The definitive guide to what to do and where to go on New Year’s Eve in two of the most exciting destinations in the world – New York City or St Bart’s
Say goodbye to the old year in St Bart’s
If you’d like to spend the end of the year on a paradise island, then we have just the place for you. The Caribbean island of St Bart’s is sheer heaven. The weather is glorious, the food is sublime, the beaches and beautiful and there’s plenty to do. The setting is picture-postcard perfect, even in mid-winter, which is why St Bart’s is such a sought-after destination. Yes, nothing comes cheap in the Caribbean over the Festive Season, but those who are prepared to pay for the privilege of spending New Year’s Eve here will have the time of their lives.
So what’s in store for the privileged few who will be in St Bart’s to celebrate the start of a new year? On St Bart’s the celebrations start on December 31st, with a special New Year’s Eve Regatta, an exciting race where sailboats of every size and description, both local and visiting, speed around the island. It’s arranged by the St Barth Yacht Club, as well as the island’s Port of Gustavia, where the celebrations all take place.
The race is followed by a breathtaking fireworks display in Gustavia that transforms the night sky into a stunning spectacular. Of course, festivities start much earlier than that – there’s live music on Gustavia’s Quai General de Gaulle from 9pm for revelers who flock here after enjoying superb French fare in a choice of more than 100 restaurants around the island. This is a Caribbean celebration, so prepare to party, and bring your dancing shoes.
Bye Bye 2014 in the Big Apple
New York is one of the most exciting destinations to visit as the year reaches its close, and the array of activities on offer for New Year’s Eve is always impressive. This year is no exception. For starters, there are 51 New Year’s Eve parties taking place in Times Square alone, so that the million-plus revelers don’t miss out on seeing the ball drop at midnight at One Times Square. Yes, we’ve all seen it on TV, but to be part of the throng, to feel the excitement and the adrenalin rise, is an experience to be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime.
But that’s not all you can do in Manhattan. For starters, Elton John and his band are playing at Barclays Center, fireworks will be set off all over town and NYC nightclubs and bars will be pumping with action. If you prefer being in the midst of the mayhem, a massive party will take place at the recently refurbished Space Ibiza, a multi-level club with a lounge and a rooftop terrace offering breathtaking views of the West Side skyline. And if you prefer a more tranquil start to 2015, why not visit the Kadampa Meditation Center on 24th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues?
A word of advice though – make sure you book early. New Year’s Eve is NYC’s biggest night of the year, and you don’t want to be left out of the action.