Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes the stress of finding the perfect gifts for family and friends. For those who already have it all, we’ve rounded up the best luxury experience gifts, including a literary-inspired afternoon tea in London and a week-long wellness retreat in Switzerland.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
For the one who’s burnt out:
Six-Night Wellness Reset at Chenot Palace Weggis, Switzerland
This festive season, give the gift of personal rejuvenation with a week-long wellness reset at one of the world’s leading retreats. Chenot Palace Weggis is a Health Wellness Retreat on beautiful Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, epitomising holistic science-based wellness through three result-oriented programmes – Advanced Detox, Recover and Energise, and Prevention and Ageing Well – all designed based on the protocols of the world-renowned Chenot Method®. The retreat includes a world-class metabolic and sports laboratory, a whole-body cryochamber at -110°C, antigravity technologies, an altitude chamber, an ultra-modern fitness area, a 21-meter indoor swimming pool and 97 stylish modern rooms & suites offering views of the Swiss Alps or the serene lake – ideal for those seeking a full reboot to begin the new year.
A six-night Advanced Detox programme at Chenot Palace Weggis costs from 5,300CHF (approx. £4,600) per person. For more information, please visit www.chenotpalaceweggis.com.
For the one who’s health comes first:
Preventative Health Assessment at Echelon Health, London
Give the gift of life this Christmas, with a gift voucher for Echelon Health, the world-leading preventative health centre capable of detecting up to 95% of early causes of disease. Home to the most advanced medical imaging equipment and a renowned team of experts led by Dr Paul Jenkins, the clinic’s Echelon Optimum offering combines its most comprehensive assessment with a two-night stay at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park before and after the assessment day. Clients within a 100-mile radius of London are collected from home and chauffeured to the hotel, then to their appointments the following day, while a £200 hotel voucher can be spent on dining experiences and wellness treatments to provide a welcome dose of relaxation after the assessments. A follow up consultation provides invaluable insight and recommendations for healthy living and, if necessary, treatment.
Echelon Optimum costs from £14,000 per person, including chauffer service, Echelon Platinum Assessment, a two-night stay at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and a £200 hotel voucher. For more information, please visit www.echelon.health.
For the one who knows their literature:
Afternoon Tea Inspired by Much Loved Novels at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London
Treat friends and family to an immersive literary themed afternoon tea at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel in the heart of Chelsea. Served in the beautiful surroundings of the Maison Lounge, imaginative sweet and savoury delicacies take guests on a journey through the pages of much-loved classic novels, curated by Head Pastry Chef, Pierre Morvan, and Executive Chef, Chris Hill. Expect an assortment of finger sandwiches and desserts inspired by the flavours of locations from three literary classics, Around the World in 80 Days, From Earth to the Moon and Journey to the Centre of the Earth, including Spiced Pork with Apple Chutney on Onion Bread and Oak Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese on Mini Bagels For those with a sweet tooth, the impressive sweet selection includes a Crunchy Shortbread Rocket filled with Pear Compote and five-spiced Cream Mousse, and Chocolate and Caramel Tart made up of Smooth Caramel Cremeux, Cocoa Crumbs and Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache.
The Literary Afternoon Tea costs from £65 per person, available between 12pm and 6pm, seven days a week in Maison Lounge at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel. Vegan options are available and dietary requirements can be catered for. For more information, visit www.belmond-thecadogan.com.
For the one who loves to cook:
Cookery Classes in the Heart of the Medina at La Maison Arabe, Marrakech
A Christmas gift for all the senses, surprise loved ones with a Moroccan escape this year. Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts invites travellers to discover the vibrant colours and scents of Marrakech with a stay at La Maison Arabe and partake in classes at the hotel’s cookery school– the first of its kind in the city. Learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine from the resort’s dadas (traditional Moroccan cooks) and master recipes which can be practiced long after the holiday is over. With two restaurants and two bars to choose from, as night falls sample and savour Moroccan fare at Le Restaurant, which offers a refined dining experience celebrating the rich flavours and specialities the country is famed for.
Rooms at La Maison Arabe start at £146 per night. To book and for further information, please visit: www.cenizaro.com/lamaisonarabe/marrakech.
For the one who has it all:
A Trip of a Lifetime with EnVogue Travel
This Christmas, gift a loved one a trip of a lifetime, expertly curated by EnVogue Travel, a bespoke luxury tour operator specialising in unique and custom-made itineraries. Founder and CEO Emma Higgins and her team organise the most exceptional and transformative experiences to the world’s most elusive destinations tailored to suit the most discerning of travellers’ needs and requirements. From a weekend in the Alps with two-Michelin star chef Alex Dilling who will prepare a ski-in, ski-out lunch in the mountains served on tables and chairs made entirely from snow, to a safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, alongside Alexandra Llewellyn culminating in the design of a world-class Backgammon Board crafted with precious stones and rare wood.
With a focus on sustainability, EnVogue Travel works with partners and contacts within the industry who prioritise responsible travel, such from eco-hotels, that protect local wildlife, to resorts minimising their carbon footprint, and giving back to local communities. The tour operator has also partnered with Ocean Bottle to help drive plastic collection from the oceans, gifting each of their clients a bottle ahead of their adventure.
For further information, please visit www.envogue.travel.
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