On 31 December, many people take the time to reflect on the past 12 months before ringing in the new year with the hopes of better times to come. While some like to spend this special day quietly at home, others look forward to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Here are some suggestions where you can spend the last day of the year and make it a truly memorable experience.

Ayana Midplaza Jakarta 

For a long lasting and sparkling celebration, Ayana Midplaza Jakarta’s Rasa restaurant offers exceptional food for its New Year lunch on 31 December. The festivities later culminate with a stunning Carnival Gala Buffet in the Grand Ballroom, starting at 6 PM. Guests can dance the night away to the sound of Anastasia Project Band and a live DJ who will begin to spin his tunes at 10.30 PM. The countdown after-party happens at Ayana’s Lobby that has a dedicated VIP’s children’s play zone for guests who plan to come with their family. On the first day in 2018, Rasa welcomes party revelers with the longest meal in town – from 5.30 AM to 5 PM, all wrapped up into one enchanting day. 

For reservation, please contact +62 21 251 0888 or visit www.ayanajakarta.com

The Sultan Hotel & Residence

The Sultan Hotel & Residence’s guests can usher in the new year in all its grandeur with room packages and dining offers as well as soulful music performances at Lagoon Cafe. Stay in the hotel’s spacious rooms on 31 December for only IDR 2,350,000 nett including a sumptuous dinner for two persons and breakfast on the next morning. Lagoon Garden provides fabulous entertainment including a live band, female DJs and modern dancers. 

For reservation, please contact +62 21 5789 2017/1001 or visit www.sultanjakarta.com 

Mercure Serpong Alam Sutera

To ring in 2018, Mercure Serpong Alam Sutera invites its guests to celebrate in “Great Gatsby” style: cloche hats, art deco jewelry, beaded headbands, bobbed hair and long stem cigarette holders will be seen throughout the luxurious New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, which will be accompanied by a live band, female DJ performances, cabaret dancers, magic tricks, games, door prizes, an amazing grand prize and many more. A dedicated Kids Playland will keep the young ones occupied and happy. 

The hotel offers special room packages, which are available on 31 December and start from IDR 3,388,000 nett per night. This price includes the complimentary New Year Gala Dinner and Buffet Breakfast for 2 adults & 1 child under 12 years . The limited second room package starts from IDR 3,888,000 and include two entrance tickets to watch Glenn Fredly’s special performance at Living World Alam Sutera after the grand Gala Dinner at the hotel. 

For reservation, please contact +62 21 2966 8668 or visit www.mercureserpongalamsutera.com 

The Papandayan

For those who have chosen Bandung as their destination to celebrate New Year’s, The Papandayan provides a special room package starting from IDR 1,650,000++ per room including breakfast for two and access to the New Year’s Eve party. Under the theme “Bohemian Night”, the hotel offers a buffet dinner accompanied by live performances from Soundmate, USB Percussion, DJ Ashraf and Bastian “Hypnomagician”. There will also be booths for fortune tellers, tarot readers, face painting as well as a local brand market featuring products from ARIGA.co, DuaTandaMata, Dii Leather Goods, Botanina, Poduska Pillow, Xusha and Anara Design. 

For reservation, please contact +62 22 731 0799 or visit www.thepapandayan.com 

Royal Safari Garden

Puncak in West Java is a magnet for urbanites in search for a unique location to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Adapting the theme “A Night in Las Vegas”, Royal Safari Garden Resort & Convention is ready to make this night special with the help of Las Vegas Dancers, Fire Dance, Magic Show and the one-and-only Animal Show. Royal Safari Garden will also hand out a Best Dressed Couple award. Guests can also enjoy the performances by renowned singer Denada and The Girlz Band as well as The Golden Boys and Bobby Tince who also performs Cabaret Moulin Rouge. Last but not least, a wide range of food, such as pasta, fish carving, roast duck, roast chicken, noodle, tepanyaki, beef wellington will further enhance the guests’ special moment. 

For reservation, please contact +62 251 825 3000 or visit www.royalsafarigarden.com 

 Mercure Convention Center Ancol-Jakarta

Mercure Convention Center Ancol-Jakarta offers a fun way to spend the end of the year with the family. A fun-filled party called “LOL NYE Party 2018” brings its guests happiness and laughter with performances by MC Duo, Ronal Surapradja & Melissa Karim, an extravagant live performance by the home band, a glitter painter and DJs. For the final performance on New Year’s Eve, one of the most popular bands in the country, Naif, will entertain the guests until the clock strikes midnight to then do the countdown together. The fun doesn’t stop there, however, as a fantastic door prize – overseas and local trip packages – still await the lucky guests. 

For reservation, please contact +62 21 640 6000/7000 or email reservation@mercureconvention.com 

Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Located right at the city center and the heart of Jakarta’s New Year’s celebrations with a panoramic view of the iconic Welcome Statue, Grand Hyatt Jakarta is the perfect choice to ring in the new year. More than that, the hotel presents the grand countdown with a special performance by Sandhy Sondoro. The celebrations start early with a delicious dinner at Fountain Lounge, which provides a mouth-watering buffet that includes Alaskan king crab, fresh oysters and king prawn, a Wagyu beef carving station, lobster “Thermador”, crepe “Suzette” and champagne toast for IDR 1,888,000++ per person. The Grand Cafe also offers an exceptional array of international and Indonesian cuisine for dinner and is priced at IDR 1,058,000++ per person. A dinner buffet is also provided at C’s Steak & Sea Food Restaurant at IDR 1,388,000++ per person including a champagne toast. Guests are also welcome to book a window table at Burgundy for IDR 5,000,000 and enjoy the party from the best seats in the house. 

For reservation, please contact +62 21 2992 1234 or visit www.jakarta.grand.hyatt.com 

Le Meridien Jakarta

Start the countdown to the new year at Le Meridien Jakarta in a “Glittery White” atmosphere at its La Brasserie restaurant between 8.30 PM and 1 AM. Priced at IDR 649,000++ per person, guests can taste fine food and beverages, including one glass of wine or cocktail. Guests who are looking for Arabic flair can head to Al Nafoura restaurant, which serves a bountiful Barbeque Night Buffet of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and specialty dishes, live cooking grilled stations and mouth-watering fresh seafood, priced at IDR 649,000++ per person including one glass of wine or cocktail. The dinner will be accompanied by live Arabic tunes and a soothing ambiance for a delightful dining experience.  

For reservation, please contact +62 21 251 3131 or visit www.lemeridien.com/jakarta

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.