Had enough of White Christmas? Looking forward to a Radiant Orchid, the color of 2014? Apparently a few design tastemakers just can’t wait either. While red, green and snow continue to dominate the holiday scene; pink is the surprise choice for maverick Christmas elves and style mavens this year.
The Pink Rink at Boca Raton Resort & Club
If you’re going to have an ice skating rink in a place that’s never seen snow, there’s no point in being traditional about it. Hence, the Pink Rink at Boca Raton Resort & Club. It’s a hot pink pavilion where the DJ spins Katy Perry at children’s birthday parties, Palm Beach beauties coast by in tiny white tennis skirts, and the decorations include not just trees and reindeer, but two Porsche convertibles with giant bows on top.
Known for its elegant Feng Shui décor, the five-star luxury hotel Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh used the color to enhance their Christmas and New Years Eve decorations. The unexpected but fabulous effect is more than merely pink—it’s awash with Sugar Plum Fairy magic.
W Hotels Around the World
The W Hotel brand’s official holiday styling package this year eschews foliage in favor of high-concept art with a glowing pink core. Entitled Bring the Bright, it “uses lighting, plexi and mirrored surfaces to amplify, reflect and refract light and the surrounding environment.”
The Royal Hawaiian
As you’d expect from the legendary “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” there are multiple lavishly decorated, rosy-glowing trees around The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Hotel’s public spaces. The lobby décor is lavish, while this sunset shot of the “beach tree” makes you yearn to feel warm sand on your toes.
If you’re among the silently suffering contingent of people who find the ubiquitous red poinsettia garish, there’s a whole variety of softer-hued alternatives in the spectrum. Check your favorite florist for classic pink, pink-and-white marbled, or any number of designer permutations like Pink Peppermint.
Cherry Crush Amaryllis
Another flowering bulb oft-seen around the holidays, the amaryllis (common names include resurrection lily, naked lady, March lily) is less common than the poinsettia, and much more elegant. It flourishes indoors, which makes it popular for gifting and décor. The Cherry Crush Amaryllis is one of dozens of pink, white and red hybrids specially cultivated as the “Christmas amaryllis.”
The Fairmont Southampton
Bermuda’s famous pink sands need no artificial enhancement or special lighting to be beautifully on trend. And as this picture brags, the weather’s so warm, that Santa wears shorts and drives around The Fairmont Southampton in a pink golf cart on Christmas day.
Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)