December 30, 2019
Our Top 7 Destinations to Ring in the New Year.
Dreaming of a last minute escape to usher in the new decade? Here are 7 hideaways to sing Auld Lang Syne in style.
Nassau, Bahamas. Located just a two-hour flight from Atlanta or three hours from New York City, The Island House is the ultimate two- or three-night island getaway. Owned by a fourth-generation Bahamian family and designed by Champalimaud in consultation with Lauren Holowesko, the hotel features the first Bamford Spa in the western hemisphere. What’s more, its clientele is the who’s who of the entertainment and business world, as it’s near the exclusive enclaves of Lyford Cay, Albany Cay, and Old Fort Bay.
Tucson, Arizona. The main reason to visit Tucson? Miraval Arizona. Whether wanting to recharge with a decadent Day Package at the Life in Balance Spa or in search of seminars by top wellness experts, you’ll be immersed in a mind-body-spirit reboot. Stay at the three-bedroom Zen Villa for indelible views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Walk the sacred labyrinth and set your intention for 2020, then treat yourself to a healthy dinner at the resort’s restaurant, which is anchored in conscious cooking.
Aspen, Colorado. The Little Nell is celebrating its 30th anniversary with non-stop parties throughout the ski season, and the The Dom Pérignon Party—New Year’s at the Nell is poised to be the party of the year. The Omnia experience features dueling DJs from Hakkasan, the top nightclub on the Las Vegas strip. Enjoy bottomless Dom Pérignon and top-shelf liquor, indulge in savory bites, and sip cocktails by the Pearl Ice Bar. Countdown to midnight as dancers light up the courtyard with a fire show leading up to the fireworks display over Aspen Mountain.
New York, New York. Bridge past and present during a festive eve at the classic St. Regis New York. Known as the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, the King Cole Bar has hosted royalty, celebrities, politicians, and Hollywood starlets. Ringing in the new year here means a four-course prix fixe dinner accompanied by a champagne welcome reception, premium open bar, passed midnight snacks, and live music. Watch the ball drop from the comfort of one of the most iconic Manhattan landmarks.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. The longer travel time is worth it for an off-the-grid escape to the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Located on its own private island, Motu To’opua, the resort transfers guests from Bora Bora airport on its gorgeous private yacht. After, check into a bi-level overwater bungalow, which lives like a residence and feels completely—and romantically—removed. New Year’s festivities include a gala dinner and, of top note, some of the best ocean views on the globe. And with dare-to-look-away views of Mount Otemanu, 2020 will never look so good.
Serenbe, Georgia. This southern haven is for the soul seeker who wants a reflective start to the new decade. Located on the outskirts of Atlanta, the idyllic wellness community has it all: crisp forest air, captivating cuisine, and miles of nature trails. Stay at the charming Inn at Serenbe and book a table for new year’s dinner at the Serenbe Farmhouse, which serves seasonal dishes inspired by its farm.
San Francisco, California. Say hello to 2020 from the posh rooftop of the San Francisco Proper Hotel. The hotel’s Villon restaurant will dish modern interpretations of classic dishes. Housed in a Beaux-Arts era, flatiron building, San Francisco Proper is a vibrant addition to Mid-Market, and located just minutes from Union Square, SoMa, Hayes Valley, and the Civic Center.
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