Last Minute New Year's Eve Options for the 1%
SAN DIEGO ( MainStreet) You can still spend New Year's dancing the night away in an opulent palace in a small town outside St. Petersburg, once home to Russian czars and Catherine the Great.
The 58-room Catherine Palace originated in 1717 and has been hosting lavish affairs for Russian royalty ever since. For New Year's Eve 2013 the palace party, known as the Czar's Ball, will include opera singers, ballet, choirs, ice sculptures, a lavish imperial dinner catered by French chefs and more.
"There is so much going on in terms of cultural entertainment. It's a total champagne and caviar type of affair for people who want to imagine what celebrations were like during the time of the czars," says Annie Lucas, vice president of MIR, which offers the opportunity as part of a 10-day Russia tour.
"The fact that the ball is held in this spectacular palace it's almost a bucket list type of thing," Lucas says. "This is for people who want to do something very different and also very traditional."
There is still time to book your tickets for the ball. MIR has slots available on its Dec. 29-Jan. 7 Russian tour, which costs $5,595. Tickets to the ball are an additional $1,895.
And not to worry if you don't have a ball gown at the ready. Lucas says helping guests get fitted with rented gowns and tuxes in St. Petersburg is easily done.
The Modern, Honolulu, Hawaii
If stepping back in time is not your style, there are plenty of other luxurious New Year's Eve options still available for last-minute decision-makers who have deep pockets. The Modern , in Honolulu, for instance, is still offering a New Year's package called "The Great Modern Experience 2014" for $114,000.
For that price a private jet will fly eight people to the party in Hawaii from either Las Vegas or California. The package includes a four-night stay at The Modern in its penthouse suite, round-trip limousine transfer, a private Waikiki catamaran sail, VIP entrance to The Great Modern Experience 2014 party, two daybeds at the New Year's Day beach party at Addiction Beach Club, dinner for two at the Morimoto Waikiki restaurant, daily spa treatments for two and daily breakfast for two.
"The package is for someone who wants an over-the-top New Year's Eve experience where they want to splurge," says Tyler Dickinson, who along with Matt Bendik, manages and operates Addiction Nightclub at The Modern.
A roaring 1920s themed New Year's Eve extravaganza will take over The Modern for the evening, featuring multiple designated party areas throughout the hotel and a picture-perfect view of the midnight fireworks.