New Years Eve is like a marmite, you either love it or you hate. The question on everyone lips is…where are you going? What will you be doing when the clock strikes 12?
It’s very easy to be a critic about NYE and I for one will be the first to slate it, but here is my list of the top 5 best places to bring in the new year. With a little help from Lonely Planet of course as recommended by their staff and readers.
5. French Alps – with beauty spots like Lake Montriond it’s easy to see why this spot reached number five. Most venues and resorts do a NYE banquet of cheeses, pate and meats with lashings of super-strength Haute-Savoie liqueur. Who could resist with resorts like Morzine and Avoriaz on your doorstep.
4. New South Wales – I know that Sydney is very popular but if you fancy something a bit more chilled out then NSW is the place for you. A bonfire on the beach whilst watching shooting stars is the in thing here. If camping is up your street, head to south Durras or the sleepy seaside resort of Narooma. The nearby town of Huskisson on Jervis Bay is also a must see.
3. Prague – is a fabulous place for people who are constantly on the move. Prague and its districts stays open all over the holiday but make sure to book in advance. Bring in the New Year on the banks of Vltava with a fireworks display over the castle.
2. Chiang Mai – with its perfect mix of cheap drinks and cultural adventures, Thailand is suitable for anyone of any age. Take advantage of the free rock concert as tens of thousands of Chinese lanterns flood the sky. If you fancy something a bit more lively head to the southern islands for the famous ‘full moon’ parties. Recuperate the next day in one of the natural hot springs in the mountain town of Pai.
My Personal all time favourite and winner is…
1. New York – this top choice needs no explanation from me. The ball drop at times square is attended by millions and is world famous. With hourly countdowns and live music located on One Times Square. Another favourite whilst in New York if you don’t want to brave the crowds and the elements is Tribeca’s massive Izakaya for a unique dining experience. Head to Pier 62 for a NYE Yacht trip with formal attire and complementary champagne testing this is a sure hit. For something a little livelier pay a visit to the Bell House in Brooklyn. Known for its unique soul music and bohemian style.
Im going to have to add these to my ever extending travel wist list. Happy new year from Janine at Jewellbooks.