As the temperature drops and the festive spirit begins to rise, Anantara hotels and resorts in Europe are ready to set the stage for a Christmas and New Year’s Eve experience like no other. With Michelin-starred dining, ancient traditions, modern wonders, and seasonal magic, Anantara offers a variety of enchanting options for every traveler this festive season.
Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel: A Journey Back in Time
Nestled within the walls of a 13th-century Capuchin convent, Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel embraces its heritage with traditional festivities. On the 15th and 17th of December, Friar Marcus will play host to a traditional Christmas Market in the festively illuminated cloisters. Here, guests can indulge in entertainment for children, explore handcrafted gifts by local artisans, savor typical Amalfi delicacies, and sip on warm mulled wine. The celebration extends to attending a local Christmas mass, partaking in an Amaro masterclass led by Friar Marcus and Chef Claudio Lanuto, or gathering around a festive bonfire in the warmly lit cloister while enjoying toasted marshmallows, panettone, and hot chocolate. To conclude the evening, indulge in a menu that pays homage to the essence of a traditional Italian festive celebration.
INEO Restaurant at Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel: A Culinary Extravaganza
In the heart of Italy’s capital, INEO restaurant at Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel offers an exquisite seven-course Christmas Eve tasting menu. The menu features star dishes such as Sicilian red prawn ceviche, stuffed cuttlefish, and a five-spice opera cake. For New Year’s Eve, Executive Chef Heros De Agostinis presents a lavish nine-course menu that includes gingerbread-marinated goose liver, passionfruit lobster, grilled turbot, Bounty bar with piña colada ice cream, and traditional lentil cotechino after midnight. For those seeking a more elevated experience, dinner and a countdown party at SEEN By Olivier, a swanky rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the Eternal City, offer world-class mixology and sophisticated fare. Additionally, from November 20th to January 6th, children can immerse themselves in Anantara’s Christmas cookie masterclasses or explore Rome’s most spectacular nativity scenes on a guided family tour at Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro, and Santa Maria in Ara Coeli.
Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam: The Ultimate Christmas Shopping Experience
Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam is the perfect base for world-class Christmas shopping in Amsterdam. Guests can easily explore the city’s famous Christmas markets and glittering department stores. In addition to indulging in Anantara’s handcrafted advent calendar filled with 24 bonbons, perfect for chocolate enthusiasts, gourmands can relish Michelin-starred dining at The White Room, the city’s oldest and most elegant restaurant overseen by 3 Michelin-starred chef Jacob Jan Boerma. After shopping, unwind with Dom Pérignon and caviar at Grand Café Krasnapolsky’s magnificent Champagne Room.
New York Café at Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel: A Dash of Glamour
For those craving old-world glamour, a reservation at New York Café on the ground floor of Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel is a must. On Christmas Day, this beloved institution, steeped in Budapest’s coffee culture for over a century, hosts a lively lunch accompanied by live Hungarian music and traditional food. The grand dining room, adorned with dozens of chandeliers, marble columns, stuccoed angels, and gold trim, creates a picturesque backdrop for this festive occasion.
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Marbella Resort: A Touch of Hollywood Magic
Nestled in the rolling hills of Andalusia, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Marbella Resort offers a classic Christmas experience filled with surprises for guests of all ages. The resort presents an array of foodie experiences, from Spanish fine dining to Japanese fusion. Interconnecting suites and private pool villas cater to larger families seeking a festive reunion. To add a touch of old-school Hollywood magic, an open-air Roman amphitheater hosts a full orchestra playing classic Christmas movie soundtracks. Guests can also participate in Christmas wreath floral arranging workshops, local artisan pottery classes, and sushi rolling sessions. To welcome the New Year, furry friends from the donkey sanctuary, Dreamland de Mijas, will pay a special visit to the resort, adding an extra layer of charm to the celebrations.
Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel: A Countdown Party with a View
Recognized by UNESCO as a winter resort town of the French Riviera, Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel is hosting its first countdown party at SEEN by Olivier, one of Nice’s most exclusive rooftop venues. Guests can anticipate a night filled with sought-after vinyl spinners, fine cuisine, expertly crafted cocktails, and breathtaking city views. For a rejuvenating post-party experience, Anantara Spa offers a personalized 60-minute massage or facial paired with a glass of Champagne and access to the spa’s relaxation area, sauna, and hammam.
Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel: A Unique Christmas Day
For a refreshing and unique Christmas experience, guests can indulge in Christmas Day wild swimming at Dublin’s iconic The Forty Foot with Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel. Upon returning to dry land, numerous exceptional dining options await at Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins. Choose from a three-course lunch or dinner featuring locally sourced quintessential Irish dishes, including Dublin Bay Lobster and Prawn cocktail, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and Old-Fashioned Sherry Trifle. Enhance your meal with a Sommelier’s wine pairing for a truly indulgent Christmas Day celebration.
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve: A Family-Friendly Extravaganza
Portugal’s Anantara Vilamoura Algarve, named “Best International Resort 2023” by Condé Nast Traveler Spain, offers many family-friendly activities. From December 15th to 22nd, the resort hosts daily arts and crafts workshops for children and their parents. On New Year’s Eve, guests can look forward to a dazzling circus-themed program featuring jugglers, magicians, daring high-wire acts, and a delectable five-course dinner. Guests can escape to Anantara Spa for a Christmas Candle massage, or Citrinos Cocoon body wrap to unwind, recharge, and find balance. Additionally, there are opportunities to join Pilates, yoga, and meditation sessions.
Embrace the festive season with Anantara hotels and resorts in Europe, where each location offers a unique and unforgettable experience. From traditional celebrations to modern extravaganzas, there’s something for every traveler to make this holiday season truly magical.