Is that the distant sound of Champagne corks popping? Yes, New Year’s Eve is on the horizon, so you’d better get your party plans in place. Whether you fancy getting dressed up for a sophisticated gala dinner or dancing barefoot at a chilled beach party, here are a few great options for ringing in 2018 on-island.
Why have one fireworks display when you can have double the fun? Over on North Side, Kaibo hosts a family-friendly ‘Surf, Rock ‘n’ Roll’ beach party, with fireworks let off at both 8:30 p.m. and midnight. Chefs will be cooking up an unlimited feast on the barbecue grill and wood-burning oven; the surf-style menu includes a selection of DIY burgers, condiments and brioche buns, plus local favorites such as oxtail and jerk pork, salads, veggies and desserts. You can also expect great deals on pitchers of cocktails and buckets of beer all night long – like six bottles for $25. Dance the night away on the powdery sand to live music by a local band followed by a DJ set.
Tickets: Adults, CI$68. Children between 5-12 years, CI$44.
Upstairs at Kaibo
One for the island’s foodies, head chef Kyle Jenkins has created an opulent six-course tasting menu to wow to guests at Upstairs restaurant. This impressive culinary journey will be accompanied by live music by Bona Fide and an early firework display at 8:30 p.m., observed from your private table on the balcony. If you want to keep partying after dinner, head down to the Kaibo Beach bash.
Grand Old House
Prepare to be wined and dined in style at South Sound’s historic Grand Old House with its four-course Gala Dinner. The celebrations begin with a Bollinger Champagne reception from 8 p.m. Guests are escorted to private tables on the waterfront deck, where they make their selections from the gala menu and are treated to exclusive fireworks over the sea. DJ RKM will be spinning feelgood beats to add to the festive atmosphere.
Tickets: CI$135 plus gratuities
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
One of the island’s most sumptuous celebrations is The Ritz-Carlton’s New Year’s Eve Ball. Dinner is served from 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Ballroom, with guests tucking into a buffet of gastronomic delicacies from The Ritz-Carlton’s award-winning kitchen team. Jazz artists add to the glamor with Rat Pack tribute acts direct from Las Vegas. Afterwards, dance into 2018 on Seven Mile Beach while a live DJ plays and the annual fireworks display illuminates the midnight sky.
Tickets: Adults CI$350, children 6-12 years CI$87, children 3-5 years CI$50
Blue by Eric Ripert
An alternative way to celebrate in style at the Ritz-Carlton is partaking in an epicurean experience at Blue by Eric Ripert – the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Starting from 6 p.m., feast on exquisite selections of seafood paired with fine wines.
Tickets: Adult with wine pairing CI$500, without wine pairing CI$350, Children 6-12 years CI$95.
This relaxed beachside shindig offers up live food stations and unlimited Marquis de la Tour sparkling wine and soft drinks (a cash bar is available for other tipples). It kicks off with a welcome reception from 7 p.m., and then food can be enjoyed through to 9:30 p.m. A varied line-up of live music makes for a lively party atmosphere. After a midnight toast and firework display, continue dancing barefoot on the sand until 1 a.m.
Tickets: CI$160, or CI $225 with open bar. Children under 12 CI$20. All subject to a 16 percent service charge.
As always, Camana Bay will be lighting up the skies with two firework displays to mark the New Year (7 p.m. and midnight), and entertains the kids with its popular Wii Just Dance experience on the Crescent. To get a stellar view of the firework action, book an alfresco table at one of the waterfront eateries – take your pick from Pani Indian Kitchen, The Waterfront, Mizu, KARoo and The Brooklyn. Organizers also have some new attractions up their sleeves for New Year’s Eve 2017, to be announced in due course.
Winter Carnival NYE
Live DJs will be joined by a soon-to-be-announced celebrity headliner. Running from 9 p.m. ‘til late, the soundtrack will cover both chart hits for today’s 18-year-olds and some nostalgic hits from when the, ahem, more mature guests were in their teens. Hop on one of the fairground rides come midnight for a unique view of the huge firework display.
Tickets: $75 (free for season pass holders), available at the gate or through website.