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Seven Wonders For The New Year:
Great Spots To Ring In 2016

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than to travel to a faraway destination and celebrate in grand style. From fireworks to gala evenings, here are seven hotspots where the jet set gathers to celebrate New Year’s across the world.

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1.       New York, New York

There are few iconic New Year’s Eve destinations like New York City, where the world watches as the Waterford crystal ball drops over the millions of revelers in the streets of New York’s Times Square.

For those who wish to view the ball drop in person without waiting for hours in the freezing cold temperatures, Novotel Supernova’s Ball Drop spectacular is the only VIP venue that offers unobstructed views of the event. This year’s entertainment program at Supernova features aerial acrobatic performers to entertain guests with a Cirque Du Soleil-inspired show, VIP table service, a six hour premium open bar and a midnight Champagne toast along with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and succulent sweets.

For more information and table reservations, visit www.supernovaballdrop.com

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2.       Las Vegas, Nevada

Each year over 300,000 people travel to Las Vegas to experience the glitz and glamor of its seemingly limitless options for nightlife. Resorts on its strip are some of the nicest, including the Wynn Las Vegas, which is among the world’s most luxurious resorts.

For New Year’s Eve, the Wynn’s Surrender night club is hosting one of the most sought after tickets on the Las Vegas Strip. Internationally renowned DJ Diplo will perform a live set in an event that will feature an open bar from 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM, along with VIP table service. The sexy yet intimate setting is embodied by the club’s signature icon: a 90-foot snake that winds over the back bar along with its plush interior inside. Outside, the party continues among moonlit poolside cabanas and bungalows. Tickets for this event start at $150.

For more information and table reservations, visit: www.wynnsocial.com

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3.       Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Feel the heat in this tropical paradise, where you can let your hair down on Copacabana Beach for one of the world’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations. New Year’s Eve falls in the middle of summer in this Brazilian destination, where locals and visitors alike toast to new beginnings and sip champagne as fireworks illuminate the night sky.

In celebration of the city hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, marking the first time a South American city has hosted the esteemed games, Rio de Janiero is throwing lavish celebrations. Ring in 2016 in the lap of luxury with the Belond Copacabana Palace Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party, held in reception areas of the hotel. The fete includes a buffet dinner prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef Francesco Carli, premium open bar, a live band and an ideal view to Copacabana’s fireworks display once the clock strikes midnight.

For more information, visit: http://www.belmond.com/copacabana-palace-rio-de-janeiro/

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4.       Zermatt, Switzerland 

One of the most idyllic places to ring in the New Year, it is also one of the most sought after destinations. Thousands gather in the old Church Square to cheers for the New Year at midnight as fireworks fill the night sky. This Swiss destination features a wealth of options to choose from, whether it’s a lively night at one of the area’s hottest clubs or a pre fixe dinner at one of Zermatt’s finest restaurants, to toast the new year. For New Year’s Eve, the Showboat Bar & Yacht club is hosting a special pre fixe menu including delectable dishes such as a Foie Gras and Brioche French Toast, a Trio of Lobster and Eringer Fillet.

For more information, visit: http://zermattsnowboat.com/portfolio/new-year-menu/

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5.       Cape Town, South Africa 

Over the last few years, Cape Town has earned a reputation for being a top jetset destination for New Years Eve. Right in the middle of summer, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to enjoy the city’s bountiful nightlife and dining options.

Amongst the top locations is the city’s Headquarters (HQ) Restaurant for a James Bond themed fete. Party like there’s no tomorrow, with a night of dinner, dancing, shaken-not-stirred cocktails. A DJ will be stationed at the decks to drop killer beats, and a fully-stocked bar – Cuban cigars included – will also be at your service.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/423779571080610/

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6.       Goa, India

Located on India’s West Coast, Goa is the combination of both Indian and Portuguese cultures, leading to a dynamic, energetic nightlife scene. Slightly more low-key than signature destinations like Singapore or Bangkok, New Year’s Eve offerings in Goa range from beachfront trance raves to local bonfires by the beach.

For the most lavish fete, the Grand Hyatt Hotel is hosting its 2nd Annual Garden of Dreams Gala dinner, which will boast 100 world-class performers who will ensure a whimsical & captivating evening full of dramatic mixed arts, singers, musicians and jaw-dropping acts created around the elements of surprise. Food will be provided by the resort’s team of master chefs from all of its seven restaurants and premium beverages from its award-winning bar Capiz.

For more information on the Garden of Dreams event, visit:

www.goa.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/news-and-events/news-listing/Garden-of-Dreams-2015-our-new-years-eve.html

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7.       Phuket, Thailand

This Thai island is well-known for its lively, lavish party scene, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. As lanterns fill the night sky with light, champagne flows, while top DJs spin parties across Phuket Town and Patong Beach.

One of the most famous annual events is hosted by Phuket’s Twinpalms Resort, which hosts an Annual Gala Reception. The event, featuring International DJs and musical acts, starts with cocktails in its lobby area and then flows to the dinner buffet hosted by its pool bar. The enticing spread includes Caviar with Blinis, French Fine de Claire Oysters, US Scallops with Risotto and Morel Sauce, Iberian Ham with Rock Melon, Exotic Japanese Counter, French Goose Liver, and Boston Lobsters and among many other delicacies to choose from.

For more information, visit: www.twinpalms-phuket.com/festive-season-2015-2016 

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