Do something amazing this Christmas, stay somewhere special. Late availability from Select Escapes

Dec. 7, 2006 – LONDON – 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information about Christmas and New Year in a truly inspirational hotel or villa, contact Select Escapes on +44 (0)20 7095 8700, info@selectescapes.com or visit www.SelectEscapes.com

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