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21 December 2008 09:29 am

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AFTERNOON tea with Santa and gingerbread houses are some of the attractions at Sharq Village and Spa for the festive season.
Khalifa Al haroon
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AFTERNOON tea with Santa and gingerbread houses are some of the attractions at Sharq Village and Spa for the festive season.

In the lobby, a little steam engine chugs its way around a gingerbread village prepared by pastry chef Rodrigo Alcocer and his team. Beyond this there is a 15-foot Christmas tree in red and gold trim.

“During the festive season every meal at Sharq Village and Spa becomes a celebration of food, friends and special occasions,” said general manager Hossein Vetry.



“Our restaurants and lounges continue to be the standard by which all others are measured, and our chefs ensure that each meal provides a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.”



Tea with Santa and Teddy at Al Jalsa is from 4pm to 7pm, until December 24. Children will get their very own Santa bear.



Guests can celebrate Christmas Eve at Al Dana on the beach front. A five-course menu by chef Christophe Buffille is the highlight, on December 24, from 7pm.



On Christmas Day, guests can wake up to a decadent brunch at Al Dana, from noon to 3pm. Adults are spoilt for choice with a festive brunch menu of freshly caught seafood and traditional Christmas favourites, children also have a Christmas playroom.



Until December 25, festive gifts are available at al-Jalsa, from 10am to 8.30pm. Items range from sweets like stollen, panettone, gingerbread cookies and mince pies to lavish food hampers.



From December 26 to 30, the hotel is offering a night’s stay at a deluxe room for a special price. “Luxuriate in the lavishly appointed rooms and allow your cares to dissipate as a personalised butler service attends to your every need,” an official said.



At the Ritz-Carlton, children are introduced to Santa at the Gingerbread House. Over 40 children were helped by pastry chef John in creating their own Gingerbread House masterpieces. Candy Land was a big hit as was the frosting used to paint all the houses with each child then able to take home their gingerbread houses.