Hotels around the world have upped the ante on spirit this holiday season, creating over-the-top gingerbread houses that entice guests with the scent of warm spices and oversize Christmas cheer. With more people traveling than ever this year, they all needed to do something to get travelers in the spirit. Whether you’re seeking some much-needed alone time or heading to one of our best towns for the holidays, a stop at one of these cheery creations is sure to elevate your trip.
From candy-coated bars complete with seasonal craft beers to multi-story dine-in gingerbread restaurants, replicas of existing buildings to fantastical sunny escapes for world-weary penguins, here are some of our favorites this year from around the globe.
Krista Simmons is a culinary travel writer and native Angeleno; she covers the Southern California beat for Travel + Leisure. You can follow her adventures bite-by-bite on Instagram.