A luxury travel guide to New York for sporting fanatics
There are few countries that do sport quite like the USA, and from baseball to basketball, soccer to ice hockey, if you enjoy the thrill of a good game and some edge-of-your-seat action ringside, then it could well be the travel destination of your dreams.
Thankfully, America does luxury just as well as it does big games, too. Here, grand, high-end hotels and world-famous eateries can be found everywhere you turn, so you won’t have to compromise on the finer things in life to see some unmissable sport.
Whichever state you travel to, you’re bound to find an exciting event to watch, with many offering VIP seating for those who really want to spectate in style – but when it comes to getting the most exciting experience money can buy, then why not cut to the chase and head straight for New York?
Home of the popular MLB Baseball team, New York Yankees, as well as NFL football outfit, New York Giants, there are thrilling games taking place in the Big Apple every week – but you don’t need to limit yourself to the city alone. With a wealth of hotshot sports teams scattered across the New York metropolitan area – which includes Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley, Northern and Central New Jersey and parts of Western Connecticut – there is always something exciting to see, even further afield – so don’t be afraid to head off and explore.
A small state in the north-eastern region of the USA, just outside of the Big Apple, New Jersey is easily reachable by train and is known for its great food, miles of spectacular beaches and diverse culture. Sports here are a pretty big deal, too, and NJ is home to major league hockey, soccer and basketball teams. Offering up a packed calendar of exciting events you won’t want to miss, to really get involved with the action, you can take a flutter on your favourite team via NJ Online Sportsbook – after all, it’s all part of the fun, and with big teams like these, there’s money to be won.
Where to stay
The Four Seasons Hotel New York is the obvious choice. Located on ‘Billionnaire’s Row’, between swanky Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, this opulent hotel offers guests a five-star New York hotel living experience to remember. Its Art Deco lobby and onyx ceiling are a sign of things to come, and with an on-site spa and a range of other lavish facilities, it’s the ideal base for a luxurious stay.
The Park Lane Hotel makes for a great alternative, boasting sweeping views over central park and the New York skyline and offering up an appealing European ambience. Guests can dine on a mouth-watering seasonal menu created by Joseph Fontanals, or select from a wide selection of cocktails at the renowned Harry’s New York Bar.
If you prefer lower-key lodgings without having to compromise on sophistication, then head over to quieter New Jersey. Bungalow Hotel offers modern and luxurious self-catering accommodation, which is just perfect if you like to do things at your own pace. As well as five-star apartments in a tranquil environment, guests are provided with access to a nearby beach club, which boasts a private beach area and fitness centre. Perfect for unwinding after a long day court-side.
Where to eat
New York is awash with Michelin-starred eateries, so you’ll never run short of impressive fine dining options to choose from. Jungsik boasts two stars, and offers a modern and unique take on contemporary Korean cuisine. French establishment, L’Appart, is also worth a visit, serving up French delicacies and mouth-watering dishes in surroundings designed to resemble a French dining room.
One of the latest restaurants to cause a stir on the foodie scene is Zavo – offering a stylish dining experience in the heart of Manhattan. Here, quintessential Mediterranean recipes fuse with elegant décor to make for a sophisticated and memorable night.
What to watch
Deciding what sports events to attend will be very much based on the time of year you’re travelling, but even in winter, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Later this month, you can check out an NHL pre-season hockey match between New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers – or, if you’re looking for basketball, then you can see the New York Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays this Friday.
In October, there are a range of unmissable clashes coming up – check out Newyork.co.uk for details.