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The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
One of the "must-dos" for visiting Paris is sampling some Ladurée macarons and bringing home a box or two (or three.) But if you're staying at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, you won't have to go far to get some macarons.
The hotel has just unveiled the largest macaron Christmas tree in the world, made out of 8,000 brightly colored Ladurée macarons. The main tree stands nearly 14 feet high, while 27 other Ladurée macaron trees of various sizes can be found throughout the hotel (until January 6th.)
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Because we’re thinking that this is a pretty naughty-looking platter to serve an oh-so-genteel afternoon tea on.
We’re not sure exactly what those orange things are meant to be if they’re not splayed legs. Bunny ears? Lopsided peace signs? We can’t really see it.
The culprit? The May Fair Hotel. It kind of makes sense – the May Fair likes to be trendy, and so they wanted to sex up something as intrinsically untrendy as afternoon tea. Maybe their celeb clients won’t even look at a scone unless it’s on a mirrored plate between two spreadeagled orange legs.
Either way, it didn’t stop us partaking to the full. The green macarons were particularly good. And considering it’s one of the cheapest teas in London - £19.50 or £25 with a glass of champagne – we won’t let the leggies stop us from going back.
Another pic of the goodies is after the jump.
Usually trotted out into the lobbies of all the top Parisian hotels during fashion week, the colorful little Macaron treats are now showing up more and more often both outside the City of Lights and during all seasons. It's almost a full-blown hotel trend, these little tasty tidbits, and we've found five properties that'll happily place one into your palm.
But first, you must know the difference between a macaron, of which we speak, and the macaroon. A macaron is a delicate little thing made of egg whites, almond powder and sugar, which resembles a mini pastel hamburger. A macaroon is a coconut lump which is really yummy, it's true, but not what we're discussing here. Now onto the Top Five Hotel For Macarons.