Choosing where to celebrate the New Year may be your last big decision of 2018, so make it count. Whether your ideal New Year’s Eve involves skiing, beach-ing, or hanging out at a private firework show (yes, that’s an option), these homes provide the amenities, the privacy, and the extravagance fit for hosting the celebration of the year (literally!).
The Sanctuary Estate at COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
What better way to ring in 2019 than on your own private island in Turks and Caicos? Bring a group of friends or maybe your entire extended family: The Sanctuary Estate’s collection of three homes is bookable for up to 24 people. And once you’re there, the staff—which includes a villa manager, butler, and housekeeper—at the resort-style property will do everything to make sure your New Year’s celebration is memorable, beginning with a festive cocktail on the 31st. A holiday dinner is prepared and served that night during a private fireworks show. Plus, New Year’s gifts are given to each guest before departure. Personal service is a staple of this private island, plus you’ll constantly be entertained with your own beachfront, pool, tennis court, and movie room—this promises to be a New Year’s that will live on.
La Maison, Paris, France
Ever dreamed of watching the clock strike midnight in Paris? Make it reality by spending a romantic, intimate year-end vacation in a secluded setting on Ile Saint-Germain. Private La Maison is an 8,000 square foot stunner sporting an Eric-Daniel Lacombe (the Paris-based architect) design that pays homage to modernist Paris and has been recognized for its brilliant architecture. Arrive on a private boat from Port de Javel Haut and immediately immerse yourself in the home’s large, manicured gardens. The bar and adjacent living area provides a perfect setting for a typical Parisian apéritif, so you can host and serve cocktails and hors d’œuvres to get any evening started on the right foot. And come January 1st, the home’s well-equipped private exercise room is a great way to get a jump start on your resolutions.
In the Hills, Beverly Hills, California
Three hours after the ball drops in Times Square, another of America’s megacities completes its countdown on the other side of the country. Unlike in the Big Apple, where the main celebration goes down in front of One Times Square with an estimated one million people, the sprawling City of Angels has parties scattered all across town. From Hollywood rooftops overlooking the downtown skyline to yacht parties at Marina Del Rey, there is no shortage of glitzy ways to spend the New Year in L.A. And where better to retreat back to after the biggest night of the year than a sprawling home in the heart of Beverly Hills, where you can lounge by the fire pit and recount the night? At In the Hills, you’ll likely want to spend January 1st “recovering” by the pool in the sun on your private terrace. But if sleeping in and having a lazy morning is more your speed, the home’s master bedroom is a private suite in itself, what with dual en-suite bathrooms, a comfortable lounge area with a fireplace, and a private balcony.
La Vigne, Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Calling all ski bunnies: You’ll be hard-pressed to come up a better year’s end plan than escaping to the Swiss Alps, where you can stay at a stylish and more-than-well-equipped ski chalet right in the heart of the mountains. Make for La Vigne in Verbier, a chalet with plenty of terrace and balcony space to take in the towering mountain views. Of course, in late December and January most of your time will likely be spent indoors—luckily, La Vigne’s interiors are spectacular and its amenities off the charts. Stay active thanks to an in-home gym, relax with a movie in the high-tech cinema room, or detox in the chalet’s private spa. The coup de coeur may well be the indoor swimming pool. Trust us, there’s no more perfect place to start your morning than with a dip. Plus, since large glass windows flank the pool, you can scout the day’s snowfall ahead of a trip to the mountains—and two ski lifts (Le Châble-Verbier and Savolyres) are less than two miles from the front door. PS, in case you—or anyone in your group—is skiing novice, here’s the perfect holiday gift: a stay at La Vigne includes two days of ski instruction.
Hokulani, Oahu, Hawaii
Spend a sunny holiday in Oahu this year, and let the beautiful Hokulani set the scene for a refreshing and invigorating vacation. Part of what makes this vacation home special is the indoor living areas that, thanks to an open-concept design, benefit from cool breezes, plenty of sunshine, and view of Oahu’s natural beauty. Located just outside Honolulu, there is plenty of action in the vicinity of Hokulani to fill up your itinerary. The iconic Diamond Head State Monument and hike is just about a mile away, and just a bit further you’ll find Kapiolani Regional Park and Honolulu Zoo. For golfers, the famed Waialae Country Club and popular Honolulu City Ala Wai are each a short drive away. And for beachgoers, Waikiki Beach, one of the world’s most recognized beaches, is just three miles away.
Javacanou, St Barts, Caribbean
Resolve to hit the pause button on your busy schedule and bliss out on the slow-paced island of St. Barts this year. On the edge of the Marigot Bay, a vacation home called Javacanou eases you into the Caribbean life. Here, “island time” reigns; even the countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve is relaxed. The home is perfect for three couples, especially since each of the three queen en-suite bedrooms are identical. Your entire group can enjoy views onto the bay and rolling hills from the elevated poolside terrace, or head down below where a private stretch of sand serves as the perfect waterfront hideout. And if the ocean is calling your name, it’s all-too-easy to jump on a paddleboard or do some slow-paced snorkeling just feet from your villa.
Villa Caterina, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The secluded section of Riviera Maya resorts and rentals in the gated Playacar community includes luxury properties on an impeccable golf course just steps away from the beach, and striking distance of the area’s Mayan ruins and nearby Playa del Carmen’s downtown. Though you may want to stay put: Villa Caterina’s private courtyard has backyard barbecue party written all over it. Shaded lounge and dining areas shield you from the sun, the grill lets you whip up favorite eats out in the open air, and a large swimming pool is the perfect centerpiece. Next to the pool, ample yard space sets the scene for afternoon lawn games everyone can participate in. Inside, a pool table provides more opportunity for competition, and dipping into the wine cellar can also help pass the time as the clock winds toward midnight.
Hainoa Estates, Big Island, Hawaii
Considering a resort vacation this year for the holiday season? Look no further than the exclusive Hainoa Estates at Hualalai Resort. The luxury collection features private, high-end properties in serene surroundings and with stunning Pacific Ocean views. Not only do the homes share access to resort amenities, they each have their own luxe touches. The 124 address includes conveniences like a washer and dryer and a coffee machine, with pluses like a swimming pool and hot tub. The home overlooks the championship Hualalai Golf Course, and is just steps from the first tee. An additional resort fee scores you playing privileges at the prestigious Hualalai—home to the annual Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship—the first ever Jack Nicklaus design on Hawaii. Main living areas are open so you’re always making the most of the pristine Hawaii weather—even when bathing under one of four al fresco showers (each bedroom has its own). 2019, here we come.
Mountain Nirvana, Park City, Utah
Nestled between two All-American ski slopes, Mountain Nirvana is a best-in-class vacation home for a ski trip. With the Park City Mountain Resort on one side and the Deer Valley Resort on the other, this Utah home is a snowy paradise in winter. Just a five-minute drive from the base of each mountain, skiers and snowboarders are spoiled for choice. And from the moment you arrive at the home, located on a residential street just minutes away from the historic heart of Park City, you’re treated to high-end amenities. For instance, the driveway is heated to keep your car from freezing up on Park City’s cold winter days. And a furnished deck with a hot tub and barbecue is equipped for use all year long—a good thing, as you wouldn’t want to miss any winter wonderland views this holiday season. If you’d like to boost your comfort level even higher, you also have the option to spring for private chef and spa services for the duration of your stay.
Villa Jantra, Phuket, Thailand
Within the lush jungle hills of Choeng Thale on the west side of Phuket, south of Sirinat National Park, there’s a small paradise built for an extravagant stay among a medium-sized group. If this sounds delightful, add Villa Jantra to your wishlist immediately. This seven-bedroom property is elegantly designed to blend clean, modern architecture with spectacular surrounding foliage. Each of the seven rooms has direct terrace access and the home’s convenient indoor-outdoor living areas are seamless and extremely private. The main villa has four bedrooms—then, across a bridge over a small pond below, three more bedrooms each have their own private entrance and their own private plunge pools. The cherry on top: an outdoor kitchenette with comfortable living and dining areas where everyone can congregate for a 2018 countdown.