With New Year’s Eve coming up quickly, here are some ideas from around the world.
Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai
Travelers looking to end the year on a high note and welcome 2022 in style should head over to Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai for one of the most extravagant events in the world. The Atlantis Gala Dinner, ‘Rouge Edition’ includes a 30-piece live band, to underwater dining at the famous Ossiano and a spectacular fireworks display. The grand event kicks off at 7:30 pm and goes all night through 3:00 am which includes free-flowing champagne, a lavish buffet serving everything from lobster and caviar to shawarmas and more. Live cooking stations and a child-friendly buffet will also be offered. The Palm’s youngest travelers can enjoy their own party in the Asateer Tent featuring an ‘Under the Sea’ celebration with an enormous slide, bouncy castle, an outdoor cinema, game stalls, arts and crafts and much more.
ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki – Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii’s $5,000/night boutique luxury hotel and its French-Japanese culinary counterpart will host three individual celebrations on New Year’s Eve. A caviar and champagne toast will begin the evening on ESPACIO’s rooftop infinity pool deck at sunset ($199+) followed by 7- and 11-course tasting experiences ($499+ and $799+) by Mugen executive chef Jason Yamaguchi. Tastings include a flute of 1999 Cristal champagne, black and white truffles, and wine pairings from Mugen’s rare 500-bottle collection. Guests will have some of the best views of Honolulu’s annual midnight fireworks display, deployed directly across from the hotel on Waikiki Beach. Attendees will also enjoy a live DJ set and exclusive swag bag. Each event is limited to 22 guests. View full description here.
ADERO Scottsdale – Scottsdale, Arizona
Watch stars, planets and galaxies light up the sky on New Year’s Eve from ADERO Scottsdale, the only certified Dark Sky Zone resort in the region. Guests can enjoy champagne toasts from 2,500 feet above the Sonoran Desert in intimate globes overlooking Arizona’s famed McDowell Mountain Range. The seasonal globes – known as The Village at SkyTop – offer guests a private four-course meal featuring dishes like winter lobster bisque, pan-roasted wagyu, and chocolate terrine alongside festive cocktails. Globes are staged under the stars and feature plush interiors by local designer Robin Halperin. CIELO, the resort’s second culinary concept, will offer additional options for New Year’s Eve and Day with an elevated vantage point of the dramatic desert landscape below. Menu items include organic chicken poulet, polenta cake with acorn risotto, Scottish salmon with braised turnips and wild mushroom arancini.
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – Honolulu, Hawaii
Boogie into the new year 80’s style at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club’s NYE Studio 54 extravaganza. True to its retro-Hawaii aesthetic, the hotel will be hosting a NYE celebration for guests and visitors ($54/person) at its ultra-instragrammable pool deck with complimentary champagne for toasting and a photobooth for the memories. Book the newly launched Society6 Penthouse (call 808-923-8882 to book), a shoppable suite experience in collaboration with local artists, to ring in the new year in style and comfort. Before the main event, grab a Winter Tale or Night Moves Cocktail from the seasonal holiday cocktail menu at Mahina & Sun’s and enjoy the ultimate New Year’s evening.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – Nassau, Bahamas
A quick flight from most southeastern U.S. states, this luxury oceanfront resort offers travelers a tropical yet close-to-home respite to ring in 2022. Guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve at the resort’s new Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House, helmed by six-time James Beard award-winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson, with a variety of packages. The five-course dinner package includes a pre-fixe five-course dinner (from $225/person) with Bahamian favorites like seafood platters, prime beef tartare, and chocolate hazelnut dacquoise, while the Marcus Up Top rooftop celebration package (from $250/person) includes an open bar, live music, and the best seat in the house to view the Baha Mar fireworks show over the water. Book here.
W South Beach – Miami, FL
For New Year’s Eve, W South Beach will host a modern approach of the opera Madama Butterfly re-created by Marianna Vittoriosom, one of the opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love. The restaurant and outdoor bar space, RWSB (Restaurant W South Beach) and Irma’s will be transformed into a Japanese garden and a Butterfly room where guests can dine surrounded by the show. The experience will include dancers, singers, a burlesque show moment, classical ballet and a live paint show flowing through the restaurant and bar space during the performance. The first dinner seating will begin at 6:30pm. The second dinner seating will begin at 9 PM and the show will begin at 9 PM. The bar area at Irma’s is first come first serve (no ticket required). Living Room Bar will have tables available for bottle service. The experience is available for locals, visitors and W South Beach guests. Link to book: HERE
Angsana Corfu – Corfu, Greece
Angsana Corfu recently opened in Akra Punta, Corfu, Greece as Banyan Tree Group’s first-ever European property. A collection of 159 guest rooms and 37 one to four-bedroom luxury villas built in the style of local architecture are perched on an idyllic hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of the historical bay of Benitses and serve as a true Mediterranean sanctuary for travelers just minutes away from the town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort is hosting a gala for New Year’s Eve for guests to experience the holiday like never before with a 7-course meal (think: salmon carpaccio, fresh black truffle risotto and toffee parfait), DJ, dance floor and more. (Dinner - €150/adult, €55/child up to 12 years old; DJ Party - €100/4 people Standard Labeled Bottle, €150/4 people Premium Labeled Bottle (includes light finger food, after 2:00a.m.))
Alaia Belize Autograph Collection – San Pedro, Belize
Ring in the New Year Caribbean style with Alaia Belize! Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 meters from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, a kid’s club, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views.
New Year’s Offerings:
- New Year’s Eve Dinner at Sea Salt - Summit your year by dining at one of our two prime dining venues serving special set menus for the biggest night as we bid adieu to 2021. Enjoy Lobster Ceviche Baked Snapper in Banana Leaf Slow braised Beef Short Rib at Sea Salt, $105 per person
- New Year’s Eve Soiree at the Vista Rooftop- The best rooftop views in town remains unchallenged. Come and join an Adults Only, high energy rooftop lounge featuring Asian Cocktails, Bottle Service, and a live DJ for NYE starting at 7 p.m. Reservations will be required and there is a $50 entry fee.
- New Year’s Eve Crafted Cocktails at the Piano Bar - Engage with the House Mixologist as he concocts an array of his best molecular cocktails from the bygone year at 5 p.m. onwards, starting at $12 per cocktail.
- Silent Night at the K’in Spa - Any 60-minute session is complimented with a mini facial. K’in Spa & Wellness Center dedicates many of their treatments to local experiences, drawing on the rich cultural heritage of Belize and using indigenous ingredients.
Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
South of the border, Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit treats guests to a multi-course New Year’s Eve dining experience with panoramic Pacific views topped only by the resort’s impeccable selection of local Mexican wines and attentive service. Award-winning onsite restaurant, La Casona, will serve a decadent surf and turf menu featuring lobster and fine cuts of local beef accompanied by live piano and sax music. When the clock strikes midnight, guests can celebrate the occasion with champagne bottle service delivered to their in-room private patio. On New Year’s morning, guests can venture back to La Casona for a delicious brunch with Mexican dishes and traditional American favorites. Holiday travelers can also enjoy resort activities (paddle boarding, beach volleyball), on-site entertainment and limitless visits to the Hydrotherapy Circuit at Tatewari Spa – the #1 Spa & Wellness experience in Nuevo Vallarta – as part of Villa La Estancia’s all-inclusive plan.
Heading into 2022, there’s no better place to start fresh than St. Lucia’s mesmerizing Jade Mountain Resort, where guest sanctuaries accessed only by private bridges are missing their fourth wall so guests are entirely open to the elements and feature private en-suite infinity pools and 24/7 butler service. Jade Mountain guests can ring in the New Year with the resort’s festive St. Lucia Lobster Tasting where they’ll celebrate and indulge with the majestic view of the Caribbean Sea and twin Pitons as their backdrop. The evening will feature a three course meal starting with Chilled Lobster Salad with Osetra Caviar. Then, indulge in Caribbean Spiny Lobster Bisque, Sorrel & West Indian Lime Sorbet and Grilled Lobster Medallions. Top it all off with the Emerald Estate Chocolate Truffle for dessert. Plus, fireworks when the clock strikes 12 to start the New Year off with a ‘bang.’ Following the New Years Eve festivities, guests can enjoy the resort’s abundance of activities. From chocolate making with the property’s very own Chocolate Alchemist and scuba diving in the striking blue eaters of Soufriere Bay to vegan cooking classes at the resort’s Emerald Estate Farm and hiking the fames Gros Piton with your very own Hiking Butler, opportunities for adventure and indulgence are everywhere at this one-of-a-kind Caribbean resort.
NYE at Sea in St. Maarten
The Dutch Caribbean island nation of St. Maarten welcomes curious visitors inspired to renew their passion for life with a diverse menu of experiences — making this the perfect NYE destination for those who are willing to try anything! Start the trip on a high note (pun intended) at Rockland Estate: home to the world’s steepest zipline,The Flying Dutchman. While zipping 2,800 feet down the mountain, take in the best views of St. Maarten while admiring the mountain-meets-ocean landscape full of adventure opportunities. On-land are 37 sundry, diverse beaches; while some are perfect for kitesurfing, sailing, snorkeling, others are quiet and ideal for sunbathing, and one in particular, Maho Beach, is famous for its roaring overhead jet landings. Want to island hop? You’re in the perfect place to cross some travel goals off your bucket list right before the new year. Due to its central location, SXM is considered a Caribbean hub and homebase for easy access to its neighboring islands via ferry or small plane, where you can get a quick change of scenery while exploring different cultures all within a close proximity. When it’s time to pop champagne and countdown to midnight, Pyratz Gourmet Sailing offers a one-of-a-kind NYE experience where guests can embark on a catamaran sail to enjoy a four-course meal (read: LOBSTER!) and delectable cocktails while sailing in the Caribbean Sea.
W Punta de Mita | Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Grab your passport and celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones at W Punta de Mita, a chic beach resort located in Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit. Ring in the New Year with the resort’s epic New Spirit 2022 extravaganza where guests can enjoy tasty international food stations complemented by live performances, DJ sets, and traditional Mexican rituals to promote a prosperous year ahead! This festive season, travelers can take advantage of the “Celebrate in the Sand” offer and receive up to 25% off stays between now and January 31, 2022. Use the promo code D3Q to book. For more information, head to Marriott.com/pvrwh. For more information of the resort’s holiday offerings, visit https://hotel-deals.marriott.com/get-wrapped-up-w-punta-de-mita/
Thompson Zihua - Thompson Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Kick off your shoes and the New Year barefoot at Thompson Zihuatanejo, a little piece of paradise along Playa La Ropa, the premier swimming beach of Mexico’s Costa Grande. Enjoy pink-kissed sunsets and a laid-back vibe at this chic beachfront boutique, an ideal hideaway to whale watch, kayak to a hidden island, swim in an adults only pool or unwind with an aromatherapy spa treatment. Guests can end 2021 with freshly shucked Oysters & a Bubbles Bar by day and welcome 2022 with a special dinner on the sand under twinkle lights and the stars at HAO. Here guests will indulge in a unique sensorial menu inspired by local ingredients and some of the Chef’s favorites of the season. Once the clock strikes twelve, guests can groove the night away and toast to new beginnings with live music, DJ and midnight fireworks. To book your escape, visit Thompsonhotels.com/Zihua.
Resorts World Bimini — Bimini, Bahamas
Enjoy a tropical New Years’ Eve getaway in Bimini, the closest Bahamian island to the coastal U.S. and home toResorts World Bimini — an oceanfront complex that encompasses a chic Hilton hotel, incredible spa, casino, marina, and a new private beach and day club. The seven-mile island is surrounded by the bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, and views are best enjoyed with a drink in hand while sunbathing at one of two hotel pools: the ground-floor lagoon pool or the adults-only rooftop infinity pool, both of which have poolside bars with specialty cocktails and local bites. To ring in 2022, the resort is offering a variety of packages starting at $598 per person that include round-trip transportation from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Balearia Ferry or Tropic Ocean Airways, a two-, three- or four-night stay at the Hilton at RW Bimini, an NYE dinner buffet, entry to a rooftop party, and a midnight champagne toast. On New Years Day, chill out in style at the recently-opened Resorts World Bimini Beach, a 4.5-acre private beach and lounge that blends laidback luxury with unrivaled ocean backdrops and chic vibes similar to beach clubs in Mykonos or Tulum -- complete with live DJ entertainment all day long. Learn more atwww.rwbimini.com/specials.
Grand Universe Lucca - Lucca, Italy
Ring in 2022 like Tuscan royalty in a magnificently restored Italian ‘palazzo’ that’s redefining experiential luxury in Lucca’s cultural city center. Offering 55 superbly appointed rooms and suites, Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection stands proudly adjacent to the Piazza Napoleone and across from the iconic Teatro del Giglio, where performances by Lucchesi composers Puccini, Catalani and Luporini have inspired a moving music culture that beats well into the present day. With the hotel’s New Year’s Eve package, guests will enjoy a three-course Tuscan dinner with a local production bottle of wine, as well as a Montecarlo Wine Tasting – one of three exclusive wine tasting series offered by the hotel. Don’t miss fireworks from the Sommita Rooftop Bar, the only of its kind in the “City of 100 Churches.” Rates start at €348 per room, per night.