Does it feel like summer is moving too fast? Travel, like summer, is all about savoring the moment. Don’t worry. There is definitely still time to get away to places near and far. This month, we visit Japan, go on a family cruise to the Caribbean, and share why private jet charters are on the rise.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
The magic of New York really comes alive in December. Along with the iconic Rockefeller Center tree lighting, skating in Central Park, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, many of the city’s best hotels are ushering in holiday cheer for locals and guests alike.
Get in the festive spirit with Holiday Afternoon Tea at the Crosby Street Hotel. The seasonal cakes and bubbly are served through December. On December 5, The Peninsula New York will take boys and girls on a magical adventure to the North Pole. The special Polar Express Children’s Holiday Tea welcomes youngsters in their pajamas to enjoy a book reading, tea and treats.
Deck the halls at The Greenwich! Families who check in to the hotel’s suites can host their own tree trimming party. Upon request, the hotel will deliver a fresh spruce on the house. Guest can choose to have it already decorated or spend the afternoon trimming the tree with the kids.
Lace up your skates at The Rink at The Standard High Line. The 3,000-square-foot ice rink is now open through February for locals and visitors. Hot chocolate, Alpine snacks and an après-ski vibe all add to the wintry fun.
Beginning this weekend, The Chatwal will host a Holiday Carolers Brunch every Saturday in December and on Christmas Day.
Shopping for the person who has everything? The Surrey is planning a dazzling display of rare, hand crafted jewels with Sotheby’s Diamonds from December 10-24. Named “The Most Coveted Gift Collection,” these 45 one-of-a-kind pieces range from $50K to $20 million, and are all available for purchase.
Finally, get ready to ring in 2016 in lavish style. The legendary Knickerbocker unveils its glamourous New Year’s Eve at The Knick for the first time since Prohibition. Only 150 feet separate revelers from the Times Square NYE ball drop.