With a new decade right around the corner, here are some over-the-top New Year's Eve celebrations worth traveling for to ring in 2020.
Super Yachts, Celebrities and Rockstar Villas: New Year's Eve in St. Barts
St. Barts, one of the most varied and upscale islands in the Caribbean, is famous for its glamorous attractions, guests and lavish New Year’s parties, this year will be no exception. A stunning firework display will take place in Gustavia harbor at midnight with a special musical performance on the docks. Local secret, the best place to see the light show is up above Cour Vendome or on the docks General de Gaull. From the deck of one of the many super yachts lining the harbor isn't a bad option either. For a truly luxe getaway, stay in the new Rockstar Villa at recently re-opened Eden Rock. The six bedroom villa costs $30,000 per night and includes a personal chef and butler, a gym, two dedicated spa cabins, hot tub and a private, 20-meter pool surrounded by three meter high walls for ultimate privacy. (Photo Credit: Tourism Committee of St. Barts)
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah | Dubai, UAE
For the first time ever, the world’s most luxurious hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is opening its doors for not only its in-house guests, but all Dubai residents and visitors, to take part in welcoming 2020! Those looking for a truly remarkable (and pricey) way to ring in the new year can rent the hotel’s private outdoor event space, Palm Garden, for a little over $81K (AED 300,000), inclusive of:
Adare Manor | County Limerick, Ireland
Commence New Years’ celebrations in Ireland's spellbinding 19th-century castle estate, adorned with holiday magic at every corner. New Years Celebration packages welcome guests to say goodbye to 2019 and ring in 2020 with elegance and sophistication. Exclusive this year, choose between a festive celebration in The Carriage House or an Evening in the Oak Room, two exceptional venues for guests to enjoy the island's prized world-class dining and libations. In true Adare Manor fashion, the castle is transformed for the festive season with stunning décor, holiday-inspired menus, and flowing champagne. Specifics below:
Helena Bay Lodge | Northland, New Zealand
Located on 800 acres of private farmland, meadows, and coastline in Northland, New Zealand, Helena Bay Lodge offers an idyllic destination for a luxurious New Year’s Eve abroad. Available for buyouts, the lodge boasts a main house and villas accommodations, as well as world-class cuisine from the team behind celebrated Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy. Guests who buyout the property for a festive NYE can enjoy an outstanding private multi-course celebratory feast prepared by Chef Michele Martino, accompanied by fireworks to top off the night. Typically Helena Bay Lodge is built to host up to ten guests at a time, but a full buyout for a family gathering can accommodate up to 16. Buyouts include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, nightly degustation dinners, breakfast and use of all hotel facilities for the ultimate New Year's vacation among New Zealand’s stunning countryside.
The Mulia, Bali | Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Raise a glass to pure luxury at The Mulia’s sensational New Year’s Culinary Fairs, featuring an exceptionally delicious spread of culinary offerings from the property’s eight dining destinations - from dim sum and teppanyaki stations to fresh pasta and seafood. Following the feast, The Muia’s iconic New Year Celebrationwill take place in its stunning Grand Ballroom featuring a performance by the show-stopping, 9-piece international group, Royalty Show Band. Those looking to extend the seasonal celebration with a vacation on Bali’s white sandy beaches can book NYE packages from The Mulia Resort or The Mulia Villas, offering daily breakfast, bottomless afternoon tea cocktails, a New Years Eve dinner and airport transfers. Valid for booking through Dec. 31, 2019.
Links House | Scottish Highlands
With the Highlands of Scotland serving as the spiritual home of Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve), there is no better place to enjoy a traditional celebration than at Links House in the picturesque village of Dornoch - known more recently as the place Madonna christened her son, Rocco in Dornoch village and Elon Musk married his wife. While there will be no vikings from the early 8th & 9th century to celebrate the passing of the winter solstice, this luxury 15 bedroom boutique property (located next to the best beach in the UK by The Times) will however, be upholding the same Scottish traditions passed down through their exclusive three-night experience. Whether it is a visit to the Highland Shooting Centre, a Clynelish Whisky Tasting Masterclass, or the whisky paired 5-course dinners included each night, you are set to experience an unforgettable New Year's festivity.
Hotel Château | Loire Valley, France
End the 500th celebration of the French Renaissance with your own chateau in the Loire Valley this New Year’s! To mark the 500th anniversary since the start of the French Renaissance, the Loire Valley region has been celebrating the Renaissance's cultural, artistic, scientific and intellectual developments with an array of events throughout 2019. Because one of the greatest accomplishments of the French Renaissance was the construction of the Châteaux throughout the Loire Valley – why not close this exciting anniversary year with your very own Château?
Chewton Glen | New Forest, England
There is no better time to experience the magic of this property than during the New Year with an extravagant two day house party. Join Chewton Glen for their two night New Year House Party from Tuesday 31st December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020... Afternoon tea upon arrival, a black tie New Years Eve Party with dinner, dancing and a wave goodbye to 2018 with Auld Lang Syne, Champagne and bagpipes is just the start!
Cliveden House | Berkshire, England
Set in 376 acres of gardens and woodlands, this Grade I listed stately five-star hotel has a guestbook filled with over 350 years of powerful names including Meghan Markle who famously stayed the night before the Royal Wedding. Cliveden will enter 2019 with a two-night House Party (31 Dec – 2 Jan) including signature Afternoon Tea with Cliveden’s own tea blend, champagne reception, black tie dinner and accommodation in a signature room named after a famous house visitor. From £2,550 for two-nights based on two sharing a club room.
Lygon Arms | Cotswolds, England
Enjoy an extravagant two night New Year House Party from Tuesday 31st December – Wednesday 2nd January at the Lygon Arms where on New Year’s Eve Champagne afternoon tea welcomes you, followed my a champagne reception, a black tie Five Course Gala Dinner with wines and live music, a welcome into 2019 with a piper and Auld Lang Syne Magician and harpist. The Party continues into New Year’s day with Brunch buffet with live jazz, Cocktails and canapés, and a Four-course gourmet dinner with wine.
The Mulia & Mulia Villas | Bali, Indonesia
Over in Bali, Indulge in a series of lavish buffets at Mulia Bali's renowned signature restaurants and celebrate the coming new year with exceptionally delicious and extensive dinner affairs. From the seven cooking theatres at The Cafe, the Cantonese dim sum at Table8, the teppanyaki dinner at Edogin to the fresh pasta and seafood at Soleil - the choices are endless. Join the New Year countdown at the Grand Ballroom with the signature Mulia New Year Celebration featuring international performers Royalty Show Band.
Sugar Beach| St Lucia
Celebrate your 2020 vision with a sensational White New Year’s Eve Party under the stars. This shimmering white celebration is filled with treats for all, including spectacular fireworks, a live band, stilt walkers and fire performances, featuring Sugar Beach’s international in-house artist, Tore of Totem Entertainment. Then, on January 1st enjoy a Bayside Recovery Brunch cure what ails you at the refreshingly revitalizing stations, filled with all the food and drink you’ll need to feel 100%.
Eden Roc Cap Cana | Dominican Republic
The 30,000-acre luxury resort on the gorgeous coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is home to luxury accommodations (from multi-bed villas with private pools - to beachfront suites), several dining destinations that celebrate regional produce, a brand-new spa and wellness experience, and are offering the ultimate New Year’s Extravaganza. The annual New Year’s party at BLUE Grill + Bar brings a night full of great entertainment and culinary delights. Join Eden Roc for opening cocktails at 7.30pm and Gala Dinner with a grand buffet show starting at 8.30pm. Guests can enjoy the most exclusive New Year’s Eve party in the island with live music from THE GOLDSINGERS from Monaco, international DJ, and party until the Champagne flows. *minimum 7 night stay over NYE
Palácio Tangará, the renowned Oetker Collection’s South American jewel, invites international travelers to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year in the veritable oasis in the center of São Paulo, Brazil. For those celebrating Christmas, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Tangará Jean-Georges, will be serving up an indulgent five-course dinner on Christmas Eve. With highlights including Salmon tartar, baked sea bass, pecan crumble, and much more, it will truly be a meal to remember and a special way to celebrate the festive season.
The magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration kicks off with a welcome cocktail followed by a buffet dinner paired alongside Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne. Guests will enjoy an open bar complete with signature cocktails, wine and more. Splashy shows in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom will wow visitors and they will dance the night away. A festive countdown with the Sensacional Orchestra Sonora Band will top off the night. The celebration is $2,050 per person.
Ring in the New Year with a glamorous tropical-inspired celebration at Faena Miami Beach. This year’s fete is a nod to the drama and glamour of Europe’s Baroque period infused with South American romance. The fabulous New Year’s Eve party begins at hotel’s gilded Cathedral as guests are greeted with champagne and cocktails along with live performances. A decadent multi-course feast awaits at your choice of Faena’s award-winning restaurants. For a true Argentine experience, make your way to renowned chef Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos and indulge in Black Truffle and Artichoke Carpaccio, Chilean Seabass Confit and Osetra Caviar and Hanging A5 Wagyu Tenderloin. Upstairs at Pao, gather with loved ones on the ocean view terrace and savor unique, Asian-inspired creations like slow poached Alaskan King Crab with Trout Roe, White Truffle and Smoked Kama Congee with roasted Mushrooms and more. At Faena Hotel’s Living Room, dance the night away to live musical acts and toast to the year ahead with Perrier-Jouët and G.H. Mumm champagne, or lounge under starry skies with bottle service at the idyllic Tree of Life. As the clock counts down to midnight, meet at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth for exciting live musical performances, dazzling fireworks display and a few surprises along the way. General admission tickets start at $250 per person. Prix fixe dinner menus at Los Fuegos and Pao start at $650 per person and include Faena house wines, spirits and champagne. Table reservations at The Living Room and Tree of Life start at $500 per person.
Celebrate Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year, in grand style at Gleneagles, Perthshire’s grand estate. A highlight of the year for many, the celebrations will include a sumptuous black-tie dinner, live music, bagpipes and drums. Spend the day enjoying the property’s signature pursuits such as a Trackman Combine Test at the Golf Academy, an outdoor treasure hunt, air rifle shooting, Scottish country dance lessons, champagne tasting and more. As midnight nears, guests are able to enjoy some celebratory fizz and a special “Beating of the Retreat” in the front hall before delighting in a true Scottish Hogmanay extravaganza at dinner, with a dress code of black tie or, of course, a touch of tartan. Live music will flood The Century Bar as guests are invited to dance the night away before they refuel at a 2AM late night feast in The Gleneagles Suite. Special packages are available for guests, which include a complimentary night’s stay.
Whether you have time to stop in for a quick aperitif or join the hotel to dance the night away, enjoy the exquisite atmosphere of the holiday season with a celebration at the iconic St. Regis Rome. The beloved hotel will host its New Year Aperitif on December 31 at 7PM. Enjoy live piano music and a menu of bites all paired with Ruinart Champagne, Negronis 100 Years or a Martini selection (55 euro / person). For those looking to ring in 2020 in style, The St. Regis Rome’s Ritz Ballroom will play host to a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner with a live orchestra. The black-tie affair will include a special menu designed by Executive Chef Francesco Donatelli, live orchestra and DJ set, and a New Year countdown with a Brut’ R De Ruinart Champagne Ceremony at midnight. The gala is priced at 650 euros per person, which includes wines and champagne. Guests are also welcomed to delight in the hotel’s festive décor, including a 4-meter-high pine Christmas tree with crystal and white feathers bespoke decorations, conceived as a music box, spinning all the time.
The St. Regis New York will continue its much-anticipated, annual holiday pop-up tradition with the debut of Jack’s Champagne Club, a hidden lobby-level champagne bar, for holiday 2019. Located just off the beloved lobby, the hotel’s Cognac Room will debut a new design from CHAMPALIMAUD Design and, for the holiday season only, be transformed into an intimate lounge offering exclusive champagne tastings, canapés and more, including a premiere champagne package with luxury silversmith Puiforcat. Beginning November 29th and reserved through Tock, those who visit will gain access to exclusive tastings of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet MCIII and other vintages, alongside tastefully paired canapés and small bites from the hotel’s signature restaurant, Astor Court. The intimate space will be adorned in glistening hues of silver and gold and boast a stunning tree inspired by champagne bubbles. Tables feature a “press for champagne” button to encourage guests to relax and imbibe with family and friends in front of the room’s historic fireplace, while hosts pour champagne from a custom champagne gueridon. In partnership with Puiforcat, the exceptional French luxury silversmith, Jack’s Champagne Club will offer a premium champagne package open to the public featuring the house’s Timbales à Champagne, champagne silver tumblers. Designed to extol the aromas of the liquid and to heighten the tasting experience, the Puiforcat sterling silver Champagne Tumbler will serve as the ideal vessel for a specialty tasting. Following the experience, guests will be able to take the tumbler home to enjoy. The limited package costs $1,904 for two guests (plus taxes and service fees).
Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long been a seasonal London landmark and symbolizes the start of the festive season in the capital, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its delightful design. This year’s tree has been imagined by Christian Louboutin, a longtime guest of the Mayfair hotel. The tree stands in the center of the hotel lobby and is adorned with sparkling lights, red and gold baubles, shoe-shaped gingerbread biscuits and topped off with a glistening gold leaf crown adding the finishing touch. His creation is accompanied by The Loubi Express, a glittering red train positioned in the snowy forest clearing of the lobby. The Loubi Express is home to an intimate dining carriage complete with four tables, its own Cocktail Conductor offering champagne, cocktails and Claridge’s classic canapés complete with a nostalgic Christmas soundtrack. Tables will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and The Loubi Express is open through December 31.
Stay at or visit The Berkeley this Christmas and step into a modern-day winter wonderland. Guests will be greeted at The Berkeley with a twinkling, show stopping snowfall holiday installation, which graces the entrance of the hotel during the festive season, and have the opportunity to enjoy special, celebratory menus on Christmas Day. Additionally, the popular Rooftop Winter Cinema will return to The Berkeley. Overlooking Belgravia and offering sweeping views of Hyde Park, The Berkeley’s rooftop garden has transformed into a festive forest cinema for the holiday season. As London’s only private rooftop cinema, the pine-lined outdoor theater welcomes guests to snuggle into wooden huts with blankets and enjoy a menu of winter favorites and champagne while watching Christmas classics such as Home Alone and The Holiday. Screenings at the Rooftop Winter Cinema will take place through December 31.
Hotel del Coronado | San Diego, CA
Ring in the New Year at The Del’s fabulous Bal Masque New Year’s Eve Gala starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, a chic evening in black and white and elegant decor dripping with mystery and decadence. The night features a delectable five-course feast, open bar featuring Veuve Clicquot and dancing to the sounds of the Mighty Untouchables. General admission is $375 per person, and exclusive ringside seating is $425 per person. While parents are off dancing the night away, kids can have a party of their own at The Del’s Children’s New Year’s Eve Wonderland Masquerade -- a bash that provides great entertainment for kids and teens with ice skating, exclusive shows, games, dinner, s’ mores, a movie lounge, sparkling cider toasts and a fireworks display above the Pacific Ocean. $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional. Please follow this link to view schedules based on ages. Ages 4-17 are welcome.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk | Newport, RI
The Chanler will play host to an exclusive party for guests only. The all-inclusive New Year’s Package grants guests access to two nights accommodation, several extravagant dining experiences, including a decadent four-course dinner, seasonal raw bars, brunch, flowing champagne and more! Feast and party like the Vanderbilts once did and welcome 2020 in the most regal way possible. Further details can be found here
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
On the heels of a star-studded grand opening celebration, the brand-new Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is hosting an outstanding New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2020 with a luxurious bang! Celebrations will be on NYE from 10pm-3am and include a live band, celebrity entertainment and appearances, a huge fireworks display, and of course, a fantastic menu and drink menu that only Nobu Los Cabos can offer! Guests can book dinner reservations and NYE tickets by emailing email@example.com. Adults $115 / Kids $65 USD (from 6pm until 11pm).