There are several cities my husband regularly visits for work. Depending on the level of interest and time he spends there I decide if I am going to tag along and take advantage of the hotel room. Believe me, I know how lucky that makes me. Its fabulous. I love it !!
And New York is a 'no brainer'.
Even more so since he was spending 2 weeks there, we had some friends from London in town for a few days AND one of my best girlfriends from Melbourne was also going to be there at the same time.
I booked myself a great priced premium Economy ticket with British Airways, and was lucky enough to get an upgrade to business class. I've mentioned before that I LOVE travelling with British Airways, I LOVE the champagne lounge at Heathrow and as a loyal Gold Card holder I get treated well and have a few nice upgrades. It makes a big difference to any trip.
I even managed to get an appointment for a facial in the complimentary Elemis spa at the lounge. This trip was off to a very good start...
As with a lot of my trips to NYC I do tend to make a lot of plans. There are lots of things I like to do and restaurants that I want to try, if I don't make the reservations I can't get tables where I want to or the spa I want to go to is full so to avoid disappointment I do make quite a few plans.. Also, this time around I was co-ordinating a few things with some friends and so being organised was important.
On this trip we were staying at Le Parker Meridian, an SPG hotel very close to Central Park. Its a great location for Shopping, the Metro, and Hubby can walk to the office. Its often quite expensive, but luckily this time, for whatever reason, their rate was very competitive. We use the SPG chain a lot and have lifetime platinum status, and they are quite good with rewarding their loyal guests. This time was no exception and we were up-graded to a suite which is great when you have 2 weeks of luggage and plan to do a lot of shopping. A review of the hotel and the restaurants we ate at will follow in the next post. 2 weeks in NYC - Part 2.
Top of my list of appointments in NYC is always a visit to the hairdresser for a cut.
I have naturally curly hair and there is a great company called Devachan who have 2 salons n NYC, and trained stylists all over the USA and even some in the UK.
If you have curly or even wavy hair check them out. Their cutting technique makes absolute sense and bad hair cuts will become a thing of the past. I discovered them whilst I was living in NY years ago and apart from a Deva trained stylist in London there is no-one else I let near my hair. I use their products (thank you Amazon) and my curls are happy, bouncy and I'm often complimented for them.
425 Broome St (At Crosby), New York, NY 10013
220 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Next on the list of bookings was a spa day with my friend. We chose Great Jones Street Spa as it had been recommended by a friend. I don't have an photos from inside as its a full on spa with saunas steam rooms and jacuzzi as well as all the treatments a girl needs to make her feel beautiful and ready to face the world. Its spread over several floors and is very spacious, you would never be able to tell from the outside.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, I had a fabulous facial and a Mani-Pedi. It was a beautiful oasis in the city and I'd highly recommend it... not at the weekend when it gets crazy busy, but on the Tuesday afternoon in March, it was just perfect.
29 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
My last booking was for a personal shopping experience at Macy's Department store.
This was lots of fun and a very good time and money saver.
I contacted them via email and sent a photo of myself with my clothing size and a brief explanation of what I was looking to buy. I decided this would be a great way to shake up my wardrobe and try some styles and colours that I wouldn't normally. It worked out very well and I arrived to find a whole room of outfits and accessories ready for me to try on.I found a few pieces that I loved and my personal shopper rushed away to find them in other colours for me. I didn't have to run around the worlds largest department store myself, instead I enjoyed my complimentary drinks and waited for the clothes to come to me. Perfect.
To add to the experience is the 20% discount offered on all the items you buy from the personal shoppers suggestions. On the day I was there some of the items already had a discount, and so the additional 20% really did bring the overall bill down considerably.
I left with some great jeans, a couple of pairs of cropped trousers for the summer, some tops and t-shirts in colours I would not normally choose and a beautiful wrap dress.
A very successful, stress free shopping trip I will definitely repeat.
151 West 34th Street NY 10001 4th Floor
I'll write a separate post about the restaurants we went to during our stay, some new ones, and an old favorite... READ THIS POST HERE
All in all the trip was a great success, a fabulous mixture of 'me time', catching up with friends and eating in some great restaurants, updating my wardrobe ready for spring and getting a haircut. What more could I ask for....
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