Although it seems like summer just ended, the holiday season is approaching fast. Fall and winter are also busy travel times. Are you looking for that perfect holiday stay?
We wanted to share some top hotels that make great destinations for a perfect holiday stay. It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling with significant others, friends, family or solo. Make this holiday season a special one!
NYC’s chicest micro-hotel with playful hotel programming: Arlo SoHo (photo above)
For the holidays, ongoing “Arlo Affairs” at SoHo’s most lively micro-hotel will run the gamut. Enjoy weekly yoga and meditations to movie nights, craft classes, vinyl hours and more. With vibrant coworking spaces, try new dishes for winter at the Harold’s (the hotel’s restaurant). This luxury hotel offers the always-buzzing outdoor courtyard and a 24/7 bodega. Arlo SoHo is surely one of the city’s most spirited destinations.
Rates start at $180 per night.
For those looking for a cozy hideaway upstate: Eastwind Hotel & Bar
Travel to the Catskills for breathtaking views, outdoor activities, and earthy luxury at Eastwind Hotel & Bar. Eastwind offers a unique home away from home getaway experience. The hotel gives guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of upstate New York. At the same time, simply relax and unwind. This year-round hotel includes the salon with a full-service bar offering crafted signature cocktails. Plus, there is are outdoor decks, a fire pit, a wood-barrel sauna. Debuting in November is an outdoor hot tub. Eastwind boasts 19 accommodations with various room types including three Lushna Cabins. These wooden A-frame huts are ideal for guests who seek a “glamping” experience. In addition, enjoy chic guest rooms within the Bunk House and Hill House. Guests also have access to bikes, snowshoes, books, and games as well as an array of nearby hikes and attractions. Breakfast is included in weekend stays.
Rates start at $150 per night.
For those looking for a unique outdoor escape or nature retreat: Gather Greene
Just opening last week, Gather Greene’s expansive property is situated on 100 picturesque acres in New York’s Hudson Valley. The 17-room nature retreat boasts a 4,000 square foot pavilion of flexible space. The property is surrounded by dramatically scenic landscape offering views of both the Catskills and Berkshire. The result is stunning. An indoor-outdoor experience beyond the bounds of a traditional tent. The permanent structure accommodates up to 250 seated guests. You will find a full catering kitchen, six single-use bathrooms, two luxury dressing suites, and a large upstairs lounge. The pavilion perfectly balances aesthetic with the natural surrounding and the functional necessities of the space. The 17 tiny house cabins offer an upscale “glamping” experience. Therefore, hotel guests can enjoy nature, paired with the comforts and amenities expected from today’s modern traveler.
Rates start at $250 per night.
For those looking for a wellness retreat on the beautiful beaches of Tulum: Casa Violeta
Comfort and relaxation can all be found on the white beaches of Tulum at Casa Violeta. This eco-friendly boutique hotel provides guests a down-to-earth luxury in an intimate setting. A natural sanctuary, Casa Violeta is a rare gem that values tradition and maintaining time-tested tradition. Each of the 13 accommodations is uniquely decorated with local handmaid artwork and fabrics. On property, guests can cleanse the body, mind, and spirit in the Temazcal. This “medicinal house” contains hot volcanic rocks infused with healing waters. As a result, it creates a relaxing bath/sweat lodge. The hotel also features a brand new restaurant debuting this fall. Furthermore, enjoy the gorgeous beach and various yoga classes.
Rates start at $220 per night.
The perfect holiday party suite with a view (& shopping): W New York – Times Square
The hotel’s Extreme WOW suite on the 57th Floor overlooks Times Square. The luxurious suite is ideal for holiday parties or couples seeking a getaway. The suite comes equipped with a show-stopping round king size bed. Plus there’s a full-size living room and kitchen with a rotating dining room table. The hotel offers a boutique shopping experience called Style Lab. Its a hidden storefront and relaxed shopping experience that will ease the trials of holiday shopping in Times Square. For the holidays, the hotel will also roll out new live music offerings, Broadway performances, fitness classes, and cocktail specials.
Rates start at $400 per night.
Travelers staying in FiDI seeking a little festive spirit: W New York – Downtown
For the holidays, W New York – Downtown will be launching a new exhibition by artist Ivy Nate. He works with traditional and donated materials in nontraditional ways. In tandem, the hotel will launch cocktail specials and holiday shopping pop-ups. These holiday events will take place on the hotel’s indoor/outdoor terrace overlooking the WTC.
Rates start at $400 per night.
Holiday Shopping at W New York – Union Square: W New York – Union Square
Locals and hotel guests can enjoy time spent at the hotel, overlooking the iconic Union Square Holiday Market. The hotel will be rolling out special programming and exclusive insider experiences of the holiday market. Perfect for travelers seeking a little VIP shopping experience. The hotel’s spacious Extreme Wow Suite is ideal for holiday parties or friends traveling together.
Rates start at $400 per night.
For those looking to escape the seasonal slump of winter for some vitamin SEA: Paradise Beach
New for the holidays at Nevis’ Paradise Beach are five Beach Houses raised on stilts above the property’s private beach. The luxurious beachfront property is incredibly private with only 12 accommodations. In addition, enjoy private pools, sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, and 24-hour concierge service. Private chefs are available upon request and all manner of outdoor activity can be arranged on Nevis.
Rates start at $1,495 per night.
For those that need some inspiration or ease the stress of booking their next say: A Hotel Life
A Hotel Life is an editorially-based travel and hotel review website. Designed for the creative and environmentally conscious traveler founded by Ben Pundole- VP of Brand Experience at EDITION hotels. The site has just debuted its Plastic-Free barometer feature within reviews which lets globetrotters know not only how “green” a hotel is. But specifically, how little plastic is used. Additionally, Ben has concepted the global movement, Stay Plastic Free, which highlights the damaging effects of the excess use of plastic while offering its members alternative plastic-free options.
Make plans now for your perfect holiday stay. Hotels book up fast during the holiday season, so don’t miss out on your dream luxury vacation. The Life of Luxury can help you plan and book your entire trip itinerary.
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Photo: Arlo SoHo