Countdown parties worth traveling to

Want to party up a storm? We know just the place to be. Hit up the Icebergs’ New Year’s Day poolside party on Sydney’s popular Bondi Beach. Expect a slew of hot music acts like dance-music duo Sneaky Sound System, Californian based dance-pop twosome Bag Raiders and the daytime disco kings Poolside. Famed DJ, Nicky Night Time will also be on the decks, ensuring solid dance music throughout the day. At AUD$400+ ($430), the price is a little steep, but on the upside, all food and drinks are included and you’ll be ringing in the new year with a great view. Head here to get your ticket.

If you’re not in the mood for a wild party, head to Bangkok’s posh Lebua hotels for unbeatable views of the Bangkok Ball Drop. Taking place for the second year, the seven-foot ball will be dangling 872 feet in the air and dropping 49 feet from above the world’s highest alfresco restaurant Sirocco, one of Lebua’s four sky high dining options.  Following the ball drop, expect a dazzling display of fireworks. What’s more, there’ll also be a special one-night only New Year’s Eve menu starting at THB21,999 ($880) per person. Head here to book a table.  

If your ideal countdown is spent away from the bustling city, head to Phuket’s lush Sri Panwa resort where top Asian DJs like DJ Ono and DJ Double B will be taking to the decks as fireworks go off overhead. Their NYE package starts from THB166,000 ($6645) and includes a four night stay in their sea-fronting suite as well as a signature spa treatment and a bottle of Champagne. Head here to book. 

For a cheaper alternative that’s closer to home, check out Batam’s first five-star property, Montigo Resorts. All 88 villas come with their own private infinity pool, a roomy sky terrace and two bedrooms. The three day two night package starts from $915++ per villa (for two guests) and includes a NYE Buffet Dinner and a log cake. Yes, there will be fireworks and DJs spinning by the beach too. Go here for more info.