• Zeynep Yenisey

These are the Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve Abroad

This New Year's Eve, forget Times Square. You've seen that ball drop before. Instead, pack your bags and set out on an adventure abroad to see dazzling fireworks, drink a lot, and welcome in 2020 the best, most unforgettable way possible.


Edinburgh, Scotland

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Grab your whiskey and prepare yourself for a wild night, because New Year's Eve in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is an epic one.


Here, New Year's Eve is a hardcore celebration full of concerts, parades, and a party carnival on New Year's Eve -- a day that's known as Hogmanay to the Scots.


Celebrate 2020 with traditional Scottish music, concerts from Franz Ferdinand and Metronomy, Scottish Ceilidh dancing, the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker, and kick off the New Year with a 4.5-ton fireworks extravaganza over Edinburgh castle.


The newly refurbished InterContinental Edinburgh The George is the perfect place to call your home base during the festivities thanks to its proximity to all the action.

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Just minutes from Waverley Station, the hotel is a stunning converted Georgian townhouse and offers a Hogmanay package: a two night stay with a much-needed chocolate service on arrival, glass of champagne in The Printing Press Bar, tickets to the Gala ball, and a full Scottish breakfast each morning, and a late check-out.


You know, because we all need that extra sleep and some hearty grub the morning after.


Book your stay right here.


Porto Montenegro

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Ring in the New Year with the ultra-rich along the Adriatic's latest megayacht hotspot Porto Montenegro, located between Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Albania.

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Porto Montenegro was built when Canadian mining magnate Peter Munk bought a former Yugoslav Army military base and built it into a superyacht marina, with backing from LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, and Lord Jacob Rothschild.

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For a truly luxe visit, a stay at the Regent Porto Montenegro is a must. The hotel is in the heart of Montenegro village and has sweeping views of Boka Bay and the marina, and from the poolside lounge, guests can take in the views of the Durmitor mountain range and the Adriatic sea.

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The New Year’s Eve Celebratory package includes: § Welcome drink

§ A Winter Wonderland-themed five-course dinner

§ Entertainment – magician, dance performances and live band

§ New Year’s midnight toast

§ Closing party - Dress code is black tie with a hint of sparkle, of course

§ Deluxe Room with breakfast daily


Book your stay right here.


Shanghai, China

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This Chinese city is one of the most popular holiday destinations for a reason. This year on New Year's Eve, Shanghai will put on a 3D laser fireworks show that'll light up the city around the Huangpu River.


To really check out the fireworks and get the best Shanghai has to offer, spend your evening at The Char Bar & Grill at the stylish Hotel Indigo.

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Located riverside at Shanghai on the Bund, the restaurant takes up the top three floors of the hotel and features a steakhouse and bar, and on the 30th floor is an epic rooftop terrace with 270 degree views of the Pudong skyline.


Book your stay right here.


Sydney, Australia

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Ring in the New Year way before everyone else at the InterContinental Sydney, just a short walk from the famous Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, and Harbour Bridge.

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The hotel is on the edge of the harbour, making for the most sought-after view in all of Sydney.


Book your stay right here.


Dubai, UAE

One of the flashiest cities in the world is bound to have an equally glitzy New Year's Eve, right? Right!


No matter where you go in Dubai you're bound to have an unforgettable evening, but some parties are better than others. One ticket to Soho Garden will get you into two mega parties with unlimited drinks and live DJ entertainment.


Meanwhile, Ne-Yo will be performing at the new beachside WHITE Beach at Atlantis The Palm, and Address Dubai Marina will be hosting a brain-melting ten hour party with unlimited drinks that ends with a glow-in-the-dark after-party at 5 a.m.

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If you're looking for a hotel/party combo so you can just pass out whenever you want, head to the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Secret Parties is throwing a special New Year's Eve dinner edition (until 4 a.m., of course) of its Secret Brunch at miX by Alain Ducasse at the hotel.


You can expect a four-course dinner, entertainment from DJ Chris Wright, a live band, break dancing, and a magician.


Book your stay right here.


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