Explore Europe’s best destinations to celebrate New Year
Whether it’s a full-on party or a quieter celebration that appeals this year, towns and cities all across Europe will be wishing in the New Year with something to suit whatever your mood might be.
If you’re not put off by the crowds, and the buzz of hundreds of thousands of revellers will lift the spirits, Berlin is an ideal place to see the New Year in with a bang. A city famous for its late night partying throughout the year, Berlin certainly knows how to ramp up the volume for the big celebration. This year 1 million people are again expected to flock to the 2km stretch between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column to form one of Europe’s largest street parties. There will be live bands, DJs and spectacular fireworks of course, with street stalls selling food, and, as one might expect, no official closing time.
A good option to get into the spirit but avoid the crush is to get tickets to one of the many parties being organised in the city, with tickets still available to a number of good choices. If music and dancing is your thing head to Berlin’s most iconic club Berghain or try the old state mint, the Alte Muenz, where 24 DJs will be playing over 8 floors with music for all to enjoy. There will be a free flowing open bar, stunning views of the Berlin television tower and separate lounge floors to explore. If you’re a member, the Berlin outpost of Soho House will offer a fun but more intimate vibe, plus a great base to stay. As well as their bar and restaurant to help fuel the evening, there is the rooftop pool and their signature Cow Shed spa to help reduce the signs of partying the following day.
For some glamour head to Paris, which will be living up to its nickname as the City of Lights with a spectacular light show on the Champs-Élysées. Away from the crowds book a table for a sumptuous dinner dance on a Seine river cruise, or reserve a table at the world famous Moulin Rouge in Monmartre for a colourful post-midnight show and an indulgent meal of lobster, caviar and champagne. Stay at the institution that is Hôtel de Crillon, which has emerged after a lengthy and painstaking renovation – following the Rosewood group’s purchase of it – even more resplendent than before, with interior design by Karl Lagerfeld. Opulence that is hard to beat fills each of its suites, the largest spanning more than 100 square metres, and with Christopher Hache’s L’Ecrin, Brasserie d’Aumont, the winter garden Jardin d’Hiver and Les Ambassadeurs to tempt, you will be delighted by the dining possibilities that match the exquisite and palatial space.
If the thought of celebrations, and indeed being out in the cold, does not entice the Canary Islands offer some of the warmest winter weather in Europe. At The Grand Hotel Residencia in Gran Canaria retreat to the Presidential Suite and its 400 square metre secluded garden. Set among Maspalomas’s palm trees the hotel is an oasis of tranquillity and relaxation, a peaceful escape focused on letting guests unwind and enjoy the culinary delights on offer. There is also the extensive spa with Cleopatra bath, Rasul and Hammam, plus 8 golf courses nearby if you fancy hitting the green. The mild air will have you forgetting it’s the middle of winter, and with the island’s golden beaches that you’ll still be able to stroll on you won’t be blamed for shying away from the party this year.
So, whether it’s the thrill of an all-night party, the spectacle of an iconic show or a lazy and recharging retreat, this New Year make sure you head to one of Europe’s liveliest and loveliest destinations and get 2018 off to a cracking start.
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