The first recorded New Year’s celebration dates back to 2,000 B.C. when ancient Babylonians held Akitu. The 12-day festival, coinciding with the first full moon following the spring equinox, was filled with peculiar rituals such as slapping the king until he shed tears (symbolizing the approval of the revered sun god, Marduk). Thankfully, New Year’s Eve celebrations look a bit different today.
No matter your reason for celebrating New Year’s Eve — whether it’s because you want to usher in 2024 on a high note, or formally bid adieu to 2023 — here are nine posh hotels in some of the world’s most iconic destinations hosting truly indulgent, extravagant, and over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
For decades, Rio de Janeiro has been one of the most flocked-to New Year’s Eve destinations in the world with its kaleidoscopic fireworks show, rousing open-air concerts, and boisterous beachfront bars. But for a more refined affair, make a reservation at the Copacabana Palace, a Belmond Hotel, the beachfront grande dame that turned 100 this year. Its legendary annual fête — which is a magnet for celebrities and the well-heeled — commences early in the evening and carries on until the sun peeks over the horizon. To keep you properly fueled and entertained, there’s a sumptuous buffet, premium alcoholic beverages, a band performing in the Golden Room, and DJ spinning tunes by the pool. Don’t forget to follow local tradition and wear white, as it is believed to channel purification and protection for the upcoming year.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Although the City of Lights is home to a wealth of upscale hotels, few take a more dazzling turn for New Year’s than the beloved Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris in the heart of the 8th arrondissement. Its magic is apparent the moment you step into the gleaming marble lobby, lavishly done up with floral arrangements by famed hotel artistic director Jeff Leatham. After savoring an exquisite dinner at one of the hotel’s three Michelin-starred restaurants (Le Cinq, Le George, L’Orangerie), head to La Galerie for the countdown to midnight as you’re surrounded by fellow revelers, a DJ, and of course, Champagne. You’re in Paris, after all.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
While this dreamy island resort’s claim to fame is its underwater amenities — like its restaurant Ithaa and Muraka, a two-level villa with a lounge 16 feet below the sea — there are plenty of buzzy things to enjoy on land. Conrad Maldives’ December “Tree of Life” celebrations, for example, conclude with a glamorous New Year’s Eve gala and dinner on a sugary-white beach lapped by rippling star-kissed water. You’ll be pampered with a bountiful spread of chef-curated bites, as talented musicians and performers set the stage for an unforgettable feast.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
In Dubai, there’s no such thing as too luxurious, big, or expensive. That sentiment especially rings true for the all-suite Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, one of the most recognizable and photographed hotels in the world. Celebrating its 24th birthday in 2024, the iconic sail-shaped property, set on its own island, is hosting an end-of-year bash like no other. The highlight being a 24-course tasting menu featuring heaps of edible gold.
Park Hyatt Sydney
When it comes to covetable views and location, few hotels can rival Park Hyatt Sydney. Tucked beneath the Harbour Bridge with unobstructed views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, this classic luxe property will be throwing a lavish rooftop and poolside celebration under the stars to welcome 2024. The evening includes endless Champagne, Australian wines and beers, and delectable sweet and savory canapés prepared by lauded Australian chef James Viles.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Soaring above the crowds and traffic of Thailand’s capital, Banyan Tree Bangkok is hosting an “Around the World 360/61” New Year’s Eve party. A nod to the hospitality brand’s globetrotting ethos and the property’s 61 floors — the hotel’s restaurants and bars are immersing guests in worldly flavors, sights, and sounds. However, it’s tough to top the allure of the seven-course tasting menu being served at Vertigo, the aptly named rooftop lounge and restaurant with glittering city views.
The St. Regis, New York
Midtown’s legendary St. Regis, New York fits the bill for an elevated New York City, New Year’s Eve affair. Slip into tuxedos and gowns to conjure up the old-time glamor of New York’s Gilded Age. Following an indulgent, four-course dinner in Astor Court, enjoy live entertainment, dancing, a premium open bar, and a sabered Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.
Miami Eden Roc
There are few places more synonymous with nonstop, high-energy parties than Miami. One of this year’s buzziest places to ring in the New Year is Eden Roc Miami Beach. Sponsored by Möet Hennessey, the evening will be headlined by some of the Magic City’s most popular DJs and musicians. Splurge on a VIP Table By The Stage, which includes top-shelf spirits and Champagne so you can sip and dance the night away in true Miami style.
Andaz Mexico City Condesa
Situated in the stylish neighborhood of Condesa is one of Mexico City’s hippest new hotels, Andaz Mexico City Condesa. Envisioned by famed architect José Luis Benlliure Galán, the property is hosting its first-ever New Year’s Eve soiree, complete with a mouthwatering four-course dinner by chef Davide Preziuso and open bar with craft cocktails galore. Kick off the New Year on a delicious note, the rooftop restaurant Cabuya Rooftop will be serving a decadent “Recovery Brunch.”