Where are you counting down the last seconds of 2015?

Welcoming the New Year is always festive. Even sans the fireworks in Davao, ushering the first day of a new year is celebrated with good food and great company. You know what they say, start Day 1 right and you’ll have it right with the rest of the 364 days.

So where will you be meeting 2016? Here’s what the city hotels are offering.

Waterfront Insular Hotel

The hotel is departing from the usual glitzy formal ball and aiming for the success of a new approach to the yearend partying with its Coachella-inspired event entitled Aqueous: Music & Dance Countdown Party that starts at 9PM. Why not? The beachfront resort hotel with a vast garden pavilion and picturesque view of the gulf is a perfect setting for this kind of affair.

What to expect: Great music ranging from rock, indie, pop & Electronic Dance Music, good food and interesting booze.

Have buffet dinner at the Café Uno (Php850.00nett) or skip it and fest on the chef’s servings of easy to hold and eat dishes appropriate for the fair ground setting. Beef Gyro, Yakitori, Chori Sliders and Cajun Pasta are among the selections on the spread.

Waterfront Insular Hotel's Beef Gyro for Aqueous

Chori Sliders at Aqueous of Waterfront Insular

Tickets are at Php 1,800.00nett per person and guests are encouraged to come in their most Coachella-inspired outfits.

Seda Abreeza Hotel

The business hotel is not all business. They do mix dress up for the holidays without interrupting the daily professional operations. Seda gets into red and green mood of the season even if the custom-made décor is in the gold and beige tones.

Must have at Seda- the Slow roasted Angus Beef

What to expect: Upbeat and dance music by a live band and guest DJ, fun games with prizes, an elegant set-up for the buffet, well selected and deliciously prepared dishes, and flowing drinks.

Seda's toast to the New Year- White Christmas

There’s a 3-course Wine Dinner for Media Noche (Php 1380nett) or load up on the booze, which starts serving at 7PM at the T’nalak Ballrooms with food open to serve at 10PM.

Ticket at Php 1480nett for adults. Set dinner and countdown package at Php 2580nett for adults.

Park Inn By Radisson

Just like everything about the hotel all year long, the Holiday festivity in this hotel is colorful.

What to expect: RBG restaurant and terrace will be transformed into a colorful party place with vibrant drapes and fun centerpieces. Buffet spread will have roast beef and pig, and colorful desserts. Live band music. A raffle draw with a round-trip air tickets for two to Singapore, Cebu and Manila with hotel stays as top prizes.

As promised, colorful Cake Pops to greet the 2016 at Park Inn

For seafood lovers, the Prawns in Orange Sauce is a go-to dish at Park Inn's New Year countdown spread

Tickets at P1,500nett for adults, P1,800nett to include free flowing beer & wine. Wear your favorite color or match the color with your partner or group.


Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 18, 2015.