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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites

Laura Millar, Travel and Food Writer, Woman & Home and City A.M

New York, New York – so good, they named it twice. The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of… years before I first ever visited, I fell in love with it, through movies, music and TV. Yellow taxis; steam rising up through manholes on every street corner; pizza by the slice; Tiffany’s for breakfast (or lunch,or dinner); Batman protecting his beloved Gotham City; the Chrysler building (my all-time favourite edifice); great ‘cawfee; the Statue of Liberty – the reality was even better than the images. It pulses with energy, 24 hours a day, and I truly feel more alive here than in any other city in the world; basically, I just heart NY.

Postcard landmarks, extraordinary experiences and a smorgasbord of dining opportunities – every flavour is catered for in New York City. Step into each famous district in New York and you’ll discover something new. Neighbouring Little Italy, lower Manhattan’s Chinatown is a culinary and visual feast for the senses; colourful signs and townhouses line the streets, whilst live crabs, Chinese spices and fresh star fruits and lychees fill the stalls. Cross over from Chinatown to the Upper East Side and the rich aromas of Cantonese cuisine fade into those of designer perfume. Immerse yourself in New York’s diverse history with a stroll down Museum Mile, before browsing the upmarket boutiques along Madison Avenue or in the legendary Bloomingdales shopping mall; New York is the shopping destination of choice, after all. Wherever you go, the Big Apple is brimming with fusion restaurants, local American diners and cosmopolitan celebrity hotspots; dine at ultra-luxe Le Bernardin or Keens Steakhouse for their sought-after mutton chop. In the bohemian Meatpacking District, Catch NYC is the place to reserve a table for celebrity sightings; savour chef Hung Huynh’s exquisite seafood menu upon the intimate rooftop terrace. No luxury holiday to NYC is complete without visiting the world-famous attractions – the Chrysler Building illuminated at night with its elaborate Art Deco architecture, the Statue of Liberty viewed in all its glory from the Staten Island Ferry and Central Park with its myriad of seasonal activities. Breath-taking views are waiting to be absorbed wherever you venture in the city; walk the historic Brooklyn Bridge for picture-perfect vistas of the city skyline, before stopping for an artisanal soda or grilled cheese sandwich in the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. Relive New York’s remarkable journey over the past 14 years with an interactive high-speed lift ride up the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center, before reaching the summit and enjoying panoramic city views from the observation deck.

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New York Essentials

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New York Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in New York.

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Best experiences in New York

  • The city is teeming with rich history and culture; enjoy an afternoon spent at the MoMA, The Guggenheim, Ellis Island or the Brooklyn Museum
  • A sunset viewing from the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center is one of the best ways to view the city; pre-book for unrivalled views of the Empire State Building, Central Park and beyond
  • Experience the infectious energy of an international show at the Broadway theatre in Times Square - Chicago and The Lion King continue to draw in the crowds year after year
  • Feel the joyous exuberance of Harlem with its blues clubs and gospel choirs; Paris Blues Jazz Club has been entertaining Harlem since 1969
  • Central Park is a joy to visit in every season; in the summer, free open-air performances of Shakespeare in the Park bring the backdrop of Belvedere Castle to life, whilst ice-skating on Wollman Rink is a must in winter
  • In artsy SoHo, discover Mulberry, Versace and alternative luxury boutiques within beautiful 19th Century townhouses

When is the best time to visit New York?

Spring and autumn are the best time to visit; summers can be hot and humid and winters cold, although pre-Christmas shopping in the city is a magical experience

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Broadway – Behind-The-Scenes

From Chicago to Phantom of the Opera, New York’s Broadway continuously delivers the best of the best, generating a cheerful and infectious energy that lasts far beyond the twinkling lights. For an exclusive taste of this theatrical landmark, opt for a behind-the scenes Broadway experience, featuring pre-dinner cocktails, the best seating, backstage access and a personal meet-and-greet session. Equally as appealing, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts brings the likes of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and New York City Ballet into one spectacular venue.

Must-See Musuems

As one of the largest cities in the world, it comes as no surprise that New York’s cultural and arts scene is as eclectic and mesmerising as you can get. Follow an art expert to New York’s best museums and fine art institutions on the Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts the title of America’s largest museum. For a truly unique experience, explore some of the city’s most sophisticated and creative neighbourhoods by bike with a dedicated guide, before descending into the local Brooklyn hotspots for the evening’s festivities.

Bright Lights – City Nights

Every kind of nightlife experience imaginable exists across this remarkable city, with sultry blues setting the tone in Harlem and sophisticated cocktail bars drawing a diverse crowd in SoHo. For a refined taste of the Big Apple, head to the iconic Meatpacking District; this bustling neighbourhood is home to the celebrity-frequented Catch NYC, where exquisite seafood is served upon an intimate rooftop terrace. An essential to pre-book, the PDT (Please Don’t Tell) cocktail lounge is entered through a vintage phone box and exudes an understated feel.

The High Line

Once a former railway track, The High Line elevated park is now a prime hotspot for New Yorkers, boasting bespoke foodie tours, opera performances, open-air talks and summer play sessions for children. Stock up at the local Gansevoort Market for a pleasant picnic in the park or take advantage of the nearby restaurants serving traditional American and delectable international cuisine. Led by the Amateur Astronomers Association, visitors can also partake in stargazing in the heart of the city.