Ring in 2015 with Fab Getaways

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The Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua Hotels & Resorts.
The Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua Hotels & Resorts.

If your clients are still deciding on where to ring in 2015, we’ve rounded up three properties with fabulous celebrations—from a festive ball drop in Thailand to celebrations in Chicago, as well as a white party in South Beach.

Forget New York City’s New Year’s Eve bash because Thailand’s got its own ball drop. The Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua Hotels & Resorts will descend 49 ft. above Bangkok from Sirocco, the world’s highest alfresco restaurant. The 7-ft. ball, with 2,950 LED lights and 50 strobes, can be seen for more than a mile across the city as it descends 872 ft. in the air. Guests dining at any of lebua’s four restaurants and bars—Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Breeze, and Distil—will enjoy a welcome reception and complimentary champagne toast with lebua Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, Deepak Ohri. Each restaurant will also offer an exclusive New Year’s Eve menu—at the Asian-cuisine restaurant Sirocco, guests can enjoy an 8-course menu ($679 pp); at Mezzaluna, a 9-course European menu set to the sounds of a classical quartet ($800 pp); and at Distil, an 8-course meal while enjoying the skyline views and sounds of a special guest DJ ($533 pp). For more information, contact reservations@lebua.com.

Guestroom at the Thompson Chicago.
Guestroom at the Thompson Chicago.

Back Stateside, the Thompson Chicago is offering guests three unique and fun packages to ring in the New Year.

With the Strike a Pose package, guests can celebrate 2015 in style with a pair of Thompson Chicago-branded sunglasses, given to guests staying overnight on Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., guests can pose in front of a step-and-repeat for a photo-op before striking a pose anywhere in the city and posting the image on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag, #TC2015, by 12:30 a.m. A winner, announced at 1 a.m on Jan. 1, will have their New Year’s Eve stay comped by Thompson Chicago and receive in-room breakfast and a late check-out on New Year’s Day. Rate starts at $299 per night.

The Rejoice and Refresh package includes the New Year’s Eve Experience, which offers a 1-night stay in a Penthouse Loft Suite; an in-room catered dinner party courtesy of the property’s restaurant, Nico Osteria; and an in-room bartender and custom cocktails after dinner. The package also includes the New Year’s Day Recovery, which offers a detoxing juice cleanse from Owen + Alchemy; an additional add-on option for an in-room massage from Pretty Quick; and a late check-out. The Rejoice and Refresh package must be booked by Dec. 25, and pricing is available upon request. Lastly, the hotel’s New Year’s Eve with Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago package includes superior king accommodations for two; a champagne amenity upon arrival; a dining credit for two at Nico Osteria; in-room breakfast on New Year’s Day; and a late check-out. Rates start at $599. For more information, visit thompsonhotels.com/hotels/thompson-chicago.

Poolside at The RitzCarlton, South Beach.
Poolside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Your clients can head south to sunny Florida where The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach will host a New Year’s Eve celebration dressed in white. The Royal White Affair is a white party where guests can enjoy live entertainment, aerialists, and guest DJ performances. There is a complimentary open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets start at $99 pp. Room rates range from $959 per night for a standard interior view room to $10,000 per night for the Ritz-Carlton Suite. For more information, visit blancnye.com.