For most of us, when you’re asked to name one of the worlds most luxurious cities, destinations like Paris, New York, Milan or Tokyo would probably spring to mind in an instant.
While Sydney is definitely up there in terms of most ‘expensive’ cities in the world, it may not be one of the obvious choices for the ultimate luxury destination, however the opening of the Langham Hotel Sydney, may just change all of that.
Sydney has all the makings of a luxury destination, with our world class beaches, internationally renowned fashion labels, shopping districts, mouth watering restaurants, harbour playground, iconic foreshore park lands and of course the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
It’s a city that truly needs to be experienced to be believed, and to enjoy it properly you need the perfect palace to lay your head (and your bags).
Here are my picks for Sydney’s best luxe hotels, so whether you’re a Sydneysider looking for the perfect luxury escape or you’re visiting our beautiful home for the first time, there is actually a little bit of luxury to be had, right on our doorstep (for all budgets!)
1. The Langham Sydney
Situated in Sydney’s historical ‘The Rocks’ district, the Langham Hotel has recently reopened its doors after a $30m refurbishment, and offers up timeless, sophisticated charm and luxury right in the heart of the city.
Hosting an exclusive Afternoon tea with sweeping views of the harbour, a swimming pool under the stars and various fine dining options, this stunning property has set a new benchmark for luxury hotels in Sydney.
2. Blue Sydney
Whilst this property isn’t new (as such) it certainly offers something a little different to your standard ‘Luxury Hotel’.
Blue Sydney is a boutique hotel nestled on the iconic Woolloomooloo Wharf, blending heritage architecture with modern facilities. With the glistening Harbour to greet you on one side, and Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens on the other, it’s the perfect location to explore the very best of Sydney.
With facilities including Blue Café, Waterbar and lap pool, paired with service that is second to none, BLUE Sydney provides you with that luxe Sydney experience in a unique style and setting.
3. YHA Sydney Harbour
OK, so a hostel isn’t exactly what you may think of when the term ‘luxury’ is mentioned, but luxury can mean different things to different people. If a fantastic location and a world class view is your definition of luxury (and you’re on a shoe string budget), then this place is for you!
Sydney Harbour YHA is Sydney’s only hostel in the harbourside precinct, so you can explore Sydney’s history and walk to all the major sites whilst staying in the heart of the city. Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney. Their rooftop terrace is the perfect place to plan your assault on the city, write home or make new friends and it provides views of the Sydney skyline and harbour.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for QT Residences at Pacific, Bondi Beach.
The former Swiss Grand Bondi beach will be undergoing a transformation and the hotel portion of the property will be under the management of Australia’s hottest Boutique hotel brand, QT Hotels and Resorts.
Due for completion at the end of 2016, these luxury hotel apartments will be one of Bondi’s ‘IT’ addresses, giving you access to one of Australia’s most iconic locations, whilst lapping up the luxury and style in that is uniquely QT!
So, if you’ve not thought of Sydney as a truly ‘luxe’ destination before, then think again and start exploring. There are plenty of unique experiences to match with your hotel of choice, so if you are planning a stay then please get in touch, and allow me to ‘style’ a bespoke Sydney experience for you.