From fireworks twinkling against breathtaking backdrops, to all-night beach parties and glorious foodie feasts, New Year's Eve is a night to be remembered. So, why not leave the every day behind and mark the arrival of midnight in spectacular style?
Saint Peter's Bay & Port Ferdinand, Barbados
Barbados is known for vibrant celebrations; from the parades and parties of six-week-long Crop Over, to regular rum, food and music festivals, there's rarely a quiet moment on this colourful island. At Saint Peter's Bay and sister property Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences, the festive season keeps the carnival atmosphere alive with a party-packed programme of events. Arrive before New Year's Eve and spend quality time together enjoying movie nights and barefoot beach bonfires, along with plenty of mouthwatering dinners and boozy brunches. The momentous day itself begins with breakfast on the beach, while you can then choose to relax and recuperate, or relish activities including high-energy Pilates and reef fishing. Sunset marks the beginning of the evening's celebrations, a beautiful gala dinner at the beachfront gazebo, where you're free to sing, dance and feast to your heart's content!
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Never a destination to be outdone, Dubai plays hosts to some of the world's most epic New Year celebrations, and where better to soak up the special occasion than one of the city's most iconic hotels? Atlantis, The Palm is decking the halls for the festive season, with plenty of extravagant events to experience. Once you've celebrated Christmas day with a traditional turkey dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen, all thoughts turn to New Year's Eve; choose to spend the evening relishing an intimate dinner at one of the resort's award-winning restaurants, or drop your little ones at their dedicated 'Under The Sea' themed party and slip into something more glamourous for Atlantis' Roaring 20's Gala Dinner, where free-flowing Champagne and a thirty-piece live band make for an unforgettable evening.
Sugar Beach, St Lucia
On sun-soaked St Lucia, year-round tropical climates set the scene for balmy New Year. Never short on celebrations, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has a calendar filled with parties, dinners and seasonal activities throughout December and January, meaning there's plenty to keep spirits high until the big countdown begins. From classic cocktail parties and rum-tasting sessions, to cookie-making for tots and beach parties for teens, get ready for festivities like never before! On New Year's Eve itself, the resort celebrates in style with their sensational White Party, set with the majestic Pitons as its backdrop. Eat, drink and relish live entertainment along the beachfront, including music, stilt walkers and fire performances, before a spellbinding firework display lights up the sky when the clock strikes twelve. New Year's Day can be spent revitalising at the resort's bayside 'recovery brunch', with enough nourishing food and drink to get you set for the year ahead.
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cyprus
Far away from the often-bleak winter weather, but only a five-hour flight from the UK, Cyprus has plenty to keep travellers feeling merry and bright into the New Year, from local tavernas, rich history and World Heritage sites, to designer shopping and wine-tasting. On the coast of Limassol, Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is celebrating their first festive season in style, having opened their doors earlier this year. Their meticulously planned seasonal series incorporates the whole family, and New Year's Eve is no different. Once children have said goodbye to Santa, Afternoon Tea is served to the sound of festive music, complete with freshly baked scones and tempting pastries. Later in the evening, guests are invited to 'Welcome in the New '20s' at the Diamond Ballroom - party like Gatsby as you enjoy a gastronomic feast, accompanied by a live jazz band and an acrobatics burlesque show, while little ones attend a super-cool party at Park Kidz!
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
While Bali may be famed for fascinating culture and beach bliss, when it comes to New Year celebrations, this intriguing island is never left behind. While Christmas at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay brings families together for a tree-light ceremony and tasty Asian buffet, along with the opportunity for kids to surf with Santa, New Year's Eve begins with guided sunset meditation before an indulgent dinner and Champagne. Then, head down to the powder-soft sands, where music and performers await at Bali's hottest beach party. Celebrate with the sand between your toes, before watching the impressive firework display light up the sky from the prime viewing point on the island.
Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Switzerland
If you prefer snow to sun, head for the slopes of Villars in Switzerland where you'll find traditional Christmas markets and après-ski activities with festive flair. At Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, the usually bright-white setting turns into a kaleidoscope of colour as the New Year celebrations arrive! Along with roaring fireplaces and cosy sitting rooms, this Swiss residence serves up delectable dining at several restaurants including Michelin-starred Le Jardin des Alpes, where you'll indulge with a six-course New Year's Eve dinner, complemented by live music and close-up magic. Once you've savoured your culinary delights, head to BeAr's Bar where a DJ starts the party, before a fairytale-like firework display lights up the mountains as midnight arrives.