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The holidays are underway and many thoughts and for many travelers conversations are turning towards where to spend New Year’s Eve. Expectations can be tricky to handle for this holiday, it is a time of year when many people are traveling so even the best served destinations can be crowded and stressed. We recommend first you decide what kind of experience you are looking for and from there decide what type of destination best fits your personal logistics.
We of course won’t be reviewing every possible locale here, but most that we mention are places we have been, both party centric and those with a more laid back atmosphere.
Let’s face it sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it unless there are lights, music, and a whole lot of energy going on. We’ve been to some major world cities and seen firework displays that are breathtaking like in Dubai, UAE, or have felt a little underwhelmed in places we had high hopes for like Hong Kong. Then there are big cities with a lot of energy and soul like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Macau and Bangkok. There are the classic favorites like New York, Paris, London, Singapore, Sydney and Las Vegas which can host quite a show but have miles of crowds to contend with.
To be honest New Years Eve anywhere is going to be more expensive, crowded and possibly a let down if you are more about enjoying the quiet luxuries. For this reason we’ve spent New Year’s Eve in recent years in very cool big cities that have excellent hotels and are out of the main radar of the crowds. For instance Lisbon and Madeira in Portugal, had fantastic firework displays. Chennai in India had some of the best hospitality and catering and restaurants we’ve ever dined at on NYE and Almaty in Kazakstan was a delightful and spellbinding place to ring in the New Year.
If you are looking for a bargain around this time of year New Year’s Day is one of the best kept secrets especially in big cities. Everyone checks out that day and not as many are checking in. We have scored rates that are 30% more affordable in New York and Chicago at places like the Peninsula and the Waldorf Astoria by checking in on New Years Day itself.