Get out for the New Year

The New Year is almost upon on us once again and this year promises to be even more spectacular and indulgent than any other, with events taking place all across Grand Cayman for all to enjoy. So here is a run down of some of the best places to be to be to welcome in a new year.

One of the fetes that will surely keep party goers entertained is the Black and White Beach Banquet at the Kaibo, which is an annual celebration to see in the New Year that has been a staple since the Kaibo was established in 1999. The special event this year, which is named “Be Fabulous”, is in association with Moet et Chandon Champagne, and offers the chance to celebrate in style, surrounded by tiki torches, palm trees and good friends. The three course dinner and free flowing champagne will be accompanied by fireworks, paper lantern displays, a live DJ and dancing in the white sand until 1 am.

Plans have also been etched out for a night of sophistication at the Barolo Lounge on the West Bay Road, where planners say the evening will be one to remember with an all inclusive night of revelry for only $100 that includes dinner and drinks. In fact, the night has been appropriately called, “bring the pagne” and party planner for the Barolo Lounge, Mr. Rion Mohamed jokingly says that, “This does not mean you have to bring your own champagne but alludes to the champagne that will be flowing and the pain you will feel the next morning as a result!”

He adds that the atmosphere will be further enhanced by the rendition of a snowy scene inside and out, with decorations provided by Celebrations. The party starts at 8pm.

The Barolo Lounge is an extension of Eduardo’s Restaurant, which organizers say is already 65 per cent booked and they are preparing for what looks like a jam-packed jamboree. There will also be television screens featuring celebrations of the big day all over the world and patrons to Eduardos and the Barolo Lounge will be able to step outside and witness the fireworks display at the Ritz Carlton, which is just up the street, in addition to party favours and goodies.

The Ritz Carlton is set to be another hot spot for the New Year celebrations, with a dinner celebration and buffet and live entertainment, featuring a guest DJ. Additionally, a special menu will be offered at the Blue Restaurant and all other restaurants at the hotel will serve their regular menus. The evening at the Ritz Carlton for your New Years can be reserved for CI$250 plus a 20 per cent service charge. Children are $75.

The Ritz Carlton is one of the premier hotels in the Cayman Islands and as part of their magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration, a fire works display that lights up all of the West Bay Road will once again be unleashed, serving as entertainment for almost all who will be on the strip on 31 December at roughly 11,59pm.

Not to be forgotten amidst the festivities is Royal Palms and the Reef Bar and Grill, where $20 will get you a party favours and a glass of champagne to be enjoyed in the lush surroundings of the newly refurbished swim-up pool bar. A live DJ will be featured on the evening and the event is being billed as a standard New Year’s Eve bash.

In the middle of all of the action between East and West, folks can find another pleasure spot to bring in the New Year at Sunset House. The hotel’s restaurant will be offering a special menu, with five appetizers and 8 main courses for the night and a DJ at the bar up until 2am in the morning.

At the Wharf restaurant , event planners said they have pulled out at all the stops, hiring top band Suite Elite and an a la carte dinner, featuring the Chef’s recommendation. The first seating is at 5.30pm and the second seating is scheduled for 8.30pm.

The band starts at nine and plays until mid-night.

There will also be numerous church services to choose from all across the Cayman Islands, as the “Watchnight Services,” as they are known, are a part of the Christian culture and heritage that make the Islands among the most pious in the Caribbean.

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