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New Year’s Eve breaks for couples for the perfect midnight kiss

Celebrate the new year with your loved one and enjoy a special intimate break with some of these New Year’s Eve ideas for couples.

New Year’s Eve is a special night. A time to reflect on the past year, to cherish the good times, let go of the bad, and look forward to the dawning of a new era. Perhaps you and your loved one have bright aspirations or a newfound determination to make some changes. Whatever your goals or plans, when the clock strikes midnight, nothing can feel more romantic than sharing a kiss with your significant other and feeling excited about the future together.

I remember with fondness celebrating with my husband, our last New Year’s Eve together before our first son came along. We went to a glittering black dinner ball with a seven-course dinner, live band and champagne at midnight. It was hugely exciting being able to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere which marked a significant occasion and then retire to our room afterwards. Even more of a treat to be able to use the spa the following morning and devour a cooked breakfast.

So whether you want to celebrate the New Year with a bang or in a quieter setting – perhaps over a sumptuous meal in candlelight, or watch fireworks explode in the night sky – there are so many options for New Year’s Eve getaways. From slick city breaks, luxurious countryside retreats or cosy intimate inns, we’ve round up the very best of New Year’s Eve breaks for couples.

Spend the last day of the year in a hidden underground spa

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Situated in what is perhaps one of the loveliest streets in Bath, this elegant boutique hotel No 15 Great Pulteney is impressive. While the location is perfect for exploring the stunning honey-coloured architecture of this Georgian city, you won’t want to leave the confines of this delightful hotel. Couples will love the intricate and imaginative designs from earring chandeliers to tropical wallpaper, while the 40 rooms all offer lavish and individual sleeping quarters – with Sky TV, Dyson hairdryers and snack larders on each floor in case you get hungry.

It’s the underground Spa 15, though, which was once the coal cellar, that really gives couples the chance to pamper themselves. Sink into the soothing waters of the cedar wood hot tub, and inhale the invigorating heat of the sauna and steam rooms before having a Balancing Back treatment which combines specialist massage with sound healing and chakra balancing to take away tension. Once fully de-stressed, head back upstairs for a champagne afternoon tea in the Sitting Room.

The promise of a night of dancing in the Foyer, and a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner including fillet of beef Wellington, celeriac fondant, roasted beets, oxtail ravioli, Madeira jus, will see you and your partner toasting each other at midnight in what was once the heart of fashionable Bath hundreds of years ago. And if you perhaps overdid the cocktails, the New Year’s Brunch the following day will be a lifesaver.

No.15 Great Pulteney

Top rated
Bath, 0.5 km to Bath Abbey
8.8 Excellent (315 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Opulent surroundings with lashings of glamour to welcome in the New Year

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Imagine voluptuous furnishings and sparkling chandeliers, you’ll begin to get a measure of The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield. Nothing here is too over-the-top. Expect sparkly embellishments, leather walls, stuffed safari animals, and crushed velvet ceilings. Couples who are looking for a romantic New Year’s break with a touch of quirkiness and heaps of fun will adore The Crazy Bear, where it’s boutique boudoirs have the wow factor and are all individually decorated in outlandish but elegant styles.

The pool will be too cold for a dip at this time of the year, but head to the spa and enjoy a couple’s Thai massage with heated oils, before heading to your room and soak in the copper roll-top tub together. Later on, start the celebrations off in their flamboyant Moroccan themed bar which serves up 63 different delicious cocktails including a Pommetini – a gorgeous blend of vodka, apple juice, vanilla liqueur, apple syrup and lemon juice.

Then it is time to hit the red carpet with The Crazy Bear’s flamboyant Hollywood New Year’s Eve party with a champagne reception, live DJ, burlesque dancers and the choice of an eight-course Thai meal or five-course dinner at the English restaurant. Whichever your choice, it will be an unforgettable night.

Crazy Bear Beaconsfield

7.6 Good (333 reviews)
Very good Cleanliness 8.2 / 10
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A waterside gem in a sleepy Cornish village for chilled-out romance

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For many couples looking for a New Year’s Eve break, a relaxing trip wouldn’t be complete unless it’s close to the ocean. The Lugger is the perfect destination for those wanting a picturesque waterside location and a fantastic Cornish welcome.

Set in the tranquil fishing village of Portloe in Cornwall, The Lugger offers up 24 beautifully decorated bedrooms with luxurious linens and deluxe showers, as well as three private cottages. The former smuggler’s inn exudes a homely but elegant charm, but its tranquil setting offers up a restorative and romantic getaway for couples. Marvel at the awe-inspiring views from the surrounding coastline and cliffs of Roseland Peninsula and recreate your own windswept, brooding Ross Poldark and Demelza moments for yourselves.

Fresh local produce and seafood is where it’s at – and The Lugger’s New Year’s Eve three-day package promises an epic gastronomic treat including a cream tea, and five-course candlelit dinner on arrival day: and a New Year’s Eve cooked breakfast in the morning and a champagne reception with a six-course gourmet meal in the sitting room on the big night itself. There is no entertainment, but the chance to really get away from it all with your loved one over a three-day getaway.

The Lugger

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8.8 Excellent (953 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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A New Year's Eve breal at an award-winning spa close to Cheltenham

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Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds wants you to explore their sprawling grounds. Don’t have appropriate footwear? Not to worry! The five-star luxury hotel has plenty of wellington boots to lend to guests. So wrap up warm, and walk hand-in-hand through some 55 acres of gardens and woodlands – and discover its Italianate stonework, shimmering lakes, as well as the hidden spots where author Lewis Carroll is said to have been inspired to write Alice in Wonderland.

Afterwards, warm yourselves inside by the roaring fireplace and treat yourselves to a decadent afternoon tea with cream cheese finger sandwiches as well as cakes and fruit scones. Save room for the New Year’s Eve dinner later, though, where you can expect quality European cuisines such as artichoke ravioli, rosemary, winter greens and parmesan.

No stay at Cowley Manor is complete without a visit to their superb C-Side Spa. Cowley’s very own Green & Spring products provide a welcoming fragrance to the large indoor pool area, as well as the steam rooms and saunas. Bliss out with their signature Cloud 9 treatment – a relaxing, holistic massage which combines aromatherapy, Qi energy balancing, reflexology and acupressure. Meanwhile, Cowley’s Outstanding Rooms offer up four-poster beds and luxurious open bathrooms for a truly romantic retreat. Why not order in a bottle of champagne to enjoy on the terrace overlooking the majestic countryside views? Be warned, it’ll be hard to tear yourselves away.

Historic splendour

For couples who love history – Cowley Manor, which was designed by R.A Briggs is one of the most famous buildings in the UK due to its Roman Villa Borghese exteriors which is so rare for a stately home. There are also many hidden sculptures in the gardens. See how many you can find on your romantic stroll…

Hotel Cowley Manor

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8.7 Excellent (371 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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An indulgent getaway for couples in the New Forest

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The Montagu Arms is a quintessentially English hotel. The traditional and welcoming exterior belies a timeless elegance that has been welcoming travellers for many decades.

Inside you’ll discover oak panelling, polished parquet floors and a beautiful garden and croquet lawn which can be admired from various vantage points including the conservatory and from the new Hayloft suites – two luxury duplex rooms with freestanding baths and country house inspired interiors.

Situated in the pretty village of Beaulieu and on the banks of the river, The Montagu Arm’s fairytale setting is the perfect spot to explore the New Forest – from long romantic walks through ancient heathlands and magical woodland, as well museums and stately homes.

Head back to warm up, and after taking in an afternoon savoury tea with delights such as Dorset cheddar and bacon scones, and homemade pork pies, why not retire to the Magnolia Lounge and sit back and relax before the exciting evening ahead?

After chilling out in one of 24 superior rooms upstairs, you’ll be ready for the New Year’s Eve black-tie ball. Kicking off the event with champagne and canapés, you’ll be treated to a five-course meal with wine pairing with dishes including honey glazed belly of pork, at the award-winning Terrace restaurant, as well as live music to help you see in the New Year together in style.

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Hotel Montagu Arms

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8.8 Excellent (271 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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A New Year's Eve break for couples in a charming historic Surrey bolthole

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You can’t fail to be smitten by the decorated leafy facade of The Talbot Inn – a 15th-century coaching inn that has had its fair share of romantic dalliances which is nestled in the picture-perfect village of Ripley in Surrey. Venture inside, and you’ll be met with a superior contemporary interior – dark-painted finishes, stylish bookcases and pops of colour.

The 43 rooms are all tastefully decorated with modern touches such as velour padded headboards alongside classic oak pieces. And for those looking for an extra special welcome, champagne and chocolates on arrival. Take a walk in the village or head to nearby RHS Wisley for a magical stroll in their award-winning gardens before returning to The Talbot to take an afternoon snooze before freshening up for the evening ahead in the inn’s superb restaurant which serves up signature British classics.

Beforehand, why not take a few drinks in the lounge and relax by the fireplace in which Lord Nelson himself sat with his mistress, Emma Hamilton, of which the bar is named after. A couple’s New Year break doesn’t get more laid-back than this…

The Talbot Inn

Woking, 7.3 km to Byfleet
7.7 Good (1256 reviews)
Very good Location 8.4 / 10
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