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Top 7 destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve 2016 on a luxury yacht

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The Maldives

Best for a private party

If a New Year's Eve adventure vacation leaves you yearning for a good knees up, head off to experience some of the best parties around the world to welcome 2017 with the bang of fireworks and the pop of champagne corks.

1. The Maldives

With a myriad of beautiful islands to choose from, the Maldives are a no-brainer for a New Year's Eve party with family and friends. The islands offer a tranquil getaway with breathtaking scenery, a variety of restaurants, resorts, spas and plenty of sites for your diving bucket list. Make a beeline for the W Maldives resort for their New Year's Eve extravaganza and the ultimate winter escape.

Where to anchor

Two anchorages are available on a permanent basis for yachts up to 140 metres, so you can simply drop anchor and tender to the resort. Alternatively, catch a seaplane from Male Airport, which takes approximately 25-40 minutes. You can also make the most of the resort's 24 metre private yacht, which is available for day and overnight charter.

Where to party

Start the day at 12noon on their private island Gaathafushi for DJ sets, champagne and barbeque, before you heading over to the cocktail party at 7.30pm. A feast of fresh seafood will commence at 9pm at the FIRE beach restaurant, after which the countdown party begins. If you're still going at 1am, head to 15BELOW, the resort's underground club, for snacks, cocktails and dancing until the early hours. 

Where to recover

The W Maldives AWAY spa has everything needed for a full New Year's Day comeback. Indulge in a luxurious massage, body treatment or facial and unwind with an aromatic steam bath or a tropical rain shower. If you're feeling up to it, work out in the fully-equipped fitness centre while looking out over the Indian Ocean or simply relax with a movie or go for a gentle swim in the turquoise waters.

For those looking to spend New Year's Eve solely with their nearest and dearest, it's possible to rent the whole W Maldives island for four to seven nights. The 'extreme island takeover' package includes a buyout of the 78 rooms, all dining areas as well as unlimited food, drink, spa use and water sports.

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