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Where are you spending New Year’s Eve?

If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out my latest feature in the current edition of TOUT Magazine – World of Luxury (download online or pick up a copy at luxury venues).

Pack your passport, and don’t forget your toothbrush – we ain’t stayin’ at home on the 31st…

Happy New Year to you all!

International New Year's Eve - Andrew Forbes

International New Year’s Eve – Andrew Forbes

Istanbul – for an exotic New Year

This magical metropolis pulsates with cosmopolitan energy at New Year. Turkey’s largest city is transcontinental, straddling the immense Bosphorus river, where Europe and Asia meet, delivering a unique flavour to the biggest party night of the year.

Bars and restaurants typically spill out into the streets before midnight; yet for the ultimate luxurious celebration, avoid the city crowds and the mayhem of the main Taksim Square. Instead head for the rooftops. Yes, dine in style in one of Istanbul’s world-class restaurants with privileged views across domes and minarets. Enjoy a stellar menu that fuses the best from Mediterranean and Asian cuisine whilst watching exploding fireworks filling the sky.

Mutlu Yıllar!

Paris – for a sparkling New Year

There’s no better way to welcome in the New Year than with a glass of vintage French champagne in hand. Bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new in Paris, the world’s most romantic city.

As a capital of couture and cuisine, this is the place to really dress up for a truly elegant and opulent party. Whilst the Champs-Elysees might be packed with people and merriment, the privileged enjoy the finest the city has to offer. Whether it’s an elite River Cruise, classic gala dinner at one of the city’s fine hotels, or a decadent party in a sexy, bohemian quarter like Montmartre, New Year’s Eve in Paris is always unforgettable.

Bonne Année!

Venice – for a glamorous New Year

For centuries, Venice has been the city of fairytale balls, mysterious masquerades and sumptuous galas enjoyed by the world’s aristocracy and elite. This seductive city with its majestic architecture and labyrinthine canals is the classic destination for a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration.

From an Italian opera concert at ‘Teatro La Fenice’, to fireworks and Bellini cocktails in ‘Piazza San Marco’, seeing in the new year here is a truly intoxicating experience for the senses. So if you have a New Year’s Day hangover, the tradition is to take a bracing dip in the Adriatic!

Buon Anno!

Rio de Janeiro – for a sexy New Year

Brazilians certainly know how to party, as anyone who has experienced Carnival will testify. New Year’s Eve here is no exception, as the festival of Réveillon in Brazil welcomes not only the new year but summer too.

In Rio the streets fill with Samba dancing and music, whilst millions head to the iconic Copacabana Beach, dressed in white for good luck, to party till dawn.

The city’s world-famous fireworks are launched from barges in the bay and explode to light up the skyline and the unmistakable Sugarloaf Mountain.

Feliz Ano Novo!

New York City – for an urban New Year

From ice skating at the Rockefeller Center to the wondrous festive luxury store window displays of Fifth Avenue, NYC is truly magical at New Year.

Since 1907 the city’s Times Square has been the focus of US celebrations, with the lowering of the iconic illuminated crystal ball at the turn of midnight.

With over 8 million people calling this mega city home, and as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, thousands fill the icy cold New year’s Eve streets. So this special night in NYC is best enjoyed in one of the city’s extraordinarily lavish restaurants and exclusive nightclubs. Your luxury hotel concierge opens the door to VIP access to the city’s most select parties in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, so you can dine, dance and usher in the New Year in true urban style.

Happy New Year!

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