Hotels Around the World Ring in New Year’s Eve in Style
There are many ways to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, but these hotels might take the cake for fabulous ways to spend December 31. From a ball held aboard a wine train to a private jet for six heading for an invitation-only soiree, read on to learn how you can spend this New Year’s Eve in spectacular style.
Tower Club at Lebua
For just THB 160,000 (approximately $5,105 USD), Lebua’s “New Year Fabulous Fantasy” package treats two to dinner at Mezzaluna, a two-night stay in the hotel’s Hangover Suite, and breakfast in bed on New Year’s Day. But the goodies don’t stop there: The extravagant package also includes a private four-hour session with a celebrity stylist for a VIP shopping experience at Central Department Store, round-trip transportation in an RT Mercedes, an in-suite makeup artist for one and hair styling for two, and 90-minute, in-room massages.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Are you and five friends looking for a lavish way to spend New Year’s Eve? How about booking the “Hard Rock Royalty” package at South Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For $200,014 you’ll receive round-trip airfare via private jet, six bottles of Armand de Brignac Magnum Champagne and a red carpet rolled out upon arrival, personal paparazzi, and lush accommodations in the hotel’s Apollo (Presidential) suite. The über-fabulous package also includes a private cabana complete with a personal mixologist and DJ; dinner at the Chef’s Table; a personal hairstylist, makeup artist, and/or men’s barber; $14,000 in free play and resort credit; and an invitation to “Reveal,” a black-tie, invitation-only soiree.
Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel
New York City
It’s a family affair at New York’s Eventi, where a minimum of 30 adults (or 15 couples) and a maximum of 25 children can book the Eventi Suite and Screening Room from 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day with the “Your Inner Circle” package. The hotel is the perfect place to ring in 2014, with video games and an age-appropriate DVD library for the kids and board games and poker sets, an open bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres for the above-21 set. Childcare professionals will be on hand to supervise the little ones and pass out snacks including popcorn, sliced fruit, and cookies. Rates for this package begin at $750 per adult and $1500 per couple; there is no additional charge for up to 25 children. Guest rooms begin at $479 per night.
Hotel Shangri-la at the Ocean
Santa Monica, California
Celebrate the arrival of 2014 like never before, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica’s only indoor and outdoor penthouse lounge and bar. The Penthouse Suite 700 at the timeless Shangri-la at the Ocean will be the setting for a 1930s-style New Year’s celebration. Guests dressed to the nines in their finest themed attire will be treated to an open champagne bar serving Moët & Chandon from 9 p.m. to midnight, a delicious small plates menu, and ’30s-themed cocktails available for purchase. Tickets to the event are $100. Book the “Dining and Cocktail” package for $125 per person to start the night with a four-course dining extravaganza. For those who prefer to enjoy dinner only, the prix fixe price is $75 per person.
AYANA Resort & Spa
Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Spend New Year’s Eve in Bali, with Mike’s Apartment, one of Jakarta’s hottest vocal groups, setting the stage for AYANA’s Countdown Party to 2014 at the resort’s Rock Bar. Guests who have dinner at any of AYANA or RIMBA’s restaurants on New Year’s Eve will receive complimentary entry to the party plus one glass of sparkling wine (for guests who book the set menu and buffet dinner) or one glass of Veuve Clicquot (for guests who book Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner). Pricing for the champagne dinner varies by location, from $378 per couple for a buffet dinner at Padi to $948 per couple for a pesta lobster sunset dinner on the pier (available for one couple only or a group of up to six people), with several additional dinner options in between. A spectacular fireworks show will ring in the New Year following the stroke of midnight.
New York City
On December 31, revelers in black tie attire will ring in the New Year in the ballroom on the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, which overlooks New York City’s iconic Central Park. In addition to the gorgeous view, guests will be treated to an open bar cocktail hour, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course dinner, and a dessert buffet. The price ranges from $1,250 to $1,500 per person.
Candlelight Inn’s “Junction” package includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe Queen room (choice of Starlight Room, Vista View, Lady Heather, or Lady Brittany) plus a Napa Valley breakfast each morning. And of course it wouldn’t be a Napa New Year’s celebration without wine! The package also includes tickets to the Blackjack Ball on the Napa Valley Wine Train and a tour of the region with Platypus Wine Tours on New Year’s Day. The package costs $1,269, excluding gratuity.