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NEW YEAR’S EVE
From the slopes of Whistler to the sandy beaches of Rio, get the inside scoop on the hottest locales to ring in the New Year.
By Norah Lawlor

WHAT’S HOT

BARBADOS
WHERE TO STAY: Sandy Lane: Leave the party behind; visit the world-renowned spa St. James, Barbados 246.444.2000 The House: Spectacular staff and amenities Payne’s Bay, St. James, Barbados 246.432.5525 WHERE TO EAT: Brown Sugar Restaurant Aquatic Gap, St. Michael, Barbados 246.426.7684 Josef’s Restaurant/Kampai St. Lawrence Gap 246.435.8245 WHERE TO DRINK: Daphne’s Payne’s Bay: Savor the moment—super drinks/fabulous views Barbados, 246.432.2731 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: The Terrace at Cobbler’s Cove: The best game in town St. Peters, Barbados 246.422.2291

WEST INDIES

Barbados has earned a reputation as a hideaway for the rich and famous. The inviting locals, rich culture, and unique cuisine offer distractions from lazy days on the beach. Indulge in the world’s best rum—the perfect ingredient for a poolside cocktail.

St. Moritz

SWITZERLAND

WHERE TO STAY: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel: Switzerland’s most famous, exclusive and fashionable hotel Via Serlas 27, St. Moritz 41.81.837.10.00 The Kulm Hotel: More than a five-star Upper Engadin Valley, St. Moritz 41.81.836.80.00 WHERE TO EAT: Nobu at Badrutt’s Palace Via Serlas, St. Moritz 41.81.437.10.00 Baumanns Gourmet: 2-stars in Michelin Restaurant Chesa Pirani La Punt, St. Moritz 41.81.854.25.15 WHERE TO LUNCH: The Corviglia Club: Experience nothing but the best at this high profile spot Mount Coviglia, St. Moritz 41.81.833.63.55 WHERE TO DRINK: The Dracula Club: Membership matters here The King’s Club in Badrutt’s Palace: With ski shoes or Jimmy Choo’s Via Serlas 27, St. Moritz 41.81.437.10.00 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Restaurant Jöhri Talvo: Tied for 2-stars in Michelin Via Grunels 15, St.Mortiz-Champfer 41.81.833.44.55

One of the oldest ski resorts in the world, St Moritz has hosted many a duke or Duchess. The elegance and refinement of the décor accents the awe-inspiring slopes. On New Years, it’s all about glitz, glam and fine fur. Make champagne and caviar your currency for the night.

DUBAI GOA
INDIA
New Years in Goa boasts a reputation for one of the biggest beach parties. Both Kate Moss and Angelina have enjoyed the 24-hour party palace. Spend a few days in Jaipur, where royal treatment is always in fashion. WHERE TO STAY: Leela Palace Hotel Cavelossim Beach, Goa 91.832.287.1234 WHERE TO EAT: Axirvaad: “...Bombay Film Maker Deepti Datt’s gorgeous, established restaurant’s name means ‘blessing’, and that is what it is...a great source of movie lore and the latest social intrigue” 483 Bouta Vadd, Goa 91.832.256949 WHERE TO DRINK: Goa’s Beach Shacks: A place where the nightlife never ends with great food, wonderful music and beautiful people. In other words, it’s “the world’s largest pool party!” WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Any Beach Shack: Flying Dolphin, Club Cubana, Babutes and Tito’s

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai is the quintessential home of sand, sun, and shopping. Skyscrapers loom large against the mosques and wind towers of Old Dubai as modernity shadows old world tradition. Stay in the world’s only 7-star hotel, and don’t forget to ask for your Hermes scarf, a gift upon check out. WHERE TO STAY: Burj al Arab: Dubbed the ‘7-star hotel’ Jumeirah Beach 971.4.301.7777 One and Only Royal Mirage Jumeriah Beach 971.4.399.9999 WHERE TO EAT: Verre by Gordon Ramsey Hilton Dubai Creek 971.4.227.1111 Spectrum on One at the Fairmont Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road 971.4.332.5555 WHERE TO DRINK: Buddha Bar at the Grosvenor House Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road 971.4.339.8888 WHERE TO HANG: The Apartment Lounge Jumeriah Beach Hotel 971.4.348.0000 Trilogy Night Club Medinat Jumeriah 971.4.366.8888 WHERE TO SPEND NEW YEARS EVE: Marina at Le Meridien: Mina Seyahi’s Black Tie Gala

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COLORADO

ST. BARTH
WHERE TO STAY: Isle de France Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies 590.27.61.81 Hotel Guanahani Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies 590.27.66.60

FRENCH WEST INDIES

ASPEN CAPE TOWN
Cape Town exudes old world glamour with its scenic views and historic structures. A favorite destination of Europe, the cuisine is as exciting as the sights. Explore the wildlife of Africa on a jeep safari for expansive savannahs, magnificent animals, and ancestral tribes. WHERE TO STAY: The Twelve Apostles Camps Bay 8040, Cape Town 27.21.437.9000 Cape Grace West Quay Road Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 27.21.410.7100 WHERE TO EAT: La Colombe: At 28th on the “World’s Best List” Constantia Uitsig Estate, just outside of Capetown 27.21.794.2390 Bukhara: Best North Indian—Heat Seekers Welcome 33 Church Street, Capetown 27.21.424.0000 WHERE TO DRINK: Planet Champagne and Cocktail Bar: This new Planet bar gives Mount Nelson a chic, sexy edge 76 Orange Street 27.21.483.1000 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Preston Haskel’s private house party

If you miss the French RivIera and don’t want to wait till next summer, then St. Barth is your answer. As the official send-off for the jet-set circuit, there is no shortage of luxury here. With mega yachts, elaborate beaches and über privacy, this star-studded island has it down.

Aspen is L.A.’s favorite playground. Whether young starlets, Hollywood legends or one of Hugh’s bunnies, the glitterati come to this ski town for more than just the slopes. Toting dressed up terriers, screaming Vuittons and scandalous bank accounts, the place to be seen is the main square. Catch the fireworks at the corner of Cooper and Galena.

SOUTH AFRICA

WHERE TO STAY: St. Regis Resort: 315 East Dean Street, Aspen 970.920.3300 Ritz-Carlton: 419 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen 970.429.2300 WHERE TO EAT: Matsuhisa 303 East Main Street, Aspen 970.544.6628 WHERE TO DRINK: The ‘J’ Bar at the Hotel Jerome: 330 East Main Street, Aspen 970.920.1000 The Bar at Little Nell: Hot spot for the après ski scene 675 East Duran Avenue, Aspen 970.920.4600 WHERE TO HANG: Club Chelsea: Highbrow taste and trendy underground entertainment 415 E. Hyman Avenue, Aspen 970.920.0066 Caribou Club: Old world and well bred 411 East Hopkins Avenue, Aspen 970.925.2929 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: At Denise Rich’s Party

WHERE TO EAT: Le Ti St. Barth St. Barth, Pointe Milou, French West Indies 590.27.97.71 WHERE TO DRINK: Nikki Beach Plage de St Jean FW1 97133 St Barthelemy 590.27.64.64 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Octopussy—Paul Allen’s yacht

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Whistler

CANADA

London

ENGLAND

Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is lauded as one of the best ski resorts in North America. From the snow-topped mountains to romantic chateaus, Whistler offers the best in outdoor recreation as well as places to sip a Hot Toddy. Getting to Whistler is the best part. Billions have been spent on the Sky to Ski highway; its breathtaking views are a must see. WHERE TO STAY: Adara Hotel 4122 Village Green, Whistler 604.905.4009 Four Seasons Hotel 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler 604.935.3400 WHERE TO EAT: Araxi 4222 Village Square, Whistler 604.932.4540 Il Caminetto di Umberto 4242 Village Stroll 604.932.4442 WHERE TO DRINK: Mallard at Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler 604.938.8000 Mix Lounge 4154 Village Green, Whistler 604.932.6499 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: The Bear Foot Bistro 4121 Village Green, Whistler 604.932.3433

If you are into private clubs, then London is your town. For a more public affair, the famed London Eye is the best place to take-in fireworks, lighting up the River Thames during a 10-minute display. One of the most expensive cities in the world, London is filled with the hottest restaurants and nightclubs. Don’t forget your slicker. WHERE TO STAY: Lanesborough Hotel 1 Lanesborough Place, London 020.7259.5599 The Berkeley Hotel Wilton Place Knightsbridge, London 020.7235.6000 WHERE TO EAT: Maze: ‘Bad-Boy’ Gordon Ramsey cooking at his best in London 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London, 020.7107.0000 Hakkasan 8 Hanway Place, London, 020.7927.7000 WHERE TO DRINK: Wellington Club: Late night hangout for A-List celebs 116 A Knightsbridge, London 020.7823.8211 Cuckoo Club Swallow St., London 020.7287.4300 Dukes Hotel: Try the world-famous Duke Martini 35 St. James Place, London 020.7491.4840 WHERE TO HANG: Victory House 99-101 Regent Street, London 020.7734.1401 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Annabel’s 44 Berkeley Square, London 020.7736.0915

Rio

BRAZIL

Being gorgeous, tanned and sexy is a must in Rio. Transformed in the likeness of St. Tropez with Brigitte Bardot’s holiday in 1964, this exotic paradise has some of the best beaches in the world. Be sure to wear white for the festivities held in Copacabana, and bring fresh flowers to throw in the sea for good luck. Pack light, you only need a Rosa Chá swimsuit, a Gucci caftan and a pair of sandals. WHERE TO STAY: Copacabana Palace Avenida Atlântica, Rio 1702; 021.2548.7070 Le Meridien Copacabana Avenida Atlântica, Rio 1020; 021.3873.8888 WHERE TO EAT: Dom Camillo: 50 on the World’s Best Restaurant List. Avenida Atlântica Copacabana, Rio 3056; 021.2549.9958 Olympe Restaurante: Fabulous international cuisine by famed Chef Claude Troisgros Rua Custódio Serräo Lagoa 021.2539.4542 Restaurant Antiquarius Leblon, Rio 021.2294.1049 WHERE TO DRINK: Bar d’Hotel: 696 Avenida Delfim Moreira Marina Hotel, Rio 021.2540.4990 Bardot: Laid back and as sexy as Samba. 247 Rua Dias Ferreira La Blon, Rio 021.2274.5590 WHERE TO BE ON NEW YEARS EVE: Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberte’s Late Night House Party

CABO SAN LUCAS
WHERE TO STAY: Palmilla Resort: San José del Cabo 624.146.7000 Melia Cabo San Lucas Playa El Medano s/n, Cabo San Lucas 624.145.7800 WHERE TO EAT: Casa Rafael’s Restaurant Calle Medano 624.143.0739 The Restaurant at Esperanza Punta Ballena 624.145.6400

MEXICO

Cabo San Lucas brings the best of Baja—authentic Mexican cuisine, raging surf and luxury villas. Begin the day with a boat ride to Lover’s Beach, admiring its impressive rock formations and white sand. Spend the afternoon lounging on Nikki Beach’s floating, white beds, while treating yourself to salted margaritas. Visit famed Haunts, Squid Row and Cabo Wabo, ending the night at Passions for upscale elegance. WHERE TO DRINK: Passions in the Hotel Melia: Cabo’s answer to L.A.’s Sky Bar 624.145.6400 Nikki Beach Club at Cabo San Lucas Playa El Medano s/n, Zona Hotelera 624.144.3253

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