'Tis the season to be jolly, and few festive decorations can transform a space as radically as a truly original Christmas tree.
Though the classic pine is still a firm favourite, accommodation providers will be looking to dazzle and impress guests with trees that embody the business’s principles, be it luxurious and glam or simple and sustainable. We’ve curated some of the best festive trees from around the world for your perusal.
Few hotel Christmas trees inspire such regular excitement as those annually displayed at Claridge’s. The iconic Mayfair hotel has showcased trees by John Galliano, Kally Ellis, Christopher Bailey, and Dolce & Gabbana.
The hotel’s 2018 tree was designed by fashion icon and long-time friend of the hotel Diane von Furstenberg. The six-metre ‘Tree of Love’ was coloured with blue iridescent lustre and decorated with over 8,000 hand-painted silver-leafed leaves, glass spheres, and 150 hand-blown glass hearts.
In true Claridge’s style, the tree’s blend of sophistication and luxury provided an otherworldly centrepiece for the hotel’s central staircase, giving guests a 360-degree view of the magnificent artwork.
Auckland, New Zealand
Cordis Auckland’s 2018 sustainable Christmas Tree was made from re-purposed materials left from the hotel’s refurbishment, completed earlier that year.
The base was made from re-purposed cable drums from the renovated lifts and old door frames, whilst the ‘tree’ was made from pre-loved CD’s and damaged Christmas decorations, arranged creatively to produce an impactful, sculptural and cheerful display.
The tree was made as part of an internal initiative to encourage all Langham and Cordis hotels to create trees out of sustainable products.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
What better way to welcome in the holidays than in the company of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?
Located in front of Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, an hour from Zurich, this giant 130-foot Sequoia tree is decorated each year for the holidays with more than 30,000 LED lights. The tree was planted in 1900, and with an estimated lifespan of 1800-2700 years, it should be entertaining festive tourists for many centuries to come.
San Francisco, USA
San Franciso’s luxury hotel Fairmont’s 23-foot Christmas tree is a classic homage to a traditional festive aesthetic, but it’s the hotel’s two-storey, life-sized gingerbread house which has become a must-see attraction for guests and the public.
First erected in 2015, the house is the product of meticulous planning by the hotel’s culinary and engineering teams. This year, the Fairmont gingerbread house will be larger than ever, standing more than 25 feet high, 35 feet wide, and 10.5 feet deep. 6,000 handmade gingerbread bricks took five months to bake. The structure will hold 750kg of candy and 1,500 kg of icing, and up to 10 guests can be served afternoon tea inside the house.
The Temple House
Since 2016, The Temple House in Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan province, has held a tree-lighting ceremony in the evening of the last Saturday in November.
The centrepiece of 2018’s ceremony, the up-cycled Christmas tree, was created with 2,500 plastic bottles collected from guests’ rooms by housekeeping. The bottles housed ascending coloured liquid, ranging from white to dark green, resonating the hotel’s ‘Go Green’ initiatives. Adding a touch of glam, the tree was embellished by up-cycled Swarovski crystals.
Across Australia & New Zealand
In keeping with QT’s hip, left-field approach, the hotel chain has worked with artist Adam Powell for their upcoming Christmas tree installations. The result is a glamorous creation that perfectly balances QT’s stylish contemporary aesthetic with an unexpected twist.
Crafted from a number of different-sized disco balls, Powell’s creation will sit in the lobby of every QT hotel in Australia and New Zealand, welcoming guests with a quirky take on a Christmas classic.