Looking for a New Year holiday? We've got a great selection of January holiday deals with a difference! So if you don't fancy seeing in 2012 at another jam-packed pub, or eating leftover turkey on New Year's Day, here's how to welcome the new year in memorable style.
Amazing New Year holidays
Fabulous new year holiday deals
Stay in a cave house in the heart of Turkey’s National Park of Cappadocia, and enjoy surreal landscapes formed from volcanic larvae, with valleys, ravines, and weird rock formations that rival the Grand Canyon itself. The best way to see the area? A New Year's Day hot-air balloon ride, of course! Price: From £945pp, stay at the Anatolian Cave Houses in Ucishar, a beautiful cave hotel perched on the edge of Pigeon Valley, for three nights B&B and two days’ private guiding, including return flights to Kayseri (via Istanbul) and transfers. Visit exclusiveescapes.co.uk or call 020 8605 3500 .
Grab your cowboy hats and lasso the New Year in at one of Colorado's best ranches, the C Lazy U Ranch & Resort (a member of top50ranches.com). It's one of the most popular times to visit with winter providing the chance for amazing experiences like horse riding, private snowcat skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, hockey and more. After getting physical, guests can cosy up next to a fire, roast marshmallows and enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa. And, if you want to relax properly, head to the Lazy U Spa for a spot of pampering. On New Year’s Eve, C Lazy U hosts a family celebration that includes live music, great company, delicious food and drinks, and a traditional countdown to bring in the New Year. Price: From $325pp (approx £210) per night for a family of four in a guest cabin. Due to the popularity of C Lazy U over the New Year holiday, guests are required to book a five-night minimum stay. Visit clazyu.com or call (970) 887-3344.
Make the most of the festive season with a journey from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Enjoy a white Christmas snowshoeing in Yosemite National Park, take in the warmer rays at Death Valley and then hotfoot it to Las Vegas for a New Year’s Eve with definite wow factor. With showrooms filled with A-list entertainers, fireworks exploding over the enormous hotels and partygoers filling the casinos and nightclubs, Las Vegas is a city that really knows how to throw a party. The celebrations will also continue when you're treated to a private limousine tour of The Strip on New Year’s Day. Price: From £1,909pp including flights, hotel accommodation, transport (including limousine in Las Vegas), snowshoeing and an experienced local leader. Visit trekamerica.co.uk or call 0844 576 1405.
Brazil is known for its legendary New Year’s Eve festivities, but you might not know about its traditions. As Yemanja is the mother of all the gods in the Umbanda religion of Brazil, on New Year’s Eve it's customary for everyone to gather by the seaside and offer her flowers and small gifts in order to ensure her favour for the year to come, as well as to thank her for all she’s given in the past year. Guests at Ponta dos Ganchos will take part and see 25 beautifully painted little boats flickering away into the distance, before returning to a party with live music and tropical cocktails on the sand until dawn. To celebrate in true Brazilian fashion, you'll wear all white on New Year’s Eve and each bungalow at Ponta dos Ganchos will receive a lovely handmade miniature wooden fishing boat to offer to Yemanja, the Goddess of the Sea, at midnight. Price: From £587pp per night for seven nights based on two sharing, including all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, special New Year’s Eve dinner and party including Moet & Chandon Champagne. Visit pontadosganchos.com
Jump on the Caribbean Princess where New Year's Eve passengers will enjoy a Champagne waterfall in the ship's Atrium, followed by a gala dinner and a deck party under the stars. New Year's Day will be spent at sea with a lazy breakfast on the balcony to welcome in 2012. Departing from San Juan, ports of call include Tortola, St Thomas, Antigua, Barbados and Dominica. All aboard! Price: From £1,829 per person (based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom), for seven nights, including return flights from London airport on Monday 26 December 2011, accommodation, all main meals and on board entertainment. Visit princess.com or call 0845 3 555 800.
Start your journey in Maui where you'll enjoy: a private jeep trip to the infamous colossal reef surf break 'Jaws'; a cycle down Haleakala Volcano at sunrise; a private micro-lighting lesson; a bespoke sailing trip on a private catamaran to Lania; and a round of golf. Then, for the New Year's Eve celebrations, head to Waikiki Beach on Oahu, and visit Morimoto Waikiki for a fusion banquet before heading to the yacht harbour to watch the fireworks at midnight. Spend New Year's morning soaking up the sun on Waikiki beach. For your final stop, it’s off to the Big Island for a private helicopter flight over Moana Loa, the largest and most active volcano in the world. Price: From £3,899pp (based on four travelling), including international flights and internal flights, five nights at Makena on Maui, one night at The Modern on buzzing Waikiki Beach (the night of New Year's Eve) and one night at The Four Seasons on Big Island, all with daily breakfast; private transfers throughout, a cycling excursion down the Haleakala Volcano, a private micro-lighting lesson, half-day private crewed catamaran hire, one round of golf per person and a private helicopter flight on Big Island. Visit blacktomato.co.uk or call 0207 4269888.
Don't fancy spending another NYE stuck in a bar queue waiting to be served? Get away from it all at the 54,000-acre Kwandwe Game Reserve. With just four lodges, and a maximum of 20 rooms, it's a truly remote and exclusive wilderness experience. Kwandwe’s New Year's Eve festivities start at the end of the late afternoon game drive where a drink stop-out in the bush will bring together all guests on the reserve. A 'bush fondue' theme will see you sipping a special New Year’s cocktail and enjoying canapés while swapping safari sightings with other guests. Dinner is an outdoor feast, served under the starry, moonlit skies, with a chorus of nocturnal animal sounds and the crackle of wood-burning fires for music. A special turndown will also include sparklers to be lit at midnight to welcome in the New Year. Then you'll wake up to a New Year's Day morning game drive - and Bloody Mary ice lollies to soothe any sore heads. Price: From £4,535 per adult on a fully inclusive basis over NY. This includes three nights full board accommodation including drinks and safari activities and three nights bed & breakfast basis and some activities at Kurland Hotel. It also includes all international and domestic flights, transfers and taxes. For bookings visit scottdunn.com or call 0208 682 5400.
With scientists claiming that the ice caps are disappearing fast, it's the perfect time to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro and, on the 26 December departure, trekkers can spend New Year’s Eve ascending a steep ridge to Barafu Hut (meaning ice in Swahili) preparing to hit the summit. The Machame route is not for the faint-hearted as it is arguably the most challenging option with longer and steeper day walks than other treks. But the extra efforts are rewarded on this 10-day trip with breathtaking views of Kibo Peak, the eternal ice field and Kili’s scree-covered dome. Price: From £2,399pp including flights, transport, accommodation (two nights lodge and five nights camping), most meals (seven breakfasts, six lunches & seven dinners), all park fees and an experienced group leader. Visit adventurecompany.co.uk or call 0845 287 1198.
Go on a New Year's holiday to the historic gem of Jordan, where'll you kick off in Amman and Mt Nebo, before journeying to Petra and exploring the archaeological treasures of the Rose City. On New Year's Eve, you'll travel to Wadi Rum, where you'll a 4x4 drive across the desert, before a special New Year's Bedouin party, with a buffet dinner, party games, fireworks, a Champagne toast, and a night spent under the stars. Better than a night at the local! Visit onthegotours.com
Celebrate New Year with a voyage on board MS Trollfjord from Bergen in the south to Alta in the north and back, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing Auld Lang Syne and raise a toast to 2012 at the North Cape. Here at the ‘end of the world’ you'll welcome the New Year with fireworks and enjoy canapés and Champagne, followed by a special New Year dinner on board. New Year's Day is then spent in Alta, a port not usually visited on the traditional Hurtigruten route and perfect for enjoying Arctic activities like snowmobiling and dog sledging or visiting the ice hotel. The ship will stay overnight here before heading back south to Bergen. Price: From £1825 per person, the 12-day trip departs on 26 December and includes 11 nights full board on the ship and return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow. Visit hurtigruten.co.uk or call 0844 448 7601.