Whilst we have temporarily been stripped of our ability to travel, sight see and don our socks with sandals in true tourist fashion, all that’s left for us to do is think big.
As Australia’s largest city, it doesn’t get much bigger than Sydney. With a population of 5 million, Sydney is a melting pot of architecture, history, natural beauty and culinary delights.
Whilst the imposing sails of the pristine opera house and industrial grace of Sydney Harbour bridge may stand as two of the city’s most iconic sights, Sydney also boasts coastal walks, tantalising food markets, art installations and museums.
Sydney is a city that impresses multiple generations, multiple cultures and multiple dispositions. Even the Sydney Opera House refuses to be housed in by the limits of ‘opera’. Instead, memorable performances include those by Thin Lizzy, the Foo Fighters and Prince as well as those by classical masterminds such as Joan Sutherland and Birgit Nilsson.
Outside of the music industry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pope John Paull II and Nelson Mandela are among those that have graced the Opera House’s stages. In a similar vein, Sydney is increasingly becoming a key competitor in the international food scene, blending Asian specialties with western comforts and vegan and health trends, resulting in dishes that are creative, refreshing and eclectic. Evidently Sydney is a metropolis that prides itself on its diversity, longevity and modernity. Can you hear it calling you yet?
In such tumultuous days it’s important to focus on the future, a future when Covid19 doesn’t plague our every job, move, shopping trip and conversation. When this is over— and it will be one day – our patience will be thin, we will be exhausted from doing nothing and we will be desperate for a new view, a new space, a new indulgence.
Sydney is a city that has so much to offer so spending time in a hotel may not be high up on your list, but after months of being largely contained to the same four walls, it’s important that you find yourself within are spacious, beautiful and luxurious.
With this in mind, here are 5 of Sydney’s most luxurious hotels as recalled by Hotel Connoisseur Emma Johnson from Hotel Jules who we spoke to yesterday evening… think of them as your light at the end of the tunnel.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Ideally situated between the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt allows visitors to see the sights without even leaving the hotel room.
A brilliant base for people watching, hotel rooms boast floor to ceiling windows and terraces that look out across Circular Quay and beyond to the iconic Opera House. With a stunning rooftop pool complete with beach-style cabanas, this hotel comes with all the trimmings. The hotel is classic and agreeable, furnished with neutral tones that compliment its quiet and elegant glamour.
If you can tear yourself away from the unrivalled views, then the immediate vicinity of the hotel in the prestigious Rocks Village will impress. Here, cobbled lanes and colonial buildings collide with modern bars and restaurants, proving just why The Rocks is one of the most popular tourist precincts.
The Darling hotel
Situated within the Star Casino Complex, this is a hotel in the pulsing heart of the city. Despite its size and price tag, The Darling manages to maintain an intimate, unpretentious vibe that entices guests back to the hotel time and time again.
The rooms, as you might expect, offer dazzling views and are kitted out with impressive tech which controls the lights, windows, blinds and temperature. The opulence of the hotel is subtle, contradicted by the playful use of colour and design throughout the furnishings which make it feel young and trendy.
Guests love the big outdoor pool (which is hard to find in many central Sydney hotels) and the spa which is the largest in Sydney. Touches such as this ensure that despite it being in the centre of the busiest district, guests still have an opportunity to relax and shake off the day.
Away from the bustling crowds and the overwhelming tourism of Darling Harbour, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is an effortlessly trendy hotel that occupies the length of Finger Wharf, flanked by stunning vistas of the bay.
With striking high ceilings adorned with exposed beams and industrial fans, this hotel blends a harsh structure with whimsical fairy lit trees. Situated on the edge of the Central Business District, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is surrounded by luxury bars and eateries, and is a twenty-minute walk from the madness of Sydney Harbour.
This hotel has an unrivalled sense of style and energy that ricochets down the long corridors and into the uniquely furnished rooms. Although it may not be to everyone’s taste, for those looking for the ultimate bachelor experience check out the Ultraroo suite, complete with ‘Rock n Roll’ theme, a cocktail bar, skyline views and a frankly intriguing ‘play room’…
There’s no denying that Ovolo Woolloomooloo is unapologetically bold.
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
This hotel is a 30-minute public transport journey from the centre of Sydney. This may initially seem like a decisive disadvantage, but the beautiful, famous beach that this stunning hotel is nestled on makes the journey worthwhile. And when the journey involves a ferry trip with spectacular harbour and sea views, even the commute itself becomes a tourist attraction.
With just ten bedrooms, this hotel offers an idyllic opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, ensuring that your city break is actually a break. Most of the rooms benefit from dazzling sea views and spacious terraces to enjoy them from.
When the buzz of central Sydney gets too much, you can retreat to your hotel on Manly Beach where you can bask on the pristine sand, take in the view and take the time to properly reflect on all you’ve experienced on your adventures.
The Sebel offers an opportunity to appreciate just how geographically diverse Sydney truly is.
The Langham Sydney
The Langham collection of international hotels has long been a symbol of opulent luxury. The Sydney branch is no exception.
The hotel is grand and classic, expect fourposter beds, striking chandeliers and marble staircases. Rooms either face the picturesque harbour or the arresting skyline so guests are guaranteed to be contented. At the Langham, the luxury doesn’t stop at the building itself, but instead oozes in to the staff who can curate unique experiences to make your holiday that little bit more special.
Most astounding is the seaplane that flies guests along the Northern Beaches before landing at Palm Beach for a 4-course lunch. A special chance to appreciate the distinctive splendour of the Opera House from a different and rarer angle.
When your feet are tired and your back starts to ache, retreat to the Hotel’s impressive spa. Complete with an indoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, championship sized tennis court and an abundance of delicious spa treatments, the Langham is the perfect place to prime your mind and body for more sightseeing.
Whilst they say money can’t buy happiness, these lavish escapes can certainly kick-start our tomorrow and restore our pre-quarantine exuberance.