Want to sip, sashay and sail your way into 2019? Ticky Hedley-Dent helps you choose where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in superyacht style
The vibe: There is nothing understated about Barbados at New Year; with a mix of business moguls and aristos, it’s party central.
Who goes: Simon Cowell, the Bamfords, the Delevingnes, Chris Evans, James Corden, Rihanna, Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham, Sir Philip and Tina Green, Jack Kidd and Lady Victoria Hervey.
Where to drop anchor: Port St Charles, for yachts of up to 76m; they also have two mooring buoys for larger superyachts. In terms of where to stay, the big hitters head to Sandy Lane for all-out bling and celebrations. Uber celebs stay in the “residences” at One Sandy Lane, next door to the main hotel.
Where to eat: Relative newcomer Cin Cin is a must visit – order oysters and fine French wine. For a laid-back lunch or dinner try Fish Pot. Those looking for a fine dining experience should dress up and tender to the Cliff. The newer Cliff Beach Club is more fun; go there for a cocktail and a younger crowd. For seafood and live music jump in the tender and head to Lobster Alive, a shack on the beach in Bridgetown with lobster to die for.
Where to party: Locals call New Year’s Eve “Old Year’s Night” and the place that puts on all the glitz is, unsurprisingly, the Sandy Lane hotel. t’s a champagne-fuelled banquet with caviar and seafood galore. There’s always a fabulous music act – homegirl Rihanna has performed in the past, while Nikki Beach opened last year and is now very much part of the scene. The Lone Star and the Cliff Beach Club also throw New Year’s Eve parties. The coveted invite is to Heron Bay, the Bamford family’s villa (where the Delevingne sisters are often guests).
Where to recover: Jump on your jet ski and ride the waves off Crane Beach. Its pink-tinted sands and foamy surf mean it’s regularly voted one of the world’s best beaches.
The dress code: Pearl & Caviar kaftans teamed with a Rae Feather beach bag by day; Tom Ford, Alaïa sandals and Chopard diamonds by night. Men opt for Club Monaco, Polo Ralph Lauren and Vilebrequin and Faherty trunks.