga'. Prices start from EUR1,730. Valid from 23 – 26 December 2009. Minimum three night stay.

The Luxe Manor, Hong Kong www.slh.com/theluxemanor

The Luxe Manor is putting a spin on Christmas this year with its 'Jazz it up the Dazzling Christmas' (is this the correct name of the package?) experience. A jazzy Christmas menu will be offered at the hotel's Italian restaurant, Aspasia, and jazz musicians will entertain guests. On Christmas Eve the hotel's jazz club, Dada Bar + Lounge, will host the internationally renowned Canadian jazz vocalist Irene Atman's first performance in Hong Kong – accompanied by a pianist. Irene will also perform on Christmas Day with a full band to add to the excitement of the occasion. The WinterFest experience is valid from now until 3 January 2010 and includes one or two night packages with breakfast, an English cream tea set with Jazz and a host of other special treats. Prices start from HK1,350 excluding service charges of 10 per cent.

Stonewater Cover, Missouri, USA www.slh.com/stonewatercove

Celebrate the holidays at Stonewater Cove, where guests can avoid the traditional over-indulgence of the festive period by participating in outdoor activities including a forest ATV tour and a zip line adventure what is this? above the forest canopy. The property also boasts over 20 miles of hand-carved trails, so grab a mountain bike or hiking boots to work off Christmas dinner. When you return to your room Santa's Helpers will have left treats of candy canes, milk and cookies. This festive package, 'Season's Greetings in the Wilderness', includes full breakfasts, formal dinners and a three hour forest adventure as well as a bottle of wine on arrival. Prices start from USD2010 per room per stay, exclusive of tax and service charge. Minimum three night stay. Valid between 15 December 2009 – 10 January 2010.

The Betsy, Miami Beach, Florida, USA www.slh.com/betsyhotel

If soft ocean breezes appeal more than a snowy scene, you can escape to The Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami, which has a tropical take on the festive holiday scene. There are no Christmas trees in sight (really?) but palm trees everywhere. Indulge in a luxurious Sugar Plum Swedish Massage for two during your stay. This holiday package includes accommodation for two, Sugar Plum Swedish Massage for two, brunch on Christmas day and a gift candle. Prices start from USD1,170 excluding tax and resort fee. Valid from 24 – 27 December 2009.

All packages listed above are subject to availability. Reservations can be made via www.slh.com or by calling +65 6232 5060. All travel agents need to remember is the GDS code LX for LuXury.

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world's finest small independent hotels. Comprising over 500 hotels in more than 75 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property by calling +65 6232 5060 or via www.slh.com. Travel agents need only remember the GDS code LX for LuXury.

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