New Year’s Eve in Makassar: 5 Places to Spice Up your Night

December 05, 2019

Holiday season;  that time of the year where planning a trip is nowhere near simple. Especially when we live in a country like Indonesia, which has over 34 provinces and 16.056 islands. But, of course do not be perplexed by how large this country is – because we can still make our holiday planning simpler by narrowing down our desired destination.  For example, if you’re looking forward to celebrate New Year’s Eve amidst a rather chilly weather, Bandung or Lembang can be the perfect pick. Want to enjoy your holiday in a place where culture infuses on every aspect of the city’s life? Jogjakarta could be the answer!
Maybe, you want to try something new this holiday season – like travelling to a city you’ve never been to, a place where you don’t know anybody around you – then this article might just be the answer to your prayer. Makassar, the largest city in the Eastern Indonesia region, has a lot to offer for travelers who specifically looking forward to have the best time of their lives on New Year’s Eve. From its famous beaches like Akkarena and Losari, to its famous theme park, hotel, and restaurant – these places are where you want to spend the last day of 2019.

1. Akkarena Beach
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When we’re talking about Makassar, it is no secret that travelers tend to seek for the beauty of its beaches. Take Akkarena Beach as an example – a gem which is located merely 20 minutes from the heart of the city. In Akkarena Beach, not only you will be greeted with its famous black sand and of course beautiful sunset, around New Year’s Eve this place has a lot to offer for travelers. Last year, the management of Akkarena Beach held a ‘Camping Beach Party’ with over 100 tents available for visitors, romantic dinner, campfire, food festival, even lantern festival! Since Akkarena Beach will be filled with visitors on New Year’s Eve, it is important for you to save a spot before midnight. So, you can have the best night of your lives with your loved ones at this spot!

2. Kampoeng Popsa
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In 2013, Makassar’s Center for Preservation of Cultural Heritage crown Kampoeng Popsa as one of cultural site area in the City of Daeng. This decision was made due to the fact that Kampoeng Popsa is located just a few inches away from Fort Rotterdam – therefore it’s still belongs to the fort and museum area. According to, Kampoeng Popsa is one of the most visited places around Makassar every New Year’s Eve – and the reasons behind people’s enthusiasm rely heavily on some factors. First, Kampoeng Popsa is known as a legendary café which serves tons of delicious meal and refreshing beverages. For example, traditional Fried Rice, Lontong Sayur, and drinks such as the famous Es Pisang Ijo. Second, Kampoeng Popsa will usually get into the festivity of New Year’s Eve with live music performances! So, this place will be perfect for those of you who are looking for a rather ‘lay-low’ night around the city.

3. Singgasana Hotel Makassar
Following the success of our ‘Night of Heroes’ party, Singgasana Hotel Makassar is back with yet another fun twist for you on New Year’s Eve! For those of you who might be planning on having a family staycation this time around, Singgasana Hotel Makassar has a special offer for you through ‘Casino Night Party’ promo. Starting from IDR 1.150.000 nett/room/night, you will not only get the chance to spend a lovely night at our hotel, but it’s also includes breakfast and gala dinner for 2 (two) as well as a chance to win an exclusive doorprize! Excited to be a part of our glamorous Casino Night Party? Head over to the “Offer” page and book your stay with us now!

4. Losari Beach
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Another perks about staying with Singgasana Hotel Makassar is how easy it is for you to get around the city! Especially around a hectic day like New Year’s Eve, where you can find roadblocks almost on every corner of the street. Let’s take this one famous tourist spot as an example. Located 5 minutes away from the hotel, Losari Beach is definitely a place worth to visit around New Year’s Eve. Not only you will be entertained with extravagant firework shows, but you will also find some street food vendors which will make sure that you wouldn’t end 2019 with hungry stomach. If you’re looking for a cozy place to sit down while enjoying a nice dinner, Kampoeng Popsa (the restaurant we mentioned above) is also located just a few inches away from Losari Beach.

5. Samalona Island
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For those of you who are feeling a little bit adventurous, our last destination might just be the right choice for you. Located merely 2 km or 20 minute drive by boat from Losari Beach, Samalona Island had long become one of the ’It’ destination for travelers around New Year’s Eve. Not only known for the beauty of its coral reefs, but the tiny island is also known for its crystal clear water – something you might long for to spice up your holiday. One thing you must be paying attention to if you’re planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Samalona island, is that you must conduct an extra preparation before your trip. For example, make sure that you have a trusty tour guide to help you get around the island. Also, make sure you have enough food for everyone, because you don’t want to spend the last day of 2019 with an empty stomach, right?