Fact: New Year’s Eve, for all its pomp and circumstance, never winds up being worth the ticket price on that swanky party. (Remember when coat check lost your jacket?) So we say, why not change that narrative this year? Here are five spectacular party trip Airbnb rentals—that are actually totally affordable when split between a group of best friends.
AN ENCHANTING IRISH CASTLE
This medieval castle, set on rolling green pastures and decorated in ornate period furnishings, makes one helluva special destination NYE. Cook up a group feast and dine like queens in the great hall before decamping to the formal upstairs lounge for Champagne and a cozy wood fire as the clock chimes midnight.
A LUXURY SKI CHALET IN FRANCE
This ski-in, ski-out chalet boasts panoramic views of the celestial Mont-Blanc mountain region. Spend the day on the slopes and then soothe your muscles in the sauna. Come nightfall, whip up cocktails at the “Polar Bear Bar” and enlist your most musical friend to “tinkle the ivories” (that’s how you speak now that you’re living that luxe life) and serenade you into 2018.
A PRISTINE PRIVATE ISLAND IN THE PHILIPPINES
Granted, with this option you have to actually get to a remote island in the Philippines, but once you do, you’ll discover a picture-perfect private island. Swim in the turquoise Sulu Sea, dine with your toes in the sand, and nap off your inevitable hangover in a hammock strung between palm trees. Best of all? A full-time staff and all food and booze are included in the bonkers-low price tag.
A FUNKY OLD CINEMA IN ENGLAND
This restored Georgian Inn with an attached historic movie theater brings the charm and character in spades. For movie buffs, there’s the vintage theatre (yep, we put “r” before the “e” when we party in England); for bookworms, there’s a cozy, 4,000-tome library; and for NYE party animals, there’s a late-night 1950s cocktail bar with full sound system. If you’d like to ring in the new year in a bow tie and smoking a pipe, we can’t blame you.
A SWANKY TREE HOUSE IN MEXICO
Looking for adventure with a ritzy bent? Consider this top-notch “tree house” tucked into the Sayulita jungle. The private house is a part of an exclusive resort community and boasts a saltwater hot tub, infinity pool, swim-up bar and private beach club (swoon). After a day of indulging with your pals, post up and watch the sun set on 2017 from the indoor/outdoor living room, which features unbeatable views of the town, jungle and idyllic bay below.