Lap up luxury in Sydney

Savour incredible fine dining, opulent accommodation with stunning views and highly personalised tours of Sydney‘s buzzing city centre and beautiful harbourside precincts for the ultimate luxury holiday. Lap up luxury in Sydney in 2022 to discover the best in new bespoke experiences opening across Australia’s vibrant Eastern city.

 

Luxury in Sydney – Make the day all about you

Feel like royalty when you take to dazzling Sydney Harbour in an opulent vessel. Prepare to be pampered when you step aboard superyacht Ghost 2, one of the largest private charter vessels on the harbour – it sleeps up to 12 in five ensuite staterooms. Or feel the wind in your hair and the sails on a skippered or bareboat yacht charter from Sydney by Sail as you spend the day sailing the harbour, stopping to drop anchor in secluded bays for a refreshing dip. 

Be stirred by sails of a different kind when you arrive for a backstage Taste of Opera experience at the Sydney Opera House. Under the iconic building’s white ‘sails’ you’ll thrill to a private recital from one of Opera Australia’s talented opera singers, accompanied by a pianist, as part of this exclusive tour.

Express yourself and see the city’s highlights on your own terms with tours specially tailored to your interests. Sydney Privé specialises in private luxury tours and will take care of all the details, including securing your table at top restaurants. Or, absorb the city’s creative energy as art-world insider Jenny Garber leads you around the Sydney art scene on her inART Sydney tours.

Relax, kick back and take in the sights as Ultimately Sydney guides you around the city by boat and luxury car. Or enjoy a change in scenery with a daytrip to the NSW Southern Highlands or a wine tour of the Hunter Valley with AEA Luxury Tours.

 

Wine and dine like a diva

Taste the dedication of a legion of talented chefs as you sit down to incredible meals across Sydney. Feast on the best produce from New South Wales as you savour the seven-course degustation with premium wine pairings at Aria, one of the city’s exceptional fine-dining experiences, near the Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay.

Gaze up in awe at the spectacular, cathedral-like space at Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, or reflect on Bennelong executive chef Peter Gilmore’s creative process as he balances the textures and flavours of bespoke produce at his other restaurant Quay, across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Feel the buzz as you indulge in French cuisine with a side order of live jazz at Restaurant Hubert in the city centre, or thrill to the discovery of little-known local wines at European-style wine bar Monopole at nearby Curtin Place.

Take your time choosing which astonishing restaurant to dine in at Crown Sydney at Barangaroo. Marvel at Nobu Matsuhisa’s contemporary Japanese fusion menu at Nobu, or be intrigued by the fine dining experience at Oncore by three-Michelin-starred British chef Clare Smyth.

Be moved by the views when Sydney by Seaplane flies you to one of several out-of-the-way restaurants for lunch. Relish an incredible only-in-Sydney experience as you fly up the glorious Northern Beaches before landing on sparkling Pittwater. Unleash your inner hedonist at Bert’s Bar & Brasserie, starting in the Champagne Bar before enjoying fresh Sydney rock oysters, caviar and dressed crab from the Oyster Bar.

Or enjoy stunning views of the city at sundown from Bar 83 at Sydney Tower, watching the city lights sparkle through floor-to-ceiling windows as you sip a glass of champagne with share plates of oysters, ocean trout tartare and premium bar nibbles.

And after a memorable dinner, sip an expertly crafted cocktail at Maybe Sammy, a regular on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Be adventurous with an extravagant concoction from the High Rollers list, including vintage cocktails made with antique spirits from Maybe Sammy’s private collection.

 

Sun rising over Barangaroo and Pyrmont Bay, Sydney. | IMAGE CREDITS: DESTINATION NSW #feelnewsydney 

 

Treat yourself

Indulge in extensive pampering at The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham, Sydney, which offers facials, massages and relaxing body treatments, followed by complimentary use of the magnificently decorated indoor heated swimming pool room, hot tub and steam rooms.

Take the pulse of Sydney’s fashion and design scene in two of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs, Double Bay and Paddington, just 10 minutes from the city centre. Put yourself in expert hands on a personalised shopping tour with Splendour Tailored Tours as your personal stylist guides you around Double Bay’s best boutiques. Browse Belinda for local and international fashion and salivate at the signature jewellery at Jan Logan. In nearby Paddington, venture into Parlour X for a range of exclusive clothing and must-have accessories from luxury brands.

Feel the anticipation of a big night on the town as you prepare with a blow out with celebrity stylist Renya Xydis at Paddington’s Valonz, or sharpen your look with bespoke barbering with principal barber Aiden Xydis at The Men’s Grooming Room. Set to enjoy luxury in Sydney.

 

Retreat to your luxury suite

Take in sweeping harbour views from the comfort of your suite at a five-star hotel in The Rocks and Circular Quay, such as the Four Seasons Hotel SydneyShangri-La Hotel Sydney or the recently refurbished InterContinental Sydney. Splash out on the two-bedroom Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney and soak up a panorama of Sydney Harbour from your spa bath overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Shop ‘til you flop onto your plush bed at Kimpton Margot Sydney, an art deco masterpiece with a soaring lobby complete with a restaurant by acclaimed Australian chef Luke Mangan, mere blocks away from fashionable shopping precincts in the heart of the city.

Soak up the neighbouring harbourside precincts of Darling Harbour and Barangaroo at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, which has a stunning infinity pool, and the super-luxurious Crown Towers, the tallest hotel in Sydney, at Crown Sydney. The W Sydney, with its striking ribbon-like design, also opens in Darling Harbour in 2023.

Or, head north and recharge from indulgent days in the city with the ultimate overnight stay in the great Australian bush. Gaze down at the harbour on a spectacular 30-minute flight with Sydney Seaplanes to Marramarra Lodge to laze by the Hawkesbury River, enjoy treatments in the spa and wind down with a degustation dinner.

 

Set underground at The Langham, Sydney, The Day Spa by Chuan boasts a 20m heated pool. THE DAY SPA BY CHUAN, AT THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY | CREDIT: THE LANGHAM

 

 

Woman enjoying a beverage with scenic views across Hawkesbury River at Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters.

Woman enjoying a beverage with scenic views across Hawkesbury River at Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters. MARRAMARRA LODGE, BEROWRA WATERS | CREDIT: ISABEL DARLING
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EXPLORE THE COLLECTIVE

Oncore by Clare Smyth

Quay Restaurant

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY
Oceania Luxury Travel Co.
Digital travel publication FiveStarAustralia.com | Luxury tourism network specialising in bespoke and experiential travel across Oceania.