With just weeks until 2017 comes roaring in, now is the time to whip out that no-limit credit card to book the ultimate in indulgent New Year’s Eve celebrations — the kind that will never leave you wondering what better thing everyone else is doing on the big night. Ready to hop on a plane and get into some fabulous partying around the world? Here's where to go:
When you want to keep burning until the sun burns your eyes, consider the summery Sunburn Festival on the beautiful coast of Goa, India on Vagator Beach. Four days of beach partying to a variety of electronic dance music styles with 150,000 fellow revelers can be supplemented with parasailing, jet skiing, and other water adventures during the day... since it’ll be in the 80s outside! This year is Sunburn’s 10th anniversary and top-tier tickets (about $260) are almost sold out.
Party with the pure-hearted at Hogmanay, an annual three-day New Year’s Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland that incorporates concerts, cultural events, a street party and parade, and draws an internationally acclaimed lineup of talent. Whether your musical bent is classical or rock — or everything in between — there’s something to hop to here.
With no official fireworks planned in the evening of the 31st, what could be more romantic than bundling up for a winter lunch cruise on the Seine River in Paris (about $300)? The chilly weather makes this a bit of an outrageous adventure, but the crisp air will make you feel alive.
The glamorous capital of the United Arab Emirates is throwing a heck of a dance party as chart-topping DJ Martin Garrix headlines NYE at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The top VIP option (about $500) includes a private “dining village” and open bar to enjoy on an elevated platform with the best views of the show. In the background, you'll see fireworks over the scene-stealing Dubai skyline, including the tallest building in the world — Burj Khalifa.
5. Las Vegas
The real high rollers in Vegas will not be spending New Year’s Eve throwing money out on craps tables. Well, maybe they will... but first, they’ll be renting out entire cabins of the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller at Caesar’s Palace, to watch the fireworks over an open bar and midnight Champagne toast at 550 feet in the air ($450). Naturally, there’s a pre-boarding party before the actual party because, you know — Vegas.
Prince and Michael Jackson are the spiritual guides for a night of boogieing inside the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, which is much easier to just call the Castle. A funky party with an over-the-top name like Champagne Life Presents Royalty at the Castle gets even more over the top with the Diamond Champagne Room package ($10,000), which reserves a private room and bottle service for up to 50 people.
7. New York City
Those who want the see the ball drop in Times Square but don’t want to brave the crowds and the cold can go for the top party option at Novotel New York Times Square. Six people can revel in their own private outdoor heated booth with open bar at the hotel during the party, which takes place inside and on the roof, and have a direct view of the countdown action, in a single VIP package ($10,000).
What does a cool half a mil buy for New Year’s Eve these days? The Ultimate VIP Package at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach ($500,000), which includes a five-night stay at the resort for 10 people, private dinners, pimped-out rides around the city (think Aston Martins, Lambos, and McLarens), privileged views at parties headlined by Justin Bieber and Skrillex and a $100,000 shopping spree to get the right shine for it all. If you choose to embark on this adventure, don’t forget to document it on social media for those of us who may or may not be eating popcorn and watching TV in our PJs.