We build up an image in our head of New Year’s Eve as a night of champagne, fireworks and fun.
The reality for many of us, however, is often somewhat different. Overcrowded bars, packed streets and expensive drinks often take the shine off what should be one of the best nights of the year.
For lottery winners, those disappointing nights quickly become a thing of the past. With millions in their bank account, they have the choice of the best cities and venues in the world to ring in the New Year.
Whether it be a night of carnival or fine dining, we’ve rounded up seven of the best experiences for lottery winners to enjoy:
Where? Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The glitz and glamour of Dubai are on full display on New Year’s Eve, and there isn’t a venue that encapsulates this better than the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Located on a small separate island, the hotel is the 4th tallest in the world and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. For an additional €18.500, you can stay in the hotel’s royal suite and enjoy the benefits of having your own dedicated butler.
It hosts a yearly Gala Dinner on New Year’s that attracts visitors from around the world thanks to its lavish surroundings and variety of performers. Taking place underneath a huge marquee, guests can expect to enjoy live performances from acrobats, musicians and artists, along with an unrivalled spread of international cuisine.
Once the clock strikes midnight, you’ll be able to enjoy the longest firework display in the whole of the United Arab Emirates.
Where? The Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hotels don’t come much more grand than The Balmoral. Situated in the centre of Edinburgh, its location makes it one of the best spots to stay in to celebrate the annual Hogmanay New Year Festival.
For three days over New Year’s, the city’s streets are filled with torch carriers, live music and fireworks. Once midnight passes, you can join in the biggest – and loudest – rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ anywhere in the world, as you link arms with fellow revellers and look forward to the year ahead.
We will give you one word of warning: Don’t trust The Balmoral’s famous clock tower to bring in the New Year. The hotel was originally built as lodgings for railway workers at the turn of the 20th century. The owners took the unusual step of setting the clock three minutes fast in an attempt to make workers turn up on time. To this day, it still runs three minutes faster than Greenwich Meridian time, which means you could be celebrating the New Year ever so slightly too soon.
Where? The Knickerbocker, New York, United States of America
There aren’t many more exciting places to be in the world on New Year’s Eve than Times Square. Every year thousands of excited patrons visit the spot to reign in the New Year in a shower of confetti.
The best spot to soak up the atmosphere (and still be able to move) is the elegant Knickerbocker Hotel. Situated just a minute’s walk away from the square and with a rooftop bar that overlooks the festivities; this is the ideal spot for an unforgettable night.
Guests are treated to an open bar, canapes and live DJs as they take in the colours and sounds of Times Square.
Where? Le Cinq, Paris, France
The Le Cinq restaurant in Paris is the ideal location to ring in the New Year for those that love fine dining.
Located in The Four Seasons’ George V hotel, the dining experience in Le Cinq covers seven different courses. Guests can feast on black truffles that are baked in a crispy brioche while enjoying frosted rose champagne.
Once the dining experience is finished, the hotel provides stunning views over the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, making it the perfect spot to take in the city’s stunning firework display.
Lottery winners also have the added choice of booking the penthouse suite, which costs an additional €27.000.
Where? The Hotel Arts and Gran Salón Gaudí, Barcelona, Spain
The Hotel Arts in Barcelona is our next stop, which once again promises a night that will tickle the taste buds.
Located behind the giant fish sculpture known as Peix, this high-rise hotel is renowned around the city for its exposed steel façade and modern interior.
Guests that book a stay in the hotel’s penthouse suite receive free entry to the most glamorous New Year’s event in Barcelona at the Gran Salón Gaudí restaurant.
World-renowned chef, Chef Antonio Sáez, will make sure you never run out of champagne, oysters and truffles to celebrate the special occasion.
Once the dinner finishes, you will be invited to make your way to the after-dinner ball, which features an orchestra playing some of the biggest hits from the 80s.
Where? Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Celebrate New Year’s with a touch of Samba at the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.
The hotel benefits from being positioned directly behind the world-famous Copacabana beach, which at New Year’s, also happens to be the centre spot of one of Rio’s biggest carnivals, Réveillon.
As the streets below turn into a festival of dance, you can watch on from the comfort of the hotel’s large outdoor balcony, where live music and an exquisite buffet prepared by Chef Francesco Carli will also be available.
Once midnight comes, you’ll have the best view in the house as the biggest firework show in Brazil lights up the night sky above the ocean off the Copacabana beach.
Where? Potato Head Beach Club, Bali, Indonesia
It doesn’t get much wilder than Potato Head Beach Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party, which lasts for two days and features DJ sets from some of the biggest names in the world of dance music.
When you’re ready to recover, the 5-star resort of Alila Seminyak is just a five-minute walk away. Set on the beachfront, this luxurious hotel has its own spa, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, making it the perfect spot for a detox.