Goodbye 2011, hello 2012

Christmas has not even been and gone yet but already it’s time to start planning the biggest party night of the year. There is no respite to be had from the festivities and celebrations just yet. How are you going usher out the old year and ring in the new? 

There’s plenty of choice, with numerous establishments around the Islands planning something out of the ordinary, whether its a party on the beach, a formal dinner or live music, dancing and fireworks. Weekender has done the leg work for you – all you need to do is choose.  

 

Agua  

A sumptuous five course set menu featuring Agua’s signature multi-ethnic cuisine, plus a special champagne selection and DJ from 10.30pm until closing.  

Price: $80 plus gratuities. 
For reservations call 949-2482 

 

Brasserie  

Start the evening off with a glass of Champagne and canapes from 5pm. A five course dinner follows, featuring many ingredients from the Brasserie garden, accompanied by live jazz from 8pm until midnight and party goodie bags featuring Moet et Chandonchampagne. A la carte also available.  

Prince: $70 plus gratuity. Optional sommelier pairing for $40.  

 

Calico Jack’s  

The ultimate beach party returns to Calico Jack’s once again this year. Starting at 8pm, thousands of people are expected to spill out of the bar and onto the beach where there will be a bonfire, a stage set up for DJs Billy Coduroy and  

Brooklyn Earick, tents and many revellers dancing the night away. No cover charge.  

 

Camana Bay  

Camana Bay kicks the festivities off early with a fireworks display that will illuminate the skies over the harbour at 8pm. An ideal family friendly event to see out 2011, there is plenty of time to dine at one of the waterfront restaurants, before, during or after the fireworks.  

 

Cracked Conch  

A four-course tasting menu, which includes a glass of Prosecco and amuse bouche, along with salmon, ribs and lobster dishes will be offered alongside the regular a la carte options. There will also be live music at Macabuca from BaCkBeAt and fireworks at midnight.  

Price: $50
For reservations call 945-5217. 

 

Kaibo  

For the ultimate Caribbean beach party, head to NorthSide. Kaibo is once again throwing a New Year’s beach bash – with plenty of bubbly as it’s sponsored by Taittinger – plus palm trees, tiki torches, fireworks, DJs and dancing in the sand. Oh, and a three course dinner plus half a bottle of champagne per person thrown in.  

Price: $120, under 18s $50.
For reservations call 947-9975. 

 

Marriott   

The Grand Cayman Marriott beach resort is once again throwing one of their legendary New Years Eve parties, this year (slightly oddly) titled End of the World. There will be the option of a dinner to precede the party or you can forgo the food and just rock up at the beach party. There will be tunes from DJ XS and DJ Tony Chen, and an open bar featuring Peroni beer, Flor the Cana rum and Stoli vodka.  

Price: Dinner + Beach Party $110. Beach Party $60
Tickets available at Marriott Lobby bar and Tortuga stores at the Marquee, Greenery and Governors square.  

 

The Reef  

Caribbean buffet dinner and party at the Rusty Pelican Beach Bar. Champagne, tunes by DJ Chris and fireworks to ring in the New Year.  

Price: $34.95 ($17.50 for under 12s)  For reservations call 947-3100. 

 

Ritz-Carlton  

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman will transform its slice of Seven Mile Beach into a fine dining venue for 700 guests, with a fabulous buffet under the stars and legendary Ritz-Carlton service to match. Revellers will dine on a fusion of gastronomic delicacies and dance the night away to DJ Craig and OneWorld Entertainment, and the vocal stylings of Love Culture. A fireworks display will ring in the new year at midnight. Ticket price includes a welcome cocktail, dinner, Champagne toast at midnight and entertainment.  

Price: Adults $300, Children (6-12 years) $75, Toddlers (3-5 years) $45, plus 20 per cent gratuity. 
For reservations contact the Holiday Reservation Concierge at 815-6912. 

 

Royal Palms  

Start early or start late – Royal Palms is offering three seatings – 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm with an a la carte menu. From 10pm, enjoy an open bar in the pool area with unlimited drinks until closing, or opt for the beach patio where you will find musical entertainment and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.  

Price: Dinner is a la carte. Pool area, open bar for $45, Beach patio $15.
To reserve fill out the form at www.royalpalmscayman.com 

 

Tukka  

Special Walk-About four-course dinner with a glass of bubbles to ring in the New Year. Specials on bottles of bubbles and fireworks all night with a finale at midnight. Party hats, streamers and more included.  

Price: $46.
For reservations call 947-2700. 

 

Westin Casuarina  

Sophisticated or casual? The choice is yours at the Westin this year. For those who want to go glamorous there will be a sumptuous gala dinner with three courses, plus amuse bouche and palate cleansers in between courses, champagne and coffee. Alternatively, there will be an “Around the World” party by the pool featuring mouth watering dishes from – you got it – around the world: Latin ceviches, Japanese sushi, New World salads, Caribbean jerk and bbq options, Middle Eastern delicacies and more.  

Price: Casa Havana $129. Pool Party $80, under 12s $40 and under 6s $20.
For reservations call 945-3800. 

 

XQ’s  

In addition to the regular menu there will be a set three course menu with wine pairings. Live music from BluWater 9pm until 1.30am. 

For reservations call 949-9770.