The New Year is fast approaching and as the clock counts down to midnight we’ve put together a cherry picked collection of our favorite places to kiss goodbye 2014. Whether you’re on the search for loud and debauched or laid back and low key, these NYE party destinations are guaranteed to kick off the New Year in style!
Hong Kong – China
Midnight is just seconds away and the whole of Times Square gazes upwards to watch the huge glittering ball make its descent. Nope, we’re not talking about New York. We’re referring to China’s hypnotizing Hong Kong, a city where the New Year’s Eve ball drop has also become an annual event. Book a room at the Butterfly on Morrison for stunning views over the harbor.
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St. Petersburg – Russia
If you’re in the mood for a white winter book a trip to the enchanting city of St Petersburg. On December 31 locals rung up in their finest furs and ring in the New Year while watching fireworks light up the skies above the icy Neva River. The iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood makes for a magical backdrop as St Petersburg launches hundreds of paper lanterns up into the night sky. Built in 1875, the opulent Grand Hotel Europe is an unforgettable splurge for those wanting to ring in 2015 in style.
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Reykjavik – Iceland
For an amplified party in one of Europe’s hippest destinations Reykjavik is the place to be. Your evening may be sprinkled with snow however a morning dip in the steamy hot springs will soon warm you up! The locals put on an electrifying city wide party which sees fireworks light up the sky and every bar and restaurant come to life with music, dancing and fabulous food. The grand Perlan building hosts a fabulous New Year’s Eve party while the chic yet minimalist design of downtown’s 101 Hotel is a beautiful boutique option.
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Valparaíso – Chile
Prefer to spend New Year’s Day soaking up the sun and sipping on a cocktail (or hangover cure) by the pool? Valparaíso hosts one of the biggest beach bashes on the planet! When in Chile do as the locals do and flaunt yellow knickers, down a dozen grapes at midnight and tuck a 1000 peso note into your shoe for good luck in 2015.
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Maui – Hawaii
Drawing in couples, families and groups of friends, Maui’s annual beachfront fireworks show is the perfect NYE destination for those who want to take it easy. Early risers can welcome 2015 by heading to the Haleakala summit and watching one of the world’s most enchanting sunrises.
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Edinburgh – Scotland
Hosting the biggest street party in the world, Edinburgh is a mecca for those on the search for a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience. Hit Princes Street and soak up the energy of the crowds or watch all the action unfold with a VIP ticket. Don’t forget your winter threads as the temperatures can get below freezing!
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Napa and Sonoma Valleys
For a relaxed and sophisticated New Year’s Eve northern Californian wine country is the perfect place for couples to ring in 2015. Plenty of the region’s restaurants and wineries host VIP cellar and cave parties. We love the Black and White Gala at Etoile at Domaine Chandon, the Meritage Resort’s candlelit multicourse dinner in the Trinitas Cellars wine cave and Castello di Amorosa winery’s tantalizing five-course dinner and masquerade ball in the Grand Barrel Room at Castello di Amorosa winery. If you’re heading to the Napa Valley the Wine Train puts on a unique Blackjack Ball while foodies will love special NYE dinners at Bottega, Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc, Redd or Yountville’s Bouchon. After sampling local delights head back to your luxury accommodation for a fireside midnight vino toast.
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Ready to kick off 2015 in style? Whether you jet off to an exotic destination or choose to spend NYE somewhere closer to home, we hope that you have a New Year’s Eve to remember!