From the snow-covered slopes of the Alps and the Dolomites to the serenity of wintry Venice and the cobalt skies of balmy Marrakech, Aman destinations in Europe and North Africa are picturesque, adventure-filled, culture-rich sanctuaries in which to celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year. With hope for a brighter, healthier future and time with loved ones never more poignantly front of mind, this year Aman Le Mélézin in France, Aman Venice and Rosa Alpina in Italy, and Amanjena in Morocco are all offering a host of exclusive dining experiences and bespoke activities to ensure an utterly memorable and wholly rejuvenating festive season.
The uncrowded festive period offers an authentic experience of the floating city and the sense of having its famous canals all to yourself. From 8 December when the palazzo’s magnificent Christmas tree is lit, Aman Venice literally glows from within. Christmas Eve begins with carols around the piano then a delicious dinner, Midnight Mass and hot chocolate with Panettone.
A cosy Christmas Day sees games and movies in the Tiepolo salon after a magnificent lunch, while Boxing Day involves bundling up for the annual stroll to Peggy Guggenheim’s renowned art museum. New Year will be celebrated with an exquisite dinner and live entertainment inspired by the soon-to-be-launched Aman New York, followed by the choice of a boat ride to watch the Salute fireworks.
Ski, dine and spa this festive season to your heart’s content in the charming mountain village of San Cassiano, home to Rosa Alpina. Opening on 10 December, this exclusive family-run retreat in Italy’s Unesco-protected Dolomites is hosting a range of gourmet experiences entitled Starry Nights, showcasing Chef Norbert Niederkofler’s culinary vision including his Cook the Mountain tasting menu at Michelin-starred St.Hubertus. Spend your days exploring the snowscapes of Alta Badia, relaxing in the comprehensive wellness centre, and enjoying quality time with loved ones whether outdoors or in the cinema, games room or library.
Just a glide away from Courchevel 1850 in the heart of Les Troi Vallées, this exclusive ski resort epitomises the magic of a white Christmas. This season, while the Kids Club keeps little ones safe and entertained, enjoy curated adventures ranging from first tracks to scenic hot air balloon flights and culinary journeys including aprés ski cocktail masterclasses, matcha tea ceremonies and sushi-making sessions.
Christmas Eve celebrations begin with face painting for the kids, followed by Santa’s arrival, the annual torchlit procession down the mountain, and a festive fireside banquet as fireworks light up the sky. A cocktail reception and multi-course tasting menu with live entertainment on New Year’s Eve will welcome 2022 in style.
With its romantic lanterns and exotic colours, Marrakech is a dream destination for a memorable Christmas holiday and Amanjena has planned an extensive festive programme catering to all ages. Little ones will be spoilt for choice with kids’ movie nights, treasure hunts, photo competitions and pottery classes. Christmas celebrations include an Aman Venice-inspired dinner followed by an alfresco Mediterranean barbecue lunch in the olive grove and a Japanese tasting dinner at Nama on the 25th. Other gourmet events will include the dazzling 1,001 Moroccan Nights extravaganza, New Year’s Eve’s ‘Under the Stars’ banquet, and a laidback New Year’s Day brunch in the olive grove ensuring a delicious start to the New Year.
As the festive season fast approaches, and with Rooms and Suites in high demand, please contact us to ensure your stay in Europe or North Africa. We look forward to welcoming you.