British Travel | 27th November 2023
Party time: The most sparkling New Year’s Eve hotel packages
Five-star New Year’s Eve hotel celebrations
What could be a better way to end a magical night of New Year’s Eve revelry than simply sashaying along to your luxury hotel room?
Small wonder that New Year’s Eve stays in five-star abodes have become such a hot trend with leading hotels offering New Year’s Eve dinner and hotel packages designed for hedonists with high standards.
And whether you choose to check-in for an overnight or longer stay, or wish to attend black tie events or a New Year’s Eve hotel dinner dance as non-staying guests, you can be sure you’ll be toasting the arrival of 2024 with the finest fizz —and singing Auld Lang Syne in a beautiful setting.
Check out our pick of some of the most glamorous New Year’s Eve party hotel packages in the UK this festive season.
Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland
Ayrshire’s premier hotel, the magnificent Glenapp Castle, is the stuff of fairytales for the most memorable hotel stays in Scotland at any time of the year. But as the Scots are renowned for knowing how to bring in the New Year, — or Hogmanay as it’s called north of the border — with a blast, this is arguably the best hotel to celebrate Hogmanay with five-star frills.
This year, the hotel is hosting a ‘New Year house party’ — comprising three nights of warm hospitality for guests travelling alone, as well as couples and groups. The festivities begin on 30 December with a champagne afternoon tea, followed by time to explore the Glenapp gardens and estate, before meeting your fellow house party guests over pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and sitting down to a three-course gourmet dinner.
New Year’s Eve kicks off with a traditional Scottish breakfast before a day out in Stranraer, where you’ll be coached in the sport of curling. The black-tie Hogmanay party starts with a champagne reception followed by a magnificent six-course Hogmanay banquet with entertainment provided by Scottish pipers, Scottish dancers and the traditional ‘beating retreat’. The night continues with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh and the invitation to dance until the wee small hours. A glass of champagne at midnight and a piper or two will ‘bring in the bells’ Glenapp style.
New Year’s Day highlights include a leisurely brunch, a choice of afternoon activities such as falconry and an archery lesson and game, and a three-course gourmet dinner. From £5,370pp for three nights. Book online or call +44 (0) 1465 831212.
Prestonfield House, Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s most elegant hotel, Prestonfield House, is simply bewitching for anyone who adores old school luxury with a quirky vibe. This year, it’s throwing a black tie/tartan Hogmanay Ball in traditional Prestonfield style with a champagne reception, lavish four-course dinner and Celtic cabaret.
Seating is on tables of 10 and the banquet includes Lammermuir pheasant and venison terrine; Hot-smoked Wester Ross salmon, and a main course of Tweeddale beef fillet wrapped with haggis and Parma ham, honey-glazed swede, pickled snowball turnip, creamed spinach and Arran mustard Anna potatoes. To finish, there’s Passion fruit tart with banana and lime sorbet, and coffee with Prestonfield’s hand-made tablet.
You can dance to a lively ceilidh band until midnight, followed by a disco until carriages at 1am.
This New Year’s Eve hotel dinner dance costs £175 per person. Buy your ticket online.
The Relais Henley, Oxfordshire
The Relais Henley, located in the charming town of Henley-on-Thames, attracts a steady flow of sophisticates thanks to its luxury riverside guest rooms, suites and lively bar and restaurant. The five-star boutique retreat is offering a decadent two-night New Year’s Eve hotel package. New Year’s Eve celebrations begin with home-made cakes, coffee, champagne and canapés served in The Palm Court reception room upon arrival.
The New Year’s Eve hotel dinner dance comprises a delicious five-course dinner in The Clipper Restaurant, followed by dancing and entertainment with champagne flowing for the countdown to midnight. On New Year’s Day, you’ll be treated to a restorative breakfast with a leisurely 1pm checkout time.
The New Year’s Eve Residential Package costs £299 based on two adults sharing, and requires a 50% non-refundable deposit when booking—the full balance to be paid by 1 December 2023. Enquire now.
Palé Hall, Wales
Seeking a luxury hotel in Wales for your New Year’s celebrations? Look no further than palatial Palé Hall, situated on the edge of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. It’s offering a spectacular New Year’s Eve hotel package, including an elegant black-tie banquet, as well as round the clock fine dining, live music entertainment, and its annual firework display.
The three-night party starts on 30 December with fizz and canapés, followed by a feast in the hotel’s fine dining room: the chance to savour its signature five-course tasting menu. New Year’s Eve kicks off with a hearty Welsh breakfast and to bring in the New Year with a blast, there’s a black-tie gala dinner featuring an eight-course tasting menu with matching wines, followed by live music and dancing. Here, you can toast the chimes of midnight while watching the fireworks and tuck into bacon rolls to fuel further dancing until the small hours. New Year’s Day promises a lazy brunch and the option to go out exploring or just curl up in front of a crackling fire before the final feast — an à la carte dinner.
The 2023 New Year’s Eve Package costs from £1,960 for a minimum 3-night stay with a 25% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment due 1 December 2023. For reservations, call +44 (0)1678 530 285 or email reservations.
Bovey Castle, Devon
Devon is a delightful destination for a New Year’s escape and Bovey Castle is widely recognised as one of the county’s very finest luxury hotels. Situated in Newton Abbot, this five-star castle hotel and spa is the perfect choice for cosy winter escapes in the UK.
For 2023, the hotel’s New Year experience package is designed for sophisticated merry making while also providing charming activities for families. You’ll be welcomed with a chic afternoon tea before the main event, a black-tie dinner, comprising a champagne cocktail and canapé reception accompanied by a traditional piper, and a six-course gala dinner in the Great Western Grand Grill. The feasting is followed by live music, dancing and a fantastic firework display.
New Year’s Day highlights include a guided walk, or the chance to join a treasure hunt around the castle and grounds, or play in the hotel’s golf tournament. There will be family activities available during the day, including a magician, prior to the New Year’s Day celebration —a five-course dinner, accompanied by the resident pianist.
The New Year’s Eve hotel package costs from £2,340 for two nights, based on two adults sharing. Book online or call +44 (0)1647 445 000.
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Berkshire
If you want to toast the arrival of 2024 with some seriously fine wine, make your way to The Vineyard Hotel & Spa in the pretty market town of Newbury. Celebrated for its vast wine cellar and first-class food and wine experiences, this is the place for a sparkling and thoroughly modern New Year’s Eve celebration. Its lavish two-night New Year’s Eve hotel package invites guests to arrive on the 30th for a delicious three- course dinner, so you can settle in the night before the main event.
New Year’s Eve feasting includes an afternoon tea and wine tasting, and to bring in 2024, there’s a five-course dinner with wine pairings, followed by a DJ, dancing and a lively fireworks display. And the wine continues to flow with a bubbly brunch on New Year’s Day.
The two-night New Year’s Eve getaway package costs from £798.50 per person, based on two people sharing a luxury double room. Book online or call +44 (0)1635 528770.
The Atlantic, Jersey
Fancy a stroll on a sandy beach this New Year’s Day but can’t face a long flight? Take a look at The Atlantic. This beachside retreat on the charming Channel Island of Jersey could be the perfect mini break to greet the new year with a smile.
For 2024, the hotel is offering a special Atlantic New Year Break, the star attraction of which is a gourmet feast and dance party. And while the dress code is black tie or lounge suits, this event promises a laid-back house party vibe.
New Year’s Day delights include a sumptuous breakfast, free access to the Palm Club and the option to play board games in the library or head out for a refreshing coastal walk.
This New Year’s Eve party hotel package costs from £470 per person for two nights. To book, call +44 (0) 1534 744101 or email reservations.
The Hari, London
One of the very best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in London, The Hari is a super stylish city retreat located in the heart of Belgravia.
Here, you can host your own private party in The Muse, the hotel’s luxurious private dining room, perfect for festive lunches and more intimate evening events. And if you’re keen to mingle and seek a venue with a buzz, il Pampero, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, is the place to be. Either way, you’ll be sure to have a fizz-fueled and happy start to the new year.
For all enquiries, call +44 (0) 207 858 0100.