Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes. But a US$15 million festive fir is not something you’d see everyday. One of the world’s most expensive Christmas trees currently sits in the lobby of Kempinski Hotel Bahia, near Marbella, Spain.
Photo: Kempinski Hotel Bahia
The hotel partnered with celebrity designer Debbie Wingham to reveal the festive showstopper. Decorations include 3 carat pink diamonds, a 4 carat sapphire, oval red diamonds as well as black and white diamonds.
One of the world’s most expensive Christmas trees is also embellished with jewelry from Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chanel, a 3D-printed chocolate peacock and martini glasses. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without the classics, so decorations like snowflakes, fairies, beautifully decorated baubles and ostrich eggs are also used.
The Kempinski’s extravagant accessory is the latest addition to a series of decadently decorated Christmas trees. In 2016, a jewelry store in Tokyo, Ginza Tanaka presented a Christmas tree made from 4,000 feet of gold wire, worth an estimated US$1.8 million.
Meanwhile, in 2010, The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi took home a Guinness World Record for most expensively decorated tree. The iconic fir was adorned with 181 dazzling jewelry pieces, totaling up to US$11 million worth of bracelets, necklaces and watches, standing at 43 feet tall.