Top Christmas Trees Worth Travelling For in 2018
The festive season provides an opportunity for hospitality and travel spaces to make a statement with their Christmas trees and decorations, creatively collaborating with designers, artists and other brands to tell a story. Here are four of our favourites from across the globe.
- Trashy Tree: Five-star hotel The Temple House in Chengdu, China, makes a statement on sustainability with its Christmas tree, which has been constructed using 2,500 upcycled plastic bottles collected from guests' rooms. The tree has been created in collaboration with Austrian brand Swarovski, whose crystals embellish the festive structure.
- Fragrant Fir: In partnership with luxury New York retailer Tiffany & Co., London's St Pancras International train station unveiled a 43ft scented tree, which dispenses waves of Tiffany's Signature fragrance. It showcases more than 1,800 decorations, including 600 handcrafted paper Iris flowers as well as a 17ft Tiffany-branded animatronic robot, all featuring the brand's signature blue colour scheme.
- Crystal Christmas: New York's Edition hotel has decorated its tree with help from designer Lauren Chanel Patrick, a member of US art collective For Freedoms. Using the sodium compound borax, she has grown ornate crystal ornaments that represent water in its liquid, solid and gas states. The tree topper design is based on the alchemical symbol for water. The final result represents the scarcity of water in many parts of the world.
- Fashionable Foliage: Luxury London hotel Claridge's has collaborated with Belgian fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg to create the Tree of Love – a 6m-tall tree decorated with 8,000 silver leaves, 150 hearts and blue glass spheres. Von Furstenberg has a long affinity with the hotel, having designed a series of rooms and suites for the property in 2010.