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Thanksgiving may be an American staple, but you’re often hard-pressed to find a classic turkey-and-trimmings celebration when you leave the country. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t dissuade eager travelers from heading abroad in November. Thanks to a handful of devoted expats, a few chefs with a general fervor for poultry, and the global appeal of mashed potatoes, you can now celebrate Thanksgiving around the world at these hotels.
The St. Regis Singapore
Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis Singapore, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, hosts an elaborate Thanksgiving each year. This year, the menu will include a stunning seafood spread with oysters, lobster, king crab, tiger shrimp, and New England clam chowder. After artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, and an array of appetizers and salads, and a classic Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings will be served. They’ll also carve honey-glazed ham and prime rib. Thanksgiving is $148 per person and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 28.
The Curtain, London, England
For American expats in London, The Curtain hotel offers a three-course Thanksgiving menu crafted by chef Marcus Samuelsson. For $67 per person, guests can choose from classics like roast turkey, stone bass, or yellowtail ceviche, then finish with pumpkin doughnuts with bourbon ice-cream. The U.S. culinary staples will be accompanied by live NOLA-style brass beats, to give the expat community a hearty dose of Americana on Thanksgiving.
Sina Centurion Palace Venezia, Italy
Within Sina Centurion Palace Venezia, travelers will find Antinoo’s Lounge and Restaurant where executive chef Giancarlo Bellino draws inspiration from the city's art, culture, and history. Sina Centurion Palace Venezia has a stunning terrace that sits along the Grand Canal, and a Thanksgiving meal here promises to be an authentic and memorable experience. Their traditional Venetian fixed menu is $100 per person and includes seafood risotto, grilled sea bass, and a mouth-watering tiramisu.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, Japan
MOTIF within Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, another American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, serves a Thanksgiving feast every year—it’s available the week of Thanksgiving for lunch or dinner. The lunch menu consists of turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, and potatoes with a side of seasonal vegetables. For dinner, they serve the same offerings accompanied by pumpkin soup, onion tart, and a fish option. Dinner wraps up with classic apple pie.
The James New York - NoMad, New York
Scarpetta, which after 10 years in the Meatpacking District has moved into The James New York - NoMad, serves a classic Thanksgiving with an elevated Italian flare. Seasonal ingredients shine on their Thanksgiving menu—you’ll start with butternut squash soup and creamy polenta with seared diver scallops. In true Italian form, roasted turkey (and branzino and New York Strip) follow the pasta course—short rib and bone marrow agnolotti, beet mezzaluna, and spaghetti. Your meal wraps up with a chic fall apple tart. The Thanksgiving meal is $95 per person.
lebua Hotels & Resorts, Bangkok, Thailand
For an unconventional but wildly upscale Thanksgiving, take to the recently opened French restaurant in The Dome at lebua, Chef’s Table. Around Thanksgiving at Chef’s Table, they’ll focus on one essential seasonal ingredient: white truffle. They’ll introduce a limited-time selection of white truffle dishes to the menu with offerings like horsehair crab, sea urchin with cauliflower, and risotto with abalone, all garnished with seasonal white truffle. Chef’s Table features a 360-degree open kitchen in the center of the room, transforming the 42-seat venue into a theatrical experience.
W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, Costa Rica
This Thanksgiving, W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal is offering the ultimate turkey feast at its indoor/outdoor Cocina de Mercado restaurant. In true W fashion, the Turkey Bash features an elaborate culinary spread with festive Thanksgiving dishes, a decadent dessert bar, and prosecco and hand-crafted cocktails. Live entertainment from Brother Brutus will amp up the ambiance as well. The Turkey Bash will be November 28th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $65 per guest.
Hotel Hassler Roma, Italy
Hotel Hassler Roma, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, was the first hotel in the ‘50s to start celebrating Thanksgiving in Rome. They haven’t released their 2019 Thanksgiving menu yet, but are known for serving a delectable feast year after year. In 2018, Imàgo Restaurant—Hassler’s sixth-floor restaurant overlooking the city—served pumpkin lasagna, roast turkey with gravy and chestnut stuffing, and classic sides like brussel sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes. Thanksgiving dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant costs $95.
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jamaica
At Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, luxury travelers can escape the cold to Jamaican paradise without forgoing a fall-inspired Thanksgiving meal. You can expect whole roasted turkeys with stuffing and cranberry sauce, pineapple-glazed ham, and deboned chicken with sides like cornbread, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and green beans. This, accompanied by autumnal salads like roasted butternut and kale, and quinoa and roasted squash—and pecan, pumpkin caramel, or streusel apple pie for dessert.