Not generally renowed as a top party destination, Iceland offers a New Year's Eve celebration like no other, the clear night sky offers some of the best views of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. There are many ways to see the best natural light show on earth, ranging from sipping champagne in the hot springs or from the comfort of your own, glass-roofed lounge.
Extreme Super Jeep tours offers a six-day package from December 29 - January 3. Start at Hveravellir hot spring area and experience super jeep drivers and accommodation in the mountain huts. Become acquainted with the Icelandic cuisine and legends, bathe in the natural hot pool just outside the lodge. When darkness comes you can enjoy the magical world of light created by the moon, stars and the northern lights, experiencing the peace, stillness and power of nature in comfort and luxury. www.extremeiceland.is
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Looking for a fresh start this New Year? The people of Brazil take the idea of renewal very literally on New Year's Eve, wearing all white and all new clothing, bathing in ocean water, and throwing small mementos into the ocean to symbolise a new beginning. The big celebration is on Copacabana beach, with a world renowned fireworks display, are there are a variety of special parties offered at hotels along the shore.
For an authetic, elegant stay there is no better place than Belmond Copacabana Palace. Here you can enjoy great service, beautiful views, and a perfect location, this is arguably the best place to stay in Rio De Janeiro. The beachfront view allows you to enjoy the fireworks display without being stuck among the masses on the public beach. They offer three different parties, two of them ticketed and formal so you can bring in the new year with class.
New Year's Eve is this city's time to shine. Sydney is at the hight of summer on 31st December and puts on a show over the Sydney harbour bridge, and if you are looking for the full works, the famous Sydney Opera House is the answer. This year you can start the evening with a three-course meal designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, coupled with fine wines. Following dinner, let the opera Gala entertain you featuring favourites such as Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini. The Opera finish is perfectly timed with the beginning of the firework show, and you can select to stay after for drinks at their evening party.
Location is key, and the Sydney Harbour Marriot Hotel at Cicular Quay is the best there is. This hotel overlooks the gorgeous Sydney Harbour and is just steps from the historic Rocks District and world-class shopping area. www.marriott.com/sydney
New York City, USA
New York City is the perfect place to be during the festive season. The Christmas Tree and Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center are enough to make any traveller get into the spirit, but New Year's Eve is the icing on the cake. Times Square is where the big celebration will be, with confetti, large crowds, and the NYE ball drop.
Looking for a classy place to stay? W New York Times Square is the perfect choice. Trendy and cool, and located right in Times Square, this location is perfect for a ounger crowd looking to have an exciting night. A lively bar scene, comfortable beds, and all the latest technology will leave you a happy guest. www.wnewyork.com
If you can manage the freezing temperatures, consider Berlin for a place to celebrate. One of the biggest celebrations in Europe is held between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Together, about one million people await the beginning of a new year. The festival programme includes music performances, light shows, and food from all over the world. Of course, fireworks will ignite the sky at midnight, and the party has no official end time.
For a more formal feel, stay at the Schlosshotel Im Grunewald for a luxurious boutique experience. Right in the heart of Berlin's prestigious Grunewald district. The historical villa combines park-like gardens, stylish design interiors by Karl Lagerfeld, and a personal service to create a heaven for visitors to Berlin. Our conservatory, cigar lounge and the elegant lobby with its stunning chandelier and exquisite oil paintings, provide an ideal atmosphere in which to unwind. In the spa & wellness area you can take in the view of the pine forest whilst enjoying a dip in the pool, or indulge in a first class massage treatment and sauna.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Last year Dubai welcomed in the new year by breaking a Guinness World Record. The city put on the world's largest ever fireworks display and are set to repeat the show once again this year. There will be numerous events and parties to choose from, and Downtown Dubai is right in the heart of the action when the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, lights up the sky.
We suggest the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach for your stay. Perfectly located and right on the beach, this hotel combines Arabic design with French elegance for a luxury experience. Plus, the 5-star accommodations from the rooms and suites to the restaurants, bars and pools are sure to please.
For a young and fun place to celebrate this year, head to London. The city holds a variety of parties all over town, including The Black Ties Beach Ball. This New Year's Eve Bunga Bunga and Cocobananas will be coming together to bring a fusion of the very best of Italian and Brazilian culture to Battersea Bridge. The night begins at Bunga Bunga at 7pm where guests will be welcomed with a complimentary Belvedere cocktail and then seated to enjoy a delicious seven-course Italian banquet. After, Cocobananas is throwing the beach party where guests can dance and celebrate the evening. Enjoy a special champagne toast courtesy of Moët & Chandon as 2015 begins.
Sleep in style at the Conrad London St. James Hotel. A historic 19th century building located in Britain's royal and political heartland is luxurious but comfortable. Plus, in a beautiful room with locally inspired style and design you can wake up right next to the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben .
Edinburgh holds the biggest celebration of the year, Hogmanay. Rated by discovery Channel as one of the Top 25 World Travel Experiences, this is one of the world's finest celebrations. Edinburgh holds 3 days of events; you can see musicians, the Shetland vikings with their fire lit torches, the choir in St. Giles' Cathedral, and watch the fireworks from Princes Street Gardens.
The winter season is the most beautiful time of year to be in Edinburgh, and a stay at The Scotsman is the best choice to be close to all the action. The hotel is just a short walk to Princes Street where the fireworks explode, and the area also has shops and sites to see.