SOFITEL SANTA CLARA | USD$360
Cartagena's luxury benchmark, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, is promising a magically tropical celebration this year for it's annual New Year's Eve shindig.
Always popular with high rollers, Cartagena's swankiest hotel offers the city's plushest New Year's Eve party combining a palatial buffet with plenty of reasons to celebrate in a very select setting.
The food and drink on offer from Restaurant 1621 is the big draw prior to the fireworks at midnight. A gourmet world tour is guaranteed with serving stations offering taste sensations from around the globe.
Live music and a DJ set keep a well-heeled crowd moving well into the early hours. This year, local artist, Checo Acosta and old favourites, El Son del Wachy and Nelson Gómez will be providing the entertainment.
There's a great view of one of the city's many fireworks displays and opportunities aplenty to meet and greet a glamorous crowd table-hopping your way through the hotel's spectacular surrounds
* A bottle of whisky (375 cl between two people)
* 1 Glass of champagne at midnight (per person)
* A world class buffet
* Live music by Checo Acosta and others
* DJ session
* Great view of the fireworks
* Extra drinks
COST: USD$360Book Now
MAREA BY RAUSCH | USD$245
Colombia’s celebrity chefs, the Rausch brothers, know how to put on a New Year’s Eve feast and they’ve created a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing that will knock your socks off.
There's no questioning the culinary delights of a full-on tasting menu session at Marea by Rausch. Your tastebuds will thank you for booking this blow-out New Year's Eve meal to remember.
As well as Marea by Rausch's culinary pedigree it's perfectly placed to catch a beautifully framed fireworks display at midnight.
It's privileged position on the waterfront with wonderful views of Cartagena's historic cupolas, gives you an unbeatable, ring-side seat to all the fireworks displays.
There will also be a DJ to get your warmed up for the after party.
COST: USD$245 (includes services and taxes, NOT additional drinks)
CARMEN CARTAGENA | USD$245
Carmen Cartagena is for gourmands on the hunt for some special New Year’s Eve sensory surprises. You won’t regret blowing the budget on this 7-course chef's tasting menu.
There are two dining options and three settings - an open-air patio and an air-conditioned main dining area - for what promises to be a very special dining experience.
Owned by Rob Pevitt and his muse, Carmen Angel, the couple have crafted an intelligent menu with clever contemporary concoctions that fuse Asian cuisine with the freshest of local ingredients using a host of contemporary culinary techniques.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The menu's still under wraps but they always pull out all the stops for New Year's Eve and so you can expect fireworks.
What's on the Menu?
Option 1: a Magnificent 7-course tasting menu
Cost: USD$245 per person
Option 2: Seven-course tasting menu with premium wine pairing
CLUB DE PESCA | USD$235
Cartagena’s oldest restaurant, Club de Pesca, is steeped in rich history. So it seems only natural that they would host an evening where the city itself plays centre stage.
Una Noche en La Heroica at Club de Pesca illustrates the Colombian party spirit at its most fun. There will be not one, but two musical bands to help you work off a spectacular 3-course dinner with extra local trimmings, such as traditional fried food snacks and ‘Raspao (fruit-flavoured ice drinks) for when the dancing gets too much.
If you’re looking to enjoy superior food in a knockout setting — Club de Pesca looks out over Manga’s sparkling bay — then this is the NYE feast for you.
COCO | USD$185
CoCo’s Gallic-infused menu has been carved to Francophile perfection and Coco's owner knows how to throw a party. You're all set for a succulent New Year's Eve feast set to sate any carnivore's palette until 2017.
"Wear Feathers, wear white, wear black or wear stripes, wear pearls and everything you like and be ready to party hard all night." That's the message from everyone's favourite Cartagena venue for French frills and Colombian soul.
This magnifique meal with a live music from a Cuban band will end up in raucous dancing without question.
MONTESACRO | USD$185
Montesacro’s delicious menu, boasting a festive mix of surf & turf specialities, promises to be the only balcony plaza restaurant in the city with a menu that exceeds Cartagena’s aesthetic postcard perfection.
Marvel over Plaza de Bolivar plaza, in full Christmas lights bloom, whilst being serenaded by a world class band providing a glittering soundtrack to a beyond perfect New Year’s Eve under the stars.
Leave it to these guys to sort out every aspect of your evening, from welcome cocktails and dinner booze to a bubbly midnight toast, Montesacro will make sure you surpass your alcohol units for the week. Chin Chin!
* A bottle of whisky (375 cl between two people)
* 1 Glass of sparkling wine at midnight (per person)
* A 3-course meal (see menu below)
* Live music
* DJ session
CANDE | USD$150
Soak up a traditional New Year's Eve in Cartagena with Candé's local taste sensations and a street party for dessert.
For a traditional New Year's Eve celebration in true Cartagena-style, Candé ticks all the boxes. It’s 100% local in its outlook, has great live music and platters and is owned by a local family that like to showcase everything they love about their hometown. It’s been especially curated for visitors looking for a special shorthand introduction to costeño culture.
Located in the heart of the old town in the thick of Cartagena's carnivalesque New Year's Eve street party action, Cande's feast puts you in prime position to see 2017 in, Caribbean style.
CUBA 1940s | USD$150
On point location for Sofitel Santa Clara's fireworks display, great cocktails, a Cuban culinary extravaganza, live music and Cuban cigars on the roof. This feast is perfect for fun-loving gringos that like to party hard.
What more could you ask for a New Year's Eve feast with all the Caribbean bells and whistles?
There's no communist rationing here, Cuba 1940s is a throwback to the days pre-Castro when the Caribbean island was a no-holds barred playground for fun-loving gringos.
Party all night with this bar's friendly crowd or top up your New Year's Eve experiences with a trip next door to one of Cartagena's best New Year's Eve street parties.
ROOFTOP FEAST @ ALQUIMICO | USD$150
Killer cocktails, scintillating sounds, a top tasting menu in a stunning setting. This party has all the ingredients for a legendary New Year's Eve.
What to Expect
Alquimico, Cartagena's hottest new venue mixes the city's best cocktails to a fantastic old-school Cartagena backdrop.
As well as an well-travelled soundtrack, there's world class drinks lovingly prepared by hipster mixologists from the Mulberry Project, who've been flown in from New York especially for you.
* A welcome cocktail
* Top tasting menu with wine pairing
* Glass of champagne at midnight
* Some party surprises
* Entry to the after party
Agua del Mar | USD$125
The Spanish are renowned for their love of fiestas. So a night spent feasting on authentic Spanish tapas and downing premium gin in elegant surroundings is sure to go down a treat.
* A 6-course gourmet tasting menu using the finest Spanish produce this side of Madrid
* 'Lucky' grapes and party accessories to ring in the new year
* A glass of sparkling wine and welcome cocktail
* Live music
LA PERLA | USD$90
La Perla’s glossy New Year’s Eve menu is one of the tastiest ways you could polish off 2017.
Famous for their cocktails as well as their Peruvian flair in the kitchen, their menu always folds a healthy amount of booze into the mix, and this year is no exception.
As well as offering a stunning 6-course tasting menu, they're throwing in a welcome cocktail, bottle of wine and discounts on your following bottle. Let's just say you may have some trouble standing on two feet afterwards.
Located in the heart of Cartagena's historical centre, La Perla is perfect for gourmand foodie experience before moving on elsewhere to shake off that food belly.
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