An energetic hub with beautiful beaches and breathtaking harbor views, Sydney is so much more than just the most-populated city in Australia (set to reach 5 million in a year). If visiting the home of “The Coathanger” is on your travel bucket-list it’s time to get to know this fantastic destination Down Under.
Where to Stay
With its spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Shangri-La Hotel offers an excellent place to stay close to it all while you’re in Sydney. The hotel has a full-service spa, Health Club with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sundeck, and 565 spacious guestrooms. There are also amazing dining options including the New-York-inspired Blu Bar on 36, which offers unbelievable views of Harbour Bridge while you enjoy a glass of wine.
Another great option in the center of it all is the Park Hyatt Sydney, located just between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Its 155 guestrooms and suites offer a luxury harbourside residence feel and the hotel features great dining options like The Dining Room and The Living Room.
Where to Spa
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-la Hotel is one of the highest-rated in the city. Here, treatments are based on traditional Asian healing practices while also blending local Australian techniques and ingredients for a truly unique-to-the-destination experience. You can also take respite from the busy city at Ayurve Spa. The spa’s Ayurvedic concept combines the best of eastern and western treatments to heal your mind, body, and soul. There’s also The Spa at The Darling, a 14-room day spa featuring La Prairie facials, ESPA body treatments, and two Moroccan Hammam chambers.
Where to Snack
Take in gorgeous harbor views at Quay as you enjoy Australian cuisine that uses local produce. Named one of the best restaurants in the world, the menu here is inspired by nature, texture, intensity and purity. Another highly-rated spot for a bite is est. Here, enjoy an elegant dining experience that blends contemporary Australian dishes with French-influenced precision.
What to See
Have a picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy a walk along the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge, or take in a show at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House – the options are endless when you’re in Sydney. City sights not your thing? Head over to the coast to Bondi Beach and take a dip in one of the saltwater sea baths
Where to Sweat
While you’re at Bondi Beach, there’s no better workout than taking a surf lesson! You’ll work out your entire body while getting the experience of a lifetime. Check out Let’s Go Surfing for schedules and rates.
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