Whether you’re looking to wrap up 2022 in extravagant style or ring in the new year in similarly sumptuous fashion, many of Canada’s finest restaurants, hotels, inns, resorts, spas and ice caves — yes, you read that correctly — are serving up special events that facilitate both. Indeed, if “spoil myself rotten more often” was among your 2022 resolutions, then the nine events explored here are almost certain to make good on that in one way or another. Better late than never, after all.
Empire Supper Club, Toronto
For revellers looking to splash out in a big way, the Empire’s Ball at this upscale culinary event space on King West will give them every opportunity. The $89 five-course menu won’t break too many banks, but bottle-service packages ranging from $1,000 to $1,400 — including three or four bottles and nine or 12 event tickets respectively — may well take proceedings to the next level. Other over-the-top diversions include a mesmerizing video wall behind a booth manned by DJ Wicked, pulsating LED screens lining Versace-print walls, and a seductively lit bar and dance floor.
Hotel William Gray in the Old Port is hosting its annual all-you-can-sip Grand Ball on Dec. 31, with the $295 price tag also including a four-course gourmet meal with wine pairings, all-night canapes, a DJ-powered dance floor, a glass of Champagne at midnight, and a photo booth to capture whatever mischief guests get up to. Accommodations packages, including all-important late checkouts, are also available.
Shangri-La hotel, Vancouver
There are three notable ways to level-up your Dec. 31 experience at what is arguably Vancouver’s most luxurious hotel. After its 7:30pm seating, the in-house Carlino restaurant will unveil a special menu featuring butter-poached lobster, Canadian prime beef tenderloin with black truffles, and other extra-decadent fare (a $50 booking fee includes two complimentary glasses of Prosecco). After this meal, a “Festive Getaway Room Package” includes a one-night stay in a luxurious Shangri-La room, a $150 dining credit, a festive welcome amenity, a bottle of sparkling B.C. wine, breakfast for two, and valet parking. But the real show stopper can be a lunchtime affair, with an “Ice Caves Heli-Adventure” add-on whisking guests by helicopter, snowmobile and snow buggy to a stunning complex of natural ice caves near Whistler for a private five-course meal.
Thermëa Spa, Winnipeg
For one of Canada’s steamiest NYE experiences, head to Winnipeg’s Thermëa spa complex, which is leaving its myriad outdoor hot and cold pools, scented steam rooms, saunas and plush rest areas open until 1am on January 1st. Combine this with a comfort food-filled dinner at Resto and a massage or body treatment, and you’ll start 2023 in spectacularly relaxed fashion.
This dazzling downtown eatery on the 31st floor of the St. Regis hotel is hosting a four-course “New Year’s Eve Dinner & Countdown Celebration” starting at 8:30pm. The $325 prix-fixe menu includes everything from roasted turbot with caviar butter sauce to Beef Wellington with truffle & wild mushroom duxelles, with optional add-ons including fresh-shucked oysters, Alaskan crab, and Kristal Caviar. Once the plates have been cleared away, the DJ beats will continue as party favours are distributed, glasses of Champagne filled, and as balloons tumble from the ceiling at midnight.
Calgary’s historic Palliser is joining other upscale digs in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Singapore this year in hosting Moët & Chandon’s “Effervescence Party.” As well as sipping from a Champagne pyramid, guests will be greeted at the doors of the opulent Crystal Ballroom with a cocktail, followed by a gourmet dinner, chocolate-forward dessert buffet, live DJ, and dancing under the ballroom’s soaring ceilings and glittering chandeliers.
One of cottage country’s newest and most stylish lakeside boutique motels is following up on a sold-out summer on the shores of Lake Huron with a Dec. 31 dinner menu of plant-forward comfort foods and wine pairings from the in-house SandBar restaurant. Cocktails and canapés are also being served from 6 to 9pm, with other decadent diversions including aromatherapy treatments, barrel-sauna sessions, and s’mores platters around a wood-burning fireplace.
W Hotel, Toronto
For a single C-note, guests attending W Toronto’s “NYE Party in the Living Room” can sip curated Belvedere welcome cocktails while grooving to DJ beats in a “416 Night Market” dotted with gourmet food stations inspired by the eclectic neighbourhoods of Canada’s largest city. VIP booths are also available (Starting at $1,200 for five guests) with specialty bottle service including Lady Gaga x Dom Perignon Rose Luminous, Belvedere Luminous, and Hennessy VSOP Luminous. An NYE room package, meanwhile, includes a stay in one of the W’s theatre-inspired rooms or suites, two tickets to the Living Room party, a welcome amenity, breakfast for two, a 1pm check-in, and a 2pm checkout.