There’s no denying there’s a certain heightened ambience at New Year and it’s one of the world’s few truly global celebrations. There are, however, some places that just know how to do it with that extra ‘pizzazz’. At Prestige Holidays, we think these two places just about top that list.
Light up the Night in Madeira
Funchal’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is legendary, with many claiming it’s the best in the world. It’s certainly the biggest (with a Guinness World Record to back it up) and Madeira’s cosmopolitan capital scrubs up very well in her finery.
The ambience of casual good cheer permeates every corner of the city, so you’re guaranteed to find a party in any of the upmarket bars and restaurants – but to get the absolute best view of this fabulous lightshow I recommend taking to the water. You can board a traditional wooden sloop or a luxury modern sailboat and raise your eyes (and Champagne glasses) to the skies to enjoy a close encounter with the magic of pyrotechnics.
I can’t think of a better place in Funchal to ring in a glamorous New Year than the magnificent Belmond Reid’s Palace. Perched on the edge of the ocean, this iconic hotel offers a truly luxurious stay set amidst the lush, glorious gardens that are the hallmark of Madeira. As is befitting the renowned Belmond brand, the hotel’s old world charm and superior level of service and facilities wrap you in a 5-star embrace, from the onsite fine dining to the exclusive pampering spa treatments.