Being the final decadent December party before quieter, belt-tightening January begins, New Year’s Eve should always be a celebration to rival all others. From riotous ‘nochevieja’ fiestas in Barcelona to sipping cocktails on swanky rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur: we’ve handpicked our favourite places to make this year’s celebrations the best yet.
The Portuguese are in every way as skilled at celebrating as their Spanish neighbours. Start your evening with some delicious cocktails in 1908 Lisboa’s buzzing bar, before heading out to soak up the New Year cheer in the city’s main square – Praça do Comércio – where lively festivities take place.
After the clock strikes twelve, head to the hip and vibrant Barrio Alto area for a spot of bar hopping; the area is full of cool and quirky little bars and nightclubs, all brimming with heaps of atmosphere. Perfect for a unique and alternative New Year’s Eve.
Alternatively, you can head a little out of town for the evening: Torre Belem – one of the most famous monuments in Lisbon – hosts its own musical performances, dance parties and firework displays. The fantastic location of the Torre will provide party goers with phenomenal views of the Atlantic Ocean: a beautiful backdrop for your New Year celebrations.
Where to stay
One of the hippest cities in Europe, Lisbon’s boutique hotels are no exception to the trendy vibe. Expect quirky furnishings, a buzzing atmosphere and warm, friendly service; a top boutique combination. Browse boutique accommodation in Lisbon now for some more New Year’s Eve inspiration.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hailed as one of the best cities in South-East Asia for an exhilarating New Years party, Kuala Lumpur is more than worth the travel. Spend your evening high up in a rooftop bar, watching the fireworks and festivities all over the city. Come morning, the enticing lagoons of Villa Samadhi beckon: a fresh and welcome cure for a late night.
When visiting Kuala Lumpur over New Year’s the options are endless. Why not start off at KLCC park? This gorgeous, 5-acre, lake-toting park is transformed into an enormous concert venue with live music performances by local and international groups. As with every great New Year, the evening is finished with an impressive round of fireworks. There are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants in the area for you to carry on the party at or you can head to Changkat Bukit Bintang: a thriving street of tiny bars and ever-flowing drinks. Ideal if you fancy dancing until the early hours.
Another option is either the KL Tower or one of the many elegant rooftop bars which adorn the city. If you’re after a bit more of a slower evening then this is the best option for you. Sit back, relax and sip the champagne as fireworks illuminate the surrounding night sky. From high-up you will have the best vantage point and will be able to observe the city’s revelry without getting too involved.
Where to stay
Planning a trip to bustling Kuala Lumpur? We know just the place to stay. Our boutique hotels in Kuala Lumpur offer tranquil oases to escape the city rush in. So after a night of celebrating you’re free to relax, take a dip in the pool and lounge on a day bed with a tasty cocktail. Pure bliss.
London, United Kingdom
Whether you’re planning on watching the fireworks whilst on a riverboat, visiting some of the fantastic bars and clubs on offer, or simply relaxing in the Serge et le Phoque – Hong Kong’s best Michelin star restaurant which has now opened at The Mandrake – a disappointment-free New Year’s Eve is guaranteed in London.
Cruising down the Thames, watching the spectacular display of fireworks colour the dark city sky has to be one of our favourite ways to spend New Year’s Eve. Combine this with a lovely dinner out in one of London’s many fantastic restaurants and a spot of bar hopping to finish the night off and you’ve got yourself a truly phenomenal way to spend New Year. Not into clubbing? No problem. Why not head to one of London’s renowned comedy clubs and laugh your way into 2018 instead?
And the fun doesn’t stop there: London’s enourmous ‘New Year’s Day Parade’ sees about 10,000 performers parade through central London. A great way to forget about the late night and get in the festive spirit again. For the keen shoppers out there, January 1st also heralds the dawn of the infamous January Sales. If you can face braving the rush then this is the perfect opportunity to get some fantastic bargains under your belt. New Year, New Look, New You and all of that…
London is also a really fantastic family-friendly New Year option: between Winter Wonderland and West End shows there’s plenty to do and see for children and grown-ups alike. After a day of rides, river boats, shows and fireworks we’re sure the kids will be happy and, hopefully, tired out… just in time for champagne o’clock for the adults.
Where to stay
Ready to head over to’The World’s Favourite City’ for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve? Make sure to take a look at our curated collection of the best boutique hotels in London. Perfect for starting and finishing your celebrations at.
Not only is Barcelona a fabulous spot for a New Year’s fiesta, but The One also comes complete with it’s own rooftop cocktail bar: providing you with a relaxed yet classy start to the evening. As the night progresses, head out to one of the many street parties although beware that, as soon as the clock strikes twelve, there is a strong chance of cava being sprayed over the crowd. Salud!
As previously mentioned, Barcelona’s streets and squares are rife with parties on New Year’s Eve. The biggest of these being Avinguda Maria Cristina, which hosts a vibrant celebration centred around featuring fireworks, music, special effects all centred around the Montjüic fountains.
The crowds file out pretty quickly after 12pm so it’s best to have lined up a club or bar to head to then. Barcelona is known for a vibrant nightlife and the range of options on New Year’s Eve do not disappoint. We recommend doing a bit of research depending on your music preferences and also booking ahead as the clubs are sure to be pretty packed.
Top tip: heading out to any Spanish New Year celebrations? Make sure you bring cava and 12 grapes. Each grape represents a month of the new year and the Spanish tradition is to eat a grape with every chime of the clock at midnight. With that in mind it’s perhaps best to have a practice at speed eating grapes at home before the big day. You can’t say we didn’t warn you…
Where to stay
Barcelona is a city brimming with fantastic boutique accommodation options. View our curated collection of Barcelona hotels to find the best boutique bolthole for your New Year Trip.
Like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore is another great exotic New Year’s Eve option. Watch the fireworks over Marina Bay from the comfort of the highest al-fresco rooftop bar: 1-Altitude. Set in the peaceful Labrador Nature Reserve, Villa Samadhi is the perfect retreat after a night of festivities. Enjoy the tranquility of the adult-only setting, take a nice stroll in the nature reserve and dine in the highly-acclaimed hotel restaurant Tamarind Hill.
The best place to catch the fireworks in Singapore is a hotly contended topic. Whether you want to stay on ground level and get up close to Marina Bay or decide to watch it from the height of a rooftop bar; the fireworks are a spectacle which shouldn’t be missed.
Being in a tiny country with a wealth of fantastic dining options means ending the New Year with a mouth-watering meal is a must. Whether you want a lighter option – ahead of the scheduled festivities – or a multi-course banquet, Singapore boasts fine dining options for every occasion.
Where to stay
We think the Labrador Nature Reserve is a fantastic choice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, especially after a great night out. Return to nature; take a stroll along the many trails in the park and relax in the fresh air and peaceful ambiance: the perfect cure for a late night. Browse our curated collection of boutique accommodation in Singapore for some more help with planning your New Year trip.