Destination of the week: New York City

There’s no place quite like New York, something in the air is just different and that’s why it continues to attract tourists and people from all over the world. The city that never sleeps you’ll find more than enough thing to do here form shopping in Manhattan to enjoying the finest Broadway shows. The world is your oyster in New York City and you make your own adventure; let’s face it one of the greats Frank Sinatra didn’t make a song about this epic city for no reason.

times square

There are many great hotels to stay at in New York City but we’ve opted for boutique design hotel W New York. The W New York is not only a great hotel but is in the epicentre of all New York’s finest attractions like Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Theatre District and world-class shopping.

W New York

Find your own personal haven in one of its 696 completely renovated guest rooms , suites, and spa suites and indulge in complete comfort in your pillow top beds and soft terry robes.

W New York

W New York has everything you need to make your stay memorable and spectacular. The hotel has the latest technology, creative catering, and innovative spaces. If you need to unwind, you can work out at FIT or relax in NY’s hottest spa Bliss49.

W New York

We recommend sleeping in the urban splendour that is the Extreme WOW Suite, a sanctuary of creative comforts draped in relaxing neutral tones. Guests will be left in awe by the contemporary luxury and breath taking city views from every angle.

W New York E Wow

The 700-square-foot wraparound terrace is like nothing you’ve ever seen before and where a sprawling daybed, solid cedar chairs, teak-framed sectionals and basket chairs await on elegant teak flooring.  Invite some people over and dance in the sunlight with your outdoor sound system.

W New York E Wow terrace

There are so many fantastic features, savour state-of-the-art in-room entertainment, mix a cool cocktail at the marble-topped wet bar and snack from the Munchie Box or Illuminate the intimate dining area with the pendant lamps—designed by Tom Dixon.

W New York E Wow

Curl up in your signature king-size W bed framed in exotic zebrawood with a custom-designed headboard by Museum Editions that incorporates a backlit art piece. Indulge yourself in your expansive tranquil bathroom, by spending time in the glass-panelled rainforest shower or decadent soaking tub while zoning out to the flat screen TV.

W New York E Wow

New York city is every shopaholics dream and ultimate temptation, there is something for everyone whether your kryptonite is books, clothes or jewellery. Gleaming jewellery stores, colourful fashion boutiques, stylish bookshops and heavenly smelling chocolatiers pave the streets of New York, and if you look hard enough you’ll find things you never knew existed. One of the world’s great fashion capitals New York has a large variety for your different fashion tastes whether its couture or street wear. Visit Soho and Nolita for high-end international and local designers; the East Village and the Lower East Side for edgier streetwear and indie fashion; mid-town for departments stores like Macy's, as well as high street shops like top-shop, Zara and more, the lastly the Upper East Side for more elite boutiques.

shoppping NYC

We could never talk about New York City without talking about the magic that is Broadway. Broadway is something you have to see when visiting New York to really get the full experience, allow it to dazzle you and transport into a different world from your seat.  


One of the top Broadway shows is the Book of Mormon, this cutting-edge, obscene and hilarious musical is the work of south park creators Trey Park and Matt stone, and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez. The Book of Mormons tells the story of two naive Mormons on a mission to 'save' a Ugandan village.The show and its 9 Tony awards speak for itself so it’s worth giving it a chance while you’re in the city. It’s a popular show so remember to book well in advance especially if you’re booking standard tickets.

The Book of Mormon

She watches over New York City day and night, yes you’ve got it it’s the Statue of Liberty. Probabyly the most famous thing in the city, The Statue of Liberty  was conceived in 1865 by French intellectual Edouard Laboulaye as a monument to the republican principals shared by France and the USA. Then French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi traveled to New York in 1871 to pick the site and spent more than ten years in Paris designing and making the 151ft-tall figure. It was later shipped to New York City and placed on a small island in the harbour, where it was unveiled in 1886.

Statue of Liberty

The crown is open to the public but due to limited capacity, reservations are required as far in advance as possible. Those who do not want to make a reservation can still visit the statue and enjoy the view from the 16-story observation deck. There is also a specially designed glass ceiling that allows you to look up into the statues amazing interior.


The Empire State Building is not only one of the most famous buildings in the New York City Skyline, but it has also been featured in countless Hollywood films over the years. This limestone classic was built in just 410days at a phenomenal cost of $41 million. Located on the site of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the 102-story, 1472ft-high Empire State Building opened its doors in 1931.

empire State Building

The view from the Empire State Building will leave you speechless, queues to get to the observation decks however will be very long but definitely worth the wait, as once up there you can stay as long as you like and zoom in on the city through coin-operated telescopes. We recommend going during sunset or a night as you get the most magical view of the city.

Empire State Building view

Just like the Empire State Building this station has been features in more films and TV programmes than we can count. Completed in 1913, Grand Central Station is one of the most beautifully crafted Beaux Arts buildings in New York. One of our favourite features would have to be the vaulted ceiling bearing a mural of the constellations streaming across it (backwards) as well as the 75ft-high, glass-encased catwalks. This wonderful building has been making train travel romantic for the longest time and will continue to do so as it remains an architectural beauty.

Grand Central Station

The National September 11 Museum and Memorial is finally open to the public, inside the Memorial's two massive reflecting pools pay tribute to the thousands who lost their lives on that fateful fall day in 2001. Beside the pools stands the state-of-the-art Memorial Museum, a solemn space where inside the events and consequences of that day are documented.

The National September 11 Museum and Memorial

The National September 11 Museum and Memorial

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also known as ‘The Met’ was founded in 1870 and has one of the biggest art collections in the whole world. The museum has an astonishing 17 acres of galleries and attracts almost six million visitors a year- making it the largest single-site attraction in New York City. If you’re big on ancient Egyptian art then you will be rendered speechless when you see the museum’s collection some which dates back to the Paleolithic era.


The roof garden is one the best spots in the entire museum and features rotating sculpture installations by contemporary and 20th century artists. However, nothing compares to the views it offers of the city and Central Park.

MET rooftop

Experience the calmer side to New York City in Central Park, an 843-acre rectangle of open space in the middle of Manhattan. Created in the 1860s and ’70s by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the enormous park was designed as a leisure space for all New Yorkers, regardless of colour, class or creed. The lush laws, beautiful flowering gardens and wooded paths provides New Yorkers with the timeout and peace they need.

Central Park

Don’t be put off by the name because the Dead Rabbit is Far from dead, this new bar has had no problem collecting awards which include Time out Magazines Best New Cocktail Bar 2014, Best American Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Drink Selection at the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail Festival.The ground floor offers an informal setting where you can enjoy craft beer, bottled punch, and whiskeys of the world, with lunch served daily. Upstairs the Parlour focuses on small plates, communal punch, and 72 historically-accurate cocktails dreamed up by the nineteenth century’s most celebrated bartenders.

The Dead Rabbit

Eleven Madison Park is the epitome of fine dining coming in at number 5 in the 2013 San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list. If that doesn’t convince you then you’ll be delighted to know that this American restaurant is one of only seven in NYC to receive three Michelin stars. The young co-owner and chef Daniel Humm turns immaculate regional ingredients into indescribably pure, exquisite statements. 

Eleven Madison Park