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The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World


The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

by Amy Lignor


Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you make the memories that last when it comes to ushering in what may just be the best year seen in a long, long time? Well…here are some fantastic locales to pick from which, over time, have shown they are unbeatable when it comes to you and your family having a whole lot of fun!

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Sydney Habour Bridge & Opera House Fireworks New Year Eve 2008 Photo by Hai Linh Truong


Valparaíso, Chile offers the largest, most ornate New Year’s Eve show Latin America provides. From a fireworks show that’s launched from 17 different areas along the coast to a party that lasts until the sun rises on that first day of 2017. More than a million travelers make their way to these shores for a beach party that literally has no match.


For those who like skiing or the beauty of the white snow to be their background for New Year’s Eve, Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, throws a citywide celebration. The party is more than memorable, with community bonfires set in order to symbolize the destruction of the troubles that the previous year brought along, while a myriad of fireworks light up the sky. Hotels and restaurants offer a fantastic view of the city; there you can spend a New Year’s Eve party with a huge celebratory crowd before perhaps heading to the hot springs for a warm and welcoming bath.


If you are into the lush beauty of the California wine country, both Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the locations to travel to if you are interested in a quieter, more romantic New Year’s Eve. Many of the large hotels and wineries put on their unique wine-fueled parties in cellars and wine caves. And from candlelit dinners to masquerade balls, the Valleys host them all.


One of the most special and enthusiastic places to spend New Year’s is in Edinburgh. The Scottish put on their Hogmanay celebration lasting four days. Concerts, a huge street party, and a torchlight parade is available to one and all visitors. You will also learn the Scottish way of “first-footing,” where the first guest brings gifts for the rest to celebrate the New Year.


To be the very first to ring in 2017, head to Sydney, Australia. Hosting one of the most humongous parties every year, Sydney puts on a Technicolor waterfront show and televises it to billions around the globe. Lasting all day and all night, families also can enjoy air and water shows as well as the Harbour of Light Parade, which is a real stunner with more than 50 illuminated boats and other vessels to be thrilled by.


Closer to home, the City of Lights, the City that Never Sleeps, Sin City, whatever you choose to call it, is a place not to be missed. What happens there (on New Year’s Eve, anyway), does not stay there. Las Vegas puts on the ultimate party with so many shows, events, concerts, and casino bashes that it would be impossible to take them all in. The unique “Downtown Countdown” is also held at the Fremont Street Experience, and from atop some of the most famous bars/hotels in the world, you can see fireworks shot off up and down the Strip.


You have London, Cape Town, Canada…there are cities out there that put on some of the most amazing and memorable New Year’s Eve events that you can possibly think of. So what is the best one? No matter what list you read or who you talk to, The Big Apple still reigns as being the one that everyone tunes into just in case they can’t be there live and in person. But if you have a choice and can ring in 2017 outside the home, New York City and that famous “ball drop” is truly at the heart of all Americans.


But no matter how you and your family choose to celebrate, just remember to have a happy, safe, healthy New Year, and look forward to 2017!

Source:  Baret News


Travel to Remote Summer Locations & Enjoy the Luxury


Travel to Remote Summer Locations & Enjoy the Luxury

by Amy Lignor


Weather’s warm, skies are sunny, and school is basically all sewn up for the year. It is summertime and time to travel. But, for many, they are still looking for that summer getaway located far, far away from children who want to scream and yell on those fun amusement park rides out there, and from those families who look more exhausted after they Summer travel, Enjoy, Life, Brazil, Israel, Greece, Canada, Iceland, Caribbeanvacation than before. Well…for those who are looking for that serenity, that utter relaxation found in an exquisite locale where a vacation really is a break, below you will find some highly sought after places you can take off to!


Let’s start in Brazil. At the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is located inside Iguazu National Park just a short distance from the stellar and iconic Iguazu Falls, vacationers will be able to sit back and enjoy absolute beauty. Luxury is the key word for this location. Resembling a colonial Portuguese residence, the rooms are a mixture of bright art and deep, rich wood furniture. And for those who wish to partake in a little ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure while there, everything from helicopter rides to jungle paths are available.


If the Belmond is full, set on twelve thousand acres of a nature reserve in Toledo, Belize, the Belcampo Belize is there waiting high up in the hills. Views of tropical rainforests, stunning gardens – even a private tram is available to guests who wish to hit the serene lakes to take up the paddles and go kayaking and canoeing in the unforgettable surroundings.


In Israel, in the Negev desert where the Ramon Crater rests, is the Beresheet Hotel. Perched on the edge of the cliffs there, private villas with private pools, balconies and amazing desert views can be found.


Perhaps another mountain chain? In the splendor of Greece, high up in the Pindus Mountains, sits the Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas. This is all about nature and shedding the ‘real’ and ‘noisy’ world in order to truly get away. Hiking this area will be burned on the memory for all time, and the suites and villas available to guests are equally as beautiful as the land they sit upon.

For the nature lover looking a little closer to home, Canada also offers some amazing picks. At the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (to be found in Banff National Park, Alberta), outdoorsmen and women, as well as alpinists, have loved this locale for more than a century. Surrounded by mountains and the Victoria Glacier, this is one place offering entertainment all four seasons. From the lover of skiing to the mountain biker wishing to explore right now, this is the place to head to.


At the other end of Canada on Vancouver Island in B.C. is The Wickaninnish Inn. The ocean is everywhere you look there. The hotel offers fresh seafood at their highly reviewed restaurant and the panoramic views and natural locations instill absolute enjoyment.


Are you that winter lover? No place like Iceland, wouldn’t you say? Just an hour away from the capital of Reykjavik travelers can find the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel. And the name most definitely fits. This place is all about adventure; from trekking over glaciers to fly-fishing in freezing rivers, at night the traveler can sit back in the luxury, have a drink, view the Northern Lights, and plan for their next adventure when the sun comes up.


One of the coolest places for winter fiends to stay at is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort located in the Finnish Lapland. Just 250 kilometers north of the Arctic, this place is perched right at the edge of the wilderness near Urho Kekkonen National Park. The hotel is magnificently unique; the architecture is that of actual glass igloos from which the traveler can observe those breathtaking Northern Lights. Log cabins, snow igloos and suites are also available.


From cold to warm, the Anse Chastanet Resort on St. Lucia’s Caribbean coast is the place to choose if wanting the sun. The rooms include infinity pools where one can relax and look up at Jade Mountain rising behind them. This 600-acre beach front resort has a wealth of scenery, from manmade buildings to the natural world. Built on the philosophy of architecture working in perfect harmony with the Caribbean views, individual bridges, sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns make this particular vacation choice a mesmerizing experience.


So…if you’re ready to take some time off and enjoy nothing but luxury and beauty—well-earned after all the work you’ve done—get on the internet and check on the availability of these (and other) remote spots to travel where you can enjoy absolute peace.


Source:  Baret News