It’s all eyes on the clock come 31 December when midnight strikes and firework extravaganzas explode into the sky, but colourful illuminations and stolen kisses needn’t be the only excitement this New Year’s Eve.
Hotels across the UK are hosting spins around the ballroom, muscle-melting spa sessions and Scottish Hogmanay celebrations should you enjoy the lull of “Auld Lang Syne” or discover a newfound appreciation for the bagpipes.
Thankfully, the only thing you’ll have to think about is which glitter-encrusted outfit you’ll be wearing to the evening’s multicourse fine dining experience and whether you’re brave enough to take part in the chilling New Year’s Day dip.
With itineraries that emphasise the most important elements of the festive season – eating, drinking and, of course, merriment – hunker down at a hospitable hotel for the best-laid plans this New Year’s Eve.
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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
If inimitable opulence and stylish suites in London are your vision for New Year’s Eve 2023, the capital’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the ultimate haunt for vibrant celebrations. Innovative pre-drinks at the Mandarin Bar fuse with The Aubrey’s eccentric Japanese izakaya experience, Asian plates and a live DJ. And the party doesn’t stop after the countdown to 12am, with fizz flowing at the unmissable party until 3am. Better still, the luxe spot is just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Cairngorms
Macdonald Hotel’s sprawling Highlands resort, Aviemore, is a Hogmanay haven to bid farewell to 2023. Feast on full Scottish breakfasts and a three-course gala dinner in The Peregrine Suite, dance to live ceilidh and the Badenoch & Strathspey pipe bands…