It's hard to believe it’s already December! With the holiday season fully underway, we’re featuring some of our favorite places to unwind in front of a fireplace this winter—hopefully with some of your favorite people. Speaking of winter, we’re highlighting a recent trip to the Scandinavian Arctic, complete with a viewing of the Northern Lights. Beaches more your speed? We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best hotels in Anguilla. From all of us at First in Service, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. Cheers to 2019!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
New Year’s Eve is around the corner. We’ve come up with some unforgettable places to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
Add some island flavor to your 2017. Relax on the beach all day and party the night away. Junkanoo street parades kick off New Year’s Day literally at 2am. These traditional – and family-friendly – parades take place on all the islands and are complete with street performers, colorful costumes and music for all. The Reef Atlantis, The Cove Atlantis, and The Island House all have nights of revelry planned.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s four day New Year’s festival. Kick off the celebrations with the December 30th Torchlight Procession through Old Town. Then join in the famous Hogmanay street party on New Year’s Eve complete with fireworks. On January 1, brave souls can join in the local polar bear plunge known as the annual Loony Dook on the Firth of Forth. Guests at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel will soak up the spirit with specially planned festivities.
Miami always knows how to throw a party. At the oceanfront Faena Hotel, guests young and old can join in the holiday cheer. Through January 7th, family fun includes special rates, festive décor, scavenger hunts and painting classes. Weekend packages for adults will transport guests to the golden age of Havana. Included are luxury accommodations, a four-course dinner, tickets to A Night in Havana NYE party, and New Year’s day brunch asado. With average winter temperatures at 75 degrees, what’s not to love?
Napa and Sonoma Valley
Uncork the New Year in Napa-style. That means great wines, delectable food and the relaxed beauty of the Valley. At the lush Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, festivities include sparkling local wine, a six-course menu at Harvest Table, and bountiful breakfast. Plus, the concierge will help you make the most of your relaxed stay. Whether that includes hot air ballooning is up to you.
For a truly hot NYE celebration, ring in 2017 right next to the equator. The Old City in this port town is transformed into one of the best street parties in the world. No traffic is allowed so restaurants, bars and locals alike take the celebrations outdoors with music and fireworks. Plan to stay at the chic Casa San Agustin, a boutique oasis located on a quiet street in the Old City.