Pleasures abound for those fortunate enough to take full advantage of all that the luxury lifestyle has to offer. Whether it be fueling up the private jet for a jaunt over to Vegas, taking time off to take in the pleasures afforded on a plush megayacht, delighting in the delectable treats offered at one of the city’s many top-rated restaurants, or relishing in some retail therapy at some of our favorite shopping venues, the benefits of affluence cannot be denied. With this in mind, we present the premiere of our “Hautels” section of Haute Living, showcasing some of New York’s most opulent hotels and resorts. With amenities for both jetsetters and local residents, these four hospitality centers are ready to tend to your every whim. From a stay at the only Forbes five-star hotel in NYC to an afternoon in the sun in the middle of the bustling city, there is no limit to the flights of fancy that await when visiting one of these luxury hotels in the Big Apple.

The Surrey
If you’re looking to escape from the bustling streets of New York City and experience a bit of nature’s bounty, head to The Surrey’s new private roof garden. Part of the hotel’s $60 million renovation, the garden is the luxe hotel’s newest installation.

Situated on the penthouse level, the roof garden reflects countryside ambiance while offering incomparable views of the Manhattan skyline, Central Park, and The Surrey’s Upper East Side neighborhood. The amenity, which was designed by Lauren Rottet and inspired by English gardens, was designed to portray the intimacy of a traditional Upper East Side family townhouse.

Rottet, a well-known interior and architectural designer, has incorporated vibrant manicured seasonal flora to the garden. The pristine aesthetic is slightly offset by the roof’s ivy and box trees growing throughout, which give the space a vintage feel and create a desirable, humbling atmosphere. Its ambiance accentuates the Upper East Side’s classic-meets-modern aesthetic.

Accessible by all hotel guests, the private roof garden is open daily from noon to 11 p.m. Seasonal beverage and dining menus are offered from noon until midnight, with a range of fare to seduce all palates. — Jessica Bryant

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