Hotel renounces 'blingle bells' tree

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An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted an $11m Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems admitted Sunday it may have taken the holiday spirit a bit too far.

A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel said it regretted "attempts to overload" the Christmas tree by adorning it with gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones from a hotel jeweller.

The tree was unveiled last week with full fanfare in a hotel that features a gold bar vending machine and a one-week $1m package that includes private jet jaunts around the Middle East.