Turning left to New York

Virgin Atlantic London to New York press trip, July 2010.
Part one: pre-flight delights
and a boutique boudoir in the sky.

Do you remember that competition to win the ‘best job in the world’ last year – when Australia‘s Tourist Board was looking to find a caretaker for a palm-fringed white-beached island in Queensland? Anyway, I felt like a contender for that dream employment title when Virgin Atlantic invited me to come and experience Upper Class on a flight to New York for a stay at super-stylish 44th Street hip hotel, the Royalton. ‘Sip Champagne, from a flatbed in the sky, you say? Then spend two nights at one of our favourite hotels – in the name of travel-writing duty?’ It’s a tough job, etc, but I felt I was up to the challenge and I joined fellow intrepid explorers (OK, spoiled sybarites) Amanda (Style Bible), Varun (Inside Luxury Travel), James (We Heart), James (I like boring things) and lovely Maxine (V Travelled) in the taking task of road testing unadulterated five-star treatment in air and on land.