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The best luxury experiences in New York

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  • By Kiri Gordon
  • Published 13 June 2022
  • Revised 14 February 2023
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New York and luxury go hand-in-hand, but with so much choice, how do you make sure that you’re opting for the most elite New York experiences?

Well, don’t worry, we’ve narrowed down a list of the best luxury New York attractions and experiences for you to add to your growing itinerary. Expect nothing less than the places with the shiniest crystals, the most lavish settings, and the optimum hospitality. 

The Big Apple is a glamorous playground, so let’s waste no more time and discover all you need to explore on your next visit to New York. 

Book a helicopter tour of the city

Why look up at the Empire State Building when you could view it from above with a helicopter ride over the Big Apple? Take a private tour and you’ll see Central Park, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty in a different light. It’s the perfect way to see all the iconic sights in just one hour. 

A helicopter tour of NYC

A helicopter tour of NYC

Stay in a luxury hotel

The ultimate way to have a luxurious experience in New York is to stay at one of the many luxury hotels. The Mark is a favourite amongst fashion moguls during Fashion week, or you could go to The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, a regular spot for celebrities and influencers alike. While you can’t go wrong with The St. Regis New York for a truly classic luxury stay. 

From exquisite restaurants, pampering spas and sumptuous suites, take a look at our range of luxury hotels available.
 

The Dior Suite at The St. Regis

The Dior Suite at The St. Regis
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Carriage ride through Central Park

As cheesy as it might seem, the most luxurious way to explore Central Park is via horse and carriage. Think Big and Carrie with champagne and formal attire as your guide talks you through the various scenic landmarks. 

Carriage ride through Central Park

Enjoy a VIP Sports event

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, when in New York it’s almost rude not to catch a game. The Inside Experience at Yankee Stadium comes with lunch, a meet and greet, and a gift bag. The premium experience at Metlife Stadium offers a private lounge option, too. 

New York Yankees Stadium

New York Yankees Stadium

Eat at The St. Regis New York

For elegant fine dining, make your way to Astor Court at The St. Regis New York for a sumptuous affair. Stop for a signature Red Snapper at the King Cole Bar where you can revel in an upscale ambience, the head on for the main event. Astor Court provides high ceilings with classic art and twinkling chandeliers that elegantly hang over you. Plus, the dishes are art-on-a plate - we’d have to recommend the seared diver scallops for a decadent treat.

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Astor Court at The St. Regis New York

Astor Court at The St. Regis New York

Enjoy a shopping spree at Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman is the pinnacle of luxury and style. This world-famous department store houses the latest designs from Prada, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. All luxury fashion-forward enthusiasts should pay a visit. If you have a specific item in mind or need a helping hand in purchasing an exclusive item, a stay at The Mark could prove fruitful since they can ‘open doors’, so to speak.

Bergdorf Goodman, NYC

Bergdorf Goodman, NYC

Book an Afternoon Tea at Baccarat Hotel

It’s all about luxury in New York, and nothing is more refined than treating yourself to an Afternoon Tea at Baccarat Hotel. Although it’s the most expensive Afternoon Tea in the city, it’s completely worth the splurge. All served on Baccarat crystal tableware, guests receive a choice of French, English or Turkish packages paired with specialty tea blends from the in-house sommelier.

Afternoon Tea at Baccarat Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Baccarat Hotel

Eat gold wings at The Ainsworth

This might be a little out there, but when will you ever get the chance to eat 24 Karat gold-wrapped wings? The brainchild from the food god himself (self-named) Jonathan Cheban, these wings will set you back $1,000 for fifty. Well, they do come with a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac. Definitely worth it for the experience. 

Gold wings at The Ainsworth

Gold wings at The Ainsworth

Enjoy bottle service at Marquee

If you want to let your hair down but still want to enjoy some luxury and privacy, Marquee is the best exclusive club in New York. Book a bottle-serve booth to enjoy this immersive music experience. It’s a hot spot for the rich and famous, in fact, the bathrooms were designed by Mike D from the Beastie Boys, and it’s frequented by celebrities such as Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

Marquee

Marquee

Go backstage after a show

Broadway fan? If you stay at The Peninsula Hotel, the concierge can arrange for you to be transferred to a theatre production of your choice via MINI Cooper and have the opportunity to meet a key cast or production member after the show. Or, if you go to Broadway Plus, you can select a variety of upscale options from premium seating, meals and behind the scenes tours with cast members.

Broadway, New York

Broadway, New York

Indulge in a spot of Luxury Shopping

When it comes to shopping, there isn’t a city that does it quite like New York. World-famous for its high-end stores, designer boutiques and luxury department stores, you may need to purchase an additional suitcase for the journey home. You can head to Madison Avenue for designers such as Lanvin, Maison Goyard and Celine or go to Fifth Avenue for Tiffany and Co, Bulgari, and Lois Vuitton. Most luxury hotels in New York will arrange personal shopper experiences for you, some with stylists too. 

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue

Take a private yacht

Watch the sunset over the city that never sleeps from the comfort of a luxury yacht. Take to the Hudson River and sip on champagne as you catch sight of the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridge, as well as the Upper East Side and iconic Statue of Liberty. 

Yacht going past Liberty Island

Yacht going past Liberty Island

Get a private viewing at MoMA

Museums all over New York, like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), offer private viewings and exclusive tours of their exhibitions and galleries. If you want to take that a step further, a stay at The Peninsula Hotel gets you exclusive access for one hour before MoMA opens or one hour after. You’ll also get a PhD Art Historian to exclusively answer all your questions! 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

New York City Travel FAQs

Where should I stay on my visit to New York?

If you are looking for luxury things to do in New York, look for a hotel that helps you gain exclusive access. For example, The Mark helps you discover limited items at Bergdorf Goodman, while The Peninsula Hotel New York provides exclusive backstage tickets at the theatre and museums. 

What are the most luxurious hotels in New York?

The most luxurious hotels in New York include the classic Four Seasons Hotel New York on Billionaire’s Row, The Mark on the elegant Upper East Side and The swanky Baccarat Hotel New York.

What’s the most exclusive hotel in New York?

The Mark Hotel is fast becoming one of the most exclusive hotels in New York, particularly during Fashion Week. 

No matter what you decide to do on your trip to New York, whether it’s fine dining in a magnificent restaurant or if it’s taking to the river to explore the views on a private yacht, make sure your day starts and ends in luxury at one of our stunning New York hotels. You can even book a luxury tour of New York with us to ensure every aspect of your stay is of the highest standard. 

 

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