The transition from one year to another is always cause for celebration. But ringing in a new decade…that’s reason to party in style! Thankfully, there are exciting ways to celebrate and beautiful places to do so all over the globe. We’ve curated our list of spectacular venues and unique experiences for a glamorous, glitzy start to 2020.
Seattle will be hopping on New Year’s Eve, with multiple special events offering dinner and entertainment capped off by fireworks at the famous Space Needle. So how do you improve on that view? Watch the fireworks through the glass ceiling of adjacent Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Tour the eight galleries of world-famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly’s, work, including the Glasshouse, where tasty appetizers and desserts will be served. Take to the dance floor and then watch in awe as the sky explores in technicolor through through the glass ceiling.
Priced at $250
Dublin bay prawn tartare. Scallops from Port-en-Bessin with a Parmigiano Reggiano and black truffle hazelnut crumble and smoked celery. Steamed arctic char, Annecy freshwater lobster. They’re just three of the five gourmet courses at Le Lobby’s New Year’s Eve dinner. Enjoy the spectacular setting of this Belle Epoque-esque space and dance into the New Year.
Priced at $665/$831 with wine pairing
You may not want to mix with the million or so people crushing into Time’s Square—or deal with the chilly temps—but there are plenty of ways to experience NYE in NYC with a luxury touch. Position yourself to enjoy both the skyline and the ball drop atop The Standard. Enjoy DJs all night, a special performance by Sister Sledge, and, of course, the countdown heard around the world.
Priced at $225 for standing room only; tables $1,633.13 to $6.532.50. The priciest option includes a table for eight with views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty and complimentary bottle of Moet champagne and Belvedere vodka.
Want to keep it going after midnight? Book a terrace room at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel R Lounge for a spectacular view of the ball drop and a plush place to lay your head when it’s all over.
Starting at $25,000 for the night
Singapore to Bangkok
Turn New Year’s Eve into a glorious three-day celebration aboard Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express. Scheduled from December 29 to January, 1, the luxury journey travels from Singapore, passing through Kuala Lumpur and arriving in Bangkok. Enjoy a private cabin, 24-hour steward service, a daily continental breakfast, three-course lunch and four-course dinner, and a special dinner with live music and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Priced at $6,387
You haven’t partied on New Year’s until you’ve done it on an aircraft carrier! Charleston cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and live entertainment on multiple stages are all part of the evening on the USS Yorktown. The best part: getting to explore the aircraft carrier’s 15,000 square feet of heated and tented space on the flight deck.
Priced at $195
One of the world’s most exclusive and indulgent New Year’s Eve experiences is the Ultimate VIP package, a $500,000 whopper including an oceanfront suite for five nights and up to 10 guests, access to supercars including a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Ferrari 488 Spider, Rolls Royce Phantom, McLaren 650s Spider, and Aston Martin DB9 Volante a $25,000 shopping spree, a spot directly in front of the stage for a poolside performance by the Jonas Brothers, a VIP table at Marshmello’s headlining performance at LIV, backstage meet-and-greets with both artists, and spa services. And don’t forget the private dinners at the hotel’s signature restaurants, Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, and StripSteak by Michael Mina, and the special back-of-house tour.
Priced at $500,000
The capital of Australia’s New South Wales is always the site of awe-inspiring fireworks, and this special package aboard the True North allows you to witness them right from Sydney Harbor. The package promise to spoil you for your four-day jaunt to Hawkesbury and back.
Priced from $7,495
Spire73, on the 73rd floor of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, is the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere, making it the perfect perch from which to take in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Los Angeles. The celebration includes a live DJ, festive cocktails and limited special menu, with VIP reserved seating packages offering premium window-side seating with breathtaking views of the city plus bottle service. $450 for Veuve Clicquot Brut package; $650 Dom Pérignon package Reserved Tables ($500 minimum for two) and couches ($2,000 minimum for two) are also available.