Your New Year’s celebration sets the tone for the year to come. So why not go all out at the year’s end at these 7 stunning locations? By Naina Atri. Images courtesy of Shutterstock

Start the New Year surrounded by the beauties of these 7 destinations around the world

Phuket, Thailand

Just a short flight away lies Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. A beloved tourist spot, it may come as no surprise that Phuket is the place to be in on New Year’s Eve. The island is home to one Asia’s premier party towns, Patong, which hosts an iconic NYE party. Surrounded by people from across the world and pulsating beats, watch vibrant fireworks right from the beach. If the sand isn’t your vibe, head to one of Phuket’s many beach clubs like the Catch Beach Club on the white sands of Bang Tao Beach. For a space that’s friendly and open to all, make your way to the Paradise Plaza, the heart of Phuket’s gay nightlife. Whether you’re in a nightclub, the beach or a hotel, trust that your New Year’s Eve celebration will be memorable.

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Our love affair with the UAE is going to continue to carry on into the New Year. When it comes to a lavish experience, Abu Dhabi never fails to deliver. Whether you’re celebrating with your family or friends, there’s something joyful for everyone. Have a delicious dinner at Yas Island’s Garage or the W Lounge. This year, Al Maryah Island is hosting an NYE concert which will feature an enthralling fireworks display and three of the region’s most popular stars – Hussain Al Jassmi, Elissa and Balqees.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Though the pandemic may have obstructed one of the wildest New Year’s celebrations in the world, Rio de Janeiro is set to bring back its celebrations this year. The centre will locus will be the Copacabana beach. Live music and loud fireworks – what else would one need? The Copacabana fireworks display was said to have attracted around three million people from all over the world in 2019. For Brazilians, the New Year’s celebration calls for the past to be left behind, which is why you may see many wearing white (great for fashion inspo). Other local traditions include cleansing oneself in the ocean waters as well as throwing flowers and small mementos into the surf

Prague, Czech Republic

If you’re planning to head to Prague for NYE, be ready for an intense and consuming party that lasts all night. There are a number of ways to celebrate. Party on a river cruise or find your way to the tiki-themed Aloha Bar which hosts it’s Burlesque Party (with free Venetian masks). If you’re looking for something slower, book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve classical concert in Smetana Hall – the most beautiful concert hall in Prague.

Madeira, Portugal

A winter trip to Madeira would be incomplete without Christmas and NYE celebrations on the island.  Locals traditionally celebrate at the Christmas market held in Funchal’s old town, eating gingerbread and drinking homemade liqueurs. The central attraction is of courses its mesmerising and record-breaking fireworks display. This tradition dates back to the bonfires of the seventeenth century. Let yourself be enthralled as you walk through decorated town squares. At Madeira’s capital city is Funchal. It’s naturally-formed amphitheatre city is transformed with bright lights and themed decorations. The celebrations include parties at nightclubs, music from the Madeira Orchestra and finally, the eight-minute long fireworks display begins. Complete with 3D illuminations, waterfalls of light, and giant walk-through creations, the display is captivating. Countdown to 2022 with twelve raisins – a cultural tradition according to which, you eat one raisin at each stroke of the clock, which represents the months to come. According to another tradition, having money in your pockets will bring you more in the next year, so make sure your pockets aren’t empty!

Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgians love celebrating the New Year – the time of the year they burn chichilak, little tree figurines that locals exchange as gifts and then burn at the end of their celebrations. It is also the time that they bring out their decadent desserts like the gozinaki. For a wild night out, Bassiani is the party haven. The entire country takes their fireworks very seriously. The day after, sip on some Georgian sparkling water and relax in a bath house as you prepare for Bedoba – the New Year feast held on January 2. If you miss the first celebration, don’t fret. The Orthodox New Year’s celebration takes place again on January 13th.

Jakarta, Indonesia

While most may think of Bali when it comes to partying in Indonesia, Jakarta is also a strong contender. Take in the view of the city and fireworks, from Skye, located on the 56th floor, which hosts a gala NYE dinner. The Grand Hyatt also brings in the New Year with great food and music. For loud techno beats and vibrant lights, Jenja is the club to be at. To truly enjoy the fireworks, head to any one of these designated locations –  Ancol, Taman Mini, the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout (Bunderan HI), the Monas (National Monument), and Kota Tua (Taman Fatahillah). The immensely popular clubs, Colosseum and Fable, will get you hyped for the year to come.

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