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Enjoy New Years 2012 in Luxury, Style and Class

The Setai - luxury Miami hotel
The Setai – Miami

As 2012 is right around the corner, we wanted to share a couple of incredible New Years experiences.

So how do you top last year’s celebration? Try these VIP experiences – over-the-top Moroccan fetes, elegant Times Square soirees and luxury in London.

Join the In-Crowd – One of New York City’s most coveted reservations is now available to revelers who opt to spend New Year’s Eve as a guest of Gramercy Park Hotel. The “3…2…1 at Gramercy Park Hotel” package offers those keen to be in the scene guaranteed access for two to the exclusive Rose Bar on New Year’s Eve. Guests will also receive overnight accommodations, a bottle of Perrier-Jouet in room upon arrival, breakfast for two at Gramercy Terrace on New Year’s Day and guaranteed 3:00pm late check-out. Rates begin at $955.00 per night exclusive of tax. To book, call the hotel directly at 1 -866-784-1300.

Moroccan Magic…in Miami – Continuing its tradition of over-the-top New Year’s affairs, The Setai is hosting an exclusive “trip” to Marrakech (circa 1950) for this year’s celebration. Guests will be treated to a Tattinger Champagne welcome reception and six-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Werl; the gourmet delights will then be followed by cheersing and dancing well into the evening in a decidedly Moroccan setting. The Restaurant and Grill, along with The Courtyard, will be transformed by Arabian inspired décor, copper lanterns, Moroccan carpets, and Bedouin tents. Entertainment will include belly dancers, tarot card readings, tunes being spun by Buddha Bar’s DJ Popat and additional surprises.

Pricing is $695.00 for adults and $195.00 for children. Reservations required; contact the hotel at 305-520-6400 or e-mail setaidining@ghmamericas.com to secure a spot.

An Elegant Affair in Times Square – A traditional hot spot to ring in the New Year since Dick Clark’s first “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve,” the energy of Times Square can not be found anywhere else in the world. The Michelangelo, located at 51st and 7th Ave, is offering a chance to be in the heart of it all, without having to battle the crowds or the cold. Hosting an Italian-inspired evening that draws on it’s owner’s heritage, guests will enjoy the buzz of the neighborhood while savoring a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, sipping on craft cocktails from the premium open bar, and saying hello to 2012 with a midnight Champagne toast and dancing.

Pricing is $275.00 per adults and $100.00 per child. Reservations are
required; contact the hotel directly at 1-800-237-0990 to secure a spot.

A Low-key Alternative – For those who ushered in 2011 with a bang and this year are seeking something a bit more subdued, The Stafford London by Kempinski has the answer. Bucking the trend, the hotel keeps festivities to a minimum and instead focuses on offering a memorable gastronomic experience. Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes of The Lyttelton has crafted a special five-course tasting menu exclusively for the evening. Foodies will dine on a collection of rustic British dishes including: Haggis “Neeps and tatties” with a Wee dram of Whisky and Peppered Fillet of Beef with Duck Fat Chips and Peppercorn Sauce. Wine pairings are also available.

Cost for the five-course menu without wine pairings is £95.00 per person; reservations are required and can be made by contacting the hotel directly at +44 20 7493 0111.