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Based on today’s poor economic conditions, the best luxury hotels are going out of the way to make this upcoming holiday even more special.
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury stay, consider a haute holiday at either the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, The St. Regis Atlanta, Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego or W Los Angeles-Westwood.
A developing trend is the occurrence of skating rinks appearing at chic hotel properties across the U.S. Now you can skate amidst the desert’s Cactus Garden, glide over a high-tech, hybrid rink and relax in holiday styled cabanas like W Los Angeles-Westwood, enjoy a magical setting on the 7th Floor Grand Terrace above the Pool Piazza at St. Regis Atlanta, or experience a winter wonderland on the sand at Hotel Del Coronado.
Each property provides a unique and authentic holiday experience that reflects either their hometown or vacation spot. The ice skating rinks have become the hottest spots for guests and locals alike, as it’s now time to celebrate the holidays in style.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
* Desert Ice Holiday Rink at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is putting extra icing on the holidays with an all-new Desert Ice Holiday Rink at its picturesque Cactus Garden, November 27, 2012 – January 6, 2013. The 5,400 square-foot rink, made with real ice, is open daily to the public. The price per session is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $5 for skate rental. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Magical and enchanting, this AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert as a part of “Christmas at the Princess” with the all-new Desert Ice Holiday Rink, Lagoon Lights and Princess Express Train, hot cocoa, carolers, a gingerbread village, visits from Santa and a four-story musical Christmas tree shimmering with snowflakes. www.scottsdaleprincess.com
* Astor Holiday Rink at The St. Regis Atlanta (Atlanta) – The Astor Holiday Rink has quickly become one of the community’s favorite holiday traditions, offering couples and families the unique, intimate and magical experience of skating in the outdoor setting of the hotel’s 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza. Protected from the elements by an ethereal sheer tent, the rink is adorned with whimsical white lights and features the soft sounds of festive holiday tunes. The Astor Holiday Rink will be open from November 21, 2012 through January 2, 2013. The rink will be open to all visitors from 12 – 9 p.m. (Monday – Friday) and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Skating sessions will start every hour and be priced at $30 per hour for adults and $18 per hour for children under 16. www.stregisatlanta.com
* The Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego) – The Del is celebrating the eighth anniversary of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience – outdoor ice-skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn will be transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily beginning the day before Thanksgiving. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of San Diego. Three-hour sessions cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 10 and under. The two-hour matinee session costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 10 and under (skate rentals are included in the price).
* W Los Angeles-Westwood (Los Angeles) – Bundle up and take a spin on “CHILL”, the coolest skate rink this season. The W Los Angeles – Westwood pool deck has been transformed into a winter playground featuring a hybrid ice skating rink called “CHILL”. For the 2nd year in a row, join us in our backyard as we bring the magic of the holidays to life. Sneaky surprises are in store including lessons and performances every Saturday by BH Skating Park’s Cabaret Ice Theater. Take a spin November 16 – January 3, 2012.