Over-hyped, expensive and always a bit of an anti climax. No, I’m not talking about the X-Factor final. I am in fact talking about my recent string of New Years Eves. Every year I get caught up in the NYE hype to have ‘the most amazing night ever’, and year upon year I end up desperately Googling for inspiration in late December and trying to drum up some enthusiasm amongst my girlfriends.
Many people believe that the 31st December marks the start of what’s to come in the forthcoming year, so this year I have decided to swap the crowds and cheap cava for a bit of decorum and champagne (dahling). Imagine waking up in 2013 with no cooking, washing up or cleaning to do. A New Year Break is not something I have ever splashed out on, so being pampered in the lap of luxury whilst Big Ben chimes will certainly be a first for me. The only thing I’ll be worrying about come New Years Day is choosing which dress to wear for my ‘bucks fizz brunch’!
Here is my run down of the best Luxury New Year breaks and why I am tempted by each and every one…
1. 4* Rudding Park (Harrogate, Yorkshire)
Being a Yorkshire lass, this one caught my eye straight away. Nestled within 300 acres of private parkland just south of Harrogate, this luxurious 4* retreat guarantees no rowdy crowds come midnight (massive bonus). Rudding Park’s two-night New Year package includes afternoon tea, a champagne reception, delicious three and five course dinners in The Clocktower restaurant, live music and more. They even throw in a surprise ‘Recovery Pack’ to help soothe your head come New Years Day – a very nice touch if you ask me.
2. 4* Macdonald Windsor Hotel (Windsor)
If it’s good enough for the Queen it’s good enough for me. That’s why I am tempted to celebrate New Year in the royal town of Windsor. The Windsor Hotel host it’s very own White and Diamonds Street Party which is the perfect occasion to get glammed up or suited and booted. Their one night New Year package includes a fabulous cocktail reception, a banquet street party feast in Caleys restaurant, live music and more. I like the sound of indulging in macaroons, cheese and Port in the St.George’s lounge come 11pm. Jolly good!
3. 5* Turnberry Resort (Scotland)
Rumour has it that there aint’ no party like a Hogmanay party, so I’ve always fancied seeing in the New Year with the Scots. The palatial Turnberry Resort is a little piece of rural heaven, boasting stunning sea and mountain views. The Turnberry Resort New Year Package includes pre-dinner drinks in The Grand Tea Lounge, a fancy Hogmanay gala dinner in the 1906 restaurant and live music. They even throw in a full Scottish breakfast come New Years Day. With world class golf courses and an award-winning spa, I’d never want to leave
4. 3* Longleat Homewood Park Hotel (Bath)
For a west-country escape, roll up for a night at the idyllic Longleat Homewood Park Hotel. Based in Hinton Charterhouse near Bath, this charming hotel offers a blissful New Year Package including afternoon tea by a roaring log fire, a champagne and canapé reception, a black tie five course dinner and dazzling fireworks. The restaurant holds a whopping 3 AA Rosettes, so is a top choice for any foodies.
5. 4* Macdonald Old England Hotel (Lake District)
I loved spending family holidays by the beautiful Lake Windermere as a child, so it would be great to revisit it as an adult. The Old England Hotel New Year Break begins on the 31st with a champagne afternoon tea overlooking the lake, a black tie six-course gala dinner with live music and a spectacular firework display. Wake up in 2013 with a buck’s fizz brunch, a cruise on Lake Windermere and a candlelit dinner at the 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant. Pure bliss!