With New Year’s Eve around the corner, luxury travelers are jetting off to the highest rooftop venues around-the-world for the most magical skylines and vibrant firework displays to ring in 2020 in style. From clear views of Bangkok’s renowned firework shows to New York’s iconic ball drop, globe-trotters are seeking unforgettable sky-high experiences to kick off the new year in bucket list destinations.
Bangkok, Thailand: The Dome at lebua
Travelers can celebrate NYE with a bucket list trip to the world’s first vertical destination and only property in Bangkok with two Michelin-ranked restaurants at the Dome at lebua - soaring 820 feet above the skyline with unparalleled views of Bangkok’s iconic firework show and the world’s highest open-air bars. Patrons can toast to the new year with lebua No. 3’s unlimited drink package including innovative cocktails and caviar (rates starting at $1,155pp) or opt for a prix-fixe tasting menu at the recent Michelin-star awarded restaurants Mezzaluna (rates starting at $1,023 with additional wine pairing available for $700) and Thailand’s first interactive French restaurant, Chef’s Table (rates starting at $1,221 with additional wine pairing available for $700) before ending the night at one of lebua’s lavish suites with private open-air balconies.
New York, New York: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel R Lounge
Known for its iconic view of the Time Square ball drop, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel is an all-in-one New Year experience for travelers looking to experience the magic of NYC without the crowds and cold weather. With an on-site restaurant and bar offering innovative drinks, shareable plates and awe-inspiring views, including a direct view of New Year’s Eve ball-drop, travelers can indulge in an unforgettable new year’s celebration without even leaving the building. Terrace rooms are sold for $25,000-$35,000 on New Year's Eve.
Los Angeles, California: Spire 73
At the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere perched atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, travelers will feel like A-listers 73 floors above the skyline while they sip and nibble on decadent eats. , travelers can feel like A-listers at the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere perched atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. With Exclusive access to an indulgent La Boucherie's New Year's Eve Dom Pérignon Dinner and front row seats to a live DJ, festive cocktails and delectable appetizers guests will have the most glamorous NYE celebration. Guests can choose between a general admission entry (starting at $100pp) and a variety of couple’s VIP packages with window-side seating with a bottle of champagne (starting at $550 per couple).
Tokyo, Japan: Andaz
Crowning the Tokyo Toranoman Hills Hotel on the 52nd floor, the Andaz Rooftop Bar offers spectacular night views of Tokyo Bay in a sophisticated semi open-air terrace. Travelers can countdown to the New Year while enjoying the lively atmosphere and cocktails highlighting local seasonal ingredients like the Golden Bamboo cocktail adorned with Haku vodka, tio pepe, dry vermouth, lime juice, chamomile syrup, Drambuie and Japanese pear. (Free entry; cocktails starting at $18)
Shanghai, China: Flair at Ritz-Carlton
Flair atop the Ritz Carlton Shanghai takes al fresco experiences to new heights with views of Pearl Tower, The Bund and Hongkou shor. This stunning venue offers travelers delectable tapas-style regional staples from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand and China. Travelers can have a full international cuisine tasting experience on New Year’s Eve to achieve the most foodie-indulgent new year bucket list adventure (Room rates starting a 265 per night).