Sydney is not the capital city of Australia, though it is the state capital of New South Wales, and it has to be said, it does behave rather like a capital city would. Here, the opera house with its famous white sails reaches up and punctuates the harbour vista, reaching out to sea as if to lure you in.
If you have not been to Sydney before, you should know that the people here are incredibly friendly. Unlike Parisians who tend to be labelled rude, or New Yorkers and Londoners who simply blend into an ambivalent crowd, the people of Sydney, or Sydneysiders as they might be called, are incredibly chilled out and easy going. This certainly makes the city more appealing to solo travellers and means that wherever you go, someone will probably give you a hand in pointing you in the right direction.
Sydney Harbour is home to The Darling, a luxury hotel that has been awarded a 5-star rating by Forbes, and is the only hotel in Sydney to have been given this prestigious prize. The rooms here are luxuriously laid out with dramatic wall art and the finest touches. However, true luxury lies in the top floor penthouse suites. Here glass walls really give you pause to think and take your breath away with magnificent views right across the harbour to Harbour Bridge.
The spa here is unbelievably amazing too and is open between 9am to 8pm every day. There are 11 treatment rooms and you can choose from facials to massages and pregnancy treatments to men’s zone – there really is something for everyone to relax and enjoy. And with two couples’ treatment rooms, you can set a spa date for you and your partner.
But Sydney is about more than just relaxing at your luxury hotel. There are so many things to do in Sydney that it will take some careful planning to make sure you get to see it all.
It may be the most visited tourist spot in Australia, but Bondi Beach is a location you really can’t miss out on. A long kilometre of white sand stretches around the bay with bright blue water tempting you in for a dip. In the migration months of March to May and September to November, you may be able to see pods of whales and dolphins in the bay and if you are very lucky, you may even spot a Manly penguin. And with free Wi-Fi access for everyone as well, it feels a lot like Bondi Beach really does have something for everyone!
After a long day in the sun on the beach, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants to choose from. The Bridge Room is open for breakfast through to dinner throughout the week, offering a beautifully plated European-style menu. For an alternative, Sepia is an excellent choice with Japanese inspired seafood dishes and a huge range of wines by the glass.
Sydney is a beautiful city for a luxurious holiday with plenty of opportunities to enjoy sun, sea and sand, relaxing spa days and fabulous fine dining. You really can’t go wrong.