New Year’s comes once a year (No surprises there!) and even though holiday travel is nothing short of a nightmare, the sweet memories are worth it all. From epic fireworks displays to all-night dance parties to one-of-a-kind cultural traditions, we have scoured the world to bring you a few elite travel destinations you should zip away to for the New Years. Cos when the clock strikes 12 on 31st, you should be in a position to give 2019 a grand welcome!
The “City of Life” is a perennial list-topper when it comes to glamorous places around the world. So if you don’t mind a splash of glitz and glamour, book a luxurious suite at the recently renovated Hôtel de Crillon (preferably one with views of the twinkling Eiffel Tower), get access the to city’s greatest restaurants, and perhaps enjoy the evening with a spectacular ballet performance at the Palais Garnier. How’s that for a kickoff to the New Year?
New York and Sydney aren’t the only acts in town when it comes to celebrating the New Year. Reykjavik is known for going all out on New Year. Nearly all 200,000 locals can be seen setting off their own display of fireworks. But nothing beats seeing the northern lights and the landscape with otherworldly vistas.
You can go for helicopter tours that land on glaciers (with private lunches proving proper nourishment!) or simply grab a drink and cozy up around one of the bonfires organized throughout the city. The best part? You can nurse your New Year’s hangover with a trip to Blue Lagoon and hot springs.
Trying to avoid the inevitable stress of mass celebrations? Head to Tuscany for a laid-back New Year weekend with your friends and family. And lucky for you, Castiglion Del Bosco, a picturesque estate of farmhouses and luxury villas situated in a winery is open throughout the winter.
Start the day with soaking up the sun over a glass (or two) of Brunello, head to the spa for a relaxing massage, warm up with a game of tennis and then let the chef indulge you with some of his finest Italian preparations. And if you want to brush up on your gourmet cooking skills, they offer cooking classes as well. What better way to celebrate the new year!
St. Petersburg, Russia
If you like free-flowing caviar, plush fur coats, good food, great art, and cozy restaurants, St. Petersburg is your winter wonderland. Snow-covered streets and fairy-tale like setting makes it one of the dreamiest destinations for winter holidays. Get a glimpse of the New Year action from the roof of your hotel while gorging on caviar, fresh seafood, and ice cold bubbly. We wouldn’t want to come back at all.
Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
The journey to this remote Indonesian archipelago means you have to sacrifice cell service and Internet. But once you start lazing around on a yacht, basking in the sun on private beaches, and unwinding at bliss-inducing spas, you’re not going to spare a minute’s thought to poor network or connectivity. This new year, unplug and take a break from those endless emails and work calls. Instead, immerse yourself in the exotic beauty of the islands. And as much as you’ll want to share the beauty of mother nature with the world, Instagram will have to wait!