Lovebirds, if you're already overwhelmed from the social commitment of the festive season, we know your pain. So we think you deserve to escape the chaos of Christmas and set sail on a romantic retreat with your other half for New Year! As usual, we've done all the hard work for you, sourcing the perfect locations for couples who love to party, soak up culture or unwind in style.
Cheers to that!
Ooooh la la - no list of romantic locations would be complete without the City of Love itself! Locals and tourists alike take to the vibrant avenues on New Year's Eve, whether it's wondering through the quirky back streets or partying on the Champs-Elysées. Our top pick would be hopping on the cruise boats for a spectacular dinner while you sail down the Seine in style to see in the bells! But if that sounds a little too quiet, inject a little vava-voom into your getaway with a trip to the world famous Moulin Rouge!
The Scottish capital may not seem the most exotic location for a lovers' getaway, but don't be fooled: Edinburgh will spoil you with gothic architecture, unrivalled culture and charming locals! Stroll hand in hand through the Old Town, pausing in the quaint cafés for shortbread and browsing the many boutique shops lining the cobbled streets. However, what really sets Edinburgh apart from other UK cities is the dazzling Hogmanay events! But if they sound a little too intense, head to a quiet pub to sample a selection of fine Scotch whiskies instead - or as the locals call it, a wee dram!
New York, NYC, The Big Apple: whatever you call it, the city is packed with the perfect backdrops for romance to blossom. For quality time in the city, stroll through snowy Central Park with a hot chocolate, then catch one of the many shows on Broadway. When it comes to New Year's Eve itself, the city is famed for its celebrations, with the Times Square glitter ball drop being an iconic sight around the world! For something less conventional, spend your evening on a walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and watch the city sparkle under the New Year fireworks.
The “City of Water” truly epitomises la dolce vita, and it's no different at New Year! While the city’s largest gathering place in the legendary St. Marks Square, culture vultures should head to the Punta della Dogana, a contemporary art museum which offers its own twist on the typical New Year experience. On the 1st January, take a gorgeous gondola trip down the iconic Grand Canal - believe us, nothing will cure the hangover quite like the sights of Venice!
Swap traditional romance for the Hungarian capital at a fraction of the price. Hungarians know how to throw a party, so expect Szilveszter to be bold and beautiful! If you fancy splashing out, we recommend the Dinner and Piano cruise along the Danube for some seriously fine dining in a stunning setting with your significant other. Don't let the luxury stop there, though: start your New Year as fabulously as you mean to go on in one of Budapest's famous thermal baths!