New York's most romantic bolt-holes

New York's most romantic bolt-holes

Get away from it all at these inner-city hotels that exude luxury and intimacy

The backdrop to countless romantic classics – from West Side Story to Breakfast at Tiffany's – behind New York's urban facade you'll find a host of intimate spaces made for a good love story.

The PlazaClassic romance at The Plaza

Sweep-off-the-feet moments are around almost every corner of this New York icon. Luxury is in the details here – stained-glass ceilings, chunky gilding, bold floral arrangements and Baccarat chandeliers – which soon transports you back in time, ensuring you and the object of your affection are entranced by its old-world style. Capturing the timeless elegance of an Upper East Side pied-à-terre, the hotel's lavish Legacy suites have the best views of the city's most well-known landmarks, including the Vanderbilt Mansion, Fifth Avenue and Central Park. You'll also be able to enjoy a host of perks, from complimentary airport transfers to personalised stationery, white-glove butler service and fresh flowers.

In addition, as a member of lifestyle concierge you can take advantage of early check-in and late check-out*, US$100 food and beverage credit and complimentary wi-fi. Contact us for more information.

The treatment menu at the Guerlain spa is filled with ways to revitalise body and mind. Sign up for a half day experience and let the therapists restore a sense of wellbeing at the tranquil retreat. Don't leave without succumbing to the indulgence of a 110-minute side-by-side couple's massage, which ends with champagne and truffles.

At The Plaza's Champagne Bar, views of the Pulitzer Fountain can be drunk in with a fluteful of Perrier-Jouët. This modern venue is located in the same space as the original Champagne Porch that attracted the likes of Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald. After fuelling up on caviar, fresh oysters and Mediterranean platters that are highlights of the menu, end the evening on a sweet note by indulging in the yoghurt and citrus panna cotta that is designed to be shared. With quality dining, cocktail bars, boutiques and a wellness centre all housed inside The Plaza, you'll be loath to leave the hotel at all.

1 HotelEco-conscious intimacy at The 1 Hotel

Hole up for a few days in this chic and cosy hotel on the border of Central Park. It's a picturesque hideout for the couple who wish to be closer to nature while still enjoying the vibrant energy of Manhattan. Proving that sustainability and style are not mutually exclusive, this footprint-conscious space has details that will please lovers of the great outdoors: an ivy-covered facade made with 24,000 plants, a door fashioned out of 16,000 twigs, floors and walls crafted out of reclaimed wood, purifying hanging plants peppered throughout and triple-filtered tap water that rules out the need for bottles. Even the furniture comes from local sources, and the neutral, earthy palette complements the raw textures.

When you're ready to emerge, the romantic allure of Central Park is hard to resist. A slow stroll through the park and you'll discover its many nooks and crannies into which couples dive to savour quiet moments. There will be proposals on the deck of the Loeb Boathouse over a bottle of fizz, and anniversaries commemorated at the conservatory garden. In winter, young lovers spin, leap and glide hand-in-hand at Wollman ice rink, and in summer first dates include a giddy ride on the antique carousel.

The St. Regis New YorkSplurge for someone special at St. Regis New York

There's no shortage of romance to be found at the St. Regis New York. It's in almost every detail of the Beaux Arts building, erected in 1904, from spectacular shimmering chandeliers to marble-clad bathrooms and gilded furnishings. However, there's perhaps no area in the entire hotel imbued with more romance than the Tiffany suite. Guests can channel their inner Holly Golightly inside the 158-square-metre space, where even the furniture resembles jewellery. Designed in conjunction with John Loring of Tiffany & Co, the interior nods to the brand with signature blue accents and classic furnishings complemented by a modern aesthetic. You and your partner will want for nothing on a romantic getaway with special amenities, such as a 24-hour butler service and Bentley-chauffeured drives, at your disposal.

Shopping is synonymous with this city, so make sure you include a stop at Macy's Herald Square, a renowned home for high-end brands where you're certain to find the perfect way to treat your partner. As a member of lifestyle concierge you qualify for a Macy's VIP Passport (not available to the general public), which includes: free gifts and make-up consultations from top cosmetic brands such as Dior, discounts and savings at select restaurant and dining options in store, and 10% off merchandise.

Culture aficionados can also enjoy the hotel's convenient proximity to the Museum of Modern Art, where an afternoon date can be spent admiring the work of today's top artists. Before heading back to your room, stop in at the King Cole Bar & Salon for an afternoon tea à deux, which you can enjoy as a complimentary benefit when you book a stay at the hotel through lifestyle concierge.

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Last updated on 31 May 2017

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