There are plenty of ways to spend your last few moments of 2013 on New Year’s Eve, and stay home is not an option.
Check out our Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations:
10 – London
One of the most iconic images of the New Year is watching Big Ben strike 12 on December 31, leading the city into an explosion of lights and colors with fireworks going off over the Thames River. Around central London you’ll find open air parties, clubs, and other themed events. But if you prefer to start 2014 with a bang, The Shard’s, the tallest building in western Europe, is definitely your best choice. A ticket to The Shard’s New Year’s Eve Party includes canapes, bowl food, a welcome cocktail, free flowing beer and wine, and DJ sets throughout the night. And, at the stroke of midnight, you will be able to toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of Lanson White Label Champagne while taking in the views from the tallest building in Europe.
9 – Berlin
The place where you’ll find one of the largest parties on earth. Happening at Brandenburg Gate, the festival attracts one million revelers and offers great music, stage shows, and world-class, spectacular fireworks. If you need a break from the madness of the city’s celebrations, see if you can snag a table at the tranquil FACIL, a restaurant that features several of Berlin’s peerless culinary delights in a unique glass cube building sprinkled with chestnut trees and bamboo.
8 – New York
New York hosts one of the most awaited events in the world, the Times Square Drop Ball. One million people fill the square from early afternoon waiting for the Ball to descend. If you’re looking for something more private, away from the crowds, we suggest The Rlounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. The Rlounge is the perfect luxury location with a priveliged view from of the ball drop while you dine, drink and dance.
7 – Austrian Alps
Are you a fan of ski? If so, Austrian Alps is definitely your best choice for the New Year’s Eve. Here you can consider staying at the Kempinski Hotel in the Kitzbüheler Alps which is right beside direct access to the Kitzbühel Ski Area. The hotel offers a luxury spa to help you fully unwind, and delicious menu options at their restaurants and bars.
6 – Sydney
Do you want to be among the first to enter the new year? If so you might consider Sydney for your destination. Around the Sydney Harbour over 1.5 million people watches a spectacular lightshow, with fireworks hopping and dancing off the bridge and the water. The lightshow can also be watched from the water, on luxury cruises, like Flagship Cruises, that are available to keep you out of the crowds while still providing an up close view of the display.
5 – Las Vegas
Hit the Sin City and gamble your money away, live in luxury and see the stars. Laser shows, concerts and fireworks take over the streets, while nightclubs and bars turn up the volume and of course, ticket prices. There’s so much choice around this city that the list of best places to stay is endless, but among the top 10 best hotels with the best parties and shows, we choose Wynn And Encore.
4 – Paris
Are you a romantic person? If you say yes, then you’ll fall in love with Paris. Stand on the Champs-Elysees in the New Year are one of those do-before-you-die activities. Bottles of champagne everywhere in the crowd that waits for a monumental firework in the sky, while the Eiffel Tower is covered in sparkling lights. On New Year’s Eve you can also enjoy a prestigious menu created by renowned Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in Paris.
3 – Madeira
This is the ultimate paradise on Earth. Madeira has a great culture and unforgettable food with a party atmosphere that makes this place a prime New Year’s destination. There you’ll find the largest firework display in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records. Fireworks are set off from about 50 spots, lighting up the skies over Funchal for about ten minutes. Despite all the animation in the streets, if you’re looking for a more quite and luxurious place to celebrate the new year’s eve, you may want to check the beautiful Choupana Hills.
2 – Bangkok
Bangkok go big for the International New Year too. There are three places to mark the passing of the old year – Central World Mall, National Stadium and Sanam Luang. Huge lights and fireworks are displayed along the banks of the Chao Phraya, and an annual event features performances by Thai pop stars. In Bangkok the best place to stay the new year’s eve night is Banyan Tree Bangkok.
1 – Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana beach hosts the city’s major festivities, where two million partiers drink and groove on giant stages set up along the beach, with laser shows and fireworks. If you don’t want outdoor parties, characterized by thumping samba music and many, many beautiful Brazilian females, you can go to indoor clubs, but be prepared to pony up a fair amount of cash for entrance fees and booze.
Copacabana is also capable to offer you exclusive and luxurious parties in some of the world top hotels in the world, like Copacabana Palace Hotel.