If Miami on December 31 sounds like your idea of punishment, let your wanderlust take you away to one of top destinations where to ring in the new year in style.
Anantara Vilamoura; Portugal
If you’re looking for a European destination that isn’t frigid come New Year’s, try Portugal’s Algarve region, where temperatures hold steady in the high 50s. Book a room at Anantara Vilamoura and snag tickets to the hotel’s gala dinner on the marina—the swanky evening includes a live performance by musician Rui Veloso, fireworks, and more. Kick the weekend off with a cooking class and a round of golf at the hotel’s top-rated course.
Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro
The Brazilian city lures 2 million people for New Year’s Eve each year, and with good reason. Over-the-top fireworks displays light up Copacabana Beach, where partygoers—dressed in all white—dance and drink champagne until sunrise. For a slightly more civilized experience, ring in the New Year on the rooftop of Rio’s hottest new luxury property, Hotel Emiliano. You’ll get a glimpse of the action from above while indulging in caviar, cocktails, a samba performance, and fresh seafood. Does it get much better than that?
Hotel Le Toiny; St. Barths
The ritzy island, which has officially bounced back following Hurricane Irma, is always buzzing around the holidays…and this year will be no different. Book a room at the recently renovated Hotel Le Toiny (don’t miss the fresh grilled lobster at the property’s new beach club) and spend the last night of 2018 at Nikki Beach’s “Surrealism Ball”—an event that will arguably the most epic NYE party the Caribbean has ever seen. Why, you ask? Well, the famed beach club just announced that Mariah Carey is set to host—and perform—at the fancy fête.
The Resort at Paws Up; Montana
For a rustic and wintery NYE escape, head to western Montana. Just 30 minutes outside of the city you’ll find The Resort at Paws Up, a luxury ranch that takes the occasion rather seriously. This year, the property has four days of events planned for guests, with activities including snowmobiling, horseback riding, snow tubing and cross-country skiing. Close out the experience with a five-course dinner, fire dancers, fireworks, and a live musical performance.
The Whitby Hotel; New York City
Though watching the ball drop in Times Square has a well-deserved place on anyone’s bucket list, there are also fantastic spots to ring in 2018 beyond the midtown chaos. On 56th Street, the cozy Whitby Hotel is hosting a sophisticated NYE soiree with a five-course dinner, a jazz quartet, and of course, plenty of champagne. The Rainbow Room will also play host to its annual Black Tie Bash, where you can take in the chaos of Manhattan from 65 stories above Rock Center.