Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Holidaze

Forgive me for being so Christmas-minded, but when the holiday news continues to roll in it’s hard to put all that red and green pomp on the back burner. That, and I’m particularly pleased with my North Carolina Frasier fir which is now fully decorated (for the record I’m far less impressed with my five-inch-tall poinsettia that cost a whopping $15, but this is Bermuda after all). Although I’m not sure why—the weather is just divine these days—December is a historically slow month on the island, so hotels are offering gobs of discounts and special events to lure guests in and celebrate the holidays. At the Fairmont Southampton, children can make cookies in Santa’s workshop and participate in sandcastle competitions throughout the month (that's the hotel's festive lobby above). And every weekend in December at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess kids can enjoy a storytelling luncheon with Santa while eating peanut butter and jelly pinwheels, turkey sandwiches with cranberry mayo and sipping on chocolate milk and eggnog. The Reefs is offering free rooms on Christmas day for guests staying five nights between December 15th and 27th (a $400 value). And ritzy Tucker’s Point will be hosting special wine tastings around the holidays in addition to cooking lessons taught by the hotel’s chef, Serge Bottelli, who prepared rockfish and cassava pie for Queen Elizabeth during her royal visit in November. So what are you waiting for? It's about time you traded in your white snow for some pink sand this holiday season.

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