From beach bonfires to relaxed parties at home, these are our favourite ways to bring in the New Year- minus the crowds.
Whether you love it or hate it, New Year’s Eve is the chance to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. While there are countless fireworks displays, formal events and club-hosted parties in cities across the world, sometimes it’s nice to avoid the crowds and celebrate in a different way. Here are our tips for a New Year’s Eve celebration with a difference.
1. Book a Spa Break. The Christmas and New Year week can often be the one time of year we get a break from our day jobs making it a great time to escape for a night or two to a spa retreat. Use the time off to rejuvenate and relax before the year ahead. Bringing in the new year with a relaxing massage, and some serious self-pampering sounds like bliss to us. We love Gaia Retreat in Byron Bay, Australia, Mii Amo in Arizona and Grayshott Spa in Surrey, England.
2. Get out in Nature. Whether it’s hiking, camping or simply stargazing, getting out of the city and in to the countryside can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend New Year’s Eve. If you find a vantage point on a clear night, the twinkling stars will be far more spectacular than any fireworks display.
3. Book a Hotel Room with a View. In cities across the world, there are hotels that are perfectly positioned for the most spectacular view of the fireworks. Instead of battling the crowds, order in room service and champagne and view the festivities from high above in your room. Some of our top picks are the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the Park Hyatt in Sydney, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo and the Shangri-La at The Shard in London.
4. Have a Beach Bonfire. If you are lucky enough to be spending New Year’s Eve somewhere by the sea, hosting a casual beach bonfire can be a beautiful way to ring in the new year. Grab some friends, sparkling wine and cosy blankets and head to the beach. Just make sure bonfires are allowed at the beach you choose and clean up when you go, keeping the coast pristine for the next visitors.
5. Host an Intimate Soirée at Home. Forget exorbitant restaurant costs, teeming crowds and lack of cabs and go for an intimate soirée at home. Keep it simple and relaxed with some French champagne, delicious canapés or a simple party platter and the ultimate chill New Year’s Eve playlist.
Really want to avoid New Year’s Eve celebrations? A well timed flight that crosses time and date lines means you can avoid the event altogether!