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Plan Your New Year’s Celebration

by Debra Bokur

Dec 10, 2018

d’Angleterre.Nytår © Courtesy of d’Angleterre

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It’s nearly time to put on your party hat to welcome the New Year. If you’ve yet to decide on where in the world you’d like to be when the clock strikes midnight, here are some fabulous international options:

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Brandenburger Tor Silvester © Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Brandenburger Tor Silvester © Hotel Adlon Kempinski

In a city that knows how to party, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin and Orania.Berlin in Berlin still manage to stand out. With its address facing the Brandenburg Gate, providing plenty of ambience, the Adlon will host a grand New Year’s Eve Ball in the new ballroom with a five-course menu, cocktails and live music. All three of the hotel’s outstanding restaurants will offer special menus with celebratory dishes, including goose liver parfait, duck foie gras terrine and blood orange-Champagne sorbet. Stay Dec. 30–Jan. 1, 2019, and enjoy an executive room or junior suite; a bottle of Champagne in-room upon arrival; a New Year’s Eve cocktail reception at the Adlon Ice Bar; gourmet tasting menus at one of the Adlon’s restaurants; a midnight buffet on Dec. 31; and New Year’s brunch on New Year’s Day. Prices, based on double occupancy, begin at €2,480 (approximately $2,820).

Meanwhile in the Orania.Salon at the Orania.Berlin (a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) located at Oranienplatz in the Kreuzberg district, a posh ball will also ring in the New Year. Be sure to head to the hotel’s rooftop to enjoy spectacular views of the city’s fireworks display.

In Copenhagen, the magnificent Hotel d’Angleterre invites guests to take a holiday pause with a mug of hot mulled wine, or gløgg, served up with festival snowballs made from a blend of marzipan, cognac, white chocolate and coconut. Later, linger over something bubbly at Balthazar, the oldest Champagne bar in Denmark, then dance the year away at the black tie and gown New Year’s Gala with a five-course dinner. The evening ends with a fireworks extravaganza over Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square).

In Lausanne, Switzerland, you can celebrate with a lakeside Champagne Bubble Bar by Ruinart in the garden of the Beau-Rivage Palace overlooking the Swiss Alps, and take part in the New Year’s gala staged in the hotel’s historic Sandoz ballroom — famous as the location for the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne.

Hassler Entrance © Hotel Hassler Roma

Hassler Entrance © Hotel Hassler Roma

Located at the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Hotel Hassler Roma will serve up a staggering nine-course dinner in the hotel’s Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant. Menu highlights include saffron lasagna with blue lobster and steamed sea bass in oyster and Champagne sauce.

Dinner plans at 5-star The Milestone Hotel & Residences in London’s swish Kensington neighborhood include a New Year’s Eve menu of dishes with orange-glazed wild duck, hand-dived scallop Carpaccio and blood orange and vanilla cheesecake.

Heading Down Under? At the new QT Perth in Australia, the New Year’s Eve Rooftop Party will feature live entertainment, free-flowing Champagne and arguably the best seats in town to enjoy the fireworks display over Swan River.

Rooftop at QT © Courtesy of QT Hotels & Resorts

Rooftop at QT © Courtesy of QT Hotels & Resorts

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