It can be a long way from the North Pole, but Kempinski Hotel Bahia goes over-the-top festive this season by using the most expensive Christmas tree you are ever likely to see.
The luxury hotel, located in Marbella, Spain, has partnered with celebrity designer Debbie Wingham to reveal a real showstopper: the world’s most extravagant Christmas tree estimated to be worth $15.3m. The tree has accumulated its immense value with the inclusion of pink, red, white and black diamonds alongside edible treats and traditional decorations.
Guests were invited to the hotel’s recently-refurbished lobby to see the tree unveiled through the esteemed High fashion designer Wingham and the hotel’s gm Axel Bethke.
Among the notable decorations are a 3crt pink diamond, 4crt sapphire, oval red diamonds, black and white diamonds, along with a combination of remastered, expertly upcycled jewelry from some familiar names for example Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chanel. All of the stones are flawlessly cut and ethically sourced. One of the most expensive ornaments is really a 24-carat gold dollar bill embellished with 200crt diamonds. It's worth $1.2m
Wingham, who asked a large team of artisanal craftsmen, drew inspiration in the art-deco era. She took elements from several design icons from the era such as the verdant feathers of the peacock (the chocolate peacocks were 3D-printed), perfume bottles and martini glasses.
There are, obviously, a selection of traditional decorations like snowflakes, fairies, nutcrackers and beautifully decorated baubles. Have the ability to been carefully constructed from a mixture of fine materials including diamond dust and 24-carat gold. Some are also masterfully constructed from natural treasures like emu and ostrich eggs.
The Christmas tree falls consistent with one of Kempinski Hotel Bahia’s over-the-top festive experiences, where guests are invited to enjoy a decadently curated cocktail dining experience by executive chef David Fernandez and collect diamond jewelry valued at EUR2,000.
Taking put on December 28, the indulgent cocktail dinner having a twist will see guests sip on Perrier Jouet as they have the opportunity to pick a key and try to unlock a box containing the valuable treasure. Whoever's key fits the lock will take home the dazzling diamond.