New Year’s Eve It’s time to party like it’s…well 2012. And of course, as always, we bring you a round-up of the best places to do it.
Bushido See in the New Year samurai style. Chef Chong will be preparing a premium menu including a delicious new style sashimi and after dinner look forward to a high-end night of soundtracks, bubbles, confetti and surprises. Dinner BD75. Entry from 11pm (pre-sales) BD15, men, BD10 for women including drink and hat. On the night BD25, men, women BD15 including one drink. (17 583 555).
Club Buffalo Look out for a true red carpet affair with this Oscar Night Extravaganza. The instruction is ‘dress to impress’. Prices from BD15 for gala dinner and one free drink to BD25 with unlimited selected drinks. (33 731 000/33 724 076).
Crowne Plaza There’s a whole host of stuff going on at the CP’s various venues for the biggest party night of the year. La Mosaique has a buffet dinner and there’s a set menu at Spices Indian Restaurant. But the big event, and it usually is one of the island’s best parties, is the New Year’s Eve Ball which, this year, has the theme of Hollywood Oscars Night (yep, another one). Dig out your poshest frock and walk the red carpet like a movie star! Tickets BD70 including live music, DJ and unlimited beverages. Couples and mixed groups only. (17 531 122).
Davy Crocketts DC’s New Year – The Beach Ball. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the beach! Wave in 2013 in your best grass skirt or board shorts and say Aloha to 2012. Tickets are BD25 for guys, BD18 for ladies with unlimited selected beverages and entrance into Kicks Groovy NYE as well! Buy your tickets early and only pay BD20 for men and BD15 for ladies! (39 922 583).
Diplomat This is one of the island’s biggies, the Fire and Ice Ball with fire and ice throughout the night with entertainment’s from Aussie rockers Shine. Tickets BD65 including dinner buffet and selected beverages and you can get BD10 off if you book before December 6.
Elite Group There are various happenings across the group with drinks and finger foods at O Club for BD40, live Arabic entertainment at Noor Tent, also at BD40, and an Arabic set menu with live entertainment, belly dancing and singer at Awtar for BD45. At Klub 360 the night will be glow-themed, dig out that 90s’ day-glo and party the night away. Tickets BD20 for men and BD10 for women. (17 360 360).
Golden Tulip The GT opens up the Gilgamesh ballroom for its big new year bash with UK DJ David Conway. BD48 with buffet and selected beverages including sparkling at midnight. (17 535 000).
Gulf Hotel Margarita Mexicana hosts a Latin night with live music and entertainment, while Zahle features a special entertainment programme by the Lebanese band and belly dancer or for a romantic New Year’s Eve enjoy a candle-lit dinner at La Pergola and Sherlock Holmes will be holding an exclusive New Year’s Eve party. Prices vary from BD7++ at Sherlocks to BD65++ (inc selected beverages) at Zahle. (17 713 000).
Kempinski Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an unforgettable dinner in Baharat, complete with an Oriental-themed, elaborate gourmet buffet featuring an eclectic array of Middle Eastern dishes, live entertainment, including a traditional belly dancer and a wide selection of Shisha. Or if you fancy something a bit more lively, ring in the new year in style at the hotel’s Bizarre night lounge with the trendy folks and some kicking tunes. (17 171 000).
Kicks Great British Pub Yeah Baby! Austen Powers is the theme as Kicks parties into the New Year with music from the 60s through to 2013! We feel an excuse for yet more dodgy fancy dress coming up. . It’s only BD25 for chaps and BD18 for chicks with unlimited drinks and entrance to Davy Crocketts’ Beach Ball – Groovy Baby! Buy your tickets early - they’re bargaintastic at only BD20 for chaps and BD15 for the chicks!
Maki New Year’s Eve at Maki will feature a premium grape pairing dinner at BD40 per guest, with cotillion dancing and tasteful music. The event will run from 9pm-2am and it’s expected to fill up fast. Call (17 522 733/36 999 102)
Movenpick Raise a glass on the stroke of midnight and dive into the bustling atmosphere of Brazilian night with show troupe A Taste of Brazil who’ll put on an authentic Brazilian floor show, feathers and all, for a truly carnival atmosphere. There’ll also be live music and a DJ. Prices range from BD 55++ to BD 65++, including buffet and unlimited festive drinks. (17 460 000).
Ritz-Carlton There’s a DJ party in the ballroom where you can join in the countdown to midnight and special restaurant offers throughout the hotel which include the ballroom entrance fee of BD25. There’s also a special menu and party at Trader Vic’s. (17 580 000).
Sheraton Five-star festive dining to make the last meal of the year one to remember at the Sheraton’s Al Safir Restaurant with lots of festive food and goodies. BD18++ (including a drink at midnight), BD8++ for kids.
Sofitel They’re going all out for the dawn of 2013 with a Black & White New Year’s Eve Party featuring the Xoul Show, US four-piece who’ll be belting out Motown chartbusters and super soul classics. They’re followed by Tej’ai Sullivan, one of the world’s most talked about Michael Jackson tributes, who, for the last three years has headlined the show ‘The Ultimate Thriller’ to great acclaim on tours across the world. There are also special New Year’s Eve dinners in La Mer and Pashawat at BD85 and BD75 respectively and a great room deal. Tickets for the Black & White Party are BD65 including of selected beverages. (17 636 363).