Start 2016 with an epic celebration – no matter what your style.
This New Year’s Eve, a resolution is not the only thing you should take along to 2016. Memories of an unforgettable celebration are a must. Here’s how you can celebrate in different places around the world:
New York, USA – the Iconic Celebration
Watching the ball drop at midnight in Times Square is a tradition that dates back a hundred years. About a million people gather to witness this iconic experience, as the ball descends 141 feet from the roof of One Times Square. Each year, the spectacle includes performances by popular musicians, celebrities and special guests. The crowd participates in the festivities, along with the playing of traditional holiday songs. Last year, the event included smashing performances by Taylor Swift, Frozen singer Idina Menzel, and many others.
Start off with dinner at one of New York’s many luxury hotspots. We recommend Eleven Madison Park, one of the best restaurants in America, for a taste of contemporary and molecular gastronomy. Other evergreen favorites include three Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin, and the quintessentially American Gramercy Tavern. If crowds aren’t your thing, but you still want to experience Times Square, then a hotel is the best option. The Renaissance New York is a luxury hotel located in Times Square, and also hosts an exclusive NYE party. A five-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing give way to a fantastic view at midnight.
Reykjavik, Iceland – the Offbeat Destination
Pack warm and prepare for an unforgettable Icelandic experience. While it is the dead of winter in Reykjavik, the sheer enthusiasm and festivities taking place for New Year are sure to get every visitor in the holiday mood. Start off your trip in the lap of nature with a whale watching tour. The Northern Lights are an exciting natural phenomena occurring due to electrically charged particles in the atmosphere. Try to spot the famed Aurora Borealis to make it a light show of a lifetime.
Experience Scandinavian minimalism with a prime location at the First Hotel Alda. For a true taste of Iceland head to DILL, that serves New Nordic fare using local and seasonal produce. Perlan restaurant is a must visit, with its iconic domed building. A rotating platform offers fine dining with spectacular city views.
Come midnight and Reykjavik comes alive with fireworks; Icelanders do take their New Year’s celebrations seriously. The spectacle lasts about four hours, making it one of the best places in the world to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the Carnival Hotspot
If you’re looking for a break from winter, and you enjoy flamboyance, then Rio de Janeiro is the perfect venue for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Over two million visitors welcome the change of date in Rio, gathering at the Copacabana beach to enjoy fireworks and live music shows. It is customary to wear white to celebrate the occasion as a good luck charm. Revelers dance to Samba and make merry as lights brighten the night to day.
The Copacabana Palace hotel is the choicest pick, which offers exclusive views of the city’s carnival mood. Go all out and dine at the fine French establishment Olympe, which has wowed Rio for three decades. Oro, which uses Brazilian ingredients, is a newcomer on the food scene in Rio, but has already been hallmarked as one of the best. Start the dawn of a new year with an exclusive brunch at the many luxury hotels that dot the beachside.
All these celebrations around the world are the perfect opportunity to get out there and experience something entirely new. How’s that for a resolution?
Top Restaurant Picks:
- Eleven Madison Park
- Le Bernardin
- Gramercy Tavern
- Fish Market
Rio de Janeiro
- Le Pré Catelan