New Year’s Eve: Hot places for ringing in 2016

If you’re planning to head out this Dec. 31, there is a plethora of parties to consider. Your only problem is choosing the one that’s right for you.

There is a certain mystique about New Year’s Eve, and it’s arguably the biggest night of the year when it comes to parties. There are festivities scheduled everywhere around the Cayman Islands, from simple celebrations on the beach to extravagant galas with all the bells and whistles.

Royal Palms

Royal Palms will once again present DJ Lin and a host of others DJs to entertain guests on the beach and around the pool area as the clock approaches midnight.

General Admission to the event is $25 while $75 gets you VIP and all-you-can-drink access. Party favors and a glass of bubbly at midnight are included with both prices.

The VIP section will be on the beach in front of the stage, while the general section will expand over the beach patio, pool area and onto the sand. Six cabanas are available for VIP and eight for general access, all offering specially priced bottle service without the queues at the bar.

For those who want a delicious dinner experience alongside the champagne specials on offer all night, a full a la carte dinner menu is available. Guests may dine in a cabana, complimentary until 10 o’clock, around the pool or on the beach. The beach patio and upstairs are also available for dining. The $25 entrance fee is complimentary for guests visiting for dinner.
Buy your tickets soon! This event sold out early last year.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

If you really want to splash out this New Year’s Eve, you need to make a reservation for one of The Ritz-Carlton’s many events.

The Masquerade Ball being held in the Cayman Islands Ballroom will transport you to a world of magical delights, including a sumptuous dinner, entertainment, and fireworks on the beach. Adults are $350, with children 6-12 years for $87, and children 3-5 years for $50.

On the other hand, you can head to The Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant – Blue by Eric Ripert – for selections of the finest seafood, paired with fine wines if you so desire. Adults with wine pairing are $450, and without is $300. Children 6-12 years are $95.

Of course, one of the best ways to get over the “celebrations” of New Year’s Eve is to recover at a fantastic brunch the next day. The New Year’s Day brunch in Seven will soon sort you out, with endless champagne, a spicy Bloody Mary bar, fresh squeezed juice bar, and the huge buffet for which The Ritz-Carlton is famous.

Adults with champagne are $140 and without are $110. Children 6-12 years are $50 and 3-5 years are $30.

Fidel Murphy’s Public House

Ring in the New Year all around the world, starting at 9 a.m.! It all begins with Brisbane, Australia, and as the Earth spins, celebrations in other cities and countries will follow, culminating with the Cayman Islands at midnight, Eastern Time.

Watch the New Year fireworks on the big screen from early morning to late at night.

There will be drink specials, Fantinel Prosecco, a great menu of food, music, party favors, and the warm, friendly atmosphere of your pub away from home.
If you’re missing your pals across the pond, this is the place to be.

Camana Bay

There are lots of Christmas celebrations to be enjoyed at Camana Bay, all leading up to the biggest night of the year – New Year’s Eve!

As before, Camana Bay will be celebrating in style with something for all ages, so even families with young children can take them out for the evening.

The No Resolutions Party begins on The Crescent at 6 p.m. and doesn’t end until 1:30 a.m., so get your dancing shoes on. There will also be two spectacular fireworks displays that night – one at 7 p.m. and one at midnight. That way, the kids can see the light show, and so can the adults.

With food, drink and music aplenty, The Crescent and its beautiful view of The Harbour will be the perfect venue for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Westin Grand Cayman

Make a reservation for dinner at the Beach House, which includes a glass of Taittinger Champagne. You will savor a gourmet, seven course dinner at the award-winning, 4 Diamond restaurant for the amazing price of just $160 + 16 percent service charge, or with wine pairing for $210 plus service charge.

Once you’ve finished your dinner, head to the beach with food stations, unlimited Marquis De La Tour sparkling wine, soft drinks and music courtesy of a professional DJ.
Dance in the sand until 1 a.m.

$150 for adults, or $195 for open bar. Children under 12 years are $35. Service charge is added to all prices.