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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for New York , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Your holiday to New York, one of the world's most exciting cities can be tailor-made to include time for a host of activities and luxury hotel experiences. Keeping true to its reputation as the city that never sleeps, New York offers exceptional round-the-clock entertainment. It is an incredible destination to visit at any time of year and an ideal choice whether you are travelling with luxury family holidays, friends, or on your own.

A cultural melting pot, the city has a rich and varied array of things to see and do, and is split into fascinating neighbourhoods from Little Italy and China Town, to Greenwich Village with its Bohemian ambience and Soho with its boutique-style art galleries and shops. From the moment you step out of the airport and begin to head towards Manhattan you will almost certainly begin to feel a certain familiarity as the iconic yellow cabs whizz past and you gaze up at the towering skyscrapers and iconic landmarks; scenes we've committed to memory from watching many of our favourite American films and television series over and over again. Although it's a city jam-packed with sights and sounds at every turn, there are plenty of places to escape to including Central Park and, of course, some fantastic hotel spas, should you wish to completely switch off and be pampered for an hour or two. If you are visiting in the winter, perhaps for a Christmas shopping break; do make time for ice-skating at the rink at the Rockefeller Center or Central Park, and if you're staying for New Year, then Times Square at midnight, when the New Year's Eve Ball descends and the fireworks begin to start is a cliche well worth experiencing.

General Information
CapitalState: New York. Capital: Albany. Largest City: New York City.
Time Difference-8 hours
CurrencyUS Dollar
Voltage120 v


Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Travelling to the USA - Travel Authorisation (ESTA)

US Customs and Border Control has introduced an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). The system is web-based only and requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the USA if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply, please visit the official website: A charge of 14 USD per person (subject to change) will apply.


Generally, May to June and mid-September to mid-October are particularly pleasant times to visit. July and August can be humid, while snow is common in winter. However, this north east region can experience changeable weather and moderate rainfall at any time of the year. Summer can see heat waves which can feel uncomfortable in the city, but your luxury hotel will provide the comforts of air-conditioning and stylish bars to enjoy a cooling cocktail. Salon de Ning at The Peninsula New York offers outdoor seating on its rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and sharing plates such as mixed olives, cheeses and charcuterie, and tuna sashimi, while looking down on the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for New York.

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If it’s your first time to New York, you will probably want to visit the well-known department stores such as Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s, and, of course, it’s almost a must to shop ‘til you drop in designer boutiques on Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue – the perfect places to check out the latest collections of truly beautiful fashions. Several of our featured hotels, including The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, New York are located right on Fifth or Madison. But, if you prefer a more eclectic approach to your retail experience, there are all sorts of quirky places to discover. The Peninsula, New York's Peninsula Academy Programme offers private shopping excursions planned by the hotel’s Concierge.

Art and Museums
The Mark is just steps away from the world-famous Guggenheim which is very good, but perhaps even more so, is MoMa (the Museum of Modern Art) – which houses a comprehensive collection of art including masterpieces from Van Gogh, Picasso and Cezanne to Jackson Pollock. If your passion is fashion, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art has a dedicated display of costume through the ages, while The American Museum of Natural History offers an interesting journey into the marvels of nature, our planet and conservation.

There are plenty of guided walking tours of Central Park. Take a gourmet picnic with you, find a spot to sit down on the grass and watch the world go by. Central Park’s attractions include a boating lake, a 1950s carousel ride and a programme of open-air concerts. If you’re feeling energetic, you can exercise along one of the park’s jogging trails.

No visit to New York would be complete without seeing a show at one of Broadway’s theatres. Alternatively, enjoy an opera at The Met (Lincoln Center) or a concert at Carnegie Hall. One of the best places for a pre-theatre supper is the Mandarin Oriental, New York's Asiate restaurant.

View the sweeping cityscapes of Manhattan from the Rockefeller Center’s ‘Top of the Rock Observation Deck’ or the Empire State Building. Four Seasons Hotel New York – one of the city’s tallest hotels – offers a selection of room types that take full advantage of the amazing city skyline vistas. Don’t forget to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, look up at the striking Chrysler Building and take a ferry to see The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour too. For something a little different, take a walking tour of Grand Central Train Station to admire its grand staircases, chandeliers and gold leaf ceiling featuring the signs of the zodiac.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Emirates direct from Dubai to New York.
Etihad Airways direct from Abu Dhabi to New York.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to New York.

Flight Time
From Dubai to New York: 14 hours, 10 minutes.

Travel Gems+

At Mandarin Oriental, New York you can take a dip in the pool where there are floor-to-ceiling windows offering amazing views over New York.

The Carlyle's Cafe Carlyle is unequalled for its cabaret – performers have included Woody Allen, Eartha Kitt and Elaine Stritch

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