Spend 2017 living la vida koala! Sydney and the Blue Mountains aren’t a budget holiday, so book your hotels now to save money, make sure you snag the best rooms, and ensure a bigger allowance to spend on the endless, famously good food, fashion, and nature activities that are abundant in OZ. it’s time to check out some hotels for your ultimate stay! First up are hotels in Sydney with the best views of the Sydney Opera House followed by spectacular mountainside retreats in the neighbouring Blue Mountains.
Park Hyatt Sydney
If you stay at Park Hyatt Sydney, when you send a postcard of the Sydney Opera House, you can actually write “this is my view from my hotel room” as it’d be the truth! Stay in an Opera View Room to ensure the iconic sail shaped roofs, a national emblem, is what you’ll start and end each day with. For a view identical to that below, take a stroll or jog along the boardwalk – that’s right, we said “jog” as every Wednesday morning guests can join a 6.6 km vitality jog led by a Park Hyatt Sydney staff member.
Located on The Rocks, right across the water from the Sydney Opera House, there’s nothing that stands in the way of your 360-degree panorama of the Circular Quay. From this month onward, the days get longer in the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia, the longest day of the year is New Year’s Day. The fact you’ll get to enjoy the last day of 2016 to the fullest, and that you’ll be one of the first countries to ring in the New Year, should be reason enough for you to spend the upcoming holidays in Sydney.
Four Seasons Sydney
For the ultimate panoramic view of the Sydney skyline, stay in the City Harbour Rooms, pictured below. Panning right, your 360-degree photo starts with the landmark Harbour Bridge and ends with the Opera House. Further inland than our last hotel, the Four Seasons Sydney is located in the heart of The Rocks district and is also close to the Circular Quay and Central Business District. Stay here if you believe your own pace should define your holiday, that the best way to explore a city is on foot, and if food markets, warehouses converted into restaurants, and pubs with personality are your thing.
Just look at that view…
Splurge on a Deluxe Royal Suite for big occasions like your honeymoon, your parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, or simply because you deserve it after a long and productive 2016. Deluxe Royal Suites have deep soaking bathtubs with views of the Opera House (pictured below).
On a tighter budget? The most cost effective room choice is the Deluxe Full Harbour Room. Book in advance and stay on a higher floor where you’ll have the best seats in town to the New Year’s Eve fireworks (Deluxe Full Harbour Rooms are located between the 6th to 31st floors).
You know the popular expression “we’re never going to be in our hotel room” that’s used by sojourners to express how they’re active tourists, interested in exploring and encountering the culture and history of the places they visit? Well, even the most keen of explorer travellers will be hard pressed to leave their hotel rooms with one of the best aerial views of Sydney.
Splurge on a Club Room and enjoy the city’s only five-star with an open air, wrap-around terrace (pictured above). The 31st floor room is adjacent to the rooftop Club InterContinental where one of the city’s finest dining experiences can be had. Tiger prawns, pork belly, bespoke cocktails, plus that view…
Some of the standard Classic Rooms also have views of the Opera House while others have equally spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Eastern Harbour, abd the Royal Botanic Gardens. Whichever room you stay in, you can’t go wrong as you’re within walking distance to Circular Quay, have access to the hotel’s rooftop, and an array of A-grade restaurants that celebrate the quality of local produce, namely seafood and beef.
An hour-and-a-half drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to go on a retreat with family or your special someone.
Staying at the luxurious Echoes Boutique will make you feel like you died and woke up in a utopia. Where else could clouds part to reveal you’re on the edge of a valley so stunning and untouched as this? Well, thankfully Echoes Boutique has a tangible address in the Jamison Valley, in the heart of the Blue Mountains. All room types have stunning views so you won’t be longing for what your neighbour has but for more sunlight to enjoy the remarkable landscape. Once you step out of your room, take a few more steps and this’ll be the sight you’ll be staring at…
A few minutes’ walk from the Three Sisters rock formation, you’ll be walking a lot so bring a good pair of walking shoes. After a day in the wondrous outdoors, step onto the heated marble bathroom floor and soothe tired feet before crawling into your Sealy Posturepedic bed and falling asleep to the twinkling stars above the never ending row of valleys and mountains outside your window.
Spending New Year’s Eve at Echoes Boutique? Book the 4-course New Year’s Even dinner at the award-winning Echoes Restaurant.
Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges
There’s no better escape from the big city than Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges, where you’ll find yourself enveloped in gardens that span 11 acres. Book a Garden Suite and a massage for two at the hotel’s spa if you’re planning a romantic getaway. When you stay in a garden suite, you can enjoy cosying up to your special someone by the fireplace in your very own sitting room and having breakfast on your private garden patio. One of many highlights is the toiletries that are by luxury Australian skincare brand Appelles Apothecary.
The property’s “kitchen garden” contains a fruit orchard, a vegetable and rose garden, and an area for compost. With your body at ease from the spa treatments and deep tub-soaking, set your mind at ease in knowing the kitchen garden supplies produce for the hotel’s kitchen as well as that of Echoes Boutique – also part of the Escarpment Group Hotel Collection.
With 8 suites for the taking, you’ll want to reserve now to make sure your feet touch these grounds…
As it’s fast approaching summer in the land of plenty, ensure your folks don’t get agitated by the heat by spending time outside the city (read more: 6 tips for stress-free travelling with parents). For breathtaking views both outdoors and in, be sure to book your rooms at Silvermere Guesthouse today as the renovated 1920s country estate has just 6 rooms. A feature to highlight is the Art Deco fireplace found in the Yengo room (rooms are named after the mountains that are visible from Silvermere).
Note: the four rooms in the west wing are ‘adult only’. If you’re a family, stay in the two bedroom Maids Quarters or three bedroom Water House that are both equipped with a kitchenette. Not too keen on lifting a finger to cook while on a relaxation vacation? Order a 100% organic breakfast or head to the hotel restaurant, Ninteen23, for some top notch modern Australian nosh.