: This festive period, The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, will embrace the holiday season as a time for giving, offering family and friends the chance to spread goodwill and embrace true Scottish hospitality.


The iconic Edinburgh hotel has partnered with Hamilton & Inches and Hawico Cashmere to celebrate the season with an intricate installation of three beautifully designed wishing trees, which will take centre stage in the hotel’s Afternoon Tea lounge, Palm Court, symbolising the three  brands.


The wishing trees will offer the ‘Gift of a Wish’, inviting guests and visitors to submit their wish for the year ahead, allowing the trees to blossom as the ‘leaves’, featuring beautiful messages, are added each day. Guests can choose to make a donation and write their wishes on a special gold wishing tag, in celebration of the launch of Scottish Gold collection at Hamilton & Inches. All proceeds from the gold wishing tags will go to the Make a Wish Foundation, giving guests the chance to give a little back this festive season and add some extra sparkle to the installation.


The installation comes from a long standing partnership with Edinburgh’s premiere destination for fine jewellery, Hamilton & Inches. The jewellers have a strong historical connection to The Balmoral which dates back to 1902 when they created and installed the mechanism for the iconic hotel clock - an integral part of the Edinburgh skyline. Hamilton & Inches is synonymous with luxury gifting and has created a range of exclusive gifts for the hotel including a pendant and cufflinks featuring the iconic clocktower.


Also involved in the exciting installation is Hawico, the luxury Scottish cashmere house with a curated collection crafted in the Scottish Borders. Hawico provides a Cashmere Butler service for guests staying in The Balmoral’s Scone & Crombie suite, one of the largest in Scotland, offering an unrivalled personalised shopping service and this festive season, every guest staying in a signature suite over Christmas will receive a luxurious Hawico cashmere gift.


In the spirit of goodwill, over 12 days in December, The Balmoral, Hamilton & Inches and Hawico will give a little back by selecting a wish from one of the trees each day, which will win a special gift or experience from each of the brands.


Not only will the wishing trees offer a magical setting, but year on year, The Balmoral’s much anticipated Christmas tree attracts visitors from far and wide. From the end of November, guests and visitors stepping into the lobby will be captivated by a world of festive cheer and twinkling lights, as the traditional Balmoral Christmas tree will proudly wear fine and festive decorations to showcase the holiday spirit of the city.


The Balmoral has celebrated the festive season for over 100 years and the hotel’s warm-hearted approach is embodied in its Christmas traditions; this is The Balmoral’s favourite time of year. 

For information on all The Balmoral’s festive activity visit: https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel/festive/

The Balmoral
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral began life as a grand railway hotel in 1902, and over the last 115 years, The Glamis has been reserved for some of its most notable figures. Former guests to the landmark property include members of royal households and musical royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones. The Balmoral offers 187 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.  www.roccofortehotels.com/the-balmoral-hotel

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Christmas Gifts

Pick up the perfect gift for a family or loved one, vouchers can be purchased for an unforgettable overnight stay in one of the luxurious guest rooms or suites, a culinary experience or pampering spa treatment. The Balmoral has a range of exclusive gifts which are the perfect festive keepsake, including Hamilton & Inches charms, Bonnie the Owl soft toy, Bonnie the Owl storybook, Christmas baubles and the Balmoral mugs.