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November 2017

What better way to see in the New Year, than with a big bang abroad. Flashing fireworks, illuminous clock countdowns and stylish celebrations are the ticket for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve break. Here are our top eight sizzling destinations to welcome in 2018.

Edinburgh

Be part of the biggest New Year’s party in the Scottish city with it all. Celebrate Hogmanay with whiskey in hand and Scottish shortbread treats. Join the legendary street party on Princes Street, with live music, sparkling fireworks and eccentric entertainment. Immerse yourself in a party atmosphere like no other, join the glowing torches, dance the Ceilidh at the bottom of Edinburgh Castle and go wild for one of the world’s most ultimate outdoor parties.

Catch Rag’n’Bone Man performing at the Concert in the Gardens, with support acts Nina Nesbitt and Declan McKenna. Listen to the songs from his debut album and watch the sky burst into colour, with an unforgettable view for the fireworks. Let the party go on and head out to the thriving clubs of Edinburgh. Dance to Joris Voorn and Groove Armada at Nightvision, or head to the Why Not Club – a New Year’s Eve wonderland of fire entertainers, magicians and illusions.

Unterkunft: The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection®  – enjoy the luxurious blend of new and old at this lavish hotel. Book yourself the Hogmanay Package on New Year’s Eve, with Champagne and a five-course dining experience with wine pairing. Join the Ceilidh on the two-acre rooftop garden, where you can see in the dazzle of fireworks for 2018.

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Amsterdam

Take a trip to the Netherlands for fabulous celebrations – think street parties, Champagne sipping and watching the sky catch fire. Get yourself along to Westerdok for the midnight countdown, then dance the night away at the free party on the VOC-ship, where the DJ plays from 11pm. For the best views of the fireworks, head to Amstel River or Nieuwmarkt, for an electrifying atmosphere.

Watch the ball drop come midnight and dance in the flurry of confetti

If you’re looking for a spectacular night out on the town, Awakenings boasts a thumping techno night and Club NYX will have international DJs playing. Or dress-up for the Great Gatsby party at the KHL koffiehuis, with live music from a Norwegian swing band. The Amsterdam Roest is hosting The Big Bandit Ball – a party full of fancy-dress, flavourful food and a fun night for New Year atmosphere.

Unterkunft: Doubletree Hilton Amsterdam – for fabulous city views, celebrate in style at the SkyLounge Bar, with a live daily DJ and mouth-watering cocktails. With its central riverside location and rooftop terrace, this hotel setting is one to remember. Do as the Dutch do and cycle around the sights of Amsterdam using the hotel bike rentals.

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  • Midnight celebrations on New Year’s Eve at the Great Gatsby Club, Amsterdam. ©Shoikan Photography.

    Roaring twenties party style

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  • New Year’s Eve with Mozart at The Estates Theatre, Prague. ©Ilona Sochorova.

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  • Lebowski Bar in Iceland. ©Lebowski Bar.

    Bars at their best

    Watch the Icelandic skies catch fire, then make a move for drinks to cheers.

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Prag

The captivating Czech Republic capital will dazzle you. Listen to the booms and see the sparks fly across the whole of the city. Arrive as early as you can to Charles Bridge, for a sensational view of the fireworks. Wine and dine in style on a river cruise along the Vltava river or book a terrace restaurant on the riverbank. Then soak up the atmosphere along the streets of Prague Castle or Petrin Hill. Discover the energy of Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, as you mingle with the locals.

Head out to KU Bar Lounge for music, dining, dancing, mesmerising magicians, an eye-catching barman show and more fireworks. Or dress to impress and enjoy an amazing evening of performance and Mozart at The National Theatre, with a fabulous dinner and midnight toasts. If a club night is what you are looking for, choose between the lively venues of Sasazu, Mecca and the Roxy Music Club.

Unterkunft: Cosmopolitan – enjoy a lavish boutique New Year’s Eve break, in the heart of the city. Book yourself a spot in the Czech celebrity chef restaurant, Next Door, for delicious dining. Then make your way to the nearby Vltava river and watch the flashes of fireworks brighten up the night.

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Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice becomes a new world for New Year’s Eve. The firework ban is lifted, blazing bonfires are lit across Reykjavik and the country soars into huge celebrations. Head up to Öskjuhlíð hill for illuminating views of the city, or head to the square by the Hallgrímskirkja Church for an electrifying atmosphere. Book well in advance into one of Reykjavik’s restaurants for delicious dining and a few drinks to get the party started.

Bars and clubs don’t tend to be open until after midnight, which is perfect timing to see the show in the sky. Begin at the Lebowski Bar for White Russians and mixed music, or try Kaffi Vinyl for a chic and cool night with everything vinyl. Renowned for its prime nightlife, make tracks to Austur nightclub for the biggest night out. With its stylish design, classy cocktails and beautiful guests, savour an all-nighter here.

Unterkunft: Canopy by Hilton – savour a stay here, with its beautiful rooms. Start your evening in the cocktail lounge and have reservations ready at one of Reykjavik’s tantalising restaurants. Then wander to the nearby Hallgrímskirkja Church for an incredible atmosphere, to bring in the New Year.

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Dubai

Discover an exotic New Year’s Eve celebration, like nowhere else in the world. With its array of events in a mesmerising setting, you’ll be blown away bringing in the New Year. Watch lights ignite all over the Dubai cityscape, in a whirl of colours, as fireworks rise high. Catch the best of them at the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and the Palm Islands.

Indulge in a gala dinner at the over-water Pierchic, with a five-course dinner and free-flowing house drinks from 8pm – 1am. Arrive in plenty of time to get outdoor seating, for the best views of the fireworks. Head to the thrilling urban scene at Soho Garden, where the almighty Klingande & band will be playing through the night. Listen to the sounds of sax, with the blends of tropical house and electronic beats. Or make your way to the Zero Gravity NYE Beach Festival with Sigma & Jax Jones and dance the night away at one of the world’s biggest parties.

Unterkunft: One&Only The Palm – Perfectly placed on Palm Island, make the most of a beach break for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Start with a breakfast tipple, then relax by day on the sand shores. Enjoy a night at the Dining Lounge and Marina, with superb views for the fireworks extravaganza.

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New York

Gather with the masses from all over the world, for the biggest party in Times Square. Watch the ball drop come midnight and dance in the flurry of confetti. With so many fabulous events, you’ll need to keep an eye-out for early offers and tickets before you arrive. From the sparkling Brooklyn Bridge walking tour, to a concert at the Lincoln Center, book a New Year’s night to remember.

The New York Harbor guarantees a night of glitz and glam – take a boat party cruise and witness the magic of the city skyline. Watch a comedy show on Broadway and welcome the New Year with laughter, or enjoy a family-friendly feast at Dallas BBQ on 42nd Street. Book ahead for a night of tasty cuisine and three floors of music to choose from, at the Copacabana nightclub. Or head to Bar 13 for its captivating rooftop views, DJ’s and party favours.

Unterkunft: InterContinental Times Square – Where better to stay during the excitement of New Year’s Eve, than by Times Square itself. Soak in the panoramic views of the New York skyline and enjoy extravagant rooms. Taste signature cocktails and scrumptious dishes in The Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen, then make the short stroll to the biggest party in the city.

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Las Vegas

If a party is what you are after – Sin City is the ultimate place to be for New Year’s Eve. The strip shuts down to traffic, the casinos create a firework extravaganza and the nightlife here is bigger than ever. For the best views of the city, get ahead and book onto The Linq’s High Roller observation wheel, go to the Bellagio for a black-tie affair, or hit it hard at the MGM Grand for a night at Hakkasan.

Make a move to New York New York for the New Year’s Eve Bridge party, or catch one of many shows on, including: Cirque du Soleil, songs from Celine Dion or the brilliant magician David Copperfield. Book into the Koi Ultra Lounge for a stylish night with bottomless bottle service at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Or spend a night with Calvin Harris, celebrating the night away in the Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace.

Unterkunft: Wynn Las Vegas – for a luxurious stay with show-stopping entertainment and tantalising restaurants. Celebrate the beginning of 2018 with an epic night in the XS nightclub, for a collaboration of celebrities and DJ’s, within an epitome of glamour. Shake off any New Year’s Eve hangover, with a treatment or two in the tranquil spa.

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  • Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan with fireworks on New Year’s Eve. ©kumpolstock.

    A dazzling New Year welcome

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Bangkok

The capital of Thailand bursts with a concoction of excitable atmosphere and vibrant colour on New Year’s Eve. Party with plenty of people and make the countdown at Sanam Luang Square, or let your hair down and bring in 2018 on the legendary Khao San Road. Eat flavourful street food of skewers and pad Thai, then wash it down with whiskey as you join the locals and celebrate.

For a flashier evening, book yourself a rooftop dining experience with Champagne and watch fireworks soar through the night. Or enjoy a sensational river cruise with dinner, along the Chao Phraya River and see the beauty of the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. If you choose to stay on land, explore the riverside scene of Asiatique. Enjoy live music, Thai celebrity appearances, night markets and a sparkling event, as you watch fireworks on the midnight strike.

Unterkunft: Millennium Hilton – for a piece of paradise in Bangkok. Enjoy a swanky retreat right next to the river and make the most of its beach style rooftop. Soak in the panoramic views on the 32nd floor in the Three Sixty Bar on New Year’s Eve, then kick back by the infinity pool the morning after.

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