Destination: Celebration

Nail your 2017 blowout by picking the perfect jet-set backdrop

Will 2017 be a milestone year? If your celebrations are deemed too big to stay local and you plan to get turned out in hotter climes, consider these top travel destinations and pick the perfect party setting.
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So what type of party are you planning? Decide between extremes and go big in either direction…

New Year’s Eve
Reflective: Look back wistfully at the 365 days passed or consider your positive year ahead by welcoming the new year at the foot of a Mayan fortress or cabaña on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico. Winter sun + New Year fun = hot on so many levels.

Rowdy: Get lit up in Reykjavik, where allegedly over 200,000 locals turn up to set off more than 500 tons of fireworks as their way to say “Halló 2017!”.

Bachelor/ette Party
Classy: Put on your best sporting whites and celebrate your impending hitch-up with a gallant croquet match across the immaculate grounds of the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel off the coast of Georgia. Straw hats and mint juleps are non-negotiable…

Trashy: Atlantic City has long been the hotbed of the Jersey Shore (way before Pauly D and Snooki were even born) with a boardwalk built for 24-hour drinking, gambling and general off-the-hook partying.

Milestone Birthday
Blowout: Nothing says milestone bash like a castle. Rent the 19th-Century Chateau Allure du Lac in the Loire Valley of France for your very own royal blowout, complete with a 22-acre lake (with its own island, NBD), 14 bedrooms and a butler.

Chill out: Grab ten of your posse and head for the hills. Embedded into the side of a cliff in Devon, England, The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage offers a remote spot where you and your besties can hang in seaside style.

Honeymoon
Nesty: If you are ready to get cracking on building a family, what better place to start than in a nest? Check into The Bird’s Nest at the TreeHotel on the edge of Harads, Sweden. There is a retractable staircase involved, and the shower is in a separate building, but the chance to live tweet from a real nest is beyond beyond.

Frosty: As if you need an excuse while on honeymoon, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the spot for dramatic nocturnal activity. Sleep under a glass bubble in the snow and use body heat and the stunning view of the Northern Lights as the backdrop to newlywed status.

Anniversary
Woodsy: Wisconsin might not be your first choice for an anniversary getaway, but hear us out. If you’re looking for 360 views of first-class forest from your bed, Meadow House in Richland Center is the exact point where rustic and romantic meet.

Whimsy: If you share an anniversary with a design-savvy partner with a weakness for spas, bee-line it to the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa Hotel in Austria. This “living work of art”, in the Thermal Region of Styria, boasts 11 different pools and a healing lake with underwater music – and the lawn-roofed structures that make up the resort look like the drawings of a very imaginative 5-year-old.

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