As soon as Christmas has passed everyone is looking towards the next and final event of 2013- New Year, or Réveillon as it is known in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is renowned for being one of the best places in the world to celebrate, all night partying and a spectacular firework display along Copacabana beach. So when in the Cidade Maravilhosa for this momentous occasion, where do you go? Here at Dehouche we’ve done the hard work researching the top, exclusive parties. Let us guide you through where you should find yourself on the 31st.
First up is the legendary Copacabana Palace Hotel, famed for being one of the most luxurious hotels in Rio with a long tradition of excellent New Year’s celebrations. This is definitely one place where you can see in the New Year in style. There are two dinner options, a six course meal at the Cipriani restaurant or buffet style at the Restaurant Pérgula, priced R$2200 +10% and R$2000 +10% respectively. The real festa is from 9pm and includes a buffet dinner, drinks and live music spread across several of the function rooms in the hotel, Frontal, Nobel and Golden, tickets priced at R$2600 +10%. None of the New Year’s options will disappoint and being in prime position on Copacabana beach means front row seats to the midnight firework display.
Secondly, and by no means any less impressive, is our recommendation to wave goodbye to 2013 from Morro da Urca. As one of the most recognisable landmarks in Rio and perhaps Brazil, watching the Réveillon celebrations from Sugarloaf Mountain is an unforgettable experience, even after a few glasses of champagne. From 9pm a full buffet with an open bar service backed by an incredible soundtrack provided by ‘Soul de Quem Quiser’ as well as the drumming beats from Samba School Unidos da Tijuca. On the dance floor you will find some of the best DJs Rio has to offer. DJ Janot and DJ João Rodrigo will be there at the turn of the year to keep you dancing well into January, famed for performing at Rio’s top clubs there will be no one leaving before the 4:30am close. There are two pricing options for Morra da Urca. Morro da Urca Pista includes buffet, drinks and unreserved seating is prices at R$950. Splash out a little more, R$1520, to get the real Sugarloaf experience, full buffet, drinks, reserved seating and surely one of the best views of all the fireworks in Rio. 396 m high the access to Sugarloaf from 10:30pm – 1:30am will give panoramic views across Rio will make you one of the most privileged in the city.
If you feel like adding a touch of French magic to your Carioca celebrations, make you party destination the Sofitel Rio Hotel. Watch the Copacabana fireworks from one of their three rooms. The beach facing Horse Neck Bar gives an unobstructed view of the fireworks from the charming veranda, tickets cost R$990 +10% for an inside table. If you want more of a French flair this New Year then opt for the Le Pré Catelan ticket at R$1250 +10% (inside) or R$1500 +10% (outside), which includes a haute cuisine banquet prepared by chef Roland Villard. If you really wish to say Bienvenue 2014 in style choose Altantis, R$1800 +10% (inside) R$2400 +10% (outside) for a relaxed sophisticated celebration. Enjoy the luxurious buffet while the fireworks colour the night sky overhead, toast with the best champagne and start 2014 as you mean to go on.
If you’re more interested in partying into to 2014 then check our Jockey Clube Brasileiro in Gávea. Monobloco Show, Groovebox, DJ Cidinho, Raphael de Luca and a surprise act will be taking to the floor to play the best tunes for welcoming in the New Year. Now into its 8th year, the Jockey Clube have perfected their party hosting skills and the tickets come at a reasonable R$330 for women R$350 for men in the Espaco Gávea, or Espaco Lagoa (VIP) R$480 for women and R$450 for men with a buffet and bar service all night.
A place for the lovers for house music is Reveillion House Rio, their lineup is not one to disappoint. Heading up their night is Felguk 2 of the best Brazilian house DJs of 2013, last year they were personally chosen my Madonna to open her Brazil tour dates as well as performances from acclaimed DJ Carlo Dall’Anse the Naza Brothers and Mary Olivetti who got rave reviews after her Rock in Rio performance. To accompany the all star musicians there is an open bar and extensive buffet to keep you going all night. Tickets are R$450 for men and for women R$400, the party starts at 9pm.
Wherever you choose Rio won’t disappoint, and don’t forget to be in true Carioca style wear white to symbolise purity, peace and renewal.