From beachfront bungalows in Southeast Asia to lavish lodgings on the Swiss Alps, these eight stylish getaways offer the best luxury experiences when it comes to a New Year’s trip abroad that you won't soon forget.
Waldorf Astoria - Bangkok, Thailand
The world looks different atop Bangkok’s sexiest hotel and, boy, is the view great. From The Loft, the Waldorf Astoria’s sky-high bar with lavish accoutrements on the 56th floor, you’ll have an unparalleled look at the city that’ll make your friends envious. You'll be thoroughly entertained throughout the night with a post-countdown fireworks show and live music on New Year’s. Whatever you’re looking for, this luxury hot spot in Thailand has everything you need to ring in 2020 in style.
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills - Tokyo, Japan
A trip to Tokyo this New Year’s Eve is well worth it when staying at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, one of the city’s most luxurious stays. For those looking to explore all the city has to offer this New Year’s, the property is perfectly situated minutes from the metro (for eager travelers) and several major attractions, including the Tokyo Tower and Imperial Gardens. The hotel also boasts the highest views of surrounding Tokyo at its rooftop bar, making it the optimal space to watch any fireworks show, and a portfolio of restaurants from its festive Tavern to its intimate sushi bar Sushi, both serving New Year’s Eve menus.
The Apurva Kempinski - Bali, Indonesia
For anyone dreaming of a getaway to Bali, New Year's is a great excuse to visit. The blissful beachfront property of The Apurva Kempinski is the perfect place to decompress before 2020 kicks off. And its spa, The Apurva Spa, alone is worth the trek to this distant land. Fitted with plenty of body and beauty treatments, including a variety of Balinese healing therapies, as well as sunrise yoga and meditation sessions, your trip to Bali will help keep wellness front of mind in the New Year.
Joali - Maldives
If a warm weather climate strikes your fancy, why not plan a trip to the Maldives this New Year’s? The South Asian isle is home to some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels, so you can expect nothing but the best if you stay there during New Year’s. Joali Maldives, the latest luxury opening on the island, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a wide range of New Year’s festivities over the next two weeks. Guests can ring in the New Year on the beach with live music and celebrate the end of the decade with a spectacular fireworks display.
Saint James Paris - Paris, France
Taking in a view of the Eiffel Tower while in the City of Lights is by far one of the most romantic ways to ring in the New Year. At the Saint James Paris, a glamorous 100-year-old chateau on the Right Bank, guests are being offered a decadent New Year’s Eve offering of foie gras, quail and caviar, among other dishes, before taking in a fireworks show at the nearby Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysées. Explore the intimate grounds of Paris’ only chateau hôtel the morning after, and pay a visit to the city’s Palais de Tokyo, Yves Saint Laurent Museum or Museum of Modern Art—all within walking distance from the Saint James Paris.
Beau-Rivage Palace - Lausanne, Switzerland
Nothing says luxury more than a champagne flute in hand on the Swiss alps. To kick off the holiday the Beau-Rivage Palace, set on the shores of Lake Geneva, is throwing an over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebration to rival any other. Guests who manage to nab a seat at the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve gala in the landmark Sandoz ballroom, where the Treaty of Lausanne was signed, the Iran Nuclear talks took place and where both Diana Ross and Phil Collins held their respective weddings, will be treated to a multi-course menu of Imperial Gold caviar, black truffled artichoke and deer fillet puff pastry pie alongside foie gras. We’ll see you at the Bubble Bar by Ruinart, where the champagne never stops pouring.
Villa Marie - St. Barth's
The Caribbean isle of St. Barth’s is a short flight for most East Coasters looking to escape the cold for New Year’s. The lavish island is easily navigable by rental car and festivities abound wherever you go. But for the best fireworks display on NYE, make your way to Gustavia’s harbor, where a midnight fireworks show and special musical performances are scheduled on the docks. Afterward, head to Bagatelle, where locals gather to dine, drink and dance. A nightcap at the island’s famed five-star hotel Villa Marie is also recommended.
InterContinental Edinburgh The George - Edinburgh, Scotland
World travelers will be descending on Edinburgh—home to the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—for New Year’s. But, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting the European hot spot at the end of the month. The city will be celebrating the New Year with a four-day concert, parades and six-hour carnival party. Not to mention 4.5 tons of fireworks that will light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle when the clock strikes midnight. You'll have the best view of it all from The George, which is offering visitors a special package that includes plenty of champagne and a much needed late check-out after a night of partying.