New Year’s Eve is that time of the year when you want to go all out, party and blow up all the steam you’ve built up working hard during the year. And what better place than an island for some insane partying? This New Year’s Eve, eschew the mayhem of an overcrowded city and satiate your luxury travel bug by travelling to one of these ultra-luxe islands. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia
Forget the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles – this New Year’s Eve go luxe by heading to Bora Bora Island in French Polynesia, which was recently crowned the best island in the world by US News. Expect sand-fringed islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef at this 30sqkm island. If that’s not enough to catch your fancy, there’s also an extinct volcano which has now given way to two peaks you can visit. Stay in over-water bungalows on stilts at one of the many luxury resorts dotting the island, and scuba dive your way through some of the most exquisite coral in the world.
The next time you think of Africa, think beyond the wildlife safaris to this paradisiac archipelago, which is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. You’ll find powder-soft white-sand beaches and cerulean waters on this island, along with spice plantations, Turkish baths, and Portuguese forts and gardens. Although Zanzibar has some of the best beaches in the world, your experience will depend on the side of the island you’re staying on. The east coast is one of the most secluded, with coral reefs, sand bars, starfish and anemones. In contrast, the west coast is dominated by the port city of Stone Town. Visit the south to see the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Song Saa is a remote private island off the coast of Cambodia and offers a luxurious resort island getaway in the midst of a 100-hectare marine reserve. If you want the ultimate in seclusion and privacy, this resort is for you. Opened in 2012, the resort is spread across two islands in the Koh Rong archipelago. Literally meaning “the sweethearts”, these two islands together offer luxury villas built either over the water or into the jungle. The all-inclusive rates include accommodation, food, mini-bar facilities, activities and speedboat transfers from the mainland.
Mustique, West Indies
A hot favourite with Prince William and Kate Middleton, Mustique is a private island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, about a hundred miles west of Barbados. Palm-fringed beaches, rocky headlands, dramatic hilltops and exclusive villas make this island a haven for the rich and famous. On New Year’s Eve here, you’re bound to run into some famous faces as you sip your tiki cocktail and groove to the beach music. The island is well-connected to Barbados and St Lucia by private charter flights.
Hamilton Island, Australia
It’s summertime on this Queensland isle (the largest island among the Whitsundays) in December, so expect warm, tropical weather, azure waters, pristine beaches, awe-inspiring flora and fauna, and fine food and wine. Having its own airport, Hamilton is easily accessible from cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and offers snorkelling, scuba diving, and other marine activities. Avid golfers can tee off on the island’s 18-hole championship golf course, while gastronomes can enjoy the wide selection of food and drink options on offer. Whether you want to just kick back and relax, party it up, go on helicopter flights, or even have breakfast with koala bears, you can do all this and more here.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
This 74-acre island is owned by Richard Branson and operated as a luxury resort in the British Virgin Islands. If you want the ultimate in privacy this New Year’s Eve and want to party with your group of friends, this is a great choice. Accommodating up to 34 guests, the resort organises Casino Nights, Moroccan Nights, Disco Fever, Beach Party, and UV Nights to fulfil all your partying needs. And when it comes to reclining in luxury, no one does it better than Branson.