Ciara McDonnell rounds up the best New Year’s Eve destinations around the globe – so you can get planning for next year.
Deciding where you want to spend New Year’s Eve in London can be quite the conundrum - the capital has a smorgasbord of amazing parties on throughout the night to tempt even the most NYE-shy of us.
Billed as ideal for those who want to escape to the country without leaving the city, we love the sound of the NYE party at London townhouse Bourne & Hollingsworth where guests will begin with a cocktail reception, with live music and canapés before moving through to the Garden Room and Greenhouse for a delicious New Year’s Eve banquet courtesy of Head Chef Anthony Horn.
The newest cool kid on the block, The Ned is the hotel that you are most likely to star spot this NYE. With 252 rooms, nine restaurants and two pools as well as its own members club, this is the place to stay right now. From €400 per night. www.thened.com
Ryanair flies from Cork to London Stansted.
With a city made for wandering, and a huge amount of fantastic New Year’s events, Amsterdam literally lights up to celebrate the incoming year.
Fireworks explode from almost every bridge along the canal on the night itself, with unofficial street parties at the city’s main squares such as Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein, where crowds of visitors and locals gather to ring in the new year with beer tents, music and fireworks.
If you love to dance, then check out the annual Awakenings party at the Gashouder, where techno DJs from around Europe will be hitting the decks throughout the night.
The Qbic Hotel is located within easy walking distance of the main train station and Dam Square and is a super modern, buzzy spot ideal for those looking to party. Choose a large room with rain shower, king-sized bed and flat-screen television, and if you can forgo a window for the night, expect to pay half the room rate for a windowless room. From €217 per night. qbichotels.com
Aer Lingus flies from Cork to Amsterdam.
Is there a better New Year’s celebration than Hogmanay? We think not.
The citywide three-day event is renowned the world over, and this year the celebrations are being headlined by The Human League.
There’s lots for everyone in Edinburgh at this time of year, from Baby Loves Disco, a kid-appropriate rave at midday on New Year’s Eve, to a candlit concert of classical music at St Giles Cathedral.
Even if you find yourself wandering the streets of Edinburgh on the big night, the atmosphere of Hogmanay is electric, and should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The centrally located Courtyard by Marriott is housed in a Georgian building, but with all the mod cons that one would expect from a Marriott. Expect comfy rooms and a brilliant small 24-hour shop in the lobby for emergency supplies of toothpaste. A two night stay at the Courtyard By Marriott with a ticket to the official Hogmanay Street party costs from €300. www.destination-edinburgh.com
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Liverpool promises to be a clubber’s paradise this New Year’s Eve.
Lee Butler is hosting at Alma de Cuba, where the theme is Cocktails and Classics, so expect the 1990s to be played throughout the night.
The Baltic Market is transforming into a giant glitter-themed disco extravaganza with glitter cocktails, live bands, a giant disco dance floor, disco DJs and street food.
Spread across three rooms, Fiesta Bombarda at the Invisible Wind Factory will feature music from Beardyman, New York Brass Band, and Galactic Funk Militia. If you want something a little more upmarket, then the Hilton Hotel is hosting a five-course meal in its Grace Suite, with live music throughout.
Good value and centrally located, the Crowne Plaza is a brilliant base for a New Year’s getaway, with an on-site beauty therapy suite for pre-party prep and an indoor pool and whirlpool for the morning after the night before. From €167 per night. www.crowneplaza.com
Ryanair flies from Cork to Liverpool.
It’s all about romance in Paris at this time of year, and New Year’s Eve offers an opportunity to really embrace all of the touristy gorgeousness this city has to offer. Book into the first floor restaurant in the Eiffel Tower for its four-course feast with unlimited champagne to the sound of live string quartet. If that seems too sedate for you, why not catch the NYE cabaret at the Moulin Rouge, where you can channel your inner burlesque dancer and start 2018 loud and proud? Montmartre is home to more low key, but perhaps the most authentic kind of Parisian street party, so be sure to take a wander through its beautiful streets come midnight.
Mais Oui, what luxury! Le Roch is the last word in fabulous luxury in Paris. Located by the Louvre, this hotel has a private terrace, and its very own pool and spa. From €450. www.leroch-hotel.com
Aer Lingus flies from Cork to Paris.
The Market Square in Wroclaw is hosting Poland’s largest New Year’s show, with live music from local artists throughout the night and a massive fireworks display at the end, it promises to be quite the party. This gorgeous city is well worth spending a few days in; it’s full of hidden cultural gems to explore.
Located minutes from the main square, the Art Hotel is one of Wroclaw’s most centrally located hotels. The rooms are slightly dated, but the super warm welcome of the staff here more than make up for it. The hotel has lots to amuse children too, from board games to special menus, so bring the whole family. From €88 per night. www.arthotel.pl
Ryanair flies from Cork to Wroclaw.
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