Climbing the Harbour Bridge is the number 1 thing to do when in Sydney, but it’s expensive and always busy. I recommend spending the money on a room at the Shangri-La Hotel instead, where the views are equally impressive. Located at the top of a hill in ‘The Rocks’ historic area, this luxurious accommodation is the ideal location for exploring the city centre. With cultural activities and attractions nearby, such as the Contemporary Art Museum and beautiful Botanic Gardens, there is plenty to keep you occupied in the daytime. When night falls you can visit the iconic Opera bar for sundowners or just head up to 36th floor of the hotel to Blu Bar where many argue you will get the best views of the city at night.
Slightly removed from the busy hubbub of the city centre, the Shangri-La Sydney is a quiet and civilised hotel, popular with both business and leisure guests. In keeping with the company’s Asian branding the décor is subtle and sophisticated, which encourages you to relax. There are a range of rooms to choose from, though I recommend paying a little extra to stay in one of the Horizon Club bedrooms on the 30th floor, where the iconic city views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge will really wow. As a premium guest you will be invited to enjoy privileges in the newly refurbished club lounge. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet here each morning, and an afternoon tea banquet in the afternoon, prepared by the hotel’s talented pastry chef, Anna Polyviou.
Our bedroom was elegantly decorated in shades of silver with accents of bright blue. A huge indulgent bed was topped with lavish linen and plump pillows. For a city hotel the ample floor space was an unexpected bonus. Those who require it could take advantage of the smart work desk, which was provided with plenty of natural daylight from the floor to ceiling windows. The en-suite grand marble bathroom had a separate bath and shower and complimentary L’Occitane toiletries.
The Chi Spa is a destination in itself, and many just visit the hotel for a day to experience one of the signature treatments. Hidden away on the second floor this boutique beauty haven feels exclusive and peaceful. The spa uses the celebrated organic Australian brand, Sodashi, whose therapeutic-grade products are known to rejuvenate and replenish the skin with the finest natural ingredients. I experienced an Aroma Journey Massage, a calming massage that used gentle smooth movements to relieve emotional and physical tension from my body. My therapist Kristina used the Sodashi Fitness Recovery Body Oil to sooth and moisturise my skin. After my treatment I enjoyed a refreshing swim in the pool and sunbathed on the terrace.
I had a blissful stay at Shangri-La Sydney. With so much to see and do in Australia’s favourite city it was a real comfort to be staying in a hotel that offers easy luxury and takes the stress out of travelling.
More information and book a room at Shangri-La Sydney here.