Tropical Paradise

Escape to a Tropical Paradise where warm breezes blow and palm trees sway. With its lush tropical climate, Cairns, Australia has quickly become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and nature lovers. Learn more about tropical fruits, tropical paintings, tropical plants, tropical fish and tropical flowers.



The Big Apple

"The Big Apple" is a nickname for New York City, famous for its gourmet dining and night life. But many people don’t realize how much fun visitors of all ages can have here. Enjoy our guides to New York City with self-guided walks, cultural history, visual arts, architecture, museum listings, directions and parks.



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Five of the Finest Hotels in New York City

With so many impressive destinations for short city break holidays in the world, it’s the ones with the glitz and glamour that tend to stand out from the crowd. And most seasoned travellers would agree that none of them, despite their range of landmarks and attractions, can match the wow factor that’s found in Hotels in New York City .

New York City Hotels
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The Big Apple offers excitement at every turn, and if you’ve never been before you’ll be pleased to know you can do it in style. Here are five of the very finest accommodation options and luxury hotels in New York City.

The Plaza

This world-famous establishment is located conveniently on Central Park South, close to the city’s most fashionable shopping district and of course just across the road from the park. As you might expect from a top New York hotel, former guests include many of the world’s showbiz elite. The Beatles stayed there during their first visit to the city, when they were riding the initial waves of Beatlemania. Previous owners include Conrad Hilton and Donald Trump.

The Waldorf-Astoria

In a city which honours instant gratification, it’s reassuring that old-fashioned elegance is still highly valued. The Waldorf-Astoria represents a sense of style that is perhaps more associated with a bygone age, which perhaps explains its on-going popularity with the landed gentry of the world. Located on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, close to Grand Central Station, the original hotel stood on the site now occupied by the Empire State Building.

Hotel Pierre

Building a 42-storey grand hotel in 1930, just in time for the Great Depression, didn’t show the most fortunate timing, but early problems were never going to prevent the Pierre from becoming one of New York’s favourite establishments. With jaw-dropping views of Central Park and a number of superbly appointed suites to offer the most discerning guests, not to mention one of the city’s finest restaurants, this stunning monument to luxury continues to make the headlines.

Carlyle Hotel

The Upper East Side is one of the most fashionable districts of New York, thanks to the proximity of the park and the plethora of museums, grand residential homes and trendy stores. The Carlyle has become synonymous with the Kennedy administration in recent decades, thanks to JFK’s ownership of an apartment within the hotel. The wonderful Café Carlyle is one of the Big Apple’s finest jazz venues, and regularly features performances from the great and good.

Mandarin Oriental

Located in a beautiful modern skyscraper that towers over Columbus Circle close to the south-western corner of Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental has rapidly become one of the city’s most popular Hotels in New York City. In many ways, the views of the city, whether across the park or over the Hudson River, provide the most memorable aspect of a stay, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that are a feature of many of the rooms, suites and communal areas. Read more