If you yearn to go somewhere far, far way: Australia is your answer. With a lifestyle as laid-back as SoCal, a dining & nightlife scene as vibrant as Miami’s, and beaches to rival the South of France — there’s never been a better time to make it to Sydney. This sun-soaked cosmopolitan harbor city is home to beautiful beaches, some of fashion’s finest brands, great galleries, and amazing architecture — most notably the Sydney Opera House. Oh, and one of the world’s most photographed swimming pools that’s gold for the ‘gram!
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PARK HYATT SYDNEY
The Park Hyatt Sydney is a super-luxe stay with a coveted location between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge — just a stone’s throw from the historic Rocks district. The residential-style rooms & suites are seriously spacious; most come with a private terrace and will have you waking up to unrivalled views. Take some time to relax with a treatment at the intimate spa or in a cabana by the rooftop pool. Discreet butlers and top-notch service are just the icing on the cake!
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SYDNEY
Overlooking Sydney Harbour, expect stunning and dramatic views at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Set between the stylish Rocks district and the colorful Circular Quay, the property is the perfect base to explore the vibrant city. The sophisticated, art-deco style suites on the Club level are the way to go here and you can get your best night’s sleep thanks to being able to choose how plush or firm you like your customizable Four Seasons Bed. Taste the flavors of Australia at Mode Kitchen & Bar and be sure to have a pre-dinner drink at the neighborhood cocktail bar Grain.
EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY
Just a 2.5-hours scenic drive from Sydney and you’ll arrive to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Nestled within the Greater Blue Mountains area and set on 7,000-acres of natural beauty, a carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve. It’s an ultra-luxurious stay and offers a true Australian bush experience in the most breathtaking setting. Secluded free-standing villas (ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms) elevate the experience, each with their own private pools, spacious veranda’s, and so much more. You won’t need to keep your eye out for kangaroos, as you’re literally immersed in nature with the wildlife passing by at seemingly every moment. The resort offers endless activities, but the Signature Wildlife and Sundowners Tour is one not to be missed. Staying active comes naturally with adventures outdoors plus a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, tennis courts, and a plunge pool. Serenity can be had at the One&Only Spa, where the majestic cliffs and canyons surround you. The dining on property will fuel any foodie’s fire, each meal more remarkable than the next. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or want to bring the family, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has something for everyone. And we must not forget to mention the best part… It’s almost all-inclusive!
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For farm-to-table fare, a killer wine list, and some of the most polished service in Sydney – be sure to make it to Fred’s (and don’t miss Charlie Parker’s, the chic speakeasy cocktail bar downstairs!)
Located near Circular Quay, The Bridge Room is a new restaurant serving contemporary Australian cuisine in a beautifully renovated art deco building.
Put your name on the list (quite literally a roll of paper on the wall) and sip on a negroni while you wait for a taste of traditional Tuscan wood-fired T-bones at Bistecca.
A cool Chinese resto that’s done in the style of a diner, Mr. Wong is as grand and as good as it gets.
Located in an art-filled house overlooking a Japanese garden, Tetsuya’s is considered some of the best French-Japanese restaurants in Sydney.
Aria Restaurant is one of the best when it comes to modern Australian haute cuisine – plus it’s in a glass-walled dining room overlooking the harbor!
A fresh, healthy meal can be had at The Boathouse Shelly Beach – a rustic and very cool beachside café.
— DO —
It isn’t a trip to Sydney without seeing the stunning salt-water pool at Bondi Icebergs Club. And it also wouldn’t be a trip to Sydney without scouting out the best beaches, of course. The most famous (and definitely the most crowded) is Bondi Beach; It has a carnival-like atmosphere unlike any other beach in Sydney where cafés, ice cream shops, restaurants and boutiques are scattered along the Campbell Parade – and it’s the best spot for those who love to surf! Go rollerblading or walk along the wide stretch at Manly Beach. The quieter Coogee Beach is a stunning stretch protected by a colorful reef and is perfect for those wanting a more relaxed day in the sun.
Climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at the Sydney Opera House, and get cultured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. If you only have time to shop at one place, make it be Pam Pam.
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