3 Luxe Hotels to Check Out this December


The most luxurious new hotels to hole up in this Christmas – from Marrakech to New York, with a pit stop in Perth.

The Plaza, New York

Across the road from Central Park and less than a minute’s walk to some of Fifth Avenue’s most famous shops – including Apple’s glass- cube building and department store Bergdorf Goodman – The Plaza is a destination in itself. It’s home to two of the city’s swankiest food halls and famed restaurant The Palm Court. In October, the hotel revealed its 29 renovated Legacy Suites, bringing the vibe of an Upper East Side home to the rooms while retaining touches such as bathroom taps plated in 24-carat gold. Check in to the two-level Plaza Terrace Suite, complete with a private outdoor area, or The Carnegie Suite – 93 square metres of New York real estate with glorious park views.

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

The snow-capped Atlas Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to this new Mandarin Oriental property. Set among 20 hectares of landscaped gardens with olive trees and fragrant rose gardens, it’s a 10-minute drive from crowded Marrakech and its historic medina. There are 54 villas and nine suites here, each heavily inspired by the Moorish style of indoor and outdoor architecture – think bathrooms with hammams inside and walled gardens and shaded dining areas out. Food options include fine-dining Moroccan restaurant Mes’Lalla and the Pool Garden – the perfect spot for lunch under the dappled shade of a bougainvillea-draped pergola.

Crown Promenade, Perth

When Crown rebadged the now decade-old Holiday Inn Burswood three years ago – transforming it into the Crown Promenade – it got cracking on a cool refurb of the 291 guestrooms and the lobby, decking them out in the soothing colours of WA’s landscape. From the front-desk up, service is cheerfully snappy. Sure, there’s a casino and some of the best food in Perth just metres away but for us, it’s all about the beds: crisp linen and custom-made mattresses made of angels’ wings. While there’s little to love about the current construction-site views, what the hotel lacks in aspect it more than makes up for in comfort. Spectacular view or deep sleep? Put us down for the snooze.

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