By Gaynor Alder
Ladies, it’s time to get your Carrie Bradshaw on, as the first stop in our 7 Unique & Fabulous Holiday series is New York, and what better way to discover the hidden gems and highlights of NYC, than with TV presenter, journalist and radio personality Sami Lukis? And having racked up a gazillion frequent flyer miles both professionally and personally, this uber gorgeous woman sure is match fit when it comes to traveling.
Sami’s hosted ladies only trips to New York are perfect for singles who don’t want to travel all on their lonesome, or with your BFF, or maybe (yes, fess up now) you just want to stalk Sami over shared glasses of vino in a girl crush kind of way. (Nothing funny Sami, we promise.)
Sami’s got plenty of fabulous activities organised for you. The beauty of it all? You can join in when you want, or take off on your own whenever you merry well please. “Sorry Sami, gotta dash. Just spotted a pair of half price Manolos in a shop window.” There’s none of that hectic clock watching bizzo, rounding you up like a herd of little lost lambs as you hop off one bus for another with strict instructions to return at 16:00 hours on Sami’s watch (reminiscent of your misspent youth gallivanting around Europe, or, ahem, one man at a time, one city at a time, on a Contiki tour).
So just what fabulous things does Sami have in store for you? Of course you’ll need to pack some ballet flats to partake in some serious shopping at some of the world’s premium outlet malls. (*Cue hysterical squeals of shopping excitement*. Did someone just say designer goods at heavily discounted prices?) You can also ride the Staten Island Ferry and take pics of the iconic Statue of Liberty and take a scenic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
You’ll immerse yourself in the excitement and energy of Times Square, Wall Street, Chelsea Market and the High Line, and also tour the World Trade Centre and Grand Central Terminal. No need for tickets to ride this train, as Sami will provide you with a 7 day Metro card so you can whizz around the city as much as you fancy. She’ll also give you a pre paid U.S. sim card with unlimited calls and texts (because, she’s nice like that, and doesn’t want you wasting your precious shopping money on ghastly phone bills).
Lucky you packed those flats then, right?
And when you want to unwind from it all, you can relax with a private Outdoor Yoga class in Central Park, and spend Sunday morning with a Harlem Gospel Choir followed by brunch at Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant.
But, there’ll also be plenty of time to sashay around the city in your heels. Hit Broadway and see the brand spanking new musical, Ghost. Join foodies in Midtown’s favourite spot Eataly, and finish every night in one of NYC’s hottest restaurants, as you swoon over your purchases and regale over the day’s events with a cocktail in one hand, and a new designer handbag in the other. (Did I mention that you’ll get these at crazy, ridiculous, rug shop closing-down-everything-must-go prices? Oh, yes, that’s right I did. Just checking.)
The 7 day trip also includes all flights, swanky hotels and luxury airport transfers. Sami’s got your back and is available 24/7 should you need any help or can’t find your way back to your hotel. She can also tailor personalised trips in conjunction with TravelEdge and NY-based experts. Is there nothing this woman can’t do? Seriously.
For more information about pricing, dates and availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website here. You can also stalk her on Twitter and follow her on Facebook. Go on, you know you want to.