| Kate Higginson

New Year’s Eve 2017: The Sybarite Guide to Romantic Getaways

As 2017 draws to a close, you could be forgiven for thinking that this year has seemingly gone by faster than any before, with the season’s festivities in full swing and most of us still struggling to believe that it is ‘that time of year’ once again. However, a few well-organised people amongst us are already looking beyond Christmas and making plans to welcome in the new year with a loved one, which has inspired us to share with you our list of the ultimate romantic New Year’s Eve breaks that will ensure you see out the year in style.

De Vere Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park, situated in between Swindon and Cirencester, is a real treat for anyone who loves to be beside the water, with its network of 150 man-made lakes giving off a distinct holiday atmosphere. The De Vere hotel is in the heart of the park and pairs modern design with an appreciation of natural surroundings, as well as hosting numerous luxury features such as a spa and leisure club. The hotel is welcoming guests over New Year for afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a black tie gala dinner, making this the ideal relaxing break with the opportunity to glam up for the big event.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa


Renowned as one of the region’s top hotels, The Gainsborough is an elegant Georgian building that encapsulates the natural thermal waters for which Bath is so well known. As well as opulent décor and an exquisite ‘Spa Village’, the hotel is perfectly positioned for those wishing to wander the cobbled streets and discover more of the Somerset city. On the big evening itself, we recommend the New Year’s Eve Ball at the famous Pump Room, where you and your other half can enjoy a magical drinks reception around the steaming Roman baths before being treated to a five-course dinner and entertainment to include a jazz trio. The evening is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike, so anyone wishing to attend is advised to reserve a place quickly.

Staying Cool in Birmingham

If you and your sweetheart like a more cosmopolitan feel to your New Year’s break, the second city has all that its needed for a chic and fun way to spend the last hours of 2017. If you are familiar with Birmingham, you are sure to know the Rotunda building, one of the city’s famous landmarks. What remains largely unknown is that the Rotunda plays home to the incredibly stylish Staying Cool serviced apartments, which offer an unrivalled view of the city and give a self-proclaimed ‘real Brummie welcome’. On New Year’s Eve itself, we recommend you visit Gas Street Social at The Mailbox for their Après-Ski Party, complete with snow, reindeer, skis and log cabins! You can even opt for one of their famous ‘party igloos’, allowing you to get your groove on in a heated outdoor glass capsule… what better way to see out the year?

The Sanctuary at Lymington, Hampshire

This rustic couples’ retreat is nestled in the Hampshire countryside, providing the perfect escape from daily life’s hustle and bustle. With a country feel and various modern interior design elements, The Sanctuary is sure to sweep you off your feet, and that’s without witnessing the private health farm featuring a jacuzzi and a fire pit. What’s more, the accommodation is dog-friendly, meaning that your furry friend can be part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations too! We think this cosy getaway is the perfect place for a romantic night in with the TV on, ready for London’s fireworks at midnight.

Sunborn London

For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience, our final recommendation is Sunborn, London’s luxurious super yacht located in Royal Victoria Dock. Take advantage of the Romantic Package and enjoy a king-size room onboard the yacht with added romantic touches, as well as discount on onboard spa treatments and food and beverages. On New Year’s Eve, you will have one of the most unique viewpoints of the city, putting you in the prime location to see 2018 in. Sunborn is undoubtedly one of London’s quirkiest luxury hotels, and we couldn’t think of anywhere better to spend New Year’s Eve in the city.

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