Celebrating the Holidays and New Year’s Eve Around the World

Atlantis The Palm fireworks

From candy-themed holiday décor and a 3-day $10,000 New Years’ experience in New York City to a grand display of fireworks in Dubai and Antigua, here are last minute New Year’s and Holiday experiences at some the best hotels around the world.

Royal Gala Event at Atlantis, The Palm (pictured)

This Year’s New Year’s Eve Royal Gala held on the beach at Atlantis, The Palm is going to be a celebration to rival all others. The evening begins at 7:30pm with canapes, champagne and welcome drinks in the iconic Asateer tent, before the venue opens up at 8pm where a 30-piece live band kicks off the night’s entertainment and plays through until 3:00am. The Bar will be open all night serving unlimited premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including free flowing champagne. On the menu is a luxury buffet serving everything from Lobster and Caviar through to Shawarmas and Fajitas, there will also be live cooking stations as well as a child friendly buffet. Gala guests will also enjoy fantastic views of the spectacular fireworks display, The Palm and the incredible Dubai skyline. To make a table reservation, email or call +971 4 426 2626.

The Tillary Hosts a Black Tie New Years

The Tillary, the newly rebranded boutique hotel in Downtown Brooklyn is hosting a Black Tie New Years Party sponsored by Moet Champagne from 8:00pm – 4:00am. The three tiered event will take place on three floors – the lobby area featuring a guest DJ, the rooftop cigar lounge, and the main party which will take place in the ballroom (part of the hotel’s 3,000 square feet of event space). Champagne toast will be provided at midnight. The event is open to the public at $50 per person.

Jamaica Inn Celebrates 60th Diamond Jubilee

2018 marks a special occasion for Jamaica Innone of the most timeless and beautiful resorts in the Caribbean as it will be celebrating its 60th Diamond Jubilee. This milestone year will kick off with the resort’s annual New Year’s Eve party, which will be themed Diamonds are Forever, referring to the exciting year ahead. The hotel will continue the festivities with a number of “Cheers to 60 years” events throughout the year intended to recognize its loyal guests, staff and partners.

Ring in 2018 at La Mamounia

Gearing up for the holidays, La Mamounia has designed an enchanting menu of festive delights to celebrate the magic of the season. From Monday, December 18 to Tuesday, January 2, the legendary hotel will provide an opulent setting for the fantasy to unfold with themed menus at each of the hotel’s signature restaurants and a fabulous series of holiday parties beginning with the First Party on December 28, featuring lively music by the “Phly Boyz” with celebrated resident DJ LeAm. The Before Party on December 30 kicks off New Year’s festivities at the hotel in the Majorelle Gallery with the intoxicating acoustic sounds of Carine Bou Doumit. The main event, The Party on New Year’s Eve, offers guests the unique opportunity to ring in 2018 amidst a mélange of gastronomic delights in each of the hotel restaurants and internationally acclaimed live beats by artists “Phly Boyz,” “Kate Quartet,” the “Brooklyn All Stars,” and “ALR Experience.” As the clock strikes midnight, guests can gather in the lobby to toast the new year with one another to the popular music of “Soul Jets Allstars.”

Moxy Times Square Goes Candy Covered with Candy Land Themed Holiday Art Instillation

As of December 8th, California Girl Kay Perry’s Candy Dreams come alive at Moxy Times Square with a candy-striped holiday instillation, complete with an array of candy land inspired Instagram moments to get guests in a sugar-coated holiday moon. The holiday installation includes everything from a self-serve candy cart at check-in to a candy 6 foot covered mannequin in a ‘couture candy’ dress made of 55 lbs of real candies including jelly bellies with hard resin coating. At the hotel entrance, guests will be greeted with two spinning silver and pink candy trees while the atriums will be decked out with pink ‘cotton candy’ snow and jumbo candy canes. The elevators will be decorated in silver and pink ornament wreaths and the railing above check-in will have jumbo candy canes lining throughout.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala at Blue Waters Resort & Spa

Celebrate the arrival of the new year in style at the extravagant Blue Waters Resort & Spa “New Year’s Eve Gala” on December 31. This year’s theme is an opulent Masquerade Ball where guests can “choose a mask and wear it well, so your true identity, no one can tell.” Seating starts at 7:00 PM for families with young children at one of the hotel’s breezy, al fresco dining options, The Palm. From 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM, dance the night away to the soulful live tunes of the “Karisma Band” at the resort’s Entertainment Gazebo. Throughou t the evening an elite dance troupe will take the resort by storm, and at 11:59 PM, the countdown to 2018 begins, followed by a brilliant fireworks display to officially kick off the new year.

Get in the Holiday Spirit at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a family-friendly oceanfront paradise, is excited to announce its holiday display for the festive season, featuring a life-size, 14-foot-tall gingerbread house, which will be built at the main lobby. Lovingly handmade by the resort’s team of talented pastry chefs, the gingerbread house will be home to a mesmerizing Santa’s Workshop, including 20 chocolate elves, each with its own unique personality, nine reindeer, and a friendly yeti named Bumbles. Helping Santa get ready for Christmas, each elf will appear to be hard at work making toys and wrapping presents. Visitors can even make some reindeer friends along the way as they explore this winter wonderland adorned with a chocolate fireplace, holiday wreath, train tunnel, Swiss ski gondola, sleigh, penguins and snowmen. Santa’s Workshop will be made with a variety of sweet treats, including 250 lbs. of fondant, 300 lbs. of dark chocolate, 150 lbs. of white chocolate, 250 lbs. of modeling chocolate, 200 lbs. of royal icing, more than 2,500 1-ft. x 1-ft. gingerbread tiles and 25,000 pieces of candy.

A Merry Scottsdale Christmas

Holiday adventures in Scottsdale, Arizona are fun for the entire family. The highly-anticipated “Christmas at the Princess” festival at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess boasts an outdoor ice-skating rink,  Christmas Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and Secret Santa Headquarters. New to the celebration this year is a Build-A-Bear Workshop where guests can build their own stuffed animal and select from an assortment of clothing, accessories, sounds and scents. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has transformed into a winter wonderland with a life-sized gingerbread house. Kids can decorate gingerbread cookies and make holiday ornaments while their parents sip on specially-crafted holiday cocktails from a seasonal menu.

Luma’s $10,000 New Year

For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, LUMA Hotel Times Square is offering a special 3-day, $10,000 experience. This experience includes a number of extravagant amenities including suite accommodations, a shopping spree at ETRO, a romantic Central Park horse carriage ride, a private 30-minute helicopter tour with a champagne toast, and Ortzi’s indulgent five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. After two days of revelry, start the new year off with a little rest and relaxation while indulging in a New Year’s Day Buffet-style brunch before a late check out.

The Return of Chillcation

The Hiltons of Chicago (Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel; The Drake, A Hilton Hotel; and Hilton Chicago) have brought back their popular Chillcation promotion this winter. Perfect for crafting a holiday vacation at affordable rates, Chillcation provides guests with an abundance of value-added amenities (i.e. unlimited coffee & hot cocoa, complimentary ice skates and line bypass at the Millennium Park Ice Rink, etc.) during their stay combined with special room rates, unique add ons, holiday happenings and more. Rates for the Just Chillin’ package, the promotion’s introductory package, start from $129/night at the Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel; $132/night at Hilton Chicago; and $144/night at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel.

Hotel Excelsior’s New Year’s Celebration Package (Dubrovnik)

Indulge in a world of luxury and celebrate 2018 like a royal at Hotel Excelsior’s glamorous, black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala. As one of the most lavish hotels overlooking the Adriatic Sea and adored by famous guests like Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, the recently renovated Hotel Excelsior is now offering guests a special deal to welcome in the New Year! The celebration will feature a champagne and cocktail reception at the hotel’s elegant Abakus Piano Bar, a carefully curated six-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef, Mr. Petar Obad, and a night of dancing along to funky and soulful tunes from popular Croatian singer Marko Tolja. To partake in this fabulous affair guests can book the New Year Celebration at the Excelsior package which includes a luxurious four- night stay for two, a rich daily buffet breakfast,  access to spa and wellness facilities, late check-out (subject to availability), and invitation to Hotel Excelsior’s black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala. Starting rate is 350 EUR per night. To book, please call +385 20 300 300. As always, guests can enjoy the seaside hotel’s tranquil gardens, a private beach, three restaurants, and the indoor swimming pool, all offering magnificent views of the Adriatic.

Baros Maldives’ Special Moments in Style Program (Maldives)

To celebrate the Festive Season from December 22, 2017 to January 2, 2018, Baros Maldives has arranged a program with the theme “Special Moments in Style” for all guests. Recently awarded “Resort of the Year 2017” by Small Luxury Hotels, dining moments in style are a hallmark of Baros Maldives and this Festive Season the resort features stylish events like a Champagne Pairing Dinner at the prestigious Lighthouse and a Festive Seafood Menu at the Teppanyaki Hut in the re-modelled Cayenne Restaurant. On December 24th and 31st, there will be a gala and gourmet dinners. On December 25th and January 1, 2018, guests are invited to a spectacular countdown to the dawn of the New Year while indulging in a lavish celebration breakfast at the island’s Lime Restaurant. Many of the Special Moments in Style are complimentary, such as Festive Season Cocktail Parties, and the resort’s Anniversary Reception and Cultural Show on December 26th. To enhance the seasonal celebrations special marine activities, nature walks, island and fishing excursions, sunset sailing and dolphin watching cruises have been arranged. On some evenings there will be cool jazz sessions or music for dancing under the stars. Additionally, the resort’s Serenity Spa will be open throughout the festive season for guests to feel their best for the island’s Special Moments in Style.

NIZUC Resort & Spa’s New Year’s Beach Celebration (Cancun)

NIZUC Resort & Spa invites you to celebrate NYE on their private beach overlooking the famed Punta Nizuc reef on December 31, 2017 from 7pm-3am. NIZUC offers a 29-acre secluded escape that fuses a uniquely modern sensibility with an authentic Mayan ethos – an apropos cultural tie-in to celebrate the culmination of another calendar year. To ring in 2018, the property has put together a decadent party where delicious food will be served, drinks will be flowing, and music resonating late into the night. The 2018 NYE at NIZUC Beach includes New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing at NIZUC Beach, live cooking stations lead by Executive Chef Sylvain Desbois and his team of Chefs serving each restaurant’s best selections. (Kosher options available), NIZUC margaritas, glass of champagne at midnight, live band and DJ, fireworks, party favors and Winik’s Kids Club will be open with a kid’s buffet from 7-11 pm. Babysitting service is available through the concierge.


  • Adults (12 years and up) USD 295.00
  • Minors (5 to 11 years) USD 95.00
  • Infants (4 years or less) no charge
  • Includes tax, service charge 15% additional

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