A honeymoon in the Big Apple is always a good idea. With so much to see and do, and emerging neighbourhoods to explore, your challenge will be editing your itinerary to fit it all in.
As for what’s new and cool, Hudson Yards is the hottest new area. Located on the westside of Midtown Manhattan, you can eat, shop (the city’s first Neiman Marcus is here) and play in this ’hood. A visit to Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel is essential for amazing views of the city and the Hudson River—but be warned you have to work to see them, as there are 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings in this landmark interactive artwork.
When it comes to hotels, Manhattan is brimming with incredible options, but one that definitely headlines the must-stay-on-honeymoon list is the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Located in Columbus Circle, adjacent to Central Park, the hotel’s best rooms offer sweeping city views. Choose your room to suit your preferred view—our favourite features both the park and city skyline, and you’ll find this in rooms on the 40th to 43rd floors.
The Mandarin Oriental is all about the wow factor, and its incredible views, sleek decor and chic vibe are, of course, a big part of the dining and lounge experience. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in The Aviary, where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the city, or sneak away to The Office, a sweet speakeasy space tucked away from the main lounge action, featuring stunning interior design and inventive cocktails. Asiate is the hotel’s main fine dining restaurant, and not only is the menu incredible (the wine collection boasts more than 1,300 bottles), it’s one of the most beautiful, breathtaking rooms in the city.