Not in the mood for another New Year’s Eve spent stuck in the city — or if we’re being completely honest, on the couch? We hear you. That’s why we’ve found some great hotels not too far away with special happenings over the festive season. With the year coming to a close, you’ve got just a few weeks to make a reservation — and book your flight tickets — for a stay at one of these hotels:
The Upper House — Hong Kong
The Upper House is the place to stay in Hong Kong — just look at that view! Café Gray Deluxe will be hosting the festivities with a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. Set against the view of Victoria Harbour, you’ll get prime seats to the annual firework display. Menu highlights of the night include Cold Smoked Mount Cook Salmon Fleurettes, Roasted Pigeon with Foie Gras Emulsion, and Chocolate Marquise with Williams Pear.
The Sanchaya – Bintan Island, Indonesia
Bintan Island is Indonesia’s best kept secret, and that’s because it’s a popular playground for the real-life crazy rich Asians of Singapore. The Sanchaya is the most stylish of all digs on the island with its colonial-inspired design and views of the crystal clear ocean. Their annual NYE party is the most glamorous event on the resort’s calendar. This year, DJ Patrick Oliver will be on the decks as fireworks light up the sky at midnight. Come morning, guests can ease into the new year with a recovery brunch, Bloody Mary and champagne obviously included.
The Slate – Phuket, Thailand
Typically a resort for pure relaxation, The Slate is kicking things up a notch for the end year celebrations. Make it a family affair with a dinner for families with kids under the age of 14 at Tine Mine, while adults can also opt for a table Rivet or Black Ginger. Bedtime can wait because post-dinner festivities continue over a movie night for kids at the Mabe suite, and for the rest, a jungle-themed night at Jomon Pavilion with complimentary bubble and live DJ sets.
Samujana — Koh Samui, Thailand
If you think you’ve seen it all — and stayed at it all — you haven’t seen Samujana Villas in Samui. These villas are the epitome of luxury and the service is simply top notch. To ring in the new year, guests looking for a more tailored, personal celebration can request for a dinner cooked at the villa by a private chef. When it’s time to mingle, there’s a DJ masterclass for teens, arts an crafts programmes, Muay Thai and yoga, Thai cultural workshops and even beach picnics.