If you’re anything like us, you’ll take a weekend trip over a wrapped-up gift under the tree any day. We’re also betting you have someone on your holiday shopping list who’d appreciate a posh getaway more than a new handbag, too. Here are seven hotel packages that will suit even your pickiest loved one this gift-giving season.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Give someone a quintessential New York City experience with this Five-Star hotel’s Central Park Ice Skating Package. It includes two tickets to the park’s Wollman Rink — where skaters glide under the picturesque twinkling lights of the city skyline — as well as hats and gloves, an overnight stay and the chance to indulge in the internationally inspired hot chocolate options at the hotel’s Star Lounge. The Ritz-Carlton is located within easy walking distance of the ice rink, so guests can skate and make a day of it lingering about Central Park or head back to the hotel for a quick warm-up before taking in other sights of the city.
Viceroy Santa Monica
Getting the impossibly chic friend something he or she will actually use is a tall order come Christmastime. The answer? The Bed and Breakfast package at this swank and stylish hotel in downtown Santa Monica. The deal includes a night in one of the Kelly Wearstler-designed retro-glam rooms and breakfast at Cast Restaurant & Lounge. And, once you get there, why not make like most Californians and go for the Healthy Breakfast, which includes a fresh pressed juice, tea or coffee, and either granola or oatmeal with fruit? Your friend can then immediately head to one of the swimming pools to lounge about in a cabana all day.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
When you book the Explore Singapore package at this regal Five-Star hotel in the Marina Bay district, all your guest will have to do is show up. In a city that can be difficult to navigate (but so worth the effort to do so), The Fullerton Bay offers this comprehensive package to experience Singapore in as stress-free a manner as possible. Guests will get two tickets each to the Singapore Flyer (the world’s largest observation wheel), a river boat ride, the Peranakan Museum and the Asian Civilizations Museum. Also included: daily breakfast for two at La Brasserie, heritage tours of the grounds and more.
Hastings House Country House Hotel
For the adventurous seafood lover, consider the Crab Catch Package at this quaint Four-Star getaway located on Salt Spring Island near Vancouver. The gist: your guest will get two nights at the intimate resort, sleeping in a cottage, suite or timber-framed barn. On the day of arrival, he’ll head out on the water to catch crabs. On the second day, he’ll take part in a crab demo in the afternoon, and then dine on a four-course, crab-centric dinner. Extras include a copy of Hastings House’s cookbook, a full English breakfast, afternoon tea and a crab-measuring tool to take home. While you can purchase the deal now, it’s redeemable only during crab season, March 28 to September 1.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
When you can’t bear to give your dog-loving friend another gourmet bone or personalized knit sweater for her pooch, opt for the Pet Pride Package at the Four-Star Hotel Nikko. Not only will your loved one and her four-legged friend be on a pet-friendly floor (no sideway glances from other hotel guests here), they’ll also get plush amenities like comfy doggie beds, food and water bowls, pet placemats and a welcome gift bag filled with toys and tennis balls. The San Francisco hotel itself is located near Union Square, a walkable area of the city.
Pan Pacific Seattle
If you’re tired of recycling the same gift ideas for your eco-conscious family member, the Green Getaways package at this Four-Star Seattle hotel is a safe bet. Pan Pacific will offset your guest’s electricity and water usage with renewable energy credits that support clean and sustainably produced Northwest energy projects. He’ll also get free valet parking if he drives a hybrid or electric car (which, naturally, we’re sure he does), plus two cocktails featuring local spirits by Sun Liquor.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
For die-hard romantics who’ve been really nice this year, a stay at this historic London hotel would do the trick. It’s located near Trafalgar Square and within walking distance of the city’s enchanting sites, like Westminster Abbey and the Thames. The Romance Package is especially leisurely, created for those who want a relaxed getaway instead of a super-charged tourist trip. The bundle includes in-room champagne, a special turndown treat and breakfast in bed for two.