The last month before the New Year is especially pressed: businesses are tied up in a paper whirlpool of fiscal year closure, people try to close as many unfinished business as possible, pay off debts and fulfill promises. New Year's holidays are a welcome respite, zeroing, an opportunity to restore resources. We know of no better way to unload and clear our heads than to fill them with fresh sea breeze, and no better way to leave all problems in the past than to give up mooring and go to unknown and delightful shores. Here we've assembled ten points of the globe, perfect for a New Year's Escape.
St. Barthelemy's the coolest New Year's party ever.
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Colorfully decorated Gustavia is transformed into a gathering place for the largest yachts on the planet on New Year's Day. Each one hosts extravagant parties and receptions, and the harbour becomes a theatrical venue for a fantastic game of light, where the on-board lighting of the ships and the festive illumination of the city compete. The parties culminate with a chime of chimes, when the port roars with sirens and the sky explodes with fireworks, and then continue until morning and beyond, moving to luxury villas and expensive restaurants.
After a turbulent New Year's Eve, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful water areas in the world, see the villas of celebrities, and even visit them - these days there are a lot of concerts and receptions, including open air. And afterwards, visit the elegantly blending Dutch and French culture on the island of St. Maarten
Maldives - New Year in the middle of the ocean
Exotic Maldives is the best place for a New Year's party with family and friends. With a huge selection of atolls, a fertile climate, breathtaking scenery and a host of top-notch resorts and diving sites, the holidays can be extended by a week or more. It is the yacht that will help you see the most beautiful places in the archipelago, visit a luxurious New Year's party at W Maldives (Fesdu Atoll) or a gala dinner
Almost all resorts offer quite modern marinas, on holidays many of them provide their yachts, on board of which there are special events, and then you can take a mini-cruise
On Christmas Day, Sydney's famous Rolex Sydney to Hobart starts with a New Year's Eve finish in Hobart, and participation in one of the most challenging offshore regattas in the world could be the best alternative to traditional family celebrations of the New Year.
But it's not just the racers who will have something to do in Sydney for the holidays. The New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney just cannot be missed - this amazing fire show is rightly considered the most beautiful in the world. Thousands of man-made lights soar to the chimes of the city, spectacularly reflected in the harbour waters and vaults of the Sydney Opera House. The best views are from the harbourside
The Sydney Tower Restaurant on the top floor of the TV Tower, the Opera Bar just behind the Opera House and Sydney's Quay and Cafe are also extremely popular for their panoramic views of the bay and its colorful fireworks. Sydney deservedly ranks first in the southern hemisphere in terms of the number of trendy restaurants and bars, so it's easy to find a place for New Year's Eve dinner here, just making advance bookings.
January 1st is an official holiday in Australia, so picnics, beach parties, sporting events and carnivals all day long are buzzing along the coast. After the holidays you can head to the picturesque Wedding Cake, dive at Medjick Point
Miami is the best urban extravaganza
Miami's a real American party capital. The local nightlife is a real kaleidoscope, especially on New Year's Eve! Americans celebrate Christmas quietly and at home
Phuket - Asia's best beach parties
On New Year's Eve, Phuket turns into one giant disco with world-famous music bands, fireworks and barbecues literally on every beach. For a yachtsman, it is easy to combine the colossal range of New Year's Eve events with privacy and maximum mobility - the marina is large and the island is small. From today's Haven Phuket Marina it's easy to get to the many west coast hotels, each of which celebrate the New Year with their own shows - virtually the entire coast from Suriname to Kamala and Patong is turning into Asia's largest free party! You can anchor right in front of Amanpuri, which invites yachtsmen to join its beach discos, cooking extravaganza and fire show, only pre-registration is required. The nearby Twinpalms Phuket Resort with Oriental Spoon Restaurant offers a special menu with oysters, fried ribs, foie gras
The Bahamas is the best place for a quiet New Year's Eve.
The warm waters and lush reefs of the Bahamas attract millions of tourists even in winter. Here it's better to relax with family and friends, in the quiet and tranquil setting of a classic tropical resort. The relaxed Bahamian atmosphere is especially evident on New Year's Eve, with traditional pork roasts on the beach, masquerade parties and fireworks on all islands. Exuma's pristine shores are almost deserted even on New Year's Eve, Highbourne Cay Marina
Cuba is New Year's salsa.
A visit to Cuba is one of the most original and relatively inexpensive ways to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve. Here you can see the brightest folk carnivals and original traditions, and on the scale of events Cubans are unlikely to yield to the Russians. Everybody knows about open doors, 11 chimes and 12 grapes to eat to the fight of the clock, as well as real waterfalls from the windows of local houses, symbolizing the passing year. Street processions and carnivals will replace television, the wizards Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior - Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, palm trees and araukaria.- a Christmas tree, rum and pineapple champagne and tangerines, and fried piglet and frost-and-cristianos
The best hotels of Varadero and Holguin organize whole carnivals in honor of the Day of the Kings, as the Cubans themselves call the arrival of the New Year, and the sky over all major cities all night is shining with fireworks. Marina Cienfuegosa, Havana and Varadero are colourfully coloured by the lights, offering special holiday packages and a rum barbecue right by the pier. In addition, New Year coincides with the national holiday of the Triumph of the Revolution, so after a stormy night you can see a lot of cultural events. And the best way to end your New Year's Eve is on the magnificent beaches of Hardines del Rey
Madeira is the largest pyrotechnic show in the world.
Madeira Island is known for its wine, natural beauty, friendly people and... Christmas fireworks. Even in the middle of winter it is warm and the water warms up to +18-19°C, so a yacht is the best way to see these beautiful islands. It is considered to be a festive December, filled with various religious events, but on New Year's Eve, or St. Silvestre's Night, literally the whole island walks! Each village is colourfully decorated and turned into a large concert hall, tables are taken out into the streets, there is a festive atmosphere everywhere and there are folk festivals, where the Portuguese are great masters. And the culmination is the famous Funchal fireworks, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest pyrotechnic show. Even large cruise ships are eager to celebrate in the harbours of Madeira's capital city - so colorful is the city on New Year's holidays, which also has a large carnival, considered the prototype of the famous procession in Rio de Janeiro.
After a bustling series of festivities ending on the 7th of January, you can sail along the island's picturesque coastline, taste local wines and seafood in countless seaside courgettes and visit one of Portugal's seven wonders, Porto Santo beach.
Canary Islands - Dolphin Festival
Lying almost at the equator, Kanary is Europe's warmest New Year's Eve yachting destination. And if Catholic Christmas passes here nicely and quietly, the arrival of New Year's Eve is celebrated noisily and with truly Iberian scope. Each island has its own special programme of events, but the main attraction is the grand New Year's Eve salute, best seen from a yacht on the coast of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
And in the morning you can go on a cruise along the most beautiful shores of the archipelago, see the majestic volcanoes and quiet seaside villages, dive with whales or dolphins, catch fish in the middle of the ocean or just relax on the exotic local beaches - even in high winter you can find suitable places for swimming.
Grenada - Caribbean New Year's Eve
Port Louis Marina is an excellent harbour with many modern bars and restaurants. Located right by the marina's piers, the Victory Bar and Restaurant holds a private New Year's Eve party with famous DJs and local artists. An exclusive New Year's Eve program with a sumptuous dinner is offered by the fashionable Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel in the popular Pikli Bay. But many will prefer live music and fireworks of the New Year's Eve All Inclusive Fete, which is performed outdoors and spectacularly decorated with festive fireworks. Then visit the colourful festivals of Carriacou Maroon and String Band, anchor off the famous Grand Nance Beach and