Believe it or not, New Year’s 2011 is less than two months away. This time, why not ring it in with serious style? From three Michelin-starred restaurants to five-star cruises, here are some of the most lavish ways to celebrate around the globe. Hey, we may not all be able to afford them, but it’s always fun to dream.
Party like a rock star at Knightsbridge’s ultra-chic Berkeley Hotel (Madonna loves its Blue Bar). Start your evening at the hotel’s Koffmann’s restaurant, where legendary chef Pierre Koffmann (mentor to star chef Gordon Ramsay) oversees the kitchen, serving seasonal dishes such as Coquilles St. Jacques. End your night in restful luxury by reserving the Berkeley Suite, designed by famed London-based interior designer Helen Green. The suite costs around $3,990 per night and features handcrafted British furniture, crystal accessories and a white thasso marble bathroom. Standard rooms at the hotel start at $670. 44 (0) 20-7235-6000, the-berkeley.co.uk.
Getting there: Fly in style on British Airways—a first class ticket will cost about $10,000, britishairways.com.
Say bonjour to 2011 in the City of Light. The setting: Paris’ most glamorous hotel, Le Meurice, located on the ultra-chic Rue de Rivoli (steps from the Louvre). Indulge in a fine-dining experience your taste buds (and bank account) will remember forever at the three-Michelin-starred hotel restaurant. For a mere $1,300 per person — not including the Dom Perignon — the “Black and White” nine-course formal dinner includes such exquisite creations as the Scallop Terrine with Truffles and Braised Sea Bass with Caviar. Then, stay in the Prestige Suite, decorated in Louis XVI style, overlooking the magnificent Tuileries Gardens — for just $4,600 a night. A classic French-styled room with views of the courtyard is $720 per night. lemeurice.com, 33-1-44-58-10-10.
Getting there: A first-class ticket on Air France will run you about $15,000. airfrance.com.
This city down under touts itself as the New Year’s Eve capital of the world. Take in the spectacular scenery via the five-star Bella Vista Cruise — a glass ballroom at sea that boasts 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour (flagshipcruises.com.au/bellavista). From 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., enjoy an open bar and cocktail menu, along with unobstructed views of the harbor’s annual fireworks, for $547 per person. Continue the party at the luxurious Blue Sydney Hotel, where a loft suite with marina views is $2,300 per night. tajhotels.com/sydney.
Getting there: A round-trip first class ticket is $25,000.
Fly to Tokyo for the big bash and enjoy free-flowing bubbly and a fabulous bird’s eye view of the bustling city at night. The setting: the luxurious 37th floor Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Bar, where you can drink all the Veuve Clicquot you desire from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Before the party starts, enjoy a fine-dining Cantonese dinner —with sweeping views— at the Michelin-starred Sense, also on the 37th floor. A 1,070-square-foot, three-room Oriental suite, featuring a visitor’s powder room, spa tub and views of the busy metropolis 30 floors below, costs $1,900 per night. Standard rooms start at $370 per night. To reserve, go to mandarinoriental.com/tokyo.
Getting there: A business class ticket on Japan Airlines will run about $13,000.
Or… stay close to home
We were going to suggest renting the posh penthouse at the Hotel on Rivington —for a cool $35,000. But as of press time, this pricey party had already been reserved (What recession?).
While not quite as luxe, the Meatpacking District’s Hotel Gansevoort will hold its annual New Year’s Eve bash. We hear this year’s celebration will be bigger than in previous years with parties and DJs throughout the hotel. Prices are not yet confirmed yet, but last year’s tickets started at $225 and included top shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a midnight Champagne toast and more. Make it a full day’s event by booking a suite — a 450 square foot suite with two balconies, a king bed and pullout sofa — for $1,025.