As 2015 approaches, almost at warp speed, maybe it’s time to pause. With the build-up to New Year’s as intense as it is, with numerous parties all through December, perhaps welcoming the New Year in a more laid-back manner is a better way to go about it. If you think you’ve had enough of crazy parties for the season, and aren’t too keen about spending the last day of 2014 bumping elbows with a thousand strangers, check out our list of the top international destinations and unwind in style with a smooth sip of Black Dog scotch whisky this New Year.
Napa Valley, California
It might sound strange, since Napa Valley is not really a winter-time destination, but that’s what makes for the perfect laid-back, less crowded New Year’s Eve experience. Choose from candlelit dinners in wine cellars or caves, a classy New Year’s Eve Ball on board the Napa Valley Wine Train.
How does welcoming the New Year under the stars in the Sahara desert sound? Take a camel trek out into the dunes from Marrakech to an overnight camp, where you can enjoy live African drumming and dance performances, dine on the traditional clay oven roasted lamb, and watch the moon rise before retiring to a private luxurious tent.
South India’s French connection, Puducherry, as it’s now known, has a huge leftover French influence that sits side by side with it’s complete Indian-ness.
It’s a quiet, quaint little town, but there’s no shortage of luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants to celebrate a quiet, laidback New Year. Auroville, an experimental township nearby could be a perfect backdrop for a laid-back but fun New Year Celebration too.
European River Cruise
What could be a better way to bring in the New Year than cruising down one of Europe’s numerous inland waterways?
These cruises are usually intimate, with small groups and can be completely customised, with a huge variety of routes and destinations to choose from. Plan well, sample the local wines and cuisines along the way and soak in the history and culture too! How does that sound for a perfect relaxed, leisurely New Year’s Eve?
Kangaroo Island, Australia
A short boat ride from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is home to 18 world-class wine labels. It’s unique location gives rise to some of Australia’s best gourmet food. If that isn’t enough, it also has a micro distillery that produces some award-winning gin, vodka and liqueurs. Throw in the almost-empty beaches, the untouched hiking trails and a range of accommodation ranging from camps and trailers to luxury lodges, Kangaroo Island is a great candidate for the perfect place to unwind in style this New Year!
That’s our list of the best destinations to have a truly laid back yet luxurious New Year. So go ahead, pick a location to Unwind In Style, recharge, realign, and get yourself in the best frame of mind for the year ahead as you welcome 2015.
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