It's that time of year again, if Christmas has lured you into a semi permanent residence by the fireside then New Year's Eve is calling for you to get suited and booted for one last 'hoorah' before the Great January Detox.
Keep the dreaded NYE anti-climax at bay and treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime. If you haven't any plans yet, here's a late Christmas present: a mini guide of where to head and what to do.
1.For Romantic Foodies
Saint Sylvestre in Paris. If you’re planning an exclusive New Year’s Eve treat with a special someone, then head to the original capital of romance: Paris. To go all-out, look no further than the charming La Tour D’Argent nestled in the Quai de Tourneille. Sample the restaurant's infamous duck, (reared on their own farms) whilst gazing out at the spectacular view of the Notre Dame and the River Seine. A little before midnight, stroll towards the Eiffel Tower to catch the light show or head to the Champs Elysees for the fireworks.
2. For Fresh Pow enthusiasts
For those who can't get enough of the white stuff here's a powder fresh experience of a lifetime. Head to Japan's Niseko; the resort enjoys 15m of snow a year and is a firm favourite among off-piste fanatics and Asian celebrities alike. New Year's Eve here is serious business. The lifts are open until 11:30pm allowing for celebratory night skiing followed by a captivating torchlight descent. Scour the mountains carefully and you'll see the resort's frozen monsters; a ghostly, natural phenomenon caused by snow-encased trees. This wintry spectacle becomes particularly hypnotic at night when the resort illuminates them with kaleidoscopic lights. When morning arrives, take to the resort's hot springs.
3. For Full Time Party Hounds
Rio di Janiero, the Empress of the Carnival, the Capital of Exuberance and the perfect location for a really good time. Take to Rio's Copacabana Beach. It is tradition to be clad in white as it is thought to bring you luck. Take a bottle of champagne with you, but be mindful that it's real function is to douse fellow party goers with bubbly goodness. After the fireworks have finished it's a mad dash to the seashore; the perfect opportunity to refresh, reset and restore. Stagger home to the Copacabana Palace.
4. For the Ultimate Escapists
If ringing in the New Year surrounded by fellow humans fills you with horror, then the perfect solution could be a trip to the Scottish Highlands. For a restorative escape, gather the few beings that you can bear and rent out your own little slice of Scotland (renting a castle needn't be extortionate if you share the cost). Most villages hold their own ceilidh parties: an authentic Scottish Hogmanay experience, you may even be treated to a display of the Northern Lights as you amble home.
Brush away the cobwebs the next day with a hike into hills, pack your binoculars and you could lay eyes on the handsome stags that reside there.
5. For Committed Yacht Weekers
It would be blasphemy not to mention the route curated by TYW itself. For a perfect piece of tropical paradise, look no further than our own offering; a blissful opportunity to kick back in the British Virgin Islands. Adjust to the laid back Caribbean lifestyle, letting the easy-going chimes of reggae music set the pace. By day, scour the seabed armed with a snorkel. By night, dance till you drop! Old Year's Night itself will take place on Jost Van Dyk at the island's party bar, Foxy's. Fill your party engine with Painkiller cocktails and freshly caught lobster for an unforgettable night.