It is party time! A fulfilling year will soon be behind us. And that calls for some grand celebrations complete with nostalgia, good food, fun and laughter. You can welcome the New Year in many ways – in style at a hip lounge dancing away to some racy music, or while holding your loved one’s hand during a romantic candle-light dinner.
We tell you where to head out with your friends for the countdown. Start booking your favourite place as soon as you are done reading this!
1. Phuket, Thailand
Eat, drink, dance, repeat. If you pick this party capital of Southeast Asia for welcoming the New Year, you won’t be disappointed. That night, the city’s already fabulous nightlife hits another level of awesomeness.
Dance your night away on an amazingly lit beach party to the tunes of the latest hits played by internationally acclaimed DJs, or gawk at the sheer beauty of thousands of sky lanterns that fill the starry night sky. If you want to indulge, book a table at Twinpalms on Surin beach for its famous Gala Buffet Dinner and savour an unforgettable spread of caviars with blinis, French Fine de Claire oysters, Iberian ham with rock melon, and many more enticing delicacies.
Then head to Catch Beach Club’s ‘Countdown Party’ to welcome the New Year in style. If you want to have an extraordinary (and free!) experience, head to Patong beach and be a part of all the action is – stalls, beach barbeques, live performances, and fireworks. Why not make a wish and light a sky lantern yourself?
2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The iconic Petronas Twin Towers + mesmerising fireworks = magical New Year celebrations. If you manage to be on the towers’ double-decked bridge, you will surely get an unforgettable view of the city. Make sure you keep the video mode of your camera on!
If you want to cut the crowd and still witness the thrilling Petronas fireworks, book a room at the lavish Traders Club Twin Towers. When in Kuala Lumpur, soak in the local spirit by visiting Jalan Alor to try lip-smacking street food such as barbequed chicken wings, Belacan fried rice, and egg noodles.
3. Pune, India
One awesome reason to visit Pune for New Year’s Eve – Sunburn. Yes! Sunburn, India’s premier electronic music brand, is celebrating its 11th anniversary in Kesnand, and we are sure the show will be spectacular. This commercial EDM (electronic dance music) festival will be held from December 28-31, 2017 and has some of the most amazing international DJs performing this year.
Welcome the New Year dancing to world-class electronic music played by Martin Garrix, DJ Snake and many more! The festival will be held on Sunburn Hills which has a magnificent view of Pune. Sunburn Hills will have a huge campsite where there will be an array of things to do including workshops, movie screenings, and bowling. Whoa! This is already getting us excited enough to book our tickets right away.
4. Hong Kong
If the stay and flights have eaten up your year-end holiday budget, fret not! Hong Kong has an amazing free party arranged for you to welcome the New Year with peak festivities.
Head to the beaming Victoria Harbour, be a part of the thrilling countdown, and watch the iconic Hong Kong skyline get lit up with magnificent fireworks. Make sure you grab a perfect viewing place on this prime spot to make the best of the celebrations.
Psst – here’s a little secret – rush to The Hung Hom Bypass or The West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade for some of the best views of the fireworks! One piece of advice – since these areas will be super crowded, beware of pickpockets.
Never-ending music, gala dinners, spectacular fireworks, exciting concerts, theme parties – our own Singapore has so much to offer for a perfect New Year celebration! Head to Clark Quay for non-stop live entertainment, Marina Bay for Instagram-worthy fireworks, and the Siloso Beach Party to dance the night away or take a dip in the huge foam pool (how cool is that!).
If you want a quiet, cozy party for two, book a romantic dinner at a roof-top from where you can still catch the fireworks – but in privacy. For welcoming the New Year in style, book a lavish room at the Fullerton Hotel, the Ritz Carlton or the like, and let the party never end.