Happy new year! I’ve been inspired by all things new and have compiled a guide to new destinations… and by that I don’t mean ones that have recently been built. These all have new in their names and are my recommendations for places to visit in 2012.
As we all know New York aka the Big Apple is one of the main US cities and one of the global centres for finance, media fashion, entertainment and much, much more. While you can feel the grandeur of New York City everywhere you walk, the best places to experience a panoramic view of the city are the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre’s Top of the Rock or on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights Promenade provides an idyllic spot to take some breath taking views. You can´t visit NYC with walking through Times Square, 24/7 centre of the city epitomises the bright lights and big screens you’ve seen in the movies, you can find plenty of places to eat down Restaurant Row. Plus you can´t forget shopping in NYC is an experience you’ll never forget, as well as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Barney New York there are plenty of other boutiques and shops throughout the city and if you’re with the kids you can’t forget Toy “R” US and its indoor Ferris Wheel. For the more artistically inclined there is always Broadway and the theatre district with 5 star shows all year round, and for the more intellectual of those out there, NYC offers the Museum Mile with its 9 iconic museums. In reality there’s too much to talk about but don’t forget to visit the Statue of Liberty.
The Paramount Hotel New York City is located in the heart of the all of the excitement and bustle in Times Square. Behind it’s impressive façade the hotel offers stylish and striking accommodation, perfect for a unique weekend break in New York. Each bedroom is adorned with pop-nouveau style furnishings in a pleasing neutral colour scheme of white, grey and black and comes with an array of modern comforts. Guests can dine in the Mezzanine Restaurant overlooking the stylish luxury of the hotel’s lobby, with its soaring ceilings and dramatic silver leaf staircase. The Paramount Bar boasts the best cosmos in the city and guests can meet friends for a drink or relax in the plush surroundings of the Library Bar. The Paramount Hotel is an urban oasis in the city and is the perfect base for travellers wanting to explore the exciting city of New York.
New Mexico is located in the south-western part of the US and is a unique centre for culture, with its Native American and Hispanic history New Mexico offers certain events exclusive to the region, depending on the time of year you visit you’ll be able to experience the hustle and bustle of the Contemporary Hispanic Market showcasing Hispanic art in the Plaza de Santa Fe in July. The area also offers some more individual attractions such as the Ice Caves located in a collapsed lava tube where the temperature never goes above 0 degrees, with its perpetual layers of ice glistening blue-green it is one of the natural wonders of the area. Also you can’t forget the place where the fabled Roswell Flying Saucer crash supposedly took place as well as the natural chapel of Plaza Blanca and the Dar al-Islam Mosque. There is also a large variety of trails and monuments to explore in New Mexico for example the Aztec Ruins National Monument and the White Sands National Monuments with its giant waves of white sand creating one of the world’s largest gypsum dune fields.
Located in central Albuquerque, Hotel Andaluz is near the airport and close to KiMo Theater, Rio Grande Zoo, and National Hispanic Cultural Center. Nearby points of interest also include New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Old Town Plaza. Hotel Andaluz’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. This 4.0 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a library, valet parking, and a concierge desk. This is a smoke free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in 2009. There are 107 guestrooms at Hotel Andaluz. Guestrooms have city or mountain views. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, signature bedding, Frette Italian sheets, and down comforters. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers and in room safes (accommodate laptops), guestrooms offer cordless phones with voice mail as well as complimentary local calls (restrictions may apply). 36 inch high definition televisions have premium satellite channels, first run movies, and DVD players. Air conditioned rooms also include iPod docking stations, electronic check out, electronic/magnetic keys, and clock radios.
New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty which includes: jagged mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic features. With plenty of places to visit New Zealand offers a variety of pass times, for the adrenaline Junkies there are four world class ski resorts as well as the chance to Bungy Jump of the Kawarau Bridge. You can also take a trip on a jetboat with the Shotover Jet supposedly being “The World’s Most Exciting Jetboat Ride”, you can also experience Luge as well as Horseback riding, with many more exciting activities Queenstown is the place to go for some excitement. For something a bit more cultured you can visit Nelson where you can visit The World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars, the Suter Art Gallery, on the other hand if you prefer to relax there is always the Miyazu Japanese Garden for a tranquil walk or visit Tahunanui Beach, one the safest beaches in NZ where you can find the popular Beach Café for some great food and drink. If you fancy some shopping you can always visit the Nelson Market, which operates all year round on Saturday mornings.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a luxurious, oceanfront all-suite resort, situated on the cool south coast of Barbados. This elegant resort sits in a stunning location on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with excellent swimming in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A landscape of lagoon pools, cascading waterfalls and lush gardens add to the charming ambience of this tropical paradise. Guests can choose one of two outstanding restaurants, enjoy a BBQ buffet and be amazed at the spectacular floor shows of dancing, fire eating and music. The Beauty Salon and Spa is the ultimate in luxury, whilst the swim up bar is key for a relaxing day at the pool. Not forgetting younger guests, the Bougainvillea Beach Resort’s Adventureland Playground is the perfect place to make new friends and experience new games.
Have a look at PART TWO of our New year, New Destinations blog post.