This Year's Best Hotel Christmas Trees
Christmas is coming, and few places do festive cheer as well as the world's most lauded luxury hotels. Here we look at some of the spectacular trees on show, from Monte-Carlo to Chengdu.
- Each year, Claridge's hotel in London reveals an entirely new Christmas tree that has been designed by an illustrious friend of the hotel.
This year, its so-called Tree of Love has been designed by Diane von Furstenberg. It is decorated with 8,000 shimmering silver-leafed leaves, blue glass spheres and 150 glass hearts and remains on display until January 2, 2019.
- The Christmas tree at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo this year is made up of thousands of gifts, baulbles, wooden toys and gingerbread men. Structured to resemble a traditional fir, it stretches to four metres in height.
- Grand Resort Bad Ragaz health and medispa resort in Switzerland makes clever use of its surrounds by adapting a tree in its grounds each year. Simply garlanded in lights, the 41.5-metre-high Sequoia is believed to be the tallest living Christmas tree in Europe.
- It may not be the prettiest tree, but the offering from The Temple House in Chengdu, China, is certainly topical.
The tree is composed of 2,500 plastic bottles that were collected from guests' rooms by housekeeping and 'up-cycled' to create this display. (The hotel itself is embarking on various green initiatives over the coming years, which hopefully include removing single-use plastics from its operations.)
- In the west of Ireland, Ashford Castle plays it safe with a traditional Christmas tree (in this case a 25-foot-tall Noble fir that was grown on the surrounding estate), but then tradition plays a strong role at this property.
The building itself dates from 1228 and a Christmas tree was erected in the Oak Hall from the early 1900s onwards, a custom initiated by its then-owners the Guinness family.
- Like Claridge's part of The Maybourne Hotel Group, The Connaught hotel in Mayfair has also gained a reputation for revealing standout Christmas trees each year.
- Best known for the abundant and classic floral displays he has introduced to the hotel, Four Seasons George V, Paris creative director Jeff Leatham has taken a more sculptural approach to this year's Christmas decorations.
- Set in the inner garden of the Pulitzer Amsterdam , this 11-metre-tall Danish fir was decorated in collaboration with the Dutch department store De Bijenkorf, under the theme 'Make Classic Fantastic'.
- Limerick's Adare Manor is another property that looks especially attractive when decked out for Christmas. This picture shows a guest clearly full of admiration for the property's 19th-century Great Hall.
- Finally emerging from a four-year, €250m renovation, Monte-Carlo's Hotel De Paris this winter is showcasing an appropriately attention-grabbing tree. It has been developed in collaboration with Chopard and is adorned with gold.
- Few cities match New York for boisterous Christmas displays. Set on the lobby staircase, the Peninsula New York 's tree is characteristically extravagant.