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Where should you go for New Year’s Eve this year if you want to experience the celebration in high luxury style? Whether your idea of the perfect December 31 is a raucous party with fireworks and a big crowd, or a more subdued, reflective celebration, here are our top picks for the 15 best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve in luxury this year.

where should you go for the perfect luxury new year’s eve?

One person’s party is another person’s pain – so the perfect New Year’s Eve location is very much in the eye of the beholder. The good news? Whether you want the full-on crazy of fireworks, free-flowing champagne and celebrity sightings, or a contemplative and spiritual experience, there’s a perfect place out there. Little kids in the mix? We’ve got you covered, too.

the 15 best places in the world to spend new year’s eve in luxury

There are so many options, and just a few precious hours to celebrate. Here are our top picks for best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve.

1. St. Barth’s

After rebuilding from the devastation from the 2017 hurricane season, St. Barth’s has reclaimed its place as the center of the universe for the luxury set on New Year’s Eve. The parties in Gustavia Harbor – whose waters will be filled with the world’s largest yachts – start mid-day and last well into the night. If you’re not sailing in on your own mega-yacht, splurge and book the Villa Rockstar at the glamorous Eden Rock. The six bedroom residence sleeps 12 and costs $15,000 per night, and includes a personal chef and butler, as well as a private pool and gym.

best places in the world for a luxury new year's eve 2022

The best places in the world for a luxury new year’s eve: St. Barth’s.

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New Year’s Eve in St. Barth’s begins with a daytime “round-the-island” regatta, followed by house parties, yacht parties, house-then-yacht parties and ultra-lux hotel parties. People “yacht hop” before the fireworks.  Nikki BeachPearl Beach St Barth and Le Ti St Barth are some of the most esteemed after-midnight venues. You’ll find live entertainment and fervent partiers. In the midst of it all, you can don your 6-inch stilettos, or just come in your flip-flops. Whatever you do, just don’t be late for the tender.

2. Sydney

It’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and the New Year’s Eve party in gorgeous Sydney Harbor is one of the best in the world. The lights of the fireworks reflecting off the Opera House and shimmering over the Harbor Bridge are stunning.  The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney overlooks Sydney Harbor, the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

12 Best Places in the World to Spend 2022 New Year's Eve

12 best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve: Sydney.

Some prefer to view the fireworks from luxury yachts, and others from neighboring high-rises. . Alternatively, motor out to Cockatoo Island and set up a moonlit picnic in preparation for the show. You can even camp or glamp there for the night, as long as you book a spot in advance. New Year’s Eve without the end-of-night battle for an Uber, complete with surge pricing? Yes, please.

3. Paris

You know how we feel: Paris is always a good idea. New Year’s Eve is no exception. The Penthouse Suite at one of our favorite hotels, the Four Seasons George V, runs $30,000 per night. It provides the best possible view of the midnight fireworks over the Eiffel Tower (and you can grab dinner at the hotel’s Restaurant Le Cinq beforehand for $1,300 per person). Tres bien!

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury 2022 New Year's Eve

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury New Year’s Eve: Paris.

4. New York City

Here’s the thing: very few Manhattan residents will actually be on the ground in Times Square for the dropping of the famous crystal ball. Some might be in nearby office buildings, warm and comfortable high above the crowd.

The vast majority, however, will be doing other things. Some will be running in the annual New York Roadrunners 4-mile Midnight Run in Central Park, and watching the fireworks there afterward. Some will be at concerts all over town (although the New York Philharmonic’s annual event is not happening this year due to the renovation of the hall at Lincoln Center).

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury 2022 New Year's Eve

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury New Year’s Eve: New York City.

Some will be at swanky black-tie parties at their private clubs, where there’ll be a buffet of lovely food and a live band playing swing music that will transport everyone back to Old New York. And many more will be at the homes of their friends on Fifth or Park Avenues. If you want to hang with them, start networking now for an invitation.

5. Hong Kong

Victoria Harbor will be filled with junks, and the shoreline will be filled with people, all waiting to watch the fireworks. In our experience, the best place to be is in a high-rise – either an office building or a hotel, both Hong Kong side and Kowloon side work perfectly.

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury New Year’s Eve: Hong Kong.

Being on the water can be the experience of a lifetime, but there is such a thing as an aquatic traffic jam, and you will definitely be in one if you decide to celebrate on a boat. We’d suggest viewing it all from your room at the IntercontinentalRitz or at the rooftop of one of the city’s hottest hotels, The Murray.

6. Vienna

For an elegant end to the old year, and a graceful beginning to the new, it would be hard to do better than to be in Austria. The most famous concert in the world – the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert – is held in the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein each year on January 1 (previews with an identical program on December 30 and 31).

12 best places in the world to spend a luxury New Year’s Eve: Vienna.

All tickets for this year’s concerts have already sold out (and drawings for next year’s will begin in February). Nevertheless, you don’t have to miss out. It’s shown on TV in 90 countries, as well as on giant video walls both at the ‘hangover breakfast’ on City Hall Square and on the square in front of the Vienna State Opera.

The Wiener Symphoniker also has a variety of concerts to enjoy. There are also fireworks over the Danube, and at midnight, the ringing of the Pummerin bell in St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

7. Rio

Rio is usually trying to give Dubai a run for its money in terms of primacy on New Year’s Eve. Sadly, though, Reveillion (the name of Brazil’s New Year’s Eve celebration) has been called off this year again due to coronavirus. But if you want to plan for next year, the fireworks in Rio happen over Copacabana Beach, and the Copacabana Palace Hotel has dinner on a balcony where you can have a prime view. Remember, they’re just warming up for Carnival. So pace yourself.

The best New Year’s Eve celebrations: Reveillion in Rio de Janeiro.

8. Tokyo

For those seeking something more spiritual, turn your eyes to Japan. New Year’s is an important religious celebration here; many people return to their hometowns for the holiday.

Near midnight, instead of fireworks, across the country Buddhist temple bells ring 107 times before the clock strikes twelve, and once after, in a ceremony known as Joya no Kane. In Japanese Buddhism, it is believed that an individual experiences 108 worldly desires throughout life; ringing the temple bell to banish each one allows for a fresh start in the New Year.

The Watch-Night Bell in Tokyo is a particular draw (we find it wonderful that a spiritual Watch Night is also a tradition in African-American culture; many devout black people attend church on New Year’s Eve). In some temples in Tokyo, visitors can ring the bell.

There are traditional haiku that celebrate the “firsts” of the New Year, including the first laughter, and the first dream (leave it to Western culture to focus only on the first kiss). Hatsumode is the first temple or shrine visit of the New Year, during which worshipers receive a fortune for the New Year.

It is common to send New Year’s Day postcards, and traditional foods during the holiday are osechi, a selection of dishes that keep well without refrigeration (because most stores are closed), and toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles). The Mandarin Oriental, the Park Hyatt, or the Aman Tokyo would all be great places to stay.

luxury New Year's Eve

The best places for a luxury New Year’s Eve: Tokyo.

9. Banff, Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Rockies are a perfect New Year’s Eve spot for the snow bunnies who aren’t ready to come in from the cold just yet. Banff offers an outdoor family-friendly party downtown. The Fairmont Banff Springs, located in Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), looks like a beautiful winter dream castle. There is a prix fixe dinner and a torchlight parade on the mountain, too.

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The best New Year’s Eve celebrations: the Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada.

10. County Limerick, Ireland

Ireland’s spellbinding 19th-century castle estate, Adare Manor, is a highly civilized way to ring in the new year. It’s adorned with holiday magic. Choose between a festive celebration in The Carriage House or an Evening in the Oak Room, both with world-class dining and libations. ning décor, holiday-inspired menus, and flowing champagne.

luxury New Year's Eve

11. London

The Lanesborough House Party is becoming a wild, sparkling annual event on New Year’s Eve in Central London. Last year, the 5-star hotel’s Library Bar featured drinks by Moët and Chandon and all-night dancing, as well as a five-course meal by Executive Chef Shay Cooper at the Lanesborough Grill. We can’t wait to see what they cook up this year.

Best places and where to go on New Year's Eve

The best places to spend New Year’s Eve in luxury: fireworks on the Thames in London.

12. Antarctica

Hear us out. Antarctica is becoming an increasingly popular destination for New Year’s Eve. In 2018, the New York Times reported that a “a growing number of travelers are choosing to celebrate the New Year in one of the most remote, beautiful places on Earth.” As you may imagine, traveling to Antarctica can present some practical difficulties, but Adventure Life makes this special voyage as easy and luxurious as can be. After a memorable journey through South America, this eleven-day cruise ends with New Year’s Eve in Antarctica, so you can spend the start of 2024 with penguins, elephant seals, and gorgeous glaciers lit by the midnight sun.

13. Berlin

Berlin is already abuzz with events for New Year’s Eve this year. There are comedy shows and many concerts, including one at Charlottenburg Palace. But if you ask us, the best place to celebrate is at Brandenburg Gate, where thousands gather each year for fireworks, music, and live entertainment.  Berlin is always the place to be, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

14. Las Vegas

If seeing the words “Las Vegas” and “New Year’s” in such close proximity did not cause you to actively recoil, then this might be the celebration destination for you. There are live shows – Cirque de Soleil, America’s Got Talent, David Copperfield and many more – as well as club crawls and parties all across the Vegas strip. Or you can start the year from the top of the High Roller observation wheel, with an awe-inspiring view of the city.

15. jump on a private jet

If you’re still torn on which of these options would be best for you, then you can opt for two instead of one. PrivateFly is offering flights over the Christmas and New Year period.  It is a great way to celebrate the festive season in style – and avoid the crowds. 

the best destinations for luxury New Year’s Eve celebrations

That’s it. Our top picks for best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve with epic luxury celebrations, including Paris, Sydney, New York and St. Barth’s. What sounds best to you, dear reader?

Personally, we prefer a quiet New Year’s Eve. We’ve found that the rest of the year tends to bring adventure enough. This year, we’ll just be with our families, outside on a snowy mountain somewhere, looking to the sky. For fireworks, for starlight, for moonlight – for any available celestial illumination to help light the path forward.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.