Top 8 Exhilarating New Year’s Eve: New Year’s Eve comes with a little bit of added pressure. “The most important night of the year” can raise expectations that are hard to satisfy. Even more so if you’re in a relationship. There are many tailor-made New Year’s Eve breaks for couples across the UK, but you need to act fast. Leave it too late, and the good ones will be booked up.
Once you know you want to go, the question becomes what to do. Full-on romance or a big blowout party night? Spa and pampering, or active and outdoorsy?
The best New Year’s Eve breaks for couples
- The Pigs, Southern England
- The Scarlet, Cornwall
- L’Oscar, London
- Thyme, Gloucestershire
- Claridge’s, London
- The Crazy Bears, England
- Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire
- Fingal, Edinburgh
The Pigs, Southern England
The Pig Hotel brand has reshaped the concept of traditional luxury British hotels over the last few years. Gone are the stuffy decor and stiff-lipped service of old. In its place, unique takes on the quirkier aspects of British culture wrapped up in gorgeous surroundings and superb service.
The Pig’s litter has grown to 10 hotels across southern England, with more due soon. Each is unique, but New Year’s Eve will be a great party, whichever you stay at. Expect a huge, homely meal inspired by the kitchen garden, fantastic wines, and lots of good cheer. New Year’s Day will bring country walks
The Scarlet, Cornwall
Not far (but far enough!) from Newquay in Mawgan Porth, The Scarlet is an adults-only haven of relaxation and romance. High on rugged cliffs, set away from the outside world, it makes the absolute most of its amazing location.
And never more so than on New Year’s Eve. For three nights, The Scarlet hosts a romantic retreat for loved-up couples to ring in 2024. Clifftop cauldron hot tubs overlooking the Atlantic Candle-lit copper baths and romantic beach walks An ‘indoor-outdoor’ spa offering Ayurvedic treatments and Long intimate dinners with plenty of fizz. And on the night itself, a spectacular fireworks display lights up the Cornish coast.
If you’re coming to the capital, there’s no shortage of unbelievable places to stay. But for something a little more titillating than your average five-star stay, look to L’Oscar.
A former Baptist church, L’Oscar, has shaken off its ecclesiastical roots to become something altogether different. A riot of purples, patterns, and textures, checking in feels like entering a lothario’s boudoir.
Located right by Covent Garden, with Theatreland on your doorstep, you have endless options for a New Year to remember. Take in a show, dine at the country’s best restaurants, and watch the famous fireworks on the South Bank. Or bypass it all, lock the door, pop the champagne, and indulge in the sensory assault of your surroundings.
Thyme is just lovely, as is its story and connection to the rolling greens of Gloucestershire. It calls itself the village within a village (it even has its own pub). A family-run, farm-to-fork, historical and ecological retreat and the perfect place to wash away the year gone past.
Book a room in one of its restored houses or cottages and get back to nature at Meadow Spa. Forget hi-tech wellness; this is restorative and natural. Treatments that invigorate the senses, purge impurities and re-energize the body for the year ahead. It’s also ridiculously romantic.
Thyme puts on a New Year’s Eve package that includes a surprisingly riotous late-night party at its Ox Barn. A five-course meal, live music, and a DJ playing late into the night mean you’ll need those spa treatments on New Year’s Day.
If you really, really want to push the boat out, there’s nowhere more romantic and impressive to spend New Year’s Eve than Claridge’s. One of London’s most loved and long-lived hotels, stay here to live a night of fame and glamour. It’s quite the way to ring in the new year.
Once you’ve checked into your sumptuous Art Deco surroundings and picked your jaw up off the floor, prepare to feast. Start with intimate cocktails in the sultry Fumoir cocktail bar. Then join the New Year celebrations in the foyer and reading room. Caviar, foie gras, lobster, all washed down with a classic cuvée brut—the menu hasn’t changed much in a century. But as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke…
The Crazy Bears, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire
The name says it all, really. Outlandish and over the top yet somehow still elegant. The Crazy Bear hotels close to Oxford and London are destinations in their own right. And for New Year’s Eve events, it’s all about the party.
The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is throwing a cabaret night complete with a champagne reception and an English and Thai banquet. Kick the day off in style with a flight over the rolling Oxfordshire countryside in Crazy Bear’s own hot air balloon. Head back for a Thai massage before donning your glad rags for the party ahead.
The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield promises a raucous red carpet party. Expect burlesque performers, live music, and dancing until the early hours. Book a suite with a roll-top copper bathtub for a recovery soak the following morning. It may be the best money you spend all year.
Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire
Carden Park’s thousand-acre estate is a wonderful place to bring in the New Year refreshed and revitalized. Spend the last day of the year discovering its enormous grounds. Take aim at some archery, tour on a Segway, and stroll its sculpture gardens as the sun sets.
The jewel in Carden’s crown is its world-class spa, also set mostly in its gardens. Heated relaxation pods and hot tubs, a thermal vitality pool, and crackling fire pits. Get mani-pedi-facials and fizzy libations in the Bollinger Beauty Bar to look your best for the New Year celebrations.
Speaking of which, Carden Park’s party includes a gala dinner with “haggis, neeps, tatties, and a nip o’ whisky.” Live music, fireworks over the lake, and a traditional piper to play in the new year.
Edinburgh is always a special city to celebrate New Year’s Eve, or, as it’s called in Scotland, Hogmanay. A stay-on-board Fingal will make it one to remember.
Moored on the lively waterfront in Leith, Fingal was first built to supply Scotland’s most isolated lighthouses. Today, it’s been reimagined as a floating five-star palace of maritime luxury. Cozy cabins are connected by wood-paneled hallways, a lavish copper-ceiling restaurant, and a palatial ballroom. It really is something—old-world and unbelievably elegant.
Fingal takes Hogmanay seriously. Its two-night stay is heavy on eating and champagne but also includes something extra special. Ring in midnight onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, New Year’s Eve breaks for couplesampagne in hand, piper pipering, and the spectacular city fireworks exploding overhead. They even put on a spectacular quayside performance of the Beating of the Retreat, just as they did during Royal Service.
Top tip: Request a starboard cabin when booking; they have more interesting views. Or splash out on the Skerryvore Suite, complete with its own sweeping private deck.
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