New Year’s Eve – Where and Why

Oct 08, 12 New Year’s Eve – Where and Why

Long are now forgotten the days of summer with breezy outfits and tanning wishes. As the fall is rapidly coming to an end, leaving way to the holiday season, everyone’s attention is drawn to the big event of the winter: New Year’s Eve. Although it may seem a bit premature to make plans for New Year in October, many people have already started to look for destinations and even make reservations, in order to make sure they will enjoy a memorable turning of the years. Furthermore, pristine accommodations and destinations around the globe have already began to attract tourists with grandiose schedules and plans, so, if you want to be at the right place at the right time, stay tuned and find out what are the best places to go to on New Year’s Eve.

If you love the water and believe New Year’s Eve is even more exciting on an island, then you should definitely spend it in the Sydney Harbour, from where you can easily boat out to Cockatoo Island. You can stay there for the whole night, if you book a camping spot in advance. The view of the Harbour from the island is magnificent and the firework flight of fancy is truly one of a kind. For those who are loving the idea of spending New Year’s on a boat, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has front row seats ready, among the many wonderful waterfront restaurants. The show is one of the most splashing firework extravaganza in the world.


As far as accommodation goes, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a Gold List winner for this year, so if you are in for some end of the year pampering, this is definitely the place. Right across the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the hotel also overlooks the Opera House, offering tourists a first class location for a first class event.

If you really want to step outside the box and go exotic on New Year’s Eve, then try and dance under the stars in Goa! Feeling the cold sand under your feet, while hundreds of lights hang in palm trees and everyone around you is wearing hula skirts is pretty unique for a
New Year’s Eve party
. Just because the temperatures don’t go below 20 degrees in Goa, it doesn’t mean that the small state doesn’t know how to appreciate the winter holidays. Goa’s New Year’s Eve parties are legendary and the firework shows are truly unique. For crowded and loud parties, you should hit Anjuna, but if you are more into mellow, quiet celebrations, the southern Palolem is the right pick for you.

While you’re in Goa, there are some excellent accommodation options for you to choose from. The Park Hotel in Candolim beach, near Anjuna, is a great spot, offering many bedrooms, cabanas and a private beach. The rate for double rooms starts at £150 per night.

Nothing says New Year’s Eve better and louder than Rio! If you’re a party goer, then book your flight for Rio de Janeiro right now and enjoy New Year’s in the middle of summer, with street and beach parties and, of course, one of the greatest fireworks display. Of course, if you’re spending New Year in Rio, you ought to go right in the middle of the action, which is the Copacabana beach. Here, the show starts at 8 o’clock in the evening and it seems like it never ends. Get ready for live music, a perfect balance of rock bands and the iconic samba, increasing people’s thrill and excitement. Traditionally, all people wear white for New Year’s Eve in Rio, as it is believed to bring you luck for the year to come, and tourists are more than happy to embrace the tradition.


For a sumptuous stay, the Copacabana Palace hotel is a great choice, which is also quite famous for its New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Eve indoors party. It is a very elegant hotel, right across from Copacabana Beach, the most famous stretch of sand in Rio. However, you should expect rates to match, the dinner starting at £560 per person and the party at £700.

Some people are not very into the whole New Year on the beach concept and for them the parties go wild in Amsterdam. The best place to witness the firework extravaganza and the craze of the city is the Oosterdok 2, which is the rooftop of the Nemo museum. This is not usually opened to public, but on New Year’s Eve you have a unique opportunity to view the city and be part of the magic from way up high. If you want to be down with the action and get lost through hundreds of people and the night’s hysteria, there are several squares that will dazzle you with the thrill of the event, the Dam Square party, the Rembrandtplein square, the Museumplein or the Nieuwmarkt. You can stay at The Exchange Hotel, located in the cultural center, The Lloyd, which will provide you with right mix of Amsterdam’s nuances.


You can go watery with New Year’s Eve in Sydney, exotic in Goa, eccentric in Rio or party animal in Amsterdam, but you can’t go wrong with a New Year’s Eve in London. You will have so many wonderful experiences and places to choose from that one night will never seem enough. And it won’t be! Along the Thames Pier,
the fireworks havoc will absolutely mesmerize you, while the fancy dress bar and club parties will fiercely compete for the title of the most untamed. Thames Pier is generally one of the most beautiful places to visit in London but on New Year’s Eve it becomes particularly charming. The bars are not the only ones putting on a show for New Year, as the London hotels are already attracting party goers with specially designed cocktails and New Year’s Eve menus to die for. The Ritz lives up to its prestige with black-tie dinner, marching band and live dancing and music, as well as its own firework spectacle, while the Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel allures people with ox tongue, turkey oyster and white truffle. If you are interested in spending a fun and luxurious New Year’s Eve, London is your ideal destination. On this special night all the usual places to visit in London step up their game in order for you to spend an unforgettable night.