Everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve differently, so we’ve rounded up the best places to eat and things to do, catered to whatever suits your fancy. Whether it’s partying the night away at TREC, de-stressing with a pampering session at Grand Hyatt Hotel, or escaping the crowds to enjoy a quiet evening with your family and friends, there’s definitely a New Year’s activity out there for you.
After all, it’s just about enjoying yourself and having a good time. Now, start planning what you’ll be doing this New Year’s Eve in KL with these ideas!
Imagine this: fine, modern European cuisine, breath-taking panoramic views of the city skyline, and candlelit conversations. Up the romance at Cantaloupe Sky Dining, with their New Year’s Eve menu for RM680++ per person. Start your meal with the geo duck carpaccio with konbu foam and sea grapes, followed by a Japanese Wagyu with celeriac puree and bonito glaze. Dessert includes a Japanese ichigo strawberry with fresh honey comb, mint and basil jelly.
Cantaloupe, The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, 31st December 2016. +60 3-2162 0886
Dance, drink and dress up for Le Noir’s New Year’s Eve White Party. Explore 3 floors of non-stop partying, with internationally acclaimed DJ Hayze spinning on the decks. Head up to the lush rooftop terrace for DJ Freemasons‘ Nu-disco and House beats, while you have a stunning view of the city’s skyline and fireworks. The best part? It’s free flow of drinks all night for RM200.
Le Noir, TREC, Lot 435, Jalan Tun Razak Seksyen 90. 31st December 2016, from 10pm. +603 2110 4331
For a relaxing start to 2017, escape to a sanctuary from the hustle bustle of the city to alleviate yourself with ramuan oil healing at Essa Spa at Grand Hyatt Hotel. This “Waves of Bliss” treatment for RM380nett per person is inclusive of a body massage and body wrap with ramuan oils, tinctures and elixirs originating from leaves, roots, flowers and fruits of our rainforests to reconnect you back with nature. Feel refreshed and ready to take on the new year!
Essa Spa, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12 Jalan Pinang. Available from 1 to 31 December 2017, 10am – 10pm. +60 3 2182 1234
If you prefer not to stay out late, opt for a New Year’s Day brunch instead at The Cobalt Room, Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur. Gather the whole family to celebrate with a festive gourmet buffet for RM198 per person, featuring a fresh seafood selection, Roast Prime Rib and delightful desserts. Cheers to the new year with free flow of champagne! Children will also enjoy the play area with fun entertainment.
The Cobalt Room, Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Imbi, Pudu. 1 January 2017, 12pm – 4pm. +60 3 2142 8000
Retreat and reflect in the tropical rainforest of Sekeping, Serendah, where you can stay in airy sheds with lush, green surroundings and bask in the sunlight. While it’s a tech-free environment, there’s plenty to do in nature: swim in a nearby waterfall, visit the local villages or the International Orchid Farm. Located just one hour from Kuala Lumpur, it’s the perfect getaway for the weekend.
Sekeping, Serendah, GPS Coordinates: N3.368050, E101.631150. +6012 324 6552
Serena Brasserie at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur offers a unique midnight supper after your New Years’ Eve celebrations, starting from 12am to 2.30am. Enjoy an extensive spread of Asian and international delights, such as braised beef ribs, chicken cacciatore and chicken herbal soup. Dessert includes cakes, tarts and ice cream for a sweet end to the night. Book it for RM88nett per person with coffee and tea, plus enjoy complimentary parking at InterContinental KL.
Serena Brasserie, 31 December, 12am – 2.30am. InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Menara Citibank, 165, Jalan Ampang. +603 2782 6000
If you’re more inclined to eating good food than heading out for parties, treat yourself to a gourmet Japanese dinner at Tatsu, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur for RM188nett per person. Experience a specially crafted 6-course menu with authentic Japanese dishes such as buri yuzu teriyaki, alongside the dessert of shiratama zenzai with souffle egg.
Tatsu, 31 December for lunch, 1 January 2017 for lunch & dinner. InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Menara Citibank, 165, Jalan Ampang. +603 2782 6000
For a variety of tastes, book a table at Essence, Sheraton for a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet at RM138nett per person, or a New Year’s Day brunch buffet at RM118nett per person. Enjoy a wide selection of international and local delights, accompanied by a variety of irresistible sweet treats. If you prefer something more personalized, you can also opt for Sheraton’s specially crafted 5-course Tuscany style dinner at Villa Danieli.
Essence, Sheraton, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit.
+60 3-2717 9933
Relish your drink in a private den like Tate in Intermark, or Mr. Brooks in Bangsar Shopping Centre (tip: look for the electric purple Sunbeam Alpine car). Keep the night young and the bubbly flowing: from 23 December onwards, you can enjoy two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow for RM650, and three for RM850 at these two speakeasy spots.
Mr. Brooks, Bangsar Shopping Centre. Opens Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am. +60 3-2282 0241
Tate, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak. Opens Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am. +60 3-2161 2368, www.thebiggroup.co/tate
Besides joining Pavilion’s signature countdown to the New Year, you can catch a final glimpse (it leaves on 1 January) and a ride of the dazzling Swarovski Merry Go Round, first of its kind in the world! It’s a fairytale come true with over 3 million Swarovski crystals shining from an ornate carousel, acting as a crystallized homage to Swarovski’s Fall/Winter collection. Pay a small fee to enter, with 10% of proceeds will be donated to charity.
Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Daily 10am – 10pm. +603-2118 8833