Ready to say a big “so long” to 2016? This year, you deserve to ring in the New Year with the ultimate celebration. Thankfully, we’ve got a rundown of all the hottest luxury events up and down the coast.
The party of all L.A. parties is being thrown at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Named Le Grande Expérience, Bonne Année 2017, the $30,000 package provides a night in the hotel’s swanky, redone presidential suite for you and nine of your closest friends. You’ll have all the goodies—champagne, Beluga caviar, oysters, lobster. Plus, a private theater where you can view the Times Square ball drop.
For something a little different, let the glamour of the Queen Mary help you celebrate the New Year. This year’s festivities draw their inspiration from classic Hollywood films including The Godfather, Mambo Kings, Avatar, and Urban Cowboy, with numerous themed parties taking place on board the ship’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons. At midnight, toast the New Year amid a massive fireworks display over the water. General admission tickets are $99 per person and VIP Tickets bump up to $199 per person.
The Victorian seaside resort Hotel del Coronado is a favorite San Diego luxury getaway year-round, but on New Year’s it really comes alive. Get ready for a black-tie New Year celebrating “the exotic sights, sounds and senses discovered along the Silk Road,” they said. The event will be held in their oceanfront ballroom, which will be transformed into a Far East Fantasy. The $370 price gets you a five-course meal, access to the open bar, and live music from The Mighty Untouchables, or you can upgrade to the $420 VIP ringside seating price.
It’s the place to go for luxury getaways and soothing spa stays, but, in New Year’s Eve, BACARA in Santa Barbara transforms into Brazil with a Carnival-themed party. Samba dancers, dinner stations featuring prime ribeye and cedar plank salmon, a champagne toast, and live and DJ’d music will keep the party going. The cost: $150 per person, or $65 each for late-comers who want to revel without the dinner portion.
You’ll have numerous options for luxury New Year’s Eve activities in San Francisco, from hotel festivities to on-the-water experiences like the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala Cruise aboard the Pinot Noir Commodore Yacht. The $275 price includes a hosted bar and DJ entertainment, but the best part is the up-close view of the fireworks at midnight.
If you’d rather enjoy the fireworks without having to bring Dramamine in case of emergency seasickness, there are several upscale restaurants that will accommodate, Like Waterbar’s three- or four-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve menus ($95 per person and $135 per person, respectively); two seatings at EPIC Steak ($95 and $135, both featuring Beef Filet Rossini, Slow Roasted Short Rib, and Salt Roasted Prime Rib); and two seatings at CHAYA BRASSERIE SF, with a three-course chef’s menu for the early slot and the $165 four-course chef’s menu for the second seating, which also includes a champagne toast and entertainment. Both seatings at CHAYA also feature gourmet vegetarian menus.