The World's Sexiest Holiday Parties

by Abby Ellin

The Place: Rio de Janeiro

The Crowd: Women with fake ta-tas, men with fake tans, all packing the beaches from sunup to sundown, happily checking each other out.

Celebrate Christmas: Most people hang with family and friends, but you can make new pals just about anywhere in town—it's that kind of place. On Christmas, though, most tourists end up carving steaks at otherwise-empty churrascarias.

Celebrate New Year's: The New Year's Eve party at the Copacabana Palace hotel is legendary, replete with fireworks, outrageous costumes, and gourmet food. Prices begin at $663 per person just for the party, which includes a buffet dinner and dancing by the magical outdoor pool. Fun fact: Most Brazilians wear white on New Year's Eve—it's supposed to bring good luck for the new year. After midnight, they make a wish, toss flowers into the sea, and jump seven waves. Then they continue partying. And kissing.

Stay in style: The Fasano is Philippe Starck's 82-room dreamboat in Ipanema, with ocean views. The rooftop bar is for hotel guests only, where you can gaze down at the young and beautiful lolling in the sand.

Copacabana Palace
Tel: 800 237 1236

Tel: 55 21 3202 4000
Doubles from $1,400, with a 5-night minimum

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