Couples looking for a 'just the two of us' New Year's Eve plan might want to shoot off for a getaway. What with plenty of options both at home and abroad, we list luxurious options that caught our fancy:
Image courtesy: Taj Hotels
Go to: Udaipur
Stay at: The Taj Lake Palace
Why: Spend a chilled out New Year's Eve at the Taj's Lake Palace hotel on Lake Pichola. The package includes accommodation for a minimum of one night, breakfast, airport transfers, a heritage walk at the palace followed by drinks, a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, daily yoga sessions and access to the spa. You have to pay extra for the New Year's Eve dinner, however.
The package cost depends on the room you book, the New Year's Eve dinner is Rs 12,000 per person.
Go to: Aamby Valley, near Pune
Stay at: Aamby Valley's chalets
Why: The Glitterati party package at Aamby Valley includes a two-night and three-day stay and entry to the Glitterati event. But the real reason you'll be going to Aamby Valley is to watch Malaika Arora Khan groove to Munni Badnam Hui and other such hits.
The package costs Rs 55, 000 per couple.
Go to: Mumbai
Stay at: Sahara Star
Why: They've got a big, fat party, Seduction 2011, going on that stars Mallika Sherawat and Mugda Ghodse and includes a stand up comedy act among other things. Wrap up the night at the hotel's decadent Uranium or Neptune Suites that come with additional living spaces, Jacuzzis and glass-walled bathrooms.
Party passes are selling for Rs 12,500 a head, booking a Uranium or Neptune Suite will set you back by Rs 50,000 a night.
Image courtesy: Alila
Go to: Soori, Bali
Stay at: The Alila Villas
Why: Take a lazy break by the beach. The Alila in Soori, Bali is offering a four-night package (with breakfast) that includes a stay at one of its beach-front pool villas, which comes fully stocked with a gourmet bar and host service, as well as a New Year's Eve dinner and a spa treatment.
Else, you can upgrade to include the New Years Eve extravaganza dinner that includes dancing, live performances and a buffet with a flambé station and oyster bar.
The 4-night package costs Rs 1,63,372 onwards, and the added on New Years Eve extravaganza is Rs 4,800 (plus taxes) per person.
Image courtesy: Metropolitan Hotel
Go to: London
Stay at: The Metropolitan
Why: The stylish contemporary design hotel located in London's Mayfair area is offering the party hardy couple a two-night package that includes access to the New Year's Eve party at the iconic Met Bar.
The package includes overnight accommodation in a deluxe city room as well as a Hangover (full English) breakfast. If you're still hungry after that, the Met Bar will re-open on New Years Day to serve light bites, and non-alcoholic cocktails to help you detox.
If you're there long enough, ask the Metropolitan's concierge to get you a table at the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Nobu (it's in-house) - it'll be done on priority.
The package costs Rs 18,054 (plus VAT) per night, based on a minimum two night stay and includes a night's accommodation, a Hangover breakfast and only entry to the Met Bar.
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