As the festive season is upon us, here’s a list of hotels that we think would be great to spend your Christmas and New Year’s …

A luxurious festive journey designed to create the warmth of a family gathering and glam and glitter of the most fabulous New Year’s celebrations from across the world, The Chedi Muscat is offering a Festive Inspired Afternoon Tea with selection of Christmas-themed canapés and more at The Lobby Lounge until Dec.30. You can also celebrate Christmas with their Christmas Eve Dinner that features a special set-menu, designed to recreate the warmth and love of a family meal. Dine al fresco at The Restaurant or indoors, to the tunes of Christmas Carols from the Royal Opera House Muscat, in a warm atmosphere of The Restaurant on Dec. 24. You can also indulge in a Christmas Brunch at The Restaurant and The Restaurant Courtyard on Dec. 25. For the ultimate NY celebration,  The Chedi Lawns is hosting a party on Dec. 31 that is ‘Fabulous’ with celebrity DJ Claire-Marie Rutledge from New York and belly dancers from Turkey adding to the celebrations. There are cold fireworks at midnight and don’t worry about your children as there’s a Kid’s Corner as well with Movie Night and a kids buffet in the Salalah Room. There’s a New Year brunch too, in case you plan to continue the celebrations well into the new year.

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Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s exciting calendar of festive events includes magical experiences, fine-dining feasts and spa indulgences throughout December. From Festive High Tea at The Atrium, Christmas Jazz at Al Maha Jazz Lounge to Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec 24 at The Pavilion, which offers sumptuous dining by the sea, with a special menu laid on for the occasion and a Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Al Khiran Kitchen for families to enjoy in a laid-back atmosphere. Then there is the Grand Christmas Brunch on Dec. 25, a grand event that will take place at The Pavilion with all-inclusive food and beverage packages and a decadent menu of festive fare to feast on throughout the afternoon. Of course, there’s a New Year’s Eve Dinner as well. Guests can enjoy an intimate evening of fine dining by the sea with the New Year’s Eve dinner at The Pavilion and then then is a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner that is more of celebratory event, which takes place throughout the hotel gardens and beachfront from 8pm till late, promises to be one of the highlights of the entire year. There are some fabulous spa packages on offer as well.
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Fancy celebrating the festive season 2,000m above sea level? Head to the stunning Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort that is offering an array of dining experiences. Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner ‘la dolce vita’ at Bella Vista, a traditional Italian kitchen with contemporary flair on Dec. 24 or then opt for an opulent Christmas Eve Buffet at the Al Maisan buffet. New Year’s Eve dinner is a special affair. Being hosted at Bella Vista, the spectacular four-course set menu along with tipples is the perfect way to ring in the new! Looking for something more of a ‘dance into the new year’ celebration? Head to Al Maisan on Dec. 31 and dance away 2021 under shimmering disco balls, neon lights and all things glitter.
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Why not spend the festive season overlooking the twinkling shoreline at Alila Hinu Bay in Salalah. Promising a host of special festivities, guests are invited to join in the revelry with gourmet Christmas lunch and dinner celebrations, live entertainment, and a generous sprinkling of Alila’s ‘surprisingly different’ experiences. With plenty on offer to bring the festivities to life, enjoy unparalleled gastronomy at The Orchard Restaurant, or sample an Asian spin across cheer-filled special days at SeaSalt Restaurant. For families, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained including Kids Festive Crafts, Cotton-ball Snowman Creation, Santa Beach Show, Poke-A-Tree Game, Dance With a real-life Santa and much more! Whether looking for a romantic escape or a family-friendly spot to spend the holidays, look no further than Alila Hinu Bay, where awe-inducing experiences, exciting excursions, and jingle-bell activities await.

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