Raffles Hotels & Resorts believe that indulgence is the key to celebrating the festive season this year. From exquisite dining experiences to handcrafted festive hamper gifts, sipping cocktails in the Belvedere Vodka winter garden in Paris or ringing in the new year with the legendary New Year’s Eve Gala Ball in Singapore, guests will be spoilt for choice with the array of experiences on offer to share in the magic of Christmas.
Commence celebrations in the Tiffin Room with the signature Afternoon Tea, crafted with a Christmas spin, where guests can expect impeccably curated Christmas delights such as Christmas Fruit Cake, Christmas Cookies and Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce among the myriad of pastries.
Gather friends and family to revel in the festivities of Christmas at the storied Bar & Billiard Room, dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on delectable selections at the Carving and Live Stations like the Australian Grain Fed Prime Rib on the Bone and Roasted Stuffed Christmas Turkey with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, complete with an extensive spread of appetisers, fresh seafood, artisanal festive breads and charcuterie, gourmet cheeses and tantalising desserts and accompanied by Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve and Billecart-Salmon Rosé.
At the renowned Raffles’ Christmas Day Brunch, bask in the charms of the Bar & Billiard Room and partake in a tantalising spread of delicious appetisers, beautifully crafted desserts and live stations that include a variety of festive carvings as well as sea urchin and Alaskan king crab with scrambled eggs and langoustine ravioli with whisked lemon butter, green cabbage and black truffle.
For an elegant alternative, toast to good cheer at the Raffles Grill where the masterchefs will present an extravagant five-course Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch, featuring contemporary French creations like light smoked foie gras terrine with brussel sprouts and beet caramel and maine lobster with romaine leves, “sot ly laisse” and black truffle.
The Enchanted Forest
From the moment guests enter Le Royal Monceau, a Palace Hotel, they’ll discover sublime natural Christmas trees by florist Baptiste Pitou.
Imagined by Daum, the installation reflects 250 hanging snowflakes made of pâte de verre. In the heart of the lobby, guests are offered a glimpse of the universe of the Daum Crystal House, where the magic of Christmas operates according to tradition: the moon is purple, roses sprinkle and teddy bears play between the Christmas trees.
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris has also introduced a Belvedere Vodka Winter Garden for the festive season. Located across the enclosed swimming pool in the courtyard, four to six guests can hunker down in this unique installation with Belvedere signature cocktails paired with finger food from the hotel’s Matsuhisa restaurant, created by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
This hanging garden is surrounded by gardens as well as a virtual green oasis: a hologram of snowy forest to create even more magic in the City of Lights.
Under the Christmas tree
The art bookstore has imagined 10 original boxes, each one containing the perfect gift. This gift box includes a dinner at Matsuhisa Paris for two people (including beverages), Nobu Cookbook signed by Nobu, and the teddy Sushi Yummy.
Raffles Istanbul is preparing for the cheerful, magical and delicious days of Christmas with a wide selection of offers throughout the month of December.
Guests can decide between the amazing Gala Dinner at Rocca Brasserie on New Year’s Eve; the New Year Party at the Legendary Long Bar which will rock the city; or the famous Raffles Brunch on the first day of 2017.
Raffles Istanbul also has the children covered so can revel in the party, with fun activities, special entertainment and a sleeping room. A camera system will be placed at the children’s playground area to allow parents to check in on them throughout the night on their mobile phones whilst enjoying Raffles Gala dinner celebrations.
Surprise and pamper loved ones with Raffles Istanbul’s exclusive gift, the Raffles Istanbul Hamper, including:
- Brunch for two
- Raffles Chocolate
- Raffles Macaron
- Raffles Magnet
- Raffles New Year Teddy Bear
- İstanbul Lokum Candle
- İstanbul Lokum mystic Eau de Cologne
- Beymen Turkish Coffee Cup Set
- Haremlique Turkish Coffee
- Haremlique Chocolate Almond with Turkish Coffee
- Palais Des Thes Tea
The music of Christmas is the song of the season at Raffles Makati. In partnership with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the hotel’s halls will be filled with melodies of cheerful song. In the spirit of giving, Raffles Makati has made a commitment to the Manila Symphony Orchestra to support their mission in having a permanent home by setting aside proceeds from the holiday promotions to be donated to the organisation.
As the hotel celebrates the most wonderful time of the year, enjoy a medley of gastronomic affairs, pampering sessions and luxurious getaways waiting to be discovered. To start off the holiday’s festive offers, enjoy a tete-a-tete over a music-themed afternoon tea at the Writers Bar. Delight in a choice of tea paired with freshly-baked scones, holiday pastries, and delicate teacup sandwiches at PHP1200 (AU $32) for two. Enjoy this tea-time with special performances by the Manila Symphony Orchestra’s quartet, taking place every Saturday of December.
At the Long Bar, get into the holiday spirit with friends over its Cool Yule Jazz Nights on Wednesdays. From 5pm to 8pm, kick back to a Happy Hour filled with Christmas jazz songs inspired by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bing Crosby. Guests indulging in Jazz Nights during Happy Hour can enjoy free-flowing local and imported beers, selected cocktails, and house spirits accompanied by a Chef’s sample of tapas at PHP695 (AU $19) per person.
On 9 December, feast on traditional Christmas delights such as eggnog, mince pies, and mulled wine while listening to Renaissance-style music by the Manila Symphony Orchestra in Ye Olde Christmas Concert with melodies played on lutes, fiddles, and harps at PHP1200 (AU $32) per person from 6pm. to 8pm.
Raffles Dubai has unveiled its Christmas calendar, brimming with holiday events that will bring a sparkle to the festive season. Beginning with opening the Advent Calendar and lighting the Christmas Tree, right up until ringing in of 2017 with spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations, there are a host of special occasions at Raffles Dubai to celebrate the magic of Christmas with friends and family.
Tree lighting ceremony
Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quite like the magical tree lighting ceremony at Raffles Dubai on Tuesday 6 December, as the Christmas tree is gloriously lit up with hundreds of twinkling lights. Starting at 6pm there will be traditional tunes, festive treats and a special appearance from Santa Claus. A festive gingerbread village will be on display in the Raffles lobby, this edible extravaganza created by Raffles’ talented pastry chefs will measure six square metres and feature replica alpine houses and a working miniature train.
What could be a better present than handing over Christmas cooking duties to the expert chefs at Raffles Dubai? Available to pre-order from now until the end of December, Raffles Dubai has a menu of takeaway gourmet dishes to impress your guests, including a turkey feast with all the trimmings ready to carve at your Christmas table, wagyu beef wellington, foie gras and black truffle terrine, and hazelnut yule log. Let the Raffles culinary team take care of the cooking so you can enjoy the luxury of a stress-free Christmas with no washing up!
Christmas Afternoon Tea and Raffles Advent Calendar
Raffles Dubai will be counting down to Christmas with a hand-painted, wall-sized advent calendar in the beautiful Raffles Salon, where guests can indulge in a yuletide twist to afternoon tea, available daily throughout December. The Collection Afternoon Tea/Christmas Edition features bite-sized festive delicacies including smoked salmon terrine blinis with caviar and gold leaf, cranberry flapjacks with edible holly leaves and snow-dusted Stollen served with a glass of mulled grape. Every day, guests enjoying afternoon tea at 4pm will have a chance to win the incredible prizes hidden within the calendar.
Christmas Market at The Garden Brunch
The Garden Brunch at Raffles receives a sprinkling of festive magic on Friday 16 December as the scenic Raffles Garden transforms into an outdoor Christmas Market, with live cooking stations serving traditional festive delicacies including mince pies, roasted chestnuts, and a twist on a UAE favourite – turkey shawarma, as well as mulled grape, sure to keep diners merry until Christmas. All of this will be available alongside the Raffles Brunch, a mouth-watering buffet menu featuring the famous Raffles Roast with all the trimmings. Live music from Stereo Sound will echo throughout the market and gift stalls will offer homemade crafts for sale – handy for those that need to purchase those last minute presents.