Celebrate 2020 in style with our 10 best New Year’s breaks from around the world – The Irish Sun
WANT to escape the usual New Year’s antics this time around?
The biggest party night of the year doesn’t have to be all about the “bangs” of Big Ben.
Watch the fireworks over the Colosseum in Rome, marvel at the Dubai skyline or ski down the snow-capped Alps.
We’ve scoured the world of travel to discover great deals for inspiring places.
Lisa Minot goes around her favorites.
BERLIN’s famous Brandenburg Gate hosts one of Europe’s biggest open-air parties on New Year’s Eve, with party tents, multiple stages and fireworks.
Clubbers can party for days at some of Berlin’s famous techno clubs, while elsewhere there are rooftop parties at many bars, perfect for watching the sky lit up with fireworks.
Three nights’ B&B at the 4-star Titanic Chaussee Berlin in Berlin is from £475 pp, including flights from Gatwick on December 29.
To book call 0203 870 6844 or visit loveholidays.com
ENJOY the warmer weather and party with the whole family in Paphos.
At the 4-star Louis Phaethon Beach Club, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained with mini-club discos and non-alcoholic evenings.
Adults can enjoy a range of activities throughout the week, from archery and pétanque to cooking demonstrations and quizzes.
New Year’s Eve sees a gala dinner with live music and entertainment.
Seven-night all-inclusive is from £830 pp, including return flights to Gatwick on December 29.
THE 5-star Jasmine Palace Resort in Hurghada is a great value resort for an all-inclusive winter holiday with five restaurants and six bars.
So don’t worry about finding a place to celebrate.
There is a private sandy beach on the Red Sea as well as a number of outdoor swimming pools, a spa, fitness centre, kids club, swimming pool and an excellent entertainment programme.
Water sports like diving, snorkeling and windsurfing are available and charged locally.
Seven-night all-inclusive costs from £868 pp, including flights from Stansted on December 30.
Book at loveholidays.com or call 0203 870 6844.
THE Portuguese islands of Madeira pull out all the stops for New Year’s Eve celebrations with Funchal’s spectacular fireworks, once hailed as the best in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Funchal is decorated with stunning lights and live music is played along Avenida Arriaga.
On January 5, locals celebrate The Singing Of The Kings, when there are outdoor concerts, street parties, music and food for Twelfth Night.
Seven nights’ B&B at the 4-star Tui Blue Madeira Gardens in Funchal is now from £597 pp, saving £412 pp, departing Gatwick on December 30.
To see vacationhypermarket.co.uk or call 0800 916 5100.
THE French go crazy for the New Year and celebrating among the majestic mountains of Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps – is a spectacular way to do it.
The night’s festivities begin with a torchlight descent followed by entertainment for the whole family and, of course, a fabulous fireworks display at midnight.
For a chance to really mark the night in style, head to the famous Folie Douce on the slopes.
Ski Beat has £410 pp off the original price of a week’s chalet board at Chalet Renne – now from £999 pp.
Includes chalet accommodation with its own indoor pool and sauna, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three course dinner with wine plus return flights from Manchester on the 28th December and transfers.
Call 01273 855100 or visit skibeat.co.uk
FOR guaranteed sunshine over the New Year, a stay on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura promises warm temperatures and the chance to relax and rejuvenate after a busy Christmas.
The coastal town of Caleta de Fuste marks the start of the new year with a free party in the main square with music, entertainment and fireworks at midnight.
The festivities continue until 3:30 a.m.
Seven nights’ self-catering accommodation at the 3-star Caybeach Caleta is from £499 pp, based on two adults and two children sharing and including flights from Stansted on December 30 with 22kg luggage.
To see jet2holidays.com
RETURN to the decadent days of luxury cruising and combine the sun with a very British New Year celebration in Dubai.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship is permanently moored on Dubai’s Mina Rashid waterfront.
Now a 13-deck hotel and dining destination, you can step back to the ship’s golden age during an 80s-themed dancing gala dinner under the stars.
The buffet will span three decks with unlimited drinks, live music and a DJ.
The three-night B&B is from £1,559 pp, including return flights with Emirates from Gatwick on December 29.
New Year’s Eve dinner costs extra, with prices starting at £105 pp. To see emiratesholidays.com or call 0208 972 8949.
CELEBRATE in the beautiful Italian capital guarantees an elegant way to announce the new year.
During La Festa di Roma, there will be 100 outdoor performances by 1,000 artists over a 24-hour period starting at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
These performances will be presented on the bridges, theaters and squares of the city center.
Three nights’ B&B at the 4-star Raganelli in Rome is from £390 pp, including flights from Gatwick on December 29.
Find out more and book on loveholidays.com or call 0203 870 6844.
ENJOY the warmer weather and relaxed pace of the Algarve in Portugal.
Albufiera takes its New Year celebrations seriously with a multi-sensory show on the beach and fireworks over the sea.
Enjoy it all with a seven-night B&B stay at the luxurious 5-star Pine Cliffs resort in Albufeira.
Prices are from £497 pp, including return flights from Gatwick on December 30.
You can book online at kenwoodtravel.co.uk or by telephone on 0207 749 7216.
HEAD to Benidorm for a double dose of good luck in the coming year.
Locals believe that a dozen grapes eaten one at a time at each of the midnight chimes on New Year’s Eve will bring prosperity for the next 12 months.
Visitors can double their chances of getting positive vibes by following another Spanish New Year tradition and wearing red underwear that was given to them.
Usher in 2020 on Levante Beach, where there’s an outdoor New Year’s Eve party with DJs and fireworks at midnight. Arrive in time to celebrate with an all-inclusive seven-night stay at the 4-star Flamingo Oasis Hotel.
Departs East Midlands Airport at 2:00 p.m. Prices start at £405 pp, down from £803 pp. You can book now at vacationhypermarket.co.uk or call 0800 916 5100.