Whether it’s the wildlife, scenery, or people you remember most, Africa is out on its own for sheer scale, variety and dramatic impact. It’s an extraordinary place that will entice you back again and again, from the elegance and charm of Cape Town to the primal attractions of the Serengeti and the impossibly-perfect beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean.
Straddling the two Poles and encompassing myriad landscapes and cultures, The Americas offer an almost tireless treasure trove of experiences for travellers, from the remains of ancient civilizations in South America to the gleaming cities of Canada and the US, peppered amongst ever-changing landscapes which define majesty.
With its gleaming towers rising out of the desert, constantly sun-drenched beaches, world-beating designer shopping and fabulous hotels, the UAE serves up the very last word in urbane glamour, while Oman is a stylish and sophisticated choice for those looking to enjoy the very best Arabia has to offer.
How can you begin to sum up Asia? Mysterious, majestic, surprising, spiritual, energetic, enticing… it’s all those and more. A trip here is a true voyage of discovery, not least because its cultures and history have been hidden to Western eyes for too long, and with so much to explore, you’ll be back time and again.
Explore, cherish and fall in love with Australia, the world’s largest island; the epic countryside and adrenaline-junkie Eden of New Zealand, or the spectacularly laid-back islands of French Polynesia – which bring to life just how dreamy reality can get.
Hunker down by translucent shores and shady palms to breathe in jasmine and hibiscus and watch the hovering of miracle-winged hummingbirds. Why not explore the stunning tiny islands of the Caribbean?
From the sun-kissed Mediterranean to sophisticated cities, Europe’s diversity is without equal. Its converted castles, restored monasteries, refurbished palaces and rolling landscapes are all testimony to its fascinating history, whilst the gourmet cuisine, vintage wines and glamorous nightlife reflect the continent’s irrepressible joie de vivre.
Choose from idyllic islands adrift in the Indian Ocean, seducing you with overwater villas, underwater reefs, iridescent white sands, swaying sugar cane and cerulean oceans; or the magnificence of the Indian Subcontinent’s temples, Buddhist Kingdoms and beaches throughout Sri Lanka – all serving up a feast for senses as well as the soul.
We love New York (who doesn’t)?!
A city of neighbourhoods, with almost endless options for eating, sightseeing and shopping, the city derives its personality from the hundreds of small communities whose cultures make them feel like cities of their own.
Scroll down for Eden's Guide to New York's Neighbourhoods
Upper East Side
Leafy home to the city's beautiful townhouses, the Upper East Side is a quiet spot to base yourself, just moments from Central Park and Museum Mile, where big names like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum sit alongside gems like Neue Galerie and the Frick Collection.
Best for: Fashion-conscious shoppers, fans of fine-dining and those who prefer an upscale residential neighbourhood.
Stay: The Mark
Midtown East & Murray Hill
Steps from Manhattan's most iconic activities, Midtown East and Murray Hill are filled to the brim with picture-postcard New York City moments. Home to such icons as the Chrysler Building, the United Nations and Grand Central Terminal, there's plenty more to attract those more interested in the city's dining, nightlife and cultural scenes.
Best for: Lovers of architecture, world-class shopping, late-night drinks, and sushi (Murray Hill is awash with hip cafés and bouncing bars and Midtown East is a mecca of Japanese cuisine).
Stay: Four Seasons Hotel New York | Refinery Hotel
Midtown & Midtown West
This is the New York everyone around the world knows from a million TV shows, with all the noise, colour, flash and bustle of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller Center. But these neighbourhoods aren't just about sightseeing and shows: they also boasts top-draw restaurants and bars, including the Theatre District's Restaurant Row and rowdy Hell's Kitchen's bars and clubs. Hotels here are aplenty, but because of their location they do fill up fast, so prices are generally higher than anywhere else in the city.
Best for: Anyone who wants to have a front-row seat to 'the city that never sleeps', just steps from the theatres of Broadway, a whole lot of shops, and a choice of restaurants to suit every budget.
Stay: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park | 1 Hotel Central Park | Chambers Hotel | Mandarin Oriental, New York | Park Hyatt New York | Baccarat Hotel & Residences
TriBeCa, The Lower East Side and Nolita
Once home to industrial warehouses, TriBeCa is now the land of celebrity-owned lofts (some of the city's most expensive real estate); while the unpretentious, no-frills attitude of the Lower East Side has a unique, eclectic identity. Both offer a true taste of New York neighbourhood living, with lots of some of the best nightlife, dining, and entertainment in Manhattan, while the less-residential Nolita has a distinctly charming vibe all its own, with cosy cafés, stylish boutiques and a burgeoning bar scene.
Best for: A true taste of downtown life.
Stay: The Greenwich Hotel, Tribeca
South of Times Square, Rockefeller Centre and Radio City, and perfectly-located to easily combine with a visit to Central Park, Broadway, SoHo or TriBeCa, the Garment District is home to many of the world's most famous fashion designers. And the best way to see the neighbourhood where fashion was born? A behind-the-scenes shopping tour that visits a combination of wholesale showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden sample sales.
Best for: Fashionista bargain hunters, pure shopaholics, and anyone interested in seeing a legendary design centre at work.
Stay: The Knickerbocker Hotel | Andaz 5th Avenue
The city's most fashionable neighbourhood has no shortage of trendy spots for shopping and dining, but careful explorers will find Soho's true charm in its cobblestone streets, cast-iron architecture, and sweeping lofts and galleries. And when it comes to hotels, this is a neighbourhood that's strictly high-end.
Best for: Quaint cafes, a bohemian, creative vibe, and endless options for upscale shopping, dining and entertainment (it's close to Chinatown too).
Stay: Crosby Street Hotel
A beloved mix of the very best New York has to offer, from the sprinkling of brownstones on its beloved tree-lined streets that add a homey, suburban feel to the neighbourhood; to iconic Washington Square Park, intimate eateries, elegant boutiques, a vivacious bar scene, and of course, its diverse group of residents.
Best for: Those wanting a bustling, centrally-located historic neighbourhood, where active days blend into fun, relaxing nights.
Stay: Walker Hotel
Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy Park
The gateway to downtown, Union Square is just a stone's throw from the East Village, the West Village and the Meatpacking District. It's also about as close as New York gets to a European piazza, with a Greenmarket, peddling artisans, and street performers all in one hub. The Flatiron district, quiet by day, boasts some of New York's most celebrated dining options; and Gramercy Park is one of the city's best residential neighbourhoods – an ideal mix of calmness and convenience, sprinkled with charming bars, bodegas, and cafes.
Best for: Visitors wanting a central location, with easy subway connections and a real sense of community spirit.
Stay: Ganesvoort Park Avenue NYC | The New York EDITION
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