Do something amazing this Christmas and stay somewhere truly special. Late availability from Select

Looking for something different this Christmas? Stay in one of Select Escapes’ hotels and villas - hand-picked for their Style, Individuality and Inspiration.

[ClickPress, Thu Dec 07 2006] If the thought of another Christmas at home leaves you reaching for your passport, then there are a few truly unique hotels that still have availability. Here's a selection of what's still available...

The Ritz, London
Indulge in a magical three night stay over Christmas at The Ritz. Package includes champagne and canapés, theatre, five-course gala dinner dance at The Ritz Restaurant, traditional six-course Christmas luncheon, daily full English breakfast, three nights accommodation. Price from £1,690 per person.

The Grove, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
The Grove is a cosmopolitan country estate with old-fashioned charm and contemporary style. This magnificent 18th-century former home of the Earls of Clarendon stands in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. Imagine giant gold crackers, mulled wine and chestnuts, a crackling log fire, homemade mince pies, turkey with all the trimmings, and brightly wrapped presents. Kids can enjoy a magical round of daily activities at Santa' workshop, whilst the Sequoia spa and championship golf course tempt the young at heart away from the festive fun and games. See out 2006 in style with a roaring twenties New Year's Eve party at The Grove’s very own Speakeasy, where guests will be transported back in time to a land of prohibition, gangsters and molls. Live jazz, Charleston dancers, and barmen mixing drinks with pzazz will really get the party going. Enjoy a magnificent fireworks display at midnight and watch as the Speakeasy transforms into a glamorous casino, with more dancing and live entertainment. Prices for Christmas Package starts from £1245 per person for two nights in an Executive Suite and all meals (including one dinner in Colette's on 24 or 26 December subject to availability). Prices for New Year Package starts from £509 per person for one night in a Superior Mansion Rooms, dinner and breakfast, entertainment.

The Clarence, Dublin
The Clarence is Dublin's premier boutique hotel located in the heart of the city on the famous River Liffey. Owned by Bono & The Edge of Irish rock group U2.
The hotel’s New Year package include three nights, full Irish breakfast each morning, celebratory dinner on New Year’s Eve (a 5 course Tasting Menu) in the hotel’s famous Octagon Bar. Prices for the package start from €1,270 up to €7,000 for the fabulous penthouse suite.

Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
Hôtel de Crillon is an eighteenth-century palace full of charm and elegance with accommodations that are truly fit for a king, with terraces overlooking the Place de la Concorde. For New Year, why not savour an exceptional dinner at the extraordinary Michelin-starred Les Ambassadeurs restaurant, which is one of Paris’ great gastronomic stages.
Prices for New Year Package starts from €2,618 including two nights accommodation, buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of Rose Taittinger champagne and an unforgettable New Year Eve meal at Les Ambassadeurs.

Hotel Royal Monceau, Paris
Hotel Royal Monceau is a distinguished elegant hotel dating from 1928 located near the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees. Offers a New Year Package including gourmet dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jardin, daily breakfast, VIP treatment and accommodation. Price from €950.

Hotel Lancaster, Paris
Hotel Lancaster in Paris is the epitome of contemporary panache and traditional grandeur. Indulge in a truly memorable New Year’s dinner in the award-winning restaurant La Table du Lancaster. Themed ‘Wild with Truffles’, the dinner includes blue lobster in its consommé, truffle and pear twiglets. Price from €1,250.

L’Andana, Tuscany, Italy
L’Andana is the creation of Alain Ducasse, the world-famous French chef, who has created a gastronomic Mediterranean extravaganza in the heart of the Maremma.The magical Christmas package includes: four-nights accommodation, complimentary upgrade (subejct to availability), breakfast for two, Christmas Eve Dinner for two and two spa treatments. Package prices start from €1,100. The truly very special New Year Package includes: three-nights accommodation, complimentary upgrade (subject to availability), breakfast for two, wine tasting, New Year Eve Dinner for two and two spa treatments. Package prices start from €1,660.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento, Italy
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is one of Italy’s Grandest Dames and has a fin-de-siècle feel to it. Positioned at the top of a cliff, commanding a spectacular view of Sorrento’s port, the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The three-night Christmas package includes dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Lunch. At the night of 27 December, there will be a tango event at the hotel. The New Year package includes a bottle of champagne in the bedroom, gala dinner on New Year's Eve (with musical entertainment and fireworks) , Jazz brunch on 1st January The cost is per person based on two sharing for 3 nights and starts from €509.

J.K. Place, Florence, Italy
J.K. Place feels like a very luxurious private mansion. The design is a triumph of elegance and cool, modern eclecticism. There is still a chance to book the Master Room Suite or the Penthouse Suite. Rates start from €750 per room per night

Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy
Staying at Byblos Art Hotel is like living in a museum of modern furniture. Christmas package includes three nights accommodation, daily breakfast, three days museum pass to 16 of Verona’s museums, Christmas lunch and one candle-light dinner, Spa treatments. The New Year package includes three nights accommodation, daily breakfast, museum pass to 16 of Verona’s museums, one tasting menu in a gourmet restaurant in Verona, gala dinner, one bottle of champagne, brunch, spa treatments. Packages from €644.

Park Hotel Villa Grazioli, Rome, Italy
Park Hotel Villa Grazioli is a magnificent residence immersed in an atmosphere of art, history and beauty. The hotel offers a special New Year’s Package, including three nights accommodation in a suite, daily breakfast and New Year’s

elBulli Hotel Hacienda Benazuza, Andalucia, Spain
On a hill overlooking the Guadiamar river valley, Spain, the exclusive elBulli Hotel Hacienda Benazuza is encircled by olive trees, fountains and Andalucian-style gardens. Offers a three-nights Christmas package including “Benazuza” Breakfast every day and Christmas Eve Dinner in LA ALQUERIA 2* Michelin restaurant with a very special Tasting Menu. Offers a three-nights New Year package including “Benazuza” Breakfast every day and a truly memorable Gala Dinner with mouth-watering dishes such as Kobe Wagyu sirloin with smoked red butter and black truffle, Philo pasta Rifacli with white chocolate and raspberries. Package prices start from €1,500 for Christmas and from €2,346

The Dylan, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Dylan Amsterdam distinguishes itself by being daring and dramatic, offering style, elegance. The hotel will be serving splendid five-/seven-course Christmas dinners on 24 and 25 December. The New Year Package’s highlight is Party in The Dylan which includes a buffet with a wide choice of ‘fruits de mer’ including lobster and caviar, and of course champagne. The entertainment will be provided by a well-known DJ. Christmas package price from €550 for one night’s accommodation in a suite, Christmas dinner and breakfast for two. New Year package price from €900 for one night’s accommodation in a Canal view suite and the Party in the Dylan.

The Fortress, Sri Lanka
The Fortress is a fusion of contemporary chic and Sri Lankan history in a classic setting. Is currently offering an opening package: Book 4 nights and get 1 night free, Free upgrade (subject to availability), complimentary Fortress Journey to Handunugada Tea Estate, where the world’s most expensive tea and the only place producing white tea. Alternatively, a complimentary Fortress Journey to Galle Fort. UNESCO World Heritage Site. A landmark of Sri Lanka’s southern coast and must-see attraction for its local character. From US$370 per room per night (based on single/double occupancy), including breakfast and dinner in Pepper restaurant.

The Metropolitan, Bangkok, Thailand
The Metropolitan is the Thai capital's hotspot for those at the centre of the action. A cool and contemporary east-west aesthetic with modern Oriental accents. The hotel offers a Christmas package including a special Gala Dinner at Cy’an Restaurant, which is one of the hottest tables in town. Prices from US$300 up to US$640 per night for the amazing penthouse suite. The prices include daily breakfast, the gala dinner, return airport transfer in a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz and complimentary yoga/stretch class at the renowned COMO Shambhala.

Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
Lebua at State Tower is located in the heart of Bangkok with breathtaking river and city views. The ‘Memorable Christmas and New Year Affair’ packages include a drink at the trendy Distil bar with half a dozen oysters for two people, a dinner at the award-winning Sirocco restaurant, round-trip airport transfer in BMW series and accommodation in a one-bedroom suite. Price from US$250 per room per night (min stay 3 nights).

Alila Manggis and Alila Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort is nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung. For Christmas and New Year, Alila Manggis offers Santa’s Picnic Lunch on a secluded white sandy beach or the magical Ujung water palace, Balinese barbeque feat on the beach; Sparkling seven course culinary journey to countdown. Alila Manggis starts at US$165 per room per night including breakfast for two

Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture Alila Ubud is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills. For Christmas and New Year, Alila Ubud offers Indonesian Spice Islands Christmas Day Brunch, Flaming Barbeque Banquet….
Alila Ubud starts from US$195 per room per night including breakfast for two

Puri Wulandari, Bali, Indonesia
Puri Wulandari’s villas are nestled amongst a series of steep embankments downhill with breathtaking views over the Ayung River to the jungle beyond. Offers a special Christmas and New Year package which includes: 3 nights accommodation in one-bedroom villa with swimming pool, daily American Breakfast, a romantic dinner (replaced by New Year’s Eve special dinner), 24 hours butler service, and 10% discount on all treatments at the Lila Ulangun Spa. Package price starts from US$1,165

Fuchun Resort, China
A truly inspirational resort, Fuchun Resort is immersed with traditional Chinese landscaping and architectural design combined with a modern approach to style and elegance. Fuchun Resort offers a special three-nights Christmas package including two dinners, a bottle of champagne, daily breakfast and three nights in a Suite with Lake View. Prices from US$1,222 per couple

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