Where to spend Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: the best hotels

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Christmas hotels have become a great attraction when it comes to celebrating the holidays away from home. Who wouldn’t like to dress up and enjoy a table setting? Whether it’s Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Eve, here’s our list of the best menus for the festive season.

Rosewood Villa Magna (Paseo de la Castellana 22)

Rosewood Villa Magna has prepared various activities and culinary experiences for the festive period. One of our favourite plans is, without a doubt, the ice rink they have installed in the garden, which you can visit until 15 January 2023.

In addition, this month they are launching the Aprés-Skate Lounge, a new lounge and dining area designed by the El Corte Inglés interior design team, where you can enjoy, among other things, an attractive selection of authentic raclette, oysters, champagne and mulled wine.

As for the menus for these dates, Las Bras de Castellana, the restaurant located in the heart of the hotel and directed by Fran Sanabria, has prepared a special menu for Christmas Eve, which includes a five-course menu (mild Cantabrian lobster curry, foie gras and grilled red prawn risotto, grilled wild turbot and wagyu beef curry), starters and dessert (330 euros with wine pairing (50% for under 12s).

At Christmas, New Year and Epiphany (25 December, 1 January and 6 January), Las Bras de Castellana reinvents its classic brunch with special offers prepared especially for the holidays: tartar with fish and chips, classic eggs Benedict, Iberian oak cakes, selection of cheeses and Iberian cured meats . …. and main courses: beef Basque style, crab and crayfish bisque and white halibut with champagne (130,-. Half price for children under 12 from 13.00 to 16.30).

To bid farewell to the year, on 31 December there will be a gala dinner with a jazz and magic show. The New Year’s Eve menu includes several starters (including Galician oysters, grilled carabinero and octopus stuffed with Iberian bacon), main courses (including beef tenderloin and cod on skewers). Orange curd and praline and Guayaquil sponge cake add the sweet touch (price: 510 € with wine pairing, children under 12 half price).

Reservations: villamagna.fnb@rosewoodhotels.com and + 34 915 871 985.

Restaurant AMÓS

For its part, the AMÓS restaurant, at the suggestion of chef Jesús Sánchez, offers Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus with symbolic dishes and seasonal proposals based on Cantabrian cuisine.

The Christmas Eve menu consists of ten dishes, including classics such as wine vinegar with anchovies and marinated pepper sauce. Also on offer are creamy cod fritters with piquillo peppers and garlic emulsion, bread with anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea 2021 and basil cream or Malen Orellón PGI nº 0 oysters, tempered with a traditional hot soup made in the Cantabrian mountains. Main courses include red fish fillet with capers and spinach emulsion, as well as a festive classic in a new interpretation by the AMÓS team: octopus fillet stuffed with mushrooms and foie gras in Liébana gratin sauce (€420).

The New Year’s Eve menu includes the following dishes: tuna salad with salmon brochettes, Iberian ham tartar with mustard balls, oyster stew, seafood ravioli with lobster tail and crayfish cream, sea bass with tomato vinaigrette and green asparagus, and lamb timbale with piquillo pepper sauce and roasted onions (595 €).

Reservations: amos.madrid@rosewoodhotels.com, tel +34 91 587 19 91.

Marbella Club Hotel (Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella)

Christmas at the Marbella Club is not only magical, refined and unique, but also the highlight of one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. It is also charitable, as this year they are donating a portion of the proceeds from lunches and dinners to various charities.

Tastings such as scallop carpaccio and prawn tartar with sea urchin vinaigrette and cream of parsnip, vanilla and foie gras on Christmas Eve; a classic stuffed turkey on Christmas Day; a sumptuous gala dinner in the Clubhouse followed by an open bar at the iconic Rudi’s to bid farewell to 2022. The New Year’s Eve lunch at El Patio and, of course, the classic Beach Club Buffet by the Sea, available on 25 December, 1 January and 6 January, are sure to be a hit at Marbella Club Christmas. You can check the full menu and prices on their website.

Hotel Arts Barcelona (Carrer de la Marina, 19-21)

On the beachfront stands one of Barcelona’s most emblematic accommodations. What better setting to celebrate a Christmas as special as it is exclusive? This five-star hotel, with endless views of the Mediterranean – and check out the views from the penthouses – has developed a lively festive programme designed to win over guests and locals alike. For starters, the iconic Enoteca Paco Pérez aims to dazzle with its two Michelin stars and a couple of menus to boot.

The Christmas menu features a starter of winter cappuccino, truffled tartlet, sea cucumber and a small prawn vol au vent; which give way to a two-textured soup of sea shark, truffled sea cucumber cannelloni, sea cucumber souvenirs and goat’s straw, ragout and quince. The desserts, however, promise to leave a sweet taste in diners’ mouths: chocolate chips and snow with pear syrup, pears and aniseed sabayon are the highlight of the deselance (€220 per person, €160 with wine pairing).

But the real highlight is the New Year’s Eve feast: from scallops in hazelnut meunière to wild lobster, Peter’s silky cocoa, carabinero, coconut, red curry and Wagyu curry with miso and mushroom truffle, among other delicious recipes (€385 per person, €190 with food and wine).

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