Best Hotel Santas
Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Laguna Nigel
Kick off your family holiday at these hotels, where Santa
arrives in style.
Sliding down a chimney is so cliché. But a Santa who skydives?
Now that’s a holiday spectacle worth traveling for. And that’s how he’ll arrive
this year at the Four
Seasons Mauritius, which orchestrates a dramatic new entrance for St. Nick every
year (last year’s was by pirate ship).
Santa, of course, visits lots of
resorts over the holiday travel season. But the Four Seasons and other hotels
are taking that visit to a spectacular new level, giving travelers one more
reason to jet off to a relaxing resort during a traditionally stressful time.
Experiencing these dramatic arrivals may take some planning.
Sometimes, Santa makes his entrance on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Other
times, he shows up as early as November (and may make return visits to
accommodate guest schedules). Either way, it’s usually not going to cost you
extra: in keeping with the Christmas spirit, Santa’s activities are included in
the resort fee.
Even better, Santa usually sticks
around and makes himself available for photo ops, mingling with guests at a children’s
party or joining them for a swim.
So what qualifies as a great entrance? At the Oberoi,
Sahl Hasheesh, on the Red Sea, Santa ditches his reindeer and arrives by
camel. He and his caravan then join a children’s party with gifts for all the
kids, who also get a chance to go for camel rides. And Santa makes sure that
each child gets a stocking filled with holiday cookies.
You don’t have to travel to an exotic location to experience
a dramatic entrance. At the Greenbrier
Resort in West
Virginia, hotel guests are all given jingling bells to welcome Santa, who
arrives in a classic horse-drawn sleigh. There’s a life-size ice sculpture of
his sleigh and reindeer, and a holiday party known as the Gingerbread Ball.
This year, don’t settle for an ordinary hotel Santa. Pack up
the kids and your holiday gifts and check out these resorts where Santa’s
entrance is—like the holiday season itself—extraordinary.