Christmas ideas (Part I): Add a touch of class to your celebrations at super yacht hotel

If you're seeking a special festive treat maybe a meal and an overnight stay at a floating hotel is for you

I have been trying to avoid mentioning it. A former client once dubbed me ‘Grumpy in the Grotto’ and I think he had a point – I regard Christmas with dread. I love the boozy element and getting together with friends, but I fear getting the present-giving part of it wrong. More on that in a future posts.

But it’s November – and Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way now, so there’s no avoiding it … Christmas is next on the agenda.

I’ve always felt a difficult to explain the pressure I feel when it comes to present giving, especially to my wife/wives (there have been a few). Have I got enough? Have I spent too much/too little? Will she say ‘that’s great, thanks’ and secretly hate the gift? I thought this was meant to be a happy time!

Sound familiar? Do you, like me, only relax when there are no more shopping days to go. The ‘if I’ve got it wrong it’s too late to change’ feeling? Horrible, isn’t it?

Well, between now and the big day I will try to come up with some ideas that might help you stop getting all bitter and twisted inside.

Let’s kick-off with the idea of a meal and/or hotel stay.

The concept of eating in a floating restaurant isn’t exactly new. But how about eating in one then retiring to bed straight away? Sound good? You can have that final aperitif and not worry if you will be able to catch a train/tube/cab/bus afterwards.

Sunborn London has announced its seasonal Christmas and New Year’s Eve calendar of celebrations, to see this year’s festive period through in style, in London’s only super yacht hotel. Located in the prestigious Royal Victoria Dock close to the O2, Greenwich and Canary Wharf, the Sunborn yacht is permanently moored with breathtaking views across the river and the skyline of London, the perfect place to spend Christmas or New Year.

From Monday, November 25, to Sunday, January 5, Sunborn will be changing its menu to a Festive A La Carte offering. Also, it will be offering unique spaces to host Christmas gatherings, small soirees, or there is the possibility to have exclusive use of the yacht for your office Christmas party.

In addition, Sunborn is also launching its Festive Afternoon Tea as well as hosting a delicious Christmas Day Dinner and a New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby-themed evening.

Guests can expect a selection of bespoke sweet bites including warm festive mince pie, Battenberg cake and winter berry trifle. Savoury options include delightful finger sandwiches including the festive Norfolk bronze turkey with cranberry and stuffing, Wensleydale cheese with tomato chutney, Wye Valley smoked salmon and cream cheese and many more. The Christmas special incorporates freshly baked spiced cranberry scones with Cornish clotted cream and seasonal preserve.

Traditional Afternoon tea – £35; or, alternatively there is Afternoon Tea with expertly chosen Laurent Perrier Champagne Tasting at £50.00 (including Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee-Brut NV, Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose, Laurent-Perrier Vintage 07)

Guests can enjoy an impeccable Christmas meal in the heart of London’s Docklands. The yacht is the perfect place to spend the day with loved ones indulging on festive drinks and a delicious traditional Christmas meal.

To see the full Christmas menu see here.

For the advent of 2020 Sunborn will take you back a hundred years to the era of the Great Gatsby. This is the trailer for the film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

To welcome in the new decade, 2020, Sunborn London is hosting a spectacular Great Gatsby Extravaganza, offering guests the opportunity to celebrate in style and see a different side of one of the most exciting cities in the world from the deck of a luxurious super yacht hotel.

This NYE, Sunborn is offering the following:

  • A NYE five-course gala dinner from £149 per person (full menu at here.
  • Arrival cocktail
  • Three-course gala dinner
  • Live music
  • Access to the Macaroon Lounge
  • After dinner cocktail & tea/coffee

Sunborn will also be hosting and Early Bird Dinner for guests to dine and celebrate on the yacht and then make their way into the city centre for fireworks and celebrations at midnight.

  • From 5pm-6.30pm, includes a 3-course meal for £95pp.
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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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