Top 12 Vacation Rentals for a New Year’s Eve Celebration
K.C. was a featured writer for Yahoo! Travel before joining trips to discover in 2013. She is the author of Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland, an Amazon bestseller every year between 2013 and 2016. She has been a featured expert on Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Travelocity, among others.
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With travel opening up again, this New Year’s Eve, why not end 2021 with a bang? Embarking on a trip with accommodation at the perfect vacation rental is a great way to do it. Whether you want a relaxed spot to celebrate with the one you love or a luxurious space where you can bring the whole family and many of your friends, there are some fantastic options across the globe. While hotel rooms with views of fireworks shows are likely to be sold out by now, with so many Airbnbs and Vrbos, you’re bound to find just the right place.
If you’re looking for beautiful beaches, sunshine, and clear skies for watching NYE fireworks displays, this magnificent seven-bedroom villa in San Diego may be the perfect place. It accommodates up to 22 guests with 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living. The views of the ocean are stunning and can be enjoyed from the large heated pool and hot tub. Odds are, you’ll see plenty of fireworks right from here – the vista stretches all the way to Mexico. There is an outdoor fireplace and four indoor fireplaces, a kitchen with upscale appliances, and a wide range of entertainment options, including seven Smart TVs with Direct TV and Netflix, an Xbox with a selection of video games, a Ping Pong table, Foosball, and much more.
Overlooking the endless blue of the Pacific with whales frequently passing through in the winter, Villa Besame is one of Cabo’s most luxurious Airbnbs. Spend your days on the private beach just a short walk away, in and around the infinity lap pool or the rooftop splash pool – it’s all yours. Afterward, you can celebrate the New Year with a dinner cooked up by your own private chef (for an additional fee). It includes four spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and a full kitchen, sleeping up to eight.
This six-bedroom rental is just a few blocks from Heavenly Mountain Resort, ideal for a large group of up to 14 who want to celebrate and spend time skiing or boarding the world-class slopes. Plus, on New Year’s Eve, fireworks and music fill the air. The luxury cabin itself has an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna, perfect for warming up after spending the day in the snow. It also has an in-home theater, poker and billiard tables.
Can you imagine watching the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower right from your own balcony? While we can’t guarantee this one will still be available for NYE 2021 when you’re ready to book, perhaps you can plan next year’s trip. The Cognac is a spectacular three-bedroom apartment rental that can accommodate up to eight, located above the rooftops of Paris on the 7th floor of an elegant building. Located on the Left Bank, it also provides easy access to the best of the city for exploring during the day. You’ll have all the necessary comforts, including a full kitchen with a dishwasher, Nespresso machine, and drip coffee maker.
Located on Oregon’s central coast, ‘Pacific Drift’ is a four-bedroom home that boasts panoramic views of the ocean from its cliff-top perch. It accommodates up to 13 and has an oceanfront patio ideal for your gathering and sunset watching. You’ll have a full kitchen for whipping up a meal for a large group, or you can cookout on the BBQ grill. There’s a hot tub to enjoy under a canopy of stars and plenty of other desirable features. Enjoy the ambiance of a gas fireplace, use the telescope to search for passing whales, or look up at the constellations. You’ll have a large flat-screen TV for watching the games and parades on New Year’s Day; in fact, every room has a TV. A wet bar and wine fridge are included too.
How about your own private resort in Las Vegas? Or at least something close to one. The Buddha Estate has it all, complete with a large, beautiful heated pool with a slide and a hot tub, surrounded by lush greenery. There’s a wet sauna, mini-golf, and a Zen patio hammock area. It accommodates up to eight in four bedrooms and includes fireplaces in both family rooms, a library with 50 DVDs, board games, and gym-quality workout equipment. Party in the Irish pub-style game room with a bar, pool table, dartboard, and a big-screen TV with cable channels and Roku. Roku/cable TV. There are Smart TVs in every room, and when you want to take in the action on The Strip, it’s just a 15-minute drive away.
For the New Year’s Eve event of a lifetime, you can rent the totally private 430-acre Royal Island oasis, made up of five villas, accommodating up to a dozen guests. This is the fantasy of your dreams, right at the edge of the crystal-clear turquoise sea, with a long list of resort amenities included. Plus, the staff will cater to your every need, from preparing delicious meals and drinks to guiding you on unforgettable excursions.
Recently featured on the new Netflix series “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals,” Luis D. Ortiz, one of the trio of hosts exclaimed, “You can do anything you want and live your best life in one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. Feels like coming into a dream that you control and when you leave you wake up.”
This massive wine chateau is hard to beat for anyone planning a big event, including a New Year’s Eve celebration on a grand scale. It was converted into 30 individual apartments with 61 bedrooms in total, all with en-suite bathrooms, accommodating up to 120 guests. This one certainly has the wow factor, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and only about 35 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. Each apartment is luxurious and includes one- to three-bedrooms with kitchens and living rooms, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and iPods, fully charged with carefully selected playlists.
New Orleans is not only renowned for its parties, but it puts on one of the best fireworks displays for New Year’s Eve in the country with the colors bursting over the Mississippi River. This elegant two-bedroom apartment provides easy access to the fun and sits within an 1820 mansion in the heart of the French Quarter. It sleeps up to eight and includes many impressive features like exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings, antique wood floors, and a sparkling chandelier.
You know many Hollywood stars are going to be doing up New Year’s right and you can too by booking this entertainer’s dream. While it sleeps up to 16 in five bedrooms, there’s enough seating and sunbathing areas for up to 50 of your closest friends for an event to remember. Enjoy plenty of privacy and a million-dollar view (or more, this is a $5 million property!). The views are to-die-for, stretch from downtown to the oceanfront. The open concept plan has walls of glass for views from just about every room in the house, plus there’s an outdoor pool and hot tub.
How about ringing in the New Year on Brother Island in the Philippines? Also known as Robinson Crusoe Island, it’s a private island and you’ll have it all to yourself, plus up to 15 others, as it accommodates up to 16. When you book, you’ll get the total package, a simple home with seven bedrooms, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, pickup and drop-off from the airport, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and unspoiled white sandy beaches. Beach massages are available too.
Live the luxury Miami Beach lifestyle in this two-story penthouse. It accommodates a dozen guests and boasts 360-degree views of Ocean Drive from the rooftop – how many fireworks shows will you catch from here? Of course, there’s plenty to do on NYE in this area but there’s no need to leave if you don’t want to. Take a dip in your private plunge pool with ocean views, entertain, or relax on the seven balconies.