The holiday season is enormous, particularly for shoppers in the United States, and it often accounts for as much as 30% of annual sales for some retailers. And although 55% of shopping will take place online, a great number of people still enjoy heading out to the mall or stand-alone department stores in order to soak in the holiday spirit. Based on proximity to shopping epicenters, variety of retail centers and hotels with in-house retail experiences, here are some top locations for luxurious holiday shopping.
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Sunny Isles Beach is the ideal destination for a shopping getaway within the Greater Miami, Fort Lauderdale region with Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort in the center of all it all. Minutes away from Bal Harbour Shops (one of the most luxurious malls in America, known as the “Shopping Hall of Fame” and home to more than 100 of the most coveted luxurious fashion and jewelry brands in the world), Aventura Mall (the fourth largest mall in the US), Gulfstream Racetrack (one of the most important horse racing tracks in America with an new retail expansion), and Brickell City Centre (a 500,000 sq. ft. open-air, urban luxury mall), Sunny Isles Beach provides the perfect hub for a shopaholic’s retail splurge.
Fort Worth, Texas
The Old West is currently on trend and has been seen all over the runway. Fort Worth is the fashion and travel destination for all things western wear, given that the city is dubbed “where the West begins.” The city has array of options for every type of shopper. Those looking for a customized look can head to the Stockyards, home to M.L. Leddy’s where authentic western clothing and boots can be found. For the perfect headgear Barbara’s Custom Hats is the way to go for a unique, one-of-a-kind cowboy or girl hat, or there’s Maven for those looking to add a touch of western-inspired decor to their home. If luxury shopping is on your list, shoppers can also go to The Shops at Clearfork for a mix of luxury retail and restaurants.
Charleston, South Carolina
Since Charleston’s earliest days, King Street has served as the peninsula’s main commercial thoroughfare. Today, along its bluestone sidewalks lined with 18th and 19th century storefronts, you’ll find everything from Apple King Street and the Gap to antique dealers, jewelers, swanky home decor studios, bridal boutiques and custom designer menswear stores. HarbourView Inn makes an ideal home-base with their Shop Charleston’s Finest Package, complete with a $100 Amex gift card and dinner to refresh at one of the city’s finest high-end restaurants. French Quarter Inn is perfect for those looking to “shop ‘til they drop” but don’t want to worry about carrying shopping bags back to their hotel. The Inn’s No Transportation No Problem Package includes $20 credit for either private transportation or a bike taxi.
Offering a rotating set of collections and cultural programming, the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington features contemporary art exhibits filled with over 2,000 works of art including commissioned artwork by some of the contemporary art world’s most exciting artists as well as emerging and established Lexington-based artists. Guests looking to bring art home with them can purchase exclusive items including 21C’s signature ceramic penguins, design-focused books and Phaidon titles curated by the property’s Chief Art Curator, and artist collaborations such as exhibit-inspired décor, notebooks and accessories.
New York City, New York
While tourists flock to Fifth Avenue and its commercial landmarks such as Tiffany & Co. and Saks, true shopaholics on vacation head straight for Madison Avenue, from 57th Street up to 72nd. Here the world’s best designers, including Armani, Dior, Donna Karan, Etro, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and others display their wares in exquisite boutiques. This historical avenue embraces the diversity of New York by maintaining lots of character and enchantment. Stay at Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan for a short commute via the subway for a true New York experience.
At Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo in Monaco, guests can experience the ultimate shopcation by visiting the Metropole Shopping Center (located directly under the hotel), where they can purchase luxurious retail goods from Stuart Weitzman, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Tag Heuer and Pomellato Jewelry.
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Home to some of the most well-known luxury brands in the world, including Mont Blanc, N5, and Tiffany, Atlantis, The Palm is a premier shopping destination for your next splurge. Guests and visitors can enjoy a selection of high-end boutiques featuring the latest fashion, exquisite art pieces or over-the-top souvenirs.
Beverly Hills, California
Enjoy holiday cheer without the chill in balmy Beverly Hills, where shoppers will discover elaborate lighting displays along the palm-tree lined boulevards of the country’s most coveted shopcation destination. Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous streets in the world, features more than 100 luxury stores and high-end hotels within the three-block Golden Triangle, and it is easy to become lost in its splendor and charm. This year shoppers will enjoy special extended store hours thanks to the city’s third annual BOLD (Beverly Hills Open Later Days) Holidays, which takes place every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 15 through Dec. 21 and also features an interactive photography pop-up from The Scenario Studio, festive performances and holiday art walks for when a shopping respite is needed.