From indulging in some of the most sought-after delicacies prepared by world-renown chefs and channeling your inner James Bond for a one-of-a-kind high roller experience to celebrating the stroke of midnight in two countries on the same grand night, below are some extraordinary ways to countdown to midnight for a night worth remembering all year long.
Celebrate Twice Across Time Zones with Original Travel: As midnight comes earlier to Australia than almost any other major international city, travelers will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves with an unforgettable above-the-clouds experience with Original Travel, a luxury tailor-made itinerary company. With multiple world-class offerings, wayfarers may ring in the new year jetting off into the first sunrise of the year in Uluru or, for a truly over-the-top experience, travelers may enjoy New Year’s Eve twice in two cities on opposite sides of the world as their private jet transports them to Los Angeles, which allows for a double celebration.
Party at Sea with Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Adventure-seeking travelers looking to ring in the New Year in an exotic way are encouraged to book with Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ to experience the Holiday in the South Pacific sailing with the three-night extension with an exclusive evening in Bali. Travelers that book this extension will have the opportunity to ring in the New Year in Nusa Dua, Bali’s premier resort. From authentic Indonesian performances and vibrant folkloric Kecak Dances and an elegant Royal Balinese Rijsttafel Dinner, travelers will ring in the New Year under the stars in a truly unique setting.
Celebrate 2019 Like Bond in Monte-Carlo: Designed exclusively for the guests staying in Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s penthouse suite, the James Bond-inspired Golden Eye Experience makes for the ultimate high-roller NYE celebration. The experience features a private tour of the Monte-Carlo Casino (the location for many James Bond movies), helicopter ride, Aston Martin driving tour of the French Riviera and in-room duo massage. Guests can celebrate the beginning of the New Year with a private dinner on the penthouse terrace (which offers 180-degree views of the casino, Mediterranean Sea and Monte-Carlo fireworks) before receiving cigars and casino chips for a night of New Year’s gambling.
Presidential Countdown with The Jefferson: For a five-star experience in the country’s most presidential city, travelers are encouraged to book a stay with The Jefferson this December 31st. Perched on the prestigious corner of 16th and M Street since 1923, DC’s intimate gem allows guests to ring in the New Year with an exclusive dinner party in the Thomas Jefferson Suite. With room for up to eight guests, revelers can indulge with tasting menu from Michelin-starred Plume complete with wine pairings and the Washington Monument as a backdrop.
Ring in the New Year at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Glitter Gala: Situated on 78 acres of majestic beachfront property – The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is bringing old Hollywood glamour to the Central Coast with the New Year’s Eve Glitter Gala. From a decadent dinner buffet, to private ballroom cabanas, to an unforgettable after-party, locals and visitors alike are invited to create lasting memories in style. Adults will enjoy libations and dancing late into the evening while children join Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program for special New Year’s Eve fun and games. For more information, please visit ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/santa-barbara or call the resort at (805) 968-0100.
Celebrate the pinnacle of the winter season with Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch's New Year's Eve package: Award winning Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch announced that due to overwhelming popular demand it will open for the winter season for the first time in three years. Already renowned for its abundance of summer experiences and activities on 30,000 acres of majestic ranch lands and the neighboring million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest, the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch will open its doors to guests looking to experience the Wyoming winter wonderland. View NYE package: https://www.thelodgeandspa.com/package/new-years-eve-2018
And enjoy these luxury winter holiday pop ups:
Ruinart Champagne Bubble Bar on the Shore of Lake Geneva, Lausanne
For this holiday season, the iconic Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne launched a "Bubble Bar” with Ruinart, the oldest champagne house in the world. The pop-up bar sits within a transparent "tube" from November 15 through February 24 and offers views of Lake Geneva and the snow-capped Alps. Guests can enjoy champagne accompanied by a specially curated menu highlighting smoked salmon and caviar served with "pommes Charlotte." The Beau-Rivage Palace is also home to Anne Sophie Pic’s two-Michelin starred restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic at Beau-Rivage Palace.
A Pop-Up Mountain Chalet in Zurich’s City Center
Guests can enjoy holiday season in the lakeside park of Zurich’s iconic Baur au Lac hotel (est. 1844) with views of Lake Zurich and the distant alps. Starting December 1, their Chalet au Lac (installed in the hotel’s park and next to the largest Christmas tree in Zurich) will serve a taste of the Swiss Alps’ in the middle of the city. The "pop-up" will create the perfect cozy atmosphere to enjoy classic Swiss holiday foods, including: cheese fondues, raclette and a festive cocktail list with mulled wine and hot red wine punch.
Ring in the New Year at Loews Regency New York’s Party on Park Avenue (New York, NY)
Ring in the New Year amongst your closest friends with a Party on Park Avenue at the Loews Regency New York Hotel. On December 31, enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour in one of the hotel’s Signature Residences, paired with great food and friends. Party on Park Avenue includes:
- New Year’s Eve night in a stylish suite on Manhattan’s famed Upper East Side
- Cocktail hour complete with open bar and a champagne toast at midnight
- Seated Dinner courtesy of The Regency Bar & Grill
- Special pricing for additional guestrooms
Pricing starts at $4,700 based on a group of 12. The rate is not inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Celebrate NYE at Boston’s XV Beacon – Boston, MA
Welcome 2019 from atop Beacon Hill with XV Beacon’s NYE @ XVB package. Guests can admire the fireworks from the luxury hotel’s exclusive Roof Deck boasting breathtaking views of Boston, and enjoy all the First Night/First Day festivities throughout the city. The promotion includes a bottle of bubbly, the best seats in the city for the 7 pm fireworks display, 2 pm late checkout and 20% off XV Beacon’s best available rate for any additional nights. NYE @ XVB is redeemable with the code PRONYE.
Holiday Vacation in the Gold Coast Sun at The Seagate Hotel & Spa – Delray Beach, FL
The Seagate Hotel & Spa is encouraging travelers to ring in the new year and get a head start on those resolutions with their swanky New Year’s Eve celebration. The evening’s festivities include a specialty menu with holiday favorites, accompanied by live entertainment, party favors, and a classic champagne toast at midnight. (New Year’s Eve Reservations from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. available for booking now)
Great Gatsby Gala with Montage Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills, CA
Conveniently located steps from Rodeo Drive, Montage Beverly Hills is hosting an over-the-top black tie event to ring in the new year. The luxury hotel is hosting a Great Gatsby themed New Year's gala celebration in the hotel’s Marquesa ballroom, with a cocktail reception, a five-course seated dinner with wine pairings, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.
Ski into the New Year at Montage Deer Valley – Park City, UT
Welcome 2019 this new year at the snow-filled Montage Deer Valley, located in Park City, Utah. Offering festive travelers a ski-in, ski-out experience, the resort also provides post-ski festivities at the luxurious Après Lounge & Beach Club with Veuve Clicquot champagne pairings. Additionally, guests and locals alike can choose from New Year’s Eve activities including a New Year’s Eve Soiree in the resort’s ballroom with a cocktail reception, multi-course dinner, and wine pairings, or dance the night away in the Vista Lounge with a DJ and ball-drop viewing. For NYE dining festivities, see here.
Toast the Last Sunset at Montage Kapalua Bay – Maui, Hawaii
Ditch the dropping temperatures for a warm New Year’s celebration at Montage Kapalua Bay. Offering events for the whole family, guests and locals alike can ring in 2019 with a prix fixe dinner with delicious options including Kona Kampachi Crudo, Lobster Carbonara, Wagyu Ribeye, Duck Duo and Australian Lamb Rack. Once full from dinner, the adults can venture to the historic Champagne Hale at the resort’s Cliff House for a toast with a flute of Veuve Clicquot to the final sunset of 2018, and children can dance the night away with a glow in the dark New Year’s party at Paintbox.
Ring In 2019 Like A Star at The Beverly Hills Hotel – Los Angeles, California
With an ideal location on Sunset Boulevard, steps away from Rodeo Drive, in one of the nation’s most coveted Zip Codes – 90210 – “The Pink Palace” will be the scene of L.A.’s splashiest New Year’s Eve celebration, with two seatings, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Part of Dorchester Collection, The Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary restaurant and bar – The Polo Lounge - called “one of Hollywood’s longest running hits” by the Los Angeles Times will provide guests with an unforgettable celebration. Prices start at $295 per person for the second seating of New Year’s Eve Dinner.
Jammin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Tryall Club - Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kick-off the New Year sipping champagne on the beach at The Tryall Club in Jamaica’s glamourous New Year’s Eve Oceana Celebration. Taking place on the Club’s private beach, ring in 2019 with an unforgettable evening of celebration – from dancing to the tunes of the live band, indulging in gourmet culinary selections, to admiring the thrilling fireworks display with family and friends. All guests at The Tryall Club can enjoy accommodations in one of the Club’s 70+ glamorous luxury residential villas which are fully staffed and range in size from two to ten bedrooms, making it a perfect choice for families and friends to get away together this holiday.
Dance into the New Year at The Dolder Grand
Welcome the New Year in style at The Dolder Grand’s main event, “A Magic Night of Variete,” a gala dinner with live entertainment and music, where guests can dance their way into 2019 enjoying fireworks over the Zurich skyline. For a more intimate celebration, two-Michelin-starred The Restaurant offers a 9-course gala dinner with champagne and snacks at midnight and optional entertainment available in the lobby. Guests can relax into the New Year at Restaurant Saltz with a four or five-course dinner including champagne and midnight snacks. $454 USD / CHF 450.00 per person, please find imagery here.
A NYE for the Whole Family at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa – Cayman Islands
Ring in 2019 in the company of Cayman at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa with a variety of celebrations sure to keep the whole family smiling into the New Year. The resort is offering an Intention Setting Art Activity for the New Year at the pool and an early Kid’s NYE Celebration for the little ones and New Year’s Eve Dinner at Beach House for the whole family. Adults can enjoy NYE themed adult coloring, a New Year’s Eve Party overlooking the famed Seven Mile Beach topped off with midnight fireworks.
Stress-Free NYE at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz – Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Ring in the New Year with a grand vacation in the snowy Swiss Alps at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.
The leading wellbeing & medical health resort in Europe offers guests a wonderfully relaxing seasonal celebration package with 11 or 8-day stay focused on guests’ wellbeing and health. This unique experience includes a generous buffet breakfast, access to the Tamina Therme, Thermal Spa and legendary Helena pool, a signature welcome drink, a massage, and New Year’s Eve ball at Restaurant Olives d’Or. This magical New Year’s package will free guests from everyday stress and allow for indulgence in culinary and festive pleasures.
Escape to Italy this New Year’s with Lungarno Collection
Cheers to the New Year this season at the Ferragamo-family owned Lungarno Collection, with the “New Years Eve Escape” package! Offering a two-night stay at one of the collections Florence hotels including Portrait Firenze, Hotel Lungarno, Continentale and Gallery Hotel Art, the package provides guests with daily breakfast, late-checkout, VIP treatment, upgrade and free entry into the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Travelers can also ring in 2019 with a New Year’s Eve feast at the hotels’ restaurants serving up festive meals and cocktails.
Ring in the New Year with the utmost Parisian luxury at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris with the hotel’s festive New Year’s Eve menus at Matsuhisa Paris with bold creations from the acclaimed Chef Nobu or an Italian holiday feast at Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio. Travelers are also invited to indulge in a Royal New Year’s Day Brunch served with a glass of vintage Moët & Chandon Champagne. Located in the heart of Paris, the hotel has spectacular views of the sparkling Eiffel Tower midnight light show and is walking distance from the Champs-Elysées, for guests looking to be the center of the celebration.
Celebrate the New Year at Country Club Lima Hotel – Lima, Peru
Guests can ring in the New Year with dinner and dancing at the Grand-Dame Country Club Lima Hotel located in Lima, Peru. Guests will enjoy a live orchestra led by Victor Danós, a glass of cava, three-course meal and champagne at midnight at the hotel’s signature restaurant Perroquet. Those who purchase a New Year’s Eve dinner ticket dinner will receive a 25% discount on accommodations for the night with a buffet breakfast and welcome glass of Cava. For an especially extravagant New Year’s celebration, guests can opt to stay in the Dom Pérignon Suite complete with complimentary VIP services, welcome caviar, butler service upon request, one bottle of Dom Pérignon 2009 every night during the stay. Guests will also have access to a private wine cellar featuring a collection of specialty Dom Pérignon vintages, as well as a special menu of European meats and cheeses, available for purchase. New Year’s Eve offer is only valid for the night of December 31 with rates starting at $540. The Dom Pérignon Suite valid through June 2019 with rates starting at $2,600USD + taxes.
Celebrate New Year's Eve on the Ranch at Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Award winning Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch announced that due to overwhelming popular demand it will open for the winter season for the first time in three years. Already renowned for its abundance of summer experiences and activities on 30,000 acres of majestic ranch lands and the neighboring million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest, the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch will open its doors to guests looking to experience the Wyoming winter wonderland. The pinnacle of their winter season is their luxury New Year's Eve package - the package is complete with a five course New Years Eve meal featuring Brush Creek's Ranch-raised Akaushi beef, all prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Grunbeck.
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