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The 15 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Take a ride on a train through Asia or take a trip to a champagne chalet, the options are endless.
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We've got it all—from a New Years' Eve celebration on The Orient Express in Bangkok to a private catamaran in the British Virgin Islands, to a champagne-themed chalet to an exclusive Italian masquerade party in Marrakech. For those who say New Year's Eve is for amateurs, they haven't tried these T&C curated experiences.

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The British Virgin Islands

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Spend New Year's Eve on your own private catamaran sailing around the serene waters of the British Virgin Islands. Book the new Moorings 4500 Catamaran which Cruising World called "the best boat in its class. The crew will personalize your NYE celebration--a special champagne toast in a scenic setting to a mooring close to the action for a front-row seat. The crew will take you to Foxy's Old Year's Night Celebration or "Old Year's Night" as its commonly referred to in the Caribbean. With dozens of yachts and boats docked on their beach, the party goes all night throughout the beach, bar, and surrounding boats. This year they'll be hosting an Arabian themed celebration. Or head for Trellis Bay New Year's Eve Party, a more family-oriented party with food, entertainment, and drinks.

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Miramar Beach, Montecito

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One of Southern California's hottest hotel opening of the year, Rosewood Miramar, will celebrate its first New Year's Eve with two parties. At Caruso’s, the resort’s signature, oceanfront restaurant, a special five-course prix-fixe menu created by Chef Massimo Falsini will serve a memorable meal to send off 2019. Dishes include Stephanie’s Sea Urchin Cromesquis, Striped Bass Tartare, Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster and Truffle Crusted A5 Kobe New York Strip. At the Manor Bar New Year’s Eve Celebration, guests will enjoy a festive ambiance as they dance into 2o20 with live music from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., accompanied by a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

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Marrakech, Morocco

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True to form, no detail has been overlooked during Royal Mansour’s New Year’s Eve festivities with a grand Italian Masquerade inspired by the new restaurant, SESAMO, opening in December. Adorned in reds and golds and dotted with candlesticks and Venetian masks, Royal Mansour welcomes a commedia dell’arte performance featuring Colombina, Pedrolino and other iconic characters from Italian comedies. The evening’s entertainment will begin at the hotel’s Blue Patio with live performances by local ensembles, followed by a festive dinner featuring Chef Maximilano Alajmo’s (the youngest chef to receive three Michelin Stars) new Italian menu.

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Singapore to Bangkok

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Spend New Years Even aboard Belmond's Eastern and Oriental Express. The three-night journey, from December 29th, 2019 to January, 1st 2020, will depart from Singapore, head onto Kuala Lumpur, and arrive in Bangkok on December 31st. That evening, return to the train for a celebratory dinner with Thai dance performances, a DJ, and fireworks.

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Deer Valley, Utah

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Head for Utah, which is considered to have some of the best snow in the country. Montage Deer Valley, nestled in the Wasatch Ranch, is the way to bring in 2020 if you are looking for luxe mountain hideaway. There are many options: New Year’s Eve Dinner with five courses at Apex, New Year’s Eve Sushi Dinner at Yama Sushi, and a big bash in the Ballroom with passed hors d’oeuvres, and multi-course dinner with wine pairings. For kids, there's the Paintbox New Year's Eve Party with a Winter Wonderland dinner.

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Saratoga, Wyoming

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About two and a half hours from Denver is the The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, which is now opening for its second winter season. By day enjoy the private 620-acre ranch, whether it's snowmobiling, ice skating on their rink, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or holiday sleigh rides. New Year's Eve dinner is at The Farm, new seed to table restaurant.

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Zurich, Switzerland

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This winter, the House of Krug and the Dolder Grand are partnering together to welcome guests to the Krug Chalet. Combining traditional Swiss cuisine and champagne with a stunning panoramic view of Zurich, guests can spend their New Years' Eve in the intimate and cozy chalet indulging in DAS Fondue, Spanish meat specialties and toast to 2020 with a special champagne, Krug Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition. The DAS Fondue is a joint creation by Heiko Nieder, chef at the two Michelin starred The Restaurant and Maître Fromager Rolf Beeler. It all caps off all with fireworks at midnight.

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Paradise Island, The Bahamas

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The Bahamas are back! Come for Junkanoo Festival , revered around the world, the vibrant display of costumed dancers and musicians is the epitome of what holidays in The Bahamas Stay at The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, know for its famed Versailles Gardens, Jean-Georges restaurant DUNE, which will serve a four-course New Years Eve dinner and DJ to usher in 2020 under the clear Bahamian sky.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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Iceland’s capital city is known for going all out on New Year’s Eve. Though fireworks are technically banned here, the city lifts these restrictions for a single night of celebration, which means nearly all 200,000 locals can be found setting off their own displays on the 31st. You’ll also find revelers dancing and drinking around organized bonfires throughout the city (Reykjavik has 10 of them) in a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, when fishermen would “burn the old” to make way for the new. Nurse your hangover on New Year’s Day with a trip to the hot springs and thermal spas.

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New York City

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Though watching the ball drop in Times Square has a well-deserved place on anyone’s bucket list, there are also fantastic spots to ring in 2019 beyond the midtown chaos. On 56th Street, the cozy Whitby Hotel is hosting a sophisticated NYE soiree with a five-course dinner, a jazz quartet, and of course, plenty of champagne. The Rainbow Room will also play host to its annual Black Tie Bash, where you can take in the chaos of Manhattan from 65 stories above Rock Center.

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Algarve, Portugal

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If you’re looking for a European destination that isn’t frigid come New Year’s, try Portugal’s Algarve region, where temperatures hold steady in the high 50s. Book a room at Anantara Vilamoura and snag tickets to the hotel's gala dinner on the marina—the swanky evening includes a live performance by musician Rui Veloso, fireworks, and more. Kick the weekend off with a cooking class and a round of golf at the hotel's top-rated course.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Brazilian city lures 2 million people for New Year’s Eve each year, and with good reason. Over-the-top fireworks displays light up Copacabana Beach, where partygoers—dressed in all white—dance and drink champagne until sunrise. For a slightly more civilized experience, ring in the New Year on the rooftop of Rio's hottest new luxury property, Hotel Emiliano. You’ll get a glimpse of the action from above while indulging in caviar, cocktails, a samba performance, and fresh seafood. Does it get much better than that?

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Paris, France

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The city of love is particularly attractive as a New Year’s Eve destination, whether you’re celebrating with the masses on the Champs-Elysées, or drinking champagne at a midnight cabaret. “Staying at the Eiffel Tower Suite at the Plaza Athénée, dining at Jules Verne, and going VIP to Paris’ hottest clubs is the best way, I think, to ring in the New Year,” says Jaclyn Sienna India, president and founder of the luxury travel firm Sienna Charles. Be sure to book soon, though: reservations at highly coveted restaurants like Le Meurice, Alain Ducasse, and Le Cinq are nearly impossible to come by last minute.

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Valparaíso, Chile

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Head to Chile’s oldest port city for three days of celebration and a fireworks display that’s been called Latin America’s largest. The pyrotechnic spectacle lasts for nearly a half-hour; fireworks are launched from 17 different barges along the coast.

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Hong Kong, China

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The nightly light show that illuminates Victoria Harbour each evening is no doubt spectacular—but it pales in comparison to the fireworks presentation on New Year’s. Take it all in on a traditional junk boat cruise, or better yet, from a sky-high rooftop bar. The city has an incredible selection to choose from, but Cé La Vie (in Central) and Ozone at The Ritz Carlton (in Kowloon) are among the best. Too much champagne? Grab a table the next morning at the Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar for the city’s most indulgent Chinese breakfast spread.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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