Start 2016 on a high note with experiences that range from the luxurious to the pampering. Here are our top 5 picks for hotels to celebrate the New Year in style.
Where: Phuket, Thailand
Great for: Luxury Getaway
We’re not exaggerating when we say Paresa Resort is paradise on earth.
“Paresa” means “heaven of heavens” in Sanskrit, and this luxury hideaway certainly lives up to its name. Perched on the cliffs of Kamala, all pool villas look out to the azure Andaman Sea and spectacular sunset views. Start the New Year on an indulgent high by checking into the Dima Spa Suite, which comes kitted with its own outdoor sun bathing deck, sauna and steam room, and a truly unique freestanding island bathtub in the middle of the private pool.
Where: Penang, Malaysia
Great for: Foodies
If you’re a big foodie, there’s no better place to sample the wide range of Penang’s delectable cuisine in one place than at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre. This open-air congregation of stalls is as local as it gets, and must-try dishes include asam laksa and fried kway teow.
Just a stone’s throw away is G Hotel Penang – an upscale lodging offering fantastic sea views. Staying here also puts you in the vicinity of some fancy dining experiences at the nearby Straits Quay, where New Year’s Eve celebrations often take place as well. This seafront marina is home to the island’s upscale restaurants and shops, and you can even hop on to a dinner cruise and watch the fireworks from out at sea.
Where: Las Vegas, USA
Great for: High Rollers
If you’re going to be in Las Vegas for the New Year, you’d want to book a room on the Vegas Strip. On New Year’s Eve, the four-mile Strip is closed to traffic to become one giant block party and the place to ring in 2015.
The Cosmopolitan sits right smack in the center of the Strip, so you can just saunter down to join in the revelry. Check into the Terrace Suite, where sliding glass doors open up to a large patio looking out to spectacular views of the Vegas skyline. Inside, the spacious interior features a sleek kitchenette, complete with Sub-Zero wine chiller to store your bubbly, and two decadent bathrooms, one with a bubbler tub. The king-sized bed is wrapped with Egyptian-cotton linens, no less.
Where: Goa, India
Great for: Exotic Getaway
Designed as a charming Indo-Portuguese village, the award-winning Park Hyatt Goa sees 250 quaint pousada-styled rooms and suites sprawled across acres of beachfront gardens.
We love the multi-level swimming pool (one of India’s largest), open plan marble baths with sunken tub in the rooms, and the thoroughly splendid Ayurvedic spa that draws holistic trendsetters from afar. New Year’s dinner at the property’s fine dining Goan restaurant Casa Sarita, will make for an exotic celebration.
Where: Shanghai, China
Great for: A Good Pampering
One of Shanghai’s chicest hotels, The Puli oozes understated style and oriental glamour. Here, modern meets traditional, where Han-style furnishings and silk partition screens are designed alongside in-room flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Bose sound systems. Splash out on the Grand Studio, a corner room that boasts lovely views of the Jing’An Park and city from the bath tub, king-sized bed and living area.
After a night of New Year festivities, book yourself a pampering treat at the tea-themed spa.
Where: Perth, Australia
Great for: Chic Dining
Swish and sophisticated, The Richardson Hotel & Spa makes a striking landmark, with its curved triangular design. Spacious private balconies, plush furnishings, and high-tech amenities in the room ensure all the indulgent trappings are in place, while a heated indoor pool and chic urban space bring the pampering experience up another notch.
Definitely book a table at Opus, one of Perth’s hottest dining spots and pop some bubbly to ring in the new year when the clock chimes at midnight.
Great for: Eventful New Year
There’s no better place to be in Singapore on New Year’s Eve than at the heart of the city’s celebrations at Marina Bay. Besides the big countdown party on the floating stage, there’ll also be a whole host of events such as live music performances, a bazaar, and a special light show in the area surrounding the Merlion. And you can be in the midst of it all by staying at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. The many restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel will be abuzz with activity, but if you would prefer to usher in 2015 in the luxury of your own suite, be sure to pick a room with a view of the extravagant fireworks display. Trust us – you won’t want to miss the fireworks, as locals from all over the island descend on Marina Bay every New Year’s Eve just for this event.
From all of us here at Expedia Malaysia, May all your New Year Wishes come true in 2016!