Manhattan is just like the cocktail that takes its name: sophisticated, yet it's got quite a kick. It's the beating heart of New York and the very centre of the action. It's where New Yorkers come to work, shop and party. And it's where you'll have the holiday of a lifetime, full of Manhattan getaways memories that will keep you going until your next visit - because you'll no doubt want to come back.
It's a place that's immediately familiar yet startlingly new. Everyone knows the shape of its streets from watching too much TV - but nothing beats experiencing them for yourself: walking beneath the cool shadow of the Chrysler Building; window shopping on Madison Avenue; sipping cocktails at the Rainbow Grill; or eating a pastrami sandwich in a neighbourhood deli.
The shopping is exquisite and very much worth getting out of bed for. If the latest international and US designer labels rock your world, then exclusive SoHo is the place to head. Looking for something edgier to make you stand out from the crowd? Then check out the boutiques in the East Village and on the Lower East side. Plus there's Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorgf Goodman, Bloomingdales - just so much temptation.
Manhattan also delivers in spades when it comes to good times and knock-out food. There's cocktail bars, rooftop saloons, dive joints, newly fashionable 'speakeasies' and any other number of places you can get a drink. There are hip clubs where you can twerk the night away, while the choice of restaurants is just staggering, from celebrity chefs to local diners. Just take your pick.