Holiday Inspiration from Accor Hotels

Break the mould this Christmas – Six ideas for a unique Christmas experience

Looking for inspiration on where to spend your holidays? Accor suggests these six unusual experiences that can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. So pack those bags for a very different festive break! Plus check out featured hotels in each of the six unique holiday locations.

Avenue Two Travel is excited to promote Accor Group‘s distinguished hotels in these locations offering unique holiday experiences. Book your festive getaway today!

Novotel Rio de Janeiro Leme at night as scene from balcony lounge area looking at night sky and ocean

Novotel Rio de Janeiro Leme – Rio de Janeiro

Discover the world’s largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro

It’s not even Carnival, but there’s already plenty to see during your stay in Rio de Janeiro. Imagine—you’re relaxing on the banks of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, enjoying the warm sunny December evening … Above the middle of the lake, majestically reflected in the still water, rises a Christmas tree lit by 3 million bulbs! Seeing the lights of this floating 85m-high Christmas tree switched on is almost as breathtaking as the view from Corcovado Mountain.

Featured Hotel: Novotel Rio de Janeiro Leme

Novotel Rio de Janeiro Leme is ideal for your business or tourism trip in Rio. Located in Leme district, just one block from the famous promenade of Leme and Copacabana beach, near the Sugar Loaf Cable Car and 9 km from Santos Dumont Airport.

Novotel São Paulo Morumbi – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Admiring Sao Paulo in its Christmas garb

Just like Rio, the city of Sao Paulo is chock-full of Christmas decorations—despite the almost 30° temperatures. Who could resist taking a selfie with your family standing next to Santa in Hawaiian-style flip-flops? Then, as night falls, you seek the coolness of the Ibirapuera Park, where you’re wowed by the fountains, which are cleverly choreographed to dance in time to the multimedia projections. Just one of the many surprises of a Christmas spent in tropical Sao Paulo!

Featured Hotel: Novotel São Paulo Morumbi

This contemporary hotel is 3.7 km from the Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium (Morumbi Stadium) and 11 km from the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art.

The modern rooms with wood floors and sleek furniture have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add Nespresso machines. Room service is available 24/7.

There are 2 elegant international restaurants, including a sleek eatery with city views, as well as a classic bar. Additional amenities include a sundeck, an outdoor pool and a gym, plus a kids’ club, and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Meeting space is available.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour – Sydney, Australia

Spending Christmas on a Sydney beach

Perhaps even more surprising than Sao Paulo is a Sydney Christmas. Even the golden sands of Bondi Beach have a festive flavour, as it’s a traditional destination for families and other seekers of fun on Christmas Day itself! Around you, you’ll see people tucking into an Aussie-style seafood barbecue rather than turkey with stuffing. But before you dive into the seafood, why not grab your surfboard and dive into the sea? What better way to experience the Aussie beach lifestyle than during a Sydney Christmas break!

Featured Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Located in Darling Harbour, adjacent to the new International Convention Centre Sydney and just a short walk from the shopping areas, the 5 star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour sets the benchmark for luxury and elegant experience. The 590 rooms & suites combine French elegance and contemporary design, with breathtaking views of the Harbour. This Darling Harbour hotel also features 3 bars, a restaurant, club lounge & outdoor pool. Look no further and book your Darling Harbour accommodation at the Sofitel.

One of the most elegant hotels in Sydney, the Sofitel Darling Harbour has incredible views from all rooms and suites. Find the best view at the top floor club, Millesime. Darling Harbour accommodation with luxurious rooms and blissful infinity pool. Don’t miss out! Book your Darling Harbour accommodation now and enjoy an early check-in & late check-out, giving you more time to explore the city. Make the most of your Darling Harbour hotel and dine in at Atelier by Sofitel or one of three bars.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour view from the room looking out over the harbor with boats

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Auckland, New Zealand

Say hello to Santa beneath Auckland’s sunny skies

Sydney’s Santa has competition—in Auckland. Invigorated by the Pacific Ocean spray, you’ll breathe in the festive feeling as you browse the shops and cafes of Viaduct Harbour. Your route continues past the Christmassy blossoms of the pohutukawa trees to Franklin Road. In the middle of this fine avenue, you spot a rather unusual Santa Claus. Surrounded by artificial snow, he takes off his sunglasses and greets you with a hearty ho ho ho! Just one of the many treats that will make your stay in Auckland special.

Featured Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Experience the very best of modern luxury at Sofitel Auckland, where you can indulge in a decidedly chic encounter that combines the spirit of our Viaduct Harbour location with the French Art de Vivre.

Sofitel offers tailor-made services and splendid facilities that are stylish and cosmopolitan.  Authentic and lively culinary experiences in the restaurant, soothing wellness journeys in the spa, and exquisitely designed spaces that exude chic design with a hint of the French touch.

The unmistakable influence of fashion has imbued Sofitel with a couture approach to service, from the fine attention paid to the smallest detail, to the elaborate flourishes that enchant and delight guests.

2 photos of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam horse and chariot exterior photo of hotel and view of a bedroom

Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Admiring the lights of Amsterdam

As we head to Amsterdam, it’s time to put away the swimsuit and put on the parka. But even if the temperature is not much higher than zero, your heart will be warmed by the thousand lights of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Many of the installations and displays are produced by leading artists from the Netherlands and abroad. The work gently illuminates the city’s canals and houses like a light sheen of winter snow. The Festival is just one of the many attractions to enjoy during your Amsterdam Christmas break.

Featured Hotel: Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Located between two gentle canals in the heart of the city, The Grand boasts a rich history; from a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings, to the headquarters of the Admiralty to the City Hall of Amsterdam. The hotel offers five-star luxury in a unique ambiance, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The spacious accommodations, the exceptional food and beverage proposition, the historic meeting/event venues and the indulgent Sofitel SPA captivate and seduce everyone into visiting this hotel.

Many attractions are just a short walk from the hotel, including Dam Square, Madame Tussauds and de Bijenkorf. Just a short tram ride away, you’ll find the Anne Frank House or the iconic museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Here you will be amazed by beautiful works of arts. A boat trip on Amsterdam’s canals is highly recommended.

2 photos of Swissôtel Zürich, one of the indoor pool overlooking water and city and other a closeup of wine glasses in a restaurant

Hotel Swissôtel Zürich – Zürich, Switzerland

Sauntering through Zurich’s Christmas market

Perhaps you didn’t get the chance to see Amsterdam’s Christmas markets while you were there? If so, you can catch up on your shopping at Zurich’s Christkindlimarkt, believed to be the largest covered Christmas market in Europe.As the smells of hot chocolate and tasty treats whisk you back to your childhood, you’ll be dazzled by the brilliance of the Swarovski-sponsored Christmas tree. Your stay in Zurich: a festive fairy tale in a stunning natural setting.

Featured Hotel: Hotel Swissôtel Zürich

Zurich’s tallest international 4 star business hotel, Swissotel Zurich, conveniently located opposite Oerlikon train station, is ideally close to Zurich’s business, culture, shopping and entertainment and just 5km from both Zurich Airport and the city centre. The 347 contemporary rooms and suites reflect an elegant & modern style, featuring panoramic views of Zurich and the Swiss Alps. All rooms are non-smoking.

Meet friends or colleagues for cocktails at Le muh Bar; enjoy casual dining at Restaurant Le muh. A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of choices to energise your day, and seating extends out onto the local market square in warm people-watching weather.

You’ll enjoy a luxurious range of leisure facilities, such as Spa & Sport, offering invigorating treatments and a spectacular rooftop infinity pool. Swissotel Zurich’s convention centre is the perfect setting for any event and caters for up to 700 participants.

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