With the holiday season fast approaching, it is hard not to think of beautifully decorated tables, resplendent with shiny silverware and laden with delicacies. Throughout the world, most cultures like to celebrate holidays with unique traditions and special recipes handed down generation by generation, rich with taste and memories.
The splendid baroque church in Piazza Navona is the incomparable location of this phenomenal apartment. Its history is without equal: from the ashes of the apartment built for Pope innocent X (by request of his alleged mistress, Donna Olimpia) has risen the exquisite phoenix of Italian art, style and design. The restoration work is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, where no expense has been spared to breathe life to a new renaissance in design and interior decoration. This is just a minute preview of Holy Deer, this spectacular new property has incredible views overlooking the square, where Romans gather to celebrate and conclude their holiday season with the traditional “Befana Romana"; eating candy apples and sugar charcoal. Please click here to enjoy a taste of this outstanding apartment.
The region of Cortina d’Ampezzo is the birthplace of one of the most traditional Italian Christmas cakes, Pandoro, which literally means “golden bread”. Only eaten in holiday season, this delicious sweet sponge is best eaten warm, perhaps sitting by a cosy fireplace. No need to worry about the extra calories though: in the stunning chalet Perla in Cortina guests will find a pool, a private fitness area and a spa (not to mention the km of slopes outsides, some of the best in the Dolomites) to burn off the excess sugar…and start again! This luxurious property is located in Cortina’s best area, and offers eight perfectly appointed bedrooms, sophisticated interiors, stunning views and plenty of entertainment built in, like a soundproof cinema room and a games room, perfect to keep the whole family entertained.
London at Christmas-time is nothing short of magical. The city is a whirlwind of beautiful lights shining on the streets, warm, inviting shop windows, carollers singing at almost every corner and dressed-up party goers. From the stuffed turkey to Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, from the glittering Christmas trees to Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a lot of the way we celebrate Christmas today dates back to Queen Victoria and was first established in England. Why not, then, celebrate a traditional Christmas in its birthplace? The Grosvenor Penthouse suite offers 5 luxurious bedrooms, a private lift, a private butler, an extremely elegant living and dining room and an unparalleled location on Park Lane, with a private terrace with wonderful views over Hyde Park: an ideal position to enjoy the marvellous fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.
A great Christmas table cannot overlook one very important element: wine. And where better to improve your sommelier abilities and enjoy great wines than in the Bordeaux region of France? Nestled between the Atlantic shore and pine trees, and just 30 minutes’ away from the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux, Villa La Tosca is an elegant residence, full of old-time charm. There are several fireplaces dotted around the house, including some in the bedrooms that will instantly provide warmth and comfort, and a vast library to get lost in whilst listening to the waves on the beach just outside. The area is blessed with eight Michelin star restaurants and, unsurprisingly, once your delightful meal has come to an end, you can head back to the Villa to sample its most traditional amenity: a wine cellar.
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